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From:                              CJHS E-News <> on behalf of e-news Sent:                               Friday, April 04, 2014 2:01 PM To:                                   Tara Seymour Subject:                          Wagner Institute at CJHS  

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This Week at CJHS Wagner Institute

April 4, 2014

Wagner Institute: Scholars and Students Shine

CJHS Meets CJDS This Week in Sports College News Bike the Drive Students in the News Yearbook Ad Book CJHS Blood Drive STAND UPdate Opera Excursion Baruch Dayan Emet A Taste of Torah Alumni Trivia

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Save the Date   Sunday, April 13 ACT at CJHS Monday, April 14 Sunday, April 27 Pesach Break Monday, April 28 School resumes Wednesday, April 30Thursday, May 1 Physics Expo

College Visits Vanderbilt University April 10, 9:56 a.m.

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 or call her at 847.324.3723. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, April 2 in order to receive your SCRIP before the Pesach break.

Over 80 participants joined us this week as the preeminent scholars of the Jewish Theological Seminary descended upon CJHS for two days of study with our community during the Isidor and Rose Wagner Institute.    The theme of the Institute was Avadim Hayinu: The Meaning of Servitude, Slavery and Redemption in Jewish Text and Jewish History. Attendees were treated to a variety of learning sessions on topics such as why we recline at the Pesach Seder and how modern human trafficking relates to the Jewish experience of slavery. The CJHS senior class also had the opportunity to learn with JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen while the juniors studied with Professor Benjamin Sommer.    One of the highlights of the Institute was the presentation of the Wagner Institute Essay Contest winners.  Junior Hannah Given and Senior Ada Moses were each awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for their award-winning poetry highlighting the modern tensions between slavery and liberation. Follow the links to read Hannah's and Ada's thought-provoking poems for yourself!


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Community News and Events Maot Chitim 2014  

Maot Chitim delivers food boxes to about 4,500 needy Jewish families for Passover and the high holidays. Join the volunteer corps to help out with this year's packing and delivery! Tomorrow 4/5 45 minutes after havdalah! Egg inspection and banding This Sunday 4/6

  Last Friday twelve members of the CJHS choir traveled to Chicago Jewish Day School to perform for their school community. We joined together for a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a fantastic concert led by choir director Rich Green. Maya Michalewicz and Emma Siegel made CJDS history as the first two alumnae to return to their alma mater as CJHS vocalists! This annual tradition is one of many that we look forward to celebrating with the CJDS community.

This Week in Sports    

6:15 a.m. Packing fresh goods 9:00 a.m. delivery to homes Click here for a map to the warehouse and other important details.  For more information, contact Joellyn Oliff, 847.674.3224 or    

Hebrew Ulpan at the JCC

Women's soccer blazed ahead this week, dodging rain and a 40-degree chill to take on Northtown and Cristo Rey. Jordan Krauss scored against Northtown, with a final score of 3-1. Come on out for the big Ida Crown game on Sunday and cheer on our Lady Tigers!   Men's volleyball is hitting the court, taking on Holy Trinity on Monday, Lake Forest on Tuesday, and St. Benedict's last night. Way to go, JV Tigers!  After several seasons of being eclipsed by the bigger guys, they are on a winning streak:  JV beat Holy Trinity 25-20 and 2515, and emerged victorious a second time against Lake Forest 25-15 and 25-14. Varsity redeemed itself on Thursday, winning 25-10 and 25-17. Go Tigers!   

Conversational Hebrew classes in Skokie, Lakeview, and Northbrook start May 12. Connect

Alumni Trivia  

Which Indiana University Hillel macher coordinates the Ramah Shabbatons on campus?  

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to Israel and Jewish culture! Spring Mini-Session: 5 Classes for $150.   For more details or to register, call 847-763-3627.

Chicago Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration

  Anshe Emet Synagogue Monday, May 5 6:15 p.m.   Jewish National Fund invites you to the Chicago Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration! There will be Israeli Hors D'oeuvres, a Declaration of Independence Megillah Reading by Jewish Community Leaders, a presentation of 66 Words in Honor of 66 Years by the rabbis of Chicago, followed by Israeli music and a dessert reception.   No cost to attend; dietary restictions observed.   Register online here! 

Job Opportunities at Camp Ramah!

Interested in meaningful summer work as part of a vibrant Jewish community? Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is still looking to fill some staff positions for the 2014 summer. Whether or not you have ever been to Ramah before, please contact Director Jacob Cytryn (   Positions available for graduates of High School in 2014 or before in the following areas: camping, art, special needs counselors (male only), and dance.

College News  

The CJHS class of 2014 continues to experience great success with their college decisions. In addition to many Gap Year Programs, our seniors have been admitted to: American University, University of Arizona, Baldwin-Wallace University, Barnard College, Binghamton University, Boston University, Bradley University, Brandeis University, University of Chicago, Clark University, Columbia College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, DePaul University, Dickinson College, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Drake University, Elon University, Emerson College, Emory University, Florida Atlantic University, Franklin and Marshall College, Goucher College, Grinnell College, Hampshire College, Haverford College, Hofstra University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, Indiana University, University of Indianapolis, University of Iowa, Jewish Theological Seminary, Johns Hopkins University, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Landmark College, Lawrence University, Longy School of Music, Louisiana State University, Lynn University, Manhattanville College, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, Muhlenberg College, University of New Hampshire, New York University, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Simpson College, University of South Florida, Stetson University, Swarthmore College, University of Tampa, The College of Wooster, The Ohio State University, Tufts University, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, University of Vermont, Washington University in St. Louis, Wesleyan University, West Virginia University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our congratulations to all! We are so very proud of all you have accomplished!

Bike the Drive  

Spring really is here, and it is time to get out the bike and get in shape. (It will get warmer and good riding weather awaits you!) What better way to do this than Biking the Drive with CJHS and Chai Lifeline?   Enjoy a fantastic bike course, get fit, and raise funds for the children of Chai Lifeline by participating in the MB Financial Bike the Drive. Become a Chai Cyclist and raise money for an important cause that helps children while biking on the world famous Lake Shore Drive on Sunday, May 25.  Lake Shore Drive will be closed to cars from 4:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. for the event.  Last year, CJHS had a record dozen riders, and this year we hope to at least double that number with at least 24 riders. Students, siblings, friends, teachers and parents of students are encouraged to join a ride which you will never forget!  Click here for more information or to

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Additionally, for those 20 and over we are still looking for someone to run our Ropes Course programs (no prior experience or certification needed), be a Jewish Studies teacher, or serve in a senior position in our Special Needs Programs (prior experience required).

register directly. Chai Lifeline will send you a package, separately, with a T-shirt, water bottle and other goodies. Chai Lifeline's website will help you raise money for the event, and all donations can be sent directly to the Chai Lifeline website.

P.O. Recommends  

Kol Isha: Voices of Women in the Bible Monday 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    Find the CJHS P.O. on Facebook here.   

Sounds of Faith  

Students in the News

  Congratulations to our distinguished junior mazkir Gavi Schankerman, newest president of the Midwest Region Young Judaea, who was elected last weekend at the spring convention!   Last year, Gavi was head of recruitment and marketing (Pirsum): his strategies, campaigns, and committee work raised attendance by 37%!  Congratulations also to the notable Alex Cope, the movement's new Bogrim programmer. Alex is now in charge of all the educational programming for the Young Judaea conventions. Well done, Alex and Gavi!

Yearbook Ad Book  


Every May, CJHS distributes a beautiful ad book to the student body at the same time that we distribute our yearbook. The ad book feature ads from local businesses, parents, staff, and friends of CJHS. The revenue from the ad book helps sustain the yearbook program. Please consider supporting the school and its yearbook program this year by placing an ad. The deadline is next week, Friday, April 11. If you are interested, please write the yearbook staff at to place an ad, ask questions, or obtain a sponsorship order form.

CJHS Blood Drive!

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Anshe Emet Synagogue Sunday, April 6 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 per adult; $10 per child ages 10 - 18. Click here to purchase your tickets online or call Molly Schlemmer at 773.281.1423. Group sales (10% discount) available for 10 tickets or more.

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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.

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 Order forms are available online here.        

The CJHS Va'ad HaStudentim is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers to collect blood donations from CJHS students, parents and faculty. The Blood Drive will be at CJHS in Room 244 on Wednesday, April 30, from 11:45 4:00 p.m. Help us reach our goal of 40 donations!

A single donation can save up to three lives. 43,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the U.S. and Canada About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital will need blood You can schedule your appointment by clicking here. You must be at least 16 years of age to donate and EVERY student donor is required to have a parental permission slip. Don't forget to eat a good meal and drink extra water on the day of your donation! What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Human Rights Week: STAND UPdate    

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This week, STAND brought to attention three key human rights issues as part of its annual Human Rights Week: human trafficking, gay rights,

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and gun violence On Tuesday, there was a seminar on human trafficking held during lunch. Evan Gorstein, along with other STAND members, presented on this issue which is affecting people all across the globe, including many Americans. Then, on Wednesday during lunch, Gabe Wacks taught a seminar on gay rights, in which we learned about different laws and treatment of those of the LGBT community throughout the world.     Following school on Thursday, a group of students attended the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs' "From Handguns to Hope" Seder. This mock seder, held at Beth Shalom Bnai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation was a very powerful experience. We heard speakers, rabbis, and reverends, as well as spoken word poetry, all presented in the framework of a Passover Seder. It was a call to action to unite as a single city, and create a better city in which youth do not have to be afraid to walk outside of their homes. On Friday during Tefillah, Dr. Guterman spoke on the issue of gun violence. During tefillah, STAND held an "Amidah," in which all the school was asked to stand up throughout Shacharit in solidarity with those whose human rights are denied.     To complete Human Rights Week, this Saturday night, STAND is hosting the annual STAND Sleep-In, in which students are invited to spend the night at CJHS, all the while participating in a series of education and advocacy activities concerning various human rights issues, genocides, and conflict areas. The Sleep-In starts at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, and ends at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Thanks to everybody for making this a fun and educational human rights week, and we hope to see you at the Sleep-In. We will be having a live blog during the event too! Check it out here."

La Vie Boheme    Through the magic of Live in HD, CJHS has the marvelous opportunity to attend the Metropolitan Opera Company's performance of Puccini's La Boheme on Wednesday, April 9. The opera will be broadcast at the Regal Cinema on Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire. The bus will leave school at 5:00 p.m.: all attendees should bring a sack dinner to eat when we arrive at the theatre. The tickets are only $18.00 for students, $24.00 for adults, and $22.00 for seniors. The bus will leave for the return trip to CJHS at 10:00 p.m. To order tickets, please contact Ms. Friedman by the end of today, then bring a check made out to CJHS or cash (as long as there is an accompanying envelope or label with the name the ticket is for) to the office.

Baruch Dayan Emet    

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leonard Erlichman, grandfather of junior Jacob Erlichman and alumnus Zach Erlichman ('13). The funeral was held today in Peoria. Hamakom Yinachem Etchem B'toch Sh'ar Avalei Tziyon V'Yerushalayim. May God's presence comfort the Erlichman family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

A Taste of Torah: Freedom From versus Freedom To In 1948, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan was quoted as saying:

"The establishment of the State of Israel is the second challenge of the modern world to the survival of Judaism. The first challenge came about 150 years ago, with our emancipation from political and

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economic thralldom and with our admission into the body politic of western mankind. We have not yet recovered from the impact of that first challenge."

On Monday of the Wagner Institute, Rav Beit Sefer Zach Silver discoursed on the different kinds of freedom inherent in the Passover narrative, and how the issue is not freedom from slavery, but freedom to serve. Click here for the full sermon.

Alumni Trivia

  Rena Forester ('10) is graduating from Indiana University in May with degrees in Elementary and Special Ed. She spent the first half of this semester student teaching in a general education kindergarten classroom in Bloomington. She is currently completing her special education student teaching placement at the same school in Bloomington. Rena reports, "I spend half of my day working with the inclusion specialist, both working with students in their home classrooms and pulling students out to work one-on-one or in small groups. I spend the other half of my day working in a community-based classroom with students who have significant intellectual disabilities. As I'm sure you know, teaching is exhausting but I am enjoying it and learning a lot!"

Sponsored Breakfast      Many thanks to Avidan Halivni's  Bubbe and Gramps for sponsoring bagels in his honor. Shabbat Shalom   Candlelighting this week, Parashat Metzora, will be at 7:02 p.m.  Forward this email

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