Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, returns to MKT for a weekend-in-residence

Tickets are now available here. Rick Recht will return to Midbar Kodesh Temple in concert on Sunday, January 22 at 4 p.m. In his last visit there was standing room only in Midbar's sanctuary, as ruach filled the room with music and song. Advanced tickets for the concert, which are free to children under 12 and $15 for MKT and PJ Library members, are available on line at or by calling the synagogue at 702.454.4848. Tickets for general public are $20 and can also be purchased on line or at the door for $25. Rick Recht is one of the most celebrated Jewish artists of our time playing Shabbat Alive! services and family, religious school, teen, camp, and tot concerts throughout

Planning for the Future – for ourselves, our families and even our synagogue

This week’s Torah Portion is Chaya Sarah. It opens with a discussion of the death of the matriarch Sarah, and Abraham’s mourning process over her death. Right off the bat we become enmeshed in a financial transaction that will be crucial both historically and religiously. Abraham should be mourning over the loss of his wife and busying himself with her proper burial. Instead he must take the time to purchase a family burial plot. It is immediately clear that Abraham wants to actually purchase the field. According the text, even when the owner of the field he wishes to purchase offers it to him for free, Abraham insists on paying for the site. We learn several lessons from this episode at

Mazel Tov Susan Tecktiel: Jewish Educator of the Year!

Midbar Kodesh Temple's Susan Tecktiel was named Jewish Educator of the Year by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas and will be acknowledged at the Federation's Annual Meeting to be held at Congregation Ner Tamid on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Midbar Kodesh Temple is proud of this and all her achievements. Susan, married to Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel and mother to Tamar, Ari and Jonah, is the Lower School Curriculum Director at The Adelson Educational Campus. She has worked in the third grade classroom at that school since 2010. Susan has also created and directs Camp Yofi, a Jewish family camp for children with autism at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia for more than a decade.

November Traditions

This November we are privileged to celebrate two great American traditions, Thanksgiving and governmental elections. The whole democratic election represents much of what we, as Jews should be thankful for on Thanksgiving. In our own tradition, there is a lot for which to be thankful to God. We thank God when we eat, pray and study. We thank God when we have a simcha, a happy occasion. We also thank God when we are healed. Thanksgiving on the other hand is our opportunity to be thankful for the lives we live today in America. The elections are behind us, and we can be thankful for what will be the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. On Thanksgiving, what we are r

Rebekah Winkler will be called to the Torah at Midbar Kodesh Temple on November 19

Rebekah Winkler will be called to the Torah at Midbar Kodesh Temple on November 19. She will be joined by her parents, Steven and Sharon as well as her brother Aaron, along with her aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends who will celebrate from morning until night. Rebekah is in the seventh grade at a local private school. She has been on the honor roll and has enjoyed performing in theater programs for the past several years. She also enjoys acting, dancing, singing and playing club soccer. Her favorite subjects are science and history. Rebekah says to "look for something positive in each day even if some days you have to look a little harder." Rebekah volunteers in the preschool at Mid

A Small Victory for Pluralistic Judaism in Israel

I have often written and spoken about the difficulty liberal Judaism has in making inroads in the Israeli society. Eighty percent of Israeli Jews are secular, and most view Orthodox Judaism as the only authentic form of our tradition. But things are changing. And one of those changes came to the fore this past week as we celebrated the beginning of the new month of Heshvan. One of the most contentious sites in Jerusalem is the Kotel. I would like to say the reason for the contention is based on the tension between Jews and Arabs; the Jewish Temple mount verses the Dome of The Rock. This may be true, but there is also a divide among Jews about prayer at the wall; who should be allowed to

Thank you for a memorable High Holy Days season

Midbar Kodesh Temple wants to extend a special thank you to the volunteers who gave their time during the High Holy Days to make it our most successful ever. Please join us in thanking: Dave Gavrin, Men’s Club, and Hazak for building the sukkah Elyse Greene Sharon Diamond Susan Tecktiel The Braunstein Family Marci Altman USY for greeting and ushering at services Chuck and Susan Schwartz Steven Doctors and Andy Eisen Alan Roselinsky Randy Spoor David Schwartz Oshrit Weinstein Kevin and Kesha Spoor The ECC Teachers and MKT Staff And everyone who joined us for services and events. Our volunteers make Midbar Kodesh Temple a community we can all share in and be proud of.

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