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Last Sunday was a busy and exciting day at CBHCS! Here’s what we were up to:


Rabbi Josh visited CBHCS to lead family minyan. We always love when Rabbi Josh visits! In addition to family minyan, he shared some words of wisdom on our middah of the week, HaKarat HaTov. HaKarat HaTov means gratitude, and literally “finding the good.” Rabbi Josh guided us in thinking of ways we could be “good finders,” and find the goodness to be thankful for--even in situations that don’t seem all that good.


Later that afternoon, Rabbi Josh also led our Rise Up teens on a hike on Doll Head Trail. He tied the fun outing into conversation on environmentalism, due to the unique nature/history of the trail: Years ago, a landfill was washed over onto the trail, leaving debris everywhere. Locals created artwork out of some of the debris (particularly the stranger pieces). There are now many displays of "found" art along the length of the trail.



After family minyan, our special guest, Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe, helped facilitate a parent discussion entitled “Navigating the Winter Holidays as an Interfaith Family.” A huge thank you to Shana Cohen and the rest of our fabulous Parent Engagement Team for coordinating this awesome offering!


CBH Parent n’ Me also met after family minyan, and Kate led our PnMe families in some Chanukah fun! Our preschoolers saw pictures of traditional Chanukah objects and foods, learning what each was. We sang two Chanukah songs together, “I Have a Little Dreidel” and “Sevivon,” and danced around with scarves. Our preschoolers painted their own wood-and-metal chanukiahs, as well as their own wooden dreidels. They also played “Movement Dreidel,” had a snack, and heard a Chanukah story (The Hanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel). They were sent home with their new chanukiahs and dreidels, as well as gelt, a Chanukah sticker, a latke recipe, our Chanukah song lyrics, and a Chanukah memory match game to play at home.



Last but not least, each class celebrated with a class Chanukah party at the end of the day. Our incredible parents brought in all kinds of treats and goodies (one class even had a dreidel-shaped pinata!). Each student also went home with a Chanukah goodie bag from CBHCS--a dreidel-shaped crayon, candy, a Chanukah sticker, and a fold-your-own-dreidel activity, all in a recyclable baggie.



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 that “Betzelem Elokim” means “in God’s image,” and that it’s a mitzvah to take care of oneself.

  • We decorated a “Betzelem Elokim: Why My Body Is Important & What I Love About It” pages for our journals, decorating person-figures to look like ourselves, and writing down why our bodies are important, things we love that each body part can do, things that make our bodies feel good, and things that make our bodies feel bad.

  • Played a group Kavod HaGuf (respecting the body) charades game, that showed ways to take care of our bodies, minds, and feelings.

  • Did a sensory and experiential activity to demonstrate how germs can spread from person to person, and discussed why it’s important to wash our hands with soap.

  • Read Hillel Takes a Bath by Vicki L. Weber, and made a “Kind Words Web” together as a group, in which each student practiced saying kind things about themselves.

  • We also learned and practiced the Dreidel Song, in preparation for Chanukah!


2nd/3rd Grade


Last Sunday, we learned that honoring your parents is a mitzvah, and talked about ways we can do this mitzvah. We also discussed different types of prayers/praying. We tied all these ideas into the story of the Akeidah (the Sacrifice of Isaac).


In Hebrew, we read the prayer for lighting the Chanukah candles, and learned its meaning.


4th Grade


Last Sunday, we learned about David, and all his friends and enemies. We heard the story of when God chooses David over King Saul, and we learned about the beautiful friendship of David and Jonathan. We discussed friendship and what it means to be a good friend.


In Hebrew, we practiced reading/reciting the Kiddush prayer.


5th Grade


Last Sunday, we learned about the choice to convert to Judaism, and the conversion process. We learned about the Jewish value of lo l’vayeish--do not embarrass, and how that relates to treating converts with respect and dignity, and making them feel welcome.


In Hebrew, we continued to practice the V’Ahavatah prayer.


6th Grade


Last week, we went over Parshat Yitro, and learned that the Jewish people have a responsibility to follow the Ten Commandments. We also learned that some people believe that every Jewish soul was present at Mount Sinai when the Ten Commandments were given.


In Hebrew, we did a review of everything we’ve been learning so far.


7th Grade


Last week, we talked about this time of year with Hanukkah and Christmas coming together. We talked about shared values that Christians and Jews have at this time of year, such as goodwill toward everybody. Then, we talked about the recent city of Decatur ordinance outlying discrimination against a variety of protected groups, including LGBTQ. We discussed that curiously, that ordinance outlaws discrimination because of disability but it does not define disability, though it defines all the other protected groups.


We also had our class Chanukah party, and the kids pleasantly socialized among themselves, playing games and connecting. Thank you to our class parents for bringing treats for us!




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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Last Sunday, we had the pleasure of welcoming Chana Rothman to our Sunday school. She led a lively, musical family minyan service, and introduced us to her fantastic song “Gender Blender.” Our families had a delightful time, and got so much out of her dialogue on gender, what gender means, and gender rules. Chana stayed afterwards, to help facilitate a parent discussion on gender and parenting.

A huge thank you to Chana Rothman for visiting, and Rebecca Stapel-Wax, for coordinating her visit!


If you are interested in having some of Chana's music to listen to with your family at home, you can find it using the info below:


Album: Rainbow Train by Chana Rothman


Purchase-able (artist gets paid):

CD Baby https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rainbowtrain

Amazon (less preferred) https://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Train-Chana-Rothman/dp/B00X682KTW


Stream-able (artist doesn't get paid):

Spotify

Apple/iTunes

YouTube



REMINDER: CBHCS will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on 11/24 and 12/1. We will reopen (with our regular hours) on 12/8.


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 Shabbat is a special day of rest, how Shabbat connects to the Creation story, and when Shabbat takes place each week.

  • Sang a fun Shabbat song together, and learned about Shabbat traditions.

  • Saw pictures of the ritual items of Shabbat, and played “Shabbat Symbol Memory Match” together.

  • Learned the story of why we cover the challah, and did a Shabbat craft.

  • Read some fun Shabbat stories together, talked about the concept of resting/recharging and how it is different for different people, and discussed how we each like to rest and relax.

2nd/3rd Grade


In Sunday school, we learned the story about the Tower of Babel. We also learned the concept of how everyone is created in God’s image.


In Hebrew, we are working on decoding Hebrew, and practicing writing words with the letters א ב ב ג ד ה. (It’s really exciting!)


See you this Sunday!


4th Grade


Last Sunday, we learned all about Samson and his story. We learned that Samson was a strong Iraelite leader, and that he displayed different strengths as he lead the Israelites: strength of faith, strength of mind, and strength of body.


In Hebrew, we practiced the Brachot shel Shabbat (the blessings recited on Shabbat).


5th Grade


Last class, we discussed that Jewish values inform our choices and influence our behavior, and that by reviewing values, we can remember them better and apply them to our lives.

In Hebrew class, our students practiced reading and reciting the Shema in Hebrew.


6th Grade

This past Sunday, we went over Parshiyot Shemot and Vayeirah. We learned the story of when God chose Moses to lead the Israelites from slavery to freedom. We learned that the Israelites put their faith in Moses because they knew he was connected to God.

In Hebrew, we practiced the Birchot HaTorah.


See you this weekend!


7th Grade


Last Sunday, we learned about the Biblical personality, Saul. In the story, the Israelites asked God for a king to lead them. God advises Samuel to choose Saul as king of Israel. Saul has a humble background (he is the youngest member of the smallest family of the smallest tribe) and he’s a collaborative leader.


In Hebrew, practiced the Lecha Dodi prayer.




Upcoming Events at CBHCS



11/24 and 12/01 - Thanksgiving Break: No CBHCS.


12/08 - Rabbi Josh visits CBHCS and leads family minyan.

12/08 - Rabbi Josh leads our Rise Up Teen Outing in the afternoon.

12/08 - CBH Parent n’ Me: Chanukah Fun!


12/15 - CBH Congregational meeting at 10am, at CBH on Lavista.


12/22 and 12/29 - Winter break: No CBHCS.


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Last Sunday, we were pleased to welcome Rabbi Josh back to visit and lead another morning of family minyan service. Rabbi Josh spoke about the middah of Ahavah, which means “love.” We explored this middah through the lens of loving your neighbor as yourself.


As Rabbi Josh explained, Rabbi Hillel once said that all of Torah is about loving your neighbor as yourself, and “the rest is just commentary.” He discussed what it means to love others and love yourself, and the Golden Rule (do to others as you would want done to you).


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 Shabbat is a special day of rest, how Shabbat connects to the Creation story, and when Shabbat takes place each week.

  • Sang a fun Shabbat song together, and learned about Shabbat traditions.

  • Saw pictures of the ritual items of Shabbat, and played “Shabbat Symbol Memory Match” together.

  • Learned the story of why we cover the challah. Coming soon, we will decorate our own challah covers to bring home!

  • Read some fun Shabbat stories together, talked about the concept of resting/recharging and how it is different for different people, and discussed how we each like to rest and relax.



2nd/3rd Grade


Last week, we started decoding Hebrew. We started with aleph, bet, and vet, and assorted vowels. Using our fingers, we wrote Hebrew words in shaving cream.(It was messy--but fun!) We wrote some silly words and some real words that can be made from those letters with vowels.


In Judaics, we learned the Jewish middah/trait of Savlanut (patience). We also learned the story of Noah’s ark, and made our own “arks” and rainbows out of paper plates.


Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!


4th Grade


Last Sunday, we learned that Deborah was a judge who helped the Israelites defeat an enemy. We discussed that a good judge is someone who is fair and brave when making decisions.


In Hebrew, we continued to learn and practice the Brachot shel Mitzvot.


Can’t wait to see you this weekend!


5th Grade


Last Sunday, we returned to our regular 5th grade classes at CBHCS, following our field trip to listen to the guest child-of-a-Holocaust-survivor speaker at CBH the weekend before. We were able to debrief and discuss what we've learned over our Holocaust unit.


We also did a review of Jewish values, and discussed the importance of going back to review, and how it can help us to keep learning more.


In Hebrew, our students worked on reading and saying the Shema.


Thanks, and see you this Sunday!


6th Grade


Last weekend, we went over Parshiot Vayigash and Vay’chi. In these parshiot, Jacob and his family moved from Canaan to Egypt. We also discovered that Jacob’s sons are the basis for the Twelve Tribes of Israel.


In Hebrew, we worked on the Birchot HaTorah prayer.


See you on Sunday!


7th Grade


Last Sunday, we went over the story of Noah’s ark. Our students had a lot of interesting questions and observations on the story. Some of the points that were brought up during the discussion included:

  • Was this a real story, or symbolic?

  • Was the dove in the story the reason why nowadays people often use doves as an icon of peace?

  • Was Noah a hero?

  • Is being a hero more about actions or the intentions that go with the actions?

For part of the lesson, we played a card game called “I Dissent,” which is a Ruth Bader Ginsburg-themed game. (You can find out more about it by clicking here.) We replaced the topics in the game with topics from our lesson, and our students debated them while earning points in the game. It was lively and fun!


In Hebrew, we read the parsha of Noah’s ark in Hebrew.


Looking forward to this Sunday with your fantastic kids!



Upcoming Events at CBHCS


11/10 - Chana Rothman visits CBHCS! She will lead family minyan, followed by a parent workshop.


11/24 and 12/01 - Thanksgiving Break: No CBHCS.


12/08 - Rabbi Josh visits CBHCS and leads family minyan.

12/08 - Rabbi Josh leads our Rise Up Teen Outing in the afternoon.

12/08 - CBH Parent n’ Me: Chanukah Fun!


12/15 - CBH Congregational meeting at 10am, at CBH on Lavista.


12/22 and 12/29 - Winter break: No CBHCS.

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