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Judaism and Organ Donation

In the spring of 1993 I underwent a cornea transplant in my right eye to repair a condition I have called keratoconus. Though I never had the opportunity to meet my donor’s family, or even learn her name, I was told that it was a young teen who tragically committed suicide. Through the process of receiving the transplant, I spent a lot of time studying about what Jewish law says about organ donation. To be honest it is an issue that has changed over time. With the modernization of medicine and science, the overwhelming consensus among rabbinic authorities across the spectrum on when life ends, has changed. It is just over the last 30-40 years that most streams of Judaism from Reform to O

Summer Reading

Each summer I try to find a couple of books to share with the congregation. This year the two books we will delve into are The Mathematician’s Shiva, by Stuart Rojstaczer and All Other Nights, by Dara Horn. Get started reading now! Looking forward to a lively discussion. The Mathematician’s Shiva – Sunday July 2 Amazon book review says the following about the book: “A comic, bittersweet tale of family evocative of The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Everything Is Illuminated." Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wi

Tikkun Olam - How Can You Help?

School is out! You would know this just by the looks of excitement on the faces of my kids and their friends. No more early wake-ups, homework, papers and constant extra-curricular activities. But not everyone is so excited about school being out. For those kids who are homeless and/or food insecure, it is a particularly difficult time of the year. A recent study said that more than 62% of children in the Clark County School District receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. But what about summer break? Luckily there are programs that most of us do not even know exist to help this growing population. Every day at dozens of sites around Clark County, anyone up to the

Grand Pals visit Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center

Grand Pals of the 3 and 4 year old students at Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center celebrate with the children all year and recently came to enjoy the year end program, complete with entertainment and lunch. The Grand Pal program at Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center finds the synagogue's littlest members interacting with the seniors at Sunrise Senior Living, which is a retirement community located on Horizon Ridge. Several times a year the children play and create art projects with the seniors, who in turn enjoy the youthful enthusiasm of the children. "Some of our children do not have the opportunity to interact with grandparents or great grandparents, and some of the seniors at senior

Mazel Tov to Joel and the Cruvant family

Joel Cruvant, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Ethan and Carolyn Cruvant, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in December 2016 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was a recipient of the Grainger Power Engineering Award. As part of the NUPOC Program, he then attended Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in April 2017. Joel began Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C., in May 2017 with plans to be aboard a submarine as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer.

Mazel Tov to Barry and the Cruvant Family

Barry Cruvant, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Ethan and Carolyn Cruvant, graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in May 2017, at which time he was inducted as a Fellow in the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. After four years of Naval ROTC, Barry was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy upon his college graduation. Following Navy Dive School in Florida which starts in June, Barry will begin Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C., in August with plans to be a Nuclear Propulsion Officer on a submarine.

Mazel Tov Isaac and the Wellish Family!

Midbar Kodesh temple members Janet and Dr. Kent Wellish are proud to announce the graduation of their son, Isaac, from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in Integrated Engineering and Arts with concentrations in Computer Engineering and Music. While pursuing his degree, Isaac co-hosted a music talk show on the university radio station WLVR, Lehigh Valley Radio. Active on the board of University Productions, Isaac worked to produce many live concerts and helped bring some well-known rappers and musicians to Lehigh's campus. During one summer internship, Isaac worked as an assistant for a sound engineer at Roulette Intermedium, a music venue in Broo

Midbar Kodesh Temple | Early Childhood Center and Religious School

1940 Paseo Verde Parkway | Henderson, Nevada 89012 | 702-454-4848

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