What's Going On - January 2011 Print

CORPUS CHRISTI COMMUNITY RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

We had only two Sunday sessions in December due to the Winter Break.  Molly Glazer, our ISJL Education Fellow, began her visit to CBI with the Family Dinner on December 3rd.  She enjoyed seeing the lit menorahs at every table.  Sarah, Olivia, Julia and Tim Noble entertained Molly on Saturday.  They even worked in a trip to Padre Island, which was a first for Molly.  On Sunday, classes played “Jewpordy”, made edible dreidels, and used their hand-crafted yads to give Hebrew commands.  Thank you, Noble Family, for helping to make Molly’s visit memorable.

Classes enjoyed individual activities on December 12th.  Our Kinder and first grade students are learning about prayer.  Dave Ryan demonstrated the use of various ritual items, including tefillin, kippot, and tallit.  (I learned a lot, too!)

Hebrew School resumes on Thursday, January 6th.  January 9th will be the first Sunday session of 2011.  I’ll see everyone then.

            Shalom!
            Susan

FAMILY CORNER

Thank you to Natalie and Brian Honigbaum and Lauren Frantz for your combined efforts in making our first Tot Shabbat such a success.  What a joy to see so many families and children welcoming in Shabbat.  I for one truly hope that this tradition will continue.  The Jewish children in this community are our future leaders.  Involving them in our temple activities will only help to raise awareness and enthusiasm for our religion and traditions.  This temple is a home for many of the Jews of Corpus, I am pleased to see all generations together under one roof.

As always, please remember that 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.
            Shalom,
               Meredith Ryan

TOT SHABBAT

Thank you to everyone who attended the Tot Shabbat service.  The Racusin chapel was filled to capacity with youngsters and parents!       

Our next Tot Shabbat service will be on January 21st at 6:15pm Bring your vocal babies, wandering toddlers, inquisitive preschoolers, and vibrant grade-schoolers. This is a casual service where everyone is welcome!

We hope to see you there!


Natalie & Brian Honigbaum & Lauren Frantz


TRADITIONAL KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICES SCHEDULED

Once-a-month, lay members of Congregation Beth Israel conduct traditional Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Sabbath) services in the Racusin Chapel.  These services last about 45 minutes; attendees often then join the rest of the congregation in the Sanctuary for the Rabbi’s sermon, the concluding parts of the service and the Oneg Shabbat.  The mood of these services is relaxed and celebratory, and all are welcome.

The schedule for the entire year is:

January 28, 2011
February 18, 2011
March 18, 2011
No April
May 13, 2011
June 17, 2011

We encourage you to enter these dates on your calendar now so that you will be able to attend these services when they occur.


Sisterhood Announces New Mitzvah Committee Co-Chairs

The Mitzvah Committee reaches out to members of our Jewish community in times of need, whether someone is sick, a loved one has passed away, or a congregant remains homebound for any reason. It is our pleasure to deliver a home-cooked meal/food at times such as these.


We are honored to introduce our new Mitzvah Committee Co-Chairs, Julia Noble and Laura Hausman. Please contact them if you or someone you know needs the Mitzvah Committee's help. It is our pleasure to do a mitzvah for you!

Contact us:

Congregation Beth Israel at 857-8181

Julia Noble at 244-1625

Laura Hausman at 549-7505


SPRING ADULT LECTURE SERIES ANNOUNCED

    Pursuant to numerous requests, Rabbi Roseman has agreed to summarize the course that he offered during the first semester to students at TAMU-CC.  The course was entitled THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN AMERICA.


    Our Spring series will be offered on five Sunday mornings in March and April.  All of the sessions will take place in the Grossman Auditorium at 11:00 AM and will conclude about noon.  They will be preceded at 10:30 by light refreshments and fellowship.


    On Sunday, March 13, Rabbi Roseman will help us identify the basic principles that have guided religious practice and development since the first settlement on these shores.  In particular, he will address the themes that are found in the foundational documents of early American history, as those documents relate to religious matters.


    A week later, on Sunday, March 20, he will skip forward in time to the present-day and talk about a contemporary issue, as it demonstrates the basic principles that he elaborated in the first lecture.  This issue deals with prayer and Bible reading in the public schools and is a good case study of how the American system of laws and religion mesh together.


    The last session in that month on Sunday, March 27 will focus on the impact of both immigration to America from foreign countries and of migration within this country and the changes that these population movements had on religion in this nation.


    On Sunday, April 3, Rabbi Roseman will discuss the growth of two contradictory religious movements during the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth: on the one hand, fundamentalism and, on the other, social activism.  If you want to know how to identify a fundamentalist, this is the talk you should not miss!


    Finally, on Sunday, April 10, he will discuss the crisis of faith that has occurred since the 1920s and the emergence of alternative forms of religiosity and spirituality in the modern era.