Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from Angelo Dunlap
CJDS Music Teacher and Choir Director
March 28, 2019 / 21 Adar II, 5779
Parashat Shemini (Shabbat Parah), Leviticus/Vayikra 9:1-11:47
" Celebrating the Language of Music"

“The only language that seems to be compatible with the wonder and the mystery of being is the language of music.”
- Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel

Do you ever wonder what type of music kids are listening to these days? I hear about what they listen to on the radio and what they talk about on the bus and with each other. At CJDS, we also want to hear and witness how music moves them, contemporary music, and beyond. As a music teacher and as a musician myself, I believe it is very important to provide students with opportunities to discover new ways of relating to the world, to themselves, Jewishly and generally, through the unique and powerful language of music. And tomorrow is that time in the CJDS calendar when we celebrate music and our students as musicians.

Each year, the students display a variety of talents that impress our community, and this year is no different. From the Beatles to show tunes, and from 90s music to pop music that debuted only a few months ago, there is a wide variety of songs to which the students resonate. Historically, 4th-6th grade Columbus Jewish Day School students prepare for a different kind of Kabbalat Shabbat that provides a glimpse into the songs they enjoy. This year, due to popular demand, we have expanded the eligible age group to 3rd grade and are excited to widen the circle of performers. The level of collaboration is inspiring and uplifting.

And each year the students work hard – in pairs, small bands, and individually – to prepare for this program. In the weeks leading up, students who choose to perform meet weekly during recess to prepare a song for Shabbat. They are songs that lift the performers and their classmates. They spend hours listening carefully to each other in rehearsal, understanding what is feels like to be both a respectful audience member and a performer. At the same time, students gain musical self-awareness, in terms of instrumentation, vocal timbre and range. The students are excited to bring in Shabbat with their musical talents, meaning and expression. 
Shabbat is a time we hold dear at CJDS. Whether we are only with our class or with the entire school, I am grateful to work with fabulous teachers that create inter-generational memory building, and bring the mystery of Shabbat to life, two candles at a time. Music plays a profound role daily at CJDS. Tomorrow, music is the explicit guest of honor. Music acts as thread, weaving ourselves and our traditions together, creating ever stronger community.

Hopefully you can join us tomorrow for what is always a literally moving experience. It is impossible not to tap your feet, clap, and sing along! You can also tune in from wherever you are for a live FB streaming at 1:30pm.

Wishing you a Shabbat filled with the wonder and mystery of music!

Shabbat Shalom,
Jewish Parenting Resource
Young Judea, the Jewish youth movement that is now over 100 years old and brings together Jewish youth from across the country and around the world from every religious, cultural, and political persuasion, has just released a timely and I believe helpful contribution to the thorny questions about raising Jewish teens today.

Click HERE for the link to their latest resource, The Art of Letting Go: How To Get Our Teens Ready for What’s Next:  

Here is an excerpt from the new resource:
As good parents, we are plagued with doubt. Did we teach them everything we were supposed to? What did we forget? What else can we cram in? How can we make sure they’re ready, because once they walk out the door...who knows what they’ll need to know? 
It’s not about throwing out our whole parenting playbook. That’s gotten us—and them—really far. It’s about giving them what they really need right now—the room to learn without us.

There are three ways to help teens do this:

  • Joining the Great Debate
  • Finding New Role Models
  • Turning Connections into Community
Special Guest at CJDS Next Week
We are so excited to welcome Mor Sapir to CJDS on Monday, April 1. Mor is an Israeli athlete, an inspirational speaker and an award-winning climber. Due to a snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal, Mor lost all 10 fingers. Three of his friends also died on the expedition. A true survivor, Mor is still climbing and will be competing for the USA Climbing Adaptive National Championships in Columbus this weekend. During his time at CJDS, Mor will share his story and show us how he climbs with his disability.
As part of the CJDS family, we want to make sure everyone has a home for Pesa h . If you are looking for a Seder, or have room at your Seder for a guest, please let us know.
Email or call 614-939-5311.
Friday, March 29: All School Kabbalat Shabbat (Music Theme) 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.

Friday, April 5: All School Kabbalat Shabbat (Kindergarten Leading) 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: IAC CJDS "Pre Passover Family Carb Carnival" at CJDS, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 All School Pesa h Hag 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 18-Friday, April 26 Pesa h (Passover) NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, April 30 - Friday, May 3, 6th Grade Graduation Trip

 Thursday, May 2: Yom HaShoah 8:30 a.m.-9:00am (3-5 grade only)
Thursday, May 9: Yom HaZikaron Ceremony 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Thursday, May 9: Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Friday, May 10: All School Kabbalat Shabbat 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Friday, May 17: All School Kabbalat Shabbat 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22: 1st Grade Recyclable Fashion Show 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 23: Lag B’Omer
Thursday, May 23: CJDS Arts Night 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 24: Memorial Day Assembly 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 24: CJDS Annual Butterfly Release 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 28: CJDS Color Run 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 30: 6th Grade Graduation 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 31: Last Day Assembly and Kadima Assembly 10:45 a.m.-12:00 Noon Dismissal
ANNOUNCING the first ever CJDS Alumni Award Recognizing Dr. Gina Freeman’s Legacy at CJDS:   

The Gina Freeman
Shomrei HaAdam V’Ha’Adamah Award
Honoring CJDS Alumni, Guardians of Humanity and the Earth.
“My heart is full knowing that this great honor will recognize the deep values of CJDS in our wonderful graduates. The true honor will be reading about the many stories from you, our Alumni, about your important work in your communities and the world. Please take a few moments to share your story and fill our hearts with pride.”
-Dr. Gina Freeman, Founding Director of Environmental Education and Service Learning, and teacher leader for 19 years at Columbus Jewish Day School

Award Presentation will take place: Thursday May 23, 2019, at CJDS Arts Night, 6:30-8pm
Deadline for application: Monday April 15, 2019.
A printable application may be found HERE.
Pictured below: Students and parents all enjoyed learning together during our recent CJDS "Oseh Feleh: The Wonders of Science!” event.
Pictured below: CJDS Second Grade general studies teacher, Julie Ecker was in Washington D.C. this week for the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference where she connected with the CJDS alumni pictured here (L-R) Adam Lippy, Moshe Metz, Maia Ben David, Grant Nguyen, Julie Ecker, Sahar Import, Maya Cohen and Grace Braslawsce.
Lunch & Recess Clubs
  • MONDAY RECESS: Dance Club with Ms. AG & Katie Feldstein
  • 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
CJDS's Tzedakah Club is excited to be starting a new project, collecting Pennies for Patients!

We are raising funds to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund life-saving research. You can help our efforts by donating today. Send your change to school, and change someones life.

The Pennies for Patients program is a service learning, character education and philanthropy program where students gain the unique experience of helping thousands of children and adults in their fight against blood cancers like leukemia. Pennies for Patients helps students see firsthand how their involvement can make a difference!
MONDAY: Theater Club with Giselle Siegel, Artistic Director of the JCC Gallery Players
TUESDAY: Tennis for students 10 and Under (K-5th grade)
March 5– May 14 (No Class 3/26 and 4/23) 
9 weeks of fun!
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.
The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב (Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good."

To Eran Rosenberg for helping to organize the family hamentaschen baking program with the sixth grade class for their bake sale.

To Steven Moc for helping with morning fitness this week.

To CJDS Grandparent, Terry Mitzman for helping us with refreshment setup for our CJDS "Oseh Feleh: The Wonders of Science!” event.

To Susan Couden for her incredibly hard work in organizing and beautifying the school grounds and outdoor learning spaces.
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 community friend, Polly Haas a speedy recovery.
We wish first grader Victoria Koch's mom, Sharyn Koch a speedy recovery.
CJDS alum Adam Berman, (Inaugurated CJDS class of 2004) got engaged to Emuna Belenky. Adam is the son of Beth Berman and Tifereth Israel Rabbi Emeritus Harold Berman. Adam and Emuna presently live in Jerusalem and plan to make Israel their permanent home.
CJDS Board memeber and Alumni parent, Andrew Grossman has earned the Special Edition Judicial Award and AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®! Read more about this distinction HERE
To great-aunt Annelyn Baron and proud grand parents Steve and Bobbie Shkolnik on Allison Shkolnik becoming a bat mitzvah!
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:

11:15 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.