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Education Update for the Week of January 2, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
January 2, 2019
25 Tevet 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information     

Happy New Year!!!

Grade 6 Family B’nei Mitzvah Workshop II: Sunday, January 6, 9:30 am-11:30 noon.   Grade 6 students and their parents will once again be meeting with Cantor Levine and Rabbi teller for a second of three experiences which will enhance the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience for all participants.

Religious School back in session Grades 3-7 Wednesday, Jan. 9th and all grades resume Sunday, Jan. 13th.  

Mini Minyan Friday, January 11, 5:45-6:15pm. Join Rabbi Teller for an amazing family Shabbat experience for families with children seven years of age and younger. Pizza dinner to follow.  

Tu B’shvat Celebration @ Nature Discovery Center Sunday, January 20, 9:30-12:30. On this particular Sunday, Religious School for all grades will take place at the Nature Discovery  Center on: 7112 Newcastle St,  Bellaire, TX 77401. There is a $7 cover charge per student attending this special Tu B’shvat celebration. Please make sure to RSVP your child’s attendance to [email protected]  no later than the Friday afternoon before Shabbat on Jan. 18th.

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 11:25 am). Please RSVP to Ms. Hana Karny ([email protected]) or during Sunday school.  

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 Schlein!


Adult Education Opportunities


Study led by Debbie Kagan  Shabbat Morning10:30 AM 

  • 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. On December 15, we will discuss "What happened at Sinai?". Be prepared for some new insights. 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.

  • We are reading The Exodus, by Richard Elliott Friedman. Join us December 8 to discuss chapters 5 and 6, and the conclusion. Suzanne Rickles will lead the discussion.

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

Making Sense of the Shabbat Morning Liturgy- 8 Sessions

This class is taught by Cantor Levine, will delve into the deeper meaning of the Shabbat morning liturgy through structure and historical and theological context to identify the issues through which we are challenged to confront and build Jewish identification in the 21st century. Hebrew reading is helpful but not required.

Sun. Mornings @ 9:45 AM  with Cantor Levine                                                                                                      
        -Jan. 13th Session 8: The Torah Service & Concluding Prayers


Young Family Progamming Opportunities

  • Saturday, January 19, 6:15-7:45pm. 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 & Young Family Services


  • Candle Lighting 5:17 pm; Havdalah 6:17pm  
  • Friday, January 4, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, January 5, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 
  • Mazal tov to Yasmin Stein as she celebrates becoming a Bat Mitzvah!

Parashat Vaera

  • Torah reading: Exodus: 6:2 – 9:35
  • Haftarah: Ezekial 28:25-29:21    


Parashat Hashavuah - Vaera

Discussion for the Shabbat Table

Most of us resist accepting responsibility at one time or another. Depending on what they are, responsibilities can be challenging and feel burdensome. Children especially have a difficult time learning that they can’t play all the time.  Sometimes they are inundated by activities, chores and school work and can feel very burdened. It’s important to help our children find the right balance between work and play, between structured time and unstructured time.

Perhaps we can learn something about accepting responsibility from this week’s Biblical portion. Moses, at the burning bush, does not want to accept the responsibility of freeing his people from slavery. It means facing the Pharoah,and Moses is afraid that neither the Pharoah nor his own people will listen to him. Moses is a stutterer and feels deeply insecure about his ability to communicate.

In the end, Moses is able to accept responsibility. God, understanding that Moses is anxious about communicating, appoints his brother Aaron as a spokesperson. God helps Moses compensate for his weakness. When we see that things are simply too hard for our children, we need to figure out what their weak spots are and how to help our children compensate for them. We can relieve pressure by helping them address their weaknesses.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how a great leader like Moses had a difficult time accepting his mission.

·    Which responsibilities are hardest for you?
·    What do you think might help you meet these responsibilities?
·    How do we balance our time in order to meet our responsibilities but not feel overwhelmed?


Save the Date 

January 9 •        Kehillah High Resumes

February 2 •     Junior Congregation

February 9 •    Fundraising Gala honoring Cantor Levine

February 17 •  Yom Limmud (No regular RS classes)


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

January 5         Yazmin Stein

February 2       Caroline Cotlar

February 23    Jared Goldberger