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January 30, 2015   10 Sh'vat 5775
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

Countdown to the Carmel Jewish Film Festival  

This year is the 5th anniversary of CJFF March 7-22. It has been fun to watch our festival evolve from five films in 2011 to eight acclaimed featured films from all over the world.

The programs this year promise to be the most exciting ever. In addition to film producer Nancy Spielberg (Above and Beyond) attending from New York, world renowned psychiatrist, Ilan Kutz (Dolphin Boy), will be traveling from Israel to Carmel just for our festival. Noted San Francisco Jewish historian, Marc Dollinger (American Jerusalem) will present the closing night program.

Details about our panelists, programs, receptions, and films are on the CJFF website by clicking on the logo above or visiting www.carmeljff.org.

Sponsorships make our festival possible. Please consider being a sponsor if you have not done so already. Purchase your tickets now through the website: www.carmeljff.org or by calling CBI at 624-2015. Thank you for your support.

JIMENA Speaker Visits CBI  

Join us Saturday evening, February 14 as we welcome Caroline Pettel to our congregation. Speaking on behalf of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa), Caroline, who was born in Baghdad and lived there until the age of six, will share some of her story and why we need to support the 850,000 Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa region. We will gather at 7:00 PM for desserts and a short Havdalah service followed by both Caroline's presentation and a short video. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end her presentation.

Upcoming Events  

01/27 - 7:15 PM Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

01/28 - 4:30 PM Hebrew School

01/30 - 6:30 PM Community Shabbat Dinner

01/30 - 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service including Anniversary Blessings with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Elizabeth Baseman

Thank you to our Oneg hosts Don & Marcia Pompan in loving memory of Marcia's father Sy Schoenwetter

01/31 - 10:30 AM Morning Shabbat Study with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

10:30 AM Preschool Tu'BShevat Event

02/01 - Tu B'Shevat Religious School Seder

9:30 AM Religious School: All Grades

2:00 PM BIRTY Meeting

5:00 PM I-Help Sponsored by Confirmation Class and their families

For more information about our weekly activities and other CBI events, visit our website:www.carmelbethisrael.org

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January 2015
01/31 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
February 2015
02/07 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
02/13 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM) New Item
02/14 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
02/20 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
02/21 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
02/28 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
March 2015
03/07 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
Confirmation Pizza Lunch, Movie & Raffle Feb. 8th  

The Confirmation class is trying something new this year to add excitement and fun to their annual Fund Raiser! In place of our Spaghetti Dinner we are now holding a huge Sunday afternoon Pizza Lunch. The lunch begins right after Sunday Religious School and will include delicious hot pizza (both cheese and vegetable selections) delicious salad, lots of lemonade and of course a huge selection of desserts!

Right after we finish lunch we will enjoy our 20th annual raffle. Raffle tickets are on sale now and cost only $1 each or 12 for $10! We always have a great selection of fun raffle prizes! A family movie will end the program.

Every year our confirmation students offer a fun fundraiser that supports the special trips the students take with the Rabbi. 8th Graders spend one day studying with the Rabbi in Big Sur. Every other year our 9th and 10th Graders travel to Los Angeles for an extended weekend of study and touring. Highlights on the Los Angeles trip included visits to the Museum of Tolerance, the Skirball Cultural Center, and touring Stephen S Wise Synagogue. At the end of this month some of our 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders will fly to Washington DC to participate in the Religious Action Center's L'taken program. They will learn all about Jewish issues and lobbying on Capital Hill! Help our students enjoy these trips by supporting our Pizza Lunch on Sunday, February 8th beginning at noon. For CBI members, lunch is only $12 for adults or $7 for children ($6 for kids in advance). Add $2.00 for non-members. Enjoy your afternoon and let us take care of lunch!

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