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Education Update for the Week of January 16, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
January 16, 2019
10 Sh'vat 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information    

***Religious School Tu B’shvat Celebration Sunday, January 20, 9:30-12:30pm. We have arranged with the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire to host us during the normal Sunday Religious School hours so we may celebrate Tu B’shvat in nature! We are very excited for this opportunity to learn from experts about our local environment. There is a $7 cover charge for each student, so please RSVP to [email protected] whether or not your children will be attending school this day.

           *******Drop off and Pick up with be at the Nature Discovery Center on the south side of Evergreen (across from the Evergreen Pool). ********

Kindergarten Kabbalat HaTorah Saturday, January 26.  During services, the Kindergarten students will sing and receive their own mini Torah and certificate.  Students are asked to meet with Ms. Hana Karny in room #1 at 10:45 am and will be dismissed to parents following the ceremony in the Sanctuary (by 11:55 am). Please RSVP to Ms. Hana Karny ([email protected]) or during Sunday school. Kindergarten will be taking their ceremony photos the next day at Religious School, Jan. 27th, with Cantor Levine and Rabbi Teller. Please have your child dress accordingly.

Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, January 26, 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.

Primary Grades Visit the Library Sunday, January 27. The PreK-2nd grade classes will be visiting our CBS library and will read a story by our Librarian Susan Schlien!


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  


Young Family Progamming Opportunities

Young Family Havdalah: Tu B’Shvat Ice Cream Seder Saturday, January 19, 5:45-7:00pm. Join us for our Havdalah, story time, and a yummy Tu B’shvat Ice Cream Seder!!

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


Congregation & Youth Services


  • Candle Lighting 5:29pm; Havdalah 6:29pm  
  • Friday, January 18, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, January 19, 9:00 am


  • Torah reading: Exodus 14:26-17:16
  • Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Beshalach

Woody Allen has said that 90% of life is showing up. Maybe his number is too high but being willing to get involved, to step out, to show up, to make the phone call, to make the appointment, to introduce yourself, can bring outsized results. Taking the initiative can give you momentum to carry you to your goals.

In our parashah this week the Israelites left Egypt and were cornered at the sea by on-rushing Egyptians. The Israelites were terrified and about to give up hope. The only one who had the courage to walk into the sea and follow Moses’s instructions was a man named Nachshon. As the story goes, he walked in past his ankles, past his knees, past his waist, and kept on going even though it didn’t seem that the water would ever recede. Only when it was past his neck did the Red Sea open up, and because of him the children of Israel were able to pass through on dry land.

There are times when life is really difficult. Issues can hit us from all sides. Whether it’s financial, academic or social or even of a more serious nature like disability, illness or loss, it can feel as if we are drowning in a sea of difficult problems. But the way forward can be as simple as just going forward even though it may feel that one is walking straight into impossibility. This takes faith that something will open up if one has the courage to go forward, to keep on going until something becomes just a little bit easier and a path becomes visible.

TALK TO YOU KIDS about the courage it takes to be like Nachshon, the first to walk into the Sea of Reeds.

·    Do you ever go first? Is it scary? What makes it so?
·    When do you think it is important to go first even when it is scary?
·    How many times have you missed opportunities because you did not show up or did not put yourself forward?
·    What issues in your life hold you back?
·    What are the best ways to address these issues?


Save the Date

February 2 •     Junior Congregation

February 3 •     RS Raffle Tickets due

February 9 •    Fundraising Gala honoring Cantor Levine

February 17 •  Yom Limmud (No regular RS classes)


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

February 2       Caroline Cotlar

February 23    Jared Goldberger