Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Gracious Hospitality-Sharing Joy With Others: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 5/3/18

Dear Families,

Happy Lag Ba’Omer! It was so wonderful to celebrate Shabbat with you on Friday night. A special thank you to Maxine Perlmutter for her help coordinating and leading the service and skit.

Thank you to everyone who showed up for Good Deed’s Day! 40 volunteers collected 14 bags of trash, 13 recycling bags, 2 tires, wire fencing, a traffic cone, and the most obscure item found, a washing machine!

Saturday, May 5– Junior Congregation (grades 3-6) 10:30 am

Saturday, May 5 – Kehilat Kids (grades K-2) 11:00 am

REMINDER: Sunday is Truck Touch, the parking lot will be closed at dismissal, please use Rockville High School’s parking lot.

Torah Talk:

Click here! (includes a video about the parsha!) 

A great blessing one can have is the ability to give to others.  Hosting guests and taking care of them is an important way to express this.  Guests care much more about your attitude towards them than the expense or beauty of the surroundings.

This week’s Torah portion, Emor, discusses Jewish holidays. We are called upon to celebrate these holidays joyously and always instructed to make sure we are sharing the joy with others – our families as well as guests we can bring into our home.  In fact, we are taught that taking care of a guest’s needs takes precedence over one’s relationship with G-d.

We have so many great gifts, and we should enjoy them fully.  Our gift of the ability to make others happy and to give to them allows us, briefly, to be “G-d like”.  Our own enjoyment of the world is incomplete if we cannot share it with others.  Make the effort to have an open home and bring others into your world.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about making small sacrifices to have guests, such as sharing your room or possessions with a visitor.


  • What makes you comfortable in any home??
  • What sacrifices are you willing to make to have a guest and what are you not willing to do?

By Rabbi Moshe Becker 

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, May 5 – Junior Congregation (grades 3-6) 10:30 am
  • Saturday, May 5 – Kehilat Kids (grades K-2) 11:00am
  • Sunday, May 20 – Shavuot Family Experience 9:00-11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 23 – Last Wednesday class
  • Sunday, May 27 – No Class, Memorial Day Weekend 
  • Sunday, June 3 – Closing Day, Atid LC

Community Announcements: 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 7/1, 7,18, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

Shabbat shalom,

Luisa Moss
Director of Education and Youth Programming