What's Going On - November 2010 Print

Corpus Christi Community Religious School


Consecration was held on October 1st prior to Simchat Torah services.  We welcome Isabella Rogoff, and Lilly, David, Alex and Joe Fedder to our religious school family.  

Yael Twito from Camp Young Judaea and Stefanie Rozen from Greene Family Camp led camp rallies during October.  Jewish summer camps provide children with lasting experiences and friendships.  There are brochures for both camps in the CBI foyer.  Parents can also visit cyjtexas.org and greene.urjcamps.org for more information.  Scholarship assistance is also available through me or Rabbi Roseman.

Parents, we will meet for religious school only on Sunday, Nov. 7th, and Hebrew school on Nov. 4th, 11th, and 18th.   We will not meet on Sunday, Nov. 14th due to Food Fest and Nov. 21st and 28th due to Thanksgiving holidays.  We will not meet for Hebrew school on Nov. 25th. 

Thanksgiving services with The Church of the Good Shepherd will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24th, at 7:30 PM, here at CBI.
                                                                                            
Shalom!
Susan

Jewish Food Festival


Extra Extra Food Fest is almost here! There is a buzz in the air as the excitement builds. The “official” countdown has begun until November 13th and 14th. Don’t be a stranger, there are so many ways to be involved and be a part of this collective energy and spirit. If you would like to help, but aren’t sure exactly what to do, please call Meredith (960-0698) or Iris (413) 575.2625.

If you have not yet been contacted and you would like to volunteer on the 13th or 14th at Food Fest, please let Meredith Ryan or me know.

The shifts on the 13th are 4:30-7:00 and 7:00-9:30. The shift on the 14th is 10:30-1:30.

I guarantee you there is a place where you’re contribution will matter and will be very much appreciated.

Raffle Tickets have been sent! By now you should have received your raffle tickets in the mail. You should know that the raffle represents a significant portion of the money raised during Food Fest. Please take a moment to send back your check and raffle ticket stubs today! Your support is very much appreciated.

Vintage Shop Laurie Mintz and Pat Susser are gratefully accepting your gently used purses, wallets, scarves, costume jewelry, fur jackets. Please ask your friends, neighbors and family members to consider donating these items to our Vintage Shop which raised several thousand dollars last year. Items may be dropped off at Temple or at Laurie Mintz’s home.

Silent Auction items cheerfully accepted. The Silent Auction is an integral part of Food Fest. Ann Engel and Laura Smith Noe and their team are busily soliciting local businesses for donations. If you regularly patronize a business that you think might make a donation and benefit from the exposure, please be sure to let Ann and Laura know.

PR We have printed a number of Food Fest flyers to promote this event. If you know of a business that would permit us to post our flyers, please let Julia Noble know. Speaking of PR, Rikki Schmitchel will be interviewed on 11/10 at noon on KRIS, Channel 6, on 11/12 at 6:00 a.m. (along with our very own George Kopf who leads our music at Food Fest) and on Channel 3 and then again at 8:00 on 96.5. Please listen, watch and tell and help spread the word.

Next Sisterhood General Board Meeting November 3 at 5:30 at CBI

Iris Karas
Sisterhood President


STEVE MARTIN AT CBI

We shall conclude this Fall’s 92YLive series with an evening with STEVE MARTIN, the remarkable, multitalented comedian, actor, director, author and social commentator.  This program will take place

        In the main sanctuary of the congregation
        Monday, November 29
        7:00 PM (promptly)

What should you expect of this evening?  Steve Martin is so unpredictable that it would be almost impossible to suggest what is going to happen.  So, just come, prepared to contort your face into a smile or a quizzical look or a frown; be flexible and enjoy.

There is no charge for this program and everyone is invited.  Please feel free to bring your friends, Jewish or non-Jewish.  A light refreshment will be served following the program.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT CBI THIS YEAR

The annual shared Thanksgiving service will be held this year in the Main Sanctuary of CBI on Wednesday evening, November 24 at 7:30 PM.

This will be the seventy-sixth annual service during which we have joined with the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to express our thanks to God for the manifold blessings in our lives, to celebrate with new and old friends, and to contribute to the Corpus Christi Food Bank through our collection of funds.

The speaker this year will be Rev. Philip May, the new Associate Rector of GSEC, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him and the Rector of the Church, Rev. Milton Black, as they worship with us.

This is a delightful opportunity to express serious, but joyful gratitude and to join with others in our community to rejoice on Thanksgiving eve.  After the service, we’ll adjourn to the Grossman Auditorium for festive pies and beverages.

Social Action Committee

The Congregation Beth Israel annual food drive was very successful thanks to our members generosity. Tempe Beth Israel contributed over 811 pounds of food and $500 + dollars to the Corpus Christi Food Bank. We thank all of our congregants who contributed to helping feed our Corpus Christi neighbors in these difficult times.

Coming Attractions

The Temple Social Action Planners met and discussed taking on a variety of projects submitted by Temple Beth Israel members. The projects were narrowed down to the following:

Religious Action Council participation by all Temple members
Provide dinner and activities for children at McDonald House
Prepare food and deliver it to the homeless in conjunction with the Salvation Army using their canteen truck.
Provide assistance to congregants needing a periodic friend to visit, assist in helping them get to appointments or otherwise assist them in improving their quality of life.
Continue the recycling program at the Temple.
Assist the schools in mentoring students through the CCISD Mentoring Program.
Potential Mitzvah Day.

One project will be a group project designed and implemented by our young members.

The group believed these projects were high quality and within our capacity to effectively complete.

The key ingredient to our effectiveness is YOU—we need your help to help plan and complete these projects. We ask that you do the following:
please look over the list and find a project that interests you
call Debbie at the Temple Office 361-857-8181 and let her know which project(s) you are interested in volunteering to help and
enjoy helping others.

We will contact you soon after. Your help is crucial to the Temple’s social action success.

                                Thank you,
                                Jim Gold

Adult Education - New Train Library additions

By David Jacobs


Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History
By David B. Goldstein


This book, a summary of research on genetics of Jewish people, is by a person in the best position to tell the story: a geneticist and a Jew. Goldstein's research deals with tracing heredity as far back as possible, and it is his project that is probing connections between Jews all over the world. He shows it is possible that Jews who think they are descendents of high priests from the days of the First Temple really are, and that Africans who believe they originated with the early Hebrews actually did. He also contrasts genetic descent through males and females and offers an explanation of why hereditary diseases found mostly in Jews may confer an advantage. The technical portions are easy to understand and the book is no longer than it needs to be. It's a fast, jargon-free read and is highly recommended.

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
By: David Lehman


Lehman, poet, anthologist (The Oxford Book of American Poetry) and critic (The Last Avant-Garde), melds dreamy personal reflections with impressive archival excavation for a thorough look at the popular early-20th-century songwriters and what made their work quintessentially Jewish. Delving into the iconic hits of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Larry Hart, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, among selective others, Lehman ponders how these Ashkenazi Jews, mostly raised speaking Yiddish in New York as cantors' sons, melded their particular wit, melancholy and sophistication with the rhythmic richness of African-American music—a blending of blues and jazz. In their many beloved seminal hits—e.g., Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911), George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (1923), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' (1943)—these sons (Dorothy Fields being the female lyricist exception) of refugees from anti-Semitic rumblings in Europe were conducting a passionate romance with America, Lehman maintains.

The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine
By: Edwin Black


This book originally came out as a Macmillan hardback some years ago. This new edition has some fascinating new insights into Israel's tremendous historic drama--one obviously overlooked by others. Anyone who reads this book should be prepared for a whodunit style history, with gripping and tragic moments that stay with you long after the book is put down. No wonder The Transfer Agreement continues to thrill and inform people.