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Education Update for the Week of March 8, 2017


Education Update

for the week of
March 8, 2017
10 Adar 5777


Religious School & Family Education Information


Welcome Back, Rabbi Teller! Saturday, March 11, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Join us for Shabbat services as we welcome back Rabbi Teller from his sabbatical. 

Purim at Ahashverosh’s Palace Saturday, March 11, 7:30-8:15 pm. Join us for an interactive Megillah Reading in the Sanctuary followed by a Build-Your-Own Sundae activity in the lobby! The program is free to attend. 

CBS Religious School will be closed on March 12, 15, and 19 for Spring Break.

Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, March 18, 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Join Rabbi Teller and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6. 

Group Volunteering at the Houston Food Bank Sunday, March 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Volunteers must be at least six-years-old, and accompanied by an adult. To sign up, contact Branden Johnson at 713-667-9201, ext. 320.  

Friday Night Ruach Friday, March 24, 6:15 pm. Join us for an international journey of food and song as we celebrate the spirit of Shabbat! Following services will be a themed dinner. Please consider sponsoring your favorite month from now until May. You may contact Branden Johnson ([email protected]) for more information. 


Adult Education Opportunities



Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe  Sundays 11:00 am-12:00pm, in the CBS Board Room. 

Torah with Wendy Saturday, March 18, 10:30-11:30 am in the CBS Board Room.

Rivers of Babylon – Verdi’s Nabucco with Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn Four Sundays: March 19 and 26, and April 2 and 9, 10-11:00 am at Brith Shalom. Join Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn for an fascinating exploration of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco, which tells the story of the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar II and the subsequent exodus of the Jewish people. No prior musical training is required! 


Youth Programming Opportunities


Machar + Kadima at the Nature Discovery Center Sunday, March 26, 1:00pm-2:30. Join us as we explore the natural beauty of the Nature Discovery Center and learn about our environment! Pizza will be provided. Cost: $10 for NDC fee and Pizza. 

For more information or reservations for events, please RSVP to Anna Blum at [email protected]


Young Family Programming Opportunities


Synagogue Photo Scavenger Hunt Sunday, March 19, 12:30-1:45pm. PreK-2nd students and their family will experience CBS as they have never before, through a photography scavenger hunt! The program will end with snacks and singing with Rabbi Teller. (Please note: As this is a family program, students in PreK-2nd grade and their families are asked to attend at a unit). 

Send your RSVP to Anna Blum, Assistant Director of Education and Young Family Programming Coordinator, at [email protected].


Congregation and Youth Services


  • Candle Lighting 6:09 pm; Havdalah 7:09 pm  

  • Friday, March 10, 6:15 pm

  • Saturday, March 11, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 

Parashat Tetzaveh

  • Torah reading: Exodus 27:20-28:5 – 28:28-30                    
  • Haftarah: I Samuel 15:2-34    


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Tetzaveh

Since the Garden of Eden people have been self-conscious about their bodies and exhibited a need for privacy. How we cover up our bodies with clothing is expressed in infinite variations. Styles–sophisticated, slinky, funky, professional, fun–send a very personal message to the world. Clothing reflects how we value ourselves and our bodies.   

In our parashah this week, the priests who serve in the sanctuary dress for “adornment and dignity”. Both those reasons are crucial. Fulfilling their role with dignity is reflected in the elaborate clothes they wear, complete with sashes, breast piece and headdress. But the priests’ clothes are not only about dignity; beauty very much characterizes the kind of clothes they wear. The priests’ clothes are clothes of bright color–clear blue, purple and crimson–clothes with golden bells and pomegranates, clothes made out of linen and embroidered work.

Reflect on the various ways you dress when you play different roles in the world. It’s important to communicate to our children the twin values of beauty and dignity when dressing.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the importance of taking care of their bodies and dressing with beauty and dignity. 


  • Which are your favorite clothes? Why? 
  • What do your clothes say about you? 
  • How do you feel about getting dressed up to go to a special event? Is it important to get dressed up for special events? Why?  



Save the Date


April 1 •          Junior Congregation 

April 1 •          Mishpacha Minyan

April 2 •          Young Family Program   

April 7 •          Grades 3-4 Friday Evening Service & Family Shabbat Dinner 

April 8 •          Grades 5 & 6 On the Bimah


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah


March 25         Micah Guttman

April 22           Samuel Yifrach

April 29           Gabriella Magenheim