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Last Sunday, Rabbi Josh visited CBHCS and led Family Minyan. He introduced the middah of “Shalom,” which means “peace.” (It’s also used to say hello and goodbye!) Rabbi Josh talked about what it means to have peace and how peace can help us in our daily lives. He also led everyone in a Shalom meditation, so we could all start the day off from a place of peacefulness.


Afterwards, Rabbi Josh and Kate led a Rise Up Teens workshop on Anti-Semitism. We discussed bias/implicit bias, and how it affects us and our entire experience in society. We discussed and analyzed bias in society, including in media. We tied this into anti-Semitism, what anti-Semitism means, and explored data from the ADL on the current rise in anti-Semitism.


We also discussed what identity means and how our identities tie into our Jewish identities. As part of this, we did an “Identity Cards” activity, in which half the teens stood in an outward facing circle, and the other half stood in an inward-facing circle around them, paired up (one person on the outside circle paired with one person on the inside circle). Each teen had five index cards, with one valued aspect of their personal identity written on each card. For the first round, the pairs had a couple of minutes to discuss why they had chosen the five aspects they had. Then, they were instructed to rip up one of the cards, and rotate to the right, to find a new partner and discuss why they ripped up the one they did. They continued to do this, until there was only one remaining card left. Our teens got really involved in this, and many found it difficult to decide which cards to rip up! This activity really had them explore and analyze who they are and what they value about themselves.


Afterwards, we discussed more about anti-Semitism--including having teens fill out a journal page analyzing any person experiences they’ve had with anti-Semitism. Finally, we discussed some ways to combat anti-Semitism, and sent home a print-out with tools for doing so.


To find out what fun is on the horizon, check the bottom of each blog post for our "Upcoming Events" section.


To find out what our students were up to in their classes last week, see below:


K/1st Grade:


This week at CBHCS, we…

  • Learned all about Moses!

  • We learned about Moses’s life story, that he is considered the greatest leader in Jewish history, and that he was a prophet who spoke to G-d.

  • Watched a fun short video of kids telling the Passover story.

  • Learned about the people in Moses’s family and discussed family diversity, and made a popsicle stick portrait of Moses’s family, that we added to our student journals.

  • Did a “Baby Moses” treasure hunt, to each find a Baby Moses. Then, we used the Baby Moses cut-outs we found to each create a mural of Baby Moses in the basket on the Nile River.

  • Learned that Moses is involved in the story behind two Jewish holidays: Shavuot and Passover!

  • Continued to practice “Mah Nishtanah,” so we’ll be ready to sing in at the Passover seder.


2nd/3rd Grade:


This Sunday, we learned about Jacob’s life. We learned that Jacob dreamed about G-d being everywhere. We also heard the story of when Lavan tricked Jacob into marrying Leah, instead of Rachael. We tied this into a discussion on how being honest is an important value in Judaism.


In Hebrew, we reviewed what we have been learning.


4th Grade:


On Sunday, we learned about Elijah. We learned that Elijah was a prophet who mended the ties between the nations of Israel and Judah. We also heard the story of when Elijah proved that the prophets of Baal worship a false god.


In Hebrew, we did a review of what we’ve been learning.


5th Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned about Jewish burial rituals. We learned that there are specific rituals for Jewish burials, and that the Jewish value of “zikaron" (remembrance) teaches us to remember and honor those who have passed on.


In Hebrew, we learned about prayer structure.


6th Grade:


Last Sunday, we went over Parshiyot Tazriah and Metzorah. We learned that Leviticus gives us guidelines for living holy lives. We also discussed that although some of the parshiyot may be difficult to relate to, we can still find relevance in them today.


In Hebrew, we practiced the Aleinu prayer.


7th Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned about Joel. We learned that the Prophet Joel taught us to cherish our environment. We tied this into learning about how environmental degradation is the deterioration of the environment through the depletion of resources like air, water, and soil. We discussed that there are things we can do to preserve the environment.


In Hebrew, our lesson was “What We Pray: Structure of the Siddur.”




Upcoming Events at CBHCS:


2/9 - PET Parent Discussion: Immigration and Refugee Issues Facing Georgia Families


2/16 - President’s Day Weekend Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


2/23 - CBH Parent n’ Me

- CBH Purim Build-a-Basket (at the synagogue)


3/8 - Purim Family Minyan with Rabbi Josh


3/29 - CBH Parent n’ Me


4/5 - Spring Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


4/12 - Passover Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


4/26 - CBHCS Open House & Bring-a-Friend Day


5/3 - Rise Up Teen Workshop with Rabbi Josh


5/10 - Mother’s Day Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


5/17 - Last Day of CBHCS 2019-20

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During Family Minyan last Sunday, Rabbi G introduced the middah of “Zerizut,” which is Hebrew for “enthusiasm.” She discussed putting your passion and enthusiasm into everything you do--even schoolwork! She also tied this into a story about a man named Rabbi Heschel, who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. to support his fight for racial equality. (If you’d like to check out the children’s book about this story, As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson, you can find it here. For grown-up reading, you can find more information about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Heschel by reading this article.)


To find out what fun is on the horizon, check the bottom of each blog post for our "Upcoming Events" section.


To find out what our students were up to in their classes last week, see below:


K/1st Grade:


This week at CBHCS, we…

  • Learned about the story of Jacob & Esau!

  • Watched two short Bimbam videos on Parshat Toldot (the Torah portion that contains the story of Jacob & Esau), and discussed how we can make amends when we get into a fight with a sibling or friend.

  • Played the fun “Jacob’s Disguise” game together, and discussed better ways to get what we want, that don’t involve tricking someone else.

  • Discussed ways to be kind and create shalom (peace) in our families, and created popsicle stick versions of each of our family members, with an action for being kind to that person on the back of each one.

  • Filled out a “What I Love About My Mishpacha” sheet for our journals that we’ll be taking home at the end of the year.

2nd/3rd Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned about Jacob and Esau. We learned that Jacob and Esau were twins

who have a complex relationship. We also discussed that it is a Jewish value to practice "erech apayim,” being slow to anger.


In Hebrew, we continued to read and practice the “Mah Tovu” prayer.


4th Grade:


On Sunday, we did our Mid-Year Review. We review the prophets, and that they are important figures in Jewish history who guide the Israelites to do the right thing. We also reviewed the Jewish holidays, and how the holidays are unique ways to celebrate being Jewish.


In Hebrew, we read and practiced the Havdalah prayer.


5th Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned about Jewish weddings. We learned that Jewish wedding rituals incorporate customs from many cultural and traditional sources. We discussed that customs at Jewish weddings allow couples to participate in the act of “hidur mitz’vah,” beautifying the commandment. We also learned that weddings are joyful occasions meant for celebration and dancing with loved ones.


In Hebrew, we worked on the “Mi Chamochah” prayer.


6th Grade:


On Sunday, we went over Parshiyot Vayikrah, Tzav, and Shemini. We learned that the book of Leviticus gives the Israelites instructions about how to be holy. We also learned that sacrifices were given for a variety of reasons, and that the modern prayer service replaces ancient sacrifice in Jewish worship. We discussed that we can make decisions about how to make our lives holy based on laws in the book of Leviticus. We also learned that the Torah gives rules and suggestions about how to decide what we eat. These rules are called the laws of kashrut (kosher laws).


In Hebrew, we worked on reviewing the Torah service.


7th Grade:


Last weekend, we learned about Hosea. We learned that Hosea believed in a just and merciful God. We discussed that there are multiple ways to seek justice.


In Hebrew, we worked on our new unit: “Why Do We Pray?”



Upcoming Events at CBHCS:



2/9 - PET Parent Discussion: Immigration and Refugee Issues Facing Georgia Families


2/16 - President’s Day Weekend Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


2/23 - CBH Parent n’ Me

- CBH Purim Build-a-Basket (at the synagogue)


3/8 - Purim Family Minyan with Rabbi Josh


3/29 - CBH Parent n’ Me


4/5 - Spring Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


4/12 - Passover Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


4/26 - CBHCS Open House & Bring-a-Friend Day


5/3 - Rise Up Teen Workshop with Rabbi Josh


5/10 - Mother’s Day Break--NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


5/17 - Last Day of CBHCS 2019-20


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Last Sunday, Rabbi G led family minyan, and spoke about the middah of “Anavah,” which means “humility.” Rabbi G talked about how this middah, like all the others, is about balance--not too much, and not too little. Too much humility leads to self-doubt and self-deprecation (which is not true humility), and too little leads to braggery and arrogance.


Rabbi G read the story about Moses, the most humble man, and the burning bush: God’s voice came to Moses from the bush, and told him to approach Pharaoh to let the Jewish people go. God told Moses about a trick he could do to show that God was with him--turning a stick into a snake. But Moses responded with humility, saying that he was not a man of great words. So God told him to get his brother Aaron to help and to speak for Moses. Rabbi G explained that part of being humble is knowing the things you are good at and can do yourself, and also knowing when you need to ask someone else for help.


After family minyan, Rabbi G and Kate led Parent n’ Me. The theme was “Be a Super Mensch!” We learned what the words “mensch” and “chesed” mean, and ways we can be kind to others. We sang a "Chesed Soup" song and played a group game that helped us come up with ideas for kind deeds we can do. We connected being a mensch to being like a superhero and did a "Super Mensch" yoga pose. We also decorated our own Super Mensch masks and our own Chesed Buckets to take home and fill with good deeds. And we heard some awesome stories about kindness and being a mensch.


To find out what fun is on the horizon, check the bottom of each blog post for our "Upcoming Events" section.


To find out what our students were up to in their classes last week, see below:


K/1st Grade:


This week at CBHCS, we…

  • Learned that “Hachnasat Orchim” means “welcoming guests” and is a mitzvah.

  • Heard the story of Abraham & Sarah’s Three Guests and talked about treating every guest as if they were as special as an angel in disguise!

  • Created “disguise” masks while we listened to the story, to represent the three visiting angels having been in disguise as regular people.

  • Practiced the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim by working as a team to “host” our teacher.

  • Filled out our Hachnasat Orchim Tent pages for our journals, which included decorating our own “tents” and drawing ourselves inside of them.

  • Read the stories All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Be Kind by Pat Zeitlow Miller together, and discussed the ideas of welcoming everyone, especially people who are different from us, and using kindness as a way to make others feel welcome.

  • Practiced the first part of “Mah Nishtanah.” We are beginning to learn “Mah Nishtanah” now, so that we will be ready to sing it at our Passover seders!


2nd/3rd Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned that the Torah has many characters, and there’s something we can learn from each of them. We also learned that there are many Jewish holidays throughout the year, and that there are many mitzvot and values in the Torah, in order to enhance our lives.


In Hebrew, we read the “Mah Tovu” prayer, and learned the meaning/history behind it.


4th Grade:


On Sunday, we learned about King Solomon. We learned that he was known for his wisdom and proverbs. We also learned the story of when King Solomon oversaw the building of the First Temple.


In Hebrew, we practiced reading the “Havdalah” prayer.


5th Grade:


This past Sunday, we learned about Jewish wedding rituals. We learned that many rituals take place during a Jewish wedding, traditional Jewish weddings are different from typical American weddings (and many couples choose to combine the two), and that it’s considered a mitzvah to share in the couple’s joy.


In Hebrew, we continued to practice reading/saying the “Mi Chamomchah” prayer.


6th Grade:


Last Sunday, we discussed that the reason we review the stories in the Torah is so that we remember the details. We also looked at how there is a higher concentration of laws for the Jewish people in Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy than in Genesis and Exodus.


In Hebrew, we continued to practice the Birchot HaHaftarah.


7th Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the three Abrahamic religions. We also discussed that different religious traditions interpret sacred texts differently, and that Jerusalem is considered a holy city to multiple religions.


In Hebrew, we practiced the prayers we would say to lead a service.


Upcoming Events at CBHCS


1/19 - MLK Day Weekend - NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


1/25 - Saturday Afternoon Magic the Gathering & Games for Teens (at CBH on Lavista)

3pm-5pm


1/26 - PET Parent Discussion: Talking to Your Kids About Anti-Semistism & Hatred/Violence (after family minyan)


2/2 - Rabbi Josh leads family minyan

- Rabbi Josh leads Rise Up Teen Workshop


2/9 - PET Parent Discussion: Discussion on Immigration


2/16 - Presidents' Day Weekend - NO SUNDAY SCHOOL


2/23 - CBH Parent n' Me with Kate & Rabbi G

- Purim Build-a-Basket Workshop (CBH on Lavista)

2:30-4:30


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Education Director

404-315-6446

education@cbhatlanta.org

Decatur, GA

Congregation Bet Haverim:

2074 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Mailing address:

PO Box 29548, Atlanta, GA 30359

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