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October 19, 2012

            3 Cheshvan 5773

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RabbiKahnThis week's Torah portion of Noach describes the famous story of the Mabul (Flood) that wiped out almost all of mankind. Only the righteous Noach and his family were spared. It is frequently the case that people are very familiar with the events that happened before and during the Flood, but are much less knowledgeable about the events that transpired afterwards. The Torah recounts that after Noach and his family exited the ark and began to rebuild their lives, Noach busied himself with planting a vineyard. After the grapes had ripened, Noach made wine with them and became intoxicated. The Torah describes the baleful consequences that resulted from this, and some of the Rabbis of the Talmud were very critical of Noach over this episode. They took him to task for not foreseeing the possible results of his actions. By choosing to plant grapes and then making wine, Noach became responsible on a certain level for all of the negative things that resulted from his drunkenness. This illustrates a basic principle of Judaism, namely, that human beings are always responsible for their actions. In the words of Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers), "Who is wise? The person who foresees what will happen (as a result of his/her activity)." 


Shabbat Shalom! 

Rabbi Zvi Kahn


Mrs. Sonia Modes Schottenstein will be honored on Sunday, December 2 at the Annual Scholarship Dinner to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Columbus.  Mrs. Schottenstein is the benefactor of the Sonia Modes Schottenstein Music Room given in memory of her parents, Joseph and Rose Modes, founders of CTA.  The annual Gala will also showcase CTA's successes and will feature student performances and film selections to celebrate all that CTA has accomplished.  Rabbi Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the much-admired Chief Rabbi of Efrat, will be the guest speaker.


The Dinner chairs are Dalia Koppes, Murielle Rosenberg and Patty Schiff. 


The evening will include a Student Artwork & Silent Auction.  Classes throughout the school are working on items that will be available for sale at the auction thanks, in part, to parent leadership on these projects. The chairperson for the Artwork project is Jamie Topolosky and the chairperson for the Silent Auction is Lauren Levy. Please contact Jamie and/or Lauren with ideas and items to donate for the auctions.


The Tribute Journal which will be distributed at the dinner is a major fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund.  By now all parents have received contracts to share with family, friends and potential advertisers. Please be in touch with Shari if you need ideas for potential donors. The deadline for tributes is November 2 and efforts count towards Give & Get.


Invitations for the dinner are forthcoming.  Parents are warmly invited and encouraged to attend and join this major community event that annually attracts more than 400 attendees.  

Monday, October 22: Pizza Bagels
Turn in Tzedakah Box
Choir Practice, 4:00-4:45 pm
Tuesday, October 23: Hamburgers-Volunteer: M. Napper
Wednesday, October 24: Pizza-Volunteer: P. Wolf
Thursday, October 25: Chicken Cutlet-Volunteer: A. Rosen
Friday, October 26: Fish Sticks-Volunteer: S. Lubow
Friday, November 2: End of 1st Quarter
Sunday, November 4: Daylight Savings Time Ends; turn clocks back 1 hour
November 4-8: 8th Grade Washington Trip
Wed. & Thurs., November 7 & 8: Prospective Kindergarten Open House
Friday, November 9: 2:00 pm Friday Dismissal Schedule Begins
CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 112
Monday-Thursday- 7:30am-4pm; Friday- 7:30am-3pm

The Scrip Office keeps a variety of available scrip on hand. Special order scrip from hundreds of stores is available by sending your request to To see a complete selection of all of the Scrip choices, go to To benefit CTA with online purchases, register at  

"I heard through the Grapevine..."  Giant Eagle does not give a % or cash back to CTA, BUT their "Apples for Students" program, which runs from October 1 through March 17, 2013, automatically earns our school FREE educational awards for art, lab, gym & recess equipment, and class tools, EVERY time your card is scanned ...BUT you need to register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card today, with CTA's School ID #4389. Sign up at or by calling 1-800-474-4777 and register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and CTA's ID.   So, if you're already doing your shopping at Giant Eagle, make sure your card is registered with our school ID! OR GO ONE STEP FURTHER: pre-purchase Giant Eagle Scrip from Lesa at the front desk, and partner this program with a 5% credit to your own Give & Get commitment from the gift card purchase!!


"L'chaim and Todah Rabah to ... Esther Kaltmann for purchasing Oriental Trading Scrip (which gives 9% to CTA!); Sam's Club Scrip (2.5% goes to CTA), and (4% goes to CTA); and to Beth & Daryl Binsky who also purchased Amazon scrip as well as GFS Scrip (which gives 4% back to CTA), while earning a flat 5% credit towards their annual commitment!  


The Give & Get (G&G) Commitment for 2012-2013 is $2,000 per family. G&G is fulfilled through donations, Scrip purchases, solicitations & volunteering.  The weekly G&G Grapevine gives you ideas of how to easily do your part. Send a record of all G&G volunteer hours to


If you would like to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Abelman, at 855-5195 or Volunteer time is worth $25 per hour towards Give & Get. 


Please mark your calendars for the weekend of November 30-December 2 when Rabbi Shlomo Riskin will be in Columbus as a scholar-in-residence. Rabbi Riskin is one of the foremost figures in the Modern-Orthodox world. From New York City to the West Bank of Israel, Rabbi Riskin has impacted thousands of lives. He is a profound thinker and a riveting speaker. Rabbi Riskin's visit is being co-sponsored by CTA and Congregation Torat Emet. Be on the look-out for further details!


By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator


The month of Cheshvan is without holidays, but this did not prevent our school from being full of activities and learning experiences.  We started off the month with a large, friendly greeting to welcome Cheshvan and to remind all of us to pray for rain, especially in Israel.  The children received two treats to honor this two-day Rosh Chodesh.  Thank you to the Student Council for providing this.


Some of the other things we did to begin this month were:  

  • Learning that Cheshvan is actually an Aramaic word and that the Hebrew word for this month is "bul" (from the word, "mabul"- the great flood of Noah, which began this month).  In Modern Hebrew, the word "bul" means "stamp."  The third and fourth grade students worked on a project by creating an Israeli stamp, which they will share with their friends in the Shiloh school in Israel. 
  • Seeing the inside of an etrog, smelling it, and blessing it with a "shehechiyanu," then eating from the new fruit. 
  • Learning about the aravot (willows) from Mr. Tanenbaum, who brought some from his garden and helped us plant a bunch of them in our school garden for the third year in a row.  
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By Galit Golan, Hebrew Language Coordinator

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Now, that the Chagim are behind us, we have a lot going in the different Hebrew classes.


As Moreh David Adar tells in his own words: "We have been very busy in the high school, trying to fit our rich curriculum into the holidays. While the 11th & 12th grades were reading their Hebrew chapter book, "Haed Haacharon", getting to know Ms. Brigita Gunter, a history teacher in Sweden, who is confronting her students and denying the Holocaust, as part of their literature, the 9th & 10th grade students are getting to know all the aspects of Jews living in an Arab country before the establishment of the state of Israel. Also, part of our curriculum which was discussed last week, was the newspaper article about Jonathan Polard, an American Jew who was accused of spying for Israel and has spent the last 25 years in a U.S prison. The discussion was fabulous as the students integrated their knowledge with their spoken Hebrew."


Kindergarten students started Chalav Udvash, our conversational Hebrew program. Morah Eva Chaykin introduced Benzi, the Israeli puppet who is part of the program. Together, Morah Eva and Benzi, will teach the kids many vocabulary words and short conversation in Hebrew.


On October 18, 2011, we celebrated the safe return of Gilad Shalit, from captivity. The state of Israel paid a big and painful price to fulfill the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyeem, redemption of captives. Now, a year later, Gilad Shalit is undergoing a journey of physical and emotional rehabilitation and recovery. 


A year ago, CTA students released 18 (חי) blue balloons to the sky, in a celebration of Gilad's return, and with a prayer for Shalom. This year, our young Shlicha, Liat Shaked, updated the students on Gilad's whereabouts today. Baruch Hashem, Gilad now fills much better. He lives with his parents in Mitzpe Hila in north Israel, loves sports, and now co-writes a weekly sport column in Yediot Acharonot, one of the leading newspaper in Israel. Let us all pray for his complete recovery, and the safety of all Israeli soldiers. 

By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator

Weitz Student investment is a powerful component of the CTA Upper School, particularly in the realm of programming.  The memorable moments of the recent yomim tovim as they are celebrated at CTA inevitably end up being the fun and meaningful programs generated by student creativity and enthusiasm. At the epicenter of these student initiatives is our student council. Just a few weeks ago the High School and Jr. High elected this year's staff:


High School Student Council: President - Cody Parks, VP Programming - Noah Hazan, VP Chessed - Bradley Rosenstein, Secretary - Ariella Harstein, Treasurer - Becky Portman, High School Head of Mitzva Club - Shoshana Ginsburg, Rosh Chodesh Club - Sarah Nutis & Alyssa Karmia

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Junior High Student Council: Co-Presidents - Rosie Kalef & Jenna Rodier, VP - Hannah Blumenfeld, Treasurer - Julie Chase, Publicity - Dasha Kuperberg, 7th grade Representative - Avior Hazan   

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The enthusiasm of this year's Jr. High Student Council was apparent from day one as Mrs. Sage Moreno, their advisor, remarked that they began conducting meetings and making plans before she even had a chance to ask them to!  In the High School, in the mere month since elections, we have seen a major tzedakah "campaign-game" called "Penny Wars" initiated by our Mitzvah Club, our first Rosh Chodesh breakfast from the Rosh Chodesh Club and an early start on school sweatshirts in the Jr. High and school jerseys and kippot in the High School.


"I consider it a real privilege to work with the talented and dedicated members of our student council," Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff, High School Student Council advisor, reflected. "The students are already developing interesting and innovative programs and ideas to further enhance the rich experience that they are receiving at CTA."


When asked to describe his goal for student council, President Cody profoundly replied "to build upon past experiences within the High School with the hope of engaging a more enticing involvement in both the community and our peers. We, as a school, are clearly small in size. This grants us the benefit of closeness and comfort that wouldn't be easily achieved in a larger school.  As Student Council we can utilize this advantage, seeking to actualize the potential of a stronger CTA and to unify its students." 


By Morah Robin Elbaz, 2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Continuing from last week's highlights of what is happening in second grade, in Morah Robin's Judaic class, we have been very busy learning about all the chagim (holidays) of Chodesh (month) Tishrei. How do we learn about the holidays in second grade? We do it in a variety of ways so that we embrace different learning styles.   Each student receives a special packet for every holiday that is used as our "text" with the concepts and laws we want to learn clearly laid out before us. The packet is a combination of Tal Am worksheets and teacher created pages.   Each packet includes Tal Am songs which the children love to sing.  We reinforce this conventional learning approach with hands on activities.  We play a lot of games!  We have matching games between pictures and words and mime games reviewing the concepts and terms. We play "bingo", "guess what's missing?" and "hangman" games, just to mention a few.  The art work and projects that we do support the theme and are designed to enhance and reinforce our study of these beautiful holidays.  The children enjoyed learning about the holidays of Tishrei and I hope that you all enjoyed celebrating them with your dear children and families. Shana Tova!


By Lara McCormick, 8th Grade Science Teacher

8th Science1 Eighth grade science kicked off the year with a unit on Earth Science. So far, 8th graders have learned the basics of rocks and minerals, learned about geomagnetic reversals, continental drift, plate tectonics, earthquakes and have moved on to volcanoes.   We have had quite a busy year so far: the students have used microscopes to identify the characteristics of minerals, learned how seismometers work and how the magnitude and intensity of earthquakes are determined by geologists.

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The students also learned how to read topographic and contour maps. In the photo above, Molly, Margalit and Hannah are determining the areas around Mt. Rainer that would be affected by mudflows, volcanic ash, pyroclastic and lava flows and calculating how long citizens would have time to evacuate and escape each hazard from different cities if the volcano were to erupt. We've also started "Science Friday" during which students bring in articles each Friday to share and discuss current events in science such as the joint drilling project between the United States and Japan that will bring samples up from the Earth's mantle for scientific study. The 8th graders are also hoping to rejuvenate the CTA garden! We were ahead of schedule and took a day to clean, weed and till the soil in the flower and vegetable beds. The students planted tulips and daffodils with hopes to sell these to support Student Council when they bloom this spring. If any other students or parents would be interested in maintaining the CTA garden next season, please let us know - we have a great garden space that is a shame to waste!  




Rabbi Tuly Weisz (Class of '98) and Abby Weisz on the birth of a daughter

Michael Casselll (Class of '07) on the birth of a son


Dr. Rafe Wenger, Hannah (Class of '06), Tehila (Class of '10), and Ayelet

  (Class of '12) on the passing of father and grandfather, Yechiel Wenger


Kim and Lawrence Binsky, Agi and Jonathan Hartstein, Laura and Ira Nutis, Dr. Jaime Goodman and Bernard Schubach and Jamie and Matt Topolosky for sponsoring this month's delicious Rosh Chodesh Faculty and Staff Appreciation lunch.


All the volunteers, students and attendees at the Steak & Jazz Night held last Sunday to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC and the Varsity Girls' Basketball Trip.


Please make the following changes and corrections to your copy of the Parent Directory:

      NEW PHONE NUMBER: Yuriy Shevkin & Alina Galbmillion: 522-6858

      CORRECTION: Yaakov & Miriam Schulman, 231-9331



On Wednesday Columbus Public Schools Transportation Department led a Bus Safety program for students in grades K-3. The students learned about proper bus behavior and etiquette and the safety rules for getting on and off the bus and crossing the street.  All bus rules are created to ensure that our children are transported to school safely and securely.


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Fruit Sale Support the CTA Eighth Grade Washington Trip by buying citrus fruit from Florida.  CTA eighth graders are taking orders now for Florida Indian River Groves' oranges, grapefruits and tangelos for delivery the week before Thanksgiving.  Citrus fruit makes a wonderful host or vendor gift, centerpiece at your Thanksgiving and Shabbat tables and a fresh, healthy snack for your family.  Orders will be accepted ONLY through October 26.  The quality and freshness of the fruit is outstanding.  Please place your order today by calling any eighth grader, emailing, or calling Sarah Blumenfeld at 614-370-7832.


Pricing is as follows:


10 lbs Carton of Navel Oranges, Tangelos or Indian River Red Grapefruit  $20

20 lbs Carton of Navel Oranges, Tangelos or Indian River Red Grapefruit  $30

10 lbs MIXED Carton of Navel Oranges and Indian River Red Grapefruit   $22

20 lbs MIXED Carton of Navel Oranges and Indian River Red Grapefruit   $32 


JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT AT CREW STADIUM: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC at the Columbus Crew Stadium on Sunday, October 28th, at 4:00 pm. The cost is $21.00 ($32 Face Value). It is also our Fan Appreciation Night. Crew players will be signing autographs after the game; prize scratch cards for the first 20,000 fans, and will have a NEW CAR GIVEAWAY! TICKET ORDERING OPTIONS: Call (614-447-4233) or email ( with any questions or to reserve your spot! Follow this link and use PROMO CODE: Jewish to purchase tickets online:


RAISING KIDS TO LOVE BEING JEWISH:  Author and lecturer, Doron Kornbluth will present this interesting topic from his book on Sunday, October 28, at 7:30 pm.  The lecture is free and will be presented at the JCC, 1125 College Avenue in collaboration with the Columbus Community Kollel and the JCC Book Fair.  For more information, contact, or 237-7133


Mockingbird TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Join us on Saturday, November 3rd for SRO's (Senior Repertory of Ohio) production of "To Kill a Mockingbird." The Pultizer Prize winning novel written by Harper Lee, explores family, race and values during the 1930's in Alabama, and stars our 5th and 6th grade general studies teacher, Kate Willis and 8th grader Jenna Rodier, in a principal role. To reserve your spot, email Norma Whitmyre at but your payment is your reservation. Cash or checks made out to Norma Whitmyre need to be in by Monday, Oct. 29.



Rachel Wolf Congratulations to Rachel Wolf, 7th grader, for being chosen as Mentsch of the Month for Tishrei.  The Mentsch of the Month is chosen each month in the Junior High by the teachers in recognition of outstanding character traits and behavior. Other nominees for Tishrei include: Leah Ackerman, Dasha Kuperberg, Rochel Kaltmann, Josh Needleman and Jenna Rodier.  Each month's Mentsch finalist receives a certificate and a gift card to Barnes and Noble.  All nominees receive a treat from Rabbi Kahn.



tzedakah box This Monday, October 22 is the "Turn in Tzedakah Box" Day on the school calendar.  Please send money by check or cash in a baggie marked with your family name so that it can be counted towards your Give & Get.


Last month more than $300 was collected through the Tzedakah boxes that were distributed to each CTA family. If you did not receive yours, one can be sent home with the youngest child in your family. Please contact Shari Herszage ( for more information.


Please continue to use the CTA Tzedakah box to support day school education at CTA. The Tzedakah Box Turn in day happens each month near Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the Jewish month) and we will remind families to send in the money collected in the CTA Tzedakah box.



All CTA Upper School students (grades 7-12) are invited to join members of the Columbus community at Congregation Torat Emet, 2375 East Main Street, on Saturday evening, October 27, to watch the MLB World Series game on the big-screen TV, eat pizza and ice cream, and help us "throw out the first pitch" for the 2013 Columbus Baseball Invitational. We will gather at Torat Emet, from 8:15 pm to 11:00 pm. It's unlikely that the baseball game will be completed by our "curfew," but out of respect for families of the CTA students who will be attending our get-together, we will adjourn at 11 o'clock. Students and their families will be responsible for transportation to and from Torat Emet. 


It has been a time-honored Jewish tradition to give tzedakah in recognition of important events. Todah Rabah to the following for their donation:


To the Scholarship Fund:

Gary Liebesman and Stacy Leeman in honor of the birth of Mila Levison to

   Brent and Jessica Levison

Jonathan and Elana Gisser in memory of Barbara Rosmarin Burak, Bubby

   of Ben-zion, Akiva, Lila, Talia, and Chaim, and in memory of Cantor

   Hyman Gisser, Zaydie of Ben-zion, Akiva, Lila, Talia, and Chaim

Steven and Smadar Import in memory of beloved father, Avraham Yishai

   and in memory of beloved Aunt Zehava Levy

Warren and Marlene Sobol in honor of Al Dembe's birthday, Marni Rosen's

   marriage, the marriages of Stuart and Marilyn Cole's children, in honor of

   Dr. Matthew Kennedy, Charles Kramer, Steve Guinan, and Rabbi and

   Mrs. Zvi Kahn

Paul and Karan Tanenbaum in memory of Rita Neymotin's father, in

   memory of Smadar Melmed's mother, and in honor of Esther Schwartz

Robert and Marcia Hershfield in memory of Monica Calabrese's father, in

   memory of Rafe Wenger's father, and in memory of Smadar Melmed's



1.  Which particular sin sealed the fate of the flood generation?

     a.  Robbery.


2.  Why did Hashem tell Noach to build an ark, as opposed to saving him via some other method?

     a.  So that people would see Noach building the ark and ask him what he was doing. When Noach would answer, "Hashem is bringing a flood," it might encourage some people to repent.


3.  The ark had three levels. What function did each level serve?

     a.  The top level housed the people, the middle level housed the animals, and the bottom level, the refuse.


4. What indication do we have that Noach was familiar with the Torah?

     a.  Hashem told him to take into the ark seven of each kosher-type animal, and two of each non-kosher type. "Kosher" and "non-kosher" are Torah concepts.


5.  Why did Hashem postpone bringing the flood for seven days?

     a.  To allow seven days to mourn the death of Metushelach.


6.  Why did the first water of the flood come down as light rain?

     a.  To give the generation a chance to repent.


7.  What did people say that threatened Noach, and what did Hashem do to protect him?

     a.  People said, "If we see him going into the ark, we'll smash it!" Hashem surrounded it with bears and lions to kill any attackers.


8.  What grouping of creatures escaped the punishment of the flood?

     a.  The fish.


(Parsha NoachQuiz originally appeared on the

Ohr Somayach website,


As part of our partnership with the Shiloh school in Israel, we will be receiving riddles each week relating to the Parasha.  You will notice this each week on this back page.  The goal is to have the parents and children discuss the parasha, while trying to figure out the connection between the picture and the parasha.  All answered riddles should be given to the Judaic teacher on Monday. The names of the winners will be announced and sent to our friends in Israel. 

Riddle 10-19 

What is the connection between the picture and the parasha? Look in Chapter 6, Verse 16. You will find the answer there.

The winner of last week's riddle is Nissin Andrusier.

Moreh Dror Karavani will collect all of the submitted answers, put them into a box, and save them for the big raffle! You will hear more about this very soon. Keep your answers coming.

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