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Religious School Registration &  First Day of Classes

Sunday, September 8, 2013
9:15 AM
Congregation Beth Israel
(Classes will be over at 12:30)

Call Jana Zager or the CBI office with any questions.

Religious Education Classes

Hebrew School
9:15 am

Sunday School
10:30 am - 12:30

8, 22 & 29

Corpus Christi Community Religious School

Welcome Back! I hope you’ve had a restful summer and are refreshed and geared up for the upcoming school year.  On August 18th, we had our first visit with our new ISJL Fellow, Missy Goldstein who was accompanied by the McAllen/Brownsville Fellow.  We had a very productive teacher training session where we discussed many new ideas for this year.  Missy will be back on September 27th to meet our congregation and to continue to provide her inspiration to the Religious School.   Consecration will be held prior to services on Friday, September 27th at 5:15 and Family Shabbat Services will begin at 6:00, followed by dinner at 7:00.  I hope you will join us as we share this special occasion with our young students and to meet Missy. If you are interested in hosting Missy in your home, please let me know.

Please remember that registration and the first day of Religious School classes are on September 8th at 9:15. Classes will be finished at 12:30.  I welcome our returning students as well as the new additions to our school.

Finally, I’d like to personally wish you L'shanah Tovah, I hope this year is filled with joy and blessings for you and your families!

Jana Zager, Director


Shalom Y'all,

L'Shana Tova 5774 to everyone … May it be Happy, Healthy & Prosperous!!!

It was wonderful sharing our first Family Shabbat Dinner together last month and I hope you will continue to attend and support our monthly dinners.  If you know any newcomers to our congregation, please invite them to share in the food and friendship as well bringing in Shabbat together!

Sometimes, coming up with “new” meal ideas is a challenge, so don't be shy and give me a holler if you'd like to share a favorite recipe for one of our monthly dinners.  If you find yourself with some free time on your hands, why not join me in the kitchen?

Please mark your calendars for our next Family Shabbat Dinner September 27th, when we will be celebrating Simchat Torah.

Chag Sameach to All,

Leslie Green
Programming Director

COFTY Youth Group

CoFTY is the temple youth group for students post—B’nai Mitzvah age. On Sunday, August 18th, the reestablished cofty youth group held its first meeting. It was an informative meeting with presentations by Brandon Marks and Josh Ferrell. We had a great turn out and are already planning our next meeting for the end of September. If you were unable to attend the meeting and your child would like to participate in COFTY please e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rick and Melissa Balkin
CoFTY Advisors


During this holiday season, I would like to take a minute to thank Susan Martin, Barbara Schwamb, Jackie and Summer Hausman who are all working to make our Rosh Hashanah Oneg and Yom Kippur Break-fast such wonderful events.  Ladies, we truly appreciate your efforts.

This year’s Food Fest will be held on November 16th and November 17th.  The organizers of this event are working very hard to make this another huge success.  We are looking forward to another busy but fun weekend.  Please come out and support this annual event.

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 year for you and your loved ones.

Robin Adams – Sisterhood President

Save the Date - JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL 2013

Saturday, November 16th  & Sunday, November 17th


A Food Handler’s Class will be held at Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, September 29th from 10:30 until noon. Please plan to attend to renew your permit or to earn one for the first time. If you like to work on the serving line or work in the kitchen during Food Fest you must have a current permit. The cost of the class including the permit  is $10.00 (cash only)


On Sunday, August 18, a dozen of our teens met for the first youth group event of the new year.  At the conclusion of the meeting, they gathered around HOLY COW!, unlocked the milk can from under her udder and counted its contents.  Their count was later verified by the machine at American Bank.

Over the first ten weeks of her residence in our lobby, HOLY COW! collected $227.55, which has now been forwarded to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission on South Alameda.  The milk can has been replaced, and she is anxiously looking forward to your tzedakah.  When you come to the CBI foyer, we hope you’ll be prepared to slide a few coins into her mouth.  As we’ve already discovered, every penny and every nickel adds up.  Thanks in advance for your generosity.


The Adult Education Committee is pleased to announce that the four Sunday mornings in October will be devoted to a mini-course entitled


Rabbi Roseman will help us understand that change has really been constant throughout the Jewish ages, not just in our own time.  “Anyone who tells you that the practices of traditional Judaism go back to Moses at Sinai,” the rabbi said, “simply has not read or understood the chronicles of Jewish history.  We’re going to take a sympathetic, but honest look at those records.”

On, October 6, he will speak about the Deuteronomic Revolution of the sixth century BCE.
A week later, on October 13, he will address the rabbinic revolution that occurred after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE.

October 20 will bring us up to the opening of the modern world with the Hasidic Revolution that occurred initially in Central Europe following 1750 CE.

And finally, Rabbi Roseman will talk about the Reform Revolution that began in the late eighteenth century in Western Europe and of which we are a part today.

All of these sessions will take place in the Grossman Auditorium.  Light refreshments will be available at 10:00 AM, and the program will begin at 10:30.  There is no charge for these lectures, and guests are cordially invited to join members of the congregation in attendance.

Our 92Y series of lectures will resume on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:15 PM in the Racusin Chapel.  At that time, we shall have the privilege of hearing Dr. Paul Zak of the Claremont Graduate School in California who will address the topic of ARE HUMANS GOOD OR EVIL?

    Dr. Zak’s laboratory has identified a “moral molecule,” and more than ten years of experiments have demonstrated that humans are usually moral beings.  Come and listen to Dr. Zak describe his fascinating experiments and find out what they reveal about our nature, society and government.
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Religious Services


Friday,  November 30
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm


Saturday,  December 1
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  December 7
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm
*Family dinner to follow

Saturday, December 8
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, December 14
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 15
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, December 21
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 22
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  December 28
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 29
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am


Friday,  January 4
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  January 5
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am 

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