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

The ingredients of any delicious cake yield the final product. The same goes to for Congregation Beth Israel. During my 2 years as your president, I have been most fortunate to have a most supportive board of Trustees.

These trustees have overseen the total operation of our house of worship, which includes most importantly our finances. They also oversee our very large physical plant, which includes a magnificent building and beautiful grounds.

Our officers and trustees have given their energy and time handling the demands and responsibilities of their office. For their effort I am grateful to each and every one of them.

The Rabbi’s Sunday morning presentations of religion in America continue as well as our Friday and Saturday services. I hope to see you in Temple/Synagogue.

Congregation Beth Israel with its many diverse programs is where it happens and makes you proud to be Jewish.  

                Shalom,

                Maury Wolfson
 
President's Message - March 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

Our Congregation continues to move forward with religious services, adult study sessions and specialized lectures. The CBI Board, Sisterhood, and all committees work efficiently for the betterment of Congregation Beth Israel.

Later this month we will celebrate the festival of Purim. We read the Megillah and twirl the grogers, noise makers, as we drown out the name of Haman. We also pay homage to the beautiful Queen Esther.

The nominating committee is presently being formed, for the election of officers and board for 2011-2012. I have appointed Carl Kuehn, a past president, as chairman. If you desire to serve on your Congregation’s board, please contact me or Carl.

As I close we are pleased to tell you that attendance at services and Torah Study has increased. Come participate. Congregation Beth Israel is the place to be for Jewish stimulation.

                Shalom,

                Maury Wolfson

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

Dear Members of CBI,
 
This is a very busy and exciting time for everyone and the same goes for Congregation Beth Israel.

Our most recent Shabbat Dinner was well-attended. These events continue to be enjoyable for all. Thanks to Susan Martin, Laurie McKinley, and Meredith Ryan for a delicious meal.

The new Tot Shabbat service in the Racusin Chapel is held simultaneously with our Friday night service. It was exciting. The kids are cute and bright. When it was “Hamotzi” time, it was wonderful to see 15 or more little ones participate on the pulpit. These children are adorable and our future. Our gratitude to Lauren Frantz, Natalie and Brian Honigbaum for organizing this service.

Shortly we will be celebrating the B’nai Mitzvot of three of our youth. We begin with the Bat Mitzvah of Maya Hiatt on April 2nd. Further information will follow.

Our fine Arts Committee will soon assist in planning an architectural water fountain, to be placed at the rear foyer entrance. Our appreciation to Robert and Chris Adler for their donation. This will be another great addition to our house of worship.

Our Social Action Committee chaired by Jim Gold is in the planning stage of a “food for the homeless” event with assistance from the Salvation Army.

I am happy to report that our congregation has received $6,000 to be placed in our endowment fund from the Herbert A. & Anne Swiff Train endowment fund. We thank the entire Train Family for their continuing support of CBI.

I am happy to report that our board meetings continue to be well attended and productive. Your officers and board continue to monitor every aspect of our congregation including and most importantly our financial condition.

We are meeting our goals and ask that you continue giving your financial support, so that our congregation can remain financially sound.

                
                Shalom,
                Maury Wolfson


 
President's Message - January 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,
 
Hope everyone had a wonderful Chanukah and the opportunity to share with your family. December’s Family Shabbat service held in conjunction with celebrating Chanukah was well attended and for those who were unable to be there, you missed the excellent dinner highlighted by the delicious latkes. Thanks to Meredith Ryan and all the many volunteers who helped make this a successful and enjoyable evening.

Rabbi Roseman is planning an Adult Education lecture series on the History of Religion in America. These Sunday programs will be most informative and interesting. Please plan to attend. Exact times and dates are in another article in this newsletter.

When we were discussing the merger of the two congregations more than five years ago, many individuals with conservative religious preferences emphatically insisted that the new synagogue offer regular, traditional services on Shabbat morning.  The merger committee unanimously agreed that this was the right thing to do, and, since that time, we have had such services every Saturday morning at 9:00 AM.  We miss those of you who so strongly advocated for these services and hope that you will join us occasionally so that our minyan will be stronger.

Soon the nominating committee will be meeting to begin making plans for next year’s new officers and board. I urge each of you who have an interest to be involved to let me know of your interest and desire to be on the board, so I can let the committee know.  As I have said many times in the past, we need new faces and ideas. Many on the Board have volunteered their time for many years and cannot be expected to continue to do so. Please consider serving, not only as a Mitzvah, but also allow you to appreciate how much the Board does on your behalf. On behalf of Rosalyn and myself, we wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year.

                Shalom,
                Maury Wolfson

 
President's Message - December 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,
 
I am writing this the week of Thanksgiving. I have just read an article in a magazine by a young Jewish author who remembers a Thanksgiving dinner at his Yiddish-speaking grandparents home. It was his grandmother’s custom to put corn kernels on each family member’s plate. They then were instructed to put one kernel on the table for each thing they were thankful for at that time.  
 
As time passed, I considered all the ways we have been blessed this year as a Congregation. We continue to be most fortunate to have a dynamic religious leader, we have a committed board of directors, dedicated congregants and a very committed and ambitious Sisterhood.

Our Food Fest, under the guidance of Iris Karas and Meredith Ryan, again was a huge success. Our thanks also go to the many, many volunteers, without whom this event could not have happened.

As many of you know by now, Rona & LA Train will be moving to Houston. I would like to share with you a letter that I recently received:
    
Dear Maury,
    
    It has been my honor and pleasure to serve Congregation Beth Israel in many capacities over the years. Because we are now in the midst of remodeling our new Houston home and I cannot fulfill my commitment to be in Corpus for meetings, it is only fair that I resign from the Board of Trustees for the remainder of my term.
    
    I thank you, Maury, for your sincere dedication to our congregation, and ask that you convey my best wishes and thanks to the members of the Board, and the entire congregation for their efforts in behalf of CBI.
                        
                With love,
                Rona


We thank Rona & LA for their years of service and dedication to Temple Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel and the entire Jewish community. They will be dearly missed but will continue to be members of our congregation.  We wish them continued health and happiness.

Rosalyn joins me in wishing you a festive and joyful Hanukkah and a Happy New Year.
 
            Shalom,
            Maury Wolfson
 
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