Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from Dr. June Gutterman
CEO of Jewish Family Services of Columbus,
and Current and Founding Board Member of CJDS
April 11, 2019 / 6 Nisan, 5779
Parashat Metzora, Leviticus/Vayikra 14:1-15:33
"Welcoming the Stranger"
For the next few minutes, I am going to weave together a story of who and what we are as Jews.

Next week, as Jews, we will be sitting down with our families and friends to retell the story of our exodus from Egypt, from slavery. Actually, we will do more than retell the story. We are commanded to become part of the story; to own the story by “remembering that we, ourselves, were once slaves in Egypt.” We eat unleavened bread because we fled, we ran. We were chased by the Egyptian soldiers into an uncertain and dangerous journey. We wandered, stateless, for over 40 years. We do not tell the story as an objective historic narrative. We do not stand outside of the Exodus and view from a distance. Rather, the Seder is such that we relive the story, we remember the event through the foods we eat, and the words we use. We literally become part of the narrative.

That’s what a Columbus Jewish Day School education provides students with, beginning at 5 years old: full ownership of our collective narrative, along with the rights and the responsibilities. CJDS continues today to fulfill its founding purpose set in motion 21 years ago, to be a contemporary, academically rigorous, pluralistic, joyful and relevant Jewish American education for children (and their families), as whole people. That’s means they are simultaneously proud to be part of both the Jewish people and the larger world.

Indeed, as Jews, we realize that we really do not have “mere” history; we have memory. History is external and objective. It happened and we observe the consequences. As Jews, we have memory. We are commanded to remember, to feel and to become part of our collective experience as a Jewish people. Why?

The Seder starts with commanding us to “Remember I was a slave.” I was hungry, I was stateless, I was alone. In the context of the Seder, the very next thing I am commanded to do is to “open up my door so that those who are hungry may come and eat!” The memory of my enslavement becomes my tool for action.
Pictured below: June Gutterman gazing up at the Holocaust memorial wall at Jewish Family Services Columbus.
Today there are 65 million people on our planet who are stateless. People who are running for their lives. They are fleeing with the same haste that we did when we ran from slavery in Egypt, the Spanish Inquisition, the pogroms of Europe, the Holocaust, and the Soviet Union. Across the centuries, as refugees, we have had one thing in common: We all had less than 10 minutes to run, and to carry what little we could into an uncertain future.

As Jews, we are commanded to remember so that we can turn that memory into action to change the future. As Jews, who were once stateless wanderers, we bear the responsibility to welcome the stateless, the homeless and the poor. There are 65 million people who are strangers , who have no place to call a home. As Jews who remember, we must answer the same way that CJDS students respond to their four R’s - Are you Ready? Are you Respectful? Are you Responsible? Are you doing the Right thing?- and declare with them, “We Are Here! Hineni!”

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 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.
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.
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

Sunday, June 2: CJDS Butterfly Concert & Extravaganza! at CJDS, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
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 extended: Friday May 3, 2019.
A printable application may be found HERE.
We are proud to announce that this past Monday our 6th grade students started an online J-STEAM course. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The J in front of the STEAM stands for Jewish Studies and all it represents. The students will be given 8 sessions with Jason Kipp, an expert in 3D design from Bonim B'Yachad, a company in Israel specializing in distance learning. 
Pictured below: CJDS 6th graders engaged in their first online J-STEAM session with Jason Kipp.
Students will learn about the mitzvah of mezuzah and will discuss with their teachers (Mr. Moc and Eran) what they will take with them as they leave CJDS. The content of this discussion will be a part of their preparations for graduation.  

At the end of the J-STEAM course, they will design and produce a 3D mezuzah case that represents values they learned at CJDS. It will be created using our school 3D printers and students will be able to create more than one copy of the model they design.
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
Pennies for Patients!
The Pennies for Patients program was our most recent Tzedekah Club initiative. For the past several weeks, CJDS students have set fundraising goals and brought in spare change. We are excited to share that our students have raised $685.00, which will help to fund life-saving research through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Yesher Koach!
We celebrated the 2nd grade class this week with a special lunchtime pizza party!! Each year, the class who raises the most money during our Pennies for Patients Tzedakah Club project, wins a pizza party! Special thanks to the cookie baking crew of Jack, Gabe, Ma'ayan, Ruthie, Dovi and Jonah. Thanks also to Julie Ecker and Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik for helping to make the pizzas, and for picking fresh lettuce from the CJDS tower gardens to make a delicious salad for the Tzedekah Club Pizza Party.
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 Carol Cohen  who helped behind the scenes with the crafts for the Russian Speaking PJ Library Seder last Sunday. Your creativity and genuine willingness to help is highly appreciated. 

To Julie Ecker, Denae D’Arcy and Katie Feldstein for their collegial support this week.

To Eran Rosenberg, Rachel Arcus-Goldberg and Dr. Zelkowicz for designing and leading the "Making Meaning and Matzah Balls" program.

To the cookie baking crew of Jack, Gabe, Ma'ayan, Ruthie, Dovi and Jonah .

To Julie Ecker and Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik for helping to make pizzas, and for picking fresh lettuce from the CJDS tower gardens to make a delicious salad for the Tzedekah Club Pizza Party.

To Kristina Palma for her care and attention to the CJDS outside play spaces.

To Gayle Kuhr and Sara Zeigler for their assistance with our record breaking fundraiser, Art to Remember.
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.
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.