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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 […]

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. […]