CTA Weekly Communicator | Sept. 15, 2017 | 24 Elul 5777 | Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech |
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CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Leah Savage, 2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
In this week's Parsha, we learn that the goal of learning and fulfilling the Torah is neither hidden nor distant from us:

"Rather, the matter is very close to you in your mouth and heart to do it" (Deut. 30:14).

Rav Zelig Pliskin, in his book, In Growth Through Torah asks: "Why does the Torah use the phrase "mouth and heart" to tell us that we can learn the whole Torah and fulfill it?"

He answers by quoting Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz, the Rosh Ha Yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva in Israel: "Regardless of how far away one is, if he is sincerely resolved to become a better person, he will be able to make an immediate transformation of himself. How? When you make a sincere verbal commitment to the Almighty and to yourself to become a changed person, your very words have an impact. If you keep up your resolve, you can change your behavior."

Says Rav Pliskin that "If the words of your mouth are one with what is in your heart, then you can change immediately."

Wishing everyone a Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom!

Preview of the Week: Sept. 18-22
Lunch: Pizza Bagels - Volunteer: L. Markush

Sports:  AWAY at Cypress Christian - Middle School Soccer, 5 pm
AWAY at Cypress Christian - Middle School Volleyball, 5 pm

Activities:  Help with Rosh Hashanah holiday treat bags, 8:30 am
Lower School Choir Practice, 4-4:45 pm
CTA Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Lunch:  Chicken Nuggets - Volunteer: M. Lessnick

Sports: AWAY at Oakstone Academy - Varsity Volleyball, 6 pm

Activities: 
Erev Rosh Hashanah - NO SCHOOL

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Activities: 
Rosh Hashanah - NO SCHOOL

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Rosh Hashanah - NO SCHOOL

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Activities:
Fri., Sept. 29: No School, Erev Yom Kippur
Oct. 4-6: No School, Succot
Oct. 9: High School Chol Hamoed Sukkot Trip
Wed., Oct. 11: 2:00 pm dismissal, Hoshanah Rabbah
Thurs., Oct. 12: No School, Shemini Atzeret
Fri., Oct. 13: No School, Simchat Torah
Tzedakah Boxes:  This coming Monday, September 18 is Tzedakah Box Drop Off Day. Please send in the contents of your Tzedakah Box in a labeled envelope or baggie or in check form. All donations are applied to Give & Get. If you need a CTA Tzedakah Box, contact sherszage@torahacademy.org
High School Students need to sign up for the Sukkot Chol Hamoed trip to Six Flags. Please use this link to register by Monday, September 18. Questions to j savage@torahacademy.org

Uniform Outerwear: As the weather gets colder, please remember to send your children in outwear that adheres to the Uniform Policy and sets color and logo expectations for sweatshirts or sweaters that are worn during the school day. This does not refer to jackets worn outdoors. Go to www.torahacademy.org and read the section about outerwear.
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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
Link your Giant Eagle Advantage card to Apples for Education to benefit CTA and help earn money for our school. Go to www.GiantEagle.com/AFTS and use School Id#4389. Last year we earned $260!
Rosh Hashanah Family Fun Day sponsored by Kollel and JCC on Sunday, September 17 .
Weekly Class for Women starts on September 17 at Pammy Samuelson's House.
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 on September 17 from 12-8 pm
JCC Cooking Class for Kids: September 20-November 8.
Israeli Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 8 at 106 S. Cassady Avenue
Milt's BBQ Food Truck on October 9 at Ahavas Sholom
Kollel Chinese Auction: Tuesday, October 24 from 7-9 pm at Copious. More info at www.thekollel.org
Special Membership Offer to CTA families from the JCC ends on October 31, 2017!
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.

On Wednesday, September 13/Elul 22, CTA's Day of Learning was sponsored by Cheryl Miller, in memory of beloved parents, Anne and Gus Block on Anne's yartzheit - Henna Liba bat Avram Meir. Anne and Gus were the Bubbie and Papa to CTA 10th grade student Gillian Herszage and her siblings, Max and Shayna, alumni of CTA.

On Friday, September 15/Elul 24, CTA's Day of Learning was sponsored by Roman and Victoria Ilin in honor of their son, 7th grader Ariel Ilin putting on tefillin for the first time.

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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