Adult education takes many forms at Midbar Kodesh Temple

The on-going schedule of classes include Judaism 101 with Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel. This class is tailored for adults wanting to enhance their Jewish education or for students new to Judaism. Rabbi Tecktiel is happy to speak with students interested in conversion. Please contact him at Talmud Tuesday, also with Rabbi Tecktiel, takes place every Tuesday morning at the synagogue at 10:00 a.m. Cantor Daniel Gale hosts beginning Hebrew courses on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. He conducts Kolot Midbar Choir every Monday at 7 p.m. For more information on singing with the "Voices of Midbar Kodesh" contact Cantor Gale at "Love and Logic" comes to Midbar Kod

Hannah Hoffman will be called to the Torah. Mazel tov to the Hoffman family!

Hannah Lili Hoffman, daughter to Midbar Kodesh Temple members Shari and Phil Hoffman and sister to Alexandra and Maddie, will be called to the Torah at the synagogue on January 11, 2020. The family will be joined in celebration by Hannah's grandparents, Arleen and Marc Schaeffer from Surprise, Arizona, and Craig and Linda Hoffman from Parrish, Florida. Family and friends from Las Vegas, Henderson, California, Arizona, Florida, Missouri and Georgia will honor Hannah on this special day. Hannah is an 8th grader at a local middle school where she’s involved with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). She is enrolled in all accelerated classes including high school credi

Happy Chanukah

We come to the end of Chanukah this weekend. Our bellies are filled with latkes and sufganiot, our spirits are filled with joy and light. My mind now turns to one of the most important lessons of Chanukah. It is not the miracle of the oil or the miracle of the defeat of the Assyrian Greeks. For me, one of the most important lessons is the miracle of our survival as a Jewish people despite the many evil Empires that have tried to destroy us, but have themselves been swept away in the dust heap of history. The fact that we have survived these three thousand years of human history is a true testament to our faith and tradition, but it is also a true miracle. Mark Twain once wrote about us Jews:

Chanukah starts Sunday evening December 22nd.

When it comes to Chanukah, we are all familiar with the custom of lighting candles. We know the story of the battle between the Macabees and the Assyrian Greeks. We have read the tale of the cruse of oil, enough for one night’s lighting, that lasted for eight nights. We are also aware that there is a special toy and game we use on this holiday called “dreidl” in Yiddish and “S’vivon” in Hebrew. But what are the origins of the game and why do we play with the cute little spinning top on Chanukah? The standard explanation of the connection between the dreidl and Chanukah relates to the four letters that make up each side of the dreidl. Nun, Gimel, Heh, Shin, which stand for Nes Gadol Hayah

Mazel tov to Nathaniel Reed Diamond and family!

Congratulations to Nathaniel Reid Diamond, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Kevin and Sharon Diamond and brother to Talia, on graduating with honors with a BS in Strategic Communications and Public Relations from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Nate has been recognized by the Order of Omega Honor Society, served as President of the Interfraternity Council and served as Education Chair for Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI).

Calling out to God in Pain and Fear

This week’s Torah portion is a continuation of Jacob and his family’s return to Be’er Sheva from Haran. Jacob knows that his brother Esau still holds great anger against him for having stolen their father Isaac’s first-born blessing. Knowing this, he sends some scouts ahead to get a feel for Esau’s state of mind. It turns out that at that very moment Esau is on his way to confront Jacob and his family. When Jacob hears this, he fears for his life and decides to separate from his family in the hopes that they might survive whatever Esau has in store for them. When he lies down to sleep the night before he will meet with Esau and pleads to God: “I am unworthy of all the kindness that You ha

Midbar Kodesh Temple’s Sr. USYers participated in the Children’s Heart Foundation

Midbar Kodesh Temple’s Sr. USYers recently participated in the Children’s Heart Foundation "Adopt a Family" program. They shopped and wrapped gifts for their adopted family and then participated in a project called "CJ’s Traveling Heart Healing Cards for Kids" where they wrote positive messages of support to children that will be delivered to local hospitals. The holidays are a special time filled with holiday meals spent with family, get-togethers with friends, and shopping for loved ones. But for families of children with complex heart conditions, the holidays can also be a stressful time due to the financial hardship and the emotional fatigue felt when caring for a sick child. The Childre

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

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