Watching the B’nei Mitzvah


1. Chazakah | Class of 2019 Confirmation Service | Shabbat Morning Services March 23 Chazakah is the culmination of years of Yachad, where our cadre of 10-12th grade students can proudly present what animates their Judaism and affirm their commitment to their religion and people in a creative and interactive way. The whole community is invited to learn, pray, and support these extraordinary students. This Shabbat morning service will be fun for all ages, with roles for all participants.  Please plan on joining us!

3-4 will be leading Shema and Vahavta. They will leave sanctuary at normal time after 1st Aliyah for class, and dismissal is normal.

2. Purim Announcements!

Community Purim Carnival and Megillah Reading, Sunday, March 24

Carnival at 9:30 AM, Megillah Reading at 11:30 AM

Bring the whole family to this Queen-themed celebration and party like a rockstar with your CBE family and clergy. We will have a bouncy house, carnival games, crafts, face painting, puppet show, hamentaschen, yummy treats, and more! General Admission: Free for all ages! Carnival Activities & Games: $18 all-access kids passes*

Buy Carnival Passes

*Purchase your passes by Friday, March 22. Passes purchased at the door will be $25.

Click here for information about the community megillah reading for all ages & party for 21+ on 3/20

A Request from the Purim Carnival Planning Committee

CBE’s Annual Purim Carnival is coming and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Every year, CBE throws a carnival full of Games, Bounce Houses, Activities and Performances and this all happens because of wonderful parents like YOU, volunteering your time and energy to make this event a success.

We are reaching out to you because either you signaled you were open to volunteering or we have crossed paths before at CBE.  If you are available to volunteer this year, please email Lauren Roth for the sign-up sheet.

Book Drive and Card Making at the Purim Carnival 3/24!

Yet another opportunity to share the spirit of our community and our love of reading! At the Purim Carnival the Youth Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a Book Drive and Card Making table to benefit pediatric patients at Methodist Hospital. Bring a gently used (or new) book to the Purim Carnival and stop by to add a card and ribbon. This is a great opportunity to talk with your kids about the importance of giving back to their community, and to help them choose a book of their own to donate to sick children! Books will also be available for purchase. Through Reach Out And Read (ROAR), pediatric patients at Methodist are read to by volunteers and then can take the books home with them. Preschool through early elementary ages books are always needed. If you have a child in middle school who would like to volunteer at this table please email Bonnie Kerker at

3.  Interfaith Families – Interest in Creating a Group?

This year during Yachad registration, we invited families who identify as interfaith to identify themselves as such.  Many Yachad families did so! We recognize the special blessings and challenges experienced in interfaith families and would like to create a sense of community among this group — which is bigger than one might think.

The partnership between parents and Yachad staff is critical in providing our students a strong foundation in Judaism.  Knowing that many Yachad parents are themselves not Jewish, we want to ensure that there is nevertheless still a strong partnership with, and sense of belonging for, our interfaith families.   We thus have in mind to offer and nurture a space for: 1) Interfaith families to find each other, learn from each other, and develop a mutual support system; 2) Jewish parents in interfaith families to find each other and lean on each other as they create Jewish homes and experiences for their children; and 3) Non-Jewish parents in interfaith families to find and support each other in their journey as non-Jews parenting Jewish children.

We’d love more information about what specific topics you might be interested in exploring further.  Please reply to Erik Pitchal,,  with any thoughts, suggestions, and questions.  We really look forward to hearing from you!

Jewish Studies

Thank you to everyone who joined us this Saturday as we watched the B’nai Mitzvah. The students had a great time participating in the service and learning so much from the two Bar Mitzvah boys. When the service ended, we went back to our respective rooms to enjoy a Kiddush and discuss what we had learned and observed.

This week we also started a new unit all about Purim. We learned the story of Purim and discussed what it means to be a hero. The students thought about heroes they know from their own lives and how they are similar or different to the heroes in the story of Purim.

Next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we are encouraging students to wear costumes as we celebrate Purim at Yachad. And we look forward to seeing everyone at the Megilah reading on Wednesday evening and at the carnival on the 24th.

HTM with Inbal

This week the students continued learning about Purim and talking about the holiday costumes, while putting a special emphasis on Megilat Esther.
They were introduced to the main characters (Haman, Esther, Mordechai and Achashverosh), and learned the verb lilbosh-ללבוש-to wear, as the kids tried different costumes while performing the story found in the Megila.
We used the following vocabulary:
King – Melech – מלך
Queen – Malka – מלכה
Castle – Armon – ארמון
To bow down – Le’hishtachavot – להשתחוות
Costume – Tachposet – תחפושת
We also practiced the difference between the following verbs:
To eat – le’echol – לֶאֱכֹל
To read – likro – לִקְרֹא
To wear – lilbosh – ללבוש

HTM with Sharone

This week, the children enjoyed acting out two scenes in the Purim story in Hebrew as they used masks to be Esther, Haman, Mordechai, Vashti and King Achashverosh. They had fun following commandments to put on the costumes and masks, to sit on the king and queen’s thrones, to command Vashti to join the king at his banquet, her refusal & to send her away from Shushan. The king then chooses Esther from among all the “Shushan citizens” to be his queen and commands her to sit on the queen’s throne next to him. Another scene involved Haman approaching Mordechai and Mordechai’s refusal to bow down (l’hishtachavot).