Virtual Sundays at CBHCS

 

 

Sunday Mornings - Judaica & Community Connection:

 

Class Time (facilitated by CBHCS teachers, via Zoom)

 

  • 10am-10:15am - Virtual Circle Time/Check-In (During this time, Rabbi G will visit the different Zoom classrooms, to take a few minutes to say some morning prayers with our students.) 
     

  • 10:15am-10:45am - Core Judaics Lesson (Includes Judaics lesson, class discussion, and craft/activity that ties into the lesson) 
     

  • 10:45am-11am - Class game or project that ties into the theme of the lesson
     

  • 11am - Class Ends

 

Weekdays - Hebrew Literacy: 

 

  • Hebrew tutoring sessions for our students, focusing on the skills they need to develop/practice

    • We will work with you to schedule a time/day slot that works best for your family.

    • Please note: This is covered by tuition, and comes at no additional cost to you.

New: 5th-7th Grade Electives

 

This year, we are excited to introduce our new electives program for our 5th-7th graders. We want our older students to feel a greater sense of agency and personal connection to their Jewish learning path as they get older, so we are now giving them choices. You can check out our "Electives Menu" of what we are offering, below:

 CBHCS 5th-7th Grade Electives Menu

 

*Some weeks will offer a group lesson that is for everyone, rather than electives--such as our introduction class on Week 1. 

 

*Week 1 (August 16th): Welcome & Introduction

Description: Get to know each other and your teacher, and learn about the importance of “kehilla” (community) as a foundation in Judaism. 

Materials:
 

  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

 

Week 2 (August 23rd): Women of the Torah 

 

  • Elective 1: Discussion & Women of the Torah Taboo Game

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Description: Learn about the women of the Torah, analyze the context of the Torah from a modern feminist perspective, and play a fun group game that ties into the theme.
 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account
     

  • Elective 2: Women of the Torah Lego Mini-Movie, Pt. 1
     

Description: Learn about the women of the Torah, analyze the context of the Torah from a modern feminist perspective, and create a collaborative stop-motion Lego movie about the women of the Torah.
 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Legos (including Lego minis) 

  • A phone, tablet, or camera that can takes photos to be uploaded to a group Google Album

Optional: A tripod for the camera, phone, or tablet

Week 3 (August 30th): Jewish Calendar & Jewish Holidays

 

  • Elective 1: The Jewish Calendar & Oreo Moon Phase Project

Description: Learn about how the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar (and what that means/how it differs from a solar calendar), learn the Hebrew months & holidays, discover your Hebrew birthday, and learn about the phases of the moon--using Oreo cookies!

Materials:

  • A computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Ability to follow a link to Chabad.org to use the Hebrew birthday calculator

  • Parents--please let your child know what time of day they were born beforehand (for looking up their Hebrew birthdays)

  • Supplies Packet from CBHCS [which will contain 8 Oreos, 1 disposable knife, and a Phases of the Moon print-out]

  • Plate

  • Napkin or paper towels (We encourage a non-disposable option if possible, for eco-friendly purposes!) 
     

  • Elective 2: The Jewish Calendar & Group Follow-Along Moon Painting
     

Description: Learn about how the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar (and what that means/how it differs from a solar calendar), learn the Hebrew months & holidays, discover your Hebrew birthday, and do a follow-along painting of the moon all as a group!

Materials:

  • A computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Ability to follow a link to Chabad.org to use the Hebrew birthday calculator

  • Parents--please let your child know what time of day they were born beforehand (for looking up their Hebrew birthdays)

  • Supplies Packet from CBHCS [which will contain 1 sheet of canvas paper, 1 small paper plate, and 5 colors of acrylic paint]

  • Paintbrush

  • Newspaper or something else to protect the area they are working in

  • A cup of water for rinsing paintbrush

  • We recommend students wear clothing that is safe to paint in (i.e., clothing that it’s okay to get paint on--the paint will stain clothing).
     

  • Elective 3: Women of the Torah Lego Mini-Movie, Pt. 2

    [required for and limited to whomever chooses Pt. 1]
     

Description: Learn about the women of the Torah, analyze the context of the Torah from a modern feminist perspective, and create a collaborative stop-motion Lego movie about the women of the Torah.

 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Legos (including Lego minis) 

  • Window Movie Editor software, already downloaded and set up on device [this is free to use - we will send out the link for the download]


*Week 4 (September 13th): Rosh Hashanah Symbolism & Social Justice
 

Description: Learn about Rosh Hashanah and the symbolism of special Rosh Hashanah food, then come up with a social justice theme for each symbolic food. We’ll then create a collaborative food symbolism book to share with the entire congregation, and finally enjoy a virtual, meditative tashlich ceremony together.

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Ability to access/work in Google Docs 

  • RH Food Symbolism reference page [We will send you the digital copy beforehand, to print at home. It is 1 page long. If you’ll need a copy printed, please reach out to Kate before the lesson.]

*Week 5 (September 27th): Yom Kippur: Habits for a Better World

​​Description: Review the general background of Yom Kippur, and then explore it through the lens of how our individual actions affect the whole of the community and world around us. We’ll learn what “Cheshbon Ha’Nefesh” means, and discuss different meanings behind fasting on Yom Kippur. We will also do a Jonah in the Whale craft that ties into the question “What am I (spiritually) hungry for?”

Materials:

  • Index card

  • Marker 

  • Three small strips of paper

  • Permanent marker

  • One YK craft kit [will include 1 blue cup, 2 self-adhesive googly eyes, 2 adhesive dots, 1 whale tail cut-out]


Week 6 (October 4th):*Sukkot Festival Special

Description: In celebration of Sukkot, which will fall on this Sunday, we will be doing a school-wide virtual family “Sukkot Festival,” led by Rabbi G & Kate! This will include fun Sukkot activities, including building your own graham cracker sukkah with Kate (we will provide the supplies beforehand!), and other fun activities as well. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

 

Materials TBA (special supplies will be provided)
 

Week 7 (October 18th): Betzelem Elokim & Shmirat HaGuf: The Mitzvah of Self-Care & Self-Respect
 

  • Elective 1: Personal Boundaries & Skit Performances


Description: Learn what “Betzelem Elokim” and “Shmirat HaGuf” mean, and how taking care of and respecting yourself is a Jewish concept. Explore what boundaries actually are/what it means to have boundaries, what your personal boundaries are, and how to honor them. Then put on improv-style virtual group skits demonstrating scenarios of setting and keeping personal boundaries.

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • The “Ten Commandments of Me” print out [We will send this to you digitally, to print. It is 1 page long. If you will need it printed for you, let Kate know beforehand.]

  • Markers, gel pens, or colored pencils

  • A regular pen or pencil

  • Elective 2: Self-Compassion & Inner Voice/Motivational Terrarium Workshop* with guest student, Elena Freedman

 

*Note: This workshop has a cap of 10 students, and is on a first-come-first-served basis for reservations. If it is full when you register, you will have the chance to choose one of the other two electives. 

 

Description: Learn what “Betzelem Elokim” and “Shmirat HaGuf” mean, and how taking care of and respecting yourself is a Jewish concept. Learn what “self-compassion” means, and how to identify your inner voice. Discuss the ways our inner voices speak to us in different situations, and learn how to speak to yourself with a voice of compassion. Then create a terrarium that contains an inspirational quote that ties into the theme and helps you remember to practice self-compassion in your daily life.   
 

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Markers or pen

  • CBHCS Terrarium Kit [will include all needed materials for the terrarium workshop]
     

  • Elective 3: Self-Image in the Digital Age/Video & Discussion
     

Description: Discuss what a healthy self-image is, and how it is affected by media and social media. Watch the Dove “Evolution” video together, and discuss how Photo Shop and other editing can give us unrealistic expectations of ourselves and each other. Go over ways to use social media to positively influence body image, and explore what your personal self-image is (and how it is so much more than just how you look!).
 

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • A sheet of paper (white or a light color)

  • Markers, gel pens, or colored pencils

  • A regular pen or pencil

  • A full-body photo of the student, that can be cut out and glued (can be in color or black-and-white) *[If you need this printed via computer printer, reach out to Kate beforehand] 

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick
     

Week 8 (October 25th): Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof (Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue): Analyzing Privilege & Bias
 

  • Elective 1: Bias & Privilege/Watch “Eye of the Storm” & Discuss
     

Description: Learn what “bias,” “implicit bias,” and “privilege” mean, and discuss these concepts through the lens of our personal lives. Watch part of the video on Jane Elliot’s “Eye of the Storm” experiment, and discuss the video. Learn how being anti-racist and making sure everyone has a voice ties into the Jewish concept of “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof--justice, justice, you shall pursue.”
 

Materials:

  • A computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • A sheet of paper

  • A pen or pencil
     

  • Elective 2: Bias & Privilege/Create a Personal Pledge
     

Description: Learn what “bias,” “implicit bias,” and “privilege” mean, and discuss these concepts through the lens of our personal lives. Create a personal pledge describing how you will take a stand against racism and be anti-racist. Learn how being anti-racist and making sure everyone has a voice ties into the Jewish concept of “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof--justice, justice, you shall pursue.” 

Materials:
 

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • The “My Personal Anti-Racist Pledge” print-out [We will send this to you digitally to print at home. It is 1 page long. If you need it printed for you, please reach out to Kate beforehand.]

  • Pen or pencil

  • Markers, gel pens, or colored pencils
     

Week 9 (Nov. 1st): Famous Jewish LGBTQIA+ Icons

  • Elective 1: Create a 1-2 Page Comic of Your Jewish LGTQBIA+Role Model
     

Description: Learn about some iconic Jewish LGBTQIA+ people, and share anything you know about a Jewish LGBTQIA+ person you admire who is not included on the list (if applicable). We will explore icons of past and present, and then each student will choose one and create a 1-2 page comic about the icon they chose.

Materials:

  • Pencil

  • Pen

  • Markers or colored pencils

  • Comic print-out pages [We will send this to you digitally, so you can print them at home. It will be 2 pages long. If you need them printed for you, please reach out to Kate beforehand.]

 

  • ​​Elective 2: (Drama) Interview with Your Jewish LGTQBIA+ Role Model
     

Description: Learn about some iconic Jewish LGBTQIA+ people, and share anything you know about a Jewish LGBTQIA+ person you admire who is not included on the list (if applicable). We will explore icons of past and present. Students will then pair up, and create interview skits (with one student as the interviewer, and one as the famous icon). Students will take turns performing their interviews for the rest of the group in the final part of the lesson.

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • Ability to visit the link for their famous icon’s web page 

  • Paper to write on

  • Pencil or pen

  • Optional: Can have costume/dress-up materials at hand, in case they can be incorporated into the skit
     

  • Elective 3: (Videography) Interview with Your Jewish LGTQBIA+ Role Model with guest teacher, Leo Laing
     

Description: Learn about some iconic Jewish LGBTQIA+ people, and share anything you know about a Jewish LGBTQIA+ person you admire who is not included on the list (if applicable). We will explore icons of past and present. Students will then pair up, and create interview videos of their icon. The activity will incorporate performance, as well as film-making skills. 

 

​​Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • Ability to visit the link for their famous icon’s web page 

  • Paper to write on

  • Pencil or pen

  • A phone, tablet, or camera that can film a video

  • Window Movie Editor software, already downloaded and set up on device [this is free to use - we will send out the link for the download] 

  • Optional: Can have costume/dress-up materials at hand, in case they can be incorporated into the skit
     

Week 10 (Nov. 8th): Tikkun Olam: Social Justice & Activism
 

  • Elective 1: Building a Plan for Making a Difference/Trivia Quiz Show about Social Justice Causes
     

Description: Learn what “social justice” and “social activism” mean, how these concepts tie into the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, and how students across the US have and are making a difference. Go over different types of social justice, and select a social justice cause that you feel passionately about. Using the issue you chose, build a plan of how you will begin your social activism journey for that issue. Have fun splitting into teams and competing in a “trivia quiz show” game with facts about various social justice causes.
 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • Pen or pencil

  • “Social Justice Plan” print-out [We will send this to you digitally, to print at home. It is 1 page long. If you need it printed for you, reach out to Kate beforehand.] 
     

  • Elective 2: How to Fight Burn-Out & Not Give Up/Design a Social Activism Kit
     

Description: Learn what “social justice” and “social activism” mean, how these concepts tie into the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam. Go over different types of social justice, and share about a social justice cause that you feel passionately about. Learn about what “social activism burn-out” is, and how to fight against it. Thinking ahead to the next time you are actively fighting for a social justice cause (such as at a march, etc), design a kit that will have everything you need for while you are making a stand. You can use your design to put the actual kit together at home!

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • A Zoom account

  • Markers or colored pencils

  • Pencil or pen

  • Social Activism Kit Design print-out page to fill in [We will provide this to you digitally, to print at home. It will be 1 page long. If you need it printed for you, reach out to Kate beforehand.]
     

Week 11 (Nov. 15th): Lo Vayiesh (Do Not Embarrass) & Lashon Hara (No Hurtful Speech): Privacy & Technology in the Modern World
 

  • Elective 1: Technology & Embarrassment/Skit Scenarios
     

Description: Learn about the mitzvah of “Lo Vayiesh”-- “do not embarrass,” what counts as embarrassing someone, and discuss why this is so important. Discuss ways that someone could be embarrassed on social media, and things that are not okay to do to someone/their reputation using technology. Then, we’ll split into groups and each group will be assigned a scenario that has to do with Lo Vayiesh and technology--and they will perform a “what to do” version of the skit and a “what not to do” version of the skit.
 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Ability to access Google Docs
     

  • Elective 2: Technology & Hurtful Speech/Feathers & Seeds Project
     

Description: Learn about “Lashon Hara”-- “negative speech,” what counts as negative speech, and why honoring others with our words is so important. Discuss ways one might encounter Lashon Hara on social media, and the ripple effect it has. Then, we’ll hear the “Pillow Full of Feathers” story, and follow it up with a seed-scattering activity that will demonstrate an important aspect of Lashon Hara.
 

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • A packet of tiny seeds, provided by CBHCS
     

  • Elective 3: Tower of Babel: Torah & Trash Art Project with guest teacher, Rabbi G (Pt. 1)
     

*Note: This elective is limited to 6th & 7th graders only, as it is targeted to an older audience. This workshop has a cap of 10 students, and is on a first-come-first-served basis for reservations. If it is full when you register, you will have the chance to choose one of the other two electives.  

Description: We'll study text, and discuss how we communicate/use technology to communicate. Then Rabbi G will provide a prompt for the upcycled “trash” art project that will take place in the next lesson (pt. 2). Students will have a chance to gather and save supplies for their art project over Thanksgiving Break, in time for pt. 2 on Week 12.
 

Materials:  

  • Computer or tablet with internet connection

  • A Zoom account
     

Week 12 (Dec. 6th): Mussar: It’s All About Balance!
 

  •  Elective 1: Mussar 101 & Engineering Project
     

Description: Learn the fundamentals of Mussar, the Jewish practice of character values and accountability, as well as what the Jewish traits/values are that are included in the Mussar practice, and how Mussar is practiced. As Mussar is focused around finding the appropriate balance in every aspect of life, each student will also engineer a structure that incorporates balance, for students to keep as a reminder of what we learned in the lesson.
 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Engineering Balance supplies, from CBHCS [Exact materials TBD, but we will provide them]
     

  • Elective 2: Mussar 101 & Create/Decorate Your Own Mussar Journal
     

Description: Learn the fundamentals of Mussar, the Jewish practice of character values and accountability, as well as what the Jewish traits/values are that are included in the Mussar practice, and how Mussar is practiced. A traditional aspect of Mussar practice is keeping a Mussar journal, so we will begin our own Mussar journals--and decorate them!
 

Materials:

  • Computer or tablet with internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • Markers

  • Colored pencils

  • Pen or pencil

  • Mussar journals packet from CBHCS [will include a journal to decorate, stickers, and mussar mantra pictures]
     

  • Elective 3: Tower of Babel: Torah & Trash Art Project with Rabbi G, Pt. 2 [Limited to and required for the students who chose the first part of this elective]
     

Description: Continuing our lesson from Week 11, we will review what we learned in our last lesson, and create upcycled “trash” art sculptures that tie into the lesson/theme.
 

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • “Trash” art supplies [any upcyclable materials you have gathered/saved]

  • Glue

  • Tape
     

*Week 13 (Dec. 13th): *Chanukah & The Courage to Be Yourself
 

Description: Go over the background of the Chanukah story, and how it connects to the Jewish value of Ometz Lev (courage)--specifically, the courage to be yourself and embrace your identity. Also, discuss having the courage to speak up against injustice and use your voice to fight against minority repression.

Materials: 

  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection

  • A Zoom account

  • TBD [the rest of the materials list will be updated before this lesson and any special supplies will be provided] 

Contact Us 

Kate Hennessey,

Education Director

404-315-6446

education@cbhatlanta.org

Decatur, GA

Congregation Bet Haverim:

2074 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Mailing address:

PO Box 29548, Atlanta, GA 30359