CBHT Religious School

Newsletter - 3/18/16

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Upcoming Events! Mark your calendars today!

We have a particularly fun and busy day this Sunday, 3/20! So read carefully!


  • This Sunday March 20th - Our celebration of Purim with a special visit from Queen Esther's Bubbe and Zayde. Our 2nd Annual Seth Kellam Lookalike Contest! Everyone come in costume! Prizes for all! JCC Carnival begins at noon for all ages (10:00 a.m. for children five and under). No Shir Tephila Rehearsal this Sunday. No Kadima or Confirmation Class.
  • This Sunday, March 20th - Final Purim Spiel Rehearsal from 2 -5 in the sanctuary.
  • This Sunday March 20th from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dine out at Avenue M and 15% of your bill will be donated to CBHT Religious School. Pick up your free ticket at CBHT. Bring your friends and family. There is not an easier or more delicious way to support out school. Tickets are available on the Bimah and at the Bagel table on Sundays!
  • This Sunday March 20th from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. NFTY Planning Meeting for teens with Hannah Limov, our Teen Director. Meeting will take place in the teen lounge.
  • Wednesday March 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 - Our congregation's Purim Spiel, Megilla Reading, and oneg with yummy Hamentashen! Potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. Service and Spiel begin at 6:45. Come in costume and bring a potluck dish to get a free raffle ticket!
  • Sunday March 27th & Sunday April 3rd - NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL. Spring Break.
  • Friday, April 1st at 6:30 - A very special Religious School Led service in tribute to the history of our Temple on the occasion of it's 125th Anniversary. Come celebrate and welcome back Rabbi Meiri from her three-month sabbatical!
  • Saturday, April 2nd Dan Nichols Live, In Concert at CBHT. You know Dan Nichols music! We sing it all the time! You know "B'Tzelem Elohim"? "Sweet as Honey"? Yes? Well, that's Dan Nichols. And he's coming to sing for us. Concert is free. Get your singing voice ready!
  • Sunday, April 17th at 11:30 YUM! Our annual Ice Cream Seder in Dave Hall. Any parents interested in helping Debbie scoop ice cream for the kids at 9:30, please let her know!

Highlights from Sunday, March 16th

  • In Parparim, we (re)learned how to say sun, moon, butterflies (parparim!) in Hebrew. Even with Seth absent, we managed to make beautiful music with our own instruments and sang the songs that Seth usually sings with us! We colored with crazy crayons!
  • In Gan Yeladim, we told the story of Purim and made lots of noise! We also made hamentashen and sang Purim songs. We took advantage of the warm weather and planted seeds in Gan Chesed, the temple's community garden.
  • In Kitah Aleph, we learned about different parts to a blessing: the p'tichah (opening) and the chatimah (seal). We made books of our own blessings and things we are thankful for. We made a list of all the things we can be thankful for every day and it was 116 things long!
  • In Kitah Bet, Ms. Amanda was our substitute and we had so much fun with learning with her! What a treat!
  • In Tracy's Kitah Gimel we decorated our room with the murals from our class' Shabbat service. We feel very proud of all the work we did to help lead the congregation and teach them about gifts from our hearts.
  • In Olivia's Kitah Gimel, we decorated one another's Mishloach Manot bags, keeping one another in mind. We danced to Israeli music and we each introduced ourselves to Ms. Olivia by showing her our best dance moves!
  • In Kitah Dalet, we worked with Hannah making Purim masks after hearing the story of Purim and collecting items from nature that represent ourselves.
  • In Kitah Hey, we created skits based on the petitionary prayers from the Amidah and we are moving on the last section of the Amidah, gratitude. We talked about how each section of the Amidah (praise, petition, gratitude) can be important in asking for God's help.
  • In Kitah Vav, we looked at Maimonedes' Eight Levels of Giving. We discussed these levels and debated whether or not we felt they were in the correct order.
  • In Kesher, we finished watching Dan Nichol's documentary, "Road to Eden" -- where he traveled throughout the Jewish South during the holiday of Sukkot. We looked at the cycle of Jewish Holidays beginning with Rosh HaShanah and talked about their spiritual import -- and how these holidays help keep us grounded in who we are and what we aspire to be. We began creating a wheel of Jewish Holidays.

Can't wait to celebrate Purim with you this Sunday, 3/20!