Winner, winner, (Kosher) chicken dinner: Men's Club Poker Tournament

Midbar Kodesh Temple Men's Club recently held its Annual Poker Tournament. Third Place was earned by Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel, Second Place was earned by Mike Malin and First Place was won by Dave Gavrin. The annual poker tournament brings the community together for a morning of play, while raising money used to fund Midbar Kodesh Temple's favorite BBQs, which are sponsored and grilled by Mens Club who enthusiastically serve up over 400 hot dogs each time! Through common interest and core values, Men's Club at Midbar Kodesh Temple offers support in many ways, including grants and gifts to children's programming, Jewish Camp, Israel travel scholarship and USY scholarship, and funding to repair

Ramah Israel Bike Ride

We did it! We signed up for a multiple day Bike ride in Israel. This particular Bike ride is to raise funds for the International Ramah Camps’ Special needs programs. The Ramah camps around the world host unique camp sessions for children and adults with disabilities. Many of you know that my wife Susan runs Camp Yofi which is Camp Ramah Darom’s Family Camp for families with children with autism. Camp Ramah Darom, like several other Ramah camps around the country, have other programs that allow children and adults with special needs to come to camp without their parents and be integrated into the regular camp session. Some Ramah camps even have vocational programs for those who have age

Rick Recht Rocked

From the minute the little ones entered the sanctuary for Tot Shabbat on Friday evening until the last car pulled out of the driveway on Sunday night, the ruach of Rick Recht kept filling our hearts. We're told that for some the music continued well past bath time and right into the night as little ones drifted into slumber, and that is just the way we want it at Midbar Kodesh Temple! The weekend moved from Tot Shabbat to Friday evening services and on to Saturday morning where the congregation shared Shabbat with our Artist-In-Residence. Then on to a PJ Library Pajama Havdallah service led by Rick, followed by story telling and a campfire with s'mores. The partnering continued with PJ Libra

Passover in January?

It is January, so who is thinking about Passover? Well, believe it or not, we are about to start the book of Shemot, Exodus in our weekly Torah reading. Whenever we start Exodus, it prompts me to start thinking about our annual tradition of hosting the first night Seder here at MKT. We are blessed to have a generous subsidy from the David L. Simon Foundation for Education and Tikkun Olam to help keep the costs down. We are about to start the process of planning for the special evening and are looking for volunteers to be on the Seder committee. I know it’s early, but if you are planning on coming to the MKT Seder anyway, why not join the committee and help make it even better than last

Meet our new members: The Ventura Fam!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! We're the Ventura family. Ron is the broker of Allison James Estates & Homes for the state of Nevada and is a Las Vegas native. Emily has been here 10 years and enjoys being a stay-at-home parent to Zach (20 months). We've been active in the Jewish community, and now with Zach attending the Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center part-time, we're looking forward to being an active part of the MKT family. Please say "hi" when you see us!

A message from your co-presidents

At Jonah Tecktiel's bar mitzvah this weekend, Heather and I were given our first official responsibilities as Midbar Kodesh Temple's new co-Presidents, and if you were able to attend this standing room only life cycle event, you shared the joy of watching an accomplished young man take his place among the congregation. You watched the pride of his mother and father, his siblings, grandparents, family and fri ends, and you watched me get taken off guard with emotion, as I presented his bar mitzvah certificate and gifts. Jonah, our third Tecktiel student to take the bima, remindedme that the Tecktiel family has been with us 9 years this coming summer. Jonah and my own son, Lev, have grown up t

Midbar Kodesh Temple Book Club: The Secret Chord

Geraldine Brooks, author of "People of the Book" takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. In the "Secret Chord" Brooks peels away the myth to bring King David to life in Second Iron Age Israel. She traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. Midbar Kodesh Temple Sunday Book Club will review the story on Sunday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the synagogue "The Secret Chord" provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even mor

Welcome our newest Religious School Teacher, Sivan Gavish!

Sivan Gavish became the newest teacher at the Midbar Kodesh Temple Religious School as of January 1st. She will be teaching the ten students in our Kindergarten/1st grade class. Sivan was born in California, but moved to Las Vegas 15 years ago. Sivan went to college at the University of Arizona, then later transferred to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (GOOOOO REBELS!) and graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Sivan says, "I love photography and writing so I created my blog The Olive Brunette as a platform to do what I love every day." Sivan will also be part of the new young Jewish adults group at Midbar Kodesh Temple (you can find more information at

A Call to Action Against Hate

A couple of weeks ago I spoke on Shabbat morning about an ongoing situation in the small town of Whitefish Montana. Though there are only a handful of Jews in Whitefish (there are only about 6000 Jews in all of Montana), it has become ground zero in the fight against white supremacy and the extreme-right. Richard Spencer, leader in the alt-right movement, was seen and heard during the election at an alt-right convention where he famously ended his keynote address with the Nazi Salute. It turns out that Richard's mother lives in Whitefish. Richard often visits and stays with his mother. His mother has publicly blamed the Jews for some business problems she is having and white supremacy g

"Light in the Homes of Biblical Israel From the Patriarchs to the Sanhedrin."

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. Midbar Kodesh Temple is located at 1940 Paseo Verde Parkway in Henderson, NV. The

Teacher in-service with Rick Recht, is sponsored by the JCC, open all religious and pre-school teach

Jewish Religious School and Jewish Preschool teachers are invited by the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada to share an in-service experience with Jewish entertainer Rick Recht on Sunday, January 22 at 1 p.m. at the JCC. The spirited workshops are designed to empower Jewish educators and help them incorporate new ideas into their curriculum. Recht and his band are in Las Vegas to perform at a concert to be held at Midbar Kodesh Temple at 4 p.m. that afternoon. Recht will also share the Havdalah experience with PJ Library at the end of Shabbat the evening before the concert and lead ruach filled shabbat services at Midbar Kodesh Temple on Friday evening January 20 with Tot Shabbat at

Miss Sharon's class collects supplies for American troops overseas

In December 2016, Miss Sharon's Early Childhood Center class collected boxes of supplies for American troops stationed in the Middle East to make them feel more at home. This has become an annual tradition for Miss Sharon's class, but this year the students collected more supplies from parents and Temple members than ever before.

Mazel Tov Jonah Tecktiel!

Jonah Tecktiel, son of Susan and Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel, will be called to the Torah at Midbar Kodesh Temple in January. He will be joined in celebration by his sister Tamar and brother Ari as well as grandparents Irma and Jack Mayer and Bob and Harriet Tecktiel and many friends and family from far and near. Jonah, a 7th grader at Adelson Educational Campus who is always deep in thought, enjoys his studies in science and history with science and technology innovation as hobbies. He is a Regional History Bee finalist. He likes to swim, play baseball and participates in theater. Jonah just transitioned from Midbar's Kadima program to USY and looks forward to taking on leadership roles and

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