CBHT Religious School

Newsletter - 10/14/16

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Upcoming Events: Mark You Calendars Now!

  • This evening, Friday, October 14 - at 7:30 p.m. Siddur Ceremony for students in Kitah Dalet (4th grade) as well as students new to our school in 5th and 6th grade, will be conferred siddurim at services.
  • Sunday, October 16th - Hard Lox Festival! Early dismissal at 11 a.m. so you can attend our temple's Festival of Jewish Food and Culture that will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown in Pack Square. Come on down and bring your appetite for food and fun!
  • Wednesday, October 19th - Mid-week Hebrew Classes begin at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. - Simchat Torah Celebration & Consecration for our Kindergarten students and new students in grades 1, 2, and 3 who are new to our school. Certificates, tiny Torah scrolls and a honey stick will be given to each of our consecrants as they are invited onto the bimah for a blessing of their educational jouney!
  • Sundays, October 23, 30 & November 6, 13 - Free Mah Jongg Classes during Religious School hours, sponsored by Sisterhood. Learn to play, make friends with other Religious School parents, and just have fun! You're kids will be happily learning in Religious School, so come join in on the fun from 10 - noon. RSVP to Marissa Green at mrsmgreen1@gmail.com.
  • Friday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m. is our first Religious-School-Led Shabbat Service. All grades will be leading prayers from Parparim up through Kesher. So please plan on attending. It's always a treat! D'var Torah will be offered by Tziporim and Gan Yeladim (Susan and Marni's classes) and Oneg will be provided by parents of Tziporim and Gan Yeladim!

Love Origami? Come Volunteer at our Religious School Hard Lox Booth!

Sunday, October 16th: If you would like to volunteer to help out at the Religious School's Hard Lox booth (this year we are doing Jewish origami!). Please sign up by clicking this link! There are three shifts: 11:30 - 1:00; 1:00 - 2:30; and 2:30 - 4:00! We'll be happy train you on how to fold Shofars, Torah Scrolls, and Stars of David!

Our Hebrew Word of the Week and Our Theme for the Month of October

The month of Tishrei is a month of important holidays: First Rosh HaShanah, then Yom Kippur, then Sukkot, then Simchat Torah! So our theme for the month is "Get up. Show up. Give Thanks!" Get up and realize something new and special is on it's way. Show up with an open heart. Then, give thanks for all the blessings you have in your life! In this spirit of this month's theme, Seth taught us a new song: Get up!

And in the spirit of Yom Kippur, our holy day of asking and offering forgiveness, our Hebrew word for the day was סְלִחָה (s'lichah/pardon me/ I'm sorry).

HIghlights from Sunday, October 9th

  • In Parparim we had a special visit from Hannah who showed off her storytelling skills while reading a book about Jonah. Hannah took us outside and we painted with water using foam brushes. We made collages of the belly of the fish and "crawled through the belly of the fish" using our cloth tunnel.
  • In Tziporim we talked about what we wanted to do better in the New Year and put our "wrongdoings" in the water and watched them fade away. Shirley read us the story of Jonah then we made a fish mural and put a mirror in the middle to see what we would look like in the belly of a fish!
  • In Gan Yeladim we read a book about Mitzvot and talked about ways we can do mitzvot in our own lives. We talked about Sukkot and the celebration of the harvest. We made birds out of gourds to decorate the sukkah.
  • In Kitah Bet, we pained pictures of things we are grateful for. We read a book about Yom Kippur and we learned some new songs: "Down in the Garden" and "Family Table".
  • In Kitah Gimel we learned about Yom Kippur, the importance of asking for forgiveness, and talked about why Jewish adults fast on Yom Kippur. We ate apples and honey to celebrate the New Year together.
  • In Kitah Dalet, students made citron decorations for the sukkaha and played Hebrew aleph-bet/word games.
  • In Kitah Hey we learned about the meaning of Sukkot and we went outside to discover the beautiful things we see in nature for which we are grateful. We made decorations for the sukkah. And we played a game called "Cross the line" where we examined the bad things we'd done this year and the good things we can do in the coming year.
  • In Kitah Vav we learned about migrants all over the world over time and related that to the Jewish history of migration. We began our study of the Book of Ruth w/our Ruth Board Game.
  • In Kesher we finished watching Fiddler on the Roof and discussed the differences between Jewish practices in the movie and our own modern Jewish practices. While the students were upset by Tevye's initial intolerance, they were pleased that in the end, he came around and blessed his daughter.

Scenes from our Religious School