President's Message - May 2013 Print
Dear Members of CBI,

We have now completed three of the four planned Towne Hall meetings in which congregants expressed their concerns and needs for how CBI should support the Jewish community as well as their support for many of the current traditions and activities that we provide. In the next few weeks we will be completing the analysis process and mailing a copy of the results to every member of CBI.
 
I want to take this opportunity to emphasize one theme that played throughout the 3 sessions—despite differences, CBI has a feel of family, helpfulness, and religion that is not often present in other Jewish communities. Your Board runs the business of the CBI in a very effective manner; the decisions are based on good business practices and what is in the best interest of CBI. The Board and rabbi have supported all the agreements of the merger in order to serve the diverse needs of congregants. Adult education courses are well attended and special events such as the Rabbi’s lecture series and 92nd Street Y offer opportunities for learning often not available in other congregations. Our Sunday school offers children an opportunity to learn and socialize in a Jewish environment—both critical elements in growing up Jewish in a mid-size town such as Corpus Christi.
 
The Town Hall meetings indicated that some of these items may need to be tweaked in the future but one additional item must continue unchanged—the sense of family. Newer congregants and long-time members recognize that CBI is here to serve—people pitch-in when help is needed whether it be the Mitzvah Committee providing food, individuals baking for special events, people checking on others who are ill or those who generously contribute so that we can hold special events such as the 92nd Street Y. However, the most important ingredient is an intangible that takes place when members interact whether it be while skinning chickens for food fest, chatting at Friday night Oneg or interacting at a Town Hall meeting—it is a sense of family, caring, and pride centered on our Jewish values of Study, Torah and Tikkun Olam.
 
There is little doubt that with the ideas expressed in the Town Hall meetings, the hiring of a new Rabbi and the changing financial and demographic make-up of our congregation some changes will take place in the future. Like all change some members will be pleased, some displeased and others will not be affected. As potential changes are discussed and actions taken it is critical that each of us act in a way that is respectful of others and supports the best interest of our entire congregation. Most of all we all need to protect  our sense of family that is the true heart of CBI.
            
                Shalom,
                    Jim Gold