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Education Update for the Week of May 17, 2017

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:19am -- Education News


Education Update

for the week of
May 17, 2017
21 Iyyar 5777


Religious School & Family Education Information


Registration for 2017-2018 is now available! Early Bird prices will apply until June 24. 

Lag B’Omer Picnic at Brith Shalom Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 pm. Join us for our annual congregational picnic and fun activities for the whole family.

Mini Minyan Friday, May 19, 5:45-6:30 pm. Join us for an amazing family Shabbat experience for families with children six years of age and younger.

Grade 7 Promotion Service and Dinner Friday, May 19, 6:15 - 8:15 pm.  Students in Grade 7 will participate in the Friday Evening service and then they and their families are invited to a Shabbat dinner in their honor.  To facilitate families joining us for dinner, we’ve subsidized the costs and kept prices low - $25.00 for all members of the immediate family.  For additional guests (grandparents, aunts, and uncles), there is a $6.00 fee per person.

Closing Day Israel Program “Passport to Israel” Sunday, May 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. Our Religious School students will take a journey to and through Israel as they learn about the different Aliyot to our Homeland and the Pioneers who paved the way for Modern Israel!  


Adult Education Opportunities



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

Torah Study with Wendy Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am in the CBS Conference Room. 


Congregation and Youth Services


  • Candle Lighting 7:52 pm; Havdalah 9:01 pm  
  • Friday, May 19, 6:15 pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 


Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

  • Torah reading: Leviticus 25:1-3 - 25:35-38            
  • Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14    


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Behar-Bechukotai

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” This ditty, often recited by kids when they are called names, is designed to protect a child from the meanness of other children. But, words, truth be told, are powerful weapons. Indeed, it would be more honest to chant: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can hurt me!” Children are especially vulnerable to the words of another.

In our Torah portion this week we are enjoined “not to wrong one another,” meaning not hurt one another with words. Instead we are to consider the effect of our words on others carefully, reflecting on the word choices we make and their impact on others. The Jewish tradition places great emphasis on not hurting another’s feelings.

It’s important to model for our children the appropriate use of language by being considerate of our children’s feelings. Harsh words and tone can hurt more often than we realize. Even when discipline is called for, it is important not to speak too harshly to our children. Our words can backfire, causing damage and retreat. Firm but kinds words can be a much more effective teaching tool than yelling, even when a child has done something wrong. In this way a child can learn kindness toward his or her friends and family.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how words can hurt feelings and remind them to stop and think before reacting or talking.


  • Has anyone ever called you a name or hurt you with the words the person used?
  • How did you respond?
  • Have you ever hurt someone else with the words you’ve used? What other words do you think you could have chosen?
  • What other ways do you think we can learn to communicate other than by using hurtful language?  






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Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

June 3              Julia Cotlar

June 10            Ariela Kluk