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Education Update for the Week of February 27, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
February 27, 2019
22 Adar I, 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information  

Junior Congregation Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am-11:50am. All students in grades 3-6 are expected to attend. Parents and families are welcome to attend as well.

Purim 2019: The Wizarding World of Brith Shalom, Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-7:00pm (RS will dismiss @ 6:00pm). Join us for a family friendly Megillah Reading in the Sanctuary followed by dinner and a build-your-own Ice Cream activity in the lobby! The program is free to attend. Come in Costume!

Grade 3 Kabbalat HaSiddur Ceremony Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Students will lead parts of the service and receive their own personal siddur.

Grade 5 & 6 “On the Bimah” Saturday, March 23. 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. Students should arrive by 9:45am and will participate until approximately 11:30am.

Spring Break – School Closed on March 10, 13, & 17.


7th graders visiting the community at the UOS Mikvah to learn about the history and non-traditional ways in which the practice can enhance special moments.


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


Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, March 16, 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


Congregation & Young Family Services


  • Candle Lighting 6:02 pm; Havdalah 7:02 pm  
  • Friday, March 1, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, March 2, 9:00 am

Parashat Vayakhel

  • Torah reading: Exodus 35:1-38:20
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel 1 Kings 7:40-7:50



The 2nd Grade class worked in groups to create artistic interpretations of the deliverance of the Ten Commandments. They also worked together to summarize their own interpretation of each commandment.


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Vayakhel


Families lead busy lives. Life is filled with work, homework, sports, lessons, running a household, etc. Often it seems there isn’t a moment to breathe. A moment to just stop and say “I’m here” and that’s enough.

In this Torah portion Moses tells the people that they are commanded to set aside the seventh day as a day of complete rest. It is a day in which no productive labor is allowed, a day in which the emphasis is put on “being” instead of “becoming” or “having.”

Think about your own life. Is there enough time and room for simply stopping and being with one another? Stop now and take a breath. See how that feels. Think about ways to incorporate rest into the busy life of your family. Some families choose to put aside a day of the week and celebrate the Sabbath as a day of rest. Others pay attention to the principle of the day and figure out where to find the resting moments in life.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the concept of purposeful resting every seventh day, emphasizing “just being” over having.


Do you find time to rest and relax?

What does it mean to you to rest? Does it mean spending time with family or friends? Does it mean playing a game or reading a book?

Which activities best put you at ease after a day or week of busyness?

What is one thing your family could do to promote “rest” each week?                    


Save the Date

March 24-27• Kehillah High Grade 12 AIPAC Convention 

April 14• RS Chocolate Seder

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

May 11           Elliot Coveler


3rd Graders practice for their Kabbalat HaSiddur Ceremony on March 23rd!