April 11, 2018
26 Nisan, 5778

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TxDot's SH26 Project Update
We just received word that the current road construction on Pleasant Run Road will be at our doorstep in the next 40-days (beginning mid to end of March). Please keep this in mind when coming to services and events at CBI.
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Ed & Michele Kerstein
In memory of Michele's father, Sydney Sabin 
We need volunteers
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Counting the Omer
Counting The Omer          

In ancient Israel, Passover was not only a celebration of freedom - it also represented the beginning of the grain harvest. According to the Mishnah, on the 2nd night of Pesach, Jews would mark the seasonal harvest by setting aside a bundle of barley, called an "omer."  The count lasts for fifty days, beginning tonight and ending on Shavuot.

Most of us are no longer farmers, but this ancient tradition can still
be meaningful. Instead of bundles of grain, we can collect tzedakah
or cans of food.  Not everyone has had a good harvest this past year and food banks tend to run low in the summertime, so this is a great time to connect our tradition and communal need. 

Each day, for the next seven weeks, you can say the blessing and
count the omer at home. When you do, set aside a can of food or a dollar or a quarter and watch the pile grow. As a reminder, you'll notice that Rabbi Charlie's beard will be growing during this time period, which was considered a time of anxiety/sadness. After Shavuot, we'll be able to make a much needed donation and help
to sustain people who need it.

Today is the 11th Day of the Omer 
Use these links to find blessings and meditations
during the Omer count:
http://homercalendar.net/Welcome.html (In spite of the Simpson's shtick, it's very informative) 
---and there are numerous omer counting apps for daily reminders on your phone!    


Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Irene Cohen, in memory of Bernard Baratz


Dolly Gartman and Arthur & Benita Sirkin,
in memory of Marvin Perlman

Linda Valentine, in memory of
Max Greenfield

Joel & Marian Felberbaum,
in memory of Mary Margules 
Please keep the following CBI members
in your prayers for healing that they
receive r'fuah shleimah, renewal of the
mind, body and spirit.

Bene Turner

Click here to email Brotherhood
Click here for directions 
CBI Book Club
At the next CBI Book Club

The book
for our May 14th meeting will be
"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

The book for our June 11th meeting 
will be "Salvage The Bones" 
by Jesmyn Ward

Book club discussions are always
and a great way to discover new books and
make new friends at CBI. 
April Blood Drive

 Click here to sign up
Click here to email  Barry Klompus 
Dine to Donate


Click here for more information and Grant Application

On Our Calendar

Saturday, April 14th 7 p.m.   
Hazak Havdala and Movie Night at CBI

Wednesday, April 18th 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mission and Values Focus Groups (discussion on Tikkun Olam) at CBI

Thursday, April 19th 7-9 p.m.  Brotherhood, Beer & Billiards at the Main Event in Grapevine (map)

Friday, April 20th 7 p.m. 
NETTY & Greene Family Camp Shabbat Service at CBI 

Thursday, April 26th 7 p.m.  
Daughters of Abraham at First United Methodist Church of Colleyville 

Friday, April 27th 6:00-7:15 p.m 
New member Dinner & Shabbat at CBI       

Saturday, April 28th 7-9 p.m.   
One Community Many Individuals, Sisterhood Event at CBI

Click here to link to our calendar 
Jewish Federation Events
Yom HaZikaron 
Congregation Ahavath Sholom 
4050 S. Hulen, Fort Worth ( map

Texas Jewish Historical Society Annual Gathering
April 13-16 | Beth-El Congregation 
4900 Briarhaven Rd, Fort Worth ( map)

The Texas Jewish Historical Society's Annual Gathering will be in Fort Worth this year and you are invited to to be a part of this exciting weekend.

For more information click here 
Israel @ 70 Celebration  
Sunday , April 22 , 2018 | 7 Iyyar 5778

6-10 p.m. at The Ashton Depot 
1501 Jones Street, Fort Worth, TX ( map

Dine, Dance and Celebrate our Modern Miracle

Move over Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli, Goga is
coming to Fort Worth. He is an amazing vocalist and
musician who's one man show sounds like a full 10 piece
band. He has shared the stage with President George W.
Bush, Cyndi Lauper and Earth, Wind and Fire. You can view
his videos at Gogamusic.com or visit his YouTube channel
that has over 4 million views.

Goga will be performing at the Israel @ 70 Gala celebration,
Sunday evening, April 22nd at 6pm at the beautiful Ashton
Depot located in downtown Fort Worth. This legendary
landmark has been meticulously preserved through a
multi-million-dollar renovation. The Ashton Depot houses
a full state of the art catering kitchen, provides exceptional
service and will deliver an upscale experience for our event.
Adding to the elegance of the evening is a sumptuous meal
prepared by Cesar Gallegos, Executive Chef. Chef Gallagos
haspreviously held positions at luxury hotels in Dallas, Austin, 
and San Antonio. He has devoted himself to creating an 
authentic Israeli dining experience for the event.
All of these elements combine to create a full-blown gala that 
you won't want to miss! The Israel @ 70 Gala is sponsored
by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County with 
financial support from the Foundation of the Jewish Federation, 
the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation, Harold Gernsbacher, Ben & Suzie Herman, 
Jeffrey & Linda Hochster, Rich & Terri Hollander, 
Isadore Garsek Lodge of B'nai B'rith, Stuart & Rebecca Isgur, 
Sam & Diane Kleinman, Monica O'Desky, Mark & 
Naomi Rosenfield, Sendara Title, and Tarrant County 
B'nai B'rith Housing. Host Committee members are actively 
inviting people to join in this celebration.
Invitations are in the mail and tickets are $50 per person.
For further info please contact Angie Friedman
at 817-569-0892 or a.friedman@tarrantfederation.org.
B'nai B'rith Scholarship 
Applications Due May 1, 2018  
The Isadora Garsek B'nai B'rith Lodge #269 is again offering two $1,500 scholarships. Applicants must be high school senoirs graduating between December 2017 and June 2018. Parents or guardians must be members of the Isadora Garsek Lodge or members of an established Jewish Congregation in Tarrant County.

For more information on the requirements, click here
To download the application, click here.

Let's Give THANKS to the Texas State Legislators Who Led the
Fight Against BDS
Tuesday, May 1st at 7 p.m. 
You are invited to a reception honoring Texas State Representatives Phil King, Craig Goldman, and Linda Koop for their leadership in passing the Texas Anti-BDS House Bill 89 and standing up for Israel!

For more information click here

Click here for a Complete Calendar of Events from the
Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
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Service Times
Wednesday, April 11th
7:00 p.m.  
Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Congregation Beth Shalom

Friday, April 13th
7:00 p.m.

All Ages Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, April 14th
10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service

Wednesday, April 18th
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. 
Yotair Ivirt
Evening Service
MAV Focus Group

Friday, April 20th
7:00 p.m.
Shabbat Evening Service
Led by NETTY & GFC

Saturday, April 21st
10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service

This Weeks Torah Portion:
Parshat Sh'mini II  
Leviticus 10:12-11:47

Sermon Topic: A story appropriate for all ages connected to our Torah Portion

Torah Tidbit:
Instead of the weekly Torah portion, my focus this week is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Tonight, Wednesday evening, begins Yom HaShoah, the one day on the Jewish calendar that is dedicated
to remembering the 6 million Jews who were murdered and all of the heroes who survived or died fighting
against the Nazis. I encourage you to find some time during this day to remember. Light a yahrzeit (memorial
candle) this evening. Attend our community observance at Beth Shalom. Watch a movie or documentary, such
as Schindler's List or the PBS Documentary airing tonight at 9pm. Share a story, talk with your children... honor
their memory. While the Holocaust does not define our Judaism, we mourn the unfathomable loss of 1/3 of
our people. Zichronam Livracha - May their memories be for a blessing.

 Click here for a link to Torah study on this week's portion
Click here for the Weekly Podcast from URJ President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs 

New Podcast from the URJ: Stories we tell. For link click here 
  • The Traditional Shabbat Service uses the Siddur and classic CBI melodies. 
  • The All-Ages Service is welcoming to all ages, including the younger members of CBI
Yom Ha'Shoah Commemoration at CBS

Join us tonight for
Yom Ha'Shoah / Holocaust Memorial Day 
Featuring Julie Meetal Berman 

Julie is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. Her mother, Magda Ehrlich Mittelman, survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps as well as a death march. Her father, Laszlo Mittelman, survived forced labor and later escaped and became a partisan (resistance fighter). Julie preserves her parents' legacies and shares their testimonies through a multi-media presentation

Congregation Beth Shalom ( map )

Hazak Happenings

There will be a short Havdalah Service followed by refreshments and the acclaimed film "Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem" Portraits of two beloved icons, Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel, are woven together in this enchanting documentary.

The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent,
all show through with deep humanity and Yiddshkeit.
RSVPs are encouraged to hazak@congregationbethisrael.org
to assure we have enough refreshments for all.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to see this movie! 

This is a FREE event made possible by a grant from the Jewish Foundation of Forth worth and Tarrant County
Mission and Values Focus Group

Join us as our focus will be on values of Tikkun Olam - repairing the world. You will have
the opportunity to share your thoughts and views in a way that will help our sacred community
live our values now and in the future.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


The service will be led by NETTY, GFC will be our song leader with GFC
melodies and with Raymond Farris.  All Ages are encouraged to join us!
CBI Adult Choir

Our new CBI adult choir is looking for singers. If you enjoy singing in the shower, our
group is for you. We have been practicing Sabbath Prayer (from Fiddler on the Roof) and
Shalom Rav to sing at a future Friday night service.  If you'd like to join us, we will be meeting
at CBI on Wednesday April 25th at 7:30 PM.  If you'd like a copy of the music, please email
Tanya Dittberner at tanyadittberner@gmail.com.
Daughters of Abraham

Daughters of Abraham 

Devotional and Socializing - Thusday, April 26th, 7:30 to 9p.m.

Location: 631 Fairview Terrace, Southlake (map)
Roya Sabour has invited the daughters group to her home for a devotional. Feel free to bring a prayer with you. She opens her home the fourth Thursday of every month... April 26th is the next time.  
Daughters April Meeting - Thursday, April 19th, 7p.m.

Location: First United Church of Colleyville
1000 Church Road, Colleyville ( map ) Enter through the east entrance at the door marked 3.
Go up the stairs, turn left. We will meet in the ABC room which is the last room on the right. 
Snacks: Christian Sisters

Topic: Disabilities 
What does your faith say regarding people with disabilities? And what is our current practice
and experiences?

Multicultural Alliance Annual Awards Dinner 

Thursday, April 26th 
6:30p.m. Host Reception 
7p.m. Dinner and Program     
Contact ckimberling@mcatexas.com or
817-332-3271 for ticket or sponsorship information. 
For Those Who Care

Brought to you by
Coalition for Quality End-of-Life Care

Friday, April 27, 2018 
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Program: Most of western medicine and healthcare revolves
around the patient. Today we will consider another point of view -
the Caregiver of the chronically ill.

Sign up at here http://www.coalitionqec.org/ 
Admission is FREE, but you need to RSVP!

Either email info@coalitionqec.org or go to Facebook RSVP for tickets

Click here for details  
New Member Dinner & Shabbat

We'll be enjoying smoked brisket (by yours truely!), as well as all the Texas fixin's (cole slaw,
potato salad, pickle slices pepperoncici's, rolls, etc!). We'll also have Kosher hot dogs and veggie burgers for those who aren't into smoked brisket (not sure why not?!). They'll also be sweet and
regular iced tea, as well as lemonade (in case you want to make yourself an "Arnold Palmer"!) and
I believe the oneg that night will be a desert menu! How can you go wrong, right?!

There's no charge for this dinner, so please bring yourselves, the kiddos and hungry/empty
stomachs... we're looking for NO LEFTOVERS.

I only ask that you RSVP by Thursday, April 20th so I know exactly how many briskets to get
for the smoker (and, of course, sides). You can email or call me (skusnit@yahoo.com |817.707.9481)
if you have any questions. We'd love to have as many of you as possible show up to meet our 20 new
member families and individuals... and they're looking forward to meeting y'all too!

And, if you are a new member, please RSVP as well, since we don't want y'all going hungry!!

Date: April 27, 2018 (Friday) | Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Location: Congregation Beth Israel

Look Forward to seeing you there,
Stephen Kusnit 
CBI New Member Chair

     TO RSVP 
Please Join Sisterhood for a FREE family event 
An Evening focused on what makes each one of us unique and how to break down barriers and foster conversations of understanding in our workplaces, schools and communities.

Understanding and embracing diversity and inclusion is more important than ever... learn
how to strengthen these values within your family and get the conversation flowing.

This event is for ages 10+. Please bring a dessert to share.
April 28th, 7-9PM at Congregation Beth Israel

Please RSVP to Rachel Simon by April 21th
rachel.jason.simon@sbcglobal.net or 925-360-3881    

The annual meeting will take place on May 6, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary prior to the annual picnic.   The Board meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. sharp following CBI's Got Talent from 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Packets were mailed out to our members on April 6, 2018 with important information about the meeting.  
If you do not receive your packet this week, please contact CBI's Administrative Office.
CBI's Got Talent

This was an amazing success last year and we're excited to see more talent this year

This will be held on May 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is open to all CBI members. 
If you would like to participate, please click here to fill out the form. 
Gift Shop
The gift shop will be open some Sunday mornings during religious school.
To check on dates we'll be open, or If you would like to find out what is available
or to shop at another time please contact Diane Prager,
817-938-6337 or bdjonathan@verizon.net
The gift shop accepts cash or checks, credit card transactions will require a 3% surcharge 
Easy CBI Fundraising
Everyone can make a difference to CBI by taking advantage of the rewards programs from Kroger, Tom Thumb's, eBox Tops and Amazon Smile
                                                                                            Click here for Amazon Smile link          
           put in container in the lobby  

Click here for more information