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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.  


What happened at Religious School - 2/6/21

religious school blog Feb 07, 2021

During today’s Religious School class, we:

  • Had Jill Kimelman lead Shabbat prayers and the Hatikvah, the national anthem of Israel
  • Continued the storyboard of Moses (in storyboardthat.com)
  • Discussed with Rabbi Hannah the question of “What one word do you think describes God?” (see the attached image)
  • With a bit of a tech delay, continued our adventures in Dungeons and Dreidels:
    • Our great adventures settled the medcap argument of the council of kosher animals, impeaching the corrupt chicken, Weatherman
    • The heroes convince the council to stand with the Israelites through the plague
    • They are granted access to the great lion Lesheron, king of the beasts, but will this mighty beast’s roar be too much for these brave adventurers? Find out next week

It was a splendid day, full of music and fun. See you next week for Zoom Shabbat school.


Shabbat Shalom!


What happened at Religious School - 1/30/21

religious school blog Jan 31, 2021

During today’s Religious School class, we:

  • Sang and learned hand motions for the Barechu, Shema, and V’ahavta prayers, discussing their meanings as well
  • Explored the Tu B’Shevat activities related to the fives senses from last week for students who were not involved
  • Began working on the story boards for the Moshe, Israelites, and the Nile River story
  • A surprise guest, Rabbi Hannah, joined for part of class with the older grades
  • In Dungeons and Dreidels our heroes:
    • Have learned that the very mountain is no mountain at all, but Noah’s arc
    • Captured the Dove’s magic key
    • Dealt with the chimpanzees
    • Solved a puzzle in a flooded chamber, making it to the center of the arc

See you next week for Zoom Shabbat school


Please join us - CBH HIKE tomorrow, Sunday at 1:30pm – all are welcome – great for children!  Check out BetNet for details – we are meeting at Hawk’s Hill in Millburn at 1:30pm. 


Shabbat Shalom!


What happened at Religious School 1/23/21

religious school blog Jan 24, 2021

Hello CBH Religious School Community,

This week we celebrated Tu BiShevat, a minor holiday that marks the 'birthday' of the trees.  On Tu BiShevat we raise awareness of our natural environment and the joy it brings.   Eight families joined us on the parking lot for a Five Senses of Tu BiShevat Drive-In program.  Although freezing and blustery out, we enjoyed a nature-themed exploration of our senses right from the comfort of our warm cars:

  • TASTE: We tasted the 7 species including snacks made out of figs, grapes, olives, pomegranate, wheat, barley, date.
  • SOUND: We repurposed old keys and made them into wind chimes using sticks and twine.  We talked about what we can repurpose this year at home.
  • TOUCH:  Without looking, we reached into 3 bags, each containing a different object found in nature and guessed the object.
  • SMELL: We smelled the scent of pine needles and reflected on memories it might bring.  We sang the...

For These CBH Teens, a Live Stream Means a Healthy Ecosystem

community Dec 19, 2020

By Vincent Kahwaty 

On a chilly December Sunday morning, the teens and group leaders of the CBH River Health Monitoring Committee braved the cold to head over to Stanley Park for a health check of the Passaic River.  Their task was to observe and log information about specific aspects of the river environment to make sure that it can accommodate a wide variety of wildlife species.

Jackson Levine, Nate and Joe Laposky, and committee leaders Helene Goldfarb and Stephanie Tran took notes on water pollution, sewage, water speed, aquatic vegetation (including algae growth), man-made structures in or around the banks of the river, and assessed the erosion of both the left and right banks. 

The group logged their observations and compared them to previous records.  In the spring and summer months, the team will return to the river and collect samples to test and submit to the Great Swamp Association of Water Monitoring, who then send a report to the Department of...


Menorah Palooza! Our Hanukkah memories and "Oh Dreidel" video!

holidays video Dec 12, 2020

At Shabbat services tonight, we celebrated Hanukkah. 

We started off by all lighting our menorah's together. It was a veritable  Menorah Palooza!

Then, we shared our Hanukkah memories. You can find them here: https://padlet.com/zacharykaplanwork/w27iy2pbf2vl2pya

Finally, Andy made a video where congregants sent in their own verses. 

It was a great time!


Day 8- Spaghetti Menorah

holidays Dec 09, 2020


A DIY menorah that shows good things can happen when you play with your food.


Day 7- DIY Chanukah Gratitude journal

holidays Dec 08, 2020


Another idea to bring a little extra meaning to Hanukkah: Make a gratitude journal to remind you of the things large and small that you appreciate.


Day 6- DIY Salt-Dough Menorah

holidays Dec 07, 2020


A DIY menorah you can bake and use!


Day 5- Smores Menorah

holidays Dec 06, 2020

It's a menorah, and it's delicious! Margie explains.


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