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Meet our newest members: The Gaub Fam

Hello! We are the Gaubs. My name is Melissa, and my husband's name is Max. We just had a son on May 6th, 2017, and his name is Matthew. Our four dogs sure love him! Max was born and raised in Brentwood, CA. I was born in Las Vegas and raised in Agoura Hills, CA. We just moved back to Las Vegas two years ago. I studied at Cal State University, Northridge where I received my Bachelors in Psychology. I then went on to receive my Masters in Special Education from UNLV. Max studied at Santa Monica City college where he received an Associates degree in Automotive Technology. Max works in sales, and I work in healthcare doing membership and enrollment. For fun, we love to go to the movies, bowlin

Meet our new members: The Katz Fam

Hello Midbar Kodesh Temple! We are Amy, Jarrad, Emma and Mason Katz. Jarrad is a part owner in MDL Group, a commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm. I sell LuLaRoe clothing and love to cook for the family. Mason can be seen daily around the Early Childhood Center, while Emma, a graduate of the Early Childhood Center herself, will continue her Jewish education on Sundays. After meeting through BBYO, we have been married for almost 9 years, and are so excited to raise our family within this warm and fantastic group of Jews. -Amy

Meet our newest member: Janet Baumann

Hi! I'm Janet. I am a psychologist. I recently started at UNLV at the Student Counseling and Psychological Services. I also have a private psychology practice. I first moved to Las Vegas in 1979. I left to attend school and returned to Las Vegas to start my practice in 2000. I have been in a relationship with the past five years with a great guy. We enjoy music and traveling together. I have no children but I do have "furbabies", one of which is in the picture. My parents and brothers live out of state. I enjoy the company of my nieces who live locally. I enjoy various activities including hiking, running, good food, good friends, movies and theater. I have been away from an organized synag

Making the Most of the Month of Elul

This week we began the Hebrew month of Elul. Elul is the month before Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the new Hebrew year. The rabbis understood this month to be a preparatory month. It is a time to get us ready for the deep spiritual work that we must undertake beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending ten days later on Yom Kippur. What can we do to organize our thoughts, our hearts, and our actions, in anticipation of the High Holidays? Here are some suggestions: 1. Click on our calendar, on our computer or phone; open up our planner, slide over to the calendar on our fridge; look back over the past year and see the things we have done, the trips we have taken, the celebrations we have p

Why We Give

For more than twenty years, Midbar Kodesh Temple has been a part of the lives of my family. For happy events and for sad ones, Midbar Kodesh Temple has been there. I hope that the tradition continues and that the next generation of Rabens and Grisars celebrate their happy events at Midbar Kodesh. That is why we give. The funeral of my first husband, the father of my children, was the first funeral held at Midbar Kodesh, almost twenty-two years ago. The love and support that my sons and I received was so special that all my family and friends that came from out of town noticed. The warmth and kindness of the community was there years ago. It still feels that way to me today. That is why we gi

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 20: Midbar Kodesh Religious School Open House

Religious School at Midbar Kodesh Temple Begins August 20 for Grades K through 6 with Bar and Bat Mitzvah training for students approaching their 13th year. Ma’ayan classes are for post Bar and Bat Mitzvah students through 12th grade. For more information on enrollment at the Religious School, contact Education Director Cantor Gale at cantorgale@gmail.com. Sunday, August 20th at 9 AM, the school will hold an open house for parents and students to meet their teacher's and learn about the curriculum for the upcoming school year. It's a great opportunity for parents who are looking for more information on Religious School. Today, the Midbar Kodesh Religious School is developing programs that of

The Choices We Make

I would like to start off with something like, “what a week,” but it feels like I could use that line way too often these days. This week’s excitement centered around a disastrous rally to promote hatred and bigotry. Based on the amount of ink written and video filmed there is a lot of opinions and a lot of lessons to be learned. But of certain things there can be only one opinion, one side and that is that hatred and bigotry have no place in our civilized society. If your group’s who le reason for being is to express your superiority over another based on arbitrary and erroneous characteristics, and its views lead to violence against those others, your rights to freedom of speech and ex

Book Club meets 9/17; did you read the book?

Interweaving the stories of Susanna and Sara, and their families, "And After the Fire," by Lauren Belfer, is the next read for Midbar Kodesh Temple's monthly book club, meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 17. The novel, which received the inaugural Book Club Award of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards, traverses over 200 years of history, from the eighteenth century through the Holocaust and into today. It seamlessly melds the past and present, real and imagined in a powerful and passionate novel inspired by historical events about two women and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both of their lives. Lauren Belfer's deeply researched, evocativ

The Connection Between Prayer and Healing

There have been many studies done on the efficacy of prayer and healing. The power of reciting tefilot or prayers while we are ill has been shown to aid in the healing process. Just the knowledge that there are people out there praying for one’s health has been shown to help those suffering from pain and illness. Our tradition emphasizes the notion of blessings of healing through words in the Amidah and even the special mishaberach for the sick that we recite whenever the Torah is read. This coming Friday night we are going to devote the entire Friday night service toward words of caring and healing. We will keep the essence of the Friday night service, but will add music, songs, prayers

Rabbi's Top Ten

Recently, a pastor friend of mine wrote a piece entitled “10 Ways to Get Someone to Come to Church with You.” I decided to sit down and see if I could come up with ten ways to get someone to come to shul with you. I write this with a nod to Pastor Josh Teis and thank him for inspiring some of the ideas. Here goes my Top Ten List: 10. The Kiddush/Oneg Bribe: If you feed them, they will come. That’s our motto. We have a nice Kiddush oneg after services on Friday night and Shabbat morning. When we have a full sponsor it is practically a catered affair. We even have a few people that come just in time for the Kiddush – and that’s ok too. Invite a friend to lunch and tell them it’s right

Midbar Kodesh Temple | Early Childhood Center and Religious School

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

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