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chai from b et h el DECEMBER 2017 | I SSUE NO 2

T HE CENT ER OF JEW I SH L I FE I N FORT BEND COUNT Y


Chanukah We are all Menorahs Rabbinic Ruminations by Rabbi Josh L obel Chanukah, our ?Festival of L ights,? is one of our most treasured and celebrated holidays. We spin the dreidel, eat our fill of latkes and sufganiyot, and, of course, give each other presents. But the highlight of our Chanukah celebration is the lighting of the menorah. We recall the victory of the Maccabees who fought to keep their heritage and traditions alive. We also remember the miracle of the oil, which was only supposed to last one night, but instead lasted eight. Each night we add a candle, watching as the flickering flames spread their light in our homes and in our hearts. I n the Jewish tradition, light is one of our most important symbols. T he very beginning of our Torah tells the story of the creation of the world which commences with the Eternal?s command, ?L et there be light.? L ight to dispel the darkness of the chaos, the void. L ight to illuminate the universe. Only when God fills the world with light can the rest of creation come into existence. Much in the same way, we, the Jewish people, are commanded to be a ?light to the nations,? meaning, through our loving, compassionate, just, and charitable actions, we are to serve as a shining example to the world. I t is our responsibility to cut through the darkness of hate and oppression, of bigotry and intolerance, of greed and arrogance. We are meant to fill the world with light, creating a world overflowing with goodness, holiness, and peace. Simply put, we are commanded to be the living embodiment of a menorah. T his year, may our celebration of Chanukah remind us of our responsibility to be a menorah, to bring light to dark places. L et?s ensure that our own unique light shines through, warming and illuminating our world. Chag Sameach!


RELIGIOUS SCHOOL UPDATE After all of the Fall Holiday celebrations and learning, the religious school classes delved into their ISJL core curriculum. Here are some class highlights from October and November. Our Kinder- first grade class is learning about Mitzvot and Jewish Values.The students have a class mitzvah tree and post their mitzvah leaves of acts done during the week. When the class studied the mitzvah of Welcoming the Guests, they prepared snack for the 6th? 8th graders and welcomed them to their classroom. Everyone enjoyed the snack and had fun being with each other. Our second ?third graders are learning about Jewish community and culture. Class activities have included, making a floor plan for a synagogue, learning about Jewish symbols, tracing Hebrew letters in gel, and making own Hebrew flashcards. Our Kinder- 3rdgrade classes have T?fillah, prayer service every Sunday, enjoy music every other week, and are learning the Hebrew alphabet. The 4th grade class enjoys learning about the different Biblical personalities that strengthen the Jewish connection to God and to the land of Israel. Many discussions have evolved about the role of women in Judaism.The 5th grade class is staring to learn about the Jewish life cycle. Each student has created a life cycle booklet for a fictitious child and will document his/her life through pictures. The class had a model baby naming and invited their parents to attend. The family program included study time with the parents, a baby naming skit, sweets, and a mitzvah project.Hebrew is enriched with fun games such as Hebrew basketball and Hebrew Jenga. This semester, our 6th? 8thgrade class is learning about the Holocaust; what can result from stereotyping, prejudice and racism. Class activities evolve around discussions, creative writings, simulations, and video excerpts. On a lighter side, the class is part of Chalon L?Atid (Window into the Future), the suburban congregation program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. We hosted the first event. The speaker was Susan Shaw from the Anti-Defamation League and then the social was at the Sugar Land DECEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS Ice Skating Rink. December 1: K- 3rd grade Shabbat with Shir Shabbat/New Member Shabbat December 3: Chanukah Shop and Schmooze 9:00 - noon Annual Religious School Fund-raiser December 3: 6th-8th grade Chalon L?Atid Event- Dave and Busters, Genesis Steakhouse, and Feeding the Hungry Mitzvah December 10: Annual Religious School Maccabee Games December 17: Chanukah Pancake Breakfast.


DECEMBER 20 17 Ri chard Fri edm an

6

Ralph Katz

19

Davi d Rosen

27

Mi chael Mucasey

7

Marvi n Greenfi eld

21

Matthew Di lli ngham

29

Maury Marlow e

16

Alan Selbst

24

Judd Karni low

29

Alan Schnei der

16

Marc Elli son

27

Mi chelle Mi chener

30

Edw ard Carli n

19

Steven Gartzm an

27

Blake Kurlander

3

Thaddeus Ni ckels

18

Li lly Cordover

25

Evan Claret

4

Beyla Meyerson

20

Grace Adam s

27

Matthew Sack s

4

Sophi e Ri chards

20

Alexi s Leva

27

Noah Haas

5

Si m one Braun

21

Declan Garrett

29

Em m a Hei nly

12

Alexander Di lli ngham

23

Stella Block

30

DECEMBER 20 17

Jeffrey & Natali e Kase

7

Dean & Dani elle Krantz

17

Ralph & Carol Katz

18

Chri stopher & Carolyn Wade

19

Mi chael & Jenni fer Roth

24

Gi l & Patri ci a Gui llory

26

Ni cole & Ti m othy Hardesty

28

Davi d & Rachel Rosen

28

Jeff & Peggy Novy

30

IN OBSERVANCE OF THE WINTER HOLIDAYS t h e CBE t em ple of f ice w ill be closed M on day an d Tu esday, Decem ber 25 & 26 an d Jan u ar y 1 & 2


DECEMBER 2017

JANUARY 2018

1

6pm New M em ber & Religiou s Sch ool Sh abbat

1-2

Happy New Year! - Temple office closed

3

9am Chanukah Shop & Schmooze 9am Religious School 9am Confirmation Class 9:15am Intro to Hebrew 10:30am Intro to Judaism

3

7pm Executive Committee Meeting

7

9am Religious School 9am Confirmation Class 9:15am Intro to Hebrew 10:30am Intro to Judaism

8

PRESCHOOL CLASSES RESUME

9

1:30pm Seniors Current Events

10

7pm Board Meeting

14

9am Religous School Family Program 9:15am Intro to Hebrew

15

MLK DAY CBE Temple office closed NO PRESCHOOL

17

5:15pm Hebrew Classes

21

9am Religious School 9am Confirmation Class 9:15am Intro to Hebrew 10:30am Intro to Judaism

23

1:30pm Seniors Current Events

24

5:15pm Hebrew Classes

26-28

NFTY Winter Conclave

27

10:30am Religiou s Sch ool Sh abbat

28

9am Religious School 9am Confirmation Class 9:15am Intro to Hebrew 10:30am Intro to Judaism 10:30am Religious School Celebrates Tu B'shevat

31

5:15pm Hebrew Classes and Tu B'shevat program

6-10

Rabbi Lobel @ URJBiennial in Boston

6

9am Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:15p Hebrew Classes

9

Torah Study

10

9am Religious School Pancake Breakfast 9am Religious School & Confirmation Class 1pm Seniors Celebrate Chanukah

12-19

Ch an u k ah

12

1:30pm Seniors Current Events

13

5:15pm Hebrew Classes

15

9am Preschool Chanukah Party 7pm Cantor Rene Waghalter Installation & Community Menorah Lighting Ceremony

16

9am Torah Study 10:30am Religious School Shabbat

17

9am Religious School Chanukah Latke Breakfast 9am Religious School & Confirmation Class 9:15am Intro to Hebrew 10:30am Intro to Judaism 1pm Chanukah Hangout @ Barnes & Noble

22

No Preschool Winter Break through January 7

23

No Torah Study

24

No Religious School

25-26

Temple office closed

27

No Hebrew Classes

30

No Torah Study

31

No Religious School

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