for the week of
November 15, 2017
26 Heshvan 5778
Religious School & Family Education Information
Religious School will be closed on November 22 and 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Junior Congregation Saturday, December 2, 10:30 am-11:50am. All students in grades 3-6 are expected to attend. Parents and families are welcome to attend as well.
Mitzvah Day Sunday, December 3. No regular Religious School classes this day so that all can participate! Our annual Mitzvah Day continues to grow! This year, we are partnering with St. Theresa Catholic Church and Maryam Islamic Center to serve our community at 18 sites throughout Houston. For more information click here to sign up!
Religious School Hanukkah Celebration Sunday, December 10, 11:00am-12:30pm. CBS Religious School will celebrate Hanukkah during normal school hours. Students will roll candles for Celebration Company, learn about olive oil pressing, and enjoy a festive latke snack!
CBS Family Hanukkah Candle Lighting & Program Wednesday, December 13. 6:00-7:30 pm. All families and grades welcome to join us. (Religious School from 4:30-6:00 pm this evening).
Religious School will be closed on December 20 for Winter Break and will resume on Sunday, January 7.
Adult Education Opportunities
Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe Sundays 11:15 am-12:15pm
Torah with Wendy Lerman Saturday, November 18, 10:30am in the CBS Conference Room.
Torah with Wendy Lerman Saturday, December 16, 10:30am in the CBS Conference Room.
Youth & Young Family Programming Opportunities
JCC Family Programs
Mother/Son Hanukkah Cooking Class Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 | 2:00 PM. Mothers and sons are invited to prepare for Hanukkah celebrations while cooking some holiday family favorites and enjoying some quality bonding time at the JCC. Enjoy making latkes with carrots and delicious glitterball cookies!
Congregation and Youth Services
Candle Lighting 5:06pm; Havdalah 6:14pm
Friday, November 17, 6:45 pm
Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am
Riley Evans becomes a Bat Mitzvah!
- Torah reading: Genesis 26:23-29 – 27:24-27
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7
Friday Night Ruach Friday, November 17, 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.
Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, November 18, 11:00-12:00pm. Join Mali Davis, Erin Lepselter and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6.
Mini Minyan Friday, December 8, 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, December 15, 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.
Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, December 16, 11:00-12:00pm. Join Mali Davis & Erin Lepselter and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6.
Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Toldot
Sibling rivalry occurs in all families with more than one child. It can, in many cases, be an insidious problem, and many parents are at a loss at how to deal with it.
In our Torah portion, sibling rivalry becomes a lethal drama, with parents who–instead of putting a stop to the dynamic–actually participate in the competition to advance their favorite child. Esau, as the eldest son of Isaac and Rebekah, stands to obtain the preferred blessing of the eldest. However, Jacob, with his mother’s help, presents himself to his dim-eyed father pretending to be Esau. Isaac gives Jacob the blessing reserved for the eldest, believing he is Esau.
When Esau discovers this terrible deception, he cries a heart rending cry and says, “Do you have but one blessing, my father?” Isaac at first refuses this request, saying that the blessing has already been spent on Jacob, but then relents and blesses Esau also. Yet Esau seethes with resentment at his brother. Jacob runs away from home to escape his brother’s wrath, never to see his parents alive again.
Most sibling problems do not reach these mythic proportions. Yet even on a more limited scale, they can be pretty intense. Maybe there is something we can learn from the rather extreme example the Torah offers us. The key is in Esau’s words, “Do you have but one blessing, my father?” The answer, in fact, for parents is “no”. Each of us, has many blessings to offer, and each child needs different kinds of blessing from his parents.
Focusing on what each child needs rather than on distributing our attentions fairly can sometimes take the edge off the competition between siblings. We as parents might be better off starting from the realization that the love that we have to give is not a limited commodity which we divide equally, but rather an endless blessing that is received differently by each of our children.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the problem of sibling rivalry.
CONNECT TO THEIR LIVES:
- Do you ever feel that things are unfair between you and your brother and sister?
- Do you feel that your place in the family birth order (first, middle, last) put you at a disadvantage?
- Do you feel your gender has put you at a disadvantage? Myjewishlearning.com
Save the Date
January 7 • RS resumes school
January 11, 18, 25 • Adult Education Mini Series
January 12 • Mini Minyan
January 13• Junior Congregation
January 13 • Torah Study with Wendy
January 14, 21, 28 • Film Festival
Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah
November 25 Brandon Max (Saturday Evening)
December 2 Aspen Rose
January 13 Liam Meyerson