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Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

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December 2014

* 7 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: Popping Myths & Addressing Meaning in Human Movement
Betsy Keller KaganBetsy Keller Kagan, MFA, CMA, RMT, a new member of Kol Hadash, will draw on her career as a Certified Movement Analyst and movement therapist as well as dancer and choreographer to present her paper - a case study in which she describes how she treated a dancer's back injury through the application of a movement rather than a biomechanical model. In her presentation she will create awareness of some of the common misconceptions about movement that actually serve to diminish rather than promote movement function and expression. Having designed and taught specialized classes for seniors for 28 years, she will include demonstrations and examples that engage the group individually in experiential explorations. And she will introduce ways in which we can overcome injuries and embrace new possibilities as "movers" at any age.Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rm I & II.

* 10 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM — Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito Havurah
The group will be held at the home of Gladys Perez-Mendez in Berkeley. Please call her ASAP to tell her you are coming and what food item you plan to bring to share.

* 20 (Saturday): 6:00 PM —Channukah Party and Silent Auction
ChanukahBring your friends and family and join us for our annual Chanukah party with a short service, delicious food, a wonderful silent auction, and entertainment. Song-leading by Ben Brussell. For the potluck dinner before the service, please bring food according to your last name, as follows:
A - F: Latkes with sour cream or applesause
G - L: Side dishes (salad, veggies, rice or noodles, etc)
K - O: Desserts
P - W: Main Dishes

For bidding on the Silent Auction items, please remember to bring your checkbook. As always, we will collect non-perishable items for the food bank. Location: Albany Community Center, Community Room.

* 28 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
The group will be held at the home of Doris Mendell in Albany. Our subject will be" the outlook for American's next generations." Please phone her to RSVP because space is limited.

January 2015

* 11 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch
Daniel C MattJoin us for our monthly bagel brunch! Our speaker today will be Daniel C. Matt. Scholar and professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, he has taught at Stanford University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is well-known for his translation of the Book of Zohar into English and for his many other published works, including the best-selling The Essential Zohar. His many honors include the National Jewish Book Award and numerous prestigious fellowships and awards. He is currently working on an 11-volume, annotated English edition of the Zohar. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rm I & II.

* 18 (Sunday): 4:00 PM— Between the Crescent and the Cross Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic today is "Notes on the Medieval Jewish Family." Drawing on sources in the Cairo genizah, Ruderman discusses gender roles, sexuality and family dynamics in Jewish families of the medieval period. Location: Albany Community Center, RoomII.

 

* 30 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Tu B'Shvat Seder and Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our unique and humanistic Tu B'Shvat seder and Shabbat led by member Alana Shindler. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

February 2015

* 8 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch - DARWIN DAY
Every year we feature a speaker in celebration of the February birthday of Charles Darwin on a topic that honors scientific research and education. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Community Center, Rm I & II.

* 15 (Sunday): 4:00 PM— Between the Crescent and the Cross Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic today is "The Decline and Expulsion of Spanish Jewry." This lecture explains how after centuries of relatively secure and prosperous co-existence in Iberia, beginning in 1391 Spanish Jews experienced violent pogroms in Castille and Aragon, followed by decades of hostility, persecution by the Inquisition, and ultimately the edict of 1492 that required them to convert to Christianity, go into exile, or be killed. Location: Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 27 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the January and February birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

March 2015

* 8 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch- International Women's Day
Dr Marilyn BoxerOur speaker today will be our own Dr. Marilyn Boxer, historian and Professor Emerita, SFSU, who will speak on "International Women's Day: From Socialist Politics and the Vote to Chocolates and Greeting Cards." Dr. Boxer has written on this topic for the Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, and is author, co-author or co-editor of five books, including When Women Ask the Questions: Creating Women's Studies in America; and Connecting Spheres: European Women in a Globalizing World: 1500 to the Present. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rm I & II.

* 15 (Sunday): 4:00 PM— Between the Crescent and the Cross Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic today is "Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Period" Following the migration of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula and from Western and Central Europe, new Jewish communities emerged in Italy as well as in the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe. This lecture focuses on the Jewish encounter with Renaissance Humanism as well as mysticism and Kabbalah. It also covers the erection of the ghetto system in Venice and other Italian cities and changing relationships between Jewish and Christian communities. Location: Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 27 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the March and April birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg, and non-perishable item(s) for the food bank. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

April 2015

* 4 (Saturday): 6:00 PM — Passover Seder
Passover graphicSAVE THE DATE! Please join us for our unique and moving humanistic Passover Seder, "Modern Exodus." We hold a combination catered and potluck event, featuring catered main courses, soups and sides, with potluck appetizers, deserts and beverages. Three members will share their family exodus stories, each a unique chapter of Jewish history. Music and song-leading to be provided by Ben Brussell. Albany Community Center, Community HalI. Pre-registration will be required. More information closer to the date. Location: Albany Community Center, Community Room.

* 19 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch
Speaker/Topic on Yom Hashoah. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rm I & II.

* 26 (Sunday): 4:00 PM — Between the Crescent and the Cross Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic today is "Kabbalah and Society in 16th Century Safed." Among the places to which Western European Jews emigrated following the expulsion from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1497 were lands of the Ottoman empire, including the town of Safed in the Galilee region of (what was long called) Palestine. This lecture looks especially at the work of Isaac Luria and other Jewish spiritual leaders, especially the Lurianic kabbalah as reconstructed by Gershom Scholem. Location: Albany Community Center, Room II.

May 2015

* 17 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch
Save the Date, Speaker/Topic TBD. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rm I & II.

* 24 (Sunday): 4:00 PM — Between the Crescent and the Cross Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic today is "Shabbetai Zevi—The Mystical Messiah." A century after Luria's death, the Jewish community experienced an outbreak of millenarianism based on the behavior of a self-designated messiah named Shabbetai Zevi (1626-1676). Here Ruderman discusses Zevi's so-called messiahship and its "bizarre aftermath" that persisted through the late 17th and the 18th centuries across Europe. He ends with a discussion of the Sabbetean influence on Baruch/Benedict Spinoza. Location: Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 29 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate 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, Room II.

 

June 2015

* 14 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Annual Members Meeting
Albany Community Center, Room I & II.

* 26 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate 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, Room II.

 

July 2015

* 12 (Sunday): 4:00 PM — Between the Crescent and the Cross Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic today is "The Rise of Eastern European Jewry" In this next-to-last lecture of the series, Ruderman covers the migration of Jews during the 14th and 15th centuries to Poland, where they were given opportunities to establish their own autonomous governments and communal institutions. In this receptive climate, he says, the "traditions of Ashkenazic rabbinical scholarship reached unsurpassed heights." Major academies of Jewish law appeared and large population centers developed. By the late 17th century, Eastern European Jewry had become the largest Jewish community in early modern Europe. Location: Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 24 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate 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, Room II.

 

August 2015

* 28 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate 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, Room II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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