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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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Last Sunday, Rabbi Josh visited CBHCS to lead family minyan! The theme he introduced during family minyan was “Ahavah,” which is Hebrew for “love.”

Rabbi Josh talked about loving others as we love ourselves. Our families in the audience shared their thoughts on what it means to follow the Golden Rule (“Do unto others what you want them to do to you), and how we should strive to take that even further, not just stopping there.


Rabbi Josh also performed a skit he had written (himself, Rabbi G, and Kate as the performers) based on a famous story of Hillel and Shammai. In the skit, a boy named Dustin who has difficulty focusing for more than brief periods of time, goes to ask two rabbis if they can teach him all of the Torah, in a short enough time that they can stand on one foot the entire time. The first rabbi, Rabbi Shammai, becomes angry with Dustin for interrupting his study with such an absurd request. The second rabbi, Rabbi Hillel, is a bit puzzled, but agrees. He stands on one foot and says “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” What a great message to bring into the new year!


After family minyan, Rabbi Josh and Kate led a Rise Up teen workshop entitled “Technology & Privacy.” We discussed usage of social media, and how something we post now could potentially influence us years down the line. We also discussed the idea that once you put information out there, it is virtually impossible to get it back. To drive these points home, we did two activities: For the first, we gave each teen a handful of minuscule seeds, had them estimate how many they each had, and had them scatter the seeds around outside. After they’d finished, Kate requested that they find each of the seeds they’d estimated that they had originally begun with. (We did not actually make them collect the seeds in the end, don’t worry!) Rabbi Josh told them the Pillow Full of Feathers story, in which a Rabbi asks a man who gossips to cut open a feather pillow and let all the feathers scatter around the room and out the open window, telling him to collect each and every one of them once they have scattered. When the man says this is impossible, the Rabbi likens this to spreading gossip about others. We analyzed this in discussion, to note how the story can also be analogous to information and privacy--as well as what we say about other people online.

We also split the teens into groups and gave them each a scenario that had to do with privacy and technology, and had them each present a discussion or skit on one positive way to handle the scenario that respects privacy and one negative way to handle the scenario that doesn’t respect privacy. Some scenarios included "posting a picture of someone else on social media: Show one way of doing this that respects their privacy, and one way that neglects respecting their privacy;" "feeling frustrated about an argument you had with someone recently: Show a positive way to use technology to help you, that still respects privacy, and a negative way that does not respect privacy;" and "posting about something you THOUGHT you saw someone do at school that seems weird/bad: Show how you should decide what to do that leads to something positive and respects privacy, and show how you could do that might lead to something negative that doesn’t respect privacy.


Our teens had a lot of insight on this very relevant topic!


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 the story of Noah’s Ark!

  • We watched a BimBam video about the Noah’s Ark story, and discussed how it’s our job to do Tikkun Olam (fix the world), and ways we can make the world a better place.

  • Learned that the rainbow is a symbol of G-d’s promise to never flood the entire earth again. We also learned that the rainbow is a symbol the LGTQB+ community.

  • Heard the blessing one says upon seeing a rainbow, and decorated a Rainbow Blessing sheet that we added to our student journals, to take home at the end of the year.

  • Heard a story about the animals on Noah’s Ark, and did lots of different yoga animal poses.

  • Were introduced to “Mah Nishtanah”--the 4 Questions for Passover. 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 about Rebecca, in the Torah. Rebecca is a great role model of compassion and kindness. We also discussed that Derech Eretz means living in a way that is good and upright, and that it’s an important Jewish value.


In Hebrew, we reviewed all our Hebrew letters, and played some movement-based games to further our review.


4th Grade:


On Sunday, we learned the story of David standing guilty. We discussed that even the greatest kings must abide by the commandments, and that repenting is an important part of Jewihs life. We also learned which commandments that David was guilty of not following.


In Hebrew, we continued to practice reading the Kiddush prayer.


5th Grade:


On Sunday, we focused on the theme of “continuing our Jewish journeys.” We discussed that Jewish learning is an ongoing part of Jewish life, and that striving for chochmah (wisdom) is an important aspect of Jewish life. We talked about how Judaism can be practiced in the community, the home, and the synagogue.


In Hebrew, we practiced reading the “Mi Chamochah” prayer.


6th Grade:


Last Sunday, we went over Parashiyot Terumah, Titzveh, Ki Tisah, Vayak’heil, and Pekudai. In these parashiyot, God asks the Israelites to give gifts for the construction of the Mishkan. We learn that the Mishkan is a place of meeting and worship. The Israelites anger God and Moses by building the Golden Calf. And God dwells within the Mishkan and protects the Israelites in the wilderness.


In Hebrew, we practiced the Birchot Ha’Haftarah.


7th Grade:


This past Sunday, we learned about the prophet, Jeremiah. We learned that Jeremiah was a young prophet who didn’t think he could take on the responsibility that God gave him. We tied this into a discussion on how there are many ways to pursue justice, and that young people can influence society.


In Hebrew, we started off with a review and practiced our reading skills.


Upcoming Events at CBHCS


1/12 - CBH Parent n' Me with Kate & Rabbi G


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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Last Sunday, Rabbi G led family minyan and talked about the middah of “Ahavah,” which is Hebrew for “love.” With thoughts from our students in the audience, we discussed what it means to love. Putting love into words can be a little challenging! But many of our students offered some valuable insights, including that love is action, love is caring for others, love is feeling good about someone, love is helping someone, love is giving yourself and your time to someone, and more!


This past Sunday was a little different, as the CBH Congregational meeting was taking place out of the CBH synagogue. Because of this, we had a special kids & teachers minyan, in lieu of our regular family minyan (since parents were at the meeting!).

Parents, you should be proud of your children: All of our students were absolutely perfect during minyan--we had no problems at all, even from our youngest students! I am well aware that our students are gems, but I am still consistently impressed by them and their outstanding good middot.


This was also our last Sunday before Winter Break. Thank you for a wonderful semester together--we have so enjoyed having you and your children with us at CBHCS. We can’t wait for a new semester and year of learning, laughter, connection, and fun!


Enjoy the break, happy holidays, and see you in 2020!


REMINDER: CBHCS will be closed for Winter Break on 12/22 and 12/29. We will resume (at our regular hours) on 1/5.


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 Chanukah!

  • Heard the telling of the story of Chanukah, with movement prompts to go along with each part of the story.

  • Sang the two Chanukah songs we’ve been learning (“Sevivon” and “I Have a Little Dreidel”), read a Chanukah book together, and learned all about the different Chanukah traditions and traditional Chanukah food.

  • Played two versions of dreidel: The traditional way, and a fun group game called “Movement Dreidel.”

  • Made Chanukah decorations, and decorated our own Chanukah Memory Match card game, to bring home.


2nd/3rd Grade:


Last Sunday, we learned that Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Ancient Temple.

We learned that there are three blessings we say before we light the chanukiah (the nine-branched Chanukah menorah). We learned that it is important to find light in darkness, and discussed what this means.


In Hebrew, we learned and practiced reading/reciting the Chanukah blessings that we say before lighting the Chanukah candles.


4th Grade:


Last week, we learned about Chanukah. We heard the Chanukah story and learned that the Chanukah story tells of a time in history when Jews stood up for their rights. We discussed that we are all part of many different communities.


In Hebrew, we continued to practice the Brachot shel Shabbat (blessing of Shabbat).


5th Grade:


Last Sunday, in addition to talking about the upcoming holiday of Chanukah, we learned about the B’nei mitzvah: The bar mitz’vah/bat mitz’vah/brit mitzvah ceremony represents the transition into Jewish adulthood and acceptance of Jewish ritual obligations. We discussed that Jewish children become b’nei mitz’vah, children of the commandments, at the age of 12

or 13. We also discussed mizvah projects many children do leading up to their b’nei mitzvah ceremonies, and that mitzvah projects are opportunities to live the Jewish value of pursuing justice.


In Hebrew, we did a review of what we have been learning over the last few weeks.


6th Grade:


Last Sunday, we went over Parshat Mishpatim. In this parsha, G-d gives the Israelites rules to guide them as holy people. We learned that some of the rules dictate actions between people and other people, while other laws dictate actions between people and God.


In Hebrew, we practiced the Birchot Ha’Haftarah.


7th Grade:


Last week, we learned about the Prophet Isaiah. We discussed that we form many of our beliefs at a young age. We also discussed that G-d commands Jewish people to pursue justice, and what this means/how it can be done.


In Hebrew, we continued to review what we’ve been learning, before our long upcoming break.



From all of us at CBHCS: Happy holidays! Chag Chanukah sameach!



Upcoming Events at CBHCS


12/22-12/29 -


  • Winter Break - NO CBHCS

1/5 -

  • Rabbi Josh visits and leads family minyan

  • Rabbi Josh leads teen class at CBHCS

  • Coffee with Rabbi G (for parents)

1/12 -

  • CBH Parent n’ Me: Be a Super Mentsch!

1/19 -

  • No Sunday school--MLK Day weekend

1/25 -

  • Teen Magic the Gathering & Board Games at CBH on Lavista, 3pm-5pm for 6th-12th graders (Free but please RSVP!)


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