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November 27, 2014   5 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  

11/25 - 7:00 PM Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at Carmel Basillica

11/26 - No Hebrew School

11/27 - Thanksgiving Day, Temple Office Closed

11/28 - Temple Office Closed

7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service including Anniversary Blessings with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

11/29 - 10:30 AM Morning Shabbat Service & Study with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

11/30 - No Religious School

12/14 - Winter Mitzvah Day

12/19 - 6:00 PM Chanukah Potluck Dinner

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

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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Worship Schedule  
November 2014
11/29 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
December 2014
12/05 -  Tot Shabbat (4:30 PM to 5:00 PM) New Item
12/06 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
12/12 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM) New Item
12/13 -  Traditional Service (9:00 AM to 10:30 AM) New Item
12/13 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:45 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
12/19 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
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) New Item
CBI Mitzvah Opportunities  

Winter Mitzvah Day - Sunday, December 14

The Religious School and Social Action Committee are teaming up to help children and seniors for the holidays. Our children will be:

  • Collecting children's clothing, sweatshirts and coats (Rice Plus Project)
  • Collecting and wrapping children's holiday gifts (Harmony at Home)
  • Visiting the Cottages of Carmel - The 6th and 7th grade classes, along with Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman, will entertain the seniors with holiday singing and camaraderie.

Please donate whatever you can to help others desperately in need. You really do make a difference!

Your donations may be dropped off in the bins outside of the CBI Office before Dec. 14th.

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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