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A Message from the Family Corner

This summer vacation is flying by. What a great time with all of the camp activities, vacations, swimming parties, and great barbecues. Speaking of barbecues, I would like to send out a special thank you to Lauren Frantz, Dottie Heffler and Leslie Green for helping me prepare our last Family Shabbat Dinner for the summer.

Please take some time to say hello to the new families who have joined us here in Corpus. The Family Shabbat Dinners are a wonderful opportunity to stay in touch with old friends and make some new acquaintances.

This next year, I am planning on incorporating more cooking classes on the day of our family Shabbat dinners. If there is something that you would like to see included in these classes, please let me know.


Meredith Ryan
Program Coordinator

CC Religious School

Religious School Registration and 1st Day of Classes
Sunday,  eptember 13, 2009

If you have, or know of, children who are at least 4 years old, please call me at 857-8181 or email me at( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as possible. Also, if you are interested in teaching a Sunday class or a Wednesday Hebrew class, please let me know.

Susan Martin


If you have a son or a daughter who will be attending college this fall
(or a grandson or granddaughter from CBI), we need to know. Rabbi Roseman tries
to send names and addresses to the local Hillel Foundation so that contact can be
established with Jewish students. He also occasionally is able to write letters to the
young people and even visit campuses if he is in the vicinity. Please send your information
to the CBI office or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas, edited by Hollace Ava Weiner and Rabbi Roseman, has been chosen as one of six books recommended for the December book-buying season in Atlantica, the in-flight magazine of Icelandair. The country of Iceland has a small population of refugees from the Iraq war, but no Jewish population. As Rabbi Roseman said: “It’s a nice honor to be so recognized, but this is one place I never would have expected to be listed.”


A specific form of outreach of our congregation is to welcome community groups who want to
explore Judaism and its institutions.

In late June, Rabbi Roseman met with a women’s group from Robstown who came with a wide range of questions and concerns. They will be followed in July by a class of clergy from Spohn Memorial Hospital. These Protestant and Catholic clergy are preparing for Clinical Pastoral Education certification and are very interested in how to care appropriately for Jewish patients. While they have some of the same general concerns as other visitors, they also will be asking specific questions about Jewish food habits (kashrut), end-of-life issues (including euthanasia and the care of deceased Jews) and even abortion and birth control.

It is a wonderful opportunity for us to educate members of the community about our religion and our culture when they come to the synagogue for a visit. We are particularly grateful to our Sisterhood who, several years ago, helped us create a video presentation called “Your Visit to the Temple.” Almost every visiting group views this video before coming for their actual visit; it helps them understand the basics of what they are going to see, so that we can move more quickly to real conversation and to their questions.


On Saturdays, July 18 and 25, Professor Brian Stone of the History Department
of Del Mar College will be our guest teacher at Torah Study. These sessions begin at 11:00 AM in the Train Library. After light refreshments, the session usually lasts one hour, ad all are welcome.

Professor Stone holds a Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Texas in Austin. His book on the history of Jews in Texas will be published during the coming year; he also authored the essay on early Texas Jewish history for the book that Rabbi Roseman and Hollace Ava Weiner edited on Texas Jews.

While he will speak primarily about the early history of Jews in this state, Professor Stone will also address the issue of converses in Texas. Conversos were Jews who had converted to Catholicism, either in Spain or in New World Spanish possessions (Mexico, Peru, etc.) in order to escape inquiry by the Inquisition. As the Inquisition grew more aggressive in Mexico in the late 1500s and early 1600s, some conversos fled to northern territories, the areas that are now the southwestern states of the United States. There is a great deal of controversy about the number of conversos who came to this area and the role that they played. Professor Stone will speak to these questions, among other topics.


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