President's Message - December 2016 Print

JUST ZIPPING BY….for months we’ve been talking about the Jewish  holidays, (the Third Jewish High Holiday (Food Fest),  as someone mentioned to me, Thanksgiving, and a variety of other events recently.  And now, they’re all in our recent past and we’re already preparing for next year.  With huge successes in all areas, we move forward toward a new year and more exciting times for our Temple. 

We had a very good board meeting last week.  Suzy Hilliard reported on the membership committee and we can welcome two new members to our congregation.  Fifi Keishnik is a new member.  She has been a great help in all areas (especially Food Fest) for several years, and we are so happy she decided to put her membership with us.  Frank and Odelia Rios are also new members and we are very happy about this.  They attend all services and work frequently at CBI events.  WELCOME TO BOTH FAMILIES!

Mike Trimyer reported on the Fine Arts committee.  The new memorial plaque, a replica of our large menorah on the front lawn, is here and installed in our social hall.  It is beautiful and has 119 plaques available to honor or memorialize someone in our community.  We will begin sending information on this very soon. 

Mike Hiatt is chairing the Scholarship Committee, along with members Eva Brown and Roz Josephs Ferrell.  All camp and program applications with be directed to this committee for vetting and recommendations.

Adult Education is a great ongoing addition to our programing.  David Jacobs is/has done a great job setting up movies and programs for our adults.  The most recent, an archeologist, Professor Eberling, presented two very informative programs on early Israeli life and the Jezreel Dig in Israel to our congregants and friends. Professor Eberling was excellent.

Our social action committee, headed by Linda Snider and Sue Williams, continue to keep us updated and involved in the “homeless initiative” in Corpus Christi.  Another member, EB, is an ongoing volunteer at the Women’s Shelter. She has recently completed several weeks of training that is required of all Volunteers.  We are very proud of this Social Action Committee and the work they are doing.  WE STILL NEED SOCKS…ALL SIZES, COLORS, NEW, OR GENTLY USED.  We have donated several hundred pair.  Please check that sock drawer and bring any spare socks to CBI.

Have a happy and healthy month.
Chris Adler, President
Congregation Beth Israel