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Education Update for the Week of February 20, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
February 20, 2019
15 Adar I, 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information  

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.

Junior Congregation Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am-11:50am. Come and experience serice for 3rd through 6th grade students. The 5th grade class will deliver the D'var Torah. Note that this is a Religious School expectaion for the 3rd-6th graders. Parents and famillies are welcome to attend as well.

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.


Adult Education Opportunities


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

  • On March 16, we begin 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.

  • 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 this 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 5:58pm; Havdalah 6:58 pm  
  • Friday, February 22, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am

Parashat Ki Tisa

  • Torah reading: Exodus 30:11-34:35
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel 1 Kings 18:20-18:39
  • Mazel Tov to Jared Goldberger on becoming a Bar Mitzvah!!

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


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Ki Tisa

Waiting is difficult. When a child waits, for instance, for a parent to come home, the time can feel excruciatingly long. Patience comes, hopefully with age, and even then it’s a hard-earned attribute.

In our Torah portion the children of Israel wait 40 days and 40 nights for Moses to come down the mountain with the Torah. They are anxious that Moses will never return to them, frightened that they will have no leader to lead them to the promised land. They are so scared that they build themselves an idol–a Golden Calf to accompany them through the desert.

Descending from Mount Sinai, Moses witnesses his people worshipping the Golden Calf. He becomes so angry that he hurls the Ten Commandments, which he just received from God, to the ground. The stone tablets shatter into fragments.

For adults, being able to wait requires developing self-control. Patience is an acquired skill. How can we teach children to have patience? It can be done little by little. For example, a parent can leave a child with a new babysitter for a short amount of time and then lengthen the period over time. A parent can work with a child to have patience in play as well, building more elaborate structures with blocks, for instance, as time goes on. When a child becomes too frustrated, parents can scale back their expectations, making adjustments for the capacity of the child at that moment.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how the children of Israel were unable to wait for Moses and built a golden calf in his absence.


When is it hardest to wait?

When do you become frustrated?

What helps you when you are waiting?

Why is patience important?                                 


Save the Date

March 10-17• Spring break (No Classes)

March 17 • Mishloach Manot Delivery

March 23 • Kabbalat HaSiddur

March 23 • Grades 5 & 6 On the Bimah 

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

May 11           Elliot Coveler

May 25           Sofia Lazarus