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Some suggestions for the next time you need to pay a shiva call.

One of the greatest mitzvot we can do for someone is to console them during their time of mourning. At the same time, it can be one of the most difficult mitzvot to carry out. We are often uncomfortable with death and find ourselves at a loss for words or even actions. I came across an article recently that offered some concrete and somewhat out-of-the box suggestions of what we can do for someone after they experience a loss. Some, I had never even thought about before, but after reading them, they make a lot of sense. The next time a family member or friend is grieving, think about these suggestions: 6 Things To Do for a Friend Who’s Sitting Shiva BY PAMELA LEBEDDA – from Kveller – an

Yom HaShoah Memorial at Midbar Kodesh Temple

Midbar Kodesh Temple proudly housed this year's citywide commemoration of Yom Hashoah in a standing room only event. Midbar joined with the Board of Rabbis of Southern Nevada and community partners JewishNevada, Holocaust Survivors Group, Generations of the Shoah Nevada, The Adelson Educational Campus, Schechter Day School, Israeli American Council and the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center. Robert Fisher, former cantor at Midbar Kodesh Temple, was the Emcee. Myra Berkovits, Educational Consultant at the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center chaired the event. Special thank yous go to all volunteers. Local survivors were invited to light a memorial candle in memory

Harold Minuskin to give keynote at Yom HaShoah Memorial, Sunday at Midbar Kodesh Temple

Holocaust survivor, Harold Minuskin, born in 1938 in Zhetel, Poland, now part of Belarus, will be this year's guest speaker at the Yom Hashoah tribute being held at Midbar Kodesh Temple on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. Minuskin was three years old when the Germans invaded his predominately Jewish town with the intent to kill most Jewish citizens. After the “Selection Process,” the Germans confined the remaining Jews into a ghetto. In 1941, Harold and his mother, father and younger brother survived by escaping from the ghetto into the Belorussian forest where his father joined the Jewish Partisan resistance fighters. From the forest, the Partisans conducted reprisal missions against the Germ

The Season of Yoms

Now that Passover is over, we enter the season of Yoms. There are four modern day holidays that have populated our sacred calendar that all take place in the weeks after Pesach. The first is Yom HaShoah u’Gvurah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year Yom HaShoah falls on Sunday Evening/Monday April 23/24. Midbar Kodesh Temple is hosting the community-wide Holocaust Commemoration on April 23rd at 4 PM. We will take the time to remember those who perished at the hands of the Nazis, as well as honor those who survived and strengthen Jewish continuity to the next generation. Just a week after Yom HaShoah we commemorate Yom HaZikaron and celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut. Yom HaZikaron is Israel’s Mem

Mazel Tov Lev Sterling!

Lev Nisan Sterling, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Ryan and Rina Sterling, and brother to Tzofiya, will be called to the Torah at Midbar Kodesh Temple in April. Lev enjoys science, math, and history and excels in his studies with straight A's. He plays drums in the band at a local Henderson middle school and takes private drumming lessons. He often goes on hiking adventures with his dad, and enjoys swimming and rock climbing and is on the climbing team at Origin Climb. Lev is an active member in MKT USY, having just graduated into the program from Kadima. He attends Ma'ayan, an educational program for post bar and bat mitzvah students through 12 grade. Lev spends his summers at Camp

Have We Jumped The Shark?

The following is based on some words I shared over the Pesach holiday at minyan. Have we jumped the shark? Jumping the shark is an expression usually reserved for television shows that have reached their limit. It goes back to the moment on Happy Days when it became clear to everyone that the show was done. The episode in question featured the Fonz taking on a dare to do a water ski jump in shark infested waters. From then on, the term jumping the shark was used for the point at which any television show becomes absurd. I wonder if we in the Jewish community have jumped the shark when it comes to the items that we are putting on our Seder plates. In past years I read about the orange on t

Fast of The First Born

There is a little known custom related to Passover. I say little known because it only affects first-born (traditionally only male, first born) children. It is called the Fast of the First-borns. First-borns are supposed to fast from sunrise until the Passover Seder. The idea behind the fast is that first-borns commemorate their salvation from the tenth plague in which the angel of death travelled through Egypt slaying all the first-born Egyptians. Some say first-borns fast to commemorate the fear and trepidation those first-borns at the time of the Exodus felt on the first Passover eve. Yet, another tradition has grown out of this tradition and that is to hold a Siyyum – or celebration

Supporting Family Promise at Midbar Kodesh Temple

Each spring Midbar Kodesh Temple congregants volunteer to organize meals and activities and stay overnight at the synagogue while the congregation is host to Family Promise. Many of Family Promise families are temporarily homeless because of a job loss or illness and seek temporary housing and meals while actively trying to find jobs and permanent housing. They have no other family resources to draw upon, but with help from religious congregations, who provide temporary space in their buildings, are able to transition from homelessness to having permanent housing. Family Promise Las Vegas has a Day Center that offers numerous resources, including job and credit counseling, welfare and legal

The Yom HaShoah Memorial at Midbar Kodesh Temple

The Board of Rabbis of Southern Nevada will host this year's commemoration of Yom Hashoah at Midbar Kodesh Temple on Sunday April 23 at 4 p.m. The Board of Rabbis and the synagogue join together with community partners Jewish Nevada, Holocaust Survivors Group, Generations of the Shoah Nevada, The Adelson Educational Campus, Schechter Day School, Israeli American Council and the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center, which recently relocated to the David L. Simon Center for Education and Tikkun Olam. Holocaust survivor Harold Minuskin will be the guest speaker, sharing stories of his own family's resilience and bravery through dramatic readings from both his mother's and aunt's me

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