Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Using Your Most Powerful Weapon: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 4/19/18

Dear Families,

A Note from Luisa: I will be travelling from April 17-25th. There will be an capable adult in my office during classes, should anything arise. If you need to get a hold of the school during the week, call the main office and leave a message and they will pass it along.  During class hours my direct line is 301/ 978-7281

Happy Yom Ha’atzmaut! ….click here for more about this holiday’s history and customs.

Important events to take note of:

  • Focus Group, reflection on congregational survey- April 22 / 10-11:30am – Focus on members with children ages 0-18 feedback.
    RSVP to the synagogue office at 301-762-7338; office@tikvatisrael.org (a minimum of seven confirmed participants are needed for a focus group session to take place).
  • Rehearsals continue for our Shabbat service and skit, hope your family has registered!  Friday, April 27, will be a Atid Family Shabbat service and dinner. I hope you can join us. Here is the  registration form. (BBQ Chicken, Chicken Nuggets, Rice, Salad, Veggies, and Dessert)
  • Sunday, April 29, Atid families are going to be learning with our hands and hearts by cleaning Rock Creek Park.  Please visit http://www.shalomdc.org/tikvatisraelgdd2018/ and register your family.  9:00-11:30 am.  We are getting t-shirts this year, sizing based on availability, register early to get your first choice. 

Torah Talk:

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

Everyone is born with a powerful weapon, which can be used for both good and evil. This weapon grows over time, but remains small and mostly concealed. It’s bumpy, pink and slippery, but can be pulled out and put away in a blink of an eye. This weapon is your tongue. Your tongue is used to create thousands of words every day, and each word has the power to harm or to heal, to hurt or to help. We are defined by how we use our tongues and by the words that leave our lips each day.

This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, teaches us about the strength of words. The ancient Sages believed that leprosy was a punishment for slander and spreading malicious gossip. By gossiping, you hurt someone’s reputation and make them appear poorly in public. In return, you are punished with a skin disease that causes you to appear poorly before others.

Once words are released, they cannot be brought back. Your tongue is like an arrow.  Once unleashed, it cannot be withdrawn. Like arrows, words have the ability to pierce those with whom they come in contact. We must be careful with our most precious weapons, our tongues, and the words they create.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about how our words define us, and how words can be both helpful and harmful.


  • When have your words hurt someone else?  How did you feel after saying something hurtful?
  • When has another person’s words hurt you? How did it feel?
  • How can you use your words to help others?
  • How will you use your most powerful weapon, your tongue?

By Yael Hammerman 

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 21– Drama on Shabbat 
  • Friday, April 27– Atid Family Shabbat
  • Sunday, April 29– Good Deed’s Day
  • 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

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: 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 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.

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: 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