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Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? A Hanukkah (Not Pesach) Reflection

Friday, November 26, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
The second night of Hanukkah is very special as a few key elements of the Mitzvah of lighting the Hanukkah candles are realized on the second night. Technically speaking, one can fulfill the Mitzvah of Hanukkah candles by lighting one candle each night. Adding a candle each night is the fulfillment of what the Talmud calls “Mihadrin Min HaMihadrin (the most meticulous way to perform a Mitzvah). Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, in a ...
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Family Corner: Parshat Vayeshev

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Posted by: Family Corner
Family Corner is a space to offer interactive and thoughtful ideas for family engagement with the Parshat Hashavua (weekly Torah reading). This week in the Parsha we encounter themes of family strife, favoritism, faith in God, and dreams. Also, in this week's Torah portion – Jacob's Coat of Many Colors! Parsha Summary Jacob is shown to favor his son Joseph, whom the other brothers resent. Joseph has dreams of grandeur. (Genesis ...
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Family Corner: Parshat Vayishlach

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Posted by: Family Corner
Family Corner is a space to offer interactive and thoughtful ideas for family engagement with the Parshat Hashavua (weekly Torah reading). This week in the Parsha we encounter themes of Israel, war, prayer, kashrut, and protecting our loved ones and finding positive friends and role models. Parsha Summary Jacob prepares to meet Esau. He wrestles with a "man," who changes Jacob's name to Israel. (32:4-33) Jacob and Esau meet and part ...
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Shabbat Message: Vayeitzei - Surprised by God

Friday, November 12, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
“...we do not need these demonstrations as proofs, because the experience of God is the basis of certainty .” Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik וַיִּיקַ֣ץ יַעֲקֹב֮ מִשְּׁנָתוֹ֒ וַיֹּ֕אמֶר ...
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Family Corner: Parshat Vayeitzei

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Posted by: Family Corner
Family Corner is a space to offer interactive and thoughtful ideas for family engagement with the Parshat Hashavua (weekly Torah reading). This week in the Parsha we encounter themes of dreams, journeys, angels, making promises to God, the Jewish Wedding and sensitivity towards others. In our Family Corner we’ve provided a video and PJ Library book recommendation on what to expect at a Jewish wedding, a family craft related to ...
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Celebrate Hanukkah with the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Posted by: Staff
“Hanukkah is about the freedom to be true to what we believe without denying the freedom of those who believe otherwise. It’s about lighting our candle, while not being threatened by or threatening anyone else’s candle.” -Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Join the J for Hanukkah Programs & Activities! NOV 22 | 2:00 PM | MERFISH TEEN CENTER | AGES 5-10 Hanukkah Family Craft Day with Rustic Brush Create a Hanukkah board, ...
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Director Spotlight: Brenda Boyd

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Posted by: Brenda Boyd
Hi, my name is Brenda Boyd, and I am the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Health and Wellness Director. I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Some of you may know me from when I worked at the J from 2006-2015. I started off as a Pilates instructor/Trainer, then later became the Group Exercise Coordinator. I put together the women’s program, three transformation challenges, J-Fit and Go Girl Go. I left to work for ...
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Shabbat Message: Toldot

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
וַיִּשְׁלַ֤ח יִצְחָק֙ אֶֽת־יַעֲקֹ֔ב וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ פַּדֶּ֣נָֽה אֲרָ֑ם ...
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Family Corner: Parshat Toldot

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Posted by: Family Corner
Family Corner is a space to offer interactive and thoughtful ideas for family engagement with the Parshat Hashavua (weekly Torah reading). This week in the Parsha, we encounter themes of prayer, patience, honesty and family love. This week we’ve provided a video and a book recommendation on brotherly love (both based on the same Talmudic story), a family craft related to family bonding, a link to a family Parsha magazine and more. We ...
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Thanksgiving Break Fun at The J

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Posted by: ERJCC Staff
Click to Enlarge Are you ready for Thanksgiving Break? We've got plenty of fun activities to celebrate! Monday, Nov 22 Thanksgiving J Camps | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM | The J Kinder Camp: Reptile Man, art, gymnastics & more 1st-2nd Grade: Kaleidoscope Variety Camp: Master Chef JuniorChallenge, Reptile Man, gymnastics & more 3rd-5th Grade: Houston Hoppers Bowling Field Trip & an afternoon of fun 1st-5th Grade: Tennis Camp Family Art: ...
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