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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
 
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

 
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Friday,  November 30
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

DECEMBER

Saturday,  December 1
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  December 7
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm
*Family dinner to follow

Saturday, December 8
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, December 14
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 15
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Friday, December 21
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Saturday,  December 22
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Friday,  December 28
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Saturday,  December 29
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Saturday,  January 5
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