What's Going On - May 2010 Print

A Message from the Family Corner

This month we will have a Shabbat Dinner on May 7th .  

Thank you to Susan Martin, Rabbi Roseman  & Iris Karas for helping me prepare the last Shabbat dinner.  This month will prove to be just as enjoyable.  If you would like to have your child utilize the childcare during services, please make sure to check them in and out.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Meredith Ryan at 960-0698.

Meredith Ryan

Corpus Christi Community  Religious School

Students celebrated Yom Ha’atzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day) on Sunday, April 18th.  Lena Wise, our ISJL Fellow, helped the students make candy maps of Israel and then led them on a trip to Israel, where they put prayers in the Wailing Wall and practiced commands and drills that face Israeli Defense Forces.  We also created Facebook pages for Israel and sang Israeli songs.

Speaking of the ISJL, I will be attending this year’s conference in Jackson, MS, at the end of June.  If you have ideas, questions, or concerns about our curriculum, please let me know and I will have them addressed at the conference.

We are beginning our last month of Sunday and Thursday classes, so make every attempt to attend each session.

Reminder:  There will be no class on Mother’s Day, May 9th.  I hope it will be a special day for everyone!



Please send your favorite recipes to our Cookbook Committee.
Forms are available in the CBI office, and online from Barbara Schwamb at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Participate in our first tasting feast to be held
Wednesday, June 16th   at 6:30pm.
Bring a dessert and/or appetizer along with the recipes,
and a fun time will be enjoyed by all!

Contact Barbara Schwamb or Rona Train for further information or to help with this fun project.


All Sisterhood Members are invited to
a cookbook meeting on
Thursday, May 13th at 4pm  
at Congregation Beth Israel.


Shavuot is the second of the great “pilgrimage festivals” of the Jewish religious calendar.  Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot are called “pilgrimage festivals” because the book of Deuteronomy commands that Jews were to leave their homes and appear at the great temple in Jerusalem with their festive offerings.

Originally, Shavuot celebrated the first crop of barley to be harvested.  Later, a historical element was added, a commemoration of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.  In a sense, this is appropriate: the Torah was the first harvest of freedom after the Jews left Egyptian slavery – same theme.

The traditional Torah portion for this festival is the Ten Commandments.  When Jews added a second reading called the Haftarah, the book of Ruth was chosen, because it takes place largely around the threshing floor in Bethlehem at the time of the harvest.
It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot, such as blintzes.  We invite you to services on Friday, May 21; let’s see if we can manage a little something extra for the Oneg Shabbat.


On Sunday, May 2, we shall celebrate the relatively minor holyday of Lag B’Omer.
On Pesach, we began counting the fifty days until Shavuot.  This period is called the Omer, because Omer means “the sheaf of barley” that is first gathered at the time of Shavuot.

Lag requires a little explanation.  Each Hebrew letter also has a numerical value.  The letter Lamed is 30 and the letter Gimel is three, so Lamed plus Gimel add up to 33, and Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of the sequence between Pesach and Shavuot.

In the agricultural economy of ancient Israel, the first month after Pesach was filled with the tasks of planting and cultivating the crops.  But after about thirty days, there was not much else to do until the barley ripened.  So, it became customary to have weddings on Lag B’Omer because there were two weeks for a honeymoon before the work of harvesting began.  Later on, the day came to have significance for Hasidic Jews, and in Israel these folks go to a town named Meron (near Safed), picnic and cut the hair of their three year-old sons for the first time.  It is supposedly the yahrzeit of the famous second-century rabbi, Shimon bar Yochai who hid in a nearby cave from the Romans for thirteen years.

Lag B’Omer is a wonderful occasion to do something outside with family and friends.  You might even consider finding an environmental project to do during the day.


At the Elton John concert in April, David Loeb said that attendance at services would likely be far greater if the singer could be hired as cantor for Friday night.  Unfortunately, the cost of even one appearance would probably blow the entire annual budget of the congregation.

However, there is an unsubstantiated rumor that the King of Pop will be making an unexpected guest appearance at services for Shavuot on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM.  You may want to check it out.  Wouldn’t you feel terrible if you missed such an occasion?


Wednesday, June 16, 2010               
6:30 p.m. Appetizer and Dessert Tasting
7:00 p.m. Congregation Meeting

    *Election of 2010-2011 Board

    *Several items of congregation business
      (information to follow)
    *Exemplary Service Award

    *Special presentation honoring Rabbi Roseman

Please join Elinor Roosth & sons, Mark and Kenneth,
to celebrate Dr. Hyman Roosth’s 85th Birthday
on Friday, May 14th, s they host that evening’s Oneg in his honor.