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One more message of the Lights of Hanukkah – Bringing Light to Darkness.

This week the Henderson Jewish community came together at the District to sing and dance and light the Menorah. I had the opportunity to share a message I read about this year from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain. I share it here as well. When it comes to Hanukkah there are basically two things we are commemorating/celebrating. We are honoring the memory of the Macabees and their defeat of the Assyrian Greeks, and we are recalling the miracle of the lone cruise of oil, enough to kindle the Menorah in the Temple for one day, that lasted for eight days. But, when you look in the Talmud, it is clear that for the rabbis, it was this latter recollection, the mira

Light in the Homes of Biblical Israel

Midbar Kodesh Temple members Ronen and Ruby Tregerman recently unveiled a collection of biblical oil lamps in a permanent exhibit on loan to Midbar Kodesh Temple. The series of lamps light the entry hallway in the display entitled "Light in the Homes of Biblical Israel From the Patriarchs to the Sanhedrin." One of the lamps date back to the Hanukkah/Maccabean era with the oldest being 4100 years old. The exhibit of biblical antiquities are displayed in loving memory of Menachem Mendel Tregerman and are available for view during synagogue and Early Childhood Center hours and during Shabbat and holiday services.

Mazel Tov Adam Kartzinel!

Adam Benjamin Kartzinel, son of Jessica and David Kartzinel, and brother to Sarah, will become a Bar Mitzvah in January at Midbar Kodesh Temple. His grandparents from Las Vegas, Eileen and Allen Anes, as well as family from New York, Texas, and California will join him for this special simcha. Adam's favorite subjects in school are Speech and Debate and Math. Adam is currently a straight A student!! Playing tennis is Adam's passion. He enjoys training with No Quit and loves competing in tournaments. In May he won the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Intermountain Most Improved Player of the Year. Adam is very excited about his mitzvah project. He will be running his own Pro-Am Tennis

Mazel Tov Jonathan Eisen!

Midbar Kodesh Temple's Jonathan Eisen, son of Andy and Diane Eisen and fiance of Dayna Weinberg, received his degree in Journalism and Media Studies from UNLV at the December graduation. When not in school Jonathan worked at Touro University Nevada and served as an AEMT with Community Ambulance giving him a diverse background with many options for the future.

Hanukkah

This year, 2016, Hanukkah will begin with the first candle on Saturday evening, December 24th and end with the eighth candle on Saturday evening, December 31st. There are three community-wide celebrations this year for MKT. On Saturday night, December 24th, JFSA will have their annual Menorah Lighting at Opportunity Village. On Sunday December 25th we will have Chinese food and a movie beginning at 5:00 PM. On Monday, December 26th, we will have the Henderson Jewish community Menorah Lighting at the District at 5:30 PM. Directions for Candle lighting: On the first night, the light to the extreme right is kindled. On each subsequent night, a new light is added to the left of the previous

Congratulations Tiffany Welt Doctors!

Congratulations to Midbar Kodesh Temple member Tiffany Welt Doctors who recently earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Tiffany is married to Steven Doctors and is mother to Jordan and Elizabeth. She is the daughter of Gerald and Marcy Welt and has worked at Welt Law since returning from California in 1992, where she earned her bachelors at the University of California - Irvine. Tiffany will continue her work with Social Security Disability clients as she prepares for the Nevada bar, and plans to add Guardianship law to the practice as she continues to provide the tools to protect her clients' needs.

Mazel Tov Stacy Fisher Eisen!

Congratulations to Midbar Kodesh Temple member, and Touro University Nevada educator Stacy Fisher Eisen, PT, DBAHCLM, DPT, CEAS, CCRT, CWT, STS who recently received her newest Doctorate (DBAHCLM) in Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership from California InterContinental University. She received a clinical Doctorate (DPT) in Physical Therapy from Creighton University and Bachelor of Science in Movement and Exercise Science with a dual emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training from Chapman University. Stacy, married to Steven Eisen, is highly accomplished in many disciplines and has held clinical positions in both inpatient and outpatient settings, cari

March of the Living – April 2017

I want to draw your attention this week to a wonderful program our community offers for our teens. March of the Living which has been around since 1986 is a program that strives to educate our teens about our recent history. The program takes teens for an educational tour of Poland and Israel at the very moments when the world is commemorating Yom HaShoah U’Gevorah, the Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day. The March of the Living will bring together over 10,0000 Jewish teens from over 40 countries and regions around the world including Israel, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, South Africa, France, Engla

"The Girl From The Garden" is next for MKT Book Club

Midbar Kodesh Temple's monthly book club, meeting at the synagogue at 10 a.m. on December 18, will feature a discussion on "The Girl From The Garden" by an extraordinary new writer, Parnaz Foroutan. Foroutan makes her literary debut with this suspenseful novel of desire, obsession, power and vulnerability, in which a crisis of inheritance leads to the downfall of a wealthy family of Persian Jews in early twentieth-century Iran. Ileen Spoor facilitates Midbar's book club. Witnessed through the memories of the family’s only surviving daughter, Mahboubeh, now an elderly woman living in Los Angeles, "The Girl from the Garden" unfolds the complex, tragic history of her family in a long-lost

Combining Body & Spirit & On To The Next Challenge

For the second year in a row, we had a group of MKT members take part in the Boulder City Turkey trot. A couple of us bumped up to the 12k Race this year from the 5k race last year. It was a sunny but cool day and everyone in the group was successful. There was a great sense of camaraderie and friendship that helped us all push through to the finish line. This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Toldot opens with the story of the births of Rebecca and Isaac’s twins, Esau and Jacob. The text says that “when the boys grew up Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed in camp. Isaac favored Esau because he had a taste for game, but Rebecca favored I

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