Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from:
Merav Livneh- Dill, Columbus Senior Community Shlicha
Timor Dill , Midwest Director of the Israeli American Council and CJDS Board Member
May 9, 2019 / 4 Iyar 5779 Yom Ha’atzma’ut, 19th Day of the Omer
Parashat Kedoshim, Leviticus/Vayikra 19:1-20:27
Here and There:
Meaningful Celebration and Memorial
Pictured above: The Dill family celebrating Israel 67th Independence Day in their hometown Alon in Israel
This is the week every year that we remember and we celebrate, back to back. Yesterday was Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, and today is Yom Ha'atzmaut, the Israeli Independence Day. Since we came to Columbus, Timor, as the Midwest Director for the Israeli American Council, and Merav, as Columbus’s senior community Shlicha (emissary), one of our missions has been to find a way to make these national days as meaningful as possible for the whole Columbus community. These are two important days for Israelis and for the Jewish people around the world, but they look and feel different in Israel.

When you live in Israel, you just can't ignore those days. On Yom Hazikaron, the whole country comes together to remember the fallen. Typically, we visit military cemeteries or go to our high schools for the memorial ceremonies. All the radio stations play sad (but beautiful) songs, some of them are songs that fallen soldiers wrote and Israeli musicians add lyrics (a project called עוד מעט נהפוך לשיר, or, “Soon We Will Become a Song”). At 11:00 AM, a one minute siren is heard. Everyone stops what they are doing: on a freeway, in an office, at a park or wherever, we stand still. This is a moment to remember all our fallen friends and soldiers. Most Israelis know someone personally who fell in a war or during a terror attack. Unfortunately, we have many friends from our high school, our army service or from our neighborhood who are not with us anymore.

At the end of the day, everyone goes home to change clothes and they experience collectively the transition from national grief to the happiest day of the year: Independence Day/Yom Ha’atzma’ut. This transition represents the whole story of our country and reminds us that in order to have a Jewish state and a safe place for the Jewish people, we paid a tragic price. Our happiness for the state of Israel cannot be complete without the appreciation and the honor that we feel towards the brave people who gave their lives for us and for this idea.

On Yom Ha'atzma’ut, which is a day off for everyone in the country, we will fill the streets dancing to the music of famous Israeli musicians, and playfully bonking each other with blue and white plastic hammers (they are full of air and it doesn't hurt!). During the day itself, we gather with friends and family and having the traditional מנגל (BBQ). Another great tradition that we have is to watch International Bible Quiz, חידון התנ"ך העולמי, a show that hosts Jewish teens from all over the world, brought together by the state of Israel, our ancestors and our book of books.

As CJDS parents, we are so fortunate and grateful to be part of a school where Israel is an important part of the educational mission that is integrated with Jewish values and traditions. All the students are deeply connected to what is happening in Israel in a meaningful way, whether it be the Beresheet voyage to the moon, the Israeli elections, or their friends at the Brenner School in Kfar Saba, and so much more. CJDS offers our children a unique experience, almost like we had in Israel, as they are commemorating Yom HaZikaron and celebrating Israel's 71st Yom Ha`atzma’ut this week.

We believe that each and every person can find a place to feel connected during these days, whether you are a family that can join the PJ Library program, young adult who will have Israeli cooking classes and a blue and white party at a bar, adults that will hang out enjoying Israeli food, music, and more. We are happy and excited to see more and more people every year participate in events and seek ways to learn more about Israel. We hope to see you there, and wherever you are - here or there - that you will have a meaningful experience!

Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameach!
Merav and Timor
Memorialize a loved one
Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Special thanks to our 2019 event sponsor, Insect Lore

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.
  • 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 mind having ruined!
Proceeds from the CJDS Color Run benefit our school by making our building a greener facility.
May 10 All School Kabbalat Shabbat has been CHANGED to a classroom Kabbalat Shabbat with a NEW TIME 1:40 p.m.-2:20
Our Kabbalat Shabbat for tomorrow has been changed to a classroom Kabbalat Shabbat. You are welcome to join your child in his/her classroom at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10: **** CHANGED TO CLASSROOM KABBALAT SHABBAT WITH NEW TIME **** 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Friday, May Friday, May 17: All School and Picture Re-take Day. Wear CJDS Polo shirt to school
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 Kadima Assembly 10:45 a.m.-12:00 Noon Dismissal

Sunday, June 2: CJDS Butterfly Extravaganza & Concert at CJDS, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
CJDS 6th grade graduation trip to Pittsburgh!
How much fun did our 6th grade students have in Pittsburgh for their four day graduation trip last week? Not only did they have fun, they learned about culture, made new friends, and showed solidarity with the Jewish community.

The 6th graders enjoyed double decker bus tours, parks, museums, winning ALL the prizes in the arcade and spending time with the Community Day School. They visited synagogues, Kosher restaurants and the JCC. Our guys learned, volunteered, and shared experiences.

Thank you to our teachers, Eran Rosenberg and Steven Moc, for being such great chaperones to our students. We appreciate our host families and give our gratitude for your hospitality. Also, the Community Day School was so generous to welcome our students.
CJDS Wetlands, Habitats and Ecology
As part of our Wetlands, Habitat and Ecology program, our students went to the CJDS pond. They learned that wetlands are similar to rainforests on a much smaller scale. Wetlands are biodiverse, meaning that they sustain many different types of living organisms. Our students also had luck catching a fish and a frogs.
During the Environmental Science Career Panel and Fair students had the opportunity to hold insects, identify different shapes of animal scat, pet a turtle, and create seed pods to plant at home.

Professionals from the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Columbus Metro Parks, MAD Scientist Associates, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Bill Resch and Appalachia Ohio Alliance all were part of the career panel and fair. They shared their passion for science with our students. They discussed how they became interested in science, what brought them to their jobs, what they studied, and what they do now.
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 Kesher for all of the amazing and lovely surprises and treats for our staff and faculty this week.

To CJDS parent, Gayle Kuhr for all her time helping to prepare materials in the Kindergarten classroom.

To Shirley Amar for her amazing photos and movies of our students in action.

To Sheri Gittins for her help with setup for our Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations.

To CJDS parent, Rayna Weiner for the delicious baked goods made especially for our faculty.
To CJDS Kindergarten teacher, Jessi Kohl on the birth of her new nephew, Cole Ryan Bauer and niece, Hallie Rebecca Kohl.
To CJDS alumnus, Ian Kaufman (2018) on becoming a Bar Mitzvah on April 13, at Congregation Agudas Achim.
To CJDS alumnae, Maya and Camryn Zidel for being featured in Bexley Living Magazine. Click on the image here to read their family story.
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.