What's Going On - February 2011 Print

Corpus Christi Community Religious School

 

As many of you know, I spent two weeks in Atlanta with our beautiful new granddaughter, Jessel Hart Martin, and her parents.  We had a lot of ice and snow, which was a new experience for me.  Our “Texas” snowman lasted an entire week!  Laurie McKinley “held down the fort” while I was away.  Thanks, Laurie!

Parents and students, it’s time to be thinking about summer camp.  We have brochures here at CBI or you can get information and even register online.  For Greene Family Camp, go to www.greene.urjcamps.org and for Camp Young Judaea, go to www.cyjtexas.org.  

There are scholarships available for CBI members to attend summer camp.  Chris and Robert Adler established the Adler Family Camp Scholarship to support participation of Jewish youth in Jewish camp experiences.  The Ruth and Joseph Sikora Scholarship Fund Youth Award provides scholarship assistance to youth whose families are members of CBI so that they might attend a traditional Jewish sleep-away camp or supervised trip to Israel.  The Train Family Children’s Scholarship Fund encourages youth to participate in Jewish camps and activities.  Applications for all of these scholarships are available in the CBI office.

Attendance at religious school has been wonderful this new year.  Keep up the good work!

                 Shalom!

                 Susan


FAMILY CORNER


Thank you again to Natalie and Brian Honigbaum and Lauren Frantz for your combined efforts in making our Tot Shabbats such a success.  What a joy to see so many families and children welcoming in Shabbat.


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 February 11th 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

 


HIGH HOLYDAYS


Rosh HaShanah begins on Wednesday evening, September 28, 2011.  If you are thinking forward to the High Holydays, you’re probably way ahead of the calendar.  But we are!  And we are pleased to announce that Rabbi Yonina Creditor will be returning to Corpus Christi for the third year in a row.  Her humor, skill and “verstandt” make her a welcome addition to our Holyday team, and we are delighted that she will be with us again.

 


92ND STREET Y PROGRAMMING RESUMES


During the month of February, we shall have one program on closed-circuit video from the 92nd Street YMHA-YWHA in New York.  This  programs will be held in our main sanctuary, beginning at 7:00 PM promptly.


Tuesday, February 15                THE LOST JEWS OF KAIFENG


During the Middle Ages, trading expeditions traveled from the Middle East to China, both in search of new consumer goods and out of curiosity.  The most famous of these treks, of course, is that of Marco Polo; but there were others.  Over the course of time, a small contingent of Jews remained in the Chinese city of Kaifeng, not far from today’s Beijing.  They became known in Chinese as “the people who do not eat pork.”  Their community persisted until the nineteenth century, and many of their documents are now preserved at the Rare Book Room of the Hebrew Union College Library in Cincinnati.  Shi Lei, a descendant of one of the original Jewish families of Kaifeng, will recount the fascinating history of this unusual Jewish community.

 

Mark your March calendars for two additional screenings:


Wednesday, March 2     Arianna Huffington and Joseph Stiglitz will present  their views on the future of the American economy


Thursday, March 10    Fareed Zakaria will speak about “After Iraq: Conclusions and Consequences.”  

 This program will be moderated by Eliot Spitzer


We have also ordered two DVD copies of other programs and shall announce the dates of those presentations in the March or April newsletters.