President's Message - April 2015 Print
I often sing the praises of the women of Congregation Beth Israel.  Yes,  I admit I am a bit biased,  but time after time,  they are there for our Congregation.  I would like to fill you in on the latest gift from this group of hard working women.   At our March Board meeting they presented us with FOUR checks.  The first was a check for $6000, to sponsor the years’ worth of Shabbat Family Dinners.  This covers not only the food costs, but the preparations, handled by Leslie Green, our Shabbat Dinner Coordinator.  These dinners have become a wonderful social event as well as an outreach to nonmembers.    Next, we received a $2000 check for religious school fieldtrips; This will enable some of our students to visit the Holocaust Museum in Houston later this year.  The women of Sisterhood also issued a check for $5000 to replenish the Camp Scholarship Fund.   As a reminder, there is still time to apply for a partial scholarship to a Jewish Camp for member children.  So far, we have rewarded three scholarships to our children, and hope to encourage more of our students to attend summer camp.  Last but not least, a check for $20,000 for our Operating Fund was given to us by the Women of Sisterhood. This money is greatly needed to just assist with day to day operations of our facility.  Sisterhood also reported that they are sponsoring a program for sight impaired children at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.  Thank you ladies for not only helping Congregation Beth Israel, but for helping our general community as well.  Finally, this month will be Sisterhood’s annual 2nd Night Sedar,   not really a fundraiser, more of a service they perform for our congregation.  As I recite my praises for the Women of Sisterhood, let me also say how excited I am about the first successful Brotherhood function that was held last month.  A nice sized gathering of men of all ages took place at B&J’s Pizza.  Many thanks to Greg Marks and his committee for having the initiative to start this new group.  Hope this will lead to many more functions.  

Suzy Hilliard  
President, Congregation Beth Israel