What's Going On - March 2012 Print

Corpus Christi Community Religious School

Erin Kahal, our ISJL Education Fellow, visited our community in February.  For the Dvar Torah, Erin read Roxaboxen, a story about a group of children who create their own society with rules that would ensure the sanctity of their sacred place.  This went along with the parashah discussing certain laws that God legislated after the revelation on Mt. Sinai.  On Sunday, Erin led the students in activities dealing with Jewish values, such as Ohev Ze Et Ze - loving and respecting each other, Hachnasat Orchim – welcoming the stranger, and Tzedakah – giving to those who need help/doing a good deed for someone else.

Thank you, Dave, Meredith, Maddie, Samantha, Alex, and Jacob Ryan for hosting Erin for the weekend.  She enjoyed spending time with you!

On Thursday, March 8th, at 7:00, there will be the reading of the Megillah to celebrate Purim.  Groggers will be provided!

In March we will enjoy Spring Break, a time to relax and be with family and friends.  There will be NO religious school on Sunday, March 11, and Sunday, March 18.  Also, there will be NO Hebrew school on Thursday, March 15.

    Shalom!
    Susan


FAMILY CORNER

What a fun Family Shabbat Dinner night we had at “make your own taco night” last month!!  This was the first time we did not have any food leftover!!!! Another big THANK YOU to my great helper, George Barron.  Thanks to all of you, we had so many yummy desserts to enjoy and I appreciate you sharing them with the congregation!!

Please note the change for our March dinner from Friday, March 2nd to Friday, March 30th at 6 pm with dinner to follow.  There will be NO Family Shabbat Dinner in April due to the Passover holiday, so mark your calendars accordingly.

If you have any menu requests or would like to help in the kitchen, please give me a call or shoot me an email.  I would be more than happy to entertain your dinner requests!!

Until we break bread together again,

Leslie Green
Programming Director



SISTERHOOD


Sisterhood Shabbat was held on Friday, February 24, 2012, and the service was wonderful.  I would like to take a moment to thank Rikki Schmitchel and all who participated for helping make this occasion a success.

Passover seder will be hosted by your Sisterhood, on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Congregation Beth Israel.  Please be sure to get your reservations in early to insure we plan for all who wish to attend.  A form is included in this bulletin for your convenience.

Just a reminder, if you haven’t paid your membership dues for Sisterhood, please contact Natalie Honigbaum.  She will be happy to forward the information for new membership or renewal.  We would love to have you as part of our group.

Here’s wishing you and your family a terrific month,  from the Women of Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood.



SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST ON MARCH 23-24, 2012

We are delighted to announce that Cantor Star Trompeter will be CBI’s guest for Friday night and Saturday morning services on March 23 and 24.  Cantor Trompeter has recently moved to San Antonio, where her husband is the new Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El.  Before moving to Texas, she was the cantor at Temple Israel in Columbus OH and prior to that at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in New York.  She received her Master of Sacred Music degree and was invested as a Cantor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2010 and also received the degree of Master of Music in Vocal Performance (with honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Cantor Trompeter’s conduct of the services will pair music with which we are familiar and new versions of the traditional prayers.  We are looking forward to an exciting and stimulating evening.

P.S.  If you can think of a better name for a musician, let Rabbi Roseman know.  Otherwise, come and enjoy the cantor’s outstanding voice and innovative repertoire.    



MARK YOUR CALENDARS A YEAR AHEAD!

Rabbi Roseman and Amy Krams (of the JCC and CJA) are already planning a glorious Jewish communal trip to New York City in April 2013.  The tentative plan is to leave on Thursday afternoon,  April 11 and to return Monday night, April 15.  Among the sights we shall visit will be Ellis Island (where many of our ancestors landed when they arrived from Europe), the Lower East Side, the Jewish Museum, the Hasidic area of Crown Heights in Brooklyn and Sherith Israel Synagogue, founded in the mid-1600s, plus a group Shabbat dinner and plenty of free time to tour other sites, shop and take in theater or musical productions.  We’ll also get a first-hand private briefing on how our communal money is used in Israel and for Jewish relief and educational activities around the world.

It’s too early to nail down specifics, including cost and where we’ll stay.  That information will be forthcoming in the late fall.  But right now we encourage you to put a hold on this weekend and to watch for more information later in 2012.  The size of the group will be limited to the number of people that can be accommodated in one tour bus (around 40), so keep your eyes open and plan to join us for a wonderful weekend in the Big Apple.



92 Y PROGRAM CONTINUES

On Thursday, March 15, we shall have the pleasure and privilege of listening to retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U. S. Supreme Court.  This program will begin at 7:00 PM in the Racusin Chapel and is part of the ongoing lecture series of the 92nd Street YMHA of New York.  She will discuss her civics education project along with her extraordinary career and what attributes, skills and approaches are necessary for success in the future.  Her talk will be moderated by Stephen Adler, who is the editor in chief of Reuters News.  This program is open to the public and free of charge.



SPECIAL ADULT SERIES ON MODERN ISRAEL

On Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM, Dr. Gerald Schroeder will  speak in the Racusin Chapel.  Dr. Schroeder who now lives in Jerusalem, earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from MIT before moving on to laboratories at the Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University.  An applied theologian with training in biblical,talmudic and kabbalistic studies, Dr. Schroeder discusses the confluence of modern science and the ancient biblical text. 

At a time when issues of Creation Science and Intelligent Design are at the forefront of American educational and political controversies, Dr. Schroeder will help us understand how the Jewish tradition deals with this controversial area of inquiry.

The program will conclude with a brief Havdalah service and light refreshments.  All are welcome to attend; there is no charge.

On Monday morning at 9:30 AM, we shall meet at the Jewish Community Center. Our speaker will be Barbara Sofer, Israel Director of Public Relations and Communications for Hadassah.  An award-winning and very popular journalist, Ms. Sofer made aliyah to Israel in 1971 and subsequently married Dr. Gerald Schroeder.  She will address the topic  “Just Give Me the Facts: Miracles of Modern Israel.” Coffee and refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.



Special Beth Israel Congregation Meeting By-law Changes

Congregation Beth Israel
Sunday, April 1, 2012
at 7pm

1.  By law Proposed Changes

 A. Expand membership opportunity  to serve on  the Endowment Trust Fund Committee to any Past  President of either Temple Beth El or B’Nai Israel.

 B. Allow Congregation voting to take place  electronically, by mail or in person.


2. An evening of humor and fun with  Rabbi Bob Alper.

You will be receiving more information in the next couple of weeks.



APRIL FOOLS… BUT IT’S NO JOKE

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, you are cordially invited to join your friends from CBI and the rest of the Jewish community and anyone else who would like to come for an evening of stand-up comedy at CBI.  We shall gather at 7:00 PM in the Main Sanctuary for some laughter and hilarity and a lot of good fellowship and friendship.

Our guest that evening will be RABBI BOB ALPER. Rabbi Alper is the only rabbi who works full time as a stand-up comic.  He has appeared on many national television and radio shows and is famous for his colorful (but not off-color) humor and gentle thrusts at some of the idiosyncracies and foibles of American Jewish life.  After an initial engagement as the Assistant Rabbi in a large synagogue in Buffalo NY, he and his wife retreated to the small community of East Dorset VT where they live on a tree-covered hillside, many steps removed from their nearest neighbors.  He now travels extensively, entertaining in synagogues and Jewish community centers.

It is alleged that Rabbi Roseman is somewhat responsible for this unusual rabbinic career, since Rabbi Alper was a rabbinic student in Cincinnati when Rabbi Roseman was Dean of the seminary.  The latter facts are true, but you’ll have to judge the issue of responsibility for yourself after you’ve heard him on April First.

Admission is free of charge, and seating is first-come, first-seated.  Just prior to Rabbi Alper’s program, we shall spend a few moments voting on two changes in the congregation’s by-laws, one that enables us to vote by proxy and by electronic ballot, the other broadening the membership of the Endowment Fund Committee to include past presidents of both Beth El and B’nai Israel, as well as the present CBI.  Detailed language of the by-law changes will be sent to you under separate mailing.