What's Going On - April 2012 Print

FAMILY CORNER

Spring is here and that means Passover is just around the corner!!  

Please make a note, there will be NO Family Shabbat Dinner during April, but CBI will be hosting it's 2nd night Passover community seder on Saturday, April 7th at 6:00 pm.  Please call Debbie Bustillo at CBI for a reservation form or you can find one in your CBI newsletter.  Also, there will be NO BABYSITTING during the Passover seder weekend.  

Since we have lived in Corpus the last 5 years, we have not missed 2nd seder at CBI, and if you're thinking about coming, let me tell you it is a fun-filled evening with Passover surprises by Rabbi Roseman, delicious food, and a warm feeling of the community coming together as a whole to celebrate this Passover holiday.  If you've heard about Phyllis Roseman's matzoh candy and have never tasted it, you're in for a real treat – I am her biggest fan!!

From our family to all the CBI congregants, I want to wish all of you a zeisen Pesach (sweet Passover) and can't wait to break matzoh together!!

Leslie Green
Programming Director

SISTERHOOD

I would like to thank Rikki Schmitchel and Barb Schwamb for their hard work in putting together our sisterhood Shabbat service and oneg. I would also like to thank Laurie Bryce and Diana Stillman for the beautiful music that evening.  For those people who were unable to attend, I thought I would share my words from that evening.  

The theme for sisterhood this year is one of “harmony”.  We chose this theme because we are always amazed at how well the women of this congregation work together to accomplish our goals.  We may not all run in the same social circles nor do we come from the same backgrounds.  Some of us work outside of the home, while others are household engineers.  Regardless, when it comes to our congregation, our family of families, we are able to step up in harmony.  Whether we are coordinating high holiday events, our annual food festival, or Passover Seder for our community, I am always confident that everyone will pull through and do their part.  It is amazing.  several years ago I told someone that my favorite part of being sisterhood president is the friends I have made along the way.  Long after I thought I had retired for good from the sisterhood board, here I am again and my friends are right there by my side.   I know that anytime one of us is down, the rest of us are there to lift them right back up.  It is wonderful to know that there are people out there to count on no matter what.  We, the women of sisterhood, should be proud of what we are able to accomplish with such a small group.
                        Robin Adams

Second Night Passover Community Seder


Congregation Beth Israel
Saturday, April 7th
6:00 pm

Call the Congregation office at
857-8181 for reservation information.

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT TO SPEAK ON THURSDAY, MAY 3

As part of the 92nd Street YMHA-YWHA speakers program, we are pleased to present former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM in the Racusin Chapel.  Mrs. Albright will likely talk about her personal and family history, as well as her experiences in the diplomatic service of this country.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be no charge for admission and light refreshments will be served after the program.  This will be the last of the 92Y programs for this spring.


BIBLICAL GARDEN EXPANSION

You might notice that there have been some additions to the biblical garden on the east side of our main parking lot.  Two of our shrubs did not make it through the drought of last summer.  One, a pomegranate, has already been replaced; the other, a pomelo, is on order.  (The other pomelo is producing fruit at a remarkable rate, so much that we have had to prune off some of the fruit in order that the  branches would not break under the weight.)  We have added two miniature date palms and hope that, in a few years, we’ll be able to reap a harvest of succulent dates.  And next to the sukkah we have planted a field of lilies, which will sprout and bloom later in the spring.  Look for all these beautiful additions to the grove of bushes and trees, all of which have their roots in the Hebrew Scriptures.