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Warm greetings from Sisterhood!

Thank you to all our Sisterhood members who provided great ideas and have stepped forward to continually make CBI a spiritual center that is engaging, warm and inclusive.  We have several exciting programs on the horizon that will hopefully bring joy to you in 2021.

Sisterhood Zoom Shabbat

Members of the CBI Sisterhood will be leading a Sisterhood Zoom Shabbat Service on March 5th.  This special program will feature several of our own Sisterhood members as well as special guest Cheryl Barenberg, Southwest WRJ President, from Beaumont, Texas, will give the sermon.  Cheryl is amazing and so inspirational; you will not want to miss this!  We will also have live music streaming by one or more guest musicians.  This special service will be entirely via Zoom, so there will be no in person services offered on March 5th.  

Passover Service

On March 28th, our Rabbi will lead the congregation in a Zoom Seder and your Sisterhood will provide all members of CBI, a Seder plate complete with ceremonial foods for your table as a gift.  To make the Seder easy for you, Sisterhood is offering a full Passover pre-made dinner for those who wish to pre-order this for your family.  Dinner prepared by chef Kris Busk.  The menu will include: Braised short ribs with roasted red potatoes, greens and seasonal veggies like carrots and parsnip.

We will have an online order form available soon.  Cost:  $20/person

For inquiries and more information call: Chris Adler at 361-850-0500

Jewish Food Freezer sale: April 17 & 18  

This will likely be a pre-order and drive through pick up.  More information will be forthcoming.

Combined Designer Vintage sale:  April 10 

Quality designer clothing items will be collected and sold at a multi-group tent sale sponsored by the CC Museum with proceeds shared.  So, look in your closet to cull those never worn, but quality items you would like to donate!  Planners, clothing donors, collectors and sellers are needed.

2022 Cookbook:  Yes, a new Sisterhood Cookbook is in the plans and we need team members to plan, create, coordinate, attain recipes, edit, and test…maybe even have a tasting contest.

Bagel Program:  We are working on a bi-weekly, subscription-based bagel program with chef Kris Busk. Like bagels?  Be part of the Bagel planning team!

We really want you engaged and the heart of our Sisterhood!  

Even though it is a challenging time, Sisterhood has found fun and interesting ways to stay connected and we would like for you to participate.  Please email or call Sue Williams to add your name to one or more of the above program committees. 

Also, be sure to join our next Sisterhood Zoom meeting.  We want YOU to join us!  Mark your calendars for February 24th at 6pm- and you can join us from the comfort of your own home. 


Yours in Sisterhood,

Carol Rehtmeyer



Hello parents! 

First month of 2021 has come and gone but not without having fun with our students!! I enjoy every moment with them. They have so much to share. They cease to amaze me on how much they have learned about Judaism and how to implement it into their lives and our community!!! They have all adapted to our pandemic lifestyle with loving kindness. 

I look forward to continuing into February and studying about Purim! During Purim we dress in costumes and masks to evoke the miraculous story of Esther who hid that she was a Jew in order save the Jews. Ironically, we are all having to wear masks to protect ourselves and others during these times to save ourselves and all whom we love. Purim is considered a celebration of hidden miracles. By continuously wearing our face masks while out in public we can all help to emanate the miracle of being rid of this global pandemic once and for all! Stay safe and be well! 


Odelia Rios
CBI RS Lead Teacher

Jews and the Civil Rights Movement 

with Professor of History, Bryan Stone

Sunday, February 21 at 11am


The first sit-in against racial segregation in Texas occurred in 1960 at a Jewish-owned grocery store in Houston. The incident demonstrated the degree to which civil rights  protest placed Jewish Texans in an awkward position. As people with their own history of persecution, Jews were naturally inclined to sympathize with others facing prejudice. But as leading members of the business community, they were the proprietors of many of the shops, restaurants, and department stores where segregation occurred. Jewish merchants may have hated bigotry in the  abstract, but in the real world they sometimes found themselves unwilling enforcers of Jim Crow. In this talk Dr. Stone will discuss the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, when Jewish  Texans who had fully become part of the state’s white power structure helped lead it toward greater openness and tolerance. A  significant player in this story was Corpus Christi’s own Rabbi Sidney Wolf, who played a crucial  leadership role in calming racial anxieties in South Texas and set a model for rabbinical social activism in Texas.  

Bryan Edward Stone is a Professor of History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas (University of Texas Press, 2010) and the editor of Memories of Two Generations: A Yiddish Life in Russia and Texas (University of Alabama Press, 2016).  He is the managing editor of the annual journal  Southern Jewish History and has written, spoken, and taught extensively about the Jews of Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.



Purim Drive-Thru Costume parade 
Sunday, February 21 at 2 pm

Join us as we show off our costumes in the CBI parking lot, take photos to share with the whole congregation on Facebook and hand out delicious Hamentashen! 

Thursday, February 25  at 7pm on Zoom: Purim Night Zoom celebration

Join us for fun and laughter as we celebrate Purim with each other on Purim eve.  We will tell the story of Esther, tell our favorite Jewish jokes, hear some fun Purim music and have an at home Purim costume parade.  

A joyful time for all!

Purim Megillah reading 


 Friday, February 26 at 12:30 pm 

For those who wish to fulfill the traditional mitzvah of hearing the full megillah reading on  Purim join us at 12.30pm Friday February 26 on zoom.  



Every Thursday @ 5:30 pm

Instructor: Anastasia Antonetz. 
Premier Yoga instructor, corpus Christi athletic club
*Bring a mat & towel

$5 member $10 guest
Space is limited!
Please call Debbie to reserve your spot.


This month Social Action is working on providing a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. They have new pandemic rules that do not allow anyone besides the family and staff to enter the building, so we cannot prepare and serve a meal they we have in the past. Any meal brought in has to come from a restaurant. Our part is ordering and delivering the meal after it is prepared. This is just another example of where funds go, when money is donated to the CBI social action fund.

An ongoing new project we are starting for Ronald McDonald House is a Pop-Top collection. Every pound of aluminum they sell means money for providing support for children and their families while they are getting medical treatment away from their homes. 

Everyone is being asked to begin saving pop-tops before you recycle your cans. This is any aluminum pop-top, not only soda or sparkling water cans, it can also be from soup, canned vegetables or pet food lids. Whenever you have quite a few pop-tops, put them in a zip lock bag or container and leave them at the synagogue in the basket    under the lobby information table.   

Volunteers are needed at the mass vaccine clinics being held at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown. You register online and a link is on our CBI private Facebook page. There are three shifts and you select which one you would like.  Anyone can volunteer, but there is an added “perk” if you are 65+ or 18 years old with a pre-existing health condition. You will be given an opportunity for a guaranteed inoculation when you are there, and there is a special place to park so you do not have to wait in a line in your car. Several members of the Congregation have already donated their time and found it rewarding. In the future there will also be an additional mass vaccine clinic at the American Bank Building. You can also check with your primary physician to see if your doctor’s office is providing shots for their patients.






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