My Yearly Greetings Workshop:

Each year, at this time of year, I try to remind everyone of the appropriate greetings for the New Year, along with the meaning of the greetings. Each holiday offers a different greeting, and it can be confusing. I would like to share with you what I think are the appropriate salutations. I share this information as much for you as for me. It will help remind us of the customary felicitations for each of the holidays. The special greetings begin with the month of Elul when we start to offer one of three familiar greetings, "shana tova" "a good year", "l'e-shana tova tikateivu" "may you be inscribed [in the Book of Life ] for a good year," or "le-shana tova umetukah tikateivu," may you

Why We Give: The Goussak Family

I have always had a great sense of direction! Place me in the middle of any new city, and I am invigorated by the challenge of finding my way within what some would view as uncertainty and chaos. This ‘bring it on’ approach has admittedly served me well in so many aspects across the years, yet I must openly share, that this past year, I have found myself feeling lost. Do not get me wrong, this is not the first time in my life, that I have fallen off course (those college years and early twenties can tell of many such stories). Yet this is the first time, when I have had so much uncertainty in determining the right direction. At one time, the fork in the road led to ‘A’ or ‘B’, yet now, the c

An Unlikely Friendship; An Interfaith Dialogue.

As some of you may remember, I participated in an interfaith trip to Israel in January of 2014. A couple of rabbis, a cantor and the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas joined over 20 pastors from the Las Vegas on a mission to Israel. Over the course of the trip I developed friendships with several of the pastors. The trip helped break down some of the misconceptions and barriers from which clergy of different faiths often suffer. Upon our return I had a desire to find a way to build on those friendships. Together with Rabbi Goodman from Temple Beth Sholom, we engaged two of the pastors in a commitment to meet monthly to study Bible together. Over the last two years we have been m

Eliana Ioane called to the Torah this week at Midbar Kodesh Temple

Eliana Ioane, daughter of D.J. Ioane and Aviva Gordon-Ioane, and sister to Rebecca and Joshua, will be called to the Torah at Midbar Kodesh Temple. Eliana, a straight A student who just entered 8th grade, is a valued member of the Heat Soccer club and enjoys playing soccer at any opportunity. Her Mitzvah project is to raise awareness and solutions for those who are food insecure and encourages people to make monetary contributions or donations of food to Three Square and to learn about their advocacy and volunteer programs. For more information about Three Square, go to Eliana will be joined in celebration by aunts, uncles and cousins, who will travel from all over the Unite

Meet our newest members: The Blitz Fam!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! We're Brett, Debi, Bayley (7.5yrs) and Bryce (4yrs), and we just arrived to Seven Hills from the south shore of Long Island, New York. Brett is an executive chef, and Debi is a pediatric occupational therapist. Bayley is in the 3rd grade at the Elise L. Wolff School and is busy making new friends both there and at MKT's Hebrew school. She describes both as "awesome." Bryce is enjoying MKT ECC's Kochavim class and exploring his new neighborhood. They already have their own library cards at the Paseo Verde Library. We are busy unpacking, navigating our new surroundings and learning how things work out West. We all appreciate the kind support that the Midbar Kodesh Tem

Elul – A Time to Reflect

If you have not checked our Facebook page recently, you are missing out on an important part of the High Holiday season. We have a little less than a month to prepare to stand before God on the High Holidays. We are supposed to use this time to do a deep introspection and self-audit of our actions over the past year. What questions should we be asking ourselves? Since the beginning of Elul, which started on Sunday September 4th, I have been sharing questions and prompts to help us prepare to get in the right mindset for the High Holidays. You can check back on our Facebook each day and feel free to comment or share. So far we have had the following: Elul 1 – What kind of parent have I b

Why We Give: Connie Pectol and the David L. Simon Foundation

During David's long battle with cancer, there were many discussions regarding his desire to make tikkun olam contributions. Making a contribution was important to him since his father died when he was very young. He was cared for by a Jewish orphanage when his mother was ill and could not care for herself or her children. David had good memories of the people who cared for him during that time. He was eventually able to return to his family and had many years of good times with his mother, two brothers and sister. During some of the last years of his cancer treatments, I was working with Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer. I was privileged to share many experiences with those amazing childr

A letter from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

Last school year, Mrs. Winkler's class collected Mrs. Winkler, I apologize for the tardiness of this letter, I found it under a stack of papers in our tactical operations center addressed to me. Better late than never I guess. Please tell you students and their parents that we really appreciated the goodies and donated items. Also, please tell Aaron to keep up the outstanding work! I am the commander of the Commander of the Fighting 137th Military Police Detachment. We conduct daily Law and Order Operations. These means that we run traditional law enforcement functions, policing, investigations etc., but we are also the first on scene for emergencies that are quite a bit different fr

Back in Class at Midbar Kodesh Temple Early Childhood Center

Midbar Kodesh Temple's Early Childhood Center returned to the classroom in August for children 18 months to pre-K. The school's progressive curriculum mixes academic and social development in an environment that is loving and safe, offering half and full day programs from 2 to 5 days a week, depending on the grade level. Before and after car are available daily. The Midbar Kodesh Temple ECC prepares students for a lifetime of academics in public or private elementary school and beyond while teaching Jewish values of healing the world, welcoming the stranger, participating in acts of kindess and giving charity, which ar taught daily with a focus on the social and intellectual growth of all

Monthly Book Club Is Back... Guess what we're reading

The monthly book club returns to Midbar Kodesh Temple at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 18 with the selection of "The Bridge Ladies," a memoir by Betsy Lerner. This darkly, funny and deeply moving book about "the never too late" bond between a mother and daughter and the bond of the women who have played Bridge together for fifty years. The Bridge club provides an unexpected connection across a generational divide in an intimate and story that's a little about Bridge and a lot about life. Go to for more information about programs offered at Midbar Kodesh Temple or call 702.454.4848.

Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah Classes at Midbar Kodesh Temple

If you have never studied for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and wish to learn more about Judaism Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel's Judaism 101 class is a perfect place to start studies. "Sometimes families do not have the opportunity for their children to study and be called to the Torah for a b'nei mitzvah at the traditional age of 13 years old," said Midbar Kodesh Temple's Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel. "But then, as a young adult or adult with their own goals, people wish to take that opportunity to learn more." Judaism 101 at Midbar Kodesh Temple is open to all who wish to study. Talmud Tuesdays are also another opportunity to learn more about Judaism and Midbar Kodesh Temple, the Conservative synagogue in Gr

Hebrew Learning at Midbar Kodesh Temple

Whether you want a refresher course in Hebrew language or just beginning to learn the alef bet Midbar Kodesh Temple's Larry Wiederhorn can teach you skills to learn to read Hebrew to enable you to participate more meaningfully in any prayer service. Larry uses an innovative Hebrew Literacy program which was developed by the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs. The concept of lay people teaching each other in a broadly based adult education program has been successful at Midbar and at synagogues across the country. To sign up for classes, or for more information call 702 454-4748 or go to

Judaism 101 returns to Midbar Kodesh Temple, starts September 12th

Judaism 101 returns to Midbar Kodesh Temple as Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel offers a curriculum that engages those wishing to explore conversion, those who are looking for a starting place for deeper learning, for those hoping to add to the foundation they received as a preteen or for those who did not have the opportunity to study for a b'nei mitzvah. "I sometimes find that people do not take the opportunity to see Judaism from an adult standpoint," said Rabbi Tecktiel. "Some take what they have learned as a b'nei mitzvah student and move on to high school and college without thinking how our rich heritage is relevant in their lives today." Rabbi Tecktiel often finds parents anxious to learn a

Lantzman, Lantzman – A Tribute to a Gifted Actor – One of Ours

When you are a Jewish kid growing up in a Midwest suburb, even one with as large a Jewish population as Chicago, it was not always easy to find role models of traditional Jews. In the 70s and 80s there weren’t a lot of examples in pop culture, on television or even in the movies. When The Frisco Kid came out, it was a big deal; a mainstream movie with a lead character who was not just a rabbi, but a Chasidic rabbi. It was such a big deal that I remember my synagogue rented out a whole theater for a screening when the movie came out. Though I had already seen him in arguably his most famous performance as Willy Wonka, it was The Frisco Kid that solidified for this Jewish kid the comic geni

Meet our newest members: The Kane Fam!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! We're Nancy, Ethan and Jason Kane. Nancy is originally from New Jersey. She has lived in Las Vegas for 21 years. She graduated from the University of Delaware and UNLV. Nancy works for the Clark County School District as a Special Education Facilitator. Ethan is a proud graduate of Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas. He is in sixth grade at the Academy of Math and Science at Hyde Park Middle School. Ethan enjoys playing soccer and piano. He is looking forward to making new friends at Midbar Kodesh religious school. Jason is a third grader at Solomon Schechter Day School. He enjoys soccer, piano and gymnastics. The family likes to ride bikes and play games toge

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