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January 25, 2013 / 14 Shevat 5773

Senior Israel Experience Concludes In This Issue

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Day Senior Israel Experience Israeli Elections Tu B'Shevat Write On For Israel This Week in Sports Curriculum and Beyond Musical Auditions STAND UPdate Alumni Trivia A Taste of Torah

150 years after Lincoln's first first wave of emancipation and 50 years after the historic March on Washington, CJHS

Save the Date Sunday, Jan. 27 JNF Tu B'Shevat Fair Monday, Jan. 28 Senior Classes Resume Sunday, Feb. 10 ACT Wednesday, Feb. 13 Curriculum and Beyond Monday, Feb. 18 No School

joined the rest of America in remembering the civil rights triumphs of our past and renewing our dedication to the ideals that will make this country flourish. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program was planned by Mr. Griffith and Rabbi Belgrad; many thanks to Dr. Auslander for his reminiscences, to Josh Aaronson for his flourishing quotes and to Maddy Mynatt for coordinating an inspiring video montage of Rosa Parks' legacy and the civil rights struggle. May the next 50 years work changes as unrecognizable in our great society and witness a new birth of freedom for all Americans. May we see the day when red states and blue states, the 99% and the 1%, the religious right and the secular left "sit down at the table of brotherhood" as Dr. King would have us do, to forge a common consensus that will bring us all a little closer to the promised land.

Senior Israel Experience Concludes

Monday, Feb. 25 Shushan Purim

P. O. Corner Gelt Program The P.O. is pleased to once again introduce the gift card "Gelt program" to our families and we have made it much easier (look for upcoming email with details on how to register). Faculty and staff can also buy Gelt that will help to support programs provided for the school by the P.O. This program is designed to help families earn money toward their children's junior year Panim program and/or the Senior Israel Experience. The program is a passive earning system, in which you buy the things you ordinarily purchase anyway, and earn money which will be credited to your family for designated school trips. If you have any questions, contact Sheri Sandrof at or call her at 847.324.3723.

Community News and Events

The senior class headed north this week to the Galil, the Kinneret, and the Golan, learning about Israel's precious water resources and how to manage them for the next generation. In addition to volunteering for social action projects in Teverya (Tiberias) and meeting teens in an Israeli Arab village, our students were able to experience firsthand the natural beauty and sweetness of the promised land.

Limmud Chicago! Saturday, February 16 6:45 p.m. Join us for laughter, beats, and dancing at the UIC Student Center East to celebrate the opening of Limmud Chicago 2013.

Joel Chasnoff will perform his new piece, G.I. Joel: A 24-yearold Stand-up Comic from Chicago Gets Drafted into the Israeli Army. Watch "A Life in Stills" sponsored by the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. And afterwards, dance the night away with Biblegum pop stars Stereo Sinai. Sunday, February 17 9:00 a.m.

You'll be able to choose from over 80 sessions throughout the day. Limmud Chicago 2013 is centered around two themes: Jewish Love and Jews who made Chicago; there are plenty of sessions beyond these themes, too. See the lineup here! Lunch is included along with snacks; dietary laws observed. Check out to register, and remember to use your CJHS Family Member discount of 5%!

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. For a donation of $180 (10x chai), bagels, cream cheese, and orange juice will be served to everyone. An announcement will be made in Tefillah and in the dining hall, and the occasion will also be listed in our weekly E-News.

Share more of the Class of 2013's adventures, insights, and moments of discovery at the group blog. Thank you to Rabbi Silver, Dr. Schorsch, and Mrs. and Mr. Griffith for all their hard work and inspiration, and to all our Israeli madrichim for helping make this trip so wonderful!

If you have any questions, please call 847.324.3713 or email Order forms are available online here.

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Israeli Elections This past week in Gvt. Moskovich's Hebrew VIII classes, the juniors researched the different parties running in Tuesday's elections in Israel. After finishing their own research, students presented their political parties to the class. Through Powerpoints, paper flyers, and video advertisements from the specific parties, they described what each party stands for, ranging from the more wellknown right-wing Likud, Kadima, or the orthodox Shas, to the less-known parties such as Ahim Anahnu, the antidiscrimination party, and Orr, a party focused on separation of church and state and educational equality. After everyone presents, the class will participate in a mock election, where we will find out how the results in our class compare to the results from Tuesday!

JNF Tu B'Shevat Fair CJHS presents the annual Jewish National Fund TU B'SHEVAT FAMILY CELEBRATION Co-Sponsored By The United States Forest Service Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chicagoland Jewish High School Arts and crafts projects! Tree planting! Live entertainment! Games and prizes! All free!

Right on, Write On! Congratulations to juniors Josh Aaronson, Jonathan Chasin, Ariel Efergan, Jeremy Goodman, Evan Gorstein, Nathaniel Moses, Maddy Reisler, Josh Silverman, and Carly Silverstein on being appointed Fellows in the ninth cohort of Write On for Israel, our community's leading Israel education and advocacy training program for high school students. As CJHS parent Mr. Carl Schrag embarks on the two-year program with the newest Fellows, we are confident that each one of them will become important resources for their peers and community. You can learn about Write On by visiting our website at

Alumni Trivia Which of our recent graduates is Nativ 32's new poster girl?

Junior Varsity Tigers Strike Back

With the seniors away, the JV and freshmen Tigers are ruling the courts! Since restarting the season, they've taken on the Skokie Yeshiva and St. Martin de Porres; JV, sophomores, and freshmen boasted fabulous wins against St. Gregory, and Cristo Rey and Westminster Christian. In Wednesday's game, the redoubtable Jonny Chasin totally shut down St. Gregory's best player with one amazing block after another, and the unstoppable Josh Silverman racked up 30 points, sinking eight 3pointers despite being sick! (Yasher koach and feel better!) The Lady Tigers also showed their paces against Westminster Christian and are looking forward to taking on Christ the King next week!

The 39 members of this year's Ten-Pin Tigers are concluding the bowling season on Thursday, February 5 with the annual CJHS Invitational. Students, parents, and staff are invited out to Brunswick Zone in Deerfield to come bowl with our champions! The bowlers leave school at 3:30 p.m and finish at 5:15 p.m., so come on out and hit the lanes!

Curriculum and Beyond - Prospective Students and Parents

Monday, February 13 6:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. - Mini with a light pizza Learn all about the extracurricular activities available to you while meeting with current students who play a part in our athletic program, fine & performing arts program and social action groups. Get information on our college counseling office while learning about the exceptional college placement of our graduates.

Activities Fair dinner different

7 p.m. - Classroom presentations Wonder what life is like as a CJHS student? If so, this is your opportunity to experience high school during interactive classroom presentations. Choose from three model lessons to attend. For more information, please contact admissions officers Ms. Zoberman or Ms. Karasov.

Spring Musical CJHS is excited to announce that our drama and fine arts students will be working with playwright Joanne Koch in a raucous and melodic version of her play "Flying Feathers." Auditions will be held next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Pick up audition materials from Ms. Brothers, CJHS Theater Director, and save the date for March 17-18!

STAND UPdate STAND secretary Yadid Licht reports, "Last Wednesday, President Obama signed an expansion to the Justice Bill. When the law was originally written in 1984, it was intended to encourage citizens to disclose information on drug trafficking and terrorists by allowing the state department to offer rewards to those who reveal information. President Obama has now expanded the law, so that the government will also reward those who reveal information that may lead to the capture of individuals who have been indicted by the international criminal tribunal for genocide, perpetrated crimes against humanity, war crimes, and transnational criminal activity such as human and gun trafficking. This law is a victory for human rights defenders who work to create justice and accountability in

the world. Additionally, the Enough Project has been releasing a series of short videos, each dedicated to a specific person in Congo who has achieved amazing things in a place that the world has left for dead. This video below introduces the many characters that will appear in the videos. In the coming weeks, a different video will be attached to each STAND Update. Check out this week's feature: I Am the Congo.

Alumni Trivia Miriam Coven ('12) and Tzipi Ladin-Gross ('12) are pictured here with two of their busmates on Nativ 32. Miriam reports for CHUSY, "This winter break I flew to Vienna and from there took a train to Venice, Florence, and Rome. My trip was great, and I'm happy that I was able to experience other [places] in Europe. The day after my return to Israel, I am leaving again for Poland with 24 other Nativers for a weeklong seminar.... I am really looking forward to this, and I'm glad it's an option for the many of us who were unable to go on USY pilgrimage.... Once we are all back in Israel, we will spend a week in Jerusalem participating in an Israel seminar, followed by a week down south for our southern tiyul. [I] will be spending my second semester in Yerucham, which is a development town in the Negev.... So far Nativ has been great, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year!"

Sponsored Breakfast Happy birthday to Benjy Fishbaum and David Steinberg. Many thanks to their families for sponsoring breakfast.

A Taste of Torah: Beshallach In the Mekhilta for this week's parasha, Rabbi Eliezer ben Taddai described the Song of the Sea, the supreme moment when the Jewish people experienced supreme faith together with poetic inspiration. Rabbi Taddai sought to expound on the phrase "va-yomru lemor," which might imply either that the Israelites sang together with Moshe, or like pupils with a teacher, they merely repeated the verses which Moshe himself composed and sang (Sotah 30b). Said Rabbi Taddai, "Moses began and the Israelites repeated what he had said and then completed the verse. Moses began by saying, 'I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously,' and the Israelites repeated what he had said, and then completed the verse with him, saying, 'I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously, the horse and its rider He hurled into the sea.' Moses began saying, 'The Lord is my strength and my song,' and the Israelites repeated and then completed the verse with him, saying, 'The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.'" This is why our greatest prophet and leader is not called Moshe ha-Navi, Moses the Prophet, or Moshe ha-Gadol, Moses the Great. He is known as Moshe Rabbenu, Moses our teacher, for he not only was inspired, but used his insight to inspire others. The crowning success of the greatest teacher is to watch the students not only repeat what they have been taught, but surpass it, adding their own talents, ideas, and inspiration. Neither alone could have achieved the testament of faith and artistry that they composed together. --Mrs. Shira Eliaser

Shabbat Shalom Candlelighting this Friday night will be at 4:38 p.m. Shabbat Shalom!

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