17th Annual CBI Gift & Craft Show
TWO COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM THE 17TH ANNUAL CBI GIFT & CRAFT SHOW
Superstorm Sandy Victims Will Receive One-of-a-kind Gifts in “Twinning” Project
A year after Superstorm Sandy struck the Long Island shore, children from a St. Petersburg synagogue are reaching out to help. And an internationally known artist will lead the way.
Temple Israel of South Merrick, Long Island, as well as residents whose homes were lost or damaged, will receive handmade gifts as part of a unique “twinning” project designed to teach Jewish youngsters about social responsibility and arts enrichment.
The project will take place during Congregation B’nai Israel’s 17th annual Gift and Craft Show, to be held November 2nd and 3rd.
Renowned sculptor and glass artist Gary Rosenthal, resident artist for the show, will hold an artist’s workshop for Congregation B’nai Israel’s students. The children will receive two free kits, with which to create two mezuzah cases, one to keep and one to send to the Temple Israel community. A mezuzah case is used by Jewish people to dedicate their homes, in accordance with the passage from Deuteronomy 6:9: “inscribe them on the doorposts of your house.” The mezuzah case holds a scroll with passages of scripture written on it. Temple Israel’s religious school, which had severe damage in the storm, will receive mezuzah cases for their classrooms. The Temple Israel students will be involved in identifying the local Jewish families, whose homes were damaged, as recipients of these beautiful mezuzah cases. The two religious schools will connect through Skype, both during the making of the mezuzah cases and during the presentation of the completed pieces.
In addition to the special project, on Saturday evening, Rosenthal will be on hand to unveil a sculpture in honor of the synagogue’s 90thanniversary donated by Holocaust survivor, Lilly Salcman and family.
The CBI Gift & Craft Show hosts artisans and vendors from across the country with a wide-range of gifts of value at all price levels. It is free and open to the public. There is no charge for parking.
Sunday’s events include an artist’s workshop for adults, an ethnic café, with food for purchase. A Florida Blood Services Blood Mobile will be in the parking lot.
Hours for the event are Saturday, 8-10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The synagogue is at 300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg.
For further information, please check the website, http://www.cbistpete.org/programming/gift-and-craft-show/ or contact the synagogue at (727) 381-4900.