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Education Update for the Week of April 3, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
April 3, 2019
27 Adar II, 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information 

The Discovery Minyan @ Bellaire Nature Discovery Center (711 Newcastle St.) Saturday, April 6, 10:00-11:30 AM. Jewish learning in collaboration with Camp Young Judea and our Madrichim! All students in grades 3-6 are expected to attend in replacement of Junior Congregation. Parents and families are welcome to attend as well.

Primary Grades Visit the Library Sunday, April 7. The PreK-2nd grade classes will be visiting our CBS library and will read a story by our Librarian Susan Schlien.

Grade 3 and 4 Class Service and Family Dinner Friday,  April 12, 6:15-8:15 pm.  Students in grades 3 & 4 will participate in the Friday evening service.  Following services 3 & 4th grade families will gather for a Shabbat dinner.  The dinner is subsidized so the cost is $25.00 for an immediately family.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles and other guests are $11.00 per person.  Please RSVP to [email protected] so that we can prepare food accordingly.

Religious School Chocolate Seder Sunday, April 14. During Religious School hours, the RS will gather to participate in a special chocolate version of a Passover Seder. Students will go through the 15 steps of the Seder, substituting sweets for the traditional Passover foods!

CBS Religious School will be closed on April 21 and 24 for Pesach break.


Adult Education Opportunities


Shabbat Study series.  Selecct Shabbat Mornings at 1:00 PM.

  • On March 16, we began our third Shabbat Study series to be led by Sue Resnick. The title of Sue’s series is Psalms. If you have any questions, please contact Martin Kagan at 713-270-4469. 

Inspired Book Club  2nd Saturday of the month following Kiddush lunch in the Board Room @ 1:00pm

Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe  Sundays 11:15 am-12:15pm 

Opera 101 with Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn Sundays, March 17, 24, 31, and April 14, 10:00-11:30 AM, in the Sanctuary.

  • CBS Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn presents an introduction to the world of incredible voice and stage.                                                                                                                           


Congregation & Young Family Services


  • Candle Lighting 7:24pm; Havdalah 8:24pm  
  • Friday, April 5, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, April 6, 9:30 am

Parashat Tazria

  • Torah reading: Leviticus 12:1-13:59

  • Haftarah: II Kings 4:42-5:19

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

Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, April 13, 11:00-12:00pm. Join Mali Davis and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6. 

Grades 5 and 6 On the Bimah Saturday, May 4th. Once again our students in grades 5 & 6 will have the opportunity to join Cantor Levine in leading the Torah service.


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Tazria

Just as the world was created through language in Genesis, we all create our personal worlds every day through speech.  We can both create and destroy with words.  We can hurt other people through speaking negatively about them.  Speaking about people behind their back, we can harm reputations, and thereby even harm friendships and business.  Reputation in our very social and interdependent world is at the heart of one’s status both personally and professionally.

Jewish tradition is particularly sensitive to the power of speech and how it can be damaging.   Our Torah portion this week addresses the consequences caused by speaking negatively about others, an act that is called Lashon Hara or Evil Talk.  It includes slander, gossip, and other kinds of destructive language.  

The first place to practice not engaging in Evil Talk is in the family.  Think for a moment: how do siblings talk about one another?  How does the family engage in talking about neighbors?  Within our families we may see this kind of speech as internal and therefore harmless.  However, how families speak about one another creates a model for how children will speak outside of the home about their friends. The less parents permit and model this kind of negative speech, the less likely children will use it on their own.  

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the Jewish prohibition of Lashon Hara or Evil Talk  and explain the negative consequences of this behavior.


·    Why do you think it might be important not to say negative things about others?
·    How do you feel when you find out someone has said something negative about you?
·    Why do you think people like to gossip and find it so appealing?
·    What might help you to engage in it less?

     ·    How did it make you feel?        


Save the Date

April 14• RS Chocolate Seder

April 21-24• Closed for Passover break

May 12•  Promotion Cermony

May 19•  Gus Levey Israel Program/Closing Day

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

May 11           Elliot Coveler