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A Message from the Family Corner

If you have missed out on our Family Shabbat Dinners and keep saying “Next time, we are going!” you need to come on June 26th . This is our last dinner before the beginning of summer. Please do not miss out on this opportunity to meet some new people, chat with some “old” and just enjoy yourself. I look forward to seeing you. Thank you to Lauren Frantz, Iris Karas and Susan Martin for all their help in preparing May’s family dinner.

Meredith Ryan


Corpus Christi Community Religious School


WOW! This school year has flown by.

Thanks to Diana Stillman and her helpers for creating and maintaining our garden. Students have enjoyed planting and harvesting the herbs and vegetables.

The waffle breakfast was delicious and a big success. Thanks to Sam and Pat Susser for donating this event to our religious school and to Rona Train, Ann Engel, Diana Stillman, Debbie and Robert Bustillo, Julia Noble, Nelda Laska, Robin Adams, Millie Zalem, and Edythe Laser for their help. It was a treat to see so many new faces as well as many CBI members enjoying the waffles.

Andrew Terkel, our Education Fellow from the ISJL, visited last weekend. He spent time with students in Rabbi’s and Dave Ryan’s class and led songs with all of our students. Thanks to Leslie, Jason, Eli, and Nolan Green for welcoming Andrew into their home. Andrew is leaving for Israel in early June where he will begin studies to become a rabbi. We wish him luck in this new adventure and hope he’ll visit us again soon. We will be assigned a new Education Fellow for next year, whom I will meet at the annual ISJL Conference in June.

Our “End of Year Celebration” was held at the JCC. It was great to see so many students and their families enjoying pizza, watermelon, and swimming. I failed to get pictures of everyone, so I’d like to thank these families who attended – David, Terry, and Randy Berry; Daya, Ryan, and Mara Butler; Sterling Figueroa; Eli, Nolan, and Jason Green; Maya, Josh, & Michael Hiatt and Marian Sussman; Brinley, Hayes, Holden, Jana and Josh Hopkins; Miriam and Nelda Laska; Neil, Norma, and Alan Levens; Evan, Ian, and Amanda Mintz; Samantha, Alex, Maddie, and Meredith Ryan.

I would also like to thank the wonderful CCCRS staff – Elisa Cox, Jessica Schmitchel, Rikki Schmitchel, Juan Rodriguez, Dave Ryan, Meredith Hilliard, and Rabbi Roseman.

If your children will be attending religious school next year, please contact me or Debbie as soon as possible so that planning for next year’s classes can begin.

Enjoy your summer!


Rabbi Roseman Continues Summer Sermon Series


For six Shabbatot during May, June and July, Rabbi Roseman is introducing the congregation to “Odd Couples.” Each week, he will choose two people from the American-Jewish past who were, so to speak, “point-counterpoint” in their approach to some significant contemporary issue. As we move through the weeks and these remarkable individuals, we shall both clarify the issues they discussed and differed on and, at the same time, become more aware of the vast diversity with which Jews in America approached the dilemmas of the civilization in which they lived.

On May 22, Rabbi Roseman helped us get to know Rabbis David Einhorn and Isaac Leeser. Einhorn was the leader of the radical wing of American Reform Judaism. Based in the border city of Baltimore before the Civil War, he spoke fearlessly about abolition and religious modernism. Leeser, on the other hand, was the father of American Jewish traditionalism. He served a congregation in Philadelphia and was instrumental in creating the first religious school and the first Jewish Publication Society in this country. But he supported maintaining the Union, even at the cost of passing by the issue of slavery. The War did, however, have one common impact on these two rabbis. Leeser was forced to flee Philadelphia from New York during a political congregational squabble, but later returned to spend the rest of his life in Philadelphia. Einhorn, too, was chased out of Baltimore in the middle of the night, just ahead of a tar-and-feather brigade. He also ended up in New York where he outlived his Orthodox contemporary and continued to be a provocative member of the most liberal side of American Jewish life.

Join us on Fridays, June 5, 12 and 19 and July 3 and 10 for the remaining five presentations in this series. You’ll meet some fascinating people and have fun learning a lot about the history of our people in this country.

Train Library

Summer is here, a great time to “attack” the stack of books saved “for future reading”. Please include regular visits to your Temple library in this plan to familiarize yourself with the exceptional selection of reading material to satisfy every taste. Our recommendation for this month is to simply browse.

Fiction (F)
There is much to choose from: novels, mysteries, historical fiction, all with Jewish themes. Our favorites: “The Rabbi Who . . . .”, Kemelman’s series of lovable Rabbi Small who solves mysteries with Talmudic knowledge.

Travelling this summer? Take along some easy to carry paperback books.
Faye Kellerman’s page turner mysteries set in an Orthodox background are a great opportunity to gain insight into these less familiar traditions.

Can’t find anything entertaining on TV during the summer?
The Train Library has floor to ceiling shelves filled with light and educational VHS tapes for your enjoyment.
Please take advantage of this jewel of learning and entertaining, free and open nearly every day at CBI.
Your comments are always welcome!

Social Action Committee

“To offer and promote opportunities for CBI members to engage in Tikkun Olam"

Social action volunteers always needed, on a daily, weekly, project wise, or every once in awhile. An hour of your time here and there will make all the difference in the world!
Here are some of the on-going projects needing help:

*Community garden upkeep
*Tu B'shvat tree planting
*Other planting and harvesting festivals in the Jewish calendar
*Recycling at CBI
*Fair Trade coffee/chocolate promos
*Solar powered Ner Tamid proposal
*High Holy Days Food Drive
*Pre-Passover Food Drive
*Women's Shelter drives

Your ideas for social action are always welcome. A planning meeting for the year will take place at Diana Stillman's house June 14th at 3 pm. All volunteers and idea-generators are encouraged to attend.

Please e-mail for directions. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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