President's Message - December 2012 Print

Dear Members of CBI,

My grateful thanks go out to the CBI Sisterhood and all our congregants who organized, prepared for, and conducted a spectacular Food Fest 2012.  Chairs Catherine Susser and Laura Hausman is to be commended for their outstanding leadership in helping bring the temple team together for this outstanding event that not only raised significant funds for Sisterhood and CBI but also enhanced the CBI image throughout the Corpus Christi community.  I would like to borrow from the Olympic closing ceremony tradition and as President of CBI declare the 2012 CBI Food Fest the best ever!

The attendance at the 84th annual Thanksgiving joint service with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church was outstanding, and all gained spiritually from the meaningful service. Thank you all who were able to attend and continue this great tradition.

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone ,Hanukkah is just around the corner. We will all eat lots of latkes, light candles and exchange gifts. But let us especially remember this year that Hanukkah represents a small band of Jewish rebels lead by Judah Maccabee who saved the Jewish religion and people from destruction at the hands of the “mighty” Hellenistic Syrians. The Jewish rebels restored and purified the Temple in Jerusalem during which time they found enough oil to light the menorah for one day but it miraculously lasted eight days. Thus on the 25th of Kislev we begin celebrating 8 days of Hanukkah.

Although today we may not physically have to  fight for our religious freedom in America, we still have to stand up and act when necessary for ourselves and for others throughout the world whose religious and other freedoms are in jeopardy. This year especially we need to keep the people of Israel in our prayers to ensure they, like Judah Maccabee and the rebels, are victorious against all those who wish to destroy them.

I wish you all a happy Hanukkah and look forward seeing you at the Temple soon.

      Jim Gold