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October 24, 2014

         30 Tishrei  5775

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Alum Running for Team Yachad
Delman Appointed to Statewide Committee
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High School Visits Hershey Park for Sukkot
Florida Citrus Sale Through November 7
Second Grade Makes Sundials
CTA to Hold Kindergarten Open Houses
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Parents Night Out a Success
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This week's Haftorah gives the Great Flood a rather interesting appellation. Referring to the primordial deluge the prophet Isaiah states, "For like the waters of Noach shall this be to Me: As I have sworn never again to pass the waters of Noach over the earth, so have I sworn not to be wrathful with you or rebuke you." Although the point being made is exceedingly positive, associating the flood with Noach's name is hardly flattering.  Noach did not cause the flood to happen.  He is described by the Torah as being righteous and worthy of being saved.  Had there been more people like him there would have been no flood. By way of example, one of the great allied leaders of the Second World War was Winston Churchill. Can you imagine someone referring to the Holocaust as Churchill's Holocaust? Why then does the Navi describe the flood as the waters of Noach?


In truth, the prophet associates Noach's name with the flood advisably. It took Noah one hundred and twenty years to build the ark.  During that time, when asked why he was building an ark, he responded by saying that G-d was planning to bring a flood upon the world because it was exceedingly corrupt.   In order to avoid this terrible calamity, he warned that people needed to repent. In the face of an impending disaster, Noach was passive.  He waited for people to come to him before relaying his message.


In just a few weeks, we will learn from Avraham's interaction with Hashem with regard to Sodom, that ten righteous individuals would have saved that doomed city.  Had Noach, like Avraham, negotiated with G-d instead of building an ark for one hundred and twenty years, had Noach opened a Chabad House or a Community Kollel during those twelve decades, perhaps, he could have influenced a minyan of people to mend their ways, thereby, saving the world. Noach did not cause the flood but he did little to prevent it.  For this reason the Navi associates Noach's name with the Great Flood for time immemorial.


We live in troubled times.  There are no absolute truths by which most of humankind lives and morality is highly subjective.  Materialism abounds and Chamas, theft and violence, literally and figuratively threaten our peace and wellbeing. At this time it is critical that the Jewish people lives up to its mission of being a "A kingdom of priests and a holy nation."  But to our great consternation, we are not living up to that ideal. We are not even holding our own as assimilation is rampant and our "light unto the nations" is flickering and in danger of, G-d forbid, being extinguished.


The question then becomes, how do we react? Do we build an ark and rescue the few who are interested, committed and affiliated? If that is the course we choose, history will judge us harshly, as does the prophet judge Noah.  

A more ambitious approach, one that would provide for a brighter future, would be to follow the path of Avraham of which we will learn in the weeks ahead. We must be proactive in reaching out to our coreligionists who are less committed and less involved.  We must show them the beauty of a Torah way of life and help educate them about the salubrious effect traditional Judaism has on family life.  As day school parents, we have a responsibility to share the wonderful opportunities our children have for spiritual and emotional growth in addition to the rigorous intellectual learning opportunities our children experience on a daily basis. In so doing, we will help assure that we help create a world worthy of the promise, "As I have sworn never again to pass the waters of Noach over the earth, so have I sworn not to be wrathful with you or rebuke you."


Shabbat Shalom! 

Rabbi Samuel J. Levine
Monday, October 27: Pizza Bagels
Tuesday, October 28: Chicken Nuggets-Volunteer: D. Hellman
Coffee with Rabbi Levine, 8:30-9:15 am
Wednesday, October 29: Pizza
PSAT Exam, Grades 10 & 11
JCC Book Fair Sponsored by CTA:  Beyond Texting, 7 pm
Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Thursday, October 30: Meatball Subs
Friday, October 31: Tuna-Volunteer: K. Abelman
End of 1st Quarter

Sunday, November 2:  Daylight Savings Time Ends; turn clocks back 1 hour

Wednesday, November 5:  Prospective Kindergarten Parent Open House, 7pm

Thursday, November 6:  Prospective Kindergarten Parent Open House, 9:30am

Friday, November 7:  2:00 p.m. Friday Dismissal Schedule Begins

Wednesday, November 12:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, Grades K-12 - NO SCHOOL

CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 212
Monday-Friday- 7:30am-4pm

There is still some Scrip inventory available for those who wish to purchase. Please call (864-0299) or stop by the front office.  Additional Scrip can be purchased by order or request.

Looking to help raise money for CTA?  Here are a few ways to do it that will cost you NOTHING:


Kroger Rewards Card:  Go to and register your rewards card.  Kroger will donated up to 1% of your Kroger or Turkey Hill stores. 


OFFICE MAX:  Do you shop at Office Max?  Help CTA earn money off of your purchases by using our Max Perks card number during your purchase.  The number is:  207285005


Target RED Card: Go to to manage your red card and enroll your card in the Take Charge of Education program to choose CTA.  Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores in the U.S and at


Amazon Smile:  Go to and register to benefit CTA.  When you make a purchase, CTA will receive 1% of that purchase as a donation to our school.  Always shop through to benefit CTA.


iGive:  Register with iGive at and your Amazon purchases and online purchases at close to 1500 retailers will give a kickback to CTA.  To date we have raised over $1000. 


Apples for Students at Giant Eagle:  If you are a Giant Eagle shopper, go to to register for their donation program.  You will need your Giant Eagle Advantage Card number and the CTA School Code which is #4389. 


If you have trouble with any of these, contact Shari or come visit her in her office and she will walk you through it!


Dror and Irit Karavani on the birth of a grandson

Rebecca (Barnett) Levy (Class of '03) on the birth of a son

Rick and Terri Barnett on the birth of a grandson to Rebecca (Barnett)


Yuriy Shats (Class of '03) on his marriage to Vika Zalygayeva (Class of 


Dr. Lena Sheludkova (Class of '02) on her marriage to Dr. Leo Gorelik

   (Class of '02)

Eugene Shats (Class of '99) on his marriage to Anna Krayter (Class of '01)

Jonathon Cassell on his marriage to Doreen Weitz  

Sarah Epstein Barth (Class of '00) on the birth of a daughter, Chaya Tzipor

   and to the grandparents Rabbi Joel and Janice Epstein


Rabbi Zalman Deitsch, Rosie Deitsch (8th Grade Class of '09) and

   Margalit Deitsch (8th Grade Class of '13) on the passing of mother and


David and Dee Dee Stein on the loss of David's mother, Alice Slonim


Ben and Rachel Berger, David and Esther Bernzweig, Dan and Leslie Chase, Roman and Victoria Ilin and Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein for sponsoring this month's delicious Faculty and Staff Rosh Chodesh Lunch.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  There will be NO school on that day.  Please read the enclosed Memo for more information.




Shoshana Ginsburg, CTA alumnus, will be running for Team Yachad in the ING Miami Marathon.  Yachad is the Orthodox Union's program for people with disabilities. Please help support her with her endeavor which helps Yachad. Log on to runner/shosh22. For more information, please call Shulamit (her mom for she is in Israel) at 614-237-8181.


Congratulations to our Upper School Principal, Eliza Delman, who was appointed to a statewide committee that is charged with making recommendations on graduation requirements and state-mandated testing requirements for students enrolled in chartered nonpublic schools.  The committee was formed as part of recently passed, House Bill 487 and they will report their findings to the State Legislature's Senate and House Education Committees.  Committee members include: Dr. Richard Ross - Chair, President Debe Terhar, Representative Gerald Stebelton, Representative Tim Derickson, Senator Peggy Lehner, Eliza Delman, Larry Keough, Randy Ross, Rabbi Yitz Frank, Dan Dodd.  Thanks for representing us, Mrs. Delman!


DINNER INVITATIONS:  Watch your mail at home for an invitation to the Scholarship Dinner which will be held on Sunday, November 23, at 5:30 pm, at the Hilton Downtown.  Honorees are Julius and MaryAnn Vargo and Family, Speaker William G. Batchelder of the Ohio House of Representatives and Patty Sapp.  In addition, Charles Kramer will be recognized as he reaches his 20 year milestone educating our children at CTA.  The Gala evening will feature a Silent & Student Art Auction, a sit down dinner, performance by the Lower School Choir and recognition to the honorees.  All parents are encouraged to attend this event.


AD BOOK:  The Ad Book deadline has been extended until November 10.  Please note that this is the best way to meet your Give & Get family commitment. Contact Shari at for more information.  Plan to come on November 2 for an Ad Book Training Session and Phone-A-Thon at CTA from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.

Throughout the last four weeks so much fun and learning about the fall Jewish holidays has happened at home, in the community and here at school.  The CTA High School had the excitement of an awesome Field Trip to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania during the interim days of Sukkot for an amazing community experience and concert. 

Help support the CTA eighth grade's trip to Washington, D.C. by participating in our annual Fruit Sale! We have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available. Your fruit will be harvested the very same day it`s shipped to us, ensuring that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree. Delivery will be by the second week of December. Now`s the time to pick up a box of Navel Oranges or Tangelos that are sure to be bursting with flavor or a box of sugar-sweet, Indian River Red Grapefruit.   These delectable fruits are perfect for holiday gifts, for saying thank you to someone, for your Shabbat table or just for a healthy snack for your family.  Everyone loves Fresh Fruit from Florida! ORDER ONLINE at:  Questions? Email Agi Hartstein at: 

As part of their Chumash curriculum in Rabbi Hauser's class, the second graders learned that on the fourth day of Creation, Hashem created the sun, moon and stars.  The students made sundials as they learned how the sun can be used to tell time. The sun also has the job of telling us the time of day, as well as providing heat and light to the world. Rabbi Hauser and Mrs. Buster took the class outside with their sundials to see how the sun "moves" across the sky and tells us the time on the sundials through its moving shadow. This directly tied in with the unit on the Solar System the second grade will be studying later this year in Science and Language Arts. Kudos to Rabbi Hauser and Mrs. Buster for their creative approach to integrating Torah and General Studies.  


Help grow our school by adding Kindergarten Open House for prospective parents to your radar.  This event is for parents whose children will be ready for Kindergarten in Fall 2015.  Open House will be held on Wednesday evening, November 5, at 7:00 pm or Thursday morning, November 6, at 9:30 am and will offer interested parents an opportunity to hear about the curriculum, meet teachers and administrators and visit classrooms.  When a prospective family visits CTA, they are able to experience the learning that our students are privileged to be a part of everyday, but they are also able to feel the warmth of our school community.  If you know someone who should come to Open House, plan to bring them or invite them.  Make sure that Shari knows to put them on her list.  Interested in helping make calls for Open House?  Offer your help to Shari.


All grown up, former CTA student Abe Kanter came back to present a lecture in Mr. Pray's Contemporary Global Issues class. Kanter is an analyst with the Department of Defense, focusing on technology and East Asian security issues. He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. He has served with the WMD Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the think-tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Additionally, he has spent time studying abroad in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mexico, and Israel/Palestine, and speaks multiple languages. In preparation for his visit, the students studied the political philosophy of several Enlightenment philosophers, as well as the notion of a State. Mr. Kanter's discussion explored the crisis in Syria, as well as the geopolitical issues facing Qatar, the country assigned to Mr. Pray's Contemporary Global Issues class. Mr. Kanter provided another example of the tremendous contributions being made by CTA alumni. 


Get to know Rabbi Levine better at an informal coffee next Tuesday, October 28, at 8:30 am - 9:15 am.  Let us know you are coming so we can plan.  Contact to say you are available.


Recently, CTA parents had an enjoyable night out event at Wine on High, a local retail establishment.  Sipping kosher wines and tasting delicious kosher cheeses from, parents had a chance to interact with old and new friends and form relationships outside of their children's friendships.  Look for more fun social events in our school community.  

By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz

Weitz Jewish Living

Day to day life is full of opportunities to connect with Hashem. The daily mizvot are designed to enable us to take advantage of these opportunities. In a class just introduced this year, our 11th graders will learn about the nature and philosophical underpinnings of mitzvot like Tefilla and berachot and how the halachot follow these designs. As we had hoped, Rabbi Drandoff's Jewish Living course has been a big hit -please take a moment to view some of the creative and meaningful work coming out of that class: 


Food for Thought: The Mabul (Flood) was clearly an event of unparalleled devastation, the likes of which Hashem promises will never occur again. Conceptually, the idea that human beings had utterly failed our calling, ignoring Hashem and the purpose for Creation, is something we can grasp. What about the rest of the 5 Kingdoms (besides for aquatic life)? What did the beavers and tulips do wrong? Did they somehow fail as well? Was the rest of Creation somehow guilty by association? How deep was the evil of this generation?






FEIBEL LECTURE ON JUDAISM AND LAW presents Letters from the Ashes: Jewish Books Lost During World War II featuring Yitzhak Melamed, Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m. at the JCC. 


COMMUNITY KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATION - Butterfly: A Musical Journey of Hope; a world premiere of Gary William Friedman's Butterfly, a new musical setting of seven poems of the children of Terezin. Sunday, Nov. 9, 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Gloria Dei Worship Center, 2199 E. Main St. 


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:


To the Annual Giving Fund by:

Jon and Susie Diamond in memory of Betty Schiff

Paulette Benatar sending wishes for a Happy New Year

Evsey and Rita Neymotin in memory of Chani Capland's father

The Portman Family in memory of David Myers

Bary and Roni Leeman in honor of the marriage of Alyson Leeman and

   Joel Mazel, in memory of Barbara Flox's beloved son, Martin, Pearson

   Press, and Barbara Levin's daughter, Stephanie


To The March of the Living Fund by:

Jeff and Lori Polster in memory of Rabbi Zalman Deitsch's mother, Mrs. Morris' father, Shelly Dembe's father, Pearson Press, and Regene Schottenstein


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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 aark 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.


9.   How deeply was the ark submerged in the water?

a.   Eleven amot.


10.  What did the olive branch symbolize?

a.   Nothing.  It was a leaf, not a branch.  (The olive leaf symbolized that its better to eat food "bitter like an olive" but which comes directly from Hashem, rather than sweet food provided by humans.)


11.  How long did the punishment of the flood last?

a.   A full solar year.


12.   A solar year is how many days longer than a lunar year?

        a.   Eleven days.


13.  When did humans receive permission to eat meat?

a.   After the flood.


14.  What prohibition was given along with the permission to eat meat?

a.   The prohibition of eating a limb cut from a living animal.


15.  Why does the command to "be fruitful and multiply" directly follow the prohibition of murder?

 a.   To equate one who purposely abstains from having children to one who commits murder.


(Parsha Noach Quiz originally appeared on the Ohr Somayach


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