USY at Midbar Kodesh Temple helps the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and more

Midbar Kodesh Temple USYers' Spring Social Action Tikkun Olam (SATO) projects had the teens again busy shopping, sorting and packing up their "Go Live" bins and brown bag lunches for delivery to the Step Up and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. Step Up, a program of the Clark County Social Services, provides guidance to students aging out of the Clark County foster care program, helping them to transition from foster care to economic self-sufficiency by providing them with goods and services including case management, housing, employment, education, transportation and other services. For several years MKT USY has provided bins of new household goods to help the Step Up teens get a good start in

Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center students make a splash and raise funds

The Early Childhood Center at Midbar Kodesh Temple takes pride in teaching students to be proactive in Social Action/Tikkun Olam projects and during the year they learn the importance of hands on participation in building a better world. Each year, their SATO projects culminate with the all school car wash as the big finale. And what a splash that car wash makes with the students, parents and friends of the ECC! This year their car wash and bake sale raised over $650.00 and that will be split between two of their favorite organizations, "Peggy's Attic" and the "Ian Somerhalder Foundation." "Peggy's Attic" is the donation center for Clark County Department of Family Services, serving all chi


Shavuot is the least well known of the three pilgrimage festivals. Sukkot has the booths and the lulav and Etrog; Passover has the Seder, the ban on Chametz and of course lots of matzah; both are a week long. Shavuot on the other hand has little ritual associated with it and is technically a one day celebration (in the diaspora, we celebrate it for two days). Shavuot is the culmination of a quirky calendar anomaly in which we count seven complete weeks from Passover until Shavuot, Shavuot being the fiftieth day. In the Torah it was known as an agricultural holiday. It was the moment the Israelites would bring the first fruits of the spring harvest as a gift to God, the bikkurim. At some

Midbar Kodesh Religious School students at the Holocaust Resource Center

Religious School students at Midbar Kodesh Temple recently found themselves sharing space with the Holocaust Resource Center, which moved into the David L. Simon Center for Education and Tikkun Olam earlier this year. They watched with curiosity as the center began to take shape and watched with equal curiosity as portraits of local survivors lined the walls to become a featured hallway exhibit. The phrase "L'dor Vador" - from generation to generation, became more than a phrase for the students as their curiosity became keener. To answer their queries Midbar Kodesh Temple's Cantor Daniel Gale, along with his teaching staff and the HRC's Susan Dubin and Myra Berkovits began to plan a program

What a Difference Fifty Years Makes

Having just come back from a couple of days visiting Jerusalem, I can attest to the modernization and vibrancy of the capital of the Jewish people. Whenever I am in Jerusalem I am in awe at the growth and development that occurs in between visits. At the same time I am often moved by the things that have remained the same. Whether it is the restaurants and cafes that I myself spent time in thirty years ago, or the ancient sites that make up our history and tradition, I am often left awestruck. With all three of the Abrahamic faiths laying claim to this small piece of real estate, it is no wonder that the city evokes so much passion, drama and controversy. This year we will celebrate fifty y

You can learn to chant Torah in ten easy steps!

Would you like to learn to chant from the Torah? It’s not as hard as it might seem. This summer, Cantor Daniel Gale will lead a Torah chanting class for those interested in learning to chant from the Torah. A basic level of Hebrew reading skills is necessary to participate. If you are interested, please contact the MKT office at 702.454.4848 or email Class dates and times will be determined according to the participant availability.

Mazel Tov to Alexandra Hoffman!

Alexandra Mae Hoffman, daughter to Midbar Kodesh Temple member Phil Hoffman and Francesca Patrick of Stevenson Ranch, California, will be graduating West Ranch High School in that city. In the fall, Alexandra will be attending California State University - Northridge where she'll tentatively be majoring in communications disorders with plans on being a speech language pathologist. Alexandra's blended family, including bonus mother Shari, sisters Hannah and Maddie of Henderson and bonus dad Jeff Patrick and siblings Daniel and Rachel of Stevenson Ranch, congratulate her on all accomplishments and send best wishes as she begins the next chapter of her life.

Mazel Tov to Ariel Graves!

Ariel Graves, daughter to Midbar Kodesh Temple members Mike and Orly Graves, is a part of the 2017 graduating class of The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus. Ariel attended the Early Childhood Center at Midbar Kodesh Temple in Preschool and was a part of MKT USY for several years in middle school. For the past 4 years Ariel has been a part of Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts, and holds a top leadership position this year. This summer Ariel will be flying to Israel with her senior class for 3 weeks. When she returns, Ariel will be continuing her education at The University of Nevada Reno to pursue a career in psychology. Ariel is an exemplary student and has kept a high grade poi

Mazel Tov to AJ Eisen!

AJ Eisen, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Andy and Diane Eisen, and grandson to Midbar Kodesh Temple members Bev and Barry Eisen, and Louiselle Léveillé, will graduate from Silverado College Preparatory & Career Technical High School with Honors. AJ played Lacrosse in middle school and in his freshman and sophomore years of high school and is accomplished on the trumpet, euphonium and Sousaphone. In addition to music, AJ has studied art and Japanese. AJ is an active member of MKT USY, serving as Communications Vice President for one term. He has supported many charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Children's Heart Foundation, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) and The Gay

The Midbar Kodesh Car Wash is back on May 24th.

The students at the Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center have learned a lot this year, especially when it comes to tikkun olam (repairing the world), community service and philanthropy. In fact, they have done many mitzvot throughout the year, and now it is time for their biggest one of all. They'll be working hard washing cars to raise money to give to our earth and children in the foster care system of Clark County. Can't make the car wash? That's OK! Donations will be accepted the day of the car wash and prior. Just ask how to contribute at the front desk. The Pilonim and Kochavim classes car wash is Wednesday, May 24th starting around 10 AM in the Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center pa

Thanks to dozens of volunteers, Midbar Kodesh Temple serves over a hundred meals to home- and facili

Earlier today, Midbar Kodesh Temple hosted L'Dor V'Dor, the only program of its kind in Southern Nevada to provide entertainment and a hot kosher meal to seniors who are home and facility bound. This is the first time the program was hosted in Henderson in its 17 year existence. Over thirty Midbar Kodesh Temple members and parents from the Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center volunteered for the program, which saw well over a hundred participating seniors from seventeen assisted living facilities and additional private residences. Entertainment was provided by the Early Childhood Center students and Cantor Daniel Gale. We want to thank all of our volunteers, including Stuart and Sandy Stern

Fill the Pantry for JFSA!

Every year Midbar Kodesh Temple members participate in collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items for JFSA's food pantry in a Fill the Pantry campaign at Passover time in the Spring and again at Rosh Hashana in the Fall. This year JFSA provided food to almost 30% more people and were in need of more help from the community. In Las Vegas the JFSA food pantry works in conjunction with Three Square and depends on grants and private donations of gift cards, cash and food products. In an attempt to draw more people into giving Midbar Kodesh Temple initiated an on-line giving program, which proved successful for Las Vegas' JFSA food pantry and may have helped food pantries around th

Welcome our newest members The Alterbaums!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! We're Gerry and Alan Alterbaum, most recently from Westchester County, NY. Alan is a retired HS Assistant Principal and Math Teacher from the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow School District, and Gerry is a retired HS Social Studies Teacher from the Yorktown Central School District. Gerry grew up in Jericho, NY and Alan in Queens. Both of us we’re very active at the Yorktown Jewish Center and the METNY District of United Synagogue. We have two children: Jessica, who is married to Garrett, and Jordan, who is married to Alicia. We live in Sun City Anthem and look forward to meeting the Midbar Kodesh family.

The new hallway at the David L. Simon Center

The hallway of the David L. Simon Center for Education and Tikkun Olam now is now graced with a permanent photo exhibit of Holocaust Survivors living in Southern Nevada. The photo exhibit is a project of the The Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center which recently relocated to Midbar Kodesh Temple. The Center was made possible in 1980 by an endowment from the Lloyd and Edythe Katz Family in memory of Edythe’s parents Gertrude and Hyman Sperling. Generous donations from Lillian and Henry Kronberg and Judy and Ron Mack enabled the addition of a media center and an enlargement of the collection. The HRC will remain a hub for Holocaust Education activities and programs in Nevada and w

Mazel tov Rebecca Singer-Rebolledo!

Rebecca Singer-Rebolledo, daughter of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Mari Singer and Francisco Rebolledo, and granddaughter of Sol and Ann Singer, of blessed memory, will be called to the torah in May. She is sister to Hailey. Rebecca takes a full schedule of accelerated classes at her middle school and plays the cello in the school orchestra. She is a gymnast at Gymcats and competes on a team level. Rebecca also belongs to Midbar Kodesh Temple USY. During her grandfather Sol's illness a few year ago Rebecca became very interested in medicine and care for the elderly. She participated as a loving caregiver for her grandfather. She hopes to go to medical school to help people in need. Her mitz

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