Congregation Beth Israel 
April 17, 2017 ~ 21 Nissan 5777  
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Monthly Parshiot 

April 1, Vayikra
    T: Leviticus 1:1-5:26
    H: Isaiah 43:21-44:23

April 8, Tzav
    T: Leviticus 6:1-8:36
    H: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23

April 15, Passover Shabbat
T: Exodus 33:12-34:26
    H: Ezekiel 36:37-37:14

April 22, Shemini
    T:  Leviticus 9:1-11:47
    H:  II Samuel 6:1-7:17

April 29, Tazria-Metzorah
    T: Leviticus 12:1-15:33
    H: II Kings 4:42-5:19 
Join the CBI Chutzpaws Team!

The CBI Chutzpaws are joining the SPCA Wag 'n Walk again this year.  The date is Saturday, May 6.  Sign yourself and your dog up on the SPCA website on the CBI Chutzpaws team and enjoy an easy walk, the company of other dog owners and lovers, and much more while donating to our four legged family members.  Contact Bee Epstein-Shepherd 625-3188 for more information.
Mark Your Calendars!

April 18 - 10:30 AM Passover Yizkor Service

April 19 - 4:00 PM CBI Merit College Scholarship Submission Deadline

4:00 PM B'nai Mitzvah Class

4:30 PM Hebrew School

April 20 - 10:00 AM Adult Writing Class

12:00 PM Best Years Indian Buffet Lunch

April 21 - 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service and Scholar in Residence First Presentation with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

Thank you to our Oneg Hosts Adult Education Committee in honor of  Scholar-in-Residence Joyce Antler

April 22  -10:30 AM Shabbat Scholar in Residence Second Presentation

7:00PM Scholar in Residence Final Presentation and Havdalah

April 23 - 9:30 AM Religious School Grades K - 7th

9:30 AM The Joys & Oy's of Parenting Discussion
12:00 PM Sababa Program

12:15 PM Final RS Faculty Meeting

7:00 PM Yom Hashoah Observance Service at Temple Beth El, Salinas

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We're Accepting Mitzvah Day Collections!    
Now until May 7th, you will see bins and barrels in the CBI foyer in preparation for our Mitzvah Day projects and collections.
Drop items off when you come to the upcoming Scholar-in-Resident presentation at CBI on April 21-22. Invite family and friends to bring their donations, too!

Also, keep checking Religious School Take Home Notices, flyers in the lobby, Eblasts and the May Shofar newsletter for updates on projects and other collections to be done on or close to Mitzvah Day.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.  We look forward to seeing you on Mitzvah day! 
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In This Issue
Passover Yizkor Service
Best Years Buffet Luncheon
CBI Informational Meetings: New Pledge Process
Yom Hashoah Observance at TBE, Salinas
At Home with CBI Returns!
HUC College Commons Livestreaming Event
Joyce Antler
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with
Professor Joyce Antler

April 21 - 22

We are excited to welcome to our congregation Professor Joyce Antler.  Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, where she teaches in the American Studies Department. She is the author of The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America and the editor of America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers and Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture. Professor Antler is a founding member of the board of the Jewish Women's Archive and chairs its Academic Advisory Council.  Her first talk will be in place of the rabbi's sermon at the Friday evening service  Her topic that evening is "Rabbis, Rebels and Supreme Court Justices:  How Jewish. Women Shaped Modern America.  After the 7:30 service we will have a chance to visit with our guest at the oneg. 

on Saturday morning between 10:30 and noon when Professor Antler will deliver her second talk "You never call! You never write!  The Historical Legacy of Jewish Mothers." Saturday evening we will join in our social hall at 7:00 PM for a dessert buffet and Havdalah service followed by our scholar's final presentation, "From Sophie Tucker to Sara Sliverman:  Jewish Women in Comedy."

Because of the Ted Orliss Scholar-in-Residence fund, CBI is able to welcome scholars like Professor Joyce Antler to our community.  This will be a special weekend for all those who participate.  Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.

Passover Yizkor Service  
Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 AM

A Yizkor service, marking the end of the festival of Passover, will be held on Tuesday morning, April 18.  The service begins at 10:30 AM and if we have a minyan will include a special Torah reading along with the Yizkor prayers.  Part of the Torah portion will also be studied as part of the morning service.
Best Years Indian Buffet Lunch
Thursday, April 20, Noon

Join us as we try a new restaurant on Thursday, April 20 at noon for a delicious Indian buffet.  We will meet at the Aabha Indian Cuisine Restaurant that recently opened in the Barnyard in Carmel.  Meet us at the restaurant at 3690 Barnyard for a fun and tasty meal.  Most of their dishes are vegetarian but there are also a few chicken and fish dishes on the buffet.  As always, the Weingarten senior endowment fund will pay for the meal.  Please RSVP for this lunch by calling the CBI office at 624-2015 no later than Tuesday, April 18.  Also, let us know if you need a ride to this lunch gathering.
Mark your calendar
CBI Informational Meetings: New Pledge Process

The Board of Trustees has approved a new Pledge process for Congregation Beth Israel.  This move has 3 intended results. First and foremost is to change the culture of CBI and create a more welcoming environment.  Second is to be able to reach out to more people, especially those with young families.  And third, knowing that the Board is ultimately responsible for the fiscal viability, to maintain the current level of pledges.

We will be having several informative meetings to outline our vision of how this will be implemented.  Please come with your questions or concerns.  The Board of Trustees has been working on this process for a few years.  We have spent many hours coming up with a plan that we all feel confident will work for our congregation. And we are excited to share it with you.

The informational meetings are scheduled:
Thursday April 20th at 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday April 30th 11:00 a.m. (during religious school) and 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday May 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

All the meetings will be held at Congregation Beth Israel in the Social Hall.
candle-mantle.jpg Yom HaShoah   Observance Service
Sunday,  April 23, 7:00 PM

This year we will be joining Temple Beth El in Salinas for our annual Holocaust Memorial Day observance.  We will join their congregation located at 1212 Riker Street starting at 7:00 PM.  For part of the evening we will consider our history as Refugees in foreign lands.  What does our tradition and our history teach us?  A candle lighting, special readings, and music will all add to the Memorial service.  All CBI members including children over 10 are encouraged to attend this special evening program.

At Home with CBI
At Home with CBI Returns!
This wonderful fun fundraiser is returning. Beginning at the end of April, we will kick off a series of fun events with an Artist Reception on Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m.   Hosted by Malina Breaux, we welcome you to come to the opening night of our First CBI Miniatures fundraiser. Enjoy a dairy buffet featuring cheesecake, kugel, blintzes and more as you meet and mingle with the artists who have donated their creations. At only $18. per person, this event is designed for all ages. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the event for 7/$30. Put your tickets in your favorite pieces for a chance to hang it on your wall.
Each event is created to enrich and enlighten our lives as we raise funds for CBI. The hosts of each special gathering underwrite the expenses. This allows the money paid by participants to go directly to supporting CBI.
A very special thank you to all the event sponsors. This fundraiser couldn't happen without them. And it won't be successful without your support.   Everyone is welcome so share the invitations with your friends and neighbors. Make your reservations through the CBI office. We hope you will join us.
HUC College Commons
Live Streaming Event at CBI
Sunday, April 30, 9:30 AM

Israel: Bridging the Divide
The American Jewish conversation on Israel needs a make-over. Weigh in as we get a glimpse into unexpected takes on Israel today.

Featured guest speakers include:
Dr. Joshua Holo, dean of the HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles and associate professor of Jewish history, publishes on the Jews of the medieval Mediterranean.

Dr. David Myers is the professor & Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written extensively in the fields of modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history, with a particular interest Jewish historical understanding of Israel, Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

To find out more about College Commons:

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Address: 5716 Carmel Valley  Road
Carmel, CA 93923