CTA Weekly Communicator | Sept. 29, 2017 | 9 Tishrei 5778 | Yom Kippur
6:58 pm Candle lighting
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Yona Kimche, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
A short idea for the upcoming Yom Kippur.

On the eve of the most solemn day in the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur, it is traditional to ask forgiveness from our friends and acquaintances, for anything we may have done to upset or hurt them. This tradition has its roots in a remarkable statement of Rambam, Maimonedes, who tells us that for offences committed against our fellow man, forgiveness from G-d is not granted until we have been forgiven by the victim of our actions.

So much for the one who is asking for forgiveness. But what about the recipient of such a request? Need one forgive if asked? The Gemara in Masechet Shabbat makes an amazing statement: “G-d follows our lead when it comes to forgiveness. If we are willing to forgive our fellow, then He in turn will forgive us.” This tells us that, to a large degree, Teshuva is in our own hands . If we are willing to demonstrate a forgiving nature, then so too will G-d be more forgiving towards us.

So if on Friday of this week you are on the receiving end of a request for forgiveness, try forgiving. You may find serious spiritual benefit as well as a repaired friendship.

We should all have a meaningful and uplifting Yom Kippur.
Preview of the Week: October 2-6
Lunch: Pizza Bagels - Volunteer: M. Markush

Sports:  HOME vs Tree of Life - Middle School Soccer, 5 pm
HOME vs CSG - Middle School Volleyball, 5 pm
AWAY at Genoa Christian - Varsity Soccer, 5 pm
AWAY at Genoa Christian - Varsity Volleyball, 5 pm

Activities: Lower School Choir Practice, 4-5 pm
Lunch:  Hamburgers

Sports: HOME vs Horizon Science Academy - Varsity Soccer, 5:30 pm
HOME vs Horizon Science Academy - Varsity Volleyball, 5:30 pm

Erev Succot - NO SCHOOL


Succot - NO SCHOOL


Succot - NO SCHOOL


Mon., Oct. 9: High School Chol Hamoed Sukkot Trip
Wed., Oct. 11: 2:00 pm dismissal, Hoshanah Rabbah; NO PM Columbus buses
Thurs., Oct. 12: No School, Shemini Atzeret
Fri., Oct. 13: No School, Simchat Torah
Tues., Oct. 17: School Picture Retake Day
Tues., Oct. 17: Lower School Parent Cafe with Mrs. Miller, 7:30 pm, Hoffman Home
Oct. 24-25: 3rd Grade Ohio ELA Tests
Wed., Oct. 25: PSAT/NMSQT Grades 10-11
Thurs., Oct. 26: The Great CTA Challah Bake, Grades K-12, 4-5 pm
Sun., Oct. 29: Steak Night, Beth Jacob, 6-8 pm; proceeds benefit 8th Grade Washington Trip and Girls Basketball Team
PTO Directory: The CTA PTO Directory was sent home with the youngest child of ALL PAID PTO members this week. Don’t miss out on this important booklet. Become a member of PTO for just $25 ! Please send your check, made out to CTA PTO, to the school office or pay directly through Paypal at pto@torahacademy.org.  We’ll send the Directory right away!  
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.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Need help building your Sukkah? CTA Upper School Student Council is offering to come build. All proceeds benefit student council activities. Contact jsavage@torahacademy.org to schedule a time.
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 .
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
The Great CTA Challah Bake: Thursdsay, October 26 from 4-5 pm. To register, click here.
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
JCC Engineering After School Class: Starts October 3.
Israeli Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 8 at 106 S. Cassady Avenue
Milt's BBQ Food Truck on October 9 at Ahavas Sholom
Blood Drive at the JCC College Ave. on Tue., Oct. 17. More details by clicking on image or here.
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.

CTA's Day of Learning for September 27, the 7th of Tishrei was sponsored in memory of Bella Komanovsky by her son, Roman Komanovsky (CTA 8th grade class of 1984) . May her memory be for a blessing.

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.
Columbus Torah Academy | (V) 614-864-0299 | (F)614-864-2119 | info@torahacademy.org | www.torahacademy.org