'Electrifying, ambitious' "The Weight of Ink" is next for Book Club at Midbar Kode

Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish, is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile the life of the heart and mind. This Jewish Book Award winning novel is the subject of discussion at Midbar Kodesh Temple's February 3 book review, held at the synagogue at 10:00 a.m. Kadish’s adept writing paints a vivid picture of life in London during of the bubonic plague of 1665-66 and the Great Fire of London. During this time the Jews of London also lived in fear of anti-Semitic outbursts and the long arm of the Inquisition. Set in

Our Growing Jewish Community

I have only been in Henderson for ten years. Since our part of Henderson is not much older than that, I am beginning to think of myself as a real native. In the ten years that I have been here, I have watched our Jewish community in Henderson expand, even with the rough economic years of 2008-2011. One of the signs of growth of the Jewish community of Henderson is the expansion of the availability of fresh Kosher food. Thanks to the efforts of Rabbi Fromowitz of Ahavas Torah, among others, we are finally seeing the benefits of the availability of kosher food. Winco Market on Stephanie near the 215 has just expanded its offerings to include fresh kosher chicken, brisket, ground beef and more.

Welcome our newest staff member: Candice Walters!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! My name is Candice Walters and I am happy to announce that I am the new Office Coordinator for Midbar Kodesh. I am a southern California native who arrived in Henderson, Nevada three years ago by way of Carlsbad, CA. I am the mother of two adult children, one daughter and one son. I grew up in an interfaith family and attended Temple B’nai Emet in Montebello, CA growing up. When I am not working, I am usually knitting something atrocious for my cats and Lhasa Apso, reading, hiking with my husband on the weekends or forcing him to try a new Pinterest recipe that I never seem to get quite right. It’s my aim to apply my administrative background in school administration

Meet your newest board member, Darren Schwartz

Darren Schwartz moved to Las Vegas with his parents in 1981. He graduated from Durango High School and UNLV with a degree in Criminal Justice. Darren has served as an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1999 and is currently A Detective Sergeant assigned to the Bolden Area Command. Darren is married to the amazing Jennifer Schwartz and they have a soon to be 9 year old son named Zev (who thinks he is amazing). Darren and Jennifer were brought up in the in the Temple Beth Sholom community and have been members of Midbar Kodesh since its beginning. Darren and Jennifer are alumni of United Synangogue Youth and previously served Midbar Kodesh as youth directors a

Teshuvah (Repentance) in December

Most often, we start to think about teshuvah, repentance, in the days and weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We spend the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur focused on active repentance. Once the shofar has sounded at the end of Yom Kippur and the fast is over, we quickly revert back to our normal lives. We go about our activities, business, leisure, and family without giving repentance much thought. This week’s Torah portion, usually read some time in December or January, thrusts our minds to thoughts of teshuvah as we read the story of the reunification of Joseph and his brothers. Weeks ago, we read of the enmity and jealousy between Joseph and his brothers. We le

That Pesky Dreidel

Nase Gadol Hayah Sham (Poh), A Great Miracle Happened There (Here) A spinner, a top, a toy, whatever you want to call it, the dreidel, or sivivon as it is referred to in Hebrew is synonymous with the holiday of Hanukkah. But why? How did this little knickknack get associated with the story of Hanukkah? The traditional, folk story told about the dreidel is that it was used to distract the Assyrian-Greek authorities. Antiochus IV decreed that, among other things, it was forbidden to study Torah. The Jews defied the edict and got together to study anyway. They would keep the dreidls with them and take them out to play with them when the Greeks happened to walk by. This is a great story, but mos

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