Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Empowering Others: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 1/12/18

Dear Families,


Do join us Monday, January 15 to help pack bags for foster children, beforehand, take your kids shopping for requested donations! More Info
Save the Date: Youth Shabbat: Saturday, February 109:30am– our TI Youth lead and participate in the congregational service. A festive Kiddush honoring our youth will follow services.  Our students will be rehearsing over the next few weeks to prepare!

Torah Talk: http://jewishjourneyproject.weebly.com/parshat-vaeira.html (includes a video about the parsha!) 


In this week’s portion Moses returns to Egypt and with Aaron,  his older brother, they approach Pharaoh to demand that he let the Israelites go free.  Pharaoh easily brushes off Moses’ request this first time.  In response, God sends the plagues. This has two important effects. 1) It demonstrates to Pharaoh that God is more powerful than Pharaoh and the Egyptian gods and 2) As the video points out, it demonstrates to the Israelites that God will fight for God’s people.  

Each of the plagues directly attack a different Egyptian god. You see, the Egyptians were polytheists. That means they believe in many gods, unlike the Israelites who believed in only one God.  Each plague was a specific attack on the Egyptians’ belief in idolatry.  The first plague, for example, attacked Hapi, the god of the Nile River. The Nile was the most important and sole source of water in Egypt for people, animals and crops.  Having it turn to blood truly struck at the heart of the Egyptians’ existence. Without water it is impossible to live.  To see how each of the following nine plagues attacked an Egyptian god, click here

With each successful plague, the Egyptians became less confident in their power and the Israelites became more confident in theirs. It is this change in power that gives the Israelites the confidence to leave Egypt and slavery behind. The Israelites believe in themselves because God is fighting for them so fiercely. Sometimes it takes someone fighting for us to make us believe in ourselves.


Discuss a time when you felt powerless and someone helped you feel stronger.

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, January 13– Torah Club (~10:30 am)
  • Sunday, January 14– No School MLK Weekend
  • Saturday, January 20– Drama on Shabbat 
  • Sunday, January 21– Bonim/ Machar (Grades K-5) Lego Mania Party 11:30 am-2 pm
  • Saturday, January 27– Torah Club (~10:30 am)

Community Announcements: 

Summer Fun at Capital Camps

Don’t miss out on summer fun for children and/or the whole family at Capital Camps! Experience our challenge course, lake and aquatics center, sports fields, arts offerings, and more with traditional 2, 3 and 4 week sessions and during Family Camp (August 17-19). New camper grants are available! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 1/28, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.


Shabbat shalom,
Luisa Moss
Director of Education and Youth Programming