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Education Update for the Week of February 15, 2017


Education Update

for the week of
February 15, 2017
19 Shevat 5777


Religious School & Family Education Information


No Religious School classes on Sunday February 19 due to Yom Limmud.

Yom Limmud (Community Education Day) Sunday, February 19.  No Religious School classes.  All faculty and adults are encouraged to participate in sessions at Congregation Emanu-El beginning at 9:00 am.

Grade 5 & 6 “On the Bimah” Saturday, February 25. Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to lead the Torah service, together with Cantor Levine, to gain experience leading the congregation in prayer. Studetns should arrive by 9:45am and will participate until approximately 11:30 am. 

Grade 6 Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Workshop III Sunday, February 26, 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.

Junior Congregation Saturday, March 4, 10:30 am-11:50am. All students in grades 3-6 are expected to attend. Parents and families are welcome to attend as well.

Mishloach Manot Delivery/Early Dismissal, Sunday, March 5, 11:30 am. Religious School will end at 11:30 am with the anticipation that families will participate in the Mitzvah of Mishloah Manot deliveries. Please confirm your participation by e-mailing Branden at [email protected].

Welcome Back Rabbi Teller! Saturday, March 11, 9:30-12:30. Join us for Shabbat services as we welcome back Rabbi Teller from his sabbatical. 

Purim at Ahashverosh’s Palace Saturday, March 11, 7:30-8:15 pm. Join us for an interactive Megillah Reading in the Sanctuary followed by a Build-Your-Own Sundae activity in the lobby! The program is free to attend. 


Adult Education Opportunities



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

Torah with Wendy Saturday, February 18, 10:30-11:30 am in the CBS Board Room.


Youth Programming Opportunities


Machar + Kadima Wii Tournament Part I (Grades 3-7) Sunday, February 26, 12:45-2:00 pm in the Social Hall.  Test your skills against those of your friends! $2.00 for Pizza.

SWUSY Spring Kallah Friday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 5th 2017. We are SO excited to announce that Spring Kallah will be hosted at CBS! Applications for SWUSY's Spring Kallah are now available at this link. Convention is open to Jewish 8th - 12th graders (16-17 school year). Early bird price of $125 available through Jan 31st. 

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


Young Family Programming Opportunities


L’Dor v’Dor Family Program Saturday, February 18, 6:15-7:30 pm. Join us for Seudat Shlishit, the ceremonial Third Meal on Shabbat, Havdallah, Jewish Sing-A-Long with Janice Rubin, and family activities! 

Send your RSVP to Anna Blum, Assistant Director of Education and Young Family Programming Coordinator, at [email protected].


Congregation and Youth Services


  • Candle Lighting 5:54 pmHavdalah 7:03 pm  
  • Friday, February 17, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, February 18, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 


Parashat Beshalach

  • Torah reading: Exodus 18:1-12 – 20:19-23             
  • Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1 -7:6; 9:5-9:6        


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Yitro

People will take greater notice of our actions than they will of our boasting about them. One of the most important things we can teach our children is not to think only about themselves. Being sensitive to the feelings of others comes naturally to some, but most need guidance to develop this skill. As parents, how we model this behavior is crucial. Having a humble spirit may mean not being easily drawn into a defensive argument when criticized. 

In this week’s Torah portion, God delivers the Ten Commandments and Torah at Mount Sinai, a small, low, non-descript mountain. Stories (Midrash) explain why God did not choose other bigger, more beautiful and grander mountains all promoting themselves and expecting to be chosen. In these stories, God deliberately chose Mount Sinai, unimpressive and not expecting to be chosen, to show us the value of humility.

Humility in no way means low self-esteem. According to Rabbi Kook, the first chief rabbi of Israel, we should conduct ourselves with humility, but at the same time consider ourselves to be  of high worth because of our good qualities. Life is a difficult balance between maintaining humility and nurturing our self-interest and competitive impulses.

The ancient rabbis were much more concerned with overconfidence and arrogance than our being too accommodating to others.  An excellent test of being humble in spirit is the way we treat others of lesser abilities than ourselves. Do we treat them as inferior, or are we able to admire others for the strengths they have? 

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about having the security to act with humility.


  • When you are feeling self-confidence and pride in your achievements, how do you maintain humility?
  • Is there a downside to being too humble?                                                      
  • Does humility make us more or less accepting of the little annoyances of life?



Save the Date


March 18 •      Mishpacha Minyan

March 18 •      Young Family Program

March 24 •      Friday Night Ruach 


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah


March 25         Micah Guttman

April 22           Samuel Yifrach

April 29           Gabriella Magenheim