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October 30, 2014   6 Cheshvan 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

IDF Musical Ensemble In Concert, November 10th  

Congregation Beth Israel is proud to present an evening with the Israel Defense Forces MUSICAL ENSEMBLE In Concert

Monday - November 10 - 7:30 PM

Doors Open at 7:00 PM - Concert will begin at 7:30 PM

Cost: CBI members $10., non-members $15., children $5.

Enjoy a memorable performance of popular and traditional Israeli songs in celebration of the State of Israel and In support of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces

FIDF initiates and supports social, educational, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women of the Israel Defense Forces; FIDF also supports the families of soldiers who have fallen in defense of the Jewish homeland.

For more information or to RSVP, please call the temple office at 831.624.2015.

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.

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Worship Schedule  
October 2014
November 2014
11/01 -  Traditional Service (9:00 AM to 10:30 AM) New Item
11/21 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
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Upcoming Events  

10/29 - 4:30 PM Hebrew School

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

6:30 PM Post Confirmation Dinner at Islands Restaurant

10/31 - 6:30 PM Community Shabbat Dinner

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

Thank you to our Oneg Hosts Richard Klein and Kaete Salomon in memory of Richard's father Martin Klein

November 2014

11/01 - 9:00 AM Traditional Service with Rabbi Greenbaum, Ellen Saxby, Members and Friends of CBI

10:45 AM Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Author Louise Steinman First Presentation

7:00 PM Havdalah Service & Scholar-in-Residence Final Presentation

11/02 - 9:30 AM Religious School

9:30 AM 8th & 9th Graders Big Sur Confirmation Trip

12:15 PM Katanim Color Blast Event

2:00 PM Special Adult Education Class with Rabbi Leah Novick and Holly Blue

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

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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