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December 22, 2014   30 Kislev 5775

צֶדֶק צֶדֶק, תִּרְדֹּף--לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ.

  Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 16:20 

Rabbi Bruce D. Greenbaum  

Rabbi Greenbaum at the 2007 Jewish Food FestivalRabbi Bruce Greenbaum began his service to Congregation Beth Israel in June 1994.  For seven years prior to moving to the Monterey Peninsula he served as the Associate Rabbi in Congregation Emanuel in Denver, Colorado.

Rabbi Greenbaum was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  When he was still in High School he was involved with Bnai Brith Youth Organization, his Temple Youth Group, a student officer in the High School of Jewish Studies, and studying Hebrew with one of the congregation’s rabbis. 

His undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin in Madison with one year spent at Hebrew University in Jerusalem resulted in a double BA in Hebrew Studies and Sociology.  He then enrolled in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he received a MA in Hebrew Letters, a second MA in Jewish Education, and was ordained in 1987.  The first year of his graduate studies was in Jerusalem, followed by three years in Los Angeles, California and the last two years at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In Denver, Rabbi Greenbaum helped create a variety of new programs for Congregation Emanuel including the Colorado Jewish Social Network (a singles program for people age 21-91) and Kosher Catering (a program to feed the homeless). 

Rabbi Greenbaum moved to Carmel with his wife Susan and their three daughters, Liotte, Shira, and Tani.  His first year at CBI he developed the Confirmation program for students in grades 8 - 10 and built up the youth group programs.  Today the CBI confirmation program has over 25 students enrolled, and three active youth groups!

Over the years Rabbi Greenbaum has helped establish our pre-school program, our Best Years (Senior’s) Program, and strengthened our Chavurah groups, while supporting our Caring Community, our Social Action Committee, and our Adult Education events.

The rabbi remains active in the community as well.  Presently he is a district leader for our local Rotary clubs, an active chaplain for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, active in the Monterey Peninsula Ministerial Association, and a chaplain Greenbaum family - 2006for the Monterey Sheriff’s Department.

Rabbi Greenbaum is usually found behind his desk Tuesday - Friday and around the synagogue on weekends.  Despite being a workaholic, the rabbi still finds time to enjoy playing tennis, do some fly fishing, and SCUBA diving.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Congregation Beth Israel or want more information on our programs and services; contact me at our Synagougue office at (831) 624-2015 or E-mail RabbiBruce@aol.com.

Monthly Parshiot  

Torah ScrollDecember 6, Vayishlach
T: Genesis 32:4-36:43
H: Hosea 11:7-12:12

December 13, Vayeshev
T: Genesis 37:1-40:23
H: Amos 2:6-3:8

December 20, Miketz
T: Genesis 41:1-44:17
H: I Kings 3:15-4:1

December 27, Vayigash
T: Genesis 44:18-47:27
H: Ezekiel 37:15-28

New Adult Education Class Offering  

Committing oneself to the mitzvot at 13 may not have been your path. Life and holy moments are rarely predictable. It is my hope that the sacred Torah we study together in this year's Adult B'nai Mitzvah program will help light the way for each of you as you travel down your own paths of spiritual discovery.

Join Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum every other Tuesday night from 7:15-9:15 beginning October 7 as he leads discussions on Living Judaism, Jewish Liturgy, Hebrew reading, and Bible lessons. Each class will begin with a short lesson on that week's Torah portion and an aspect of general Jewish living. The second half of the evening will be spent on learning how to read our Hebrew prayers leading up to the possibility of reading a portion from the Torah at an adult B'nai Mitzvah service.

This class is open to CBI members who wish to become Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Whether or not one led a Bar Mitzvah service as a child, this class will stimulate and educate. Participants who complete the course will have an opportunity at the end of the school year to elect to assist in leading a Shabbat service and read from the Torah.
The only cost for the class will be for a few books purchased. Please contact the Rabbi at 624-2015 if you are interested in attending this adult education program.

Reflections From The Rabbi  

Hareini m'kabel alai et mitzvat haborei V'ahavta L'reyacha kamocha.

(I am ready to take upon myself the commandment of the Creator to love my neighbor as myself.)

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