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Education Update for the Week of September 12, 2018

Education Update
for the week of
September 12, 2018
3 Tishrei 5779


Religious School & Family Education Information     


**Opening Day Religious School (Grades PK-7) – Sunday, September 23, 9:30-12:30pm. Please register your child before the first day!!!**


Mini Minyan Friday, September 14, 5:45-6:30pm. Join us for an amazing family Shabbat experience for families with children seven years of age and younger.


Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, September 15, 11:00-12:00pm. Mali Davis and friends for a spirited family service with lots of great music and fun in classrooms 5 & 6. 


Tashlich Family Service Sunday, September 16, 10:00 am at the creek across from the JCC. Bring your children, family, and a loaf of bread for a brief but moving ceremony in which we symbolically discard our sins.


Kehillah High Kickoff  Wednesday, September 26. The community Jewish High School kicks off with an opening bash on Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 at Beth Yeshurun.  Students in grades 8-12 are welcome to join us for a wonderful evening kicking off this exciting program.  Enrollment for Brith Shalom members is through our website at 


Adult Education Opportunities



Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe  Sundays 11:15 am-12:15pm  

Study led by Andy Hoffman  Shabbat Morning10:30 AM 

Inspired Book Club  2nd Saturday of the month 1:00pm         



Making Sense of the Shabbat Morning Liturgy- 8 Sessions  Sunday Morning 9:45 AM  with Cantor Levine

Torah Reading Class   Friday Afternoons Sept. 28-Nov. 16 1:00-2:00pm with Nancy Picus

Jewish Life in the First Century CE Oct. 10, 17, 24 Wed. Evenings 7:00pm


Youth & Young Family Progamming Opportunities


High Holiday Youth Service and Program Schedule:

PK-2nd Grade Services and Program will be held in classrooms 5, 6, 7 in the Religious School Wing. Grades 3-6 Services and Programs will be held in the Chapel and the Faith Lutheran Church across the street. Check in begins at 10:30. All children must be picked up by 1:30pm.


Yom Kippur – Wednesday, Sept. 19
PreK-Grade 6    10:45 am -1:30 pm    Services, snack, and activities  



Congregation & Young Family Services 

 Candle Lighting 7:09pm; Havdalah 8:09pm  

Friday, September 14, 6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat;
Saturday, September 15, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 


Parashat Vayeilech

Torah reading: Deut. 31:1– 31: 30
Haftarah: Isa. 55:6 - 56:8 


Discussion for the Shabbat Table

Commentary on Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech, Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30

The first Shabbat of the Jewish year is called Shabbat Shuvah, which means the Sabbath of Return. Its name comes from the Haftarah which opens with the word “shuvah.” The Haftarah highlights themes of penitence and human reconciliation with God, appropriate for the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur .

Hosea calls on a sinning people to return to God by pronouncing humble words, instead of offering animal sacrifice (14:3): “Instead of bulls we will pay the offering of our lips.” He promises that God will respond lovingly and will no longer be angry with Israel. Hosea describes God as dew that will nourish, and Israel as a blossoming lily, a strong tree in Lebanon, an olive tree, and a cypress. In the closing words of the haftarah, we learn that everyone gets what they deserve (14:10): “For the paths of the Lord are smooth; the righteous can walk on them, while sinners stumble on them.”

The selection from Micah is the text that is recited at Tashlich. This ceremony, in which we “cast our sins” into a body of water, is traditionally held on Rosh Hashanah, but it can actually be performed any time during the fall holiday season, up until Hoshanah Rabbah. The Micah text describes God as “forgiving iniquity and remitting transgression” (7:18), using language that is similar to some of the common refrains of the Yom Kippur liturgy.

The text from Joel that Ashkenazi communities add at the end of the Haftarah also highlights some of the seasonal themes. It opens with a reference to the shofar and a fast (2:15): “Blow a horn in Zion, solemnize a fast, proclaim an assembly!” Joel describes an entire congregation–old and young, men and women–coming together to purify themselves and get closer to God. This imagery reminds us of the task that awaits us on Yom Kippur.

The scene Joel describes has some very positive results. Seeing the people’s sincerity, God takes action. He drives out Israel’s enemies, ensures that the rain falls at the right time, secures ample food for all, and makes it known that He dwells in the midst of Israel.

Reading these words on the Shabbat before Yom Kippur offers an encouraging, hopeful message. Human beings can return to God wholeheartedly, and the results can be magnificent.



Save the Date 

September 18 • Kol Nidre

September 23 • First Day of Religious School

October 5-6 • Sukkot

October 8   • Pizza in the Hut

October 12 • Erev Simchat Torah

October 14 • Junior Congregation


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah              

October 20     Eliana and Samarah Irwin