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Education Update for the Week of January 30, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
January 30, 2019
24 Sh'vat 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information    

Junior Congregation Saturday, February 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.

Mini Minyan Friday, February 8, 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.

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. 


 **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! Please turn in your sold ticket stubs and money to the CBS office by Sunday, Feb. 3rd. 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 


Youth & Young Family Progamming Opportunities



Family CYJ Havdalah!

Brith Shalom will be teaming up with Camp Young Judaea for a very special Havdalah on 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 5:341pm; Havdalah 6:51pm  
  • Friday, February 1, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, February 2, 9:00 am

Parashat Mishpatim

  • Torah reading: Exodus 21:1-24:18
  • Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-34:22;33:25-33:26
  • Mazel Tov to Caroline Cotlar on becoming a Bat Mitzvah!

Friday Night Ruach Friday, February 15, 6:15pm. Join us for a journey of food and song as we celebrate the spirit of Shabbat! Following services will be a dinner. Please consider sponsoring your favorite month from now until May. You may contact Jessie Cassorla ([email protected]) for more information. 


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Mishpatim

Often in life we look for the fireworks, the fun ride, the sparkling party, but it’s the everyday, the prosaic, that really creates the infrastructure for a solid life.

Consider what happens in this week’s Torah portion. After the thunder, voices and lightning at Sinai in our last parsha, in this one we find law after law. Such a letdown after the terrifying excitement of Sinai! But what we find here are really the tenets of how to live a life–how to live with one another on a daily basis.  For some examples: “You should not carry false rumors.” “You shall not oppress a stranger.” “On the seventh day you shall cease from labor.” Each principle provides instructions as to how to live a life.

Parents frequently worry about the way to instill their values in their children. Children tend to seek out the fun in life, so it’s especially difficult for them to learn that there are principles that guide our lives. The only way for us to do that is to model living by principles ourselves. When our children see us having fun but not at the expense of others, they learn from the guidelines and boundaries embedded in our day-to-day behavior. They observe carefully how we treat people both inside and outside the family circle.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about some principles that should guide their daily life.                                 

·    How do we treat (or mistreat) the people who serve our needs, such as waiters, bus drivers, cashiers, household helpers?
·    What helps us figure out how to treat others?
·    Which values are most important to you? How do you express these values?


Save the Date

February 17 •  Yom Limmud (No regular RS classes)

March 2 • Kabbalat HaSiddur

March 17 • Mishloach Manot Delivery

March 20 • RS Purim Celebration

March 23 • Grades 5 & 6 On the Bimah 

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

February 2       Caroline Cotlar

February 23    Jared Goldberger