CTA Weekly Communicator | March 23, 2018 7 Nisan 5778 |
7:29 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
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
Worldwide, the Shabbat immediately preceding Pesach is given a unique title: Shabbat Hagadol, the Big or Great Shabbat. Other than possibly the length of the Rabbi’s drasha, what makes this Shabbat worthy of such a title? 

A number of answers are given, but I would like to suggest the explanation by the great Gerrer Rebbe, the Sfas Emes. Taking the reader on a tour of the classical writings of the Chazal, he finds a few places where the term ‘Gadol’ is used descriptively. The first is the Shabbat of Creation. There, in the first week of creation, G-d demonstrated his Presence and control over the world. This indeed merited the term ‘Gadol’ - ‘Great’. 

Fast-forward a few millennia later, and the Jewish people are languishing in Egypt, steeped in a culture of godlessness and idol worship. A few days before the great Exodus from Egypt, the 10th of Nissan, which was a Shabbat, the Jews were commanded to take a sheep, slaughter it and spread it’s blood on the doorposts. This was the ultimate act of defiance to their former masters, for whom sheep was a deity.

This not only required bravery but also a deep intellectual understanding and realization: the idol-worshiping culture around them were wrong, and Hashem is the true G-d. This great Shabbat was the day that Hashem was acknowledged and so-to-speak brought down once again into a world which had largely forgotten Him. For this, this seminal Shabbat receives the appellation Shabbat Hagadol. 

We should all merit to see and experience G-d in our lives, and have a Chag Kasher V’Sameach. 

Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: March 26-30, 2018
Lunch: Pizza Bagels


Activities: Twirlers, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Tacos


Lunch: Model Seder Chicken Nuggets - Sponsored by PTO


Activities: Model Seders
Lower School Tennis, 4:15 pm
NO SCHOOL - Start of Passover Break


NO SCHOOL - Erev Pesach


March 31-April 8: Passover Break - NO SCHOOL
April 9: School Resumes
April 10: Kindergarten Readiness Screenings
April 11: Robotics Club begins
April 9-30: Ohio State Testing - Grades 3-8
April 10: 7th Grade Magazine Sale Kick-Off (for 2018 8th Grade Washington Trip)
Complete the CTA Survey of Stakeholders: A survey was emailed out and will close this coming Monday, March 26 at 12 noon.

If you did not receive the link or haven't completed the survey, click on the links below:

For Faculty, Staff, Board Members, Parents, Students: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTQRHV8  

Robotics Club: Registration for Robotics Club for students in grades 3-5 is now open. There are only 12 spaces in the club and it is first come first serve for registration. Club begins on April 11 through May 23 after school from 4:00-5:15 pm. Instructors are Daniel Newman and Roman Ilin with Mrs. Mast as faculty adviser. Click here for full flyer or here to register.
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 with Passover purchases. More information here.
Volunteer to help with CTA Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut activities: The Hebrew Department is planning a series of programs to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday and could use some parent volunteers.

We need volunteers to assist us on the following dates with the following tasks:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 from 3:00 - 5:00/6:00 pm, decorating the school and setting up some stations.- 2-3 Volunteers

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 from 9:30 am-12:00 noon - Helping to set up the remaining stations and prep for ceremony. -2 -3 volunteers

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 from 4:10-5:00/5:30 pm - Supplies Clean up and storage after the program. - 2-3 volunteers 

To volunteer, email to sbenatar@torahacademy.org
Volunteer for Columbus Baseball Invitational: CBI will be held on April 29-May 1 and parent volunteers are always needed to help make the event a success. Earn Give & Get. A list of volunteer opportunities can be found here. Email to alisadk@hotmail.com to get signed up.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
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.
Amazon Smile: Make sure you are registered for Amazon Smile and are using your account to help CTA earn money. Use this link to register or take advantage of a special promotion: smile.amazon.com/ch/31-4428025
Order magazines for your office or home. 40% profit goes to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Click on this flyer or this link and use the school code: 2522449. Any questions, ask an 8th grader or Norma.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
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.
Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
Gratitude Grams: PTO is now selling Gratitude Grams for teachers and staff. A sheet of gratitude grams are $1 for 4. You can show your appreciation for your favorite teacher or staff person. They can be purchased 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 .
Cole Essay Contest for High School Seniors. Deadline is April 20, 2018. Details can be found here.
Young Jewish Artist Music Competition deadline is March 26. Click here for application.
Blood Drive at the JCC College Ave. on Wednesday, April 11th: The need for blood donors is never completely satisfied. New donors must be found when long time donors can no longer give. Please come Wednesday, April 11th, to the JCC between 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm to give the “Gift of Life”. You can arrange an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-Red Cross or go to the Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code: tolifecolumbus  
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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