Fri., May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm: Library Shabbat Dinner
Sat., May 4: Shabbat Lunch hosted by the Kapniks
Sun., May 5, 9:30 am: "Celebrate Israel" Walk and Festival
Sat., June 1: Shabbat to Honor our Youth
Fri.-Sat., July 26-27: Shabbaton with Ellyn Hutt
In gratitude to and in honor of
Our Kohelet Community,
Stephen & Deanne Ben & Daphna Alyssa & Seth Hannah & Yoni and their families
invite you to Shabbat Lunch at Beit Kohelet this Saturday
May 4, 2019
Please join us for the Shabbat services with some Kapnik participation...
KOHELET LIBRARY DINNER
Fri., May 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday night library Shabbat dinner this Friday (May 3) at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to Misty (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to attend.
-Io Loechell and Misty Davidson
FROM THE KOHELET CO-PRESIDENTS
Mass shootings have become all too common. We are horrified, yet almost numb to them. Then, six months ago the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh hit home. Now it was about us. And last Saturday in Poway, California it was about us again. Antisemitism has become more acceptable, it seems, and suddenly synagogue shootings, anti-Semitic cartoons in major newspapers, and acts of violence against Jews begin cropping up. I have more questions than answers. It strikes me that in the past weeks all three of the Abrahamic faiths have had shootings in their houses of worships. Just who is the enemy? Is it antisemitism that is endemic in our society, hate that is endemic in the world, or both? Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those injured in Poway, and to the family of the woman who lost her life protecting her rabbi. We will not fight hate with hate. We will take precautions and make sure our security system is fully operational. But we will not live in fear. We will live proudly and openly as Jews. Working actively for
tikkun olam is the only way to rid the world of this endemic, senseless hate.
Congregations all over the U.S. (and probably beyond) are discussing this issue. Please consider adding a “Comment” and emailing to Joan at email@example.com. We will collate the comments and include (no names to be included) in next week’s newsletter.
-Misty Davidson and Dan Savin
CELEBRATING ISRAEL THIS MONTH
While much of American conversation focuses on politics about Israel, there is so much more to learn about and celebrate. Consider the physical land itself. From the horrid state as it existed at the founding of the modern nation of Israel, hard work has brought it to the current level of prosperity, health, diversity, and innovations. Tourists and natives alike love to see the fields of wheat/Chitta (חיטה) and corn Tiras(תירס) and groves of Tapuzim (תפוזים) and Limonim (לימונים), oranges and lemons.The Israeli agricultural business today exports 2.5 billion dollars in different agricultural products, which are the result of that dream that started years and years ago. All this was accomplished at a painful price. We celebrate both sides of this amazing coin in the next few weeks.
-May 8-9, 5 Iyar: Yom Ha’atzma'ut, Israel’s 71st birthday. The Gregorian date for the day in which Israel independence was proclaimed is May 14th, 1948 when David ben Gurion publicly read the Proclamation of the establishment of the State of Israel and the end of the British Mandate in Israel.
-May 9, Yom Hazikharon. We honor Israel’s Fallen Soldiers: Israel's Memorial Day, is a time to remember those who lost their lives during the struggle for Israel's independence as well as the soldiers who have died while serving in Israel's armed forces. Victims of terror attacks are also remembered.https://www.itraveljerusalem.com/article/day-of-remembrance-in-jerusalem/
SHABBAT TO HONOR OUR YOUTH
On Saturday, June 1, we will have a special Shabbat to honor our youth. We will feature extra good, kid-friendly food, and hopefully some our our Kohelet kids will participate in the service. Many of our kids are transitioning to a major milestone, and all of them are at least transitioning from one grade to the next, so let's honor them on this occasion.
"CELEBRATE ISRAEL" WALK AND FESTIVAL
Sun., May 5 at 9:30 a.m.
Join the community on Sunday morning May 5th at South High School for the two-mile Walk and Festival "Celebrate Israel." The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in celebration of and community support for Israel, and is followed by a family festival featuring live music and food vendors. For questions or meet-up plans, contact Alan at:Keno1020@aol.com.
In this week’s Torah portion, Achrei Mot, Aaron remained silent after the death of his two sons. He chose not to blame God, Moses or himself. There was neither depression nor disengagement. Rather he got up and continued his mission despite his enormous personal pain. Shortly we will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day and one week later Israel Independence Day. Despite the greatest tragedy inflicted upon the Jewish people, we again rose up to rebuild a future for ourselves. The recent tragedy in
San Diego will unfortunately, once again remind and encourage us to remain strong as a nation and work even harder to fulfill the promise made to our nation long ago – just as Aaron teaches us in Achrei Mot.
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