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Corpus Christi Community Religious School

I hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break and now feels rested and ready for the last few months of school.  Bill and I spent a long weekend in Atlanta with our children and grandchildren.  The highlight of the trip was the naming (Simchat Bat) of our granddaughter, Jessel Hart Martin.  She was wrapped in her father’s tallit and blessed with wine from her great-grandfather’s Kiddush cup.  It was a joyous occasion!

Before the break, Molly Glazer, our ISJL Education Fellow, joined us for Shabbat Services and Family Dinner on Friday evening.  On Sunday Molly guided our students and teachers through Purim stations.  They acted out the story of Esther, prepared and then exchanged Mishloach Manot boxes.  The morning activities culminated with “Top Chef Hamentashen”.  The culinary masterpieces of each group were judged on creativity, presentation, originality and taste.  Look for pictures of our fun time in this bulletin.

I’d like to thank Olivia, Sarah, Julia, and Tim Noble for hosting Molly.  This was Molly’s last official visit to Corpus Christi.  At the end of the year, she will assume the role of Educator at Congregation Emanuel in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  We wish her well!




I want to thank all our congregants who came to the March Family Shabbat Dinner.  Your compliments and support meant the world to me and I look forward to cooking more delicious meals for all of you.  This nice Jewish girl couldn't be happier watching all of you eat my food!

This month we will not be getting together for our monthly Family Shabbat Dinner due to the upcoming Passover holiday.  We will resume again on May 6th and look forward to breaking bread together, making new friends, and bringing in the Sabbath!

CBI will once again be hosting its 2nd night Passover community sedar on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm and is taking reservations now.  Please call Debbie Bustillo at CBI for a reservation form or you can find one in your CBI newsletter.  Your paid reservation and form must be turned into the CBI office by April 12th.

Since we have lived in Corpus the last 4 years, we have not missed 2nd sedar at CBI, and if you're thinking about coming, let me tell you it is a fun-filled evening with Passover surprises by Rabbi Roseman, delicious food, and a warm feeling of the community coming together as a whole to celebrate this Passover holiday.  If you've heard about Phyllis Roseman's matzoh candy and have never tasted it, you're in for a real treat – I am her biggest fan!!

I want to wish all of you a zeisen Pesach (sweet Passover) and can't wait to break matzoh together!!

                                Leslie Green
                                Programming Director


   Pursuant to numerous requests, Rabbi Roseman has agreed to summarize the course that he offered during the first semester to students at TAMU-CC.  The course was entitled THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN AMERICA.

   Our Spring series continues on Sunday mornings in April.  The remaining sessions will take place in the Grossman Auditorium at 11:00 AM and will conclude about noon.  They will be preceded at 10:30 by light refreshments and fellowship.

   On Sunday, April 3, Rabbi Roseman will discuss the growth of two contradictory religious movements during the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth: on the one hand, fundamentalism and, on the other, social activism.  If you want to know how to identify a fundamentalist, this is the talk you should not miss!

   Finally, on Sunday, April 10, he will discuss the crisis of faith that has occurred since the 1920s and the emergence of alternative forms of religiosity and spirituality in the modern era.



At Shabbat evening services on April 8, 2011, we shall gather to express our thanks and admiration to Rona and L.A. Train for all that they have done over the years to enhance and strengthen Temple Beth El and Congregation Beth Israel.  The service will be conducted in part by members of the congregation and will begin at the normal time of 7:30 PM.  A festive oneg Shabbat will follow.

We hope you will join your friends and fellow congregants to tell the Trains how much we appreciate all that they have done for all of us and for the Jewish and general communities of Corpus Christi and to wish them well in their new home in Houston.



Tuesday, April 19th, 2011  6:00pm

Congregation Beth Israel - 402 Saratoga

ADULTS (13 and up)   $20      CHILDREN (6 to 12) $10
Children 5 and Under Complimentary


Call the Congregation Office and arrangements will be made.

We will be using “A Passover Haggadah,” drawings by Leon Baskin.

*Priority Reservations for CBI Members until April 5th 
*Community Reservations taken after April 5th  




Due to a number of conflicts, some of the discussions at the 92nd St. YMHA could not be aired in Corpus Christi when they were originally broadcast.  However, we have secured the DVD disks of two of them and will put them on our big screen in April and May.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 – 7:30 PM
We shall hear a presentation by Ethan Bronner, Bureau Chief in Jerusalem of the New York Times.  Even though this program originally aired on February 23, it seems that current events have made its relevancy even more compelling.  Please note that this program will begin at 7:30, since it is on a disk rather than a live program.

TUESSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 – 7:00 PM
Join Nir Barkat, ninth mayor of the city of Jerusalem, for a discussion of the crucial issues facing the ancient city.  Jerusalem is the holy locale to the three major Abrahamic religions, home to all branches of the Israeli government, place of a rich and diverse, artistic and cultural life, a growing center for technological innovations and a critical element in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and negotiations for a two-state solution. 

Prior to to his election as mayor, Barkat served for five years as opposition leader of city council.  He approaches his job with business methods and entrepreneurial skills derived from the two decades in instructional business.  He will be interviewed by Bret Stevens who is deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal and writes its “Global View” column..




Three pieces of Matzah-Represent the two loaves of bread set out during Temple sacrificial cults and one for the Passover itself. Matzah is the dry bread that the Israelites took with them when they escaped slavery in Egypt and had no time to let the dough rise.

Roasted shankbone-Both in memory of the lamb that was slaughtered during the Passover service in the Temple and the lamb-blood that was daubed on the doorposts so the angel of death would “pass over” the houses of the Israelites during the last plague.

*Parsley (green herbs)-the growth of the Spring, the green of hope and renewal.

Horseradish-to symbolize the bitterness of slavery.

Haroset-A mixture of apples, wine, cinnamon and walmuts to represent the mortar that the Israelites used to build the structures of Egypt.

*Roasted egg
-To represent the triumph of life over death.

Wine-Four cups each for one of the biblical promises of redemption.

A cup for Elijah-To symbolize the messianic hope. Elijah is the prophet who heralds the coming of the messianic future. (see Malachi 3:23-24)

Afikoman-The middle piece of matzah that is hidden early in the seder and later found. A Greek word cannoting dessert


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