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October 19, 2014   25 Tishrei 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

Upcoming Events  

10/13 to 10/19 - Annual High Holy Days Food Drive

10/16 - 10:30 AM Sukkot Yizkor Service

10/17 - 7:00 PM Simchat Torah Service

10/18 - 9:30 AM Religious School (6th & 7th Grades Only)

10/18 - 10:30 AM Morning Shabbat Service & Daniel Helman Bar Mitzvah

10/19 - 9:30 AM Religious School (K-5 Grades Only)

10/19 - 12:00 PM Confirmation Class

10/19 - 4:00 PM Rabbi Circle Gathering

10/21 - 7:15 PM Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

Scholar-in-Residence Event with Author Louise Steinman  

On November 1, our Scholar in Residence for the weekend will be Louise Steinman.

Beginning with her first presentation Saturday Morning, 10:45 AM - Louise will led a discussion of the book entitled "The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation.

Bagels and cream cheese along with coffee will be provided
(Donations always appreciated).

7:00 PM - Saturday Evening, Havdalah Service and Dessert Buffet followed with the final presentation Discussion about the author's journey to write "The Crooked Mirror"

While this evening event is free for all Monterey Peninsula-Salinas Hadassah and CBI members, we will have a donations basket on the buffet table and ask for a $10 donation from non-CBI members attending.

Louise Steinman is the author of the award-winning memoir The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War and The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance. She curates the ALOUD literary and performance series for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and codirects the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California. In her book, Steinman pushes back against many of the assumptions about Poland and Polish anti-Semitism -- not an easy task since nearly all of the Jews living in Poland were wiped out in the Holocaust and an estimated eighty percent of American Jews are of Polish descent. Through the lens of her family's experiences, and sharing stories of other Jews of Polish descent trying to reconnect with their families' Polish roots, Steinman immerses readers in the difficult but healing process of Polish-Jewish reconciliation. By the end of her journey, Steinman comes not only to understand "the Poland in her head," she writes, but also to finally acknowledge "the Poland in her heart," joining a new generation of Poles and Jews who are looking honestly at their entwined history since the rebirth of democratic Poland in 1989. The Crooked Mirror offers a vital discussion about Polish-Jewish reconciliation.

Because of the Monterey Peninsula - Salinas Hadassah and theTed Orliss Scholar-in-Residence fund, CBI is able to welcome the scholar metioned to our community. This will be a special weekend for all those who participate. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends. The sessions should be enriching, enlightening and uplifting.

Worship Schedule  
October 2014
10/25 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
November 2014
11/21 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 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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