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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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Last week at Sunday school, we welcomed Rabbi Josh to lead family minyan at CBHCS. We so enjoyed having him visit!


During family minyan, Rabbi Josh went over the middah of Ometz Lev. Ometz Lev means “courage,” and literally translates as “strength of heart.” Rabbi Josh guided us in exploring this middah through the lens of having the courage to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. To help illustrate this theme, he had some of our madrichim come up and help perform a brief skit about the Garden of Eden. He pointed out that rather than having the courage to take responsibility for their own actions, Adam and Eve both pointed fingers at someone else. Members of our audience then gave suggestions on how Adam and Eve could have showed ometz lev in their responses to God about having eaten from the forbidden tree.


Last Sunday was also our second session of CBH Parent n’ Me. This session was entitled “Sensory Shabbat.” Our parents and kids sang "Shabbat Shalom" and danced with scarves, did a yoga Shabbat Candle Pose, discussed how different families relax and connect on the weekend, and saw some pictures of traditional Shabbat symbols/came up with movements to go with each. While our parents discussed personal Shabbat customs with Rabbi G, our kiddos did a Fizzing Grape Juice experiment (and got to drink some regular grape juice), used lots of different sponges to paint challah covers, heard some Shabbat stories, and played Shabbat Simon Says. To end the session, we passed around havdalah spices for parents and kids to smell, and gave each family a sensory Shabbat mural project to do together at home.


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 Jewish Creation story.

  • We saw a Shalom Sesame video about the Creation story and read about the Days of Creation together.

  • Talked about the meaning/significance of the word “Bereishit,” and colored a Days of Creation coloring page for our student journals.

  • Played a group movement game to learn the Days of Creation, and learned/sang the Avodah-Menuchah song together (a Hebrew song about the Days of Creation).

  • Explored the Days of Creation through tactiles, with a “Creation Grab-Bag” group game.

  • Practiced our Chanukah song, "Sevivon."

Our K/1st Grade B class also created watercolor paintings, to be sent to our local Jewish senior citizen home, to help brighten the lives of those who live there.




2nd/3rd Grade


Last Sunday, we learned the story of Noah’s ark. We discussed that, in the story, Noah is the only righteous person in a world full of wicked people; God chooses to start the new world

after the flood; and God creates the rainbow as a sign that the earth will never be destroyed again.

We also combined both of our 2nd/3rd grade classes, to do a special project together: Each child created a mezuzah using a plastic test tube. We had so much fun!


In Hebrew, we learned and practiced the Shema and Ve’Ahavta prayers.

Can’t wait to see you this weekend!


4th Grade


Last Sunday, we learned about Joshua and his fight for freedom. We learned the story of when Joshua led the Israelites at the Battle of Jericho. We discussed that freedom is a blessing that comes with responsibilities.


In Hebrew, we learned and practiced the Brachot shel Mitzvot--blessings that one says when doing different mitzvot.


5th Grade


This past Sunday, our theme was “Zicharon,” which means remembrance. As a continuation of our Holocaust unit, we attended the speaking event of a child-of-a-Holocaust-survivor who was a guest at CBH on Lavista. (This followed our Holocaust tour of the Breman Museum on 10/6.) Though this year’s speaker chose to focus on family members who were more fortunate during the Holocaust, any survivor or family-of-a-survivor’s experience is incredibly important, as it reminds us that this was a real event, and that there are living people who are still personally and more directly affected by it.


One of the takeaways from our Holocaust tour at the Breman was “So the Holocaust was real? I thought it was a story, like Pharaoh and the Jewish slaves.”

It is incredibly important to emphasize the difference between Jewish religious stories and world history, especially as fewer Holocaust survivors remain alive than ever before. We find it so important and meaningful at CBHCS that we are able to offer this unit to our 5th graders/5th grade families, to help preserve the knowledge, awareness, and remembrance of this enormously impactful historic event.


We look forward to returning to our regular classes this weekend, and to any follow-up discussion or questions that the kids have.


6th Grade


In 6th grade last week, we learned about Joseph. In the story, Joseph’s brothers are jealous of the way he is favored by Jacob. We discussed that Joseph and his brothers serve as an example of a bad family dynamic which ultimately is resolved.


In Hebrew, we are continuing to try out our new grouping system: Some students are working on more foundational aspects of Hebrew (such as recognition, decoding, blending, etc) and some practiced Lecha Adonai and began learning Birchot HaTorah.

Looking forward to seeing your children this Sunday!


7th Grade


Last weekend, we did a review of our judges unit. We discussed that the stories of the judges provide us with guidance, the prophets were spokespeople for God during biblical times, and that we can link the stories of the prophets to modern day issues of social justice (as we have done in this class since the beginning of the year).


In Hebrew, we practiced V’Shamru.

See you on Sunday!


Upcoming Events at CBHCS


  • 11/03 - Rabbi Josh visits and leads family minyan

  • 11/03 - Rabbi Josh leads the Rise Up social activism class for our teens

  • 11/10 - Chana Rothman visits and leads family minyan, followed by a parent workshop

  • 11/24 - Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/01 - Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/08 - Rabbi Josh visits and leads family minyan

  • 12/08 - CBH Parent n’ Me

  • 12/08 - Rise Up teen social event in the afternoon (details TBA)

  • 12/15 - CBH congregational meeting at CBH on Lavista

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