Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from Jenny Glick
Director of Admissions and Marketing
May 2, 2019 / 27 Nisan, 5779 12th Day of the Omer, Yom Hashoah
Parashat A harei Mot, Leviticus/Vayikra 16:1-18:30
D'VAR KESHER: Real World Connections
It’s hard to believe what happens here at CJDS in the course of just a few weeks or even days. Just last night our choir performed powerfully at the community wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Wexner Heritage Village. Click on the image above to see a video of their moving performance.
Just before Passover, the day before Spring break, our students took part in an elaborate action program of Yitziat Mitzrayim/the Exodus from Egypt, using the whole perimeter of our pond and wetlands as stations of learning and interactive activities. Click on the image below to see a video of this experience.
There are so many ways, daily, that our students are connected to the real Jewish and larger worlds around them. In this issue of the student newspaper, CJDS Chronicles, our young journalists highlight 5 rich and varied experiences that further ground them in real world connections:
1. They are traveling independently and connecting to Jewish culture and students in a new city.
Pictured above: The 6th graders left Tuesday for an adventure in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to celebrate their graduation!
2. They are encountering human determination and personal survival in the face of life changing tragedy.
Pictured above: Mor Sapir talks with 5th grader, Ethan.
3. They are experiencing, first hand, very different cultures from around the world.
Pictured above: Tea powder is mixed with hot water and whisked during an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Photo by: Ruth D.
4. They are learning to perform with presence, they are learning dedication and discipline through countless rehearsals: they are learning to trust themselves and their partners to take risks and work together to achieve excellence.
Pictured above: For the CJDS Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, many students performed, sharing meaningful and moving music.
5. And they are inspired by CJDS alumni they meet as they learn what those graduates continue to carry with them into the world long after CJDS.
Pictured above: Chloe Wasserstrom, CJDS Alumna (2013).
And in just a few weeks our students will remember those whom we have lost in our community through our very special annual Butterfly Release Ceremony.

These are all real world connections that help us develop thinking, feeling, centered, whole people, where every child, every question, and every opinion has value, and each is treated with dignity and respect.

Shabbat Shalom,
Memorialize a loved one
Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m.

We remember loved ones through the acts of loving-kindness we perform in this world. In keeping with CJDS' tradition, we invite you to attend our Annual Remembrance and Butterfly Release on Friday, May 24 from 1:30-2:20 p.m. During the event, name(s) of people you wish to have memorialized are read aloud as each butterfly is released.

We encourage you to attend this event to personally memorialize your loved ones.  Click here to submit a name.     
  • WHAT: A 1 mile run/walk around the scenic CJDS campus (where you will get multiple multi colored handprints "stamped" on your shirt, at different color stations along the run/walk)
  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 28
  • TIME: Just after school at 3:30 p.m. (ending at 4:15 p.m.)
  • WHO: CJDS students, parents, siblings, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends! Not a runner? No worries! Color “runs” are a blast for everyone.
  • COST: Suggested donation of $15.00 per runner (checks payable to CJDS)

Please remember to wear a white shirt, something you would not want ruined!
Proceeds from the CJDS Color Run benefit our school by making our building a greener facility.
 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

Sunday, June 2: CJDS Butterfly Concert & Extravaganza! at CJDS, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Deadline for application: TOMORROW
Friday May 3, 2019
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
Through poems, photographs, stories and music, students at Columbus Jewish Day School remembered. Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is the day we remember the lives of the Jewish people who died in the Holocaust. There are over 230 survivors of Nazi persecution living here in the Columbus area. We honor each of them every day, but especially today on Yom HaShoah.

CJDS welcomed former teacher Eva Tibor to help lead the students in their reflective experience. Eva is the daughter of Alfred Tibor, a local holocaust survivor and sculptor (of blessed memory). Eva read a book called Flowers on the Wall and invited the students to share their feelings and thoughts afterwards. Students shared feeling sad, noted how much the family in the book cared about each other, and realized how poor they were.
Tzedakah club students volunteered to lead the memorial service, to light candles, and read poems written by children at Terezin concentration camp. They chose to add two more candles to the six normally lit in honor of the 6 million Jews who perished. The first additional candle was dedicated to the soldiers who died in an effort to defend and free the Jews. The second candle was dedicated to the memory of all victims of hate crimes throughout time, including today. Later, students had the opportunity to visit a reflective space filled with opportunities to read, draw, write and think about the people we commit to remembering on this day.

Thank you to Eva Tibor and Susan Couden that leading the ceremony.
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
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.
HAKARAT HATOV The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב (Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good." 

To Eran Rosenberg for creating a fun photo booth station at the IAC CJDS "Pre Passover Family Carb Carnival" at CJDS

To Annelyn Baron and Eran Rosenberg for their creative educational planning for our CJDS Pesa h celebration.

To Shirley Amar, Rachel Arcus-Goldberg, Annelyn Baron, Eva Bassik (2018), Timor Dill, Brad Glick, Max Glick (2007), Sam Glick (2013), Chloe Heins, Drake Grossman (2019), Isle Grossman (2016), Pierce Grossman (2016), Shylee Grossman, Sheri Gittins, Gayle Kuhr, Julie Tilson Stanley, Rose Zeigler (2016), Gabe Zeigler (2019), Benny Zelkowicz, and Dr. Tali Zelkowicz for their volunteer support and creativity during our IAC CJDS: Pre Passover Family Carb Carnival.
To CJDS alumnae parent and past CJDS board member, Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson on being honored with the Mandelkorn Award for Distinguished Service. The award ceremony will take place during the 2019 JPRO Conference, happening in Detroit this summer.
To our dear friend, Larry Moses! Larry will be receiving the Edgar M. Bronfman Award from Hillel International later this spring. Read more about this honor HERE.
CJDS stands in solidarity with Jews and others around the country who want to eliminate senseless hatred and violence in the world.

The entire Jewish community mourns the fatal shooting of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, z”l at the Poway Chabad in San Diego.

This is especially tragic because it happened as we completed our week long commemoration of freedom from oppression.
As we make our spiritual journey from Passover to Shavuot, we share with you these words, “When evil darkens our world, let us be the bearers of light.” -Rabbi Chaim Stern, liturgical scholar.
Max Solomon  a Holocaust Survivor, beloved husband of the late Sylvia (nee Fixler). Loving father of the late Jerry Solomon. Devoted grandfather of CJDS parent Carly Solomon . Adored great grandfather of Marleigh and Hayden .
Our hearts are with CJDS parents  Adam Davis and  Alexandra Schimmer (parent and Board Member) and their children  Jonah (3rd grade) and Elena (Kindergarten), as they mourn the loss of Adam's father,  David Brion Davis. He was a man of great humility and humanity, with a capacious sense of wonder for the contingencies, vagaries, problems, and triumphs of both personal and public histories. He leaves behind many legacies through his writings and work, but most important, deep and deeply generous legacies of love, guidance, and encouragement to his family, friends, students, and colleagues. His life was a blessing for all of us, and for our children, and his memory will be as well.
We also remember together with CJDS Jewish Studies teacher of almost two decades, Yehudit Kanfer, who lost her mother-in-law,   Shirley Kanfer on April 13, 2019. We send love and support to Yehudit, her children and family. 
KESHER: CJDS Parent Organization
Oakland Nursery Gift Cards
Get all of your spring gardening needs and benefit the CJDS Environmental Education Program!  
Click here to order your gift cards.

Purchase Oakland Nursery gift cards through CJDS and we will keep 20% of the profits!
Cards are $20.00 each.
Checks should be made payable to CJDS for the desired amount. 
Your gift cards may be picked up at the CJDS front desk, or mailed home to you within two weeks.
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.