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Education Update for the Week of March 7, 2018

Education Update

for the week of
March 7, 2018
20 Adar 5778

Religious School & Family Education Information


Grade 5 & 6 “On the Bimah” Saturday, March 10. Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to lead the Torah service, together with Cantor Levine, to gain experience leading the congregation in prayer. Students should arrive by 9:45am and will participate until approximately 11:30am.


Spring Break – School Closed on March 11, 14, & 18.


New Member Brunch Sunday, March 18, 10:00-11:30am. We would like to honor you and get to you better at a New Member Brunch. We’re reaching out to members who joined within the last two years!

Event will include:

Bagels, lox, eggs, Katz’s coffee, and more
Informal conversation and networking
Synagogue orientation and update
Explore volunteer and social opportunities
Next steps to deepen your engagement and membership satisfaction

RSVP to Cherye-Ann at [email protected] by end of day on Wednesday, March 12.


Adult Education Opportunities


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


Youth & Young Family Programming Opportunities


Kadima Konvention March 23-25, Ft. Worth, TX. Open to all 5th-8th Graders! Registration is OPEN! Join Kadima for a “Hawaiian roller coaster ride” of a weekend. Pre-teens will enjoy intergalactic activities, special Shabbat services and programs and plenty of time to make memories with you SWUSY family! COST: $135 until February 18, $150 until March 4, $165 until March 11. Register at Contact [email protected] with any questions.


Pre-Passover Movie Screening of The Prince of Egypt! Open to all teens in Grades 8-12. Saturday Night, March 10. Join us at CBS for a Pizza Bagel and Bring Your Own Hametz Movie Night! FREE Event


Escape Room with SWUSY! Sunday, March 18 1:3-0-3:30pm. Register at www.regpackscom/swusy1718. Cost: $15. Location: Quest Shark Adventures 6400 Southwest FWY, Suite J Houston TX 77074. Contact Sarah Goldberg for more information: [email protected] / 281-944-5310.


Young Family & Congregation Services


Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

·         Candle Lighting 6:08pm; Havdalah 7:17pm  

·         Friday, March 9, 6:15 pm 

·         Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am 

·         Torah reading: Exodus 37:17-24 - Numbers 19:1-22

·         Haftarah: I Kings 7:51 - 8:21


Mini Minyan Friday, March 9, 5:45-6:30pm. Join us for an amazing family Shabbat experience for families with children six years of age and younger.


Friday Night Ruach Friday, March16, 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 Erin Lepselter ([email protected]) for more information.


Parashat Hashavuah


Waiting is difficult. When a child waits, for instance, for a parent to come home, the time can feel excruciatingly long. Patience comes, hopefully with age, and even then it’s a hard-earned attribute.


In our Torah portion the children of Israel wait 40 days and 40 nights for Moses to come down the mountain with the Torah. They are anxious that Moses will never return to them, frightened that they will have no leader to lead them to the promised land. They are so scared that they build themselves an idol–a Golden Calf to accompany them through the desert.


Descending from Mount Sinai, Moses witnesses his people worshipping the Golden Calf. He becomes so angry that he hurls the Ten Commandments, which he just received from God, to the ground. The stone tablets shatter into fragments.


For adults, being able to wait requires developing self-control. Patience is an acquired skill. How can we teach children to have patience? It can be done little by little. For example, a parent can leave a child with a new babysitter for a short amount of time and then lengthen the period over time. A parent can work with a child to have patience in play as well, building more elaborate structures with blocks, for instance, as time goes on. When a child becomes too frustrated, parents can scale back their expectations, making adjustments for the capacity of the child at that moment.


TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how the children of Israel were unable to wait for Moses and built a golden calf in his absence.




When is it hardest to wait?


When do you become frustrated?


What helps you when you are waiting?


Why is patience important?  

-My Jewish Learning


Save the Date


March 31 • First Day of Passover

April 1 & 4 • Passover Break 

April 7 • Junior Congregation

April 13 • Mini Minyan

April 13 • Grades 3-4 Shabbat Service and Dinner


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

March 17           Leo Mendel

March 24           Hannah, Rachel & Shira Kraut