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September 17, 2014   22 Elul 5774
Welcome from Rabbi Bruce D. Greenbaum  

Rabbi Bruce D. GreenbaumShalom and welcome to Congregation Beth Israel.  We are the largest and oldest Synagogue on the Monterey Peninsula.  There is a strong sense of community here.  We want all our members and visitors to feel comfortable at CBI.

We are a Reform Congregation, a member of the Union For Reform Judaism, in the mainstream of liberal Judaism.  As liberal Jews we look to our heritage as a repository of wisdom, insight and numerous possibilities for religious expression.

We welcome you to join us at one of our Friday evening or Saturday morning Shabbat services. To learn more about the Temple through personal contact, please contact our Temple office at (831) 624-2015 or E-mail shalomcbi@aol.com. We would be delighted to go over membership possibilities for you and to answer any questions you might have.

Peace and blessings,

Rabbi Bruce D. Greenbaum

Upcoming Events  

09/08 to 10/19 - Annual High Holy Days Food Drive

09/16 - 6:30 PM Post Confirmation Dinner at RG Burgers

09/17 - 4:30 PM Hebrew School

6:00 PM Confirmation Class (Dinner Provided)

09/18 - 10:30 AM Adult Education Writing Program with Marcia Rosen

09/19 - 4:00 PM Shabbat Munchkins

5:00 PM Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman

09/20 - 9:30 AM Religious School (6th & 7th Grades Only)

10:30 AM Morning Shabbat Service & Study with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman

10:30 AM Preschool Holiday Event - Rosh Hashanah

7:00 PM Selichot Studies & Service

09/21 - Religious School (K - 5th Grades Only)

5775 High Holiday Highlights  

This year we begin our Holy Day observance on Saturday, September 20 with our Selichot study and services. The first study session, led by Alisa Fineman, starts at 7:30 pm. Alisa will share some of her experiences from her 6 weeks living in Israel this summer. A second study will be led by Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum at 8:45. Selichot services follow at 10:00 pm. Join us Wednesday evening September 24 at 7:30 pm for our Erev Rosh HaShanah services. The next morning, Thursday, September 5, we begin with a children's service in the main sanctuary at 9:30 am followed by our morning service at 10:30 am. That afternoon we gather at 4:00 pm on Carmel Beach below 13th for our Tashlich observance. Second day Rosh HaShanah services are on Friday, September 26, starting at 10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, September 28 we will gather at 3:00 pm at Mission Memorial Cemetery at our Gan HaZikaron for memorial service. Kol Nidre services begin Friday evening, October at 7:30 pm. Our main morning Yom Kippur service begins Saturday at 10:00 am followed by our Children's service at 1:15 pm, discussions led by Beryl Levinger and another CBI lay leader, the afternoon service at 3:00 pm, the Yizkor service at approximately 4:45 pm and a closing service beginning at approximately 5:30 pm. Please bring your name tags for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Evening and morning services. Military personnel, other guests, and those under 21 years of age will be given name tags at the door. Our light community break the fast will begin after the final community Shofar blast (bring your shofars) and Havdalah service!

Once again we have hired parking attendants for our evening services. If you are willing to come early for our morning services and assist in directing parking below the synagogue, please call our Administrator Alethea Horne at 624-2015. For security purposes and in support of our congregation, please bring your name tags to all our Holy Day services. Temporary name tags for guests will be available for those who are not CBI members. While you can still get name tags the day of the services, if possible, please call the office and make arrangements in advance.

Worship Schedule  
September 2014
09/19 -  Tot Shabbat (5:00 PM to 5:30 PM) New Item
09/19 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
09/20 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
09/20 -  Selichot Studies & Service (7:30 PM) New Item
09/24 -  Erev Rosh Hashanah Services (7:30 PM) New Item
09/25 -  Rosh HaShanah Services (9:30 AM) New Item
09/25 -  Tashlich on Carmel Beach (4:00 PM) New Item
09/26 -  Rosh Hashanah Service - 2nd Day (10:30 AM) New Item
09/27 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
October 2014
10/03 -  Kol Nidre Service (7:30 PM) New Item
10/04 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
10/11 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
10/17 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
10/18 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
10/25 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
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CBI Mitzvah Opportunities  

Ongoing Food Drive - One in five Monterey County residents (90,000) are served annually by the Food Bank. Nearly half of them are children. CBI is joining other local faicommunities to stock the Food Bank shelves for the winter and is maintaining food collection barrels in our foyer. Please donate non-perishable food items to the Monterey County Food Bank. If you prefer, an easy alternative is to participate in the "Buy Food for a Hungry Family" virtual food drive by making a monetary donation to www.foodbankformontereycounty.org.

I-HELP - Additional donations of men's socks, undergarments, coats and sweatshirts are greatly needed during the winter season. Donations can be dropped off at CBI and will be distributed at the dinner each month.

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