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Education Update for the Week of February 13, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
February 13, 2019
8 Adar I, 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information   

**Religious School is closed THIS Sunday, February 17 for Yom Limmud.**

Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, February 23, 11:00-12:00pm. Join Mali Davis & Jessie Cassorla and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6.

Grade 6 Family B’nei Mitzvah Family Workshop III: Sunday, March 3, 9:30 am-12:00 noon.  Grade 6 students and their parents will once again be meeting with Cantor Levine and others for the third and final experience which will enhance the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience for all participants.

Grade 3 Kabbalat HaSiddur Ceremony Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Students will lead parts of the service and receive their own personal siddur.

Grade 7 Trip to the Mikvah  Sunday, February 24. Our 7th graders will be visiting the community at the UOS mikvah to learn about the history of the mikvah and about non-traditional ways in which the practice can enhance special moments. Dr. Rhonda Kaplan, one of our 7th grade parents will be presenting to our students.

Grade 6 Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Workshop III: Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am-12:00 noon.  Grade 6 students and their parents will once again be meeting with Cantor Levine and others for the third and final experience which will enhance the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience for all participants.


Adult Education Opportunities


Shabbat Study series led by Debbie Kagan  Shabbat Morning 1:00 PM.

  • Each of the four sessions focuses on a biblical episode to illustrate and explore the topic. Sessions take place after the Kiddush-lunch on the third Shabbat of the month.  Be prepared for some new insghts.. 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.

  • At the December meeting, we voted to read Mind the Gap, by Matthias Henze.

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


Youth & Young Family Progamming Opportunities



Family CYJ Havdalah!

Brith Shalom will be teaming up with Camp Young Judaea for a very special Havdalah on Saturday, February 23rd! Join us for spice bag making, singing, snacking, and dancing for all families- CYJ style!

***Please send your RSVP to Erin Lepselter at [email protected] ! ***


Congregation & Young Family Services


  • Candle Lighting 5:52pm; Havdalah 6:52 pm  
  • Friday, February 15, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, February 16, 9:00 am

Parashat Mishpatim

  • Torah reading: Exodus 27:20-30:10
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-43:27

Friday Night Ruach Friday, February 15, 6:15pm. Join us for a journey of food and song as we celebrate the spirit of Shabbat! Following services will be a dinner. Please consider sponsoring your favorite month from now until May. You may contact Jessie Cassorla ([email protected]) for more information. 


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Tetzaveh

Since the Garden of Eden people have been self-conscious about their bodies and exhibited a need for privacy. How we cover up our bodies with clothing is expressed in infinite variations. Styles–sophisticated, slinky, funky, professional, fun–send a very personal message to the world. Clothing reflects how we value ourselves and our bodies.

In our parashah this week, the priests who serve in the sanctuary dress for “adornment and dignity”. Both those reasons are crucial. Fulfilling their role with dignity is reflected in the elaborate clothes they wear, complete with sashes, breastpiece and headdress. But the priests’ clothes are not only about dignity; beauty very much characterizes the kind of clothes they wear. The priests’ clothes are clothes of bright color–clear blue, purple and crimson–clothes with golden bells and pomegranates, clothes made out of linen and embroidered work.

Reflect on the various ways you dress when you play different roles in the world. It’s important to communicate to our children the twin values of beauty and dignity when dressing.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the importance of taking care of their bodies and dressing with beauty and dignity.

·    Which are your favorite clothes? Why?
·    What do your clothes say about you?
·    How do you feel about getting dressed up to go to a special event? Is it important to get dressed up for special events? Why?


Save the Date

February 17 •  Yom Limmud (No regular RS classes)

March 10-17• Spring break (No Classes)

March 17 • Mishloach Manot Delivery

March 20 • RS Purim Celebration

March 23 • Kabbalat HaSiddur

March 23 • Grades 5 & 6 On the Bimah 

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

February 23    Jared Goldberger