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Religious School

We are gearing up for a great year at CBI! We will have registration and our first class on September 20th. Please plan on arriving at 9:00am. So far, it looks like we will be offering instruction for grades 2-8. This will be for both Hebrew and religious studies. If you have a child who is aged between Kindergarten and 1st grade and you would like for them to participate in Sunday school, please contact Meredith Ryan and let her know that you are planning on enrolling your child. We will work to see if we can secure teaching staff for this age group. This year, we are going to have the students complete a comprehensive assessment of Hebrew so that we can place all of the students in the environment that will best help them learn. This assessment will take place over the first 1 or 2 Hebrew sessions. For those of you who have wondered about what curriculum we follow, please refer to the www.isjl.org website. I had the pleasure of working with many of the ISJL staff on a recent trip to Mississippi and I left feeling very positive and motivated for a great school year. I think that our curriculum is very goal oriented and has the potential to not only prepare our children for their bar/bat mitzvah but will actually increase their overall understanding, love and appreciation for Judaism.

Some of the exciting events for the year will be: decorating the Sukkah and dinner at the Temple; a 4th and 5th grade trip to Houston; a Sunday school Passover Seder; and for our high school teens, we will be working to create and implement a NFTY program. NFTY is North America's Reform Jewish Youth movement that strives to provide meaningful and engaging youth experiences for teens. For more information on NFTY please visit the website www.nfty.org.  One of the programs that we will be exploring with our high school teens is Mitzvah Corp. Mitzvah Corps connects Jewish teens with immersive social action opportunities across North America, Central America, and Israel.

I look forward to seeing you all over the High Holy Days and on our first day of Hebrew/Sunday school.

        Meredith Ryan
                 CBI Religious School Director

Religious School
Registration & 1st day of Classes
Sunday,  September 20
9:00 am

Sukkot Celebration

Sunday, September 27: Sukkot celebration
5:00pm Religious School children decorate the Sukkah
6:00pm rest of the congregation can join us for Sukkot dinner
*this event will take place of regular unday School for this day.

Family Shabbat Dinner

Shalom Y’all,

Welcome back to our Family Shabbat Dinners and I hope you all survived the first week of a new school year too!  It was wonderful seeing everyone at our first Family Dinner of the season and being together with all our CBI families again!

As we gear up for a new year, I would like to wish all of you L'Shana Tova 5776 … May it be Happy, Sweet, Healthy & Prosperous!  Due to the High Holy Days, there will be NO FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER this month!  Our next Family Shabbat Dinner will be on Friday, October 2nd!  In celebration of Simchat Torah, Services begin at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow.  Please encourage any newcomers to attend and support our monthly dinners and make them feel welcome!

As always, if you are able to help me in the kitchen, I would love the pleasure of your company and extra hands!  

Chag Sameach to All,

Leslie Green, Programming Director
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New Year Open House

Rabbi Ilan and  Randi Emanuel cordially invite you to elebrate the new year of 5776 at an Open House at their home.

Rosh HaShanah Afternoon
Monday, September 14, 2015
from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M.

Tashlich services will be held on the pier at Cole Park at 6:00 PM following the open house.

High Holyday Rabbi for the Conservative Services

We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Jill Cozen-Harel to lead our traditional services this year.  Rabbi Cozen-Harel has extensive experience leading traditional minyanim and is excited to come to Corpus to lead services for us.  We look forward to giving Rabbi Cozen-Harel a warm South Texas welcome for these high Holydays. 

Rabbi Jill Cozen-Harel  was ordained at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and has also learned at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conservative Yeshiva, and the Shalom Hartman Institute.  She also holds a BA in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.  Rabbi Cozen-Harel spent several years as a chaplain at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and currently works for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Additionally, she is a volunteer chaplain for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, teaches for Kevah, and regularly chants Torah and leads services for the Mission Minyan. She led trips to Israel, Ghana, New Orleans for Birthright Israel, American Jewish World Service, and Jewish Funds for Justice, respectively. She has led High Holiday services in California, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and is looking forward to spending this year's High Holidays in Texas.    Rabbi Cozen-Harel is training to run her first marathon in November - the New York Marathon - as part of American Jewish World Service's team. 


The annual Selichot services will be held on Saturday evening, September 5th at CBI.  We shall begin at 7:30 pm with light refreshments in the Grossman Auditorium.  

At 8:00 pm, we shall have a discussion:  How To Forgive

The traditional Selichot service will begin at 9:00 pm and last approximately 40-45 minutes.

Members and guests of members are cordially welcome at this evening program.

Board Orientation Workshop

New board ORIENTATION/WORKSHOP at the Temple on Sunday afternoon, September 20th, from 1pm until 3pm. All CBI board members are urged to attend. We will have an in depth discussion about CBI Finances. 

CBI Sisterhood

Happy September y’all!  CBI Sisterhood is off to a really great start!  All plans are in place for our upcoming activities.

Our Rosh Hashanah Oneg and Yom Kippur Break-fast are being planned and organized by some terrific ladies.  Thank you to Andrea Bussey, Barb Schwamb, Norma Levens and Iris Lehrman!!  

This year’s Food Fest will be held November 14th and 15th.  Organizing a successful CBI Food Fest requires lots of help from our wonderful CBI congregants.  In order to make this another huge success and fun weekend, please consider helping out in any way you can.  To volunteer at Food Fest please contact Jim Gold at 361-548-8437 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

One of the components of the Food Fest is the Vintage Sale.  Please help us by donating your unwanted purses, costume jewelry or any vintage furs lingering in your or your friend’s closets.  Donations will be received in the CBI Office.

We look forward to a year of fun and fellowship.  Membership applications have been mailed.   If you know of Jewish women in our community who would like to join our Sisterhood and participate in any of our activities, please extend the invitation and let us know so that we can reach out to them as well.

On behalf of your Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood, we would like to wish you and your family L’Shana Tovah. May the year ahead be a blessed and sweet year for you and your loved ones.

Jerri Osberg
CBI Sisterhood President

Jewish Food Festival

Save the Date:

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Sunday, November 15th, 2015


Our Jewish Food Fest takes a village of people with a current food handlers permit to serve food.
$10.00 cash
Tuesday, September 29 at CBI at 6:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
We need twenty participants for the class to take place.  
Please RSVP with Rikki Schmitchel 361-438-4443 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
You can also obtain a Food Handlers Permit at https://www.foodhandlercardonline.com

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