Important Registration and Last Day Information!

Hello Parents!

I’m pleased to announce that you can enroll your child/ren NOW for CLP this fall!

Early-bird rate available through June 30th only!!
Regular school fees applicable for those who register from July 1-31st.
All CLP families registering Aug 1 or later will be subject to a steep late fee.

AND this Monday is our last day of the year.  We hope you can join us for the schoolwide Siyyum Presentation beginning at 5:15pm in the PSJC sanctuary. Come early to register for the fall in person with Alyssa.

CLP Family Havdalah 5774

CLP Family Havdalah 5774

CLICK HERE to enroll in CLP 5775!

Shabbat Shalom and see you Monday,

Franny Silverman, Director of Youth Education
Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives
office: 718-395-9950

cell: 917.359.8488

Rebecca’s Kitah Daled Update- Part I

Kitah Daled Parents!

There is still an opportunity to submit your family’s entry into the Kitah Daled Good Food Zine but you need to act fast!

Your submission should be a creative presentation of your family’s approach to food and what you eat!  What matters most is starting a conversation together about what you eat, how you eat, and the choices you make as a family!

We need a digital copy of your project ASAP!  You can either create it on paper and scan it, or create the project digitally.  

Either way, email them to ALANAGKK@GMAIL.COM with the subject “Food Zine”.

A complete week update coming soon!


Alana’s Kitah Daled May 12th: Turn in your Final Project!

Hey Kitah Daled Parents,

If you haven’t yet turned in the Final Siyyum Zine Submission please email to ASAP with the subject line “Food Zine” by Friday at the latest. Reminder, this project is about intentionality, about initiating conversations about family values, and noticing HOW the food system works. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, it’s about the process!

This week in class we dove back into learning about AHAVAH RABAH, a prayer about G-d’s love (notice AHAVAH is from the root AHAV/love). We talked about what love looks like, what it means for G-d to love, collectively did 32 pages of decoding and writing Hebrew portions of the prayer, and read it together.

Please remember to submit your Family Photo for our Family Music video project this week if you haven’t already. The Photo should include your whole family holding a poster with your family’s last name/s. Here is an example of a great photo Schwartzman Family Photowe’ve received.

Also please make sure to complete the HW which can be found in these 2 files:
(HW 5/12/14) (SongstoLearn)

See you all soon,


Alana’s Kitah Daled May 5

Dear Kitah Daled Parents:

Final Family Siyyum Project Reminder! Your Zine Submission (documenting your week of good food) is due on May 12th, please have your student bring their submission to class, or send electronically to with the subject “Daled Zine”.

And don’t forget Monday is mandatory Family Class “Ask the Rabbi” Q & A from 5-6pm in the Sanctuary.

And Monday’s report from Kitah Daled substitute Claire:

Monday Kitah Daled explored who has access to healthy food, in our final viewing of Food Inc.

Students also joined an additional class to watch and discuss “My Neigborhood”, a short film that explores the relationship and dynamics between Jewish settlements and Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem. Students shared reactions and questions brought up by the film with one another.

Rebecca’s Kitah Daled Update!

Dear Parents,

Reminder!  The Family “Good Food” Zine Project is due this Monday! Here’s the information if you need it!



Here’s this week’s homework too! hw 5514_90

Last Monday we had a special Circle Time where we watched a film about the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem and learned about the people who live there and the controversy and activism surrounding the neighborhood.  There were lots of burning questions from your students and I encourage you to talk with them further!

Here’s part 2 of the homework, which is connected to the film:


As always, send any and all questions my way.  If you have questions about the Family Project in particular, please email me directly at

so I can be sure to get back to you quickly.


Thank you!





Alana’s Kitah Daled: Final Project due May 12

Dear All,

FamilyProject-EndofYearSiyyum Reminder! Don’t forget, you should have completed your Family Guidelines and sent it to class with your student, or sent me a copy. And your One Week of Good Food should be underway or on your calendar.

Your Zine Submission (documenting your week) is  due on May 12th. That’s just two weeks away, so start the planning! Check out the project outline for reminders on due dates and detailed instructions: FamilyProject-EndofYearSiyyum.

This week I got the chance to hear about all of the fabulous Passover seder’s that you all hosted and attended, and was very impressed with the number of afikomen hidden & found and the number or 4 questions which were proudly asked by Kitah Daled!

We kicked off studying our final prayer for the year, Ahava Rabah, by talking about what LOVE means and looks like in our lives. Students said:

  • people being together/family fun
  • showing appreciation with gifts/acts of kindness
  • caring/affection/hugs/kisses/cuddling
  • sending letters when you’re away
  • pizza w/too much tomatoe sauce
  • having healthy conflict
  • making time for daily rituals

And then we continued on our Kashrut & Food Justice curriculum, finishing up reading about Hecksher Tzedek (Justice Seal) and the ways that what is “Kosher”, fit to eat according to Jewish law, has evolved over time to include worker’s rights. (The students brought home the articles we’ve read for you all to look at.)

And then we ended with a MOVIE! We watched 2 chapters of Food Inc, and continued our conversations about how our food gets to us. We learned about how patents, genetically modified seeds and corn subsidies all shape our food system, and what ends up in our grocery stores. So ask your student about THOSE vocab words, or continue the conversation by watching as a whole family!

 Looking forward to seeing your projects!



Pesach Updates and Reminders from Franny

Dear Parents,

Franny here! Chag Pesach Sameach / A Ziss’n Pesach / A Happy Passover to you!!!
Below are descriptions of each of the 6+ stations in our CLP schoolwide Pesach program.  Many thanks to parents Scott, Jeff, Gail, Janice, Susan, Robin, Bertie and Henry for helping out, along with an extra-special thanks to Kolot member Sue Braverman!
A couple of important friendly reminders before you read ahead to the fun stuff:

  1. NO SCHOOL for the next TWO weeks.  We resume on Monday, April 28th.  Enjoy your Pesach break!
  2. Please pay any outstanding CLP invoices.  I know this is a busy time of year, but we are more than halfway through and many of you still have outstanding balances on your CLP tuition.  If so, you should have recently received an invoice from the Kolot office.  If you have any questions or concerns about remitting payment, please email me at
  3. Homework over break is here.

Enjoy this long-awaited spring weather and maybe I’ll see you tomorrow morning at services — the Rabbi and I will be delivering a drash and one of my favorite people, Shira Kline is joining for services.

A sweet Shabbat and a liberating Pesach!!!


Pesach Sing-Along with Andrew and Jonah

Pesach Sing-Along with Andrew and Jonah

led by Alana Krivo-Kaufman, Kitah Daled Teacher

Inspired by Kolot Chayeinu’s 5774 Seder Insert, this year’s seder food justice challenge began with each group splitting into three teams.
Round 1: teams sorted a basket of “food” (written on notecard) into two piles, foods to eat on passover and foods not to eat, based on ashkenaz, sephardi, and “what your family does” customs.
Round 2: Iron Chef style each team used their Passover food pile, plus the special extra ingredient the tomatoe, and “made” a dish. Some of the offerings included chicken tacos with salsa and tamato matza brie!
Round 3: Why a tomato!? We learned the story of the tomato, how it gets to our table, and how it’s connected to the Passover story. How the workers who pick the tomatoes are organizing to move from slavery to freedom, from poor working conditions to having their rights respected, and to a future of fair food.
Watch and  learn more by following these links.
And take action today to make fair food a reality this Passover.

led by Scott Nogi, Kitah Daled Teacher

“We were Slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and Adonai brought us out of it with a strong hand and outstretched arm.” -Deut.6:21My station was based on the telling of the Passover story. The objective was to make it personal for the kids and help put themselves in the shoes of the Jews escaping from Egypt. When they came to my station, the lights were off and I asked them to lie down and close their eyes. I told them that they were going to use their imaginations to picture a story in their minds. I had written a script that converted the traditional Passover story to 2014 Brooklyn with the kids imagining themselves as slaves. When the first plague of blood was mentioned, it was the lake in Prospect Park or the Gowanus Canal running red. Frogs infested 7th Avenue falling from rooftops. Hail landed on their fire escapes and smashed windshields on their blocks. Locusts fed on the window boxes of apartment buildings eating all the flowers. And instead of the Red Seas parting, it was the Hudson River. To make the geography work, the Jews had to go wander into the wilds of… New Jersey. When I said that, it always got a few chuckles. I think it was many kids first experience with visualization exercises and almost everyone seemed to really enjoy it when it was over.  Some students told me all the different things they had pictured in their heads.  Some kids asked me why I didn’t just have us cross the Verrazano Bridge instead of wait at the shores of the Hudson.  Everyone seemed to think it was something unique.  One student told me, “it was like a movie… but in my head.”

station planned by Tamar Toledano, Kitah Hey Teacher
led by Hadar Ahuvia, Kitah Gimmel Teacher

How bitter was slavery? By taste testing some extra spicy Maror and witnessing each others faces students got just a hint of slavery’s affect- tears, red faces, shock horror! Students also received the beautifully grown parsley they planted at Tu B’shvat. Cared for Sue Braverman they may serve as the Karpas, symbolizing spring, freedom, and new growth on your Seder plate!
Click here for a video montage of CLP students maror-tasting faces!

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led by Rachel Evans, Kitah Hey Teacher

At this station we discussed the four children represented in the Haggadah- the wise child, the rebellious child, the simple child and the child who doesn’t know how to ask a question. I took a little poll, and confirming my suspicions, most of the students affirmed that they could relate to all of the kids, leading to the conclusion that there’s no one kid that fits one of those labels, and all those characteristics can exist in all of us. Next, I divided the class into groups of 4 and tasked them to create a four headed monster/kid, with each student playing one of the “types” described in the Haggadah. Once they found an interesting way to physicalize this monster, I gave them a question about Passover (why is this night different from all other nights? Where did matzah come from? What does Passover mean to you? Etc.) and they each had to answer it as the kid they were playing, while remaining in the four headed monster! They were very creative in both their answers and their four headed physical explorations!”
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IN THE HOT SEAT: Becoming Characters from the Exodus Story
led by Rebecca Nadis, Kitah Daled Teacher

Inspired by the classic Pesach text, B’chol dor v’dor, chayav adam lirot et atzmo k’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim. In each generation, one must see himself as if he left Egypt. (Mishna Pesachim 9:5)  students took on roles of characters from the Exodus story and are interviewed/questioned by the other students.
This session began with students doing a 2 min gallery walk of brief bios of the characters to review the major facts and their roles in the story.  Individuals then selected a card at random with the name of a character on it, and answered questions about their role in the Pesach story.

led by Andrew Davies, Assistant Director with help from Kitah Daled student, Jonah Kipnis

As Pesach approaches we continued to look at some of the wonderful songs that can bring us together around the Seder table. In the last few weeks of circle time we’ve been looking at “Mah Nishtanah” the song of the 4 questions. We reviewed this again together and you can find the tune here.
We also reviewed the order of the seder with hand motions. Practice that here.
In addition we had the chance to look at “Dayenu,” a song about praise of miracles and talked about how we can be appreciative of the amazing blessings in our own life. We also learned “Go Down Moses,” and “The Frog Song.” Jonah Kipnis from the Kitah Daled helped me out on guitar and many students helped out with percussion.

Next Year in…
activity planned by Franny, led by all teachers

After students went through all six stations, they finished their “seder” as we often do, with a take on the wish, Next Year in ‘Jerusalem.’   “Next Year in Jerusalem can mean many things.  We can take the phrase literally, OR we can think of it as a metaphor for where we want to be next year in our lives.  Students were given a 1/4 sheet of paper with the words Next year in… written at the top along with an envelope.  They were invited to write or draw a short note to their future selves one year from now.  Either A WISH for how they see themselves  one year from now OR how you they would like to see the world.
They sealed the envelopes and I will be sure to deliver the letters either via snailmail or in-person in time for next year’s Pesach!