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On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 113th monthly Partner Event in Corpus Christi (Nueces County), and we invite you to join us.
If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, March 13, 2015.  Lunch will be $12 per person – CASH ONLY, please.  Please include your lunch selection when you RSVP.
If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
Our day will include a tour of Whataburger Field, a visit to Greater Faith Church (former home of Temple Beth El), educational programs about the Jewish history of Corpus Christi and a dedication ceremony of a Texas Historical Marker honoring Rabbi Sidney Wolf.
Morning Plans
We’ll start our day at Whataburger Field with a welcome and refreshments including a history of Whataburger Field and a “behind the scenes” tour.
Whataburger Field
Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field, completed in 2005 at a cost of $25 million, is home to the Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The ballpark occupies land once dominated by cotton warehouses at the Port of Corpus Christi.  Its architectural attributes, from mammoth wood beams to corrugated siding, pay tribute to the site’s heritage.
The scoreboard in left-center field is framed by antique cotton presses, one which dates to the 1920s.
Greater Faith Church (formerly Temple Beth El)
In 1927, the Corpus Christi Jewish population reached 200, and a congregation was organized on September 28, 1928.  Within days, the land for its synagogue, Temple Beth El, was purchased for $875 at the corner of 11th and Craig Streets (site of present-day Greater Faith Church).  In 1932, Rabbi Sidney Wolf was hired as the first full-time rabbi in Corpus Christi.
The original one-room wooden building was demolished in 1936, and services took place in a downtown dance studio until the new synagogue was dedicated in April 1937, eventually becoming the attractive Moorish-style multi-building complex that you see today.  Rabbi Wolf continued to serve Temple Beth El until his retirement in 1972.
We will spend some time at Greater Faith Church while Helen Wilk, Nueces County Historical Commission member and former president of the Texas Jewish Society, speaks to us about Jewish history in Corpus Christi.
From Greater Faith Church, we’ll head to the Jewish Community Center for lunch and an educational program.
Lunch will be box lunches catered by Jason’s Deli.  Please make one selection and give me your selection when you RSVP.
Turkey Sandwich
Veggie Wrap w/cheese
Tuna Salad Sandwich
The lunch will also include chips, a dessert and ice tea/water.
You are asked to have $12 in exact change to cover your lunch.   CASH ONLY, please.
Afternoon plans
Educational Program – History of the Corpus Christi Jewish Business Community – by Mary Lynn Rhodes of Rockport – at the Jewish Community Center
Historical Marker Dedication honoring Rabbi Sidney Wolf in the Temple Beth El section of Seaside Memorial Park
This event will be coordinated by the Nueces County Historical Commission/Texas Historical Commission under the direction of Anita Eisenhauer, Chairman of the Nueces County Historical Commission.
Special thanks to Helen Wilk, Phil & Elaine Albin and Paulette Kluge for their help in planning this very special day. It could not have been done without them!
Our hosts for this day in Corpus Christi are Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi CVB, Greater Faith Church, the Jewish Community Center and Seaside Memorial Park
9:00 – 9:30 amWelcome & Refreshments – Whataburger Field, Cotton Club (3rd Floor) – 734 E. Port Avenue
9:30 – 10:30 amHistory of Whataburger Field & Tour – Staff
10:30 – 10:45 am Travel to Greater Faith Church (once Temple Beth El) – 1315 Craig Street
10:45- 11:30 amEducational Program – “History of Corpus Christi Jewish Community” by Helen Wilk of Corpus Christi (a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission & past president of the Texas Jewish Historical Society) – Greater Faith Church (former Temple Beth El) – 1315 Craig Street
11:30 am – 11:50 amTravel to Jewish Community Center – 750 Everhart Road
12 noon – 1:00 pmLunch – Jewish Community Center
  • History of Jewish Community Center – Norma Levens, Executive Director
  • Individual Introductions
  • History of the Corpus Christi Jewish Business Community – Mary Lynn Rhodes of Rockport
1:00 – 1:15 pmTravel to Seaside Memorial Park – 4357 Ocean Drive
1:30 – 2:30 pm – Texas Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony honoring Rabbi Sidney Wolf – Anita Eisenhauer, Chairman, Nueces County Historical Commission – Temple Beth El section of Seaside Memorial Park
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Tropical Trail Board Meeting – Main Building of Seaside Memorial Park
If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 13.
There will be no cost to you for this day except for your $12 (CASH ONLY) lunch.
You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends, colleagues and community leaders but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
Upon receipt of your RSVP, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to the sites we will visit.
Thank you.
Nancy Deviney
Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
Nancy Deviney
Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
home/office – 361 547-8033
cell – 361 701-0555
fax – 361 394-5672