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Curriculum and Beyond! 28 Adar I, 5774

This Week at CJHS Spring Musicale Curriculum and Beyond Parent Survey Tigers Head to IHSA Regionals Debate Scrimmage Model U.N. Prepares to Depart Wagner Institute A Night at the Opera Library Certification A Taste of Torah

February 28, 2014

Spring Musical Showcase


Alumni Trivia

Save the Date Monday, March 3 Tuesday, March 4 AIPAC Tuesday, March 4 Sunday, March 9 Model U.N. Sunday, March 17 Shushan Purim

P.O. Corner The P.O. is pleased to continue the gift card "Gelt" program. This program is designed to help families earn money toward their children's junior year Panim program and/or the Senior Israel Experience. Faculty and staff can also buy Gelt to support programs provided for the school by the P.O. By buying things you ordinarily purchase anyway, you can earn money which will be credited to your family or class for designated school trips. Contact Sheri Sandrof at ssandrof@cjhs.org or call her at 847.324.3723.

P.O. Recomme nds Kol Isha: Voices of Women in the Bible Monday March 10, March 17, April 7, April 28, and May 12, 9:15- 11:30 a.m. at CJHS Award winning educators Dr. Betsy Katz and Fran Alpert are teaching a spring course open to the CJHS community! Topics include Esther and Ruth, Women in the Egypt Narrative, Women in the Book of Judges, Women in King David's Life, and


Archeology and the Bible, and more! To register, please mail a $100 check made out to Betsy Katz, 744 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, 60035. Questions? Contact Betsy at bracha@comcast.net. The Holiday Kosher Baker: A Baking Workshop With Paula Shover Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:45 p.m. at Beth Shalom Join a group of CJHS parents at Congregation Beth Shalom sisterhood program and learn the secrets of great kosher baking! Perfect for Purim! RSVP to po@cjhs.org and bring a $15 check made out to CBS Sisterhood. Learn more about Paula's amazing talents and her unique journey to become nationally known hip kosher baker at www.paulaspastry.com. Beth Shalom's address is 3433 Walters Ave, in Northbrook.

The curtain is up on another CJHS musical talent showcase! This year's spring festival highlighted the talents of our vocal ensemble, our jazz band, and our special cadre of senior performers! Singers Becca Abrams, Elizabeth Barras, Zach Becker, Talia Canter, Sarah Comar, Coby Drexler, Arielle Kaye, Hana Lieber, Maya Michaelewicz, Emma Siegel, Gabrielle Pretekin, and Orly Schlessinger performed a seven part medley from Les Miserables. Arielle Kaye, Alana Spellman, Ayelet Spertus, and Talia Canter presented selections from smash Broadway musicals Oliver! and Once, and even our music directors Ms. Danielle Brothers and Mr. Peter Roothaan appeared for a surprise cameo from Cabaret. Talia Canter, Tali Shapiro, and Jacqueline Geraty gave us "The Chain" by contemporary songwrite Ingrid Michaelson. Senior soprano Arielle Kaye performed Den Vieni Non Tardar, Susanna's aria from

Mozar t's The Magic Flute. And Ellia na Faletsky, Jacqueline Geraty, Liana Geraty, Jonah Glick-Unterman, van Gorstein, Joe Kupferberg, Yadid Licht, Jack Rubinstein, Josh Swatez,

The Young Women's Board of the Jewish United Fund Presents Spring Forward! Monday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. Double Tree Hotel, Skokie Join fellow Chicago area Jewish Day school moms as we learn the latest spring trends in home decor and gain advice on getting some spring in our step. Rebecca Pogonitz of GoGo Design Group founder and interior designer will present tips on how to refresh your home with upcoming spring trends while Melissa Novack, LCSW and CoFounder of Inpower, will share some insight into how to live healthier, happier, and overall more well balanced lives as we jump into spring. Any questions, contact Rachel Gruenberg, Liz Geifman or Diane Halivni. Registration is now open, so please register online by clicking here. JUF's Jewish Day School Night Tuesday, April 1,

and Ayelet Spertus, the comparable CJHS Jazz Band, took the stage by storm with a survey of modern jazz styles, the highlight of which was "Ayelet's Blues," an original composition by rising freshman star Ayelet Spertus. Many thanks to Maya Behn, and Shira Harris, our sparkling M.C.'s for the evening, to our talented directors Ms. Danielle Brothers, Ms. Ellen Singer, and Mr. Rich Green, to our stalwart band conductor Mr. Peter Roothaan and our ever-fabulous faculty trombonist and guest singer Mr. Jim Baumstark of the math department. The lights


2014 - 7:15 p.m Open to parents, teachers and board members.

would never have gone up without stage manager Shira Harris and assistant stage manager Erin Miller: all hail our fabulous stage crew and all the production staff whose efforts made another incredible show!

Dessert reception at The Holiday Inn North Shore 5300 W Touhy Ave, Skokie Featured speaker Dr. Rona Novick will address the issue of Bully, Bullied or Bystander: The Roles children Play. Dr. Novick is a nationally acclaimed expert on bullying and author of BRAVE the bullying prevention program for use in schools throughout the country. Watch for a reminder card coming shortly in the mail! Find the CJHS P.O. on Facebook here.

Community News and Events

Curriculum and Beyond Mercaz USA Purim Campaign

Tuesday evening, over 30 prospective families entered our building for Curriculum and Beyond to the lively music from our talented CJHS jazz band. Also on the agenda for the evening was the premiere of our "Student Life" video, which received rave reviews from our guests. Thanks to Tara Seymour for the countless hours that went into producing a video that truly captures the energy, commitment, and enthusiasm of our students as they experience life at Chicagoland Jewish


High School. Joshua Silverman, president of Va'ad HaStudentim, also did a great job showcasing the varied and rich opportunities available to all students at CJHS.

You can make your presence felt in Israel, where our people need you most. Give light, gladness, joy and honor to the children and soldiers from the Masorti Congregations in Israel, including the Neve Hanna Children's Village in Kiryat Gat and the Mechina Program at Hannaton. Make your contribution to the AZM Purim Connection! Light up a child's face with a smile. Bring some light into their troubled world. Connect with the brave members of the IDF with a traditional Purim basket. Please donate now: $18 for a schoolchild's basket; $54 for a soldier's basket; $180 for an entire class of children; $360 for an IDF

Not to be outdone, the faculty did a wonderful job preparing and implementing interactive and dynamic mini-lessons. As the evening progressed, Ms. Friedman read and discussed passages from Romeo and Juliet, teaching guests how to bow and curtsy in proper Renaissance fashion, Mr. Bob Taylor showed visitors how to extract DNA from a strawberry, Sra. Claudia Linda led a Spanish exercise in CJHS school spirit, while Ms. Becky Charous explained the statistical probability of catching CJHS FEVER! Rabbi Ayal Robkin modeled how we develop intentionalit y (kavannah) in prayer, Dr. Rebecca Schorsch studied Abraham's conversation with God to show how even leaders have room to grow and change. History teachers Mr. Joseph Eskin and Mr. Dan Kassner presented Hammurabi's Code to apply to a modern day scenario, while Gvt. Ela Moskovich played Hebrew games. Many thanks to student ambassadors Joshua Silverman, Eliana Kaufman, Avidan Halivni, Felix Rosen, Zahava Vales, Joe Kupferberg, Eli Schrayer, Bobbi Hochberg, and proud alumnus Daniel Fishbaum ('13). Once again, all our guests were impressed with the professionalism, creativity, and dedication of our faculty. Throughout the evening,


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current students and parents served as ambassadors for CJHS by helping to make every family who walked through our doors feel welcome and comfortable. Thanks to everyone's hard work, Curriculum and Beyond was a great success. We look forward to our bowling party on May 1, where we will have an opportunity to welcome our future class of 2018.

Send in Those Parent Surveys! Sitting patiently in your inbox (or in your spam folder--eep!) is an email from CJHS, about your level of satisfaction with our school. Your participation in the "Measuring Success" survey is vital to measure our performance as a school. Our goal is a 100% response rate to ensure that we hear all parent voices. We're not quite there yet, so send in those responses! Tell us what you think we're doing right, what we can improve on, and what is important to you. Your input is valuable information and we fully intend to act upon the results of this survey. The survey will only be available through Tuesday, so fill it out today!

Tigers Head to IHSA Regionals!

Break out the sparkling grape juice: the CJHS Tigers are going to the Regionals! Jewish basketball teams continue to make history in the north suburban region of the Class IV IHSA basketball division. Our


Take a minute and click here to donate to the AZM Purim Connection 2014. You can also send a check to AZM: 633 Third Avenue, 21st floor, New York, NY 10017. Please note on the check that the funds are for the special MERCAZsponsored Purim campaign.

stalwart varsity Tigers defeated Fasman Yeshiva Wednesday night in the semifinals of the IHSA Regionals, 57-45. Senior Nathaniel Moses had 14 points, and three others added 10 each in an amazing, fast-paced game. Now, on to Arlington Heights Saturday night for the championship game! Two Torah teams will play: one will advance to glory! Join us at 8:00 p.m. for a rematch against the Ida Crown Academy Aces. Wear your brightest whites and come on out to Christian Liberty Academy (502 W. Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights) at 8:00 p.m. to cheer on our Tigers as we try for our third IHSA championship banner!

JUF Camp Tov Calling all teenagers! Are you a teen who wants to volunteer? Or grow as a leader? Or research what it means to be a Jewish girl? Or explore the ins and outs of philanthropy? Or learn more about Israel? If you answered "yes" to ANY of those questions, JUF has a program for you! JUF is offering FIVE DISTINCT PROGRAMS in the 2014-2015 school year and we have something for everyone! To learn more and apply for Diller Teen Fellows, Research Training Internship, Voices, Write on for Israel, and Camp TOV, click here.

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Sponsor Breakfast What's better than a birthday celebration with friends? Celebrate your student's birthday or other milestone with a special breakfast at CJHS.

The CJHS debate team had a fabulous debate scrimmage on Wednesday. Thirty-one debaters from three other schools from across the state came to match wits with the Tigers and each other. They debated in two forms of debate, Public Forum (PF) and Congress. In PF, they debated the resolution, Resolved: Single Gender classrooms would improve the quality of American public education, and in Congress they debated various bills from the docket which will be used at IHSA state in March. Congratulations to the PF team: Josh Lederman, Henry Wolle, David Weiskopf, and Seth Wein, and to the Congress: Elan Karoll, Eli Krule, Daniel Silver, and Jonathan Schrag. Stay tuned for results!

Model U.N. is on the Move!

For a donation of $180 (10x chai), bagels, cream cheese, and orange juice will be served to everyone. Announcements will be made in Tefillah and in the dining hall, and the occasion will also be listed in our weekly E-News and on the school announcement board. If you have any questions, please call 847.324.3713 or email dzidman@cjhs.org. Order forms are available online here.

The twice-decorated CJHS Model U.N. team is in a flurry of preparations for next week's big conference in New York, and thanks to rookies Maya Resnick and Arielle Small, the CJHS Model U.N. blog is open for business! Our students will post narratives, photos, and video logs from the Big Apple next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Follow their progress at http://cjhsmun.wordpress.com. It's the next best thing to being there!

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