President's Message - August 2016 Print
Dear Friends….Experiencing the “dog days” of summer is standard for all of us. Seems we are getting a double dose of hot and dry days.  I hope you are all staying well and staying inside as much as possible.  Several of our Temple youth are away at camp right now, and enjoying the programs that have been planned for each of them.  I’m sure you’re missing your children (??) , but know they are having great times with other Jewish children at sleep away camps.  It’s a great experience for them to spend time in an “all Jewish” atmosphere. The experiences they have at summer camp are life changing and will stay with them all their lives.

Several of us attended a program at Del Mar College this week.  Dr. Bryan Stone, professor of history at the college for the past 12 years, presented a lecture and program for the community.  He has recently collaborated with some Texas families and published a book on Memories of Two Generations: A Yiddish Life in Russia and Texas. It was an excellent presentation and the 50+ attendees enjoyed hearing about the steps taken by Russian families who came to San Antonio in the 1800s, set up business and communities, then spread to other parts of Texas.  We spoke to Dr. Stone about conducting an Adult Education program for us at CBI.  He is delighted to come and speak to us, and we will make definite plans for his presentations in the Fall.

Joshua Yaker was called to the Torah and became a Bar Mitzvah Saturday, July 16. The Yaker family hosted a delightful  lunch following the Bar Mitzvah.  Congratulations to Josh and the Yaker family.

Be sure and notice the newly updated Menorah wall in front of our Temple.  Mike Trimyer and the Fine Arts Committee met on several occasions and chose the tiles and colors, and are responsible for updating this structure facing Saratoga.

 Sisterhood Kickoff meeting will be Thursday, August 18 at Ginger Café.  Mark your calendars now to attend this fun event.  Also, it’s time to pay your Sisterhood dues. 

Our first NEW CBI BOARD meeting will be Wednesday, August 24.  You will be receiving more information about this soon. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer.  Try to attend services on Friday Evening at 6 p.m. and/or Torah Study on Saturday.  We need YOU.

                                Chris Adler, President
                                Congregation Beth Israel