Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Atid Learning Center Weekly Update

Shalom Atid Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Ice Cream Social, a good time was had by all!  A special thanks to Gary Feldman, Hillary Feldman, Meirav Shahar and Limor Dahan for helping out.

In this week’s Torah reading, Emor, we read, “The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: These are My fixed times, the fixed times of the Eternal, which you shall proclaim as sacred occasions. (Leviticus 23:1-2)  The phrase “fixed times’ is translated in Hebrew to moadim, which can refer to either the time or place set for a meeting.  What are the fixed times God speaks of?  They are Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.  Holidays that were pilgrimage festivals, festivals that observers traveled to Jerusalem in order to observe.

Thinking about our own lives, we often struggle to find a balance between “fixed times” on our calendar for work, school, doctors appointments, extracurricular activities, Atid Learning Center (of course!) and free time for leisure.  How does your family make room in this busy schedule for Jewish moments?  For 25 hours each Friday night through Saturday evening, how do you carve out time to recognize the day? Do you have a Shabbat meal? Do something as a family unit like take a walk together in the park and make sacred time devoted to family?  On Tu B’shvat did your family enhance dinner with some Israeli fruits and recognize the sweet blessings our earth gives us?  How do you help your family recognize the sacred moments of Judaism?

Your partner in Jewish learning,

Click on the here to sign up on-line or here for a form for a USY hosted Shabbat Dinner, Friday, May 19.  Funds will help revamp our Youth Lounge and replenish our Youth Scholarship Fund.

Kitah Alef (K-2)
Teacher: Limor Dahan
Today we:
-reviewed the entire Alef – Bet
-arranged each of the Hebrew letter pages we each created this year and assembled our own Alef- Bet book.
-learned about Jerusalem, we discovered that most of the buildings in the city are made of a common stone, called Jerusalem stone. There is an old city and a new city and while Jerusalem is holy for the Jews, it also hosts places of worship for other religions such as Islam and Christianity.
-discussed elements of the Western Wall (the Kotel) is made of a stone wall that once helped  support the holy Temple.

Kitah Bet (3-4) 
Teacher: Meirav Shahar

Today we: 
-learned about Shavuot and about how the Israelites received the Torah at Mount Sinai and became the Jewish nation.-read the Bible story of how all the Israelites lead by Moses, gathered at Mount Sinai and received the Ten Commandments from G-d.
-discussed how the Torah, the tree of life, and the commandments apply to us.
-we explored how the mitzvoth that we do today are derived from the Ten commandments, so as Jewish people, we are all connected to that momentous event.
-worked in the letters Tzadi and Tzadi sofit. Everyone did a great job! 
-We made a beautiful art project of the ten commandments.
-we had an indoor recess and a snack of Challah and juice.  

Our tzedakah count today is $324.13

Kitah Gimel (5-6)
Teacher: Yosef Landy

Today we:
-discussed what things in our lives we are committed to and why
-read through the story of the Israelites receiving the Torah.
– understood what it means to be Hashem’s “treasure”
– learned the purpose of the covenant and how it strengthened the people of Israel
– debated the “drain the swamp” dilemma (students argued in support of conserving the swamp while I argued in support of draining the swamp)
– competed to discover the sources of Israel’s various environmental problems
– categorized the environmental problems that Israel faces


  1. What are the environmental problems you face in your community? Are there organizations working to solve these problems? Would you want to be part of the solution? Why or why not?
  2. What do you consider a “treasure?” It can be an item, a person or a group of people. What makes them a treasure? How do you treat this “treasure ” differently from other things?

 Mark Your Calendar:

Friday, May 19: USY Fundraiser Shabbat Dinner
Sunday, May 21: Closing Day
Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am: Junior Congregation
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am:  Minyan Yeledim