Congregation Beth Jacob
Conservative Egalitarian Synagogue on Galveston Island

 

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Worship Services:

We're Back and You're In!
In-Person Services
Have Returned:


Erev-Shabbat Fellowship:
Friday Evenings 5:00 p.m.


Erev-Shabbat Services:
Friday Evenings 6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Services:
Saturday Mornings 10:00 a.m.


Please Call Shul Office for more information
(409) 762-4545

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Ronnie Graber
President
CBJ Board of Trustees
2021

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Peggy Green
Vice President
CBJ Board of Trustees
2021

CBJ Recent Events

Jews in Cars March 6th, 2021

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Patricia Stowe enjoying some of Simon Gerbert's Hamentaschen
AND the JIC services

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We were proud for Nathanael Greene and his very personal "Drash"

Jews in Cars - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Gabbai, Simon Gerbert's special brunch for JIC Shabbat Morning Service attendees February 20th. Brunch included bagels, lox, tomatoes, onions and a special cream cheese mix spread!  See what you missed?

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Bill and Meris Hamilton led a perfect Shabbat morning service.  They were joined by Simon Gerbert who sang Ashrei perfectly!
Bill doing so much better after brain surgery a few weeks ago.

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So happy to see Patricia Stowe (left) with her chauffeur, Peggy Green, following along with their Siddurim while listening to the audio on the FM Radio.

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President Ronnie and First Lady, Charna Graber
Obviously, that's Charna on the left. Guess  that's Ronnie on the right because we can see his Ten Gallon Stetson up on the dashboard.

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Max and Kathleen Sukiennik.  Kathleen drives Max to the service.  Max drives Kathleen crazy.  They are in the running for CBJ's Cutest Couple.

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Great to see our beacon of the Beacon all bundled up.  Thank you, Diane Wonio for always doing such an incredible job!

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Ira Levine in the K-9 Unit with his adorable Molly ...Also competing for Cutest Couple.

CBJ Annual Membership Meeting 2021
(Annual meeting photos courtesy of Diane Wonio)
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Meris Hamilton, CBJ Board Treasurer Introducing Outgoing President, Peggy Green
as Dr. Bill Hamilton Returns Inside After Leading with the Invocation

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Peggy Green, Immediate Past President Speaking to Attendees About Her 2-Year Board Leadership and Accomplishments.

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Peggy Discussing Board Member Simon Gerbert's Years of Contributions to the Board and the Synagogue

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Newly Elected Board President, Ronnie Graber Discussing Plans for 2021

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Peggy Proudly Displaying Her
Certificate of Awesomeness
Presented by Her Fellow CBJ Board Members

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Marc Weiss
Served as
Master of Ceremonies

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A Total of 22 "Jews in Cars" Attended the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting

2020 Chanukah Party
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Meris Hamilton, Emcee for 2020
Chanukah Party December 16th

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Premier of the Beautiful Programmable Chanukah Menorah

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Jews in Cars Watching Videos On Movie Screen With Audio Via In-Car FM

"Jews in Cars" Shabbat Morning Services
January 2nd, January 16th & February 6th, 2021
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Jews in Cars - January 2
A Full Minyan - So Nice!

Such a delightful way to start 2021 at CBJ with Jews In Cars Shabbat Morning Service led by Meris & Bill Hamilton.  So nice to have a full Minyan.  Meris & Bill did a phenomenal job and the service included wine and challah for Kiddush and Motzi.

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Molly Levin Attended with Proud Poppa Ira

Malachi Greene arrived with his Parents (Irene and Nathanael Greene) and his 4 siblings at the Shul for the Jews in Cars Shabbat Morning services on February 6th announcing the celebration of his 5th Birthday.  So, Meris Hamilton cued up "The Dinosaur Song" and broadcast that for those in attendance while Malachi danced with the stuffed Dinos he received as a birthday gift.  And... as they say..."A Good Time Had by All!" (the "party" included chocolate birthday cake provided by Peggy). Aannnd, we were all grateful to see Lis and Hugo Kahn arriving as our Minyan Makers.

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Jews in Cars - January 16th
Meris & Bill Hamilton Davened An Amazingly Smooth Service Complete with Chanting, Great Music and Special Prayer by Meris

These Beautiful Visitation Rock Monuments Recently Installed at Congregation Beth Jacob Synagogue Cemetery by the Cemetery Board of Trustees with Funds Contributed by These Generous Benefactors
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Welcome to our historical synagogue at 2401 Avenue K on Galveston Island. The Shul was built on Galveston Island 90 years ago, during the Great Depression, by Jewish families of Austrian, German, Russian, and Polish heritage.  Many descendants of these original families are still members and active with Congregation Beth Jacob.

Following Hurricane Ike in 2008 our Shul sustained severe damage.  Nevertheless, CBJ members managed to come together with services in the outdoor Courtyard. Now, with COVID-19, we’ve been forced to hold outside services again. We have met the challenge with “Jews in Cars”. Via broadcast services from the doors of the Shul to the radios in the vehicles parked along the street, we have again succeeded to come together during difficult times. We invite visitors to join us every first and third Shabbot, on 24th Street, and tune in to radio station FM 87.9 listen to the audio portion of the service on your FM radio. 


With the arrival of the vaccine, there’s hope of returning to in-person meetings.  No one knows when that may be.  We do know that once we return to inside services, we will enjoy the newly set-up children’s room, gift shop, and the main sanctuary with its newly installed HVAC system thanks to the very noble financial support from Patricia Stowe, Laura & Ed Schreiber and Peggy Green. We will  enter the building through the soon-to-be renovated courtyard - a memorial to Rae and Harry Schreiber made possible by another generous donation from Laura & Ed Schreiber.

I think our founding fathers and mothers would would be so thrilled with the work we’ve done keeping their dream alive. 

 

Peggy Green,
Proud to be the 2021 Vice President of
Congregation Beth Jacob Synagogue

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Original 1931 Stained Glass Window with Outline of the Original Torah Ark Located Below Window. Torah Ark Was Moved to The Chapel in 1963 When New Sanctuary Was Completed and New Ark Build in Main Sanctuary