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Religious School

April has been a very busy month! The Hebrew Rest Cemetery clean-up was a great success and we are grateful to all the volunteers who chose to participate. We hope that you all enjoyed your Passover Seders at home and we are sure the kids had a great time at our Annual Sunday School Chocolate Seder.

May will be our last month for Religious School for this school year. Please take a moment to thank your teachers as without their help, it would not be possible to offer our children a regular religious education.

We have many activities planned this month, so pay close attention to the dates and times below. Our last event for the school year will be a pool party at the JCC. Please consider bringing fruit, drinks or dessert to share. We will provide pizza.

Shalom,   Meredith & Manuela

Religious School Dates:

May 7: No Regular Religious School
  Field Trip to Holocaust Museum in Houston -Leaving CBI at 9:00am
May 14: No Religious School – Mother’s Day
May 19:  Student Led Shabbat – 6:30pm
May 20:  No Religious School
  Pool Party Saturday, May 20 at 2.30 pm at the JCC

Dear parents,

On Sunday, May 7th we are going on a field trip to the Holocaust museum in Houston.  We are leaving by bus (CBI) at 9:00 am and we are back approximately at 8:00 pm

A $15.00 donation will be appreciated to cover the gas cost and the bus we will arrange. lease RSVP and let us know if your child is using the bus or if you use your own transportation

Please provide lunch for your child, we are making arrangements for dinner for the students.

The Holocaust Museum states that there exhibition is designed for the age 11 and up. It might be emotional for younger children. If your child  (10yrs or younger) is coming  to our field trip we require the parent to join the child.

Please RSVP by Sunday April 30th to Greg Marks or Manuela Sela
We are looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday, May 7th.




Shalom Everyone!!!

For all who attended our April Family Shabbat Dinner and welcomed the newcomers to our “family of families,” thank you so much!  Of course, no dinner is complete without thanking everyone who helped me in the kitchen as well!

It's hard to believe school will be ending in 6 weeks and our last Family Shabbat Dinner of the season will be Friday, May 19th at 6:30 pm.  

I have thoroughly enjoyed cooking for all of you during this programming year and glad y'all welcomed some of my new recipes too!  Like most Jewish women, it warms my heart that you enjoy my food and keep coming back for more!  A special thank you to Linda Bustillo, Susie, Sue, Venita, Odelia, Love, and Linda Snyder for helping me in and out of the kitchen!  You have made my job a little easier and lots of fun!  I hope you will all continue to attend our Family Shabbat Dinners when they resume again in August/September.

Until we break bread together again, wishing everyone the best summer ever!  Be safe, relax, and make new memories!

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator




What a fabulous Second Night Passover Seder!  The fabulous duo of Linda Snider and Sue Williams provided a delicious meal for 106 (91 adults and 15 children) congregants and friends!  We can’t thank Linda and Sue enough for their hard work and preparations.  We also must thank the 20 volunteers that helped with food preparation and table setting.  Also, a special thank you to Bill and Robin Adams for the excellent chicken soup and Phyllis Roseman for the amazing Matzoh Ball’s.  The Seder, hosted by Rabbi Emanuel, was wonderful and engaging. He also made it so much fun for the great group of children that attended, with a reading from the Hogwarts Haggadah and all the fun Passover and Judaism Trivia questions.  Thank you Rabbi!!

Next month you will be hearing from our new Sisterhood President’s, Manuela Sela and Odelia Rios!  Thank you to the CBI Sisterhood for providing me the opportunity to serve you as your President the last two years.  It has truly been a Mitzvah!!

Jerri Osberg
CBI Sisterhood President




SUNDAY, MAY 7, 10:30 AM
On Sunday morning at 10:30, May 7, Rabbi Roseman will conclude his Spring adult education series.   This week, he will focus his remarks on the history and meaning of four familiar songs: L’cha Dodi, Shalom Aleichem, Ein Keloheinu and Adon Olam.   Through the magic of Youtube and a lot of coaching from his grandsons, he and the computer will be able to share a variety of versions of these synagogual melodies.  If you think you know how to sing any one of them, you’ll be surprised to learn that not every Jew in the world agrees with you.  (But then, being Jewish, what would we be without a slight disagreement?)  Rabbi Roseman will transport you from seventeenth-century Venice to nineteenth-century Berlin, and then to modern café society in Israel and the beaches of southern California.  Music and a travelogue!  What more could you ask for?

So join us on the 7th of May and drum your fingers to some fascinating rhythms.  Guests are, as always, welcome.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot - Revealing Revelation

Tuesday, May 30th 2017 
7:15 pm - Shavuot Service with Yizkor          8 pm - Study on Revelation

Can we know what G-d wants of us? If so how do we know what that is and how to make this real in our lives? At the heart of most religions is the idea that the divine will is revealed to humanity through the texts and traditions of the faith and Judaism is no exception.    On Shavuot, when we traditionally celebrate the revelation at Sinai, join Rabbi Ilan and Rabbi Charles Emanuel to explore how Jewish thought treats the idea of revelation and what we can learn from these ideas for our lives today.


The CBI Men's Group is planning a family night of food and baseball on
Saturday evening, May 13 @ 6 p.m.

This year we are stepping up to the plate at Brewster Street Ice House at 6 p.m. for a no-host dinner followed by the Hook's game against the Midland Rockhounds (Oakland A's affiliate) at 7 p.m.

This has been a fun, well attended event for the past two years and this year we thought we would give everyone the chance to choose their dinners and sit down with one another in the fun atmosphere at Brewsters.  

Tickets are $12 each

Make reservations with Debbie Bustillo in the CBI office or
by e-mailing George Kopf

Tickets will be distributed at dinner.  
You can park by Brewsters or in the Hooks lot across the street. Brewsters does not want you to bring your own food or beverages, but you are welcome to bring deserts into Brewsters if you care for a sweet.   

Finally, we'll try to begin by 6:00 but feel free to gather earlier
if you want to relax and socialize.


Congregational Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 28th
CBI &@ 6pm

*More details soon to follow

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