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Weekly Updates and Reminders

Gilner Religious School News

  • THERE WILL BE  Shabbat School from 10:00 to 12:00 THIS Saturday, April 15th and no school on Sunday the 16th.
  • PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO school on Tuesday, April 18th due to Passover. Please join us for morning services on Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th for the final days of the Passover holiday. Yizkor will be on Tuesday morning.
  • The next Teen Scene class will be Sunday, April 23rd.
  • The next Kitah Zayin (7th grade) Lifecycle class will be on April 23rd at 11:30am.
  • Please join us on Friday night, April 28th, for Rocking Shabbat and Potluck dinner. The 4th grade class will lead parts of the service. Click here to reserve your spot for dinner.

The full GRS calendar can be found hereTo contact Linda Zimmerman, the Director of Lifelong Learning click here.


For All Families

  • All children in grades kindergarten through 7th grade are welcome to join our Gilner Religious School students on Shabbat School Days from 10:00 to 12:00. Kindergarten through 7th grade students meet in classroom 9 in the upstairs hallway and third through 7th grade students meet in the Chapel.

There will be a Pesach sing-a-long and storytime at Beth Shalom for ages 7 and under with an adult, on Monday April 17th. Say goodbye to Pesach with an interactive puppet sing-a-long and story session. Free play from 10:30-11 in room 7 with a Pesach snack. Program will be from 11:00-11:30 followed by playground time from 11:30 to 12:00.


Youth Department Updates

  • Attention kids in Grades 3-12, Join us in the Social Hall for a yummy “Chocolate Seder”, this Sunday, April 16th from 3:00 to 4:30pm and help celebrate Passover 2017. Cost is $5 for Youth Department members and $10 for non-members.
  • Check out our youth programming on There are three youth groups to choose from.

    Programs are open to any Jewish students in 4th – 12th grades. To join any of the Beth Shalom Youth Groups or for more information, please contact Ryan Tourial, Youth Director.


This Shabbat we will read the special readings of Shabbat HaMoed Pesach. And as you probably know it happens to fall out on the weekend of Good Friday and Easter. We all know that Jews do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah, nor do we believe in his resurrection. But many Jews do not know that the notion of the resurrection of the dead is a deeply held Jewish belief which was adopted by our Christian neighbors.

The “Yigdal” prayer, inspired by Maimonides, declares “Maytim Yechaye El” – “God will resurrect the dead”. Also, during the second blessing of the Amidah, we offer the following words: “Barukah Ata Hashem Mechaye Hameytim – Blessed are you, O Lord, who bring the dead to life.” What is that if not resurrection? We usually do not speak much about it but traditional Judaism believes in the “world to come”.

This week’s Haftorah for the intermediate Sabbath of Passover comes from the Book of Ezekiel and contains the prophet’s famous vision of the dry bones. In his vision, Ezekiel beholds a valley containing human remains; specifically dry bones. These bones connected into human figures, then become covered with tendons, flesh and skin. God then reveals that the bones represent the People of Israel in exile and commands Ezekiel to convey another prophecy in order to revitalize these bodies – to resurrect them and bring them to the Land of Israel.

This chapter of Ezekiel came to life for the Jews who were alive during the Holocaust and then witnessed the birth of the Jewish State of Israel. Who could have imagined that just a few years following the murder of one third of our people that we would witness a national resurrection of the Remnant of Israel? And while Israel is imperfect, like every nation on the face of the earth, to this day Israel stands out as a light unto the nations and leads the world in science, literature, commerce, technology and so much more! This is no less miraculous than Ezekiel’s remarkable vision of the Valley of the Dry Bones.

Inspired by Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky

Chag Sameach & Shabbat Shalom,

Linda Zimmerman, Director of Lifelong Learning