CTA Weekly Communicator | Sept. 8, 2017 | 17 Elul 5777 | Parshat Ki Tet'zei | 7:33 pm Candle lighting
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
In this week's Parsha, the Torah states: "And now I brought the first fruit of the Land which the Almighty gave me, and you shall place it before the Almighty, your God, and you shall bow down before the Almighty, your God" (Deut 26:10).

Interestingly enough, we do not find the idea of bowing down to G-d mentioned with regards to other commandments. Why is it mentioned here in the bringing of the first fruits?

Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz, ZT"L teaches us that the whole concept of bringing the first fruits to the Bais HaMikdash (the Holy Temple in Jerusalem) is to show gratitude to the Almighty for all that He has given. It is an expression of our awareness that everything we have is a gift from the Almighty. Therefore, the Torah mentions that we bow down to the Almighty, which symbolizes our total submission to His will because all that we have is from Him. This applies to our material as well as our intellectual achievements. Be grateful to the Almighty for all that you understand in Torah and any novel ideas that He has blessed you with. 

Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: Sept. 11-15
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese Volunteer: R. Schwartz

Sports:   MS Volleyball - AWAY vs. Central College Christian, 5 pm
MS Soccer - AWAY vs. Central College Christian, 5 pm
Varsity Volleyball - HOME vs. Harvest Prep, 5:30 pm

Activities: Lower School Choir Practice, 4-4:30 pm
Lunch:  Hamburgers Volunteer: L. Blumberg

Sports: Varsity Volleyball - HOME vs. Oakstone Academy, 6 pm

Activities: CTA Scholarship Dinner Kickoff Meeting, 7:30 pm, Home of Daryl & Beth Binsky
Lunch: Grilled Cheese Volunteer: D. Weprin


Activities: Garden Club, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Meatball Subs Volunteer: D. Kopp

Sports: MS Volleyball - HOME vs Polaris Christian, 5 pm
MS Soccer - HOME vs. Polaris Christian, 5 pm
Varsity Soccer - AWAY vs. Madison Christian, 5:30 pm

Lunch: Fish Sticks Volunteer: Y. Sherk


Sun., Sept. 10:  Administration of ACT
Sun, Sept. 10: Hebrew Story Time, 2 pm, Bexley Library
Mon., Sept. 18: Help with Rosh Hashanah holiday treat bags, 8:30 am at CTA
Sept. 20-22:  No School, Rosh Hashanah
Fri., Sept. 29: No School, Erev Yom Kippur
Oct. 4-6: No School, Succot
Wed., Oct. 11: 2:00 pm dismissal, Hoshanah Rabbah
Thurs., Oct. 12: No School, Shemini Atzeret
Fri., Oct. 13: No School, Simchat Torah
Logo Applications : Remember, you can continue to have logos placed on items throughout the year. Logos are $7 per item. Shirts should be dropped off at the Front Desk. Processing takes 10-14 days. The full Uniform and Dress Code Policy can be viewed here .
Columbus City Buses:  We are in contact with Columbus City Schools to improve our routes and pick up time. If you want, please call 614-365-5074 to voice your concerns. We are told that the Berwick bus will update its afternoon route today.
Transportation Procedures/Who to call if there is a change in pick up? Your child's safety is our highest priority. We want to update you about the manner in which we deal with students’ transportation changes within the Lower School. If you need to change the way that your child is getting home that day , here are the procedures we need you to follow: Read More
Snacks : Make sure that you pack a healthy, Kosher snack for students to have throughout the day. Candy is not appropriate for the school day because it is not healthy unless it is for an accommodation that is discussed with the teacher. Gum is not allowed in order to keep our campus beautiful unless it is used as an accommodation. 
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Join Nicole Miller, Lower School Principal, next Friday, September 15, at 8:15-9 am in Room 8 (STEM Lab) for a cup of coffee and discussion about Multi-Tiered System of Support.
Hebrew Story Time with Moreh Dror this Sunday, September 10, at 2 pm at Bexley Public Library
Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .

Help with Rosh Hashanah holiday treat bags on Monday, Sept. 18, at 8:30 am at CTA. Contact Shulamit at: dginsburg1@sbcglobal.net to volunteer.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
Order fresh oranges, grapefruit and tangelos to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Deadline for ordering is November 9. https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/498484
Rosh Hashanah Family Fun Day sponsored by Kollel and JCC on Sunday, September 17.
Special JCC Membership Offer to CTA families for the new year!
Jewish Arts amd Music Festival for Kids at the JCC on September 17 from 12-2 pm
Columbus Jewish Arts and Music Festival at the JCC from 12-8 pm
Israeli Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 8 at 106 S. Cassady Avenue
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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