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March 7, 2014

          5 Adar II 5774 

  Candlelighting 6:12 p.m.
This Week on E-Dateline
Headmaster's Message
First Graders Brave the Iditarod
Preview of the Week
Dates to Remember
Scrip Update - Places to Purchase Scrip
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News from the Lower School Judaic Studies Department
News from the Hebrew Language Department
Mazal Tov To
Thank You To
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PJ Pals Purim Storytime
Tzedakah Box Turn in this Monday
The IronMensch Comes Back to CTA
Writer in Residence at CTA
Student Artwork at JCC
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This week's Torah portion of Vayikra brings the third Book of the Torah. The parsha opens with the words, "And G-d called to Moshe." It is very interesting to note that according to Chazal (the Rabbis of the Talmud), Moshe had ten different names, each of which reflected a different aspect of his personality and achievements. For example, one of his names was "Yered," which means "bring down," because he brought the Torah down to the world. However, the only name that is used in the Torah is Moshe. Why is this so? Rabbi Yaakov Haber explains that this name was selected by Pharoah's daughter after she rescued baby Moshe from the river. The name reflects the fact that "from the water she drew him out." Pharoah's daughter risked her life to save an innocent child. This act represents the supreme Jewish value of mesirut nefesh - being willing to devote one's life, and even risk losing it, in the service of G-d and humanity. Moshe himself demonstrated this quality to the highest degree. Thus, out of all his ten names, this one, created by an Egyptian princess, is the one known to eternity.


Shabbat Shalom!   

Rabbi Kahn


Mush, mush!  The first graders held their annual Iditarod C.T.A. race last Friday.  As a culmination of their study of the Alaskan Tundra, the Iditarod is an opportunity for the whole Lower School and many parents and grandparents came to celebrate with the 1st graders. 


While the weather was a little bit too cold to complete the mock race outdoors, the halls of CTA were transformed into a race course lined with cheering fans for The Speedy Cheetahs, The Fire Blades, The Fire Blading Giants, The Iditarod Speed Huskies, The Ohio Speed Cardinals, and The Snow Hamster Dogs.  


The 6 teams, which each included one musher to ride in the team sled and several "dogs" to pull, ran the race course as quickly as possible, stopping at checkpoints along the way to figure out the math, science, social studies, and problem-solving challenges presented to them.  The teams progressed through the checkpoints until finally crossing the finish line on their team-created sleds made of cardboard, rope and canvas. 


The official Alaskan Iditarod kicked off on March 1 and the 1st graders check the progress of their favorite teams each day. 


Thanks you to all the parents and guests who attended, those that helped at checkpoints and setting up, and all the teachers, especially Miss Tanenbaum, who take great care that the 1st graders learn so much.


Sunday, March 9: Daylight Savings Time Begins, turn clocks ahead 1 hour
Monday, March 10:  Pizza Bagels-Volunteer: B. Martin
OGT Exam, Grade 10
Turn in Your Tzedakah Box
Tuesday, March 11:  Tacos-Volunteer: L. Schottenstein
OGT Exam Grade 10
Twirlers, 4-5pm
Wednesday, March 12:  Pizza-Volunteer: R. Fineberg
OGT Exam Grade 10
Lower School Student Council, 4-5pm
Thursday, March 13:  Turkey Pastrami-Volunteer: C. Derrow
Friday, March 14:  Fish Sticks-Volunteer: S. Lubow
Purim Festivities, Grades K-12
March 17 & 18:  OGT Exam, Grade 10
Friday, March 21:  End of 3rd Quarter
Lower School Dress Down Day
Tuesday, March 25: 7th Grade Magazine Sale Kick-Off 
Monday, April 7: Executive Board Meeting
April 14-23:  Passover Break - NO SCHOOL
Friday, April 25: 4:00 p.m. Friday Dismissal Schedule Resumes
CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 112
Monday-Thursday- 7:30am-4pm

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 [email protected]. To see a complete selection of all of the Scrip choices, go to To benefit CTA with online purchases, register at  

Remember: Target Take Charge of Education Program; Box Tops for Education; Giant Eagle Apples for Students, Kroger card, and empty inkjet cartridges into the box at the front office. To view the vendors participating in the Scrip Program go to


Call & Deliver Program for Scrip: email [email protected] or call 864-0299 to order scrip and have it delivered to your home!    


Help CTA to Win a Wireless Lab from Discovery Education and CDW-G.  Enter daily until May 1.  Go to: 

and be entered to receive daily reminders.  The more times you enter, the more times we have the chance to win!


iGive:  Do you and your family make a lot of purchases on the internet?  Have you registered for iGive?  More than 1400 stores are connected through iGive and when registered, a percentage of your purchases will benefit CTA.  We have been registered since 2011 and have earned close to $1000.  However, we only have 62 registered members.  Are you one of them?  To get connected, go to and register today!

By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator

How lucky we are this year to be celebrating 2 Adars.  Last Friday, we welcomed in the second Adar by having "Tacky Day."  It was fun to see the different clothing choices and students' smiles, as they walked through the halls.  Children from other classes visited one another, while dancing and singing "Mishenichnas Adar."  Everyone is always very proud to wear their Purim stickers supplied by their friends in the Shiloh school.  This year, a special program was introduced called, "Vnahafochu," where things were turned around and the students had the chance to be the teachers for a period of time.  Of course, Hamentashen were given out and added to the spirit of the day.  Needless to say, if the children had their way, they would add an Adar 3! 


Yasher Koach to the bentchers of the month:  Natalie Slutsky, Aviel Metz, and Avrohom Yosef Finegold.


Next Friday, we will celebrate Purim in our school.  Shabbat Shalom!



By Galit Golan, Hebrew Language Coordinator

The Upper School students celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, during Shishi Ivrit, our monthly Hebrew Award Ceremony. The students watched a presentation about current events in Israel.  After the presentations the students had the opportunity to ask questions and to sing Hebrew songs. As part of the program, awards were given to students who excelled in their Hebrew studies during the last two months. The teachers had a hard time choosing the awardees among many excellent students.


Moreh David Adar awarded Rochel Kaltmann, Hannah Blumenfeld, Aleeza Hartstein, Neil Kalef, Sivan Import and David Polster for excellence in Achievements.

Morah Kelly Adar awarded Roston Shore for improving his conversational Hebrew and Mira Cassell for excellence in Hebrew studies.

Morah Galit Golan awarded Basya Fedorovskaya and Leilah Abelman for excellence in Hebrew studies.


Mazal Tov and Yishar Koach to all our students! Shabbat Shalom!


Shaul and Yiska Weisband on the birth of a daughter

Batchen and Itamar Cohen on the birth of a daughter

Dr. Benjamin and Rachel Metz on Shmuel becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Bruno Herszage (8th Grade Class of '92) on the birth of twin daughters

Leah Weisz Sturm (Class of '01) on the birth of a daughter

David Epstein (Class of '03) on the birth of a son

Dina Vinar-Cieplinski (Class of '91 and parent of Julia and Rebekkah) who

   received her real estate license this week


Lawrence and Kim Binsky, Larry and Robin Garvin, Steven and Smadar Import, Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein and David and Dee-Dee Stein for sponsoring this month's delicious Rosh Chodesh Staff Appreciation Lunch!


Bruce Cohen (8th Grade Class of '70) and Barry Cohen (8th Grade Class of '72) on the loss of their mother, Celia Cohen


Bring your friends Purim Story Time this Wednesday, March 12, at 3 pm in the library at CTA.  Children are encouraged to come in costume in preparation for Purim. Story time will include stories, activities, crafts and snack that is appropriate through age 5. For more information or to RSVP, contact [email protected] or 864-0299, ext 118.   This is a great way to show off our school to potential new families.


Have you been filling your CTA tzedakah box?  This Monday, March 10 is another Tzedakah Box Turn-In Day.  Remember, donations count dollar for dollar towards your Give and Get statement and help our school. Please write a check for the amount or put the coins and dollars in an envelope or baggie clearly marked with your name on it.  If you have any questions, contact Shari.


The anticipation was mounting for weeks in the Upper School as the High School and Junior High versions of IRONMENSCH were presented this week.  Participated in by the two appropriate divisions, student teams were divided up and competed in a series of Judaic Studies questions and physical challenges.  Questions like, "Name the Ten Commandments in Hebrew and English," "Who is Avimelech and how do we remember him?"  Challenges included completing the most amount of mitzvot in a minute.  The Judaic knowledge that our students learn at CTA was demonstrated fully and the enthusiasm with which they share their knowledge was paramount during the event.  Do you know the answers?  Ask a student at CTA.




Writer-in-Residence, Amy Greenberg, has joined with the 2nd and 5th grade classes this week for our Annual Writing Workshop.  The intensive workshop with this talented artist, gives the students a chance to focus on their writing development.  Second grade is emphasizing poetry and fifth is working on short stories.  Both will present their complete works and a compiled anthology at a March 31 Sharing Night for parents and the community.  Details are forthcoming.  Thank you to parent volunteers and teachers for their work on this program.




Junior Becky Portman will be participating in a Juried Member Art Show at the Jewish Center beginning Sunday, March 9 through Tuesday, April 1. Enjoy a light reception and talk to the artists this Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m.


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:

Steven and Smadar Import in memory of Gordon Zacks

Jonathan and Agi Hartstein in memory of Norman Katz

Paul and Karan Tanenbaum in memory of Celia Cohen, wife of Eugene

    Cohen, and Orna Hulati, sister of Smadar Melmed

Chad Silverstein in honor of Rabbi Drandoff and family, and in honor of his

    family celebration at Columbus Torah Academy

Abby (Schwarz) and Eldad Cnaan for their donation of the purchase of a

    new scoreboard for the gym

The Metz Family for their donation to PTO in honor of Shmuel Yehuda's

    Bar Mitzvah. "Mazal Tov," Shmuel








1.  Who does the word "eilav" in verse 1:1 exclude?

      a.   Aharon.


2.    Name all the types of animals and birds mentioned in this week's Parsha?

      a.   Cattle, sheep, goats, turtledoves (torim), and doves (bnei yona).


3.   What two types of sin does an olah atone for?

      a.   Neglecting a positive command, and violating a negative command which is rectified by a positive command.


4.   Where was the olah slaughtered?

      a.  In the Mishkan Courtyard (azarah).


5.   What procedure of an animal-offering can a non-kohen perform?

     a.  Ritual slaughter.


6.  Besides the fire the kohanim bring on the altar, where else did the fire come from?

     a.  It descended from Heaven.


7.  At what stage of development are torim (turtledoves) and bnei yona (young pigeons) unfit as offerings?

     a.  When their plumage turns golden. At that stage, bnei yona are too old and torim are too young.


8.  Why is the term "nefesh" used regarding the flour offering?

     a.  Usually, it is a poor person who brings a flour offering. Therefore, G-d regards it as if he had offered his nefesh (soul). 



 (Parsha Vayikra Quiz 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.  

What is the connection between the picture and the parasha?





The winner of last week's riddle is Eliyahu Ackerman.


Moreh Dror Karavani will collect all of the submitted answers, put them in 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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