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Bulletin 01.01.2018

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January 2018: “News for the Pews”

Mazal Tov to: Kayla and Ali on their marriage. Their ceremony took place in Austin on December 16, 2017 . Kayla and her family were members at Congregation Agudas Achim where Kayla became a Bat Mitzvah under Hazzan Silverstein’s tutelage. We welcome them to the CISA community. We welcome Dr. Teresa and Jack Mynier as members of the CISA Community as well. Teresa and Jack are the parents of Kayla. We welcome Anne and Gil Atzmon to the community. We wish them a heartfelt Mazal Tov on their wedding celebration which took place on December 22, 2017. To our webmaster Charles Gruber who was appointed to the CRC (Community Relations Committee) representing CISA on matters of importance to the Global Jewish community.

Our Hazzan in the Community

Hazzan Silverstein. On Thanksgiving morning, Hazzan officiated at the Annual Raul Jimenez Dinner at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center as a member of the Ecumenical Interfaith Clergy. This is his 18th celebration with the Raul Jimenez Dinner. See Facebook for some photos of the event for the 25,000 attendees. We’re talkin’ Turkey here!

Music Director

David Miron

David MironDavid Miron was born and raised in a Reform Jewish home in Lake Jackson, Texas. He attended Congregation B'nai Israel in Galveston, where he became a Bar Mitzvah and confirmed during the tenure of Rabbi Samuel Stahl. His early teachers were William Chaisson for piano, Dorothy Moye for cello, and Jane Ambuhl for organ. After detours at Trinity University and Incarnate Word College, he completed a Bachelors of Arts in Music at St. Mary's University in composition, piano, accompanying, and organ.  During this time he began a spiritual and religious journey as he was baptized and confirmed into the Roman Catholic faith while serving as music director at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Selma,. TX.  He later served St. Mary's University as liturgist/musician for Campus Ministry. His church playing career began in high school at age 13 .It spans 14 different denominations or religions.

After St. Mary's , Miron began teaching music at St. Martin Hall, the laboratory/demonstration school for Our Lady of the Lake University's Education department. He later also taught 5th grade, technology, science, social studies enrichment, religion, and was assistant principal. He taught 4th grade in the Edgewood ISD. He also became organist/accompanist at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church where realized a call to ordained ministry. He joined Colonial Hills and began graduate theological study with Perkins School of Theology/SMU when they opened an extension campus in San Antonio in 2001. Simultaneously he was completing a Masters of Education in Early Childhood, and an additional 30 graduate hours in school administration at Our Lady of the Lake University.

His wife, Bonnie Walker, a well-known food writer for the San Antonio Express-News was most familiar with his diligence at the computer writing papers during these three years. Only through the patience and understanding did his marriage survive the somewhat ridiculous over-commitment of working on 12-15 graduate hours per semester while being employed at one fulltime and one part-time job. He is extremely grateful for her patience and support.

The San Antonio District Board of Ordained Ministry confirmed his call to ministry in 2008; he anticipates ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist church in either 2010 or 2011.Currently he continues to serve as accompanist at Colonial Hills as well as Adult Education director, composes occasionally for the choir, and has been commissioned by the church to write a short opera for Christmas 2009 to be paired in performance with "Amahl and the Night Visitors".

"I am pleased to have been accepted so warmly into Congregation Israel's worship and community gatherings and look forward to being with you for a long while. Even with my recent conversion, I am touched to be able to offer those Jewish prayers like Kaddish for my relatives at the appropriate times during our services. Truly, this is an ecumenical congregation of warm welcome and forward outlook for all who desire to progress in knowledge and ritual through their Judaism.”

Voices of Israel

Our Jewish congregation celebrates the warmth, beauty and majesty of our liturgy in a welcoming warm atmosphere of holiness with the beauty of music and prayer.  Joining our congregation for the High Holy Days and for special Shabbatot during the year is a choral ensemble of some of San Antonio's finest solo singers..

To learn about our chorale, click the link to the left.

Membership

Membership and Community Service Contributions

Our Membership Application Form is Available upon Request.

Regular Contribution and Community Service Use Levels

PER CITYWIDE CUSTOM, ALL OBLIGATIONS TO FORMER SYNAGOGUES AND CENTERS MUST BE FULFILLED PRIOR TO JOINING CISA. LIFE CYCLE EVENTS, MEMORIALS, ADULT EDUCATION, AND COUNSELING SERVICES THAT UTILIZE OUR HAZZAN AND STAFF, ON OR OFF RENTAL SITE ARE A BENEFIT OF MEMBERSHIP IN CISA AT THE 36+ SINGLE OR COUPLE LEVEL. ALL MEMBERS MUST BE OF THE JEWISH FAITH BY BIRTH OR VERIFIED CONVERSION. SUPPORTERS (non-Jewish persons or Jewish non-member) ARE WELCOMED WITHOUT RIGHTS OF MEMBERSHIP AT MEMBERSHIP CONTRBUTION LEVELS. In fairness to our contributing Jewish members, contributions for non-members of the community (guests or supporters) are required for High Holy Days services (all or part), all Life Cycle events, Adult Education and Pastoral Counseling/Visitation at the level established for the program or event listed. All regular contribution levels are due by July 1, or 50% by July 1 and 50% one month prior to the High Holy Days in any year July 1-June 30. Special consideration is available. Underwriting Levels pledges may be contributed in equal monthly installments after the regular level is completed prior to the High Holy Days. Retired Military are always our guests without life cycle events. Children (to age 18) are guests with parents’ membership. Reciprocity observed for members in good standing of synagogues outside of Texas (with letter of Good Standing from your synagogue). Contributions for Community Services Use (non-member) services are currently:

-High Holy Days: $300 per guest (ALL OR PART);

-Life Cycle Events like naming and Britot: $500.00;

-Community Memorials $500.00;

-Bar or Bat Mitzvah $1800;

-Wedding $1200;

-Adult Education per class $118.00 (exclusive of Books to be purchased by the student);

-Adoption of Judaism Ceremonies $1800, inclusive of Witnesses’ Honorarium;

-Pastoral Care and counselling; Hospice or Hospital Visitations: $118 per 30-minute session;

-Dinner Events and Paid programming assessed at our cost per person;

Membership/Supporter Contribution Levels

First Time Affiliate, Age 22-30 (single)

$525

First Time Affiliate, Age 22-30 (coupled, both are 22-30)

$1050

Age Group by Individual or Two Adults (dependents under 22, aged parents, our guests)

 

31-35 (single)

$550

31-35 (couple, one partner is 31-35)

$1100

36+ (single)

$600

36+ (coupled, one partner is 36 or above)

$1200

Underwriting Contribution Levels (regardless of age or coupling) Per Year July 1-June 30 (no proration)

Founder

$1800

Guardian

$2000

Builder

$3000

Patron

$3600

Parnassim

$6000 and above

What we build in mortar and stone, the elements in time will weather; what we build in human spirit will endure for an eternity.” -Rabbi Israel Chodos

Ritual Leader

Hazzan David Silverstein is the founding spiritual leader of "conservative covenantal" Congregation Israel of San Antonio. He served previously at Congregation Agudas Achim for five years where he assumed the dual portfolio of the rabbi and cantor during two successive searches for a rabbi. Silverstein was called upon to help create a new Reform congregation, Temple Chai as its Spiritual Leader during its startup year in 2005. Before moving to Texas from his native Los Angeles, he served the prestigious Sinai Temple, Los Angeles in a multi-faceted clergy and administrative capacity following service to Adat Ari El, North Hollywood.

Hazzan Silverstein was graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Music. He earned the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law. He received his certification and commission (ordination) as a Hazzan-Minister from the Cantors Assembly of the Jewish Theological Seminary and undertook course work in the graduate Masters Rabbinic literature studies program at the University of Judaism (American Jewish University).

Hazzan Silverstein is certificated in Mid-Level Management from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work. He prepared for the Chaplaincy at the San Antonio Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, and is a member of he National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He was a member of the National Association of Temple Administrators (Reform), and the National Association of Synagogue Administrators and Executives (Conservative). Silverstein is listed in “Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Religion” 4th Edition 1992. He appears in the book "The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook" by Kerry M. Olitzky, 1996, Greenwood Press.

A lyric tenor, Silverstein has concertized extensively in the United States and Israel. Silverstein has appeared on local and national television, notably NBC Today with Bryant Gumpel and Katherine Couric, and affiliate KNBC singing music of the Jewish liturgical year. Hazzan Silverstein appears on two Compact disc albums of original music of Rabbi Moshe J. Rothblum with production credits.

Silverstein produced eight visits of the Japanese Makhelat Hashachar--the Beit Shalom Christian Friends of Israel Chorus. He was the director of the staged event “Liberation: A Choral Symphony’ at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. Silverstein produced ‘A Morning with His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama” held at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, where he and his family served as personal escort of the Tibetan leader. He has participated in a variety of diversified community musical events in San Antonio, Texas including the San Antonio Mastersingers and the San Antonio Opera.  Hazzan Silverstein is a member of the International Cantors Assembly carrying the national convention Chairman’s portfolio (1989-1991) and having served as a member of its Executive Council and Chairman of the Western States Region. He is a member of Liberal Arts, Home Lodge and Albert Pike Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, and the Scottish Rite of Los Angeles and San Antonio.

Silverstein was a regular presenter on the Oblate Theological Seminary World Interfaith Panel 2000-2010, and has been featured by the Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque. He had been seated on the San Antonio Committee for the Advancement in Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation, and served on the Mayoral Commission for a United San Antonio following the events of 911. He is under consideration for participation on the Wayland Baptist University advisory board in the seat of the late Councilman Robert Ross. He enjoys golf, competitive road biking, jogging, sailing, swimming, and a good sauna as part of his regular personal health regimen. He is married to Barbara P. Silverstein. They have a son, Joshua Adam who recently was graduated with his double Master’s Degree from the University of Miami, Oxford, Ohio in Geology/Geosciences.

About Us

Celebrating our 9th anniversary as an alternative expression of creative but conservative-covenantal Judaism in San Antonio, Texas. In Hebrew “Brit” means covenant, a promise; we act as stewards one to the other in helping Jews become better Jews.

Visitors to our congregation comment on the warmth and friendliness of the people.  After experiencing one of our Shabbat services it is clear to see that the warmth and friendliness of the congregation is a reflection of those same qualities that are so clearly expressed in our leader, Hazzan David Silverstein, and our Music accompanist Rev. David Miron and the members of the Voices of Israel Chorale.

Congregation Israel of San Antonio welcomes everyone,  most cordially from all branches of Judaism, those investigating Judaism and from the community.

Our services and interactive Torah studies provide stimulating discussions and opportunities for learning traditional Judaism and modern applications of it. We are passionate about the instructions given to us in Torah and strive to live blessed and holy lives as children of the Eternal.

To include a name on the Yahrzeit (Remembrance) or Mi Sheberach (Healing) prayer list, please provide names to Hazzan Silverstein at (210) 387-2436 or at (210) 764-0859 by 2:00 PM Wednesdays.  You may also submit a prayer request for healing at the service itself.  Please hand it to the Hazzan prior to services.

If you know someone who is hospitalized and would like to be visited by Hazzan Silverstein, please contact him at the telephone numbers listed above.

Minyan services are available with 24 hours advance notice.

Contact

Congregation Israel of San Antonio
Hazzan David Silverstein, JD, Ritual Leader
2652 Inwood Briar
San Antonio, Texas 78248
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Voices of Israel

Our Jewish congregation celebrates the warmth, beauty and majesty of our liturgy in a welcoming warm atmosphere of holiness with the beauty of music and prayer.  Joining our congregation for the High Holy Days and for special Shabbatot during the year is a choral ensemble of some of San Antonio's finest solo singers under the direction of our choral director and accompanist.

New releases of compositions sung by our Choral ensemble at High Holy Days 2009, may be heard by clicking on the audio player above. Disable popup blockers to hear the selections

To learn about our chorale, click their links to the left.

Our Voices of Israel and Director 2007

Our History and Philosophy

Congregation Israel of San Antonio was founded in August of 2006 as a 501c3 religious community. 40 people desired to create an alternative expression of Judaism to the vanguard Temple and Synagogues of long standing in our city.  The name Israel was adopted, as it is used to denote those “who wrestle and interact with God!”

A post-denominational covenantal congregation was conceived that would incorporate contemporary and traditional modes of worship, egalitarian in nature, and rich with the sounds of traditional cantorial vocal and instrumental music accompaniments and mixed choral forces.  We study from traditional texts and pray from our own “vanity” prayer book and also utilize works from the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist philosophies. We sit together as families and community.  The community is open to all those genuine in their quest for Jewish living and spiritual fulfillment in the Jewish tradition. If it’s Jewish, we imbibe it!

A Philosophy of the Congregation is expressed in our pew bulletin:

“Our Jewish congregational community strives to provide an atmosphere of welcome, warmth and the holiness of beauty with music and participation during worship. We wish to pray in a manner consistent with the principles of a Covenantal Judaism-- a philosophy which blends ritual aspects of current Jewish denominational practices with traditional and contemporary thought.

We strive for an intellectual and soulful pursuit of Jewish philosophy that we may encounter a spiritual path through inquiry and study of Torah. Together we work to welcome all who are committed,  interested and inquiring and wish to pray and learn, celebrate and mourn together in a Jewish way; to affirm the inherent dignity, honor, and integrity of every human being as b’tzelem Elohim: created in God’s image; to be dedicated to Torah study, deeds and acts of kindness, in Godly partnership and observances; and to work to attain tikkun olam, by helping others by our deeds in our community in cooperation with other religious and secular organizations.”

Our roster has grown in 2009 to 150 family names and members. CISA invites traditional “membership support” and contribution levels are suggested on a flat scale. All are welcome to participate in any Shabbat or Festival service. High Holy Days seating is invited of those who have supported CISA in the past, either as members or supporters.  Tzedakah is always welcome and encouraged. CISA is also blessed with support of community time, talent and treasure. This enables a complete liturgical and festival calendar year-around. Weddings, B’nai Mitzvah, memorial rites, Adult Studies Institute, sacred and non-secular concerts are some of the regular life-cycle events that punctuate our weekly Shabbat Services. You are cordially invited to help create sacred community with us.

Our worship and pastoral leadership is provided by Hazzan David Silverstein, JD, founding ritual leader, Cantor and director, Mr. David Miron our accompanist and choir director and our magnificent professional solo vocal ensemble who enhance our worship throughout the year.  Hazzan Silverstein brings his 38 years of pulpit and administrative experience and love of Judaism to the community. Meet him, Mr. Miron and the chorale on our site and in person at services. Hazzan may be contacted at any time of need as he may be useful to you.

 Sanctuary, Ritual Symbols and their meaning…

CISA is at home at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, ELCA.  In 2004, Hazzan Silverstein became friends with Mr. George Siglin, the Administrator of St. Andrew. George and the pastorate of SALC offered our congregation full use of its facilities and appurtenances shortly after CISA became a congregation in 2006.

Our challenge was to make the beautiful St. Andrew Sanctuary and common areas into a welcoming and “Jewish looking” schule for our Sabbath and Holy Day observances.

Our members and friends designed and built, sewed and crafted Bema (pulpit and altar) covers, an Ark, (cabinet to house the Torah scrolls) Torah stands, cloth scrims to cover Christian worship items out of our respect for their meaning. Many others provided magnificent ritual items, including two scrolls of the Torah as gifts to our Hazzan, and other items to create a Jewish spiritual home that would be Jewish and authentic, and ritually beautiful. Initial reservations about using this holy Christian space were soon dissipated as the Jewish themes began to materialize.

All of these items were designed with portability in mind. They are eco-friendly, utilizing new and recycled items turned into holy Jewish use.

 Sanctuary

The sanctuary as built features permanent items created for worship by St. Andrew.  Arranged in chevrons and accommodating 350 worshippers, the comfortable pews convey a sense of closeness to the officiants and community where participation is beckoned. As one faces forward, one can see others in prayer, the Bema (altar) and the large screen projections used for prayer texts and photographs, the choral forces and accompaniments.

The large art-glass window above the pulpit depicts a Shepherd and flock. A descriptive panel elsewhere informs us that the window depicts the 23rd Psalm of David. Though the worshippers may draw their own reference to Biblical personalities, CISA decided to keep the window visible as it is, allowing the colors to radiate by day, flooding the ark and Torah in sparkling hues.

  The Ark

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A focal point in any Jewish synagogue, temporary or permanent is the Ark which embraces the scrolls of the Torah, the original five books of the Bible in scroll form. It is a “bookcase of holiness, an aron hakodesh.” The design of an ark varies from synagogue to synagogue: some are very elaborate and larger than 3 stories high with much ornamentation, to a modest expression containing the real grandeur inside. All have symbolism important to the particular community. They are culled from the Bible’s description of the portable sanctuary and Great Temples in Jerusalem.

Our first ark was a tent like fabrication reminiscent of the portable tabernacle which housed the Ark of the Covenant as it travelled with Israel through the desert. Its colors and decorations were that of a prayer shawl and the priestly vestments worn in ancient days.  CISA was gifted with a beautiful, custom designed African purple wood Torah stand which kept the scrolls visible throughout worship, or which could be contained inside the tent-like-ark—a constant reminder before whom we are accountable.

Since space and portability were important to us as “tenants” at St. Andrew, an ark of lightweight plastic polymers (recycled) is now in use, allowing one or two individuals to completely set the holy space and mood for Jewish prayer and study in just minutes. Its basic features were enhanced with individual color tile pieces affixed on the doors and trim. They are arranged in a fashion that reminds one of the chakra points of the human body—a creation of God. The colors are arranged in a progression from white, pinks, orange, yellow and red to purple and royal blue—complimenting the “sefirot” level of Kabalistic origin from basic (white)  to the highest realm of the Divine (Sapphire blue).

The doors are two in number, but appear to be four distinct panels, two atop and two below and meet at a triangle, an ancient symbol of stability and holiness. This may remind one of the two sets of tablets brought to the people Israel by Moses. As the doors are opened, two white curtains (parochet) can be drawn back by hand to receive the Torah. They are fashioned to resemble a prayer shawl. They remind us of the separation- the holy from the mundane -in the Great Temple. The curtains are hung by decorative rings; they are translucent to allow the lighted Torah scrolls to remain visible even when the curtains are closed.

Inside the Ark are the two scrolls of the Torah themselves. The number of scrolls needed in any synagogue is not required, though more than one is desired so that reading from various sections of the weekly or festival text is not delayed unduly. The theme of “2 tablets” again is represented by the two scrolls we have in use: one a standard size scroll with blue mantle with a silver pointer (yad); the other a smaller study version with a pointer of pink art glass and silver. Both have Hebrew and Yiddish text on their decorative mantles describing the origin of the mantle and perhaps the scrolls, donated to a community of long ago. Both scrolls are rendered completely by hand in stylistic calligraphy with no punctuations, music notes or vocalization (vowels).

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Some synagogues with permanent and fixed arks also decorate and clothe their scrolls with finial ornaments, looking like crowns and pomegranates- symbolism of kingship and priesthood. A decorative breastplate of precious metals and jewels is also found.  Together, the mantles, crowns and finials remind us of the priestly vestments of ancient rites. The interior of our ark and the shulchan(altar table) before it, have a cover of the same gold fabric material. The design of the fabric is of olive leaves and stems, conveying the preciousness and royalty of that kept inside and upon which the Torah is chanted.

 Ner Tamid

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Atop our portable ark is the Ner Tamid or Eternal Light. This lamp burns throughout our service and reminds us that the presence of the Almighty is eternally with us. It is rendered in a ceramic half circle with perforations that allow the light device within to shine forward and upward. Inside the lamp have been inserted colorful rods of the same colors which are used on the doors, connecting the two with the kabalistic theme. Inserted above these is a gold tile depicting the preciousness contained in the Ark below.  A gold leave pineapple figurine stands before the lamp, invoking the international theme of welcome to all who enter our portals.

Behind the Ner Tamid are triangular fabrications of lightweight foam (recycled). These three triangles are painted and distressed to resemble craggy ancient rock, evocative of the theme of Mt. Sinai and the Magen David (the Star of David), the letter SHIN, (a reference to one of God’s names Kel Shaddai-The Almighty God). Some have also suggested that these tips look like the fingers of a hand, spread in blessing in the style of the Kohanim or priest of ancient Israel.

 The Menorah

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A  Menorah is a lamp or candelabra. It is the defining symbol of the Jewish people, not the Star of David, which is both political and pagan in origin. The Menorah makes reference to light and learning and is described in the Torah. The Menorah in the Great Temple was of seven branches like ours, illuminated during services (A chanukiah of nine tapers is used at Chanukah, it is a menorah, too, but specialized for this holiday only). There is a tradition that only the holy Temple in Jerusalem can be illuminated with a seven branched menorah; a synagogue should not burn seven lights, but six or less. In progressive and non-Orthodox congregations one now finds a seven branched menorah with illuminated lamps. The rendering of a Menorah is carefully detailed in scripture.

Our menorah, like many, is particular with its own design. It is of electroplated gold, burnished to a high luster with a Magen David at its center. Its lamps flicker like traditional candles. The overall effect is a traditional style, blending nicely with our modern interpretations elsewhere.

 The Shulchan

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The shulchan (lectern) or readers’ table stands before the ark and the menorah. It is used when the Torah is removed to be chanted. It needs to be large enough for the reader, the Torah unrolled, ritual attendants (gabbaim) and honorees to gather. It can also be the place where the Sabbath/Festival candles, wine, challah bread, and washing pitcher and bowls are placed. Our shulchan cover was sewn by our members of the same cloth used inside the ark. It is then covered with a fringed hanging in multi-hues of red and gold, intricately patterned in the Persian style.

 The Smaller Lecterns

Prayer and discourse are presented from two locations in our temporary home. A concept of Jewish worship is that it is conducted among the people from a lower platform to demonstrate the non-ecclesiastic nature of our faith—a leadership of the people, lay and professional-ordained or commissioned. Directly in front of the Shulchan, on the floor level, is a table with a tapestry-like cover from which worship is conducted. It is covered with the fabric as the larger desk behind it. From either location, the officiants may face the congregation or the ark as required of several prayers.

The other lectern is of a more traditional dais type, from which sermons and announcements may be made. Here too, Christian symbols have been respected with a stole-like cover made of the ark fabric and shulchan with a Magen David embroidered upon it.  Seasons and festivals see it changed to white or complimentary tones at the discretion of the organizers of the particular service.

Addendum 8.27.2010

Through the generosity of Brookdale Living Patriot Heights and our members Edie and Yael Friedlander, we have been invited to the magnificent facilities of Patriot Heights Residence Independent Living at 5000 Fawn Meadow at Floyd Curl Drive. The intimate 'All Faiths' Residents' Chapel will be our home for the foreseeable future.

The intimate Chapel houses our appurtenances as described above in a 50 seat worship space that can be expanded to accommodate 200 persons.

The Chapel features a low ceiling for maximum unamplified sound consonance and lovely faceted sand art glass windows depicting non-sectarian themes of nature. The large altar table easily converts to the shulchan for the reading of the Torah. A lectern to its right has an electronically controlled reading desk which may be raised or lowered at the push of a button to accommodate the height and comfort of different speakers and presenters.

Brookdale Patriot Heights Resident’s All Faiths Chapel showing the pulpits, ark and faceted sand art glass 

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Welcome to Congregation Israel of San Antonio

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Our Jewish congregational community strives to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere along with the holiness and beauty of music and prayer.  Our philosophy of Covenantal-Conservative Judaism blends the rituals of Jewish denominational practice with the Torah as our ever present guide.

Together, we strive

  • to welcome all who are committed, interested and inquiring and wish to pray and learn, celebrate and mourn together in a Jewish way according to tradition and law; 
  • to affirm the inherent dignity, honor and integrity of every human being as b'tzelem Elohim, created in God's image; we “welcome all most cordially.” 
  • to be dedicated to Torah study, deeds and acts of kindness in Godly partnership and observances; 
  • to work to attain tikkun olam, the healing of the world by first assessing our actions and personal growth through mitzvoth -our actions and by our deeds-and then by transmitting them through action.

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Services

We welcome you and your dear ones to create Sacred Community

image001 “A Conservative-Covenantal Jewish Congregation in Ritual and Practice."  501c3 Religious Community.

  • Services are conducted as scheduled on Fridays and Holy Days: Sundown; Saturdays and Holy Days: 10:00 am ; Weekday morning and evening Minyanim by request.
  • All are conducted by Hazzan David Silverstein, JD, Ritual Leader,  with David Miron, Organist and Choral Director and the Voices of Israel Chorale as scheduled
  • Flat contribution structure for those wishing to become Members, and guests for the High Holy Days( See Membership tab)
  • All are welcome most cordially; Military/Law Enforcement Personnel and their families are always our guests without contribution
  • Sponsorships welcomed (see Contribution Customs under Membership tab)
  • Adult education each week during Shabbat worship
  • B'nai Mitzvah Instruction, Cooperative religious instruction with area Synagogues
  • Participatory, musically accompanied worship services
  • Outreach, Limited Pastoral and Spiritual Counselling for those with active memberships at CISA
  • Jewish life cycle events for members,  and cultural events celebrated as Scheduled