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Education Update for the Week of January 23, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
January 23, 2019
17 Sh'vat 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information    

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). Kindergarten will be taking their ceremony photos the next day at Religious School, Jan. 27th, with Cantor Levine and Mrs. Hana. 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!

**We encourage all families to participate in selling raffle tickets for the Gala Fundraiser! The RS is excited to raise money for our own special pizza party to celebrate Cantor Levine! You can turn in your sold ticket stubs and money to Erin or anyone in the CBS office. Thank you!


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  

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. 27th Session 8: The Torah Service 


Youth & Young Family Progamming Opportunities


Family CYJ Havdalah!

Brith Shalom will be teaming up with Camp Young Judea for a very special Havdalah on Saturday, February 23rd! 

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


Congregation & Young Family Services


  • Candle Lighting 5:35pm; Havdalah 6:29pm  
  • Friday, January 25, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, January 26, 9:00 am

Parashat YITRO

  • Torah reading: Exodus 18:1-20:23
  • Haftarah: Isaiha 6:1-6:13
  • Mazel Tov to all the Kindergarteners receiving their Torah this Shabbat!
  • Mazel Tov to Celeste Juarez on becoming a Bat Mitzvah!


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat 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

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

January 26      Celeste Juarez

February 2       Caroline Cotlar

February 23    Jared Goldberger