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April 16, 2014   16 Nisan 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

Annual Community Seder, April 15, 6:00 PM  

Our annual festive Passover Seder begins on Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 PM! The Seder will be co-led by Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Cantorial Soloist, Alisa Fineman. Dinner will be served in the social hall of Congregation Beth Israel. Because of high demand, this event is now sold out! In order to begin our Seder promptly at 6:15 PM, we ask reserved attendees be seated by 6:00 PM.

A Yizkor service, marking the end of the festival of Passover, will be held on Tuesday morning, April 22. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include a special Torah reading and the Yizkor prayers.

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 faith communities 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.

Mitzvah Day - Please attend a planning meeting on Wednesday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. at CBI. Mitzvah Day will occur in early May. Help choose some exciting social action events for children and adults! YOU can make a difference!


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Worship Schedule  
April 2014
04/18 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
04/19 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
04/22 -  Pesach Yizkor Service (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
04/26 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
May 2014
05/03 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
05/10 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
05/16 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
05/17 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
05/24 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
Upcoming Events  


04/15 - 6:00 PM Annual Community Seder at CBI

04/16 - No Hebrew School

04/17 - 10:30 AM Adult Education Writing Workshop with Marcia Rosen

2:00 PM Best Years with Guest Speaker Elisa Grey

7:00 PM General Board Meeting

04/18 - 4:00 PM Mommy & Me Program

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

Thank you to our Oneg Hosts Matthew Schuss & Charlene Webber-Schuss in honor of their wedding anniversary

04/19 - 10:30 AM Morning Shabbat Study with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

04/20 - No Religious School

04/22 - 10:30 AM Pesach Yizkor Service with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

04/27 - 7:00 PM Yom Hashoah Service with Guest Speaker and CBI Member, Bee Epstein-Shepherd

04/25 - Shabbat Shira & Dinner

05/01 - CBI & Hadassah Movie Night

05/04 - Mitzvah Day!

For more information on our worship schedule, upcoming programs and events, visit our calendar and events page.

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