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March 05, 2015   14 Adar 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

Countdown to the Carmel Jewish Film Festival  

This year is the 5th anniversary of CJFF March 7-22. It has been fun to watch our festival evolve from five films in 2011 to eight acclaimed featured films from all over the world.

The programs this year promise to be the most exciting ever. In addition to film producer Nancy Spielberg (Above and Beyond) attending from New York, world renowned psychiatrist, Ilan Kutz (Dolphin Boy), will be traveling from Israel to Carmel just for our festival. Noted San Francisco Jewish historian, Marc Dollinger (American Jerusalem) will present the closing night program.

Details about our panelists, programs, receptions, and films are on the CJFF website by clicking on the logo above or visiting www.carmeljff.org.

Sponsorships make our festival possible. Please consider being a sponsor if you have not done so already. Purchase your tickets now through the website: www.carmeljff.org or by calling CBI at 624-2015. Thank you for your support.

Purim Celebrations March 4th & 8th!  

Throughout Jewish history, anti-Semitism has threatened to wipe out our existence. Each time, our ancestors have somehow managed to survive. Join us as we celebrate Jewish victory over anti-Semitism this Purim.

On Wednesday evening, March 4, after Hebrew school ends at 6:00 PM we will enjoy a delicious pizza dinner for all the students who wish to stay for our Purim Shpiel. The dinner costs only $10 and will include both cheese and vegetarian pizza. At 7:00 PM our Frozen Purim Shpiel begins in the sanctuary! Enjoy Vashti singing how the King "Let her go." Think about saying yes to the king as he sings to all those attending "Do you want to be the new queen?" Bring desserts to share at the oneg following the shpiel.

On Sunday, March 8 members of Temple Beth El in Salinas will join us for our religious school morning as we celebrate Purim together. Their students will join us at 9:30 at the start of our religious school morning. We will all then enjoy our Purim Carnival from 10:45-12:30. Volunteers will be needed in our social hall from 9:30-10:45 for set up; 10:45-12:30 to run the carnival booths and serve lunch; and people to stay to help clean up. Call Louise Riddell-Kaufman or the CBI office to volunteer. Participants are encouraged to come in costume to the shpiel and to the carnival!

Annual Community Passover Seder 5775  

We welcome you to celebrate Passover in the great company of friends, family and community! Held on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6:00 PM. In the social hall at Congregation Beth Israel, our annual Passover Seder features an epicurean meal, includes gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzo balls, chicken breast with tomato-basil compote, roasted fingerling potatoes, seasonal vegetables, tropical fruit, ceremonial wine, grape juice, coffee, tea, matzo, macaroons, traditional Seder plate and dessert. A vegetarian and kids meal option will be available upon request. English-Hebrew Haggadas will be available, along with beautiful insights into our timeless Festival of Freedom co-led by Congregation Beth Israel's Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman.

Cost: CBI Members $41., Non-Members $46.
Children 12 and under $21. Each
Children 3 and under are free
Military & their families, College Students $18. Each (Must show valid I.D.)

To make your reservation or for additional information, contact the Temple office, 831.624.2015. Members and friends of Congregation Beth Israel will participate in a warm, authentic, and inspiring Passover experience. We invite you to join us.

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Worship Schedule  
March 2015
03/07 -  Traditional Service (9:00 AM to 10:30 AM)
03/07 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
03/13 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
03/14 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
03/20 -  Tot Shabbat (4:30 PM to 5:00 PM) New Item
03/20 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
03/21 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
03/28 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
April 2015
04/04 -  Morning Shabbat Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM) New Item
04/10 -  Erev Shabbat Service (7:30 PM to 9:00 PM)
04/11 -  Morning Shabbat Service & Study (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
Upcoming Events  

03/04 - 4:30 PM Hebrew School

03/04 - 6:00 PM Purim Pizza Dinner

03/04 - 7:30 PM Frozen Purim Spiel

03/05 - 12:00 PM Best Years Lunch Gathering

03/06 - 3:30 PM Shabbat Munchkins

03/06 - 6:00 PM 2nd Grade Shabbat Dinner

03/06 - 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service including Birthday Blessings with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman

Thank you to our Oneg hosts 2nd Grade students and their families

03/07 - 9:00 AM Traditional Service with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum, Ellen Saxby, members and friends of CBI

03/07 - 10:45 AM Morning Shabbat Study with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

03/07 - 7:30 PM CJFF: The Third Half at MIIS

03/08 - 9:30 AM Religious School - All Grades

03/08 - 10:30 AM Purim Carnival

03/08 - 5:00 PM CJFF: Dolphin Boy at Pac Rep

March 7 - 22 Carmel Jewish Film Festival

April 4 - 6:00 PM Annual Community Passover Seder at CBI

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

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