CTA Weekly Communicator | June 1, 2018 18 Sivan 5778 |
8:36 pm Candle lighting for Beha'alotcha
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Rabbi Dovid Kimche, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
In this week’s Parsha we find the command from Hashem to make trumpets, to be used to summon the Jewish people and for other significant occasions. The Torah describes what they are to look like, and then uses a specific turn of phrase. It says “You should make them for yourselves”. What is the Torah emphasising with this extra few words? 

Rashi quotes a Medrash, which explains that the extra “for yourselves” indeed teaches us that these trumpets were private property. Moshe was to make them and he was to use them. When Moshe was no longer with us, his successor would have to make new ones; and so would later leaders need to make their own trumpets. This is a fascinating Halacha tucked away under a few words in the text. But what is the meaning of it? Why would it be that the trumpets are exclusive property and that new ones would later need to be made? Why not hand them down? We hand down silver Kiddush cups to the next generation...why not the silver trumpets?

Ramban has a fascinating insight here. The symbolism behind the trumpets is this: they speak about the communicating a message from the leaders down to the people at large. They were the first mode of communication, and they are a vital part of the process. Ramban explains that each generation needed new trumpets because each generation of leaders need to tailor their messages to the individual needs of the generation. One cannot use the previous leader’s trumpets, and in the same way one cannot use a previous leaders’ message for the people. Each has to be designed and communicated specifically to that generations needs and level. 

This message is so vital to us all - in our capacities as parents, teachers, and citizens of the world. In our fast-changing world the Torah remains the anchor of our values - a real moral compass. Our challenge is to communicate the Torah’s timeless relevance to the current generation. Ideas which may have worked in the past may not be the solution. We must come up with our way. 

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom, and a wonderful summer ahead. 
Preview of the Week: June 4-8, 2018
Lunch: Pizza Bagels


Activities: 3rd Grade Plays, 3:00 pm
Lunch: Rotini & Meat Sauce


Activities: Class of 2022 Freshman Speech, 7:00 pm
Lunch: No Lunch - Last Day of School


Activities: End of 4th Quarter
Last Day of School, 12:00 pm dismissal
Kindergarten Celebration, 10:00 am
Awards Ceremony, 7:00 pm
Lunch: Summer Break


Lunch: Summer Break


June 3: 12th Grade Graduation, 1 pm
August 21: 1st Day of School for 2018-2019
Celebrate the Class of 2022 as they make their first address to the community as High School freshman. The milestone becoming a high school student is a remarkable one and the Freshman Speech will bridge these young men and women to a new level of learning and responsibility.

A dessert reception will follow.

Mazel Tov to the families of:
Nicole Babior, Saul Blumberg, Akiva Gisser,
Leora Hazan, Dvora Katz, Rebekah Klynn,
Asif Levi, Yaakov Liebesman, CeCe Mastracci, Yaakov Newman, Aidan Samuelson,
Mina Schulman, Sarah Shindel, Eli Steinberg, Yaakov Weitz

Questions to info@torahacademy.org
Upper School Awards Assembly: Wednesday, June 6 at 7 pm.

Students in Grades 7-12 will be recognized at an end of the year Awards Assembly on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 pm in the CTA Shul. Commendation Awards in 11 different disciplines will be presented as well as the Junior High Citizenship Awards, Rabbi Julius L. Baker Torah Scholarship Award, Carl and Gussie Steinberg Scholarship Award,The Deborah & Philip Millen Memorial Award, Josh Wolf Award for Perseverance and Positivity, Julie Moskowitz and Susan Zanner Literature Award

Parents and the community are invited to attend.
Got Crayola Markers you aren't using? Want to protect the environment? Here's a chance to recycle and help others.

Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.

More detailed information can be found here.

A box is located at CTA in the lobby. Any questions to Agi Hartstein at agihartstein@torahacademy.org
Pre-Order School Supply Kits for 2018-2019 School Year: The link is now available to pre-order school supply kits for the 2018-2019 school year for students in incoming grades 1-6 for Fall 2018.

Kits will be available for pick up on the Monday before school starts or delivered directly to your child's classroom on the 1st day of school.

Please use this link to order:   https://kits.officecityexpress.com

School Supply lists for K-6 is attached and the list will be sent home in the June packet and posted on the website in June. Grades 7-12 will receive their school lists on the first day of school.  

Deadline is June 6 to order the kits.
Columbus and Bexley buses WILL pick up at 12:00 pm on the last day of school, 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Important Columbus BUS Information: NEW FOR 2018-2019: ALL Columbus Torah Academy students who ride COLUMBUS City School buses will need to request transportation to CTA by completing an online Transportation Request. Requests are made using Infinite Campus Online Registration.

Register online at: https://www.ccsoh.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4818

  • The slides will walk you through the online registration process.
  • Each slide will prompt you for the information needed in order to proceed to the next step.
  • Make sure you review each screen’s instructions before continuing.
  • Select Charter, Non-Public Transportation Request as the registration type.
  • Don’t forget to click “Submit” when you are finished.
  • CTA staff cannot register for you.

Click HERE to Register online

A Detailed PDF of what how to register HERE.

Columbus buses WILL pick up at 12:00 pm
on the last day of school,
Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
New link for Magazine and more sale. Help our 7th graders raise money for their trip to Washington DC in the Fall. Use this Link: Tiny.cc/TorahDC

Detailed flyer here.
Buy tons of items for camp (and every day, too) and support CTA. Columbus Torah Academy receives 10% of every purchase. Be sure to use this link: www.packforcamp.com/cta For more information click here.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
CTA’s Book Fair is open today, Friday, June 1

For more information, visit CTA’s Book Fair homepage at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/cta.
Can’t come to the Fair, or to see even more great books, shop online at that website, too.  

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 
Save Around App: Use this link to check out this new App that you can buy for your phone. The App will be available for purchase through June 6. Help CTA 8th graders raise money and save some money yourself! Click Here. More Details here.
Gratitude Grams: PTO is selling Gratitude Grams for teachers and staff. A sheet of gratitude grams is $1 for 4. You can show your appreciation for your favorite teacher or staff person. They can be purchased online at http://www.torahacademy.org/pto-gratitude-grams/ by emailing to pto@torahacademy.org or using the same email to send payment to Paypal. Orders will be delivered to your child to take home. All completed Gratitude Grams will be returned to the front desk for distribution by the Lower School Student Council. If you have any questions, contact Beth Binsky at beth@2828design.com.
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
HELP CTA EARN KROGER REWARDS: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow to make sure that your rewards card is linked to Columbus Torah Academy. We earn 3% of every sale in donations to support our students. Now is the time to confirm you are enrolled. More information here.
Proposed calendar for 2018-2019 is now available by clicking here. This calendar includes start and end dates for next school year as well as vacation dates. It is called a proposed calendar in case there are minor tweaks.
Columbus Torah Academy is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at:

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Buckeye Kosher BBQ Festival is on August 12, 2018 from 3-7 pm on the front lawn at Capital University. Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information.
Consider sponsoring a Day of Learning in memory or honor of a loved one or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, b'nai mitzvah or other life cycle event. A Day of Learning is a $180 donation and dedications are listed in both the CTA Weekly Communicator and the monthly CTA Dateline.

To choose your Day of Learning, contact Shari at sherszage@torahacademy.org. 
Give to CTA
CTA accepts donations to our Annual Fund or Scholarship Fund throughout the year. We also accept Tribute Donations in memory of or in honor of loved ones. Donations can be made through the school office at 614-864-0299 or online by clicking  here.

Donations are listed in our monthly CTA Dateline. Check here to see our most recent issue.
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