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Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

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April 2014

* 6 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Human Rights in the Developing World
American Jewish World Service LogoThis session's topic is human rights in the developing world, and our speaker will be Gavriel Elkind, from the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). AJWS is the leading Jewish human rights and development organization working to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. The organization pursues lasting change by providing financial support to local grassroots and global human rights organizations working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing American Jews and others in the U.S. to advocate for policies that will benefit people in the developing world. Learn about AJWS’s international grant-making strategy, as well as AJWS’s new domestic policy campaign to empower women and girls; hasten the end of child marriage; and stop hate crimes against LGBT people worldwide .Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Room I & II.

* 9 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM —Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito Havurah
The havurah will meet at the home of Gladys Mendez-Perez. Please call Gladys as soon as possible to tell her you are coming and what you plan to bring to share. Please also let Gladys know if you must cancel.

* 19 (Saturday): 6:00 PM — Passover Seder
Passover graphic Please join us at our unique member-led humanistic seder, "Modern Exodus." This event is a combination catered and potluck event, featuring catered main courses, soups and sides, with potluck appetizers, deserts and beverages. Preregistration is required. Here is our downloadable registration form --please fill out and return with your check. Don't wait until the last minute: take advantage of our early registration prices before April 5th. Registration deadline is April 14th.

Music and song-leading will be provided by Ben Brussell. Albany Community Center, Community HalI.

* 27 (Sunday): 4:00 PM — Jewish Civilization Between Cross and Crescent
This session's topic is "Patterns of Jewish Learning: German Pietism (Hasidism)." Albany Community Center, Room II.I

May 2014

* 4 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: The Woman in the Photograph
Mani FenigerThis session's topic is a Holocaust survivor's former life, and our speaker is Mani Feniger, whose book "The Woman in the Photograph" recounts her twenty-year journey across continents to discover the mother she never knew. "This is an eloquent account of a daughter's transformative journey into the heart of her mother's hidden life. It will resonate deeply with anyone who has ever wondered about a parent's untold stories." --Elizabeth Rosner. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Room I & II.

* 14 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM —Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito Havurah
The havurah will meet at a member's home TBD. Space is limited. For information, please call Doris Mendell.

* 18 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Norma Wynn, topic TBD.

* 23 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Please join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading will be provided by Ben Brussell. We will also be celebrating the May birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Rooms I and II.

June 2014

* 8 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon
This session's topic TBD. Albany Community Center, Room I & II

* 11 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM —Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito Havurah
The havurah will meet at a member's home TBD. Space is limited. For information, please call Doris Mendell.

* 20 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Please join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading will be provided by Ben Brussell. We will also be celebrating the June birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Rooms I and II.

*29 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Making Mass Incarceration a Jewish Issue
Lawrence BushOur speaker today is Lawrence Bush, editor of Jewish Currents, a 68-year old magazine of secular Jewish culture and politics. He will speak about the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964 (presenting many photographs), in wihch Jews made up at least a third of the 1,000 white volunteers who braved harsh violence by going to Mississippi in the name of voter registration and desegregation. Bush's presentation links the old Jim Crow system to today's "New Jim Crow" - the mass incarceration of African Americans--and argues for why the Jewish community should again participate in the civil rights struggle.

Bush has been a creative force as a writer, visual artist and magazine editor for nearly three decades. He conducts a daily blog about the date in Jewish history, JEWDAYO. His newest books are Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist and The Tree Jumped, The River Ran Backwards, a collection of Talmud-based stories for children. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Room I & II.

July 2014

* 25 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Please join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading will be provided by Ben Brussell. We will also be celebrating the July birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Rooms I and II.

August 2014

* 10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Oakland Museum of California Tour and Lunch
Please join us at our second annual museum tour and lunch, this year at the Oakland Museum of California. The tour of the History Gallery will be led by longtime history docent and Kol Hadash member Sheila Lichtman. Following this hour-long tour, some may choose to visit the Art Gallery or the wonderful new Natural Sciences gallery. As we did last year, we will arrange for a post-tour lunch at the museum cafe or a nearby restaurant. Museum admission: $15 general; $10 seniors and students with ID, free to museum members. Watch this space for RSVP instructions, upcoming driving/public transportation directions and carpooling.

* 22 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Please join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading will be provided by Ben Brussell. We will also be celebrating the August birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Rooms I and II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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