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Our younger students were consecrated on Friday, October 9th, prior to Shabbat services.  Those participating were Gabriela Balkin, Madisyn Darling, Nolan Green, and Rebecca Simpson.  Look for pictures of them and their families in this bulletin.

Food donated by CBI members was delivered to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi on Monday, October 12th.  Miriam Laska, Eli and Jason Green, Diana Stillman, and I were treated to a very informative tour of the facility.

Food Fest is approaching.  We’ve been enjoying the wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen as food is prepared.  The older children will be helping with set-up and also during the Food Fest.  We hope to see everyone there!

Remember that we have very few sessions of religious school, so please make a concerted effort to have your children in attendance.           




There will be no Family Shabbat Dinner in November due to all of our efforts and planning for FoodFest.  

We hope that you will all be able to join us on Nov. 14th & 15th as we carry on this fantastic CBI tradition.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Meredith Ryan



On the evening of Friday, October 9, we gathered in the Sanctuary for the consecration of new students in our religious education program. We welcome Gabriela Balkin, Madisyn Darling, Nolan Green, and Rebecca Simpson into the formal phase of their Jewish education and ask God’s blessings upon them.



On Saturday, February 6, we shall gather at 10:00 AM at the Rockport Yacht Club for the first of our three learning sessions about the MAKING OF RABBINIC JUDAISM.

Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Judith Abrams of Houston, a well-known and dynamic interpreter of the literature and history of the period from the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem to the publication of the Babylonian Talmud (approximately 70 CE to 600 CE).  The documents of this period are often seen as arcane and difficult to understand, but Rabbi Abrams makes them come alive with her lively presentations, her delightful humor and her vivacious personality.  We count ourselves enormously fortunate to have such a gifted scholar join us for our retreat and hope you will look forward to meeting her and learning from her.

The retreat will continue Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  Arrangements have been made for all meals and for lodging at the Hampton Inn in Rockport.   Saturday evening’s program is designed to produce smiles and fellowship; you won’t want to miss it!   Scholarship funds are available to assist anyone who needs financial help in attending.

A detailed flyer with reservation information will be mailed out soon.  Meanwhile, mark your calendars and hold the dates.  This is a special opportunity open only to members of CBI.


This year, we shall mark the seventy-fifth year of joint Thanksgiving services with the members of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.  Shared Christian-Jewish services are hardly a novelty in today’s world, but in 1934 when the practice began under Rabbi Sidney Wolf’s rabbinate, it was such a startling innovation that the service was actually mentioned in TIME Magazine.

Until this year, the service was held on Thanksgiving Day at 10:30 in the morning, alternating between our congregation and Good Shepherd.  But Thanksgiving Day has become so crowded with other obligations that we have agreed to experiment with a service on Wednesday evening.  We hope thus to make attendance more convenient for all the members, as well as offer an opportunity after the service for attendees to mingle, have coffee or other beverages and taste a slice of seasonal pie.  Instead of rushing away from the service just before noon, we shall try to build a community by communicating with each other!

So, the service will be held this year at Good Shepherd on

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 7:30 PM.  Rabbi Roseman will deliver the sermon.

We look forward to seeing many members of Congregation Beth Israel at this wonderful, annual communal gathering.



 Once-a-month, lay members of Congregation Beth Israel conduct traditional Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Sabbath) services in the Racusin Chapel.  These services last about 45 minutes; attendees often then join the rest of the congregation in the Sanctuary for the Rabbi’s sermon, the concluding parts of the service and the Oneg Shabbat.  The mood of these services is relaxed and celebratory, and all are welcome.

 The schedule for the entire year is:

November 20, 2009    March 26, 2010

December 18, 2009    April 30, 2010

January 22, 2010    May 21, 2010

February 19, 2010    June 18, 2010

We encourage you to enter these dates on your calendar now so that you will be able to attend these services when they occur.

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