Taking an Important Global Stand

Over the years the United Nations has exhibited an unhealthy obsession with just one of its 193- member nations, namely Israel. Since its inception in 2006 the UN Human Rights council has passed 45 resolutions singling out Israel, 5 just this past May. The UN Security council passed 131 resolutions against Israel just between 1967 and 1989, and more since. Despite its clear bias against Israel, I have always agreed with the position that it is better to have a seat at the table than to be absent. At least we have the opportunity for an alternative voice to be heard. But over the last couple of years, I have been becoming more and more disillusioned with that stance regarding the UN, espec

Mazel Tov to Sam and the Broth Family!

Sam Broth, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple's Andrea and Mitchell Broth, graduated top of his class with advanced honors from Coronado High School. Sam was active in band all four years. He was a section leader one year and in his senior year was the drum major. Sam won the President's Bronze Volunteer Service Award for participating in over 100 hours of community service for Martin Miracles, a non-profit organization helping children transform their disabilities into abilities by providing scholarships for tutoring services. Sam attended preschool, religious school, and Maya’an at Midbar Kodesh Temple where his family have been members for more than 14 years. He was also an active member of M

Sometimes it is sad to see what it takes to unite the Jewish community.

As a Jewish community, we are far from monolithic on any subject or topic. We have Jews representing every spectrum of politics, religion, Israel and culture. Even issues of social policy divide our community, sometimes violently. So, when an issue other than anti-Semitism comes along that seems to unite EVERYONE, you know it must be something important. Immigration policy in the United States is one of those issues that creates a divide not only in our country, but among the Jewish community. There are Jews on the left, right and center of the issue that feel passionately about it and sense that they know what is right for the country. I dare not espouse my own personal opinion too lou

Welcome our newest members: the Brinkmann Fam!

Hello Midbar Kodesh Temple! We are Skyler, Quinn, Jordyn, and Kyle Brinkmann. Kyle and I are both born and raised Vegas Kids. We got married in 2009 and Kyle joined the military as a Medic with the Special Forces. When we got out he served for Charleston, SC as a Firefighter. The main goal after the military was to always move back home to be closer to family. Luckily for us, he landed a job with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue as a Fire Fighter/ Paramedic this year. Skyler is a Movie rep for the companies Allied and Walt Disney Studios. In the past, she has also served as a dance instructor for Adults and Children in ballet, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. Jordyn is very excited to start preschool and

The Legacy We Leave

How do we want to be remembered? During our lifetimes too few of us use this simple question as our guiding principal in life. But the fact is each day, each moment, our legacy is being etched before our eyes. What we say, how we act, the way we live our lives gets imprinted on the minds of our loved ones, our friends and our colleagues. The beauty of life is that most of us have a choice about how we will be remembered. We can take actions today that will set the tone for how our lives are recollected long after we are gone. This week’s Torah portion is Parshat Korach. Korach and his band of two hundred and fifty rebels made a choice to challenge Moses’ and Aaron’s authority. By doin

Mazel Tov Mitzi, Mona and Kimi!

The adult bar and bat mitzvah experience comes in many shapes and sizes and fills the spiritual needs of different people at different times in their lives, but almost always, the group class builds community and shared experience, and like the traditional 13 year old b'nei mitzvah, builds memories to last a life time. At Midbar Kodesh Temple this year's class is no different. The current journey began eight months ago for three different women, coming from different backgrounds and choosing to study for different reasons. This week Mitzi Lampert, Mona Rudnick and Kimi Monaco make a connection between themselves and Judaism, enhancing themselves spiritually, and forming a strong friendship w

Mazel Tov Gillian and the Lelchuk family!

Gillian Lelchuk, granddaughter to Midbar Kodesh congregants Al & Ruth Lelchuk, earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Writing Seminars and Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University with a minor in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She finished with a GPA of 3.56. She has decided to stay in Baltimore to pursue a career in theater. She will be directing "Black Dog," an original play by Rachel Linton, for Charm City Fringe Festival this fall. While at Johns Hopkins Gillian was the Editor in Chief of the Johns Hopkins news-letter and Vice President of Professional Productions, Johns Hopkins University Barnstormers. She worked as an intern at Focus Media Marketing, Inc. in Marina Del Re

Mazel Tov Hailey and the Singer-Rebolledo family!

Hailey Renee Singer-Rebolledo, daughter of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Mari Singer and Francisco Rebolledo, and sister of Rebecca, recently graduated from UNLV, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Hailey completed the rigorous program in 4 years. As a full time student, Hailey also completed an Accounting Internship with a local tax firm. Hailey plans to spend the summer working and traveling before moving on to the upcoming fall semester where she plans to follow her life long passion in the dental field. Photo: Hailey celebrating with her cousin

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