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PRTT during COVID-19


Yes, really.  We can always find something for which we are grateful - even in these times. May Gd continue to grant us life and sustain us through these times as we create a new learning space together: students, parents, and teachers. As we create our online community, we will stretch our imaginations about what our Jewish world at CBI looks like right now. The most important thing is to see each other.  I can’t wait to see all our students together beginning this coming Sunday at 10:00 am!

Here’s what our first meeting, this Sunday, March 29, will look like: we’ll begin at 10:00 am. I will have a whiteboard up with a question for you to answer or think about when you enter the school community space. We’ll begin with an all-school meeting, by giving instructions on how to use the format. We’ll continue together with sharing and singing. We’ll talk about Passover and then we’ll separate into breakout rooms by grade: Kindergarten and under, Grades 1-2, and grades 3-7.

We’ll come back together for Tefillah. Students will be dismissed and parents will have an opportunity to share your needs and concerns. Parent support over coffee, tea, or wine? We can do that!

We know this is a frenetic time - with more demands on you than ever before.  Please head over to
 PRTT on Facebook to stay up to speed with what we are doing. 

Materials needed:

  • Device for tuning in: If there are multiple children in your house in different breakout rooms, try to create some family distance between devices to eliminate as much extra sounds and movement. If you’re having trouble, let me know in the Zoom chat box or text me at 847-331-3048.
  • Paper and markers for answering questions or drawing and holding up to screen: pencil and pen cannot be seen on the video.
  • Link for Passover Haggadah for easy reference: 

We’re ready for some Jewish community! Make sure you bring your patience while we figure it out!

Warm Regards,
Maureen Sechan

PRTT Religious School Schedule - Welcome Back!

Sunday PRTT Religious School -  Grades 1-2, 3-7

Sunday, March 29 and April 5 from 10:00 - 11:00 am 
Please register by no later than this Friday at 4:00 pm to allow for us to assign you to your class cohort for our lessons.  
Parents - please plan on staying after the lesson to let us know how it worked for your family and how you are doing.  We're here for you!

18 Minute Matzah Challenge
Tuesday, March 31 at 4:00 pm
Participate in an "18 Minute Matzah Challenge."  Gather your materials and meet us on Facebook Live.  This will be a "Virtual Field Trip" to the kitchen with Maureen. Our event is open to the community - create a Watch Party and invite your friends and your grand-friends to join. 

Weekday PRTT Religious School - Grades 3-7
Wednesday, April 1 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Continue our studies of Hebrew, Passover, and Tefillah.

B'nai Mitzvah Tutoring by Appointment
We can schedule twice-weekly meetings for students according to their schedule via Zoom or Face Time. 

Get Social:

Evening W(h)ine Down for Parents

Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 pm (following a bedtime story with Rabbi Phil)

Put the kids to bed and support each other over a beverage of your choosing. Zoom chat will be moderated by Maureen Sechan and Rabbi Weintraub.     

View Hazzan Schultz's Adon Olam challenge.
Practice social distancing - together - by watching Hazzan Schultz's silly Adon Olam on our new YouTube channel. If you are able, sing, record, and share your silliest Adon Olam on social media. Tag us so we can share in the joy with you.
Tag where you are recording so we can be #alonetogether.
#adonolamchallenge #sidebysideatcbi 

Schedule of Upcoming Events:

Bedtime Stories with Rabbi Phil
Thursday, March 26 and April 2 at 7:00 pm
Meeting ID:
 292 339 022
Get into your pajamas and follow along with a PJ Library book read by Rabbi Phil. 

Jammies and Jeans - Shabbat Songs and Prayers for Families
Pre-recorded for your Friday enjoyment - YouTube Link Coming Next Week
Follow along to our Jammies and Jeans music and prayers with Hazzan Schultz and Morah Maureen.

Family Education via Zoom 
Passover: Permission to Experiment with Tradition
Sunday, April 5 from 11:00 am to 12 noon
Meeting ID:
 681 986 144
Trying to figure out the in's and out's of Passover during COVID-19?  Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join Rabbi Weintraub for an informal and interactive Zoom conversation.  Session runs directly after PRTT Religious School.  

2019-2020 Enrollment

Click here to register for our 2019-2020 Religious School year.

Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah Religious School

Congregation B’nai Israel welcomes you to our Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah Religious School! We are excited to partner with you to ensure that your child continues to build a rich foundation of Jewish knowledge in our warm and nurturing environment.

We recognize that children have differing learning styles. At CBI, we are committed to helping every student reach their full potential by providing experiences and instruction sensitive to the unique motivation and spark that exists in every child. Classroom experiences rely on art, movement, journaling, and multi-media techniques to engage our learners.

Throughout our curriculum of Hebrew, Bible, History, and Holidays we continually seek to reinforce our special relationship to our faith and to each other by identifying the common thread of Torah and ethics. We place special emphasis on Tefillah (Prayer) and Tzedakah (Righteousness) to further enhance that goal.

We are very excited to have you join our community, and we take our mission seriously: from generation to generation, CBI leaves no-one behind! We welcome family participation in our school, and we look forward to getting to know you!

Email our Director of Lifelong Learning, Maureen Sechan, for information on how to register your child or call 727.381.4900 ext 1011.

Sat, July 11 2020 19 Tammuz 5780