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CBHCS Weekly Newsletter: January 5, 2020

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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Kate Hennessey,

Education Director

404-315-6446

education@cbhatlanta.org

Decatur, GA

Congregation Bet Haverim:

2074 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

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PO Box 29548, Atlanta, GA 30359