Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

What Motivates You?: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 3/8/18

Dear Families,
Thank you for joining us at the carnival last Sunday, hope everyone had a great time! 

SPRING AHEAD, Saturday night, change your clocks ahead one hour.

We have begin practicing the Mah Nishtanah and other Passover themes and traditions.  Here is a link to practice at home.

In music last Sunday, Josh led the students in singing a variety of songs to get them ready for Passover including Halleli, L’Shanah Ha-Ba’ah, Four Questions, and Miriam’s Song.

Torah Talk:

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

Creating community takes everyone’s efforts. This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, stresses that every member of the community must participate in contributing to the building of the Mishkan, God’s home on Earth, in some way.  The Torah calls on the Israelites to be ‘generous of spirit’ and donate freely to the construction of the Mishkan. In this musical video above, we see the Israelites contributing their jewelry and other items to build a sanctuary for God’s presence in the desert.  This was the first Jewish fundraising campaign and people gave from their hearts. 

Building energetic communities today also take generous individuals who give of their money and time to create something that all can benefit from.  Synagogues and JCC Manhattan are examples of communities that many people contribute to to ensure that they can provide religious services, along with the educational and  cultural programming that the community needs.

In order to give generously we have to be moved by the vision.  In this week’s parsha the vision is creating a mobile “home” for God’s presence as the Israelites camp and travel in desert. 

Talk with your family about which organizations have moved you to give generously because you believe in their vision. These are organizations that make you want to stand up and be counted as a supporter.  Their mission makes you feel proud  – one that you want to share with others. This is giving from the heart, not from guilt or expectations.  To parents reading this, our children need to know how you decide where to give your contributions of time and money.  Often times we don’t take the time to explain to them how we give.  This week’s parsha opens the door to this important family conversation. 

 Upcoming Events:

  • 11:00 am Saturday, March 10- Torah Club 
  • 11:30 am Sunday, March 18- Bonim/ Machar (K-5) Chocolate Seder 
  • ***Spring Break- March 25- April 1st****

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