Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from the Kindergarten Teaching Team
Annelyn Baron, Judaics
Jessi Kohl, General Studies

November 2, 2018 / 24 Heshvan, 5779
Parashat Chayei Sarah/ Genesis 23:1-25:18

Math, Light, and Wholeness

Although this was a difficult week for Jewish communities across the country, our Tefillah Monday morning began as usual with our morning blessings. Then, after the Shema, Annelyn told the class a story about her grandchildren (ages 7 and 5) who live in Pittsburgh and go to school in the Squirrel Hill area. In her conversation with them, Annelyn told the students that her grandchildren both told her that they felt safe in their home and at their school, described how there are so many helpers in Squirrel Hill, and they will become a helper to others also.

We talked with our Kindergarten students about how we can be helpers: at school, in our homes, and in our community. We ended Tefillah by singing Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu (Peace Will Come Upon Us). After snack, we made cards for our friends at Community Day School in Squirrel Hill. We are watching and listening carefully, and we have not noticed anything out of the ordinary with our children this week. 

Our response to tragic events is guided by one of the major principles that guides the whole educational program at CJDS: integration. And by integration we mean integration of people. We integrate curriculum as a means to that higher end, of integrating people.

Take the example from last week, when we measured and contrasted the heights of different candlesticks. With our integrated curriculum we have been able to explore the theme of Shabbat not only in Judaic Studies, but in reading, writing, math, and science. The students were presented with four different sized candlesticks. The students took turns measuring the heights of various Shabbat candlesticks using unit cubes. They were then able to compare and contrast the different sets of candlesticks based on how many unit cubes tall they were.
But our unit did not stop there. The Kindergarteners also created a bound book called “Shabbat can be…” Students each student chose a sentence about what Shabbat can be to them and illustrated a page and wrote the words. The books were then “published:” bound and shared with the whole class. We culminated our Shabbat unit with each child inviting a special person to our classroom to share a Shabbat experience together. During this time, students worked with their guest to illustrate a personal Shabbat blessing book, as well as fill a Shabbat bag with everything they need to celebrate Shabbat with their family. 
Curricular integration leads to changes in the child’s worldview. It teaches children to think critically. Using multiple perspectives enables them to appreciate and respect a wide range of points of view on both Jewish and general issues as they grow through childhood and into adulthood. It enhances their ability to become independent and inquisitive learners, and feel and act as whole people.

Wish you all a Shabbat Shalom, a Shabbat of wholeness,
Annelyn and Jessi
Security Message from the Head of School
This past Saturday and each day since, our Board President and Executive Leadership Team have been in continuous contact with our JCC/CJDS security committee that is informed by the New Albany Police Department, Homeland Security, the Counter Terrorism Task Force and the FBI as well as the JCRC team of JewishColumbus. 
Please be assured that CJDS has significant security protocols in place. Some of these measures will be visible to you, while some will not. You will notice different and enhanced visibility of security personnel, vehicles and support this week.
Please see HERE for the letter that Chair of the JCC/CJDS Security Committee Chair, Ken Rubin, sent on Monday October 29.
I hope you will join us on Friday November 9 Kabbalat Shabbat Assembly that will remind us of the good people in our world and all the light that we can bring to each other during this time and always.
Tuesday, November 20
UPDATED START TIME: 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Please click HERE to complete the form by Monday, November 5 and let us know whom to invite for this special day. All students should have a special friend in attendance and we encourage guests to be a friend, mentor, or family member other than a parent. 

Invitations will be in the mail shortly, in the meantime, please reach out to your grandparents and special special friends and ask them to save the afternoon from 1:30pm-3:15pm on November 20th.

If you have any questions please contact Julie Tilson Stanley, Director of Institutional Advancement, at

PS - If any of your child's grandparents or special friends are not able to join us on November 20th, there will be more opportunities for grandparents and special friends to join us throughout the year! If you know of a specific date that someone in your child's life would like to visit, please be in touch.
Friday, November 9: All School Kabbalat Shabbat 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14: Picture Retake Day Students Wear CJDS Polo
Tuesday, November 20: CJDS Community Day 1:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21: Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 23: Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 30 All School Kabbalat Shabbat (5th Grade Leading) 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.

Sunday, December 2: First Night of H anukkah
Friday, December 7: All School Kabbalat H ag H anukkah 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Friday, December 14: All School Kabbalat Shabbat (6th Grade Leading) 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Monday, December 24 - Friday January 4 Winter Break NO SCHOOL
Classes Resume Monday, January 7, 2019
CJDS Tzedekah Club is Collecting Items
for the Mid Ohio Food Bank
A half million folks in Central Ohio suffer from hunger and 180,000 of them are children.  The Mid Ohio food bank sent us a flyer letting us know what kinds of foods would really help. They also shared that our community members have other needs that they can’t get funded from any government agency. We were surprised to learn that diapers were on the top of the list of most needed items.
The list also includes chili with beans, tuna, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup with vegetable, peanut butter, canned fruit (in light corn syrup), deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Tzedakah club members would like to ask YOU to help fill these needs. There will be boxes for your donations in the lobby and outside the Art Room (AKA Tzedakah Club House). We will be collecting from now until Community Day (November 20th). Thank you for helping us to make a difference!
Lunch & Recess Clubs
  • MONDAY RECESS: Dance Club with Ms. AG & Katie Feldstein
  • TUESDAY LUNCH: Israel/Hebrew Club with Lin Raveh - Israeli Shlicha
  • WEDNESDAY LUNCH: Tzedakah Club with Susan Couden & Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik
  • THURSDAY RECESS: Journalism Club with Dr. Denae D'Arcy
  • FRIDAY RECESS: Choir with Angelo Dunlap
After School Clubs
(Click on the images below for more information, associated fees and registration forms.)
MONDAY: Chess & Board Game Club with Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg!
TUESDAY: Tennis Club (ages 10 and under) with Pam Lippy, USPTA certified teaching pro and 2009 Maccabiah Gold Medal Winner!
WEDNESDAY: Giving Garden with Rabbi Iah Pillsbury.

Available to 4th-6th grades only.
THURSDAY: Lego Robotics with Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg.
Maggie Sarachek, parent of 6th Grader and parent of Alumnus, Julian Weiss (CJDS 2016)

As we left our e-Portfolio parent/teacher conference last night, my husband Paul turned to me and said, "Can you believe this place, it is so different - in a good way - from my elementary school!"

He has often made comments like this when we are at CJDS.
We feel so fortunate that our kids are treated with so much love and respect both intellectually and emotionally. We love how much joy they get from participating in Jewish life and living through all the creativity at CJDS.

We also want to thank Jack's sixth grade teachers, Sheri and Eran. Sheri demonstrates such great patience and compassion for Jack. He is able to learn because he feels so safe and understood in her class. And every child feels special to Eran during their time at CJDS. Jack adores studying with Eran, and analyzing and interpreting Humash with him.

Thank you so much for your kindness and dedication to the whole class in what feels like a dark time in Jewish life. The teaching fills Jack with light.

The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב (Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good."

To Susan Couden for her organizational support in the CJDS supply room.

To Ms. A.G. for providing a delicious breakfast and coffee for our staff and faculty this morning.
LIFECYCLES In our community, at every point, our families are perpetually entering new stages in their lives. In keeping with the tradition of living Jewishly, CJDS acknowledges, honors, and celebrates these moments: Births, B’nei Mitzvah, graduations, marriages, and in moments of illness, healing and loss.

Mazel tov Dr. June Gutterman, current and founding CJDS Board Member and alumni parent, on receiving the 2018 Champions of Diversity Pioneer Award! Kol hakavod

MI SH'BERACH When a member of the CJDS family is ill or in need of healing, the entire community lends its support and its prayers for a full and complete recovery. 

We wish our CJDS dear friend and community volunteer, Steve Shkolnik, a speedy recovery.

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting last week. May the memories of the righteous be a blessing. 

■ Joyce Feinberg, 75
■ Richard Gottfried, 65
■ Rose Mallinger, 97
■ Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
■ Cecil Rosenthal, 59
■ David Rosenthal, 54, brother of Cecil
■ Bernice Simon, 84
■ Sylvan Simon, 86, husband of Bernice
■ Daniel Stein, 71
■ Melvin Wax, 88
■ Irving Younger, 69
Mazal tov again to the  Delman family   on the arrival of their new baby, Kayla! Please feel free to sign up to bring them a meal. Drop off at their home or CJDS will work.
KESHER: CJDS Parent Organization
As in the past, we are so grateful to all the help from the community members - grandparents, friends, parents, and others – on whom we rely to serve hot lunch to our students. Our volunteers bring such a warmth and love to our students and we love having all of you! In order to make this sign-up process even more smooth this year, we would love each family (any family member or friend) to sign up for two dates during the whole year to serve lunch. It can be a parent, a grandparent, a special friend - anyone who is interested in spending time with our wonderful students and serving them food.
CJDS is proud to have a Parent Organization called Kesher (Hebrew for "connection"). Kesher has a team of grade representatives led by a president.

Kesher is responsible for the CJDS Hot Lunch program, social gatherings outside of school, teacher appreciation, the CJDS Chesed committee and more! To get involved, please be in touch HERE.
Hot Lunch server responsibilities include:

11:25 a.m.: Arrive at CJDS
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Set out the plates and assemble lunches
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Students arrive for lunch at 12:00 p.m. and we help serve the lunch to those who have ordered.
Help with cleaning up and conclude by 1:00 p.m.