Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Happy With Our Portion: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 6/1/18

Shalom Families,

Hope you and your family had a meaningful Memorial Day weekend. Thank you for an incredible year, it has been a delight to have your kid/s in our school and look forward to welcoming you back next fall. Exciting plans are already in the works.

This Saturday is our last Junior Congregation (10:30 am) and Kehilat Kids (11:00 am). 

Join us as we thank our leaders and advisers for a great year.



June 3rd, last Religious School

  • K-2 Parent Assembly @ 10:30 in room 24

  • All school assembly 11 am, parents invited.

Torah Talk:

Weekly Parsha Video 

 Parashat Beha’alotchaNumbers 8:1 – 12:16

No matter how blessed we may be, it is always easy to see someone who has more, is richer, has achieved a lot, or has something that we want.  In a world where very little is still private, there are TV shows that give tours of people’s huge estates, newspapers and magazines report annual salaries, and various social networking sites give us lengthy lists of others’ accomplishments.  It can be hard to live without looking over one’s shoulder to see who has more than we do. However, it is just as important to look over your other shoulder and see those who have.

In this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites are hungry in the desert for meat and they complain that the manna, which was tasty and sustaining,was not enough. They had to learn to be thankful for what they had.

In this world there will always be those who have more than we do and there will always be those who have less.  The challenge is to be happy with our portion, to be thankful for what we do have. An important part of being content is to stop comparing ourselves to others. This does not mean that we cannot be ambitious or work hard to achieve, but our work must be done thoughtfully and with gratitude for what we already have.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about being thankful for what they have.


  • Do you ever wish for something you don’t have? What is it and why do you want it?
  • What are some of the things in your life that you are thankful for?
  • How do you show your gratitude?

Reprinted  from Torah Topics for Today.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, June 2– Junior Congregation, 10:30 am
  • Saturday, June 2– Kehilat Kids, 11:00 am 
  • Sunday, June 3 – Closing Day, Atid LC, 10:30 K-2 Parents Invited, 11:00 All Parents Invited- Closing Assembly

Community Announcements: 

  1. Drag Queen Havdalah  – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drag-queen-havdalah-tickets-46161794169  Saturday, June 16- 5:30pm- Temple Shalom- Family Friendly!
  2. Capital Camps 30th Anniversary Celebration – June 17th – Celebrate & Elevate Capital Camps & Retreat Center with our 30th anniversary special event on June 17, 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Capital Camps & Retreat Center, 12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, PA. This full day of fun is for EVERYONE: campers, parents, alumni, grandparents, prospective camp families, and community members. Join us for an adventure on our challenge courses, cool off in the pool and lake, create some arts & crafts, play sports and games, take a tour of our facilities, join a song session and enjoy a Father’s Day BBQ lunch. End your amazing day with a campfire sing-a-long and desserts of s’mores and banana boats. Visit www.capitalcamps.org/30 for more information, including business sponsorship opportunities. Advance registration is required.
  3. Capital Camps – Prospective Camper Tours – Experience the Magic of CampExperience the magic of camp in action with a summer tour. During your visit, check out the inside of a bunk, our mud challenge course, and our outstanding aquatics facility. Then, enjoy a meal in our spacious dining hall with enthusiastic campers and staff members.  Don’t forget to bring a friend.  Sunday tours: July 1, 8, 15, 29 and August 5, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Visit www.capitalcamps.org for more information and to RSVP.

Shabbat shalom,
Luisa Moss, Director of Education and Youth Programming