CBHCS Weekly Newsletter: September 15, 2019

This past Sunday, Rabbi G introduced the middah of Anavah, which is Hebrew for “humility.” She explained that humility is a balance: Having too little humility leads to bragging and arrogance, and having too much humility leads to low self-esteem and an impaired ability to connect and help in your community.

After family minyan, our parents stayed while their children went up to their classes, for the CBHCS Parent Engagement Team-sponsored “Raising our Kids in a Gender Diverse World.” This fantastic discussion was facilitated by Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Executive Director of SOJOURN, together with Rabbi G and CBHCS parents Robyn Painter and Peter Isbister. It was a fantastic offering, and we are so grateful to everyone involved in organizing it for our parents.

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 Rosh Hashanah!

  • We saw what month Rosh Hashanah is in on the Jewish calendar, sang our Rosh Hashanah song, and did a “how many apples tall” activity to measure each student in our class.

  • Learned about tashlich and did a tashlich meditation.

  • Played a group “Rosh Hashanah Traditions Charades” game, and discussed traditional Rosh Hashanah activities, rituals, and symbols.

  • Heard some Rosh Hashanah stories and discussed our thoughts about them.

See you this Sunday!

2nd/3rd Grade

Last Sunday, we continued to practice the Hinai Mah Tov prayer. We are reading the words, learning a couple of tunes, and learning the meaning behind the prayer.

For Judaics, we continued to learn about Rosh Hashanah. In addition to discussion, we read some great books about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and began to introduce Sukkot with a fun Sukkot story.

Can’t wait to see your kids again this weekend.

4th Grade

Last week, we continued to work on our literacy skills in Hebrew, and also continued practicing the Brachot.

In Judaics, we learned the story of when Moses sent 12 scouts to Canaan to explore the land and report back. In the story, Moses, and most of the Israelites who participate in the Exodus from Egypt, were not allowed to enter Canaan. We explained the differences between the reports of the various scouts sent to Canaan, located Egypt and Canaan on a contemporary map, and put the order of events during Moses’s life in proper chronology.

See you next weekend!

5th Grade

Last week we focused on the kids’ least favorite subject: Tests.

We started by discussing why teachers (other than me), use tests. And then we segued into our Judaics’ discussion on the first three tests in the Torah:

> Adam and Eve’s temptation in the Garden of Eden

> Cain’s sacrifice and whether he is (and all of us are) “our brother’s keeper”?

> Noah’s response to the flood (whether he was more like the raven or dove —

In Hebrew, we worked on Bar’chu, in our small groups. One group worked on sounding out the letters and vowels to make words; the more experienced group read the whole prayer.

It was a great Sunday! Thanks for sharing your kids with us.

6th Grade

This past Sunday, we introduced the Ki Mi'Tzion/Baruch Shenatan prayers in Hebrew, and began to practice reading and saying them.

In Judaics, we went over Parshat Lech Lecha. Parshat Lech Lecha covers the beginning of Abraham’s life. We learned that Abraham was the first Monotheist--the first person to believe exclusively in one God. We discussed the covenant God made with Abraham.

Looking forward to seeing your kids this Sunday!

7th Grade

Last week we did a discussion of Joshua and walls. We discussed who had the obligation to break down walls--Judges? Legislators?

We tied this into the Supreme Court case of Endrew v. Douglas County Schools: A case where the Supreme Court discussed what a school district must do to provide a free appropriate education under IDEA.

We also had a discussion of the multi-faceted meanings of humility, which was the middah Rabbi G covered in family minyan.

In Hebrew, we broke into our groups to practice our Hebrew literacy skills, and learn the Avot v’Imahot blessings.

After that, we continued what is now our tradition of playing Jewish/Hebrew Hangman. What is great to see based on that game is how positive so many of the kids are about their Jewish identity.

Looking forward to seeing you all again this coming Sunday.


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