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Education Update for the Week of March 27, 2019

Education Update
for the week of
March 27, 2019
20 Adar II, 5779

Religious School & Family Education Information 

The Discovery Minyan @ Bellaire Nature Discovery Center (711 Newcastle St.) Saturday, April 6, 10:00-11:30 AM. Jewish learning in collaboration with Camp Young Judea and our Madrichim! All students in grades 3-6 are expected to attend in replacement of Junior Congregation. Parents and families are welcome to attend as well.

Primary Grades Visit the Library Sunday, April 7. The PreK-2nd grade classes will be visiting our CBS library and will read a story by our Librarian Susan Schlien.

Grade 3 and 4 Class Service and Family Dinner Friday,  April 12, 6:15-8:15 pm.  Students in grades 3 & 4 will participate in the Friday evening service.  Following services 3 & 4th grade families will gather for a Shabbat dinner.  The dinner is subsidized so the cost is $25.00 for an immediately family.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles and other guests are $11.00 per person.  Please RSVP to [email protected] so that we can prepare food accordingly.

Religious School Chocolate Seder Sunday, April 14. During Religious School hours, the RS will gather to participate in a special chocolate version of a Passover Seder. Students will go through the 15 steps of the Seder, substituting sweets for the traditional Passover foods!



Adult Education Opportunities


Shabbat Study series.  Selecct Shabbat Mornings at 1:00 PM.

  • On March 16, we began our third Shabbat Study series to be led by Sue Resnick. The title of Sue’s series is Psalms. 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 

Opera 101 with Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn Sundays, March 17, 24, 31, and April 14, 10:00-11:30 AM, in the Sanctuary.

  • CBS Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn presents an introduction to the world of incredible voice and stage.



Congregation & Young Family Services


  • Candle Lighting 7:20pm; Havdalah 8:20pm  
  • Friday, March 29, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, March 30, 9:00 am

Parashat Shmini

  • Torah reading: Leviticus 9:1- 11:47

  • Haftarah: Jeremiah 6:1 – 7:17

Mini Minyan Friday, April 12, 5:45-6:30pm. Join us for an amazing family Shabbat experience for families with children six years of age and younger.

Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, April 13, 11:00-12:00pm. Join Mali Davis and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6.  



Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Shmini


We all eat and need to feed our families.  But how we do so involves many small decisions.  Think about being in a supermarket.  We all make many decisions there concerning the food we buy.  We are inundated by products and need to make decisions based on various factors such as healthfulness or what’s appealing to our family.

In this week’s Torah portion we are told very specifically that we can not eat whatever we want whenever we want.  Discipline, in Judaism, is an important part of eating.  According to the Torah, following the discipline of what we can eat and what we can’t eat makes us holy. Making these choices teaches us that food and eating are sacred matters.

While some of us may choose to keep kosher and some might not, it’s important to keep in mind that making wise choices about the food we eat elevates the act of eating. We want to teach our children that they just can’t eat anything any time and any way that they want. Families eating healthful food together are involved in a sacred activity – taking in the bounty of the earth.  Consider what would elevate your family’s eating experience into one that consciously acknowledged the blessings that are abundant at our dining room or kitchen table.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how important food choices are to their physical and spiritual health.


* What kinds of foods do you like to eat?
* Do you know where these foods come from?
* Which kinds of foods makes you feel good when you eat them?
* Why is it important to eat together with your family?
* What is the value of applying discipline to what we eat?


Save the Date

April 14• RS Chocolate Seder

April 21-24• Closed for Passover break

May 12•  Promotion Cermony

May 19•  Gus Levey Israel Program/Closing Day

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

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