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Our Perceptions Do not always Agree with Our Reality.

When I was a senior in high school, we had a week off when the rest of schools were still in session. A bunch of us decided we were going to visit some of our old teachers from middle school. I remember walking into my old elementary school building and strolling through the hallways for the first time since I left after eighth grade. It was only four years but the hallways that I once saw as long and wide suddenly appeared strangely narrow and short, almost claustrophobic. The gym, which I remembered being cavernous suddenly seemed no bigger than a large classroom. The building hadn’t been renovated. It was the same as I had left it just four years earlier. But my perception of it was

Karma, reincarnation, immortality of the soul, or six feet of dirt?

What is our ultimate fate? What happens when we die? I think I can safely say that we have all asked ourselves this question at some point in our lives. Perhaps as we age, we ask it more frequently. It is human nature to want to understand our origins, our place in this world and our “final” destination. Judaism, like most religions, has something to say about our end of days. In fact, Judaism has a lot to say about it. Many of us think we know what Jewish tradition says about what happens when we die, but you may be surprised that our tradition is in fact not monolithic on the status of the body and soul after death. After all, the Torah itself says very little about things like the soul an

Welcome our newest members: the Smiths!

Hi Midbar Kodesh Temple! We are Joyce and Mort Smith, most recently from Rolling Hills Estates, CA. Mort retired from his first career as a Technical & Management Consultant after 41 years, and in 1995 he went on to become an Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist teaching aerobics classes and serving as a personal trainer primarily for Seniors. Joyce is a retired Operating Room Nurse who worked for about 21 years at several hospitals and free-standing surgery centers in the Los Angeles area. Joyce was raised in Connecticut and Mort in Brooklyn, NY. Since our marriage in 1958, we have lived in Brooklyn, NY; Norwalk, CT; Commack, NY (Long Island); the Palos Verdes Peninsula (52 years), and we n

Mazel Tov Grads!

Brianna Borden Brianna is a graduating senior at Las Vegas Academy and will be attending UNLV later this year. She is the daughter of longtime Midbar Kodesh Temple members Michael and Leslie Silverstein. Brianna is a former Midbar Kodesh Temple Religious School student who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah here in 2014. Marcos Banchik Marcos graduated this month with a dual degree in Computer Science and Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York. Marcos will begin work with Facebook in August of this year. He is the son of longtime members and past president Carlos Banchik and Adriana Banchik and the younger brother of Anna Banchik who also graduates this year. A

Welcome our newest member: Katrina Sandigo!

Katrina, or Kat, as most people call her, is a Las Vegas Native. She currently works for the Anti-Defamation League as the Education Director. Before that, she taught high school Social Studies. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with friends and family hiking, attending concerts and music festivals, and traveling. Make sure to say "hi" when you see her around, Midbar Kodesh!

Midbar Kodesh Temple | Early Childhood Center and Religious School

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