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Education Update for the Week of September 13, 2017


Education Update

for the week of
September 13, 2017

Religious School & Family Education Information


Grade 5 Parents B’nei Mitzvah meeting Sunday, September 17, 11:00-11:30 am in the Chapel.  Grade 5 students in both Religious School and Day School and their parents are asked to join us for an informational meeting.

Grade 6 Parent B’nei Mitzvah meeting Sunday, September 17, 11:30-12:15pm in the Chapel.  Opening parent discussions with Rabbi Teller, Cantor Levine, and key B’nei Mitzvah supports.

Mishpacha Minyan (Ages 3-7) Saturday, September 23, has been cancelled. 

Tashlich Family Service Sunday, September 24, 10:00am at the creek across from the JCC. Bring your children and family and some bread for a brief but moving ceremony in which we symbolically discard our sins.

ADL Program Grade 4-5, Tuesday, September 26, 6:15-8:00pm. Anti-Defamation League presents: "Words to Action Training": Empowering Students to Address Anti-Semitism is an interactive education program for middle school students designed to empower and equip them with constructive and effective responses to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. The program for Grades 6-7 will take place the following week, Tuesday, October 3rd.

Kehillah High Opening Bash Wednesday, September 27. The community Jewish High School kicks off with an opening bash on Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 at Beth Israel.  Students in grades 8-12 are welcome to join us for a wonderful evening kicking off this exciting program involving more than 130 Jewish teens!  Enrollment for Brith Shalom members is through our website at 

Adult Education Opportunities



Mussar with Rabbi Wolbe Sundays, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, in the CBS Board Room.


Youth Programming 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.

Rosh Hashanah – Thursday and Friday September 21-22

PreK-Grade 7             10:15 am -1:00 pm                  Services, Activities, and snacks

Yom Kippur – Saturday 30

PreK-Grade 7             10:45 am -1:30 pm                  Services, Activities, and snacks



Congregation and Youth Services


Candle Lighting 7:07pm; Havdalah 8:14pm  
Friday, September 15, 6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat;
Saturday, September 16, 9:30 am Shacharit Service 
Congregation Beth Yeshurun will be joining us for Shabbat services.
Selichot Song Night Event Details

9:00pm Music with Rabbi Teller in the Social Hall
10:15pm Dessert Reception
10:30pm Selichot Service with Hazzan-in-Residence David Krohn and the Brith Shalom Choir – Main Sanctuary

Parashat Nitzavim – Vayeilech

Torah reading: Deut. 29:9-11 – 30:11-14
Haftarah: Isa. 61:10-63:9  

Discussion for the Shabbat Table- Parashat Nitzavim – Vayeilech

It’s not too hard, we tell our children, when they want to do something new. It just takes some effort and practice and sometimes courage to do it. It can be difficult, though, to tolerate seeing our children struggle. If we protect our children from struggle and from learning new skills that they are not immediately good at, they won’t understand that taking on new projects requires patience, effort and perseverance.

In our Torah portion this week it says, “It is not in the heavens”; in other words, what the Torah instructs is not beyond us to accomplish. Although much effort is required, the ethical and spiritual precepts of the Torah are eminently attainable as well as rewarding.

It is important that our children see us taking on new and difficult projects. The new project can be as specific as learning a new instrument, or as amorphous as committing oneself to an ethical precept, such as honesty. They will learn from our modeling that some struggle is inherent in accomplishment, even in adulthood. When appropriate, share with your children your struggles so they know what it’s like to strive for something important.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about some of their dreams for what they would like to accomplish.

·    What new thing would you like to try?
·    What things, if any, are you afraid to try?
·    What makes it difficult to try?
·    Have you ever found something to be worth the effort even though you could not fully accomplish what you wanted?



Save the Date

October 5-6 • Sukkot

October 8   • Pizza in the Hut

October 12 • Erev Simchat Torah

October 14 • Junior Congregation


Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah

October 21     Mathew Jason

November 11 Maya Friedberg

November 18 Riley Evans

November 25 Brandon Max