Large Enough to Serve You
Small Enough to Know You

BLOG

Beri Schwitzer

ISJL Partnership

At Congregation Beth Torah, we’re proud to partner with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) to ensure our children an excellent Jewish education. The ISJL is a regional, trans-denominational Jewish organization serving a thirteen– state southern territory. Our school is one of 70 religious schools across the region sharing in the ISJL’s curriculum, […]

Cyd Friedman

School, Holidays Coming Up

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and we are getting ready for school and the holidays. It has been a wonderful summer so far with B’nai Mitzvot every weekend in June, and the simchas continue with B’nai Mitzvot every weekend in August. We also celebrated an Auf ruf in July and have […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Torah Stories and Their Changing Meaning

My mother once asked me if I ever worry that I’ll have nothing to say in a sermon because we read the same Torah every year and the story never changes. It’s true that we read the same words every year, but their meaning changes because of experiences we’ve had. These experiences provide us with […]

Beri Schwitzer

Make It Jewish

Mission: Make it Jewish. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? It’s a challenge I give Miriam and Hannah every summer. Let’s take on a project to learn, to study, and make it Jewish. Over the years, we have studied Jewish authors and artists, historians and heroines—and this summer is a big mystery. It might just be […]

Cyd Friedman

Busy Summer and Security

First, I want to say thank you to those who were able to attend our annual meeting. I am honored to continue serving as your president in the upcoming year and appreciate your confidence in me. I want to welcome the new members of the board; I look forward to working together. A big thank […]

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 […]