Sunday Morning ZOOMinyan with Rabbi G
Using Zoom, call in on Sunday mornings to sing along with Rabbi G and hear her give a brief teaching to carry you into the new week. You can join as early as 9:45am for our virtual "hang-out" time; family minyan service starts at about 10am. You can join by clicking here.
Virtual Hebrew Tutoring
We are currently offering live-video one-on-one tutoring for our CBHCS students. If your child is not signed up, but would like to be, please reach out to Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Virtual Hebrew Tutoring.” Each student gets a weekly 30 minute session with an experienced Hebrew teacher/tutor. This is covered by your child’s tuition, and comes at no extra cost to you.
Additional Hebrew Resources to Use from Home
Memrise Hebrew - Alephbet, Biblical & Modern vocabulary words/word recognition, Basic Conversational Hebrew
Write It! Hebrew App - Hebrew writing skills
Beginner Hebrew App - Vocabulary words (better for older students)
Picture Hebrew - Alephbet, Grammar & Vocab (better for older students
Brit Mitzvah Prayers (audio clips) - for 6th-7th Grade
Zoom Social Calls
We are hoping to offer some Zoom calls by class, so classmates can catch up and play a fun verbal game with Kate or a CBHCS teacher. We’d also like to offer Zoom meeting calls for parents of different grades, to share what they are doing at home, ask for advice, connect to adults outside their four walls, and be offered some resources/learning opportunities.
More info on both coming at a later date.
In this section, you’ll find ongoing student projects that our students can do from home.
Check out the options below!
As always, feel free to reach out to Kate with any questions, at email@example.com.
Passover Student Video Project
Students, we want to hear from YOU! This year, we are taking video submissions for a special Passover video series called “What’s On Your Seder Plate?”
Explain to your child:
The seder plate holds symbolic food that goes with the telling of the Passover story. The traditional seder plate includes the following foods/meanings:
Bone → To represent one of the Passover offerings given at the ancient Temple
Egg→ To represent one of the Passover offerings given at the ancient Temple
Vegetable (like parsley or celery) → Dipped in saltwater and eaten, to remind us of the tears that the Jewish slaves cried while they were under oppression
Bitter herbs → A reminder of the bitterness of slavery
Haroset (Passover applesauce) → Symbolic of the mortar (kind of like cement) that the Jewish people used as they toiled and built with bricks for their Egyptian masters
In modern times, people have substituted some of these foods for others, or have added on their own symbolic foods:
A beet instead of a shank bone, frequently used by vegetarians/vegans
An orange → Solidarity with the LGTQB+ Jewish community and other marginalized Jewish groups
An artichoke → To celebrate the diversity of Jewish people from all backgrounds (diversity of religion/culture, diversity of ethnicity and sexual orientation, intermarried couples, etc)
Fair-trade chocolate or cocoa beans OR a tomato → A reminder while we celebrate freedom that forced labor/abominable working conditions/low wages are still an issue in the world today
A banana → To honor those lost in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Cashews → To honor troops overseas
Your video should…
Be around 1 minute long.
Be submitted by a grown-up (see instructions below).
Should answer the questions--
What’s really important to you?
What would you add to the seder plate?
What would it represent?
Optional: You can include your seder plate design--
it can be a real seder plate with your added symbolic
item, a colored picture/diagram of your seder plate, or
even a model made of clay, Legos, etc.
Feel free to be visually creative with your video!
[Image from Whole Foods.]
Please note that these will be featured on our CBHCS YouTube channel as PRIVATE: This means that only someone with a link can gain access to the channel. (We ask that no one other than Kate share the link, in order to respect every family's privacy.) There is also a limit of one video submission per student.
Videos can be submitted by a grown-up to Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the subject line “Student Video Submission.” In the body of the email, please type “I consent to my child’s video being featured on the CBHCS YouTube channel. Sincerely, [Your Name].”
Family Minyan Siddur 2021 Design Project
In Judaism, there is the concept of “beautifying mitzvot”--that means we go a step above and beyond to not only do a mitzvah, but find ways to make it extra nice/beautiful. We are excited to apply this concept to our family minyan siddur booklets: Students have the opportunity to create artwork that will be featured in our new family minyan siddur booklets, alongside the prayers. (We plan to add the art for the 2021 school year.) This project is a collaborative way that the whole school can do a mitzvah together.
This is NOT a competition--we are working together! We hope to be able to use all the art submissions we receive.
This is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory--if you really do not get anything from making paper or digital artwork, you do not have to participate. (But note--even if you think of yourself as “not artistic,” we all have a place to shine and a different kind of art that’s for us. If you haven’t found your medium yet, that’s completely fine.)
You can enter photos/scans of physical artwork, or you can enter digital artwork. However you enter, just be sure that the files are saved as JPG or PNG.
You can use any medium you want--be creative! Markers, colored pencils, crayons, pastels, paint, watercolor, charcoal, decoupage, even pictures of Lego, clay, or origami sculptures--the more creative, the better!
For now, we are only accepting ONE submission per student.
If the student is okay with it, we would love to display their artwork on our Sunday school website (cbhschool.com).
Creative Guidelines By Grade
Please note: If you have an idea that does not fall into the below categories, you are still welcome to submit it! Just make sure it’s the kind of thing that would be appropriate to be featured in a prayer book.
K-1st Grade - Boker Tov/Good Morning
In the morning, we say prayers like Modeh Ani and the morning blessings, expressing our thankfulness for a beautiful, brand-new day. For this theme, create art that shows a beautiful morning--a sunrise, a morning nature scene (garden, mountains, outside your house, orchard, beach, forest, etc), someone waking up in the morning, animals waking up in the morning, etc.
To you, what does a “beautiful” morning mean/look like?
2nd-3rd Grade - Tefillah/Prayer
This theme focuses on the prayers themselves--in the morning, we say prayers that express our feelings, including our thankfulness for a new day of life. For this theme, create art that shows people praying/singing prayers, different ways of praying, what it feels like to pray, a person praying alone, people praying together, prayer words, what prayers might look like if we could see them, where prayers go, objects we use to prayer (for example, a prayer book), etc.
(If you pray,) what does it look like/how does it feel?
4th-5th Grade - Shalom/Peace
Peace is an underlying theme of many prayers, and in prayers like Oseh Shalom, we wish for peace upon ourselves and everyone. For this theme, create art that depicts peace--its essence, something that--in your opinion--symbolizes peace, people at peace with each other, scenes of a more peaceful world, etc.
To you, what does peacefulness mean/look like?
6-7th Grade - Kehillah/Community
In the Hinay Mah Tov prayer, we express how good it is to be together. For this theme, create art that depicts the essence of community, of community in action, of people coming together, of what it means to be part of a community, of celebrating community diversity, etc.
To you, what does community mean/look like?
Please send submissions to Kate Hennessey at email@example.com as an attachment, with the subject line “Siddur 2021 Art Submission.” (Kate’s inbox gets pretty full, so please be sure to include the subject line as instructed, so no submissions get lost!) In the body of the email, please include the name and current grade of the student submitting it, and if they want it to be displayed on the website. Submissions will be open until May.
So thrilled to see what you all come up with--now get creating!
Weekly Mitzvah Bingo Cards
We are offering a weekly “Mitzvah Bingo card,” that has a different theme each week. Students can do their best to try to get a “bingo” by doing good deeds that can reasonably be done from home. (And we encourage students to try to fill out the whole board!)
Shalom Bayit - Family Peace
Betzelem Elokim (Made in G-d’s Image): Self-Care
Chesed al’ Mishpacha - Doing Kindness for Your Family
Kehillah (Community) Connection
Betzelem Elokim (Made in G-d’s Image): Physical Health
B’ Simcha -(With Joy): Spread Cheer!
Betzelem Elokim (Made in G-d’s Image): Feelings
HaKarat HaTov (Gratitude)
Question of the Week
At the beginning of each week, students will have the chance to send Rabbi G a question that she will answer at the end of the week in a video. Student questions can be ANYTHING related to Judaism.
Rabbi G will give you credit for the question in the video (unless you want to remain anonymous, in which case she will NOT mention your name).
You can submit your question through our Google Form, by clicking here.
What knowledge do you want to share? Do you know a lot about a certain mitzvah, are you good at singing one of the Jewish prayers, do you know something interesting about Jewish history, do you know a lot about a Jewish holiday? What do you think other people should know, or what do you think will help your friends with their CBHCS learning? Send us a video, where YOU teach us about it!
Rules and Info
Kids make the videos--but only your parents can submit them, so that we can make sure you have parental permission to be featured on our YouTube channel.
Our CBHCS YouTube channel is PRIVATE: This means that only someone with a link can gain access to the channel. (We ask that no one other than Kate share the link, in order to respect every family's privacy.)
Videos can be up to 2 minutes long.
Currently, there is no limit on number of submissions.
Videos can be submitted by a grown-up to Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line “Student Video Submission.” In the body of the email, please type “I consent to my child’s video being featured on the CBHCS YouTube channel. Sincerely, [Your Name].”
Can’t wait to learn from YOU!