What's Going On - August 2010 Print

Corpus Christi Community Religious School

I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer break.  It went by quickly, didn’t it?  I attended the annual ISJL Conference in Jackson, MS in June.  I will be sharing many ideas from the conference with our teaching staff during the year.  Our new education fellow from ISJL, Molly Glazer, will be in Corpus Christi later this month.  She will attend Shabbat services on Friday, August 27th, and lead a workshop for teachers on Saturday, August 28th.  Molly will return for her fall visit the weekend of October 1-3.  Please let me know if you will be able to host her during this visit.  (Molly’s picture and bio appear below)

Our calendar for the 2010-2011 school year is now set.  We will have registration for Sunday religious school and Thursday Hebrew school on Sunday, September 12th.  Parents and students will meet in the sanctuary at 10:00.  After introductions and announcements, students will follow teachers to their classes.  Parents will then complete the registration for their children.  This year our students will be in Kindergarten through Confirmation.  If you are new to our congregation and have children in those grades, please give me a call or send an email.  I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.  If you have questions or would like to host Molly in October, call me at 857-8181 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome the new education fellow from ISJL:

Molly Glazer is a 2008 graduate of The University of Georgia and is in the process of finishing her Master of Arts in Teaching at North Georgia College and State University. Born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia, Molly was the only Jewish student at her high school. She became very involved in her temple, Shalom B’Harim in Dahlonega. At UGA, Molly was the founder of the Jews in Greek Life Organization, and was voted into the UGA Hillel Hall of Fame. She often led Reform services and filled in as a cantorial soloist. Molly has thoroughly enjoyed her first year as an Education Fellow and is excited to continue her ISJL journey. She is especially excited for her first visit to Texas and is looking forward to exploring Corpus Christi.



August 10 - Food Fest First Organizational Meeting  CBI@12pm

September 1 -Sisterhood General Board Meeting CBI @ 5:30 pm

2010-2011 Executive Sisterhood  Board 
President - Iris Karas
Treasurer - Meredith Ryan
Parliamentarian - Natalie Honigbaum
VP Congregation Functions - Susan Martin
VP Tikkun Olam - Suzy Hilliard
VP Programming - Laura Hausman & Julia Noble
Recording Secretary - Julia Noble
Corresponding Secretary - Catherine Susser
Financial/Dues Secretary - Judy Itkin

It is my pleasure to begin this year as the President of Sisterhood and the Co-chair (along with Meredith Ryan) of Food Fest. Sisterhood’s General Board Meeting will be Wednesday, September 1st at 5:30 at CBI. I welcome and encourage your attendance so that you can learn about activities planned for the upcoming year. Which, of course, is the perfect segue to remind everyone that FoodFest is fast approaching, on November 13 & 14th. We welcome everyone’s participation in this event; which is of course precisely what makes our Food Fest the amazing fundraiser that it is--so many people coming together for one purpose in such a joyful way. It is nothing short of amazing! Please don’t hesitate to contact Meredith Ryan or Iris Karas with any suggestions you may have.

High Holydays

As you undoubtedly know, the High Holidays are early this year. Please contact Laura Hausman  if you are able to contribute to the Rosh Hashanah Oneg and/or Rona Train if you would like to help with the Yom Kippur Break the Fast.

Adult Education - David Jacobs

During the past year the CBI Adult Education Committee has presented several very interesting, entertaining and informative programs. These programs usually held on Sunday mornings throughout the year were well attended. The subject matter for these programs was mostly selected with requested input from many our members.  Now it’s that time again to select topics for the upcoming fall and spring programs. We want your input. If there are programs you might be interested in, please contact Rabbi Roseman or myself.


Selichot falls, this year on Labor Day weekend.  Because of conflicts in the schedule, we have moved it back to Sunday, August 29th.  Even with this change in date, Selichot can serve as a time when we begin to focus our attention on the coming High Holydays, reviewing themes that we may have pushed aside in our minds for a year and thinking about how we shall deal with the imperatives of repentance and renewal in our religious tradition.

This year, we want to observe Selichot in a slightly different manner.  We invite you to join us at 6:30 PM on that date for a pot-luck dinner.  We’ll provide the entrée; you bring a salad or a vegetable dish.  We might even have some sweet desserts available to usher in a sweet and wonderful year.  We’ll gather together in the Grossman Auditorium for our meal.

After dinner, about 7:30, we’ll have a special program.  We’ll talk about the Torah, but from a very different perspective, and we can guarantee that we’ll have a special Torah surprise for you that evening.  This will be something you won’t want to miss.

After the program, we’ll take a short break to refresh ourselves and then we’ll gather in the Sanctuary for our annual Selichot service.  We expect that the service will be completed around 9:30 or 9:45 PM and we shall all then repair to our homes for a restful sleep.  So, we urge you to set aside this evening for fellowship, reflection and learning.  Join us at 6:30 for a collective meal and then for the rest of the program and the service.


Last year, we had the privilege of welcoming Yonina Creditor, who was just entering her fourth year as a rabbinic student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.  She conducted the traditional services with skill and humor, and everyone was pleased.  Immediately after the conclusion of Yom Kippur, she left to spend the next year studying in Jerusalem.

We are delighted to report that Yonina will be back with us again this year.  She is now entering her last year of rabbinic training, and we look forward to hearing her comments about the year she spent in Israel.