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Shalom Everyone!!!

What a fun time we had at our Israeli-themed Family Shabbat Dinner last month celebrating Israel Independence Day!  The food was yummy and the company even better!

Please mark your calendar for Friday, May 8th as we honor our new members at our last Family Shabbat Dinner of the season.  Students will participate in Family Shabbat service at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow.

I have thoroughly enjoyed cooking for our congregation during this programming year as well as sharing Shabbat with old and new members alike.  I hope you will all continue to attend our Family Shabbat Dinners when they resume again in September!

Until we break bread together again, wishing all of you a safe, relaxing and fun-filled summer!  

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator
Phone:    804.334.5662
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   Last month, the Religious School participated in an all-school Chocolate seder.  Each class participated in reading the special Haggadah and all of the seder plate items were chocolate!  I’m pretty sure this is one day the kids enjoyed!  Also last month, the older students watched a short documentary on the life of Anne Frank in remembrance of Yom Hashoah.  We had a special visit from our ISJL Fellow, Alachua Haskins.  Alachua gave a D’var Torah at Friday night services and participated in Shabbat morning services with Rabbi Emanuel.  During Hebrew and Religious School, Alachua visited each classroom to assess and work on a fun Yom Ha’Atzmaut project.
     Coming up on May 8th, our students will participate in Shabbat services again. With each opportunity to lead prayers, your child builds the confidence her/she needs to lead his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  And, this gives the chance to reinforce what they have learned in Hebrew school.  It is important to make every effort to attend these short, hour long services.  
     Also, please make a note in your calendars that Confirmation for our 9th and 10th graders will be May 1st at 7:30. We would love to have you join us for this special occasion as these young students participate in Shabbat services.
We will wrap up Religious School this month on May 17th.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL ON MAY 10TH.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Jana Zager
Religious School Director

Religious Education Classes

Hebrew School
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

May 3, 17
No School May 10

Congratulations to Meredith Ryan,
who has accepted the position of Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School Director, beginning June 1, 2015. 
We will miss Jana Zager and the entire Zager family as they move to New Jersey.


Thursday, May 7, 2015
7pm-9pm   BJ's Pizza


Join the 2015 Confirmands for
Shabbat Service on
Friday, May 1st at 7:30 pm  
as they celebrate their Jewish Identity and their commitment to Jewish Life.
There will be a festive oneg to follow.

Alex Fedder
David Fedder
Joe Fedder
Neil Levens
Maddie Ryan
Lucy Silverman
Sam Susser
Nathan Zager

Omer Study Series: Faces of God

Saturday 11am on May 2 and May 9

What is the nature of God?  This is one of the biggest questions of religion and in its 4,000 years of history Judaism has a lot to say about what God is and what God wants from us. In the modern era Jewish thinkers have struggled with how to understand God in an era of reason and science, spirituality and religious seeking and the great thinkers of the modern Jewish world have added depth to the questions of the nature of God.   Join us on Saturday morning 11am from April 4-May 9 as we explore different modern approaches the biggest question of them all! Find out what the great thinkers of modern Judaism have said about God and deepen your understanding of what it means to believe in God as modern Jews.

Special Shavuot Learning Opportunity

Sunday, May 24 Shavuot services 9.00am. Study 10.00am - 12.00pm
Shavuot is a day we celebrate the giving of Torah and the joy of Jewish learning. Join us as Rabbi Emanual and Rabbi Roseman  teach about different perspectives of the Book of Ruth, traditionally read on Shavuot in a morning of study in celebration of Shavuot


Rabbi Roseman will discuss various issues he raises in his new book.  The final session will begin with light refreshments at 10:00 AM in the Grossman Auditorium with the formal session to start at 10:30.  The talks are open to all members of CBI and guests of any religious tradition without charge.  It is expected that they will conclude before noon.

May 3, the Rabbi will talk about “The Head and the Heart: Intellect and Emotion.”

Copies of his book, Of Tribes and Tribulations, will be available for purchase each Sunday morning, and Rabbi Roseman has indicated he will be delighted to dedicate and sign the books for your possession or as gifts.


The second night seder was a fabulous success! Thank you to all who attended as well as those who prepared the wonderful food! The ladies of Sisterhood are currently working on the inventory of the Gift Shop, and will be re-opening soon. Be sure to stop by when you get a chance!

Many of our serving trays and silver pieces are very worn and need replacing. If you have something to donate, please let us know and we will happily pick it up.

Many thanks.
CBI Sisterhood Co-Presidents,
Brittany Sandbach, Susan Martin, Chris Adler





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