Why We Give: Ileen and Randy Spoor

We give to Midbar Kodesh Temple to set an example for our children and grandchildren. Not a day goes by that someone from our family is not participating in something at Midbar Kodesh: the Early Childhood Center, the Religious School, youth groups, volunteering in the office, attending services, board meetings, fundraisers, in the kitchen, arranging and setup of simchas, and more. We see the joy in our grandchildren’s faces when they see Rabbi Tecktiel – running up to him and give him a hug. A joy that is reciprocal. We watch them chat up new friends and welcome other children. Talk about priceless moments! Our children in San Diego are deeply involved in their own synagogue, but they still

Meet our new "Shinshinit": Raz!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! my name is Raz (which means “secret" in Hebrew) and I'm from Israel. Currently I'm a "Shinshinit" in Las Vegas, which means that I was sent by the Jewish Agency for Israel to volunteer abroad. "Shinshin" stands for the first two letters of the Hebrew phrase "sh'nat sheirut" which means "year of service". I bring Israeli spirit to the community and tell my story. I love theater, sport and dancing- I danced flamenco for almost 9 years. In addition to working with the Religious School kids at Midbar Kodesh Temple, I’m working at Adelson Educational Campus and other synagogues, the Israeli American Council, the Israeli Scouts, Solomon Schechter Day School, and other loca

Welcome our newest members: The Rizzo fam!

Hello, Midbar Kodesh. We are JB, Tanisha, Eden and Luke Rizzo! JB is originally from Long Island, NY. He is a CPA in both California and Nevada as a partner in Frankel, Reichman & Rizzo CPA Firm in Los Angeles. Tanisha is a Las Vegas native and a CFE. Tanisha just recently left my full time corporate job to open Eden Entries Bookkeeping Services so that she can work from home and be more available for the family's young children. We do a lot of commuting to Los Angeles, but enjoy our home and community here in Henderson, where Eden attends school. We have been married for 9 years. Eden is 7 ½ and Luke is 5 months old. We look forward to getting to know you and being part of the Midbar Kodesh

Commemorating the Holocaust in our community

During the month of April our community will commemorate the Shoah with two outstanding programs, reminding all how the targeting of Jews and other specific groups for persecution, led to extermination and murder of almost 12 million people in eastern Europe between 1939 and 1945. On Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. the SS St. Louis Project founder Robert Krakow and creator of the film "Complicit" will share the story of the ill-fated SS St. Louis at Midbar Kodesh Temple. The annual community wide Yom HaShoah commemoration will be held at Temple Beth Sholom on Sunday, April 15. Both programs honor local Holocaust survivors. The Holocaust Resource Center, with a grant from Jewish Nevada will be hos

Meet our newest members: The Weinstein Fam

Hi! We are Cory, Danielle, Caleb and Kira. Caleb is 4 years old and Kira is 2. We moved to Nevada in July 2017 from Southern California. Cory owns a family business that produces and sells personal care items like hair brushes and body care items. Danielle is a stay at home mom. Caleb plays t-ball, and he loves to help cook, super heroes and Paw Patrol. Kira loves to help mom clean and loves to practice t-ball with her brother. Most of our time at home is spent listening to music and dancing around the living room. Cory plays hockey once a week and watches our hometown team, the Los Angeles Kings, whenever he can. Danielle loves reading and DIY home projects. We love the idea of a sense of c

Bikkur Holim - The Power of Visiting the Sick

This week as part of our 52 weeks of mitzvot, we are highlighting the mitzvah of Bikkur Holim, visiting the sick. The mitzvah of visiting the sick is so important, and so powerful, that the Torah does not even bother with a mere command from God to do this mitzvah, but instead God models it for us directly. There is a story in Genesis that God commanded Abraham to circumcise himself and all the members of his household to enter them, the covenant, the brit, with God. Immediately after performing the surgery we read that Abraham was sitting outside his tent in the warmth of the day under the terebinths of Mamre. The midrash tells us that the reason Abraham was sitting outside that day was

What's In a Name?

What’s in a name? Evidently, a lot. This week, on the eve of the International Holocaust Commemoration Day, the government of Poland thought it prudent to push a bill through its Parliament making it a crime punishable by up to three years in prison to refer to the Nazi death camps as Polish death camps. Understandably, the Israeli government, Yad Vashem, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the Simon Weisenthal Center in LA among others, have come out strongly condemning both the move and its timing. I remember back in 1989 when I travelled for the first time to Poland, I saw some of this attempted white-washing of history. At the time, Poland was still under communist rule, but Lech Welesa an

Midbar Kodesh Temple | Early Childhood Center and Religious School

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

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