CTA Weekly Communicator | August 28, 2020 8 Elul 5780 |
7:48pm Candle lighting for Ki Teitzei
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Rabbi Jon Savage, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
The Torah states in this week’s Parsha: "You shall not plow with an ox and donkey together" (Deut. 22:10).

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin in his monumental sefer called Growth Through Torah quotes the Daat Zekeinim who explains the reason for this commandment. Since an ox chews its cud and a donkey does not, the donkey will suffer the pain of envy when it sees that the ox has food in its mouth and it (the donkey) does not. 

Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz commented: This is a great lesson in how sensitive we need to be to avoid causing the pain of envy to others. If we must be careful with the feelings of an animal, all the more so of a person. We must be careful not to boast about our accomplishments or possessions if others might feel envious and not to praise someone in the presence of a person who might feel envious of that person. 

Caring for others and showing compassion is a great middah that we practice here at CTA. Looking forward to an amazing, healthy, and happy school year!
Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: August 31-September 4, 2020
Lunch: Pizza Bagels

Activities: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Meet the Teachers, 6:30 pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 942 6687 3469 Passcode: CTA12345 
Lunch: Hamburgers

Activities: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Meet the Teachers, 6:30 pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 968 095 0660 Passcode: CTA12345
Lunch: Grilled Cheese

Activities: 5th and 6th Grade Meet the Teachers, 6:30 pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 958 9883 6844 Passcode: CTA12345
Lunch: Chicken Cutlets

Lunch: Tuna

Activities: CTA Logo Application Deadline
Appropriate Face Masks: Please be sure that your child is wearing a face mask as approved by the CDC. This image should help you.
Covid-19 Symptom Tracking: Please review our policies for tracking individuals who have symptoms of Covid-19. These have been established to recognize a potential risk to our community as quickly as possible and to keep everyone safe.

Buses: If your child is a bus rider, you should've received your bus stop information from your respective district - Columbus Public Schools or Bexley Schools. Buses have been coming, but they are still fine tuning routes. If you need to confirm your stops or any information about the bus, contact Kaley Rosenthal at krosenthal@torahacademy.org

Only registered riders can ride the bus.

Please be patient as the bus system is resolved.
Pick Up/Drop Off Car Lines: Be mindful of the new pick up and drop off system as we incorporate social distancing at both and temperature taking in the morning. We ask for your patience and compliance as we fine tune this system.

On Monday, there will be a higher volume, so we ask for extra patience.

Remember the following:
  1. Students are expected enter and exit through designated entrances
  2. Parents should remain in their car until temperatures are taken.
  3. Drivers should follow CTA staff directions to maintain safety.
  4. At pick up, drivers with Upper and Lower School students should pull safely into a parking spot after their younger child gets into the car.
Rabbi Drandoff Out of Office: Rabbi Drandoff will be out of the office for a medical procedure beginning August 28. During this time he will not be checking emails. If you have a matter that requires immediate attention, please email our Executive Secretary Kaley Rosenthal at krosenthal@torahacademy.org who will connect you to the appropriate person.
September 7: Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
September 9: 12th Grade College Night, 7 pm
September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah, NO SCHOOL
September 28: Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL
Events can also be viewed on website at www.torahacademy.org/ctacalendar
Let’s keep our community strong! While learning isn’t happening in our building, there are many ways we can share what we are doing to stay busy, active and engaged.

Join the Columbus Torah Academy PTO Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/502100903515212/ . Anyone can post there and share thoughts, pictures, musings or ask the “hive” what to make for dinner!  

Send us pictures, thoughts, student work, videos, audios and more by email (info@torahacademy.org), text (614-561-1335) or upload to https://forms.gle/aUw3UHtoVknXM9PU9.

Your submission could be featured in an upcoming CTA communication!
Join PTO today: Get involved and support our Parent Teacher Organization by joining PTO. $25 yearly or $210 for a Lifetime Membership. Every member receives a PTO directoy with class lists, addresses, emails and phone numbers. Membership fee checks can be sent to the front office, PayPal directly to pto@torahacademy or click here for a credit card payment link. Questions can be directed to PTO president, Beth Binsky at beth@2828design.com 
Uniform Gemach:  The Uniform Gemach with second hand uniform items is now at CTA. There are available times to come to school to look at the inventory Monday-Thursday after 4 pm or on Sundays. Times must be pre-arranged by contacting Shari at sherszage@torahacademy.org
Save this important Covid-19 Symptom List
Kroger Rewards: Register your Kroger Rewards card to help CTA earn donations from Kroger. Confirm you are enrolled at https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewards.
We will continue Days of Learning during the At-Home learning. 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 on Fridays in the CTA Weekly Communicator and each month in the CTA Dateline. All proceeds directly support CTA.

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.
Life & Legacy
CTA is a member of the JewishColumbus Life & Legacy cohort. The Life & Legacy Initiative is a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and JewishColumbus that promotes after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish agencies, day schools, and synagogues. Since 2012, LIFE & LEGACY has raised $960 million in new planned gifts in Jewish communities across North America.

Over the next four years, CTA along with 17 other local Jewish organizations will receive training, coaching, and incentives to raise awareness of the importance of planned giving.  Expect to see more information in the next few months about the Life & Legacy Initiative and how you can make your planned gift to CTA. 

Questions about Life & Legacy can be directed to Rabbi Drandoff or Shari Herszage or Board President, Bob Wolf.
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