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December 21, 2014   29 Kislev 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

Chanukah Community Potluck Celebration  

Join us as we gather in the middle of our Chanukah holiday for a congregational dinner followed by our Sabbath service. We are planning a special Chanukah evening on Friday, December 19, the fourth night of Chanukah. We will gather at 6:00 PM for a community Chanukah Menorah lighting followed by a Potluck Chanukah dinner. Based on your last name, A-K should bring a main course; L-R should bring a salad and S-Z should bring a side dish. The congregation will provide latkes and drinks. The dessert/oneg will be hosted by the family and friends of Gabriel Lipow who will become a Bar Mitzvah the following morning. All items should be fully cooked but can be heated up in the synagogue kitchen. Advance reservations will help us set up the room! Please call CBI at 624-2015 no later than December 15 and let us know if you want to join us for our Chanukah celebration. Be prepared to sing many Chanukah songs. Bring a homemade Chanukah menorah and win a special prize! The rabbi will also hold his annual dreidle-spinning contest! Everyone will win chocolate gelt.

Upcoming Events  

12/17 - 2:00 PM Best Years Chanukah Party!

4:30 PM Hebrew School

12/18 - 10:30 AM Adult Education Writing Program

6:30 PM Post Confirmation Dinner at California Pizza Kitchen

12/19 - 6:00 PM Chanukah Potluck Dinner

12/19 - 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman

Thank you to our Oneg hosts Family and friends of Gabriel Lipow in honor of him becoming a Bar Mitzvah

12/20 - 10:30 AM Morning Shabbat Service & Gabriel Lipow Bar Mitzvah

12/21 - No Religious School

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

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Worship Schedule  
December 2014
12/27 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
January 2015
01/03 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
01/10 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
01/16 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
01/17 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
01/24 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
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Just In Time for Chanukah  

Hanukah is right around the block and the gift shop is stocked for all your needs. Whether it's a new menorah, candles or a gift for someone please come visit us EVERY Sunday from 11:15 - 12:30. Remember ALL profits go to the religious school.

Gift Shop Chair,
Shari Goldman

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