What's Going On - February 2013 Print

Corpus Christi Community  Religious School

Students Classes resumed on January 6th, after a long winter break.  Students in Olivia Noble’s class are practicing for a play. More information will follow!! Judy Jennings’s class has been making salt maps of Israel.  This is an excellent way for students to understand the current situation along Israel’s borders.

It’s not too late to register for the CYJ Passover Camp to be held March 28-31, 2013,  in the Hill Country in Wimberley.  They’ll provide delicious Passover food, comfortable housing, fun activities and a unique holiday experience for the entire family.  For more information and to register, log onto

It’s not too early to be thinking about summer camp.  I have received brochures from Greene Family Camp which are available in the CBI foyer.  The 2013 camp sessions are listed below.
 Session 1: June 13 – July 7
  Bonim A – June 13 – June 23
  Bonim B – June 27 – July 7
 Session 2: July 11 – August 4
  Bonim C – July 11 – July 21
  Bonim D – July 25 – August 4

For further information and/or to register, go to www.greene.urjcamps.org. Scholarships are available upon written application to Rabbi Roseman.

NFTY is offering summer Israel experiences for Teens.  For descriptions of the various programs, visit www.nftyisrael.org, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 212.452.6517.
I’m planning a fun activity on Sunday, February 24th, to celebrate Purim.  Please send your young people to school that day!


Sundays: February 3, 10, 17, & 24

Hebrew School  9:15am—10:15am
Sunday School 10:15 am—12 pm
Confirmation Class 12pm—1pm

Family Corner

Shabbat Shalom Y'all,

January seemed to just fly by and it's hard to believe we are already entering the month of February.     For those of you that have been participating in our Family Shabbat Dinners, I thank you for attending and sharing the sabbath together.  Please spread the word to any newcomers or congregants you think would enjoy coming to a Friday dinner that have otherwise not done so yet.  What better way to start the weekend than to enjoy a home-cooked meal, meet new friends, and bring in Shabbat together!

Our next Family Shabbat Dinner will be on Friday, February 22nd at 6pm with dinner to follow.  Feel free to bring a dessert to share.  If anyone would like to help me in the kitchen, please give me a call!

Looking forward to breaking bread together,

Leslie Green


Tuesday, March 26th , 2013 @ 6:00pm

Congregation Beth Israel - 4402 Saratoga

ADULTS    $20      CHILDREN $10
                                (13 and UP)    (6 – 12)
Children 5 and Under Complimentary


Make a check payable to:
Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood
Fill out the enclosed form
Have it at the Congregation office
NO LATER THAN March 21st  
Paid reservations are a must, Seating is limited


It’s time to dust off your costumes and graggers and join us for services on Friday evening, February 22 at 6:00 PM for our annual Purim celebration.  We’ll be reading the Megillah and making a fearsome racket; after services, we’ll enjoy dinner together.

This is the moment when you can reverse all the good behavior that you’ve exhibited in the synagogue all year and be Jews behaving badly.  Act silly; make noise; drink a little schnapps – let it all hang out!  It’s a time of revelry and raucousness when almost no holds are barred. Whether you’re thinking of the malice of Haman or cleverness of Mordecai, the beauty of Esther or the stupidity of Ahashuerus, Purim is the time to celebrate the deliverance of Jews from persecution, no matter when and no matter where.


Rabbi Roseman has chosen to devote one Friday evening each month to a discussion of one of the prayers that we typically use during our services.  Often, we read the words or sing the Hebrew, but we have little background about the deeper meaning of the prayer.  He will try to help us understand what the prayers are conveying.
On Friday, February 1, 2013, the prayer that he has chosen as his focus is


You will find the Hebrew of this prayer on page 165 of the gray prayer book.  The English on the next page, however, is a paraphrase rather than a translation.  So Rabbi Roseman will provide us with an accurate translation of the Hebrew prayer and guide us through the words so that we have a better idea of what we are saying when we sing the Kiddush toward the end of each Shabbat service.