for the week of
May 9, 2018
3 Iyyar 5778
Religious School & Family Education Information
Registration for 2018-2019 is OPEN! Early Bird prices will apply through June 15. Please follow this LINK in order to begin your registration. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Blum.
Grades 5 and 6 On the Bimah Saturday, May 12. Our students in grades 5 & 6 will have the opportunity to join Cantor Levine in leading the Torah service. RSVP to Cantor Levine to confirm your students’ participation.
Gus Levey Maccabiah and Closing Day of Religious School, Sunday, May 13 9:30am-12:00pm. Please look out for an email reminder informing you of the teams your child(ren) will be assigned to on Sunday. Each student should wear colors associated with their team. We ask that you arrive promptly at 9:30 so we may begin our program. We will have an early dismissal at 12:00pm from Religious School in honor of Mother's Day!
Have an amazing summer vacation and we look forward to seeing you next year at CBS!
Adult Education Opportunities
Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe Sundays 11:15 am-12:15pm
Youth & Young Family Progamming Opportunities
SWUSY Regional Convention! Friday, June 8 – Monday, June 11 at the Hilton NASA in Clear Lake, TX. Early Bird: $355 Now - April 22. Regular: $370 April 23 - May 6. Late: $390 May 7 - May 13. Make your Broadway debut at SWUSY Regionals 2018! Join your castmates from across the region to celebrate a Shabbat together, sing ruach, take part in new programs, enjoy a special outing, and spend lots of time with friends. We will also have the opportunity to elect the next Regional Executive Board and hear from the graduating class during Senior Sendoff.
Congregation & Young Family Services
Candle Lighting 7:47pm; Havdalah 8:55pm
Friday, May 11, 6:15 pm
Ariela Kluk becomes a Bat Mitzvah!
Saturday, May 12, 9:00 am
Torah reading: Leviticus 25:39-43 - 26:44-46
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14
Mini Minyan Friday, May 11, 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, May 18, 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 - Behar-Bechukotai
Discussion for the Shabbat Table
Most Americans have warm homes and enough to eat. Their children have many toys to play with. And yet, there are many people here in America and around the world who don’t have enough. Some of those people we pass on the street each day. Others are living in the margins in substandard housing or shelters. Children notice the discrepancies between those who have enough and those who don’t and try to make sense of it. Early on in their lives children can learn what it means to try to help those who don’t have enough.
In this week’s Torah portion we learn about tithing. Tithing is a sensible way to give to those who don’t have enough. It means that you give a tenth of whatever you have to others who are needy. Another manner of giving described is leaving the corners of one’s field un-harvested, so that the poor can come and glean with dignity. While the Torah mandates giving, it mandates an amount that is reasonable to give away–one that leaves us with more than enough–so that we are more likely to fulfill the command of giving to the needy.
Children can learn early what it means to give. They can share toys and clothes they no longer wear. They can sell lemonade outside or have bake sales and give part of the proceeds to charity. Children can also give by volunteering their time in a soup kitchen or helping kids younger than themselves in a shelter or a literacy program. It’s important to develop a life-long habit of giving. Early on, children can learn a deep sense of responsibility to others, especially when one has more than required to live.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS about giving charity and why it’s important.
CONNECT TO THEIR LIVES:
· What do you think our responsibilities are to those who have less than we do?
· How can you give? Which of your things could you share?
· How does it make you feel when you help out someone else
Save the Date
Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah
May 19 Maya Lieberson
May 26 Max Slater
June 9 Adar Eliezer
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