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What happened at Religious School - 4/24/21

religious school blog Apr 24, 2021

 

This week’s lesson was all about mitzvot, or commandments, found out in the Torah. If you were to count them all, there would be 613 in total. In our two groups,

Younger students:

  • Took part in a mitzvot scavenger hunt
  • Ate pomegranate seeds
  • Sang songs about the mitzvot
  • Played “Guess the Mitzvah”

Older Students:

  • Discussed the purpose of mitzvot and why we feel compelled to do good
  • Discussed how we could do mitzvot in our lives
  • Acted out various mitzvot

 

--==Dungeons and Dreidels==--

Dear heroes and heroic 4th grade parents,

 

Today we explored the next chapter of the Purim story, with our own creative and theatrical twist.  Mordecai discovered the plot of two rotten guards to overthrow the king – but the corrupt cronies caught Mordecai listening in, and he ended up in some hot water!  After some madcap antics and a poolside chase, our newly appointed royal heroes got Mordecai out of his jam and brought the news to the...

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What happened at Religious School - 4/17/21

religious school blog Apr 17, 2021

Our Religious School program in the CBH Parking Lot this week was an absolute blast! The students continued working on their Mt. Sinai re-enactment, to take place on May 15th. Within the two groups,

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders:

  • Discussed the meaning of Shehecheyanu and how it relates to our own experiences and firsts

  • Reviewed the Israelite perspective as Moses climbed Mt. Sinai

  • Sanctified Shabbat with wild movement and songs (as shown in below image)

  • Climbed our own Mt. Sinai (aka the playground) to retrieve mitzvot and discuss them

Our 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders:

  • Wrote the words “DO FIRST, UNDERSTAND LATER” and discussed when studying or action should come first

  • Ranked a list of mitzvot important to Judaism (as shown in below image)

  • Finished with meditation, much to the students’ enjoyment

 

--==Dungeons and Dreidels==--

As our trusty Game Master Aaron Cooper has summarized

“Dear rockstars and rockin’ 4th grade parents,

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What happened at Religious School - 3/20/21

religious school blog Mar 20, 2021

Today’s class in the CBH Parking lot was split into 2 groups (1st - 3rd graders & 4th - 7th graders). Here are the highlights from each

1st, 2nd, & 3rd graders:

  • Practiced the 4 questions, incorporating movement, song, props, and food

  • Used a chalked obstacle course on the pavement to learn the story of exodus

4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th graders:

  • Created a giant seder plate of our school

  • Talked about the foods the represent our emotions over the past year

  • Reviewed parts of exodus through illustrations and storyboarding

  • Had an extensive discussion about the story Exodus

  • Designed obstacle courses on the pavement relating to the story of Exodus

  • Wrote various names for God on the bricks of the CBH building

 

Going forward, please note the following:

 

There will be no classes for the next 2 weeks (March 27 & April 3) due to Spring Break. We will return to classes in the parking lot after that until May 8, when we will have the Lag B’Omer...

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What happened at Religious School - 3/13/21

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2021

During Saturdays celebration of Passover, families gathered at the CBH Parking Lot in a program that made students ask

  • The importance of asking questions in life. What are our family’s most important questions?
  • During the Seder we ask many questions.
  • Dayenu - what is enough in our home or good enough in our lives?
  • How do we experience feeling stuck and free? Write a blessing for your family related to this concept.
  • Where do we find sweetness in our lives?

The program began with edu-tainment Passover songs with Jill, and then families moved on to the self-led section:

  • Families were given the story of Passover in paragraph to cut and tape together in the correct order
  • As they did so, families thought about questions they would ask Moses or the Pharaoh
  • The Rabbi returned dressed as Moses in a surprise arrival
  • Families solved riddles with puzzle pieces they searched for across the parking lot
  • Families wrote questions on each side of a die, and answered the questions as they...
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What happened at Religious School - 3/6/21

religious school blog Mar 06, 2021

Today’s class consisted of a discussion of what defines God in reconstructionist Judaism and determined that

  • God is not anthropomorphic
  • God can have many names
  • God is a force within us and within the universe
  • The concept of God is always evolving
  • God can lead us to loving and caring for others

(See images for more detail)

Next Saturday, March 13th 10-11:15am we have a Passover Drive-In at the CBH Parking Lot in place of Hebrew School

 

Shabbat Shalom!

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CBH Purim Spiel

community video Mar 02, 2021

 

CBH's 2021 virtual spiel brought together some of the greatest hits of spiels past to tell the Purim story.

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What happened at Religious School - 2/27/21

religious school blog Feb 28, 2021

 

In place of Religious School on Zoom, this Saturday we celebrated Purim in the CBH Parking Lot. The festivities followed the Four Mitzvot of Purim (Gifts for the poor/Matanot l’evyonim, a festive meal, reading the Megillah, and Mishloach Manot) The families that participated:

  • Made signs for their windshields saying “Happy Purim” for their windshields
  • For Matanot l’evyonim/Gifts for the poor:
    • Decorated reusable bags to bring food from home for the GRACE food pantry in Summit
    • Discussed Maimonides’ Levels of Giving, with each family ranking them and placing their answers on the windshield
  • For Mishloach Manot/Gifts to each other:
    • Received one bag of goodies to keep and one bag of goodies to give to any family of their choosing (families also wrote notes to their recipients)
  • For Festive Meal & Megillah:
    • Ate snacks as Leemor and Jill performed a skit about the story of Purim
    • Learned a song from Jill during the story
  • Children stood in front...
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What happened at Religious School - 2/20/2021

religious school blog Feb 21, 2021
  • Spencer Margulies, David Za, Noah Zall, Soon Pearlman, Jacob Winter. Ethan Imanuel, and Renly Cooper have presented their Moses storyboards
    • Special shout out to them
    • If your child wishes to present theirs during services, let Leemor know

In class, we

  • Reviewed the story of Purim and the commandments that go along with it
  • Played a few wacky games of Rapid Fire Purim Madlibs
  • Played a game of “Anachnu” to explore the story of Purim using house objects

 

There will be a Parent Meeting Tuesday, February 23rd from 7:30-8:15 pm (No need to RSVP)

 

There will also be a Purim Family Drive In at the CBH parking lot on Saturday, February 27th from 10:00-11:15 am

 

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Purim!

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A Tu B'Shevat walk in the woods

community Feb 10, 2021

By Vincent Kahwaty

Members of the CBH community embarked on a Tu B’Shevat hike at South Mountain Reservation.  We met at Hawk Hill and began our journey to celebrate “the birthday of the trees” that occurs each year on the 15th of the month of Shevat.  

Social distancing? You bet! Everyone kept at least 6 feet apart with masks on at all times, even when chatting.

The hike was truly beautiful.  We got to see some amazing sights including an area where the path went through a thick grove of Norway spruce trees.




All in all, the hike was one to remember, and seeing some familiar faces -- or just other faces in general -- was all we needed to have a good time. The hike ended just as the first snowflakes of  winter storm Orlena began to fall.  




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