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President's Message - November 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

As we move forward in the year, I hope each of you enjoyed the High Holiday Services, and in particular, Rabbi Roseman’s, and Yonina Creditor’s services and sermons.

Recently we have had one Bat Mitzvah and three Bar Mitzvahs. Congratulations to Ryan Butler, Olivia Noble, Hudson Silverman and Kyle Kane.  All were well prepared and in their own ways, they made themselves, their families, and our congregation very proud.

Our 92nd Street Y programs have been most interesting and well attended.  Please plan to attend our next presentation with Steve Martin at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 29th.

For those of you who have not yet attended Rabbi’s Torah study group at 11:00 am on Saturdays, it behooves you to attend.  You will find the topics educational and rewarding.

Our annual Food Fest is scheduled for November 13 & 14. We have received many generous donations for both the raffle and silent auction. Our volunteers are actively working in the kitchen, preparing our famous food for this great event. I urge everyone to come and enjoy this event which our Sisterhood makes possible.  Without the many hours of volunteer work, Food Fest would not occur.

Please plan to attend the 75th Annual Thanksgiving Joint Service with the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Congregation Beth Israel will host this ecumenical service on Wednesday, November 24 at 7:30 pm. You will enjoy the fellowship. I urge everyone to come and participate.

Congregation Beth Israel is truly great because of its dedicated members. We take great pride in having Rabbi Roseman and Phyllis, Susan Martin, our religious school director, Debbie Bustillo, our office administrator and staff Natalie Honigbaum, Rose Garza, and Mike Trimyer. All of the above are dedicated and contribute to the success of Congregation Beth Israel.

                Shalom,
                Maury Wolfson
                President

 
President's Message - September 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

  This is the time of the year to look back and also look forward and plan. As President of Congregation Beth Israel, I look back on this past year and I am grateful for our accomplishments. Looking forward I wish to inform you that plans for the coming year are progressing and exciting.

We begin our year with Rosh HaShanah celebrating the beginning of creation when G-d gave breath to human beings. At the beginning of time, G-d charged Adam with the responsibility of helping the world reach perfection.

Rosh HaShanah is a time for us to reflect on the purpose of creation and resolve to make our lives more meaningful.  When we hear the sounding of the shofar with the thrilling blasts we are reminded to awaken and return to G-d.

Yom Kippur is a day of fast and a solemn day, but in a subtle way is the happiest days of the year. On Yom Kippur we receive G-d’s most precious gifts, the gift of forgiveness and the gift of life.

Rosalyn joins me in wishing you L’Shana Tova, and we hope you have a most Happy and Healthy New Year.

                Shalom,
                Maury Wolfson

 
President's Message - August 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,
                   
August is time when summer is winding down. The time is now that we begin planning our congregation’s agenda for the year ahead.

I wish to report that our board has met and I am happy to inform that we have had an informative and constructive first meeting. We welcome our new board members Iris Karas, Vicki Rothschild, Julia Noble, Michael Hiatt, Jeff Itkin, Josh Hopkins, George Kopf and Richard Hausman.

I feel confident that the officers and board who serve with me will use their diverse skills to ensure a continued bright future for our congregation.

This year begins our sixth year as a merged congregation. We have fulfilled every aspect of the merger agreement. Our gratitude and thanks to Rabbi Roseman, who continues making the transition with consideration for all.

We continue to receive inquiries from all over the country of how we planned and implemented the merger.

I invite you to bring any suggestions that could make Beth Israel even more outstanding. Our congregation is a religious institution, but in many ways also a business.  If you examine our budget with its many expenditures, you will see that we must each do our part and participate financially to the extent of one’s ability. I know that we can count on each of you to fulfill your obligation this year.

Congregation Beth Israel is blessed with having so many wonderful volunteers; if you haven’t as yet, please agree to serve on one of our many committees. You will feel better for participating; it is a mitzvah.

Thank you for reelecting me as your president. I hope to warrant the confidence you have shown in me.

            Thank you and Shalom,
            
            Maury Wolfson
            President

 
President's Message - June/July 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

 Our Congregation’s fiscal year has just ended and June one, begins our new year. I am happy to report that our goal of a balanced budget has been met.  This does not just happen. Full credit goes to our illustrious Rabbi Roseman and a very conscientious board of directors, who met for the entire year, always with a full quorum of attendance, giving leadership and guidance to our congregation.

Please be reminded of our annual meeting on June 16. We shall present a review of last year’s finances, approve a new annual budget and elect new officers and board for the ensuing 2010-2011 year.

Also our  congregation will reward our Rabbi with a special presentation. In addition, two deserving congregants, Andy Lehrman and Susan Martin, will be recognized for their contribution to C.B.I.

Congregation Beth Israel offers learning for Jews of all levels of observant and experience.

As members of URJ, our goal is to provide for the spiritual and intellectual needs of all Jews in Corpus Christi through meaningful and joyful participation in the full spectrum of Jewish life. 

    Shalom,

    Maury Wolfson

 
President's Message - May 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

I can’t believe it is already May and our Jewish year is more thana half over. Our Congregation is having a very good and productive year. The board has been diligent in meeting it’s fiduciary responsibilities.

Prior to each month’s meeting, we have a D’Var Torah, a few minutes of our faith. Jim Gold, a superb board member, gave the following message several months ago:

Parashah Mishpatim
    As we read about the events at Mt. Sinai it is very possible to experience an almost surreal awe and visualize the thunder and lightning and even feel the excitement of what it may have been like to have been there---it is akin to being on a spiritual high. But as the emotional high settles we realize the true importance of Mt. Sinai. Moses had been handed the laws of how people should treat each other, of how to organize a civil society, and about how one person should treat another. Laws that, after interpretation, we generally agree should be the basis of our lives today.
    In giving the laws G-d said, “these laws should be set before them.”—one interpretation of this statement is that the written and oral laws regarding how humans treat humans should be set before “them” meaning the laws  governing the relationship between man and G-d.
    This is the world of Jewish spirituality. This is Mount Sinai—creating a world where people are responsible for each other, taking responsibility for our own actions, being careful about what we say about each other and settling disputes fairly. Jewish spirituality is about empathy and creating a society based on justice and caring.
    Towards the end of the parashah G-d says to Moses…Come up to the mountain and be ”there”. But Moses was already there---what does this mean? It is to remind us that whether we do simple, difficult, exciting or mundane things---we need to be more than physically present -- we need to bring our whole selves into every experience. To not only be present but to genuinely involve ourselves—
    Only then can we experience moments of insight, clarity, satisfaction and bring Jewish spirituality into our daily lives. Only then can we attain “Sheleimut” or wholeness in our lives.

We are a Congregation of many facets and activities. We must remember, however that our faith is and should be foremost

            Shalom,
            Maury Wolfson
 
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