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CBHCS Weekly Newsletter: December 15, 2019

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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