CBHT Religious School

Weekly Newsletter - 3/20/15

Upcoming Events

  • This Sunday, March 22nd at 11:30 we will have our annual Ice Cream Seder to celebrate Passover! Parents, please pick up your students from Dave Hall at noon (and be sure to sign your children out with their teachers; Thanks!)
  • We will be on Spring/Passover Break for the next two Sundays: March 29th and April 5th. We will be back in session on April 12th.
  • Julia Feiler's bat Mitzvah weekend is April 17th - 18th. Please consider supporting Julia's mitzvah project -- the Trailblaze Challenge for the Make a Wish Foundation. You can pledge to Julia by clicking here.

Our Hebrew Word of the Week: חֶסֶד

Our word for the week was חֶסֶד (chesed/compassion). Chesed is one of the qualities of God that is told to Moses when he is hiding in the cleft in the rock. Chesed means we allow ourselves to feel other people's difficult feelings in order to help them heal. We sang "B'Tzelem Elohim" with Seth, which means "in the image of God." The Torah tells us that we are made b'tzelem Elohim. So if God demonstrates chesed, we should look within ourselves to find that Divine spark -- and bring compassion into the world.

This Sunday, our Hebrew words will be two names: מֹשֶׁה and מִרְיָם

Highlights from Sunday, March 15

  • The Parparim we read a Passover story, learned about Afikomen and made an Afikomen bag. We also made a Ten Plagues Frog puppet!
  • In Gan Yeladim, we made our own matzah and matzah covers. We jumped like frogs while singing about Pharaoh and the plagues.
  • In Kitah Bet our Mitzvah wreaths are almost full! Come visit our classroom and see. We played Alef-Bet Bingo. We also played a game to learn the geography of Israel and made thank your cards for Ms. Susanne and Ms. Judi for making Hamantashen with us! See the photos below!
  • In Kitah Dalet we learned the Torah stories about the Jewish spies returning from Canaan and reporting that they saw the land was inhabited by giants (that made them feel as small as grasshoppers). We had a lively debate about whether or not it was wise to enter the land of Canaan with such a LARGE challenge.
  • In Kitah Dalet we learned "Miriam's Song" by Debbie Friedman and we are getting ready to show the school our play about Miriam the Prophet for Passover!
  • In Kitah Vav we began writing midrashim about the story of Ruth! We learned how the ancient writers used the names of their characters to foreshadow the outcomes of the characters in the story.
  • In Kesher, we began our study of the Holocaust by creating a timeline of the period beginning in 1933 and ending in 1945. We talked about the escalating persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany and the students identified for themselves when they might have become nervous, then scared, and finally when they would feel it necessary to leave. On Sunday, our fellow congregant Lotte Myerson will be talking to the class about her own experience fleeing Nazi Germany with her family.

See Everyone this Sunday, 3/22. Shabbat Shalom!