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Religious School 

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now gearing up for Hanukkah. Below is the Religious School schedule for December. We have a lot of fun activities planned. One big highlight for this month are two B’Nai Mitzvahs. Rebecca Simpson is being called to the Bimah on December 3rd and Aaron Lebowitz will be taking his turn on December 17th. Both these students have been preparing and are well on track to achieve their spiritual maturity, which has been defined as the ability to experience the depth and complexity of life. Please consider attending these children’s B’Nai Mitzvah and welcome them into our Jewish community as spiritual adults.

Aaron Lebowitz has chosen to bring attention to the Texas Sea Life Center for his Bar Mitzvah Project. The Texas Sea Life Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of coastal and aquatic wildlife right here on Padre Island. Aaron would like to host a tour for our religious school students on December 11th after regular religious school classes. The Lebowitz family has generously offered to provide pizza for all students for lunch right after religious school at CBI. We will then need parent volunteers to drive the students out to the Island for a tour. Aaron will be teaching the students about the work he does out there and will educate the kids about the services the Texas Sea Life Center offers. Aaron and his family have volunteered for this fantastic organization over the past year and he would like to share his experience with all of you. All students will need to have a signed permission slip in order to participate. Please contact Manuela or I if you are willing to drive and please let us know how many students you can transport ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Permission slips will be available at our next religious school class.

Religious School Dates:
December 3:  Rebecca Simpson Bat Mitzvah (10:00am)
December 4:  Hebrew School 9:00-10:15
  Sunday School 10:30-12:30
December 11:  Hebrew School 9:00-10:15
  Sunday School 10:30-12:30 (School wide Hanukkah Event)
                      Texas Sea Life Center Field Trip: 12:30-3:00 (approximately)
December 17: Aaron Lebowitz Bar Mitzvah (10:00am)
December 18: No Religious School
December 25:No Religious School
December 28:Hanukkah Party at the JCC

Meredith & Manuela



Family Shabbat Dinner 

Shalom Y'All,

Now that Food Fest and the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, it's time to gear up for our next Family Shabbat Dinner on Friday, December 9th.  Services begin at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow.  Let's have a record turnout for our last dinner of 2016!  Please don't forget to bring a dessert to share too!

As I'm writing this, I'm realizing that this is the last newsletter for 2016!  Has this year flown by or what??  From our family to yours, wishing all of you a very HAPPY, HEALTHY, PEACEFUL & SAFE NEW YEAR!  Wishing everyone many blessings in 2017!

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator



Judaism 101 - All You Ever Wanted to Know about Judaism!

Judaism is a 4,000 year old tradition of beliefs, practices, ideas and wisdom.  For all those interested in learning about Judaism, whether in order to convert to Judaism or to refresh your learning, join us on Sunday mornings starting December 4th and continuing through the spring.  We will cover everything from Jewish history and text to Jewish festivals and lifecycle, to Jewish practice and philosophy. 

Open to all those exploring Judaism. 
Classes will start Sunday, December 4th at 11am in the chapel.  

Chinese Food and a Movie, and Chanukah! 

This year the first night of Chanukah falls on Xmas Eve.  So we will celebrate the ancient Jewish tradition of lighting candles and eating fried food for Chanukah and the newer Jewish tradition of
Chinese food and movie on Xmas!  

Join us for a great Chinese meal, a fun movie and bring your Chanukiah to light as we celebrate traditions old and new!

December 24th 6pm



Menorah Beautification

CBI Friends and Family,

As many of you know, the large menorah wall located in the front of our building has been completely restored and now the menorah is displayed in a beautiful blue tile. This was a major project for our Temple but the results were well worth the effort. 
To commemorate this significant event, the Temple commissioned a New York firm to create a beautiful Menorah Beautification Plaque which is displayed in the Temple. The plaque has a limited number 1x5 inch brass name plates available at the cost of $100.00 per plate to memorialize your name or the name of a loved one as being a part of this significant project. Interest expressed has been high and we encourage you to secure your name plates at your earliest convenience so you do not miss the opportunity to do so.
All funds collected will be donations to Congregation Beth Israel and used to replace the significant cost of the menorah beautification. 

*Please contact CBI Office for any questions.


What a fabulous 30th Anniversary Food Fest!!!   A special thanks to Jim Gold, Rikki Schmitchel, Chip Schwamb and Mike Trimyer, for the endless hours, hard work and dedication they provided!  Of course, a big thank you to the many other fabulous volunteers who worked tirelessly making this another memorable Food Fest!!
The Men’s Group and Sisterhood are joining forces to throw a party!!! Please be sure to join us for our first ever Sunday Night Football Watch Party, taking place Sunday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful home of Howard and Amanda Mintz (4875 Ocean Drive)  Please bring your favorite football snack to share and Sisterhood will provide the drinks!!
RSVP to Jerri Osberg  or Greg Marks

Jerri Osberg
Sisterhood President



We need 8 volunteers to serve the Christmas Meal on Christmas Day for the homeless shelters at Metro Ministries. (located at 1927 Leopard St.)

     The food will already be prepared and heated, our commitment is to do the serving and clean-up between 11:30-2:00. We need five as servers and kitchen helpers that have their food handlers license, the other five cleaners don't need the license. Are there any bakers? We'd like to provide some home-made cookies. There are generally 70 residents. 

     For the last few years Metro Ministries residents in the homeless shelters had to go somewhere else to eat a Christmas meal. With CBI doing this mitzvah it allows the residents to eat in their own building and the staff to be with their families.

If you can help  call or email Linda Snider.

—An additional request—

The Women's Shelter needs bras and underwear.  
(These can be left in a bag at the Temple and they will be delivered)

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