What Does it Mean to Become a Bat/Bar Mitzvah?


1. A Family Gathering: Installation of Rabbi Rebecca Epstein

Friday, March 1

5:00- Dinner, Temple House Ballroom

6:30- Installation Ceremony, Sanctuary

7:45- Champagne Toast & Dessert, Rotunda

We look forward to seeing you this Shabbat for a wonderful evening in celebration of Rabbi Epstein.

Please use the 8th Avenue entrance to the Temple House for the Installation Dinner.


2. 6 Points Creative Arts Virtual Parlor Meeting, March 5

We are very excited to share a special opportunity with you! 6 Points Creative Arts, the URJ’s newest summer experience for 3rd-11th graders. On Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30pm EST, the 6 Points Creative Arts team is holding a virtual parlor meeting for you to learn about the program, (air conditioned!) dorms, and community that your child could be part of this summer. To RSVP for the virtual parlor meeting, please use this link: https://urjyouth.wufoo.com/forms/ww5u3j110l7mjp/. If you have any questions please feel free to contact hisaacs@cbebk.org 

3. Mid-Year Check Ins

As a reminder, we are holding in person parent-teacher 15 minute check-ins the week of March 11th. Below are the links to sign up.

Lauren Roth:

Jewish Studies

This week, we continued learning about what it means to be a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. On Saturday, March 9th, I am inviting the Monday/Wednesday class to join our Tuesday/Saturday class as we watch a B’nai Mitzvah. This will end our B’nai Mitzvah unit and be a wonderful opportunity for the third graders to see what a B’nai Mitzvah service looks like. We will have a section of the pews blocked off for third grade to sit in. I ask that everyone try to get there when services start, but if you arrive late, please join us at that time.

HTM with Inbal

This week we started learning about Purim!! We introduced the main characters of the Megila, wore masks and made noise with our graders as we learned the following vocabulary:
Grager (Purim noisemaker) – Ra’ashan – רַעֲשָׁן
To make noise – Le’haraish – לְהַרְעִישׁ
Mask – Masecha – מַסֵּכָה
Scroll – Megila – מְגִלָּה
King – Melech – מֶלֶךְ
Queen – Malkah – מַלְכָּה
Crown – Keter – כֶּתֶר
During the next three weeks we will discuss the Holiday costumes, learn Purim songs in Hebrew, and Hebrew vocabulary regarding purim traditions.

HTM with Sharone

This week we focused on the following vocabulary:
לקרוא/ likroh /to read (new word) and לכתוב lichtov/ to write
and the following adjectives:
קטנה /k’tanah /small (fem.)        קטן /katan /small (masc.)
גדולה /g’dolah /big (fem.)           גדול /gadol/big (masc.)
We had an interesting discussion (in English) on how in Hebrew, as well as many other languages, gender is assigned to objects rather randomly and how the adjectives are slightly modified to agree with the noun’s gender. It was also noted how in Hebrew, the adjectives are positioned following the noun.
As a fun activity, students took turns responding to commands in Hebrew to either write or to read small or big words on the blackboard. Many yachad students really enjoyed being creative with this activity!
Examples of sentences students responded to:
Lakachat gir v’lichtov milah k’tanah al haluach.
Take chalk and write a small word on the blackboard.
Larutz el haluach v’lichtov im hagir milah gdolah.
Run to the blackboard and write with the chalk a big word.
Next week, for our Purim unit, we will review the Hebrew verb command, לקרוא/ likroh /to read and introduce להרעיש / /to make noise and such Purim objects  as רעשן /ra’ashan /gragger and מגילה /megillah /scroll

DL with Shay and Michal

This week, DL continued working in their smaller Hebrew groups divided by level.