CBHT Religious School

Weekly Newsletter - 9/2/15

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Upcoming Events

  • Family Shabbat Services - This Friday, September 4th at 6:30, join us as we pray and sing using our Family Siddur. Please come and help us welcome Shabbat!
  • No Religious School this Sunday 9/6 or the following Sunday 9/13, in observance of the Labor Day weekend and Erev Rosh HaShanah, respectively.
  • Rosh Hashanah Family Service - Monday, September 14th at 4:30 p.m. in our sanctuary; Tashlich Service 5:30 at Beaver Lake
  • Religious School Resumes on Sunday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Yom Kippur Family Service - Wednesday, September 23rd at 2:00 p,m

Our Hebrew Word of the week: תְשׁוּבָה

This week's Hebrew word is תְשׁוּבָה (t'shuvah), which is the word we use to mean "repentance". Literally, the word means turning. This is a season of turning. The leaves are turning. And it is a time for us to turn over a new leaf. It is also a time to turn toward our tradition, towards God, and towards the wisdom, the love, and the strength these all represent.

Highlights from Sunday, August 30th

  • We welcomed our K'tanim (infant class) and our Parparim (toddler class) and their parents. What a joy to bring our smallest learners into our school!
  • In Gan Yeladim we made apples out of egg cartons, learned to say "Shanah Tovah", and talked about the things we are most proud of and what we want to work on getting better at in the new year!
  • In Kitah Aleph, we learned about Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur and ate apples and honey for a sweet new year. We also spent time in the temple's garden with Cindy Feiler digging potatoes and planting kale and understanding the blessing of our food coming from the earth.
  • In Callie's Kitah Gimel, we reviewed the Hebrew aleph-bet. We made rules for our classroom. We talked about what makes things ordinary, what makes things special, and what makes things sacred. We talked about three kinds of prayer in Jewish life: petition, gratitude, and praise.
  • In Lorne's Kitah Gimel, We played aleph-bet games to review. We talked about how we pray and why. We went to the sanctuary and looked at the Torah and tried on tallit and kippot (see photos below!)
  • In Kitah Hey, Ben was our substitute teacher. We reviewed the aleph bet by creating one 26 letter long Hebrew nonsense word to read. We sorted the Friday night prayers into prayers of petition (Please! prayers), gratitude (Thanks! Prayers) and praise (Wow! prayers). We went on a walk outside and came up with our own Please! Thanks! and Wow! prayers.
  • In Kitah Vav we reviewed the aleph-bet by creating "Heblish" words (English words that we transliterated with Hebrew letters (we did ice cream flavors, for fun). We played a Hebrew consonant relay game. We sang Haskiveinu with Seth and collected cans for Manna Food Bank.
  • In Kesher, we talked about identity. We asked what makes up our identities and what parts of our identities feel more important than others. We then focused our discussion on Jewish identity and began to figure out why our Jewish identity is so important to our parents and to us. Miri came and started to teach us conversational Hebrew (we each learned to say "My name is.." in Hebrew. Miri told us about what it was like to grow up in Israel and to be part of the Israeli army and how that forms part of her Jewish identity.

Hope to see you at services this Friday, September 4th. We'll see you back at school on 9/20. Shanah Tovah u'M'tukah. A good and sweet year to all our religious school families!