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Education Update for the Week of November 8, 2017

Education Update

for the week of
November 8, 2017

19 Heshvan 5778


Religious School & Family Education Information


Grade 7 Trip to the Holocaust Museum CHANGE OF DATE Sunday, November 12, 10:30 am-12:00 pm. The holocaust museum is opening early on November 12 to enable Religious Schools to visit. Grade 7 will leave for the museum at10:00 from CBS and will return for carpool at 12:30pm. We will need drivers from among the parents of these students.  Students will be dropped off at CBS Please inform Anna Blum ([email protected]) if you are able and willing to help out. 

Religious School is 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 and to sign up, click here!


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.

Inspired Book Club Saturday, November 11, 1:00 pm. The CBS Inspired Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Board Room following Shabbat services and lunch. The IBC has chosen two books:

  • On Jewish Learning, by Franz Rosenzweig (for reading and discussion on Nov. 11 and Dec. 9).
  • What's Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives, by Christine Hayes (for reading and discussion beginning in January 2018)

We invite interested congregants to join the IBC. Please contact Sue Resnick to be added to the mailing list.


Youth & Young Family Programming Opportunities


USY Fall Kallah & Kamp Kadima November 17-19 at Camp Young Judaea.

JCC Family Programs

M&M Story Time Nov 7, 9 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Ages 0-5 Yrs. Join the JCC for story time during the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival. Music, stories, crafts and more can all be found at the Bookstore. FREE and open to the community.

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


Parashat Chayei Sara

  • Candle Lighting 5:09pm; Havdalah 6:17pm  
  • Friday, November 10, 6:45 pm 
  • Saturday, November 11, 9:00 am 
    • Torah reading: Genesis 24:10-14 – 24:50-52   
    • Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31

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. 


Parashat Hashavuah


Discussion for the Shabbat Table - Parashat Chayei Sara

Chores can be hard when forced to do them or easy and enjoyable if we choose to do them. There are ways to introduce them to our children so that they become more naturally executed responsibilities rather than an occasion for parental nagging.

This week’s Torah portion offers some clues. We meet Rebecca, who is a picture of motion and energy. She is a young woman with a jug on her shoulder on her way to the well to draw water for her family. That had to be a hard chore due to the weight of the clay jug filled with water.           

Rebekah must have known how important this chore of life-sustaining water was to her family. She appears very willing to complete the task. Abraham’s servant has been sent to look for a wife for Isaac. As soon as Rebekah sees him, she runs to fill her jug and gives him water, and then she runs back again to get water for his camels. Rebekah doesn’t hesitate.

She chooses to be helpful. Not only does she fulfill her own obligations, but she goes beyond her duty to help others and then their animals. It’s from these qualities that Abraham’s servant realizes that she would be an excellent wife for Isaac.

We can learn from Rebekah. She doesn’t resist chores because she knows that the responsibility for her family doesn’t only lie with her parents. That responsibility is shared among adults and children alike. While on one hand children inhabit a protected island of childhood, they also have commitments to the well-being of their family. As they grow older, their responsibilities expand so that they are able to play a larger role in taking care of their family.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the importance of their taking responsibility for helping your family.


  • Which chores are easy for you?
  • Which are hard? Why?
  • Why are chores important to do?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Save the Date

December 10 • RS Hanukkah Celebration

December 15 • Friday Night Ruach

December 16 • Mishpacha Minyan

December 16 • Torah Study with Wendy


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah         

November 11 Maya Friedberg (At CYJ)

November 18 Riley Evans

November 25 Brandon Max (Saturday Evening)