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President's Message - October 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

In September, Congregation Beth Israel participated in a community event remembering and honoring the victims of 9-11. The fact that Christians, Muslims and Jews intentionally worked together to perform specific acts of kindness, generosity, and prayer was unique to Corpus Christi and an important part of our Jewish tradition that we not only remember but take action.  On Wednesday night September 5, 2011 the social hall was abuzz with people of all faiths packing bags of essentials for the Good Samaritan Mission. In the kitchen our teens were busy baking brownies and cookies for the homeless living at the Shelter and most importantly just enjoying the time together. I want to publicly thank Rabbi Roseman for his outstanding leadership in working with the other clergy in organizing and coordinating the entire community wide project, Julia Noble for taking charge of the kitchen where all the consumable goodies were produced, Robert Adler for sending out a wonderful personal letter that resulted in over $4,000 being raised for the homeless of Corpus Christi, and to all of our congregants who participated in one of the many projects, made a financial donation or both. We can proudly say Congregation Beth Israel family made a significant contribution to Tikkun Olam –repairing the world.

We want to start the New Year off by continuing our commitment to Tikkun Olam through our annual High Holiday Appeal. Your Board of Directors has decided that 100% of the money raised this year will be divided among three important and needy causes. First, money will be set aside to assist local congregants who have temporary financial needs. The second recipient will be the Leo Baeck School in Haifa which is an inclusive, pluralistic organization whose community center, schools and social outreach serves all Israelis – black and white, Arab and Jew, religious and secular, new immigrant and native born. The third recipient of the funds will be Yad LaKashish—Lifeline for the Old that provides needy elderly Israelis of Jerusalem with a sense of purpose and self-worth through creative work opportunities and essential support services. Those of us who have been to Israel on recent congregation trips have seen the impressive and needed services both the Leo Baeck School and Yad LaKashish provide to both the young and the old respectively in Israel today.  We hope you will consider giving to the appeal this year so that those less fortunate in these stressful times can be better off.

Barbara and I wish each of you a healthy, happy and successful new year.

                   Shalom,
                   Jim Gold

 
President's Message - September 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

The High Holidays are a time of thoughtful self-reflection when each of us has the opportunity to look inward and evaluate the past year and look forward to the year ahead. As we do, we rejoice in the blessings in our lives, understand where we fell short, and determine how, through our actions, we can all improve our lives and the lives of others in the coming year.

As you reflect and consider how you will use your valuable time in the new year I ask that each member of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) consider how you might become more engaged in Temple activities. Examples could be increased attendance at services, sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat, joining the study group, helping with Foodfest, assisting in the office, helping maintain the library, or participating on a CBI Committee. We would welcome your involvement in any way possible.

What has become evident to me in the first few months of my presidency is that we are a relatively small congregation that is very dependent on a core of volunteers to make CBI the vibrant organization it is today. I also recognize that the Board of Trustees is both excited and genuinely committed to ensure we meet the increasing spiritual, educational and social needs of our congregants.  Your help is needed to be successful. As member engagement increases in CBI, we will be able to do so much more to meet the needs of all of our CBI members.

With this in mind, I ask that during your High Holiday reflections, you consider what action you will take this year to help build the CBI community through both increased participation in programs and activities and volunteering your valuable time, talent, and energy to help CBI meet the needs of all our congregants.

In closing, I wish all of you a healthy, prosperous and successful new year.

                   Shalom,
                   Jim Gold

 
President's Message - August 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

I want to express my deepest appreciation to the Temple Beth Israel nominating committee for submitting my name for President of the Board of Trustees and to all the congregants who attended and voted at the congregational meeting on June 16, 2011. Your kindness and confidence in allowing me to lead the congregation is a great honor that carries significant responsibility. Let me assure you I am personally committed to ensuring that CBI continues to be a vibrant organization that remains fiscally sound while meeting our congregation’s diverse needs.

In August, the Board of trustees will be holding a planning session in which we will discuss and select a reasonable number of activities the congregation will carry out this year. Through these activities we would like to better serve the needs of our congregants and make a significant effort to Tikkun Olam—help repair the world. These activities can be community, state, national or international in location and involve environment, education, health, poverty or any other area that is in need of “repair.” If you have ideas you would like the board to consider, call or e-mail the CBI office and leave your name, idea and contact number. With this information I will follow up and discuss your idea(s) with you.

Again, I thank you for this honor and look forward to not only serving you but working alongside you in making CBI a wonderful place of worship, study, and Jewish social life while improving the lives of others.

          Shalom,
          Jim Gold

 
President's Message - June/July 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

The time has come for me to write my last president’s message and I do so with mixed emotions.

I am grateful and thankful for these past 2 yrs. I appreciate the trust you have placed in me and look forward to continuing my service to Congregation Beth Israel.

I want to thank my officers and board, as well as the many dedicated congregants that helped me fulfill my responsibilities.

I was fortunate to have Rabbi Roseman as our religious leader at my side.  He continues to amaze me with his wealth of knowledge and his dynamic leadership. We are also privileged to have Phyllis with her vast talents handling the many projects she has taken on.  Ken and Phyllis, I thank you both and appreciate you both very much.

As I leave the presidency, I am confident that with Debbie Bustillo as our administrator, the business of the congregation is in good hands. My thanks also go to Natalie Honigbaum, whose knowledge of our financials is appreciated.

My sincere thanks to Susan Martin our Religious School Director, whom goes beyond the call of duty, and also to Rose Garza, our dedicated custodian who does a marvelous job, and finally, my deep appreciation to Mike Trimyer, who has kept us safe for many years.

I take great pride in having been President of Congregation Beth Israel. I wish all of you good health and happiness.


                   Shalom,
                   Maury Wolfson

 
President's Message - May 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

     Our congregation has just concluded a wonderful 2nd Night Seder. It was a huge success and treat. Kudos to Rabbi Roseman, for his leadership and creativity and for making the evening so very interesting and enjoyable. Thanks to Phyllis Roseman and her entire committee for their deliciously prepared, festive meal.

     It has been such a treat to attend the monthly services and the dinner that follows. The format of the entire evening is lovely and makes an enjoyable welcome to Shabbat.  We thank Meredith Ryan for her years of effort; we are now fortunate to have Leslie Green to carry on.

     One of my duties as president is to acquaint you with our Temple/Synagogue’s Endowment fund. This fund was created to ensure the future of Judaism in our community. We are all aware of a declining number of Jews in our city. Please consider a bequest to our Endowment fund in your plans. We must continue to be concerned about the future of Congregation Beth Israel.


                   Shalom,             
                   Maury Wolfson
 
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