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Weekly News and Updates


There is Mini Minyan and Junior Congregation this Saturday.

There will also be Mini Minyan on April 27th, the last day of Passover.

  • There is Teen Scene this Sunday, April 14th.
  • Our Kindergarten/first grade class will be welcoming our pre-kindergarten students to join us for a special Passover program, "A Walk Through the Haggadah" from 11:00 to 12:00, this Sunday, April 14th. All Pre-k children are invited. All other classes will have Passover programming in their classrooms.

  • There WILL be school on Tuesday, April 16th.

  • There will be no school on Sunday, April 21st or Tuesday, April 23 due to Passover.
For All Families
  • All Pre-K students are invited to join the Gilner Religious School's kindergarten/first grade class on Sunday, April 14th at 11:00am for a "Walk Through the Haggadah". Everyone will go home with their very own Haggadah. RSVP to Linda at
  • The Jewish Boy Scout Troop 1818 is now recruiting for the coming year. Girls are now welcome to join. For more information go to:
Youth Department Updates
  • Everyone is invited to join KUSY for a Chocolate Seder on Sunday, April 28th from 12:30 to 2:00 in the youth lounge. RSVP:
  • Youth Programs are open to any Jewish students in 3rd - 12th grades. To join any of the Beth Shalom Youth Groups or for more information, please contact the Youth Director at


Parsha Metzora


This week we will read parshat Metzora. It is not the most interesting of parshiot, as it talks about leprosy and the inpurity of childbirth. However the rabbis often note that the word for a leper, metzora, is a contraction of the words motzi shem ra, which means “bringing out a bad name.” In other words, slander.


Whether we gossip unintentionally or as deliberate character assassination, loshon hora, the evil tongue, contaminates our lives. Maimonides wrote that the evil tongue destroys three people: the one who spreads the bad report, the one who is the subject of it, and the one who listens to it. The only antidote is prevention. If we fail to prevent it, if we participate, we might do well to cover our upper lip and cry - contaminated! And when it is too late for prevention we must allow for time and forgiveness to correct our actions and to once again become tahor, pure.


As we gather with our friends and family in the coming days to celebrate the holiday of Pesach, let us remember to hold our tongue and enjoy the moment with those around us as we join together in song, prayers and a festive meal.



Shabbat Shalom,

Linda Zimmerman

Director of Lifelong Learning













Tue, April 23 2019 18 Nisan 5779