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Beri Schwitzer

Emotional and Spiritual Passover Cleaning

“When we clean for Pesach, we are not simply preparing to leave Egypt. Rather, we are committing to leave all the things that constrict us emotionally and spiritually and open ourselves to new possibilities.” —Lisa Silverstein Tzur As soon as Purim ended and the last hamantashen crumb was on my lips, my bubbie began her frenzied Passover cleaning. […]

Beri Schwitzer

Teacher Spotlight: Adiv Zelony

ADIV ZELONY was born and raised in Los Angeles; attended and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in International Relations. He spent his junior year abroad in Israel and two weeks after graduation made Aliyah. He served in the Israeli navy for two years and finished his naval career with the rank of sergeant. He met […]

Beri Schwitzer

Volunteering Creates Bonds

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said that “What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read; the text they will never forget.” This quote reminds me so much of the warmth and kindness that radiates through our hallways during Learning […]

Beri Schwitzer

Teacher Spotlight: Steven Duchin and Hillary Block

In an effort to introduce our Congregational Learning Center team to the community, we will feature teacher spotlights in the Family Record. This month we would like to introduce you to our two amazing enrichment specialists: Steven Duchin (Music) and Hillary Block (Art). Both Steven and Hillary (along with Chelsea Egenberg) are an integral part of our Wednesday […]

Beri Schwitzer

40 Cups of Coffee in 2018

My parents had a framed quote from the Talmud that hung over our fire place for most of my childhood. Its message: “Who is wise? One who learns from all.” The quote stuck with me stressing the Jewish value of seeking wisdom as well engaging those around you. It’s the knowledge we gain from others that can motivate […]

Beri Schwitzer

Teacher Spotlight: Will Pollard

In an effort to introduce our Congregational Learning Center team to the community, we will start featuring teacher spotlights in the Family Record. This month we would like to introduce you to Moreh Will Pollard, our 2nd grade teacher. Will, a freshman at the University Texas at Dallas, has been teaching with the ISJL curriculum […]

Beri Schwitzer

Learn as if You Were to Live Forever

When Rabbi Hanina and Rabbi Hiyya used to quarrel, Rabbi Hanina would say: “Do you dare to quarrel with me? Even if, God forbid, the entire Torah were forgotten, I would be able to restore it by myself, relying on my powers of argumentation.” Rabbi Hiyya would respond: “Do you dare to argue with me? Consider what […]

Beri Schwitzer

Get motivated to take action!

G’mar Chatima Tova! On Rosh Hashana our fate is written and on Yom Kippur our fate is sealed…and in July our High Holiday Family Record gets written. While the Congregational Learning Center is on summer break, we use this time to develop all of the exciting programs and events for the year to come. It […]