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Congregational Learning

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]