What's Going On - April 2013 Print

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CLASSES

Sundays April 7, 14, 21 & 28

Hebrew School 
9:15am—10:15am

Sunday School
10:15 am—12 pm

Confirmation Class
12pm—1pm


NEW LEADERSHIP FOR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Susan Martin has announced her resignation as head of the CBI religious education program.  We are enormously grateful to Susan for the many ways in which she has enriched the entire congregation and, especially, our young people.  Her dedication and devotion to the responsibilities of this position have been exemplary.

We are very pleased to announce that this position will be filled by Jana Zager, beginning officially in June.  In fact, Jana and Susan have already been collaborating to assure a smooth and effective transition and to create an even more dynamic program for next year. 

Please congratulate Jana when you see her.  More important, please tell her ways in which you might be able to help strengthen the educational program that we offer to our youth.  We can really use your help.


Family Corner

Shabbat Shalom Y'all,

Hope you all had a very Happy Pesach and survived a week of matzah!!  It always warms my heart to come together and share the 2nd night of Passover with all of you.  A big thank you to Phyllis Roseman and all those who helped make this dinner a great success.  We appreciate your hard work and dedication each year … as well as your dee-licious matzah candy!!!

Our LAST Family Shabbat Dinner will be on Friday, April 26th at 6 pm.  Come and bring in Shabbat with your friends and family and enjoy an evening off from cooking.  Let's load up our dessert table for this last dinner; you can help by bringing a yummy dessert to share!

SAVE THE DATE:  Our 2nd annual Mother's Day Brunch will be on Sunday, May 12th at 10:00 am.  We had a wonderful turnout last year and would love for you to join us again!  Please call Debbie to make your reservation.

Do you like to cook?  Have some free time during the day?  I could always use some extra hands in the kitchen … Give me a call if you would like to help with either of these meals.

Leslie Green
Programming Director


Strategic Planning Committee 
to host Town Hall Meetings

As you know, the Strategic Planning Committee has scheduled three Town Hall meetings. One has already convened.  Please make every effort to join us for one of the next two meetings either on:

Thursday 4/11/13 at 7:00 – 8:30

Sunday, 4/14/13 from 3:00-4:30

These meetings are designed to gather information and opinions that will be given to the Rabbinic Search Committee as they begin to look for our next rabbi.  Town Hall meetings are designed for the discussion of your ideas, hopes and dreams for our congregation.  We shall be discussing ideas like: What kind of community do we want our congregation to be?  What should our future look like?  What are the most pressing needs in our congregation?  The answers to these questions and others must come from you.  To gather useful and relevant data about ourselves most effectively, we need a group that is diverse in mindset and experience.  This is your chance to be part of the process.  We invite Jews who are not members of Congregation Beth Israel to join us in this process as well.

We ask you to participate, collaborate and join together in generating the ideas that will inform the Rabbinic Search Committee, whose work will be to select the very best religious leader to match our idea of who we are and who we wish to become.  

Julia Noble and Richard Hausman


A MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, CBI is going to partner with a number of local churches to package meals for hungry children and their families.

Here’s how it works. A production line will be set up at the First United Methodist Church on Shoreline Blvd. The United Way of the Coastal Bend is supplying all the food and packaging materials, so there is no cost to any participant. The activity will be sponsored and organized by Outreach-Kids Care, a national philanthropic organization that runs such programs all across the U.S. The bagged meals will then be distributed to local food pantries. All that is required is that our volunteers show up for a two-hour shift, walk around tables and put dried food into plastic bags and share in the joy of doing a mitzvah with an interfaith coalition of like-minded folks.

We expect to package 100,000 macaroni and cheese meals in two two-hour shifts.  Our shift, since this is the Shabbat, will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M.  This is an activity that is open to people of all ages, grandparents to grandchildren.  It is especially suitable for families.

Please call the CBI office at 857-8181 to tell us that you’ll join our crew and help the hungry.


CHANGE OF SCHEDULE FOR
SUNDAY LECTURE SERIES

Due to a calendar confusion, the lecture by Rabbi Roseman originally scheduled for Sunday, April 7 will not be held on that date.  Instead, the entire series will be pushed back a week, and the fourth lecture will be held in early May.  We apologize for the need to correct this schedule and look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 14 for the start of the series.

The course will be entitled CHALLENGES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN RELIGION and will deal with some of the most difficult issues and challenges that all American religions confront in the twenty-first century.  Here is the tentative schedule of his lectures.


 Sunday, April 14 This day happens to be Yom HaShoah, so Rabbi Roseman will be dis     cussing the difficulty of maintaining faith in the light of both scientific     challenges from the last two hundred years and the Holocaust.  Does      this difficulty play out differently among Jews and among Christians,      or are the issues the same?  Can a Jew remain Jew and, at the same      time, declare himself/herself to be an atheist or an agnostic?

Sunday, April 21 In philosophical circles, scholars talk about epistemology, the study of how one acquires knowledge.  Religious people also have enquiring minds, and they want to know what to believe, what is true and what is false.  Rabbi Roseman will probe with us the question “How does anyone know anything?”  In this regard, he will also talk about how liberal Jews use the classic texts of the Jewish tradition to make judgments about contemporary issues.

Sunday, April 28 Rabbi Roseman calls this lecture “Barefoot and Pregnant – or That’s How It Used To Be.”  Not just among Jews, but across the American religious spectrum, the role of women in religious activities has changed radically in the last fifty years.  Some even suggest that American religion has become a matriarchate.  Have men been pushed to the sidelines?  What’s going on?  Rabbi Roseman will explore this subject with us in this talk.

Sunday, May 5 A number of contemporary religious issues have been adjudicated by the nine black-robed priests in America’s highest temple of justice, the Supreme Court.  In this final lecture of the series, Rabbi Roseman will help us understand some of the issues that the justices have dealt with and how they have justified their decisions based on constitutional law and, especially, the first amendment.


All of these sessions will take place in the Grossman Auditorium at 10:30 AM on the designated Sundays.  Everyone is cordially invited, including guests of members of CBI.  Light refreshments will be available at 10:00 AM.


RABBI LAWRENCE TROSTER TO LEAD
TRADITIONAL SERVICES FOR HIGH HOLYDAYS


We are very pleased to announce that Rabbi Lawrence Troster of Teaneck, NJ will be leading our traditional services for the High Holydays in September of this year.  Here is just a little preliminary information about him.

Rabbi Troster was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City and spent most of his pulpit career in his home town of Toronto, Canada.  After more than twenty-five years, he moved to the New York area, where he continues to teach and to work with various organizations involved in relating Jewish values to the environment.  He is a well-published author in the field of Jewish ethics and philosophy.

Rabbi Troster is married, and his wife and he will remain in Corpus Christi during the entire holyday period.  Their children are married and will not be accompanying them.