Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

Breaking Boredom: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 5/18/18

Shalom Families,

Happy Shavuot. On Saturday night, we begin the celebration of the holiday.  Learn more about Shavout here. Ask your child if they remember how many days are between the first Seder and Shavuot? (50- we have been counting on our Omer counter in the lobby since then!) 

  • No School this Sunday, May 20th. Unfortunately there was not enough interest in the Shavuot family experience this year.
  • Last Wednesday class is May 23rd.
  • Last Sunday class is June 3rd, parents, please join us at 11 am for a closing assembly. 
  • (K-2 will have their own closing assembly with parents 10:30-11 am)

IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION – MCPS Calendar Survey on School Closures and Holidays

From the JCRC….. MCPS is requesting comments and feedback from the community at-large regarding the 2019-2020 calendar.  Whether you are an MCPS parent, teacher, or other employee, we strongly encourage you to fill out the survey to express your concerns about how keeping schools open on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will impact you, your family members’, or your students’ attendance at school on those days. Please note the survey is due MAY 22nd.

Torah Talk:


Kids hate whatever they think is boring. However, as it turns out, much of what’s important in life is not fun-filled and exciting. While much of a child’s school day can be interesting (one hopes!), memorizing facts is simply rote. While family life can be fun, chores around the home are not. There are plenty of highs and lows in life, but most of life falls right in between.

The Torah portion this week, Bamidbar, begins the tale of the Israelites wandering through the wilderness. They have already been through the excitement of escaping from Egypt and receiving the Torah at Sinai. Now, they are simply traipsing through the desert, as they will be for the next forty years. But the Israelite journey through the desert is more than just wandering. It is a time for testing limits, for growth and renewal. It is a time for consolidating their identity as a nation and their relationship with God.

It’s important to teach kids to appreciate the “boring” moments of life. In working through the boredom there is much to learn: patience and fortitude, to name two important character traits. When they complain of being bored, we, as parents, should be wary of solving their “boredom” for them. Instead, let them work out for themselves the “problem” of boredom. In this way they can learn to tolerate boredom, or at least work through it by themselves and see their way to what’s valuable in the less exciting moments of life.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the wandering of the Israelites through the wilderness on their way to the promised land, and what this journey might signify for their lives today.


  • What do you find boring?
  • What do you do when you are bored?  Does whining or complaining help?
  • Why might it be important to be bored sometimes?

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, May 23 – Last Wednesday class
  • Sunday, May 27 – No Class, Memorial Day Weekend 
  • 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