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Beri Schwitzer

Opportunity for Jewish Learning

When the Torah was given to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, a well-known Midrash tells us it possessed seventy faces. Why seventy? At the beginning of Parashat Nitzavim, in Deuteronomy 29:9, it is written: “Behold you are standing this day all of you before the Lord your G-d: your heads, your tribes, your elders and […]

Cyd Friedman

Community Connection

So how did it go? Have you talked to someone you don’t know well yet? I would love to hear about it. Connection in the Community I heard about one experience from the recipient of the attention paid by a member of our board. I was actually at another congregation’s Shabbat service to share an […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Leadership and Relationships in Richardson

For the past nine months I’ve participated in a program called Leadership Richardson. It’s run by the chamber of commerce to train the next generation of leaders. Many of our city’s elected officials and non-profit board members came through this program before being chosen for their positions. In the program, we develop skills and form […]

Beri Schwitzer

Teach Our Children

Despite what the old adage says, I believe old dogs can learn new tricks. At least that’s how I felt last week when I was privileged to listen in to one of our many class discussions. The fifth grade was having a wonderful conversation on the V’ahavta, the prayer that immediately follows the Shema. As […]

Cyd Friedman

Hospitality Towards Guests

Dear CBT Family, I have been reading a wonderful book that was highly recommended to me as president of Beth Torah. The book, by Dr. Ron Wolfson, is titled “Relational Judaism”, and in the introduction, he takes it all down to one sentence: It’s about relationships. The last line of Beth Torah’s mission statement is […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Passover and Freedom

Ask people to free associate with the word Passover, and many people will forgo lofty ideas like redemption to say, “matzah.” Instead of cracking the inevitable joke about prunes, I’d like to examine this answer more closely. It’s not a frivolous answer. Matzah is not only a food, it is a symbol. It is a […]

Cyd Friedman

Shabbat, Purim, Passover, Oh My!

I am so excited to announce that we have signed a new contract with Rabbi Zelony for 5 years! Rabbi Zelony has brought renewed energy toward spirituality, education for adults and children, music and community. We are thrilled that she, Adiv and the kids are as happy here as we are to have them here. […]

Beri Schwitzer

Family Activities for Purim

Mitzvah gedola lehiot b’simcah tamid. It’s a great mitzvah to be continuously joyful and the rabbis said that when the month of Adar comes, joy is increased (“MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha”). Purim is the reason for the season. The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther, which is in the third section […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

The Shul with a Pool

As many of you know there have been concerns that our membership is not large enough. The board and I have gone through a strategic process to decide how to address this issue. Based on the success of Jewish Community Centers around the country, we’ve decided to become…The Shul with a Pool. As of the […]