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May is upon us and this means the end of Religious School for this year. Please remember that we are having a Student Led Shabbat on May 13th. Mr. Greg Marks has been very busy organizing the services and ensuring that our kids are ready to shine. Please ensure that your children attend Religious School so that they are prepared for this big event.

Please remember to have your children wait for their teachers in the auditorium and not to wander the halls or wait in their classroom.

Religious School Dates:

May 1: Hebrew: 9:00 am
Sunday School: 10:30am

May 8: Hebrew: 9:00am
Sunday School: 10:30am

May 15: Hebrew: 9:00am
Sunday School: 10:30am

May 22: Last Day of Religious School
Hebrew 9:00am
 Sunday School: 10:30am

Family Shabbat Dinner

Shalom Everyone!!!

Can you believe our last Family Shabbat Dinner of the season is Friday, May 13th.  Boy, did this year year fly by!!  We will be celebrating Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) – in honor of that holiday, we will be having Israeli food, salads, music and festivities!  Let's have a great turnout for this special celebration and last dinner of the season!!  Services will be at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow.

I have thoroughly enjoyed cooking for our congregation during this programming year and trying out some 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 all those that helped me in the kitchen preparing these meals and that includes Linda and Susie for all they do before and after the dinners!  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 all of you a relaxing, safe and fun-filled summer with wonderful new memories!  

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator
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cell: (804) 334-5662


CBI Sisterhood

Happy May y’all!!  Sisterhood will have a general meeting at CBI on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., to nominate and elect officers and get the ball rolling for Food Fest, etc.  I hope this will be a convenient time for all to join us!

If you attended the 2nd night Community Seder, you know what a fabulous evening it was!  It was all possible due to the very hard work of Linda Snider and her team of volunteers!  Sisterhood thanks Linda and her team for their commitment to providing a very memorable evening for all who attended.

Robin Adams and I drove to San Antonio over the weekend to attend a regional meeting of WRJ organized by Yael Sasley, WRJ SW District Area Director.  We had lunch, visited and shared each other’s Sisterhood plans and recent happenings.  We had a wonderful time visiting with these wonderful ladies.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming meeting on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., at CBI. Please join us in starting the planning for another fun and exciting year of CBI Sisterhood.

Thank you,
Jerri Osberg
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Luncheon honoring the 2016 Miriam Award Recipient : 

Laura Hausman

In memory of former recipient Susan Marks Hopkins Craven 

Wednesday, May 4   at Congregation Beth Israel  11:30 AM  

Omer Study

Two Jews, Three Opinions! The World of the Talmud
Jews are well known for arguing and questioning! It is part of who we are as a people and it has strong roots in our religious tradition, especially in the Talmud.  This essential Jewish text is the basis of much of what we do and believe in Jewish tradition, and is primarily a collection of rabbinic arguments!   Join us as we explore the world of the Talmudic rabbis, how they thought and how they created Judaism as we know it. 

Begins on Shabbat Mornings of April 30th  to June 11th  
11:00 am -12:30 pm


Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 30th
CBI @ 7pm

Social Action Committee

This has been a productive time for our Social Action committee. Three congregants helped at the Cityville simulation for teenagers about to age-out of state custody. Eva Brown and Carla DePena received additional training to work with refugees. Grace and George Kopf accompanied Catholic Charities and met with the latest refugee family being re-settled.  Sue Williams and Linda Snider delivered 73 men’s and women’s hygiene kits and some fish to the Salvation Army. (Sue Williams is in charge of creating the homeless kits and deserves special recognition for going above and beyond on this project.)

The purpose of mentioning these activities is not to pat ourselves on the back. It is to give recent examples of mitzvahs that have been done on behalf of CBI by a small group. To let us know about community activities we can be involved with, or if you wish to be part of this committee contact Linda Snider at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   We mainly connect through phone calls and emails, not frequent meetings.

Please keep the toiletry donations coming. There is an on-going need and a homeless resource fair occurring in September. The items we are collecting are: soap, shampoo, deodorant, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, lip balm, safety pins and clean washcloths. The collection box is under the lobby table by the front door.    

CBI Helps Catholic Charities with Refugee Resettlement

During the first week of April, Grace and I visited Port Lavaca to observe how Catholic Charities helps resettle refugees from southeast Asia in the coastal bend.  On one level we didn’t do much besides observe for training purposes, but on another level we made a small contribution to doing a lot.  We met several Catholic Charities workers in the a.m. and joined them for a drive to a not-too-special apartment complex in Port Lavaca where Choh (not his real name; none are in this article) has been living for two years since his resettlement from Burma (the U.S. doesn’t recognize Myanmar) by the U.S. government acting through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Choh works in a nearby plastic bag factory and has been anxiously waiting his wife, Ismar, and teenage son, Boh’s, arrival. In his home country Choh represented a minority ethnic group which was subject to lethal violence by the majority population.  Ismar is from another ethnic group so her situation was a bit safer.

We helped by briefing them on getting organized and staying safe.  The conversation ranged from bank accounts to healthcare, obtaining Social Security cards, to fire and police and getting enrolled in school.  Choh and Ismar listened attentively.  Boh, like all teenagers, mixed listening with checking his IPhone.  Nothing dramatic happened, but we could see the excitement and fatigue on their faces.  As our conversation moved forward with the assistance of an online translator, we gradually realized that not only had Ismar and Boh’s flight arrived late the night before, but they had not seen Choh in EIGHT YEARS!  Think of that.  These parents were probably in their thirties. So we were witnessing the end of a separation that represented about 25% of their lives and 75% of their marriage.  A lot of human drama was unfolding in their apartment that morning.  It felt exciting, and frankly, intrusive, to witness reunification playing out so intently.  

Since then, Catholic Charities has helped Boh with school enrollment.  Neighbors appear supportive, and the apartment is a short walk from Walmart, HEB, and McDonald’s.  School and the post office are nearby.  They have a computer that’s hooked up to the internet, and all three are motivated to learn English and increase their education.  Just the fact that they are safe and no one is trying to kill them makes them winners.  But after we said goodbye, sipping a coffee with Grace at the McDonald’s before driving back to Rockport, we realized that living in the U.S. makes us all winners.  Like Choh, Ismar and Boh we can all be enthusiastic about the future. We can take advantage of public safety, healthy food, educational opportunities, and employment to connect with our communities and move forward.  Jews can work with Catholics, immigrants can resettle here, and we can all prosper.   We’ve been doing this for decades, even centuries, and we’re getting good at it.

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