Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Importance of Patience: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 3/2/18

Dear Families,
See you Sunday!  Great to see everyone for Purim!  

Junior Congregation is this Saturday, 10:30 am
Kehilat Kids is at 11:00 am

We will begin practicing the Mah Nishtanah and other Passover themes and traditions over the coming weeks.  Here is a linkto practice at home.

The Tikvat Israel Purim Carnival is here! Families are invited to join us Sunday, March 4 from 11:30 am – 2 pm in the social hall for games, food and prizes. This event is being organized by Tikvat Israel USY and the Men’s Club.  


Torah Talk:
Click here! (includes a video about the parsha!)

Waiting is difficult.  When a child waits, for instance, for a parent to come home, the time can feel excruciatingly long.  Patience comes, hopefully with age, and even then it’s a hard-earned attribute.

In our Torah portion the children of Israel wait forty days and forty nights for Moses to come down the mountain with the Torah.  They are anxious that Moses will never return to them, frightened that they will have no leader to lead them to the promised land.  They are so scared that they build themselves an idol, a golden calf to accompany them through the desert.  Descending from Mount Sinai, Moses witnesses his people worshiping the Golden Calf.  He becomes so angry that he hurls the Ten Commandments he just received from God, to the ground and the stone tablets shatter into fragments.

For adults, being able to wait requires developing self-control.  Patience is an acquired skill.  How can we teach children to have patience?  It can be done little by little.  For example, a parent can leave a child with a new babysitter for a short amount of time and then lengthen the period over time.  A parent can work with a child to have patience in play as well, building more elaborate structures with blocks, for instance, as time goes on.  When a child becomes too frustrated, parents can scale back their expectations, making adjustments for the capacity of the child at that moment.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how the children of Israel were unable to wait for Moses and built a golden calf in his absence.

  • When is it hardest to wait?
  • When do you become frustrated?
  • What helps you when you are waiting?
  • Why is patience important?

By Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses 

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, March 3- Junior Congregation 10:30 am
  • Saturday, March 3- Kehilat Kids 11:00 am
  • Sunday, March 4- Purim Carnival! 11:30 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday, March 18- Bonim/ Machar (K-5) Chocolate Seder 11:30 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 tours: 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