Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast

Leah, Megan, Elisha & Matthew

Patsy, Carol, and Amanda preparing the food table

Karen pouring cups of wine

Sarah cooking the eggs

Peggy helping w/clean-up

Everyone was impressed by Brent's beautiful shofar...
Good job on the final "T'kiyah Gedolah" Brent!!

Eleanor, Beverly, Lolita and

Pete and Elaine

Megan and Matthew

Jeff and Sophie entertaining each other~ Not sure who was more amused...

For me, one of the most special traditions at Congregation Beth Israel is the congregational break-the-fast after Yom Kippur. In most synagogues, after praying together for 3-4 days together, members of the congregation leave the sanctuary, take in the obligatory wine and challah, then race out so they are not late for dinner reservations.
At CBI, the tables and chairs are set up the Friday night before Yom Kippur, the Ladies Auxiliary prepares dishes for all to share, and everyone gets to enjoy the food and everyone's company while breaking the fast as a congregation.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Annual Meeting~Change of Officers

At CBI's Annual Meeting last night, there was a "changing of the guard" of sorts... Syl Polunsky, President and fearless leader of Congregation Beth Israel for more than 20 years, handed over the reigns to incoming president Jeff Lisson. We will work hard to ensure that the solid foundation that Syl has built for the the synagogue continues and grows under our tenure.

Following is the list of officers for the 2009-2010 year:

President: Jeff Lisson
1st Vice Pres: Ami Mizell
2nd Vice Pres: Andrew John
Secretary: Elaine Micale
Treasurer: Robert Polunsky
Trustees: Pat Moore
Jerry Suriff
Syl Polunsky

Monday, April 13, 2009

Passover Seder

Even baby Evie gets a sip of Passover wine

Matthew found the afikomen- hidden in the piano

Every table had its own seder plate

Matthew and Jacob were lovin' the Passover foods!

Evie, Boris, Jolene and Oliver

Lolita and

Jerry and Patsy. What do you mean, you don't see Patsy?

Karen and Andrew

Pete and Elaine


The conclusion of the seder~ Next Year in Jerusalem!

We had our Passover Seder on Saturday, April 11. The first night's seder was Wednesday, but we all decided that Saturday was the first day we could all get ready for the big event. Almost everyone in the congregation was able to attend, and we even had a few guests. We all had so much fun; hopefully this will be an annual event at the synagogue.