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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

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 […]

Jewbarrassed?

Have you ever been Jewbarrassed? It’s a word that describes the embarrassment of feeling we’re supposed to know something Jewish, but we don’t. For example, we might feel Jewbarrassed when people sing birkat hamazon, grace after meals, and everyone but us seems to know the words. Or, maybe we feel it in that moment of not being sure whether […]

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

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, […]