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Congratulations Miss Val on earning your Bachelor's Degree!

Val McAllister, preschool teacher at the Early Childhood Center at Midbar Kodesh Temple recently received her Bachelor Degree in Educational Studies from Ashford University. Val McAllister is the Lead Teacher for the Pre-K program, teaching the 4 years olds of the Kochavim class. Miss Val has been with Midbar Kodesh Temple's Early Childhood Center for more than 16 years, working with the children when she was a teenager. She will return in the summer as a teacher at Midbar Kodesh's Camp Shemesh, joining other ECC staff who will lead camp activities. Miss Val worked with LOVAAS, a behavioral intervention program developed in the Psychology Department of UCLA under the direction of Dr. O.

Bible & Bagels

Two rabbis and two evangelical pastors get together in a bar…. Sounds like the beginning of a joke. But it is in fact a reality. Well at least the part where two rabbis and two pastors get together. We get together not in a bar but at each other’s homes of worship to study Torah and Gospels together. For the past 45 months or so, we have met once a month to study a chapter of Torah and a chapter of the gospels together. We are nearing the end of Genesis and have read through Matthew and much of Acts. It has been a profoundly enlightening experience for me to hear Genesis being taught through the eyes of a devout Christian. It has been wildly informative to hear the gospels taught by true

Mazel Tov Elizabeth and the Doctors family!

Elizabeth Doctors, daughter to Midbar Kodesh Temple members Tiffany and Steven Doctors, sister to Jordan and granddaughter to Marcy and Gerald Welt and Lois and Malcolm Doctors, will graduate from Coronado High School in May. She is outgoing co-president of MKT USY, has studied with Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel in the Ma'ayan class, and was a camper at Alonim for several years. Elizabeth, who will attend UNLV's Department of Film in the fall, was recently honored by the National Center for Women And Information Technology for her work in film, photograpy and digital manipulation. She has received several honors for her work, having pieces on display in Coronado's library and main office. One of

Mazel Tov Alyssa and the Goussak family!

Alyssa Goussak, daughter of Cindy and Greg Goussak, is graduating with an advanced honors degree from College of Southern Nevada High School. She looks forward to attending Southern Utah University in Cedar City this Fall, where she will pursue a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Alyssa has danced and trained with The Dance Zone, starting at just age 2, and now shares her passion for dance in teaching the Studio's youngest of new students. She has spent her summers as a counselor at Summit Ridge Day Camp, and as a camper and CIT at Camp Akiba in Southern California. Alyssa's family, including grandparents Janis and Harvey Riceberg, have been active members of Midbar Kodesh Temple f

Mazel Tov Jordan Doctors for graduating from Boyd Law School!

Jordan Doctors, a member of Midbar Kodesh Temple, graduates from the William S. Boyd School of Law in May, earning a Juris Doctorate degree with Pro Bono High Honors. He will sit for the Nevada Bar Exam in July. Jordan, a graduate of UNLV, will seek a career in Public Interest Law. While at Boyd, he was Treasurer, then President, and finally President Emeritus of the student section of the Nevada Justice Association. He is a Public Interest Fellow and received a grant from the Public Interest Law Association. He has completed extern and internships with Nevada Legal Services and most recently has been doing research for the Immigration Clinic at Boyd School of Law. He also does research for

Mazel Tov Abbie and the Villanueva Family!

Abbie Villanueva, a fourth grade and grade level lead teacher at Pinecrest Academy Inspirada, recently achieved recognition by the Master Teacher program. The program, now completing its inaugural year, recognizes teachers for exemplary instructional practice; maintaining positive relationships and communication with parents, students and teachers; helping students grow academically and socially; working collaboratively with colleagues; and seeking out opportunities to learn and grow as a scholar. Once nominated, teachers go through a rigorous process including observations, self reflection, and preparation of a teaching portfolio. Teachers are then asked to present their portfolio and video

Mazel Tov Charley and the Bell family!

Charley Lyn Bell, daughter of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Jill and Mike Bell, will be called to the Torah in May at the synagogue. Charley is a 7th grader at a local middle school where she plays the trumpet. Band and math are her favorite subjects. She plays tennis and enjoys participating in her "Prinicpal's Book Chat" club. Charley's mitzvah project is to establish a library of books to auction off at the JDRF of Southern Nevada fundraising gala to be held on May 11. She posted an Amazon wish list on the foundation's website with hopes to use those gifts to raise money for JDRF. As a Youth Ambassador for JDRF Charley wants to bring attention to people living with T1D, sometimes call

The story of the SS St. Louis at Midbar Kodesh Temple

"Complicit," a production of the SS St. Louis Legacy Project, and directed by Robert Krakow, will be featured by The Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center, with a grant from Jewish Nevada, on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m at Midbar Kodesh Temple. The film contains rare footage and candid interviews with the heroic Jewish refugees from Germany who were not granted safe port by several countries. It also includes never-before-seen footage of the US Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal’s exposé of America’s inadequate response to the Jewish refugee crisis of the time. The SS St Louis Legacy Project promotes greater awareness and dialogue on issues of human rights, immigration, and refugee p

Tangible Ways We Can Help Others

For many of us, finding opportunities to get directly involved in helping people truly in need can be difficult. Our lives are busy. Sometimes it is just easier to write a check, send a care package or drop off non-perishable food items. We rarely come in contact with homeless individuals or families that benefit from our donations. That is one of the things I appreciate about Family Promise. It gives us the chance to meet face to face with people who are at a low point in their lives and need just a boost to help them get on the right track. We are able to be there for them at their time of need. We have the opportunity to show dignity and respect to families that are often abused and

Yom HaShoah U’gvurah

Post Passover begins the season of the modern Jewish holidays and commemoration. It began this week as we commemorated Yom Hashoah u’Gvurah, Holocaust Memorial Day. It is the day the Jewish community comes together around the world to remember those who were slaughtered in the Holocaust. Since World War II and the founding of the modern State of Israel there have been many powerful moments that have shown our people’s strength and resilience despite unimaginable tragedy. The miracle of the founding of the State of Israel, the moment Israeli fighter jets did a symbolic flyover of Auschwitz, the yearly March of the Living, are just a few examples. I came across an emotionally powerful vide

Mazel Tov Ellie and the Pack Family!

Ellie Judith Pack, daughter of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Heather and Dr. Ed Pack, and older sister to Ari and Henry, will be called to the Torah in May. She will be joined in celebration by her grandparents Barbara and Herb Nalitt from Monroe Township, New Jersey and Rebecca and Harry Pack of Pompano Beach, Florida. Aunts, uncles and cousins from New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Florida will also travel to Las Vegas to join other friends and family for the weekend. Ellie, a 7th grader at a local middle school, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a company dancer with The Dance Zone. She will return to Camp Alonim for her 5th summer and is a member of MKT USY. S

Mazel tov to Nicole and the Miller family!

Nicole Hannah Miller, daughter of Midbar Kodesh Temple members, Dr. Stephen and Dr. Angela Miller, and sister to Emily, will be called to the Torah later this month. Nicole is a straight A student and a seventh grader at a local middle school. Her after school activities include volleyball, ballet, and gymnastics. Nicole’s hobbies also include playing the piano, singing, and arts and crafts. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Nicole has fundraised for the Jewish Family Service Agency by selling snacks at after school sports events to help local families in need. Nicole, whose family has belonged to Midbar Kodesh Temple for 17 years, is looking forward to reading from the Torah and becoming a Bat M

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