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President's Message - December 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

My grateful thanks go out to the CBI Sisterhood and all our congregants who organized, prepared for, and conducted a spectacular Food Fest 2012.  Chairs Catherine Susser and Laura Hausman is to be commended for their outstanding leadership in helping bring the temple team together for this outstanding event that not only raised significant funds for Sisterhood and CBI but also enhanced the CBI image throughout the Corpus Christi community.  I would like to borrow from the Olympic closing ceremony tradition and as President of CBI declare the 2012 CBI Food Fest the best ever!

The attendance at the 84th annual Thanksgiving joint service with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church was outstanding, and all gained spiritually from the meaningful service. Thank you all who were able to attend and continue this great tradition.

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone ,Hanukkah is just around the corner. We will all eat lots of latkes, light candles and exchange gifts. But let us especially remember this year that Hanukkah represents a small band of Jewish rebels lead by Judah Maccabee who saved the Jewish religion and people from destruction at the hands of the “mighty” Hellenistic Syrians. The Jewish rebels restored and purified the Temple in Jerusalem during which time they found enough oil to light the menorah for one day but it miraculously lasted eight days. Thus on the 25th of Kislev we begin celebrating 8 days of Hanukkah.

Although today we may not physically have to  fight for our religious freedom in America, we still have to stand up and act when necessary for ourselves and for others throughout the world whose religious and other freedoms are in jeopardy. This year especially we need to keep the people of Israel in our prayers to ensure they, like Judah Maccabee and the rebels, are victorious against all those who wish to destroy them.

I wish you all a happy Hanukkah and look forward seeing you at the Temple soon.
   

 Shalom,
      Jim Gold

 

 
President's Message - November 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

These days CBI is bustling with people and wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen, in preparation for Food Fest. This major event sponsored by our Sisterhood, generates significant dollars however, the goodwill generated between the Jewish and Corpus Christi community at large is invaluable. Through the food served we share our heritage but our welcoming spirit shows a genuine desire to be part of a community in which we recognize the similarities among all people and the need to respect our differences.  So bring all of your friends and family and enjoy!

This will be the 78th year that Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and CBI have conducted a shared Thanksgiving service. I personally enjoy participating and helping sustain this long time interfaith tradition.  I am amazed at the courage it must have taken by both clergies to propose and conduct a joint Thanksgiving services in a time when interfaith activities were limited and even frowned upon. This year the service will be hosted in the CBI sanctuary on Wednesday, November 21, at 7:30.  I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to experience the true spirit of Thanksgiving and in the process making sure CBI is well represented at this event.

Both the Corpus Christi Food Bank and the High Holiday Fund drive will be extended to Thanksgiving. At the present time we have received $1,262.00 and are in need of donations to reach our goal of $2,000 for the Food Drive while contributions for the High Holiday Appeal are always welcomed.  For those of you who have contributed, I thank you for your Mitzvot.  Please keep in mind every contribution large and small is just as important---please give as you can.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Food Fest.
   

 Shalom,
      Jim Gold

 

 
President's Message - October 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

I want to thank all of the readers for making the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  services so personal and moving.  A gold star goes out to our Sisterhood, especially Susan Martin, for preparing the wonderful Rosh Hashanah Oneg and the Yom Kippur breaking of the fast.  Both the traditional and reform services were well attended and meaningful to all.

The Shofar called us together on Rosh Hannah to reflect and repent and sounded again at the end of Yom Kippur indicating this thoughtful period had ended. During this time we read and listened to very moving liturgy, the Rabbi addressed and we pondered critical questions all Jews ask sometime in their lives, and finally we reflected on the past year and prayed for repentance for acts we knowing and unknowing committed. So what now?

The real meaning of the High Holidays is reflected in the actions we take the rest of the year.  Let me pose several questions.

As a result of Yom Kippur:

How many of us were honest enough to admit we had committed acts of word or deed against others but more importantly how many of us have made an effort to contact that person and make amends?

How many of us thought you should do more to contribute to Tikkun Olam but more importantly how many of us have taken action to actually do something?

How many of us realized a need to be more involved in our Jewish religious life but more importantly how many of us have contemplated how we might do this and what actions have we taken.

How many of us felt a need to be more committed to Congregation Beth Israel through being involved in projects and committees but more importantly how many of us have taken action and called the Congregation Beth Israel Office to volunteer for projects or committees, requested to discuss  how you can contribute  given your interests, skills,  and time constraints.

I encourage you take the actions necessary for making your personal and religious lives better for yourselves and your families but I also encourage you to pick up the phone and call the CBI office and tell Debbie you want to volunteer for a specific committee or project or that you want to talk to someone about the possibilities open to you.

The reason I ask these question so soon after Yom Kippur is simple-- that the longer we wait the less likely we are to act. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year so that we can make Congregation Beth Israel an even greater Family of Families.

I wish you all a healthy, happy and successful new year.
   

 L'Shanah Tovah
      Jim Gold

 

 
President's Message - September 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

Despite the summer heat, vacations, and other interests, attendance at Friday night services has been wonderful. Each Friday night we have had 30-50 attendees who immersed themselves in the services and then enjoyed socializing with old and new friends at the Oneg Shabbat. This summer we were especially blessed with the presence of Rabbi Plost and Cantor Star Trompeter. Rabbi Plost’s leadership and meaningful words and Cantor Trompeter’s beautiful singing and Torah reading were an inspiration for all of us who took the opportunity to join together on Fridays during the summer. Thank you to all of you who participated.

It is difficult to believe that summer is drawing to a close and the High Holidays are just around the corner. As Jews we can prepare for the holidays in many different ways including but not limited to early food preparation, purchasing new outfits or even a trip to a mikvah. One tradition we follow in Corpus Christi begins several weeks before Rosh Hashanah when the Rabbi blows the shofar each Friday night. One interpretation of this ritual is that the sound of the shofar is a way of both announcing the coming of the High Holidays and alerting us that we are entering an especially serious and meaningful holy period—the days of awe.  Although most of us will not head to a mikvah, we might ask how can we prepare for the days of awe in our contemporary world? How each of us chooses to prepare for the holidays is an individual choice but I would like to make some suggestions:
                    
1. Make the holidays a time to set ourselves apart from our regular daily work routine.  There are approximately 2080 hours in a normal work year-- can we not set aside 16 hours (.8% of the total work year) to attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in which we have the opportunity for uninterrupted self-reflection, repentance, and rejuvenation. Perhaps this small investment of time will result in making our lives better the remaining 99.2% of the time.

2. Make the High Holidays a part of your children(s) education and come as a family to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services. The public schools recognize the importance of our Jewish holidays and children have excused absences and are able to make up any missed work. Yet how many of our school age children attend services? Yes, it is a little extra work but fits into the school’s effort not only teach facts but to build character as well. It is a sacrifice (more an inconvenience) but serves as a reminder of the sacrifices our forefathers experienced to protect our heritage and indicates to our young people how important Judaism has been in the lives of our ancestors and how relevant it can be to us today.
       
3. Give a donation to the Annual High Holiday Appeal Fund. This year the proceeds from the drive will be used to continue upgrading the cemetery at Seaside Memorial and provide support for Jewish community members who are in need of a helping hand in these difficult times.  Both of these causes are Mitzvahs that serve our local Jewish community and may touch us all in one way or another.

4. Consider giving to the CBI annual food drive to help replenish the Corpus Christi Food Bank. Bring a bag of food as a symbol of your contribution and if possible a check so that those less fortunate in our community can have the basic necessities so many of us take for granted.

5. Consider volunteering on one of our CBI committees. As a modestly-sized temple with a small but extremely competent administrative staff we are very much dependent on the help of congregation volunteers to make things happen. We have an all-too-small core of dedicated individuals with huge hearts who we call on over and over again to get things done. We need to have that group grow so that we can serve our congregants even better. The work of most committees takes an amazingly small amount of time but has a great impact on both the volunteers and our congregation.
        
I hope each of you will consider following one or more of my suggestions and through your efforts we will build an even greater family of families at CBI. I wish all of you a healthy, happy and successful new year.
                        
                                    L'Shanah Tovah
                                    Jim Gold

 
President's Message - August 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

I want to thank all of those who attended the Congregation Beth Israel Annual Meeting and cookout. It was a unique day for the CBI in that several people took advantage of the proxy voting process that was approved at the Special Congregation meeting earlier in the year and the barbeque prepared by David Jacobs was not only a CBI Annual Meeting first but also first-rate! All who attended had a great day.

As summer starts to wind down we begin to gear up for the coming year.

The 92nd Street Y Fall Schedule is out and includes noted author Tom Friedman, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain Lord Jonathan Sacks, and Thomas Jefferson biographer Jon Meacham.  Please plan to attend this great fall lineup.

The August 24th Shabbat will be an early service so that family and friends can enjoy a Shabbat dinner together at our local restaurants.  For those who wish to stay at the CBI there will also be the usual array of treats.

On October 7th there will be a special musical and cultural event at the concert hall at Texas A and M Corpus Christi. Through Rabbi Roseman’s leadership several churches, a mosque and CBI have joined together to share their musical heritages.  The performances will not only be entertaining but will help us all better understand each other.

Looks like a great start to the year!

As each of you look at your time commitments for the year I would encourage you to consider participating on one of the CBI committees. Your choice may be related to a special interest,  skill or you may just want to help in anyway possible.  With few exceptions most committee assignment time requirements are very limited. If you are interested please contact the CBI Office.

In early August the CBI Board will be making plans for 2012-013.  I would like your input as to any ideas or actions the Board should consider for the coming year. This is your Congregation and your input is critical to making CBI a dynamic organization that serves the religious, educational, social needs of our members. Please submit your ideas to the CBI Office or myself.

                            Please stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer.                   
                            Jim Gold

 
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