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Education Update for the Week of April 19, 2017

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:01pm -- Education News


Education Update

for the week of
April 19, 2017
23 Nisan 5777


Religious School & Family Education Information


Religious School resumes today, April 19, 4:30-6:30pm!

Registration for 2017-2018 will be available on April 24! Early Bird prices will apply until June 24. 

Friday Night Ruach Friday, April 28, 6:15pm. Join us for an international journey of food and song as we celebrate the spirit of Shabbat! Please consider sponsoring your favorite month from now until May. You may contact Branden Johnson ([email protected]) for more information. 

Junior Congregation Saturday, May 6, 10:30 am - 11:50am. All students in grades 3-6 are expected to attend. Parents and families are welcome to attend as well.

Mini Minyan Friday, May 12, 5:45-6:30pm. Join us for an amazing family Shabbat experience for families with children six years of age and younger.

PK- Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony Sunday, May 14, 11:00am - 11:30am. Please note that classes begin at 9:30 for all students, as usual. Additionally, we will be closing school at 11:30am in an effort to support the families who wish to celebrate Mother’s Day with their families! Parents are invited to join us for the ceremony.

Lag B’Omer Picnic and Softball Game Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 pm. Join us for our annual congregational picnic and softball game. There will be fun activities for the whole family.

Grade 7 Promotion Service and Dinner Friday, May 19, 6:15 - 8:15 pm.  Students in Grade 7 will participate in the Friday Evening service and then they and their families are invited to a Shabbat dinner in their honor.  To facilitate families joining us for dinner, we’ve subsidized the costs and kept prices low - $25.00 for all members of the immediate family.  For additional guests (grandparents, aunts, and uncles), there is a $6.00 fee per person.  RSVP with number of adults and children, by May 8, to Cantor Levine ([email protected])

Closing Day Israel Program “Passport to Israel” Sunday, May 21, 10:00 am - 12:30pm. Our Religious School students will take a journey to and through Israel as they learn about the different Aliyot to our Homeland and the Pioneers who paved the way for Modern Israel!  


Adult Education Opportunities



Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe Sundays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, in the CBS Board Room.

Torah Study with Wendy Saturday, May 20, 10:30 am in the CBS Conference Room. 


Youth Programming Opportunities


Machar + Kadima at the Houston Zoo! Sunday, May 7, 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Join us for an afternoon of fun at the Houston Zoo! Pizza will be provided prior to our departure from CBS. We will need parents volunteers for drivers and chaperones. RSVP by April 26th.

For more information or reservations for events, please RSVP to Anna Blum at [email protected]


Young Family Programming Opportunities


Picnic and Fun at the Nature Discovery Center! Sunday, April 23, 12:30-1:45pm. PreK-2nd students and their family are welcome to join us as we enjoy a picnic and afternoon at the NDC! (Please note: As this is a family program, students in PreK-2nd grade and their families are asked to attend as a unit).

For more information or reservations for events, please RSVP to Anna Blum at [email protected]


Congregation and Youth Services


  • Candle Lighting 7:34 pm; Havdalah 8:43 pm  
  • Friday, April 21, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 

Parashat Tzav

  • Torah reading: Leviticus 9:1-6 – 10:8-11     
  • Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-7:17


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Shemini

We all eat and need to feed our families.  But how we do so involves many small decisions.  Think about being in a supermarket.  We all make many decisions there concerning the food we buy.  We are inundated by products and need to make decisions based on various factors such as healthfulness or what’s appealing to our family.

In this week’s Torah portion we are told very specifically that we can not eat whatever we want whenever we want.  Discipline, in Judaism, is an important part of eating.  According to the Torah, following the discipline of what we can eat and what we can’t eat makes us holy. Making these choices teaches us that food and eating are sacred matters.

While some of us may choose to keep kosher and some might not, it’s important to keep in mind that making wise choices about the food we eat elevates the act of eating. We want to teach our children that they just can’t eat anything any time and any way that they want. Families eating healthful food together are involved in a sacred activity – taking in the bounty of the earth.  Consider what would elevate your family’s eating experience into one that consciously acknowledged the blessings that are abundant at our dining room or kitchen table.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how important food choices are to their physical and spiritual health.


  • What kinds of foods do you like to eat?
  • Do you know where these foods come from?
  • Which kinds of foods makes you feel good when you eat them?
  • Why is it important to eat together with your family?
  • What is the value of applying discipline to what we eat?






Save the Date

May 5 •           Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbat

May 6 •           Junior Congregation 

May 7 •           Young Family Program 

May 12 •         Mini Minyan

May 17 •         Lag B’Omer Picnic

May 21 •         Yom Israel – CBS Religious School Closing Day


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

April 22           Samuel Yifrach

April 29           Gabriella Magenheim

May 6              Mikayla Kaplan

May 13            Rachel Lovitt (at CYJ)

June 3              Julia Cotlar