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Education Update for the Week of January 9, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
January 9, 2019
3 Sh'vat 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information    

Religious School back in session TONIGHT Jan. 9th for grade 3-7. All grades will resume THIS Sunday, January 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.

The Discovery Minyan Saturday, January 12,10-11:30am. Join Rabbi Teller at the Nature Discovery Center for a special outdoor family service in replacement of Junior Congregation.

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 (in front of 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. On January 19, we will discuss "What happened at Sinai, part 2?". 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.

  • The CBS Inspired Book Club will meet on Saturday, January 12, in the Board Room following Shabbat services and lunch.  At the December meeting, we voted to read Mind the Gap, by Matthias Henze. January 12 - Aaron Howard will lead a discussion on the Introduction and Part I, Chs. 1 and 2  (pp.1-50).

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

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 5:23pm; Havdalah 6:33pm  
  • Friday, January 11, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, January 12, 9:00 am

Parashat BO

  • Torah reading: Exodus 10:1-13:16
  • Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-46:28  


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Bo

All of us become stubborn at times. We don’t want to listen to what others are telling us about ourselves. It’s hard to change and we resist. None of us want to listen to difficult truths.

Likewise with Pharoah, the leader of Egypt, in our Biblical portion. He didn’t want to listen to Moses. He didn’t want to let the Israelites go. He hardened his heart, so plague after plague ensued.

When we refuse to listen, life becomes harder. We become “plagued” with problems. But we can minimize stubbornness in ourselves and our children. Gentleness is the key. The more we push, the more others push back, the more stubbornness we encounter. On the other hand, going softly might make for less resistance.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how Pharaoh’s stubbornness caused great harm.

·    Have you ever wanted to make up with a friend, sibling, or parent, only to find it very difficult to bring yourself to do so?
·    What makes people become stubborn?
·    What can help family members be less stubborn?                                                


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

February 2       Caroline Cotlar

February 23    Jared Goldberger