Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR


 

August 2018

*10 (Friday): 1:00 PM — Lunch Bunch
Come join us at our friendly monthly lunch at 12:30, a half-hour earlier than usual. This month it will be at Britt Marie's ("American Brasserie, Gastropub") at 1369 Solano Ave, Albany. They will give us separate checks. Please RSVP to Rita Wilson via phone or email, the latest by Wednesday, August 8.

 

*19 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
The Kol Hadash Discussion Group will meet at the home of Norma Wynn. Please let Norma know well in advance that you plan to be there. Bring your calendar, and a snack to share.

*20 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Kol Hadash Film and Book Group
Our group will meet at Shirley Jowell's home. We will be discussing Seize the Day, a short early novel by Saul Bellow. It's available at Berkeley Library, Contra Costa Libraries, ABE books, and Amazon used books. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP via email to both Shirley and Judy Jacobs.

*24 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat at which we will formally celebrate the adoption of Robyn Raymer into the Humanistic Jewish community. We will also celebrate the August birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I and II.

 

*25 (Saturday): 10:30 AM: Religion, Humanism and Community
Paul Golin Paul Golin, Executive Director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, will speak on "Throwing Out the Bathwater But Keeping the Baby: Religion, Humanism and Community" followed by a panel discussion of humanist community representatives, including Jim Barnett (Bay Area Humanists) and Mashariki Lawson-Cook (Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento), and Rabbi Judith Seid (Tri-Valley Cultural Jews). Join us for an interactive conversation exploring the relationship between religion and humanism. As an increasing percentage of Americans leave traditional religion, what can we take with us? What if any practices, rituals, and forms of community can be adapted from religion and applied in secular spaces? Share what is still personally meaningful from your own religious heritage. Or declare, as some certainly do, that we must discard it all to rid ourselves from religious dogma and superstitious beliefs. Doors open at 10:00 AM, Location: Albany SENIOR Center, 849 Masonic Ave, Albany. NOTE: If you would like to reserve a boxed lunch for $15 served after the panel, Email Kimberly who can take your credit card payment.

 

*25 (Saturday ) -- 7:00 PM: House Concert Benefit for Kol Hadash in Berkeley
Saul RIchmond-Rakerd PhotoMiles Graber PhotoWe are very pleased to announce a classical concert by cellist Saul Richmond-Rakerd, and pianist Miles Graber, at the home of a member in Berkeley. Mr. Richmond-Rakerd is a prize-winning San Francisco-based cellist who is assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony and a section cellist of the Monterey Symphony. He has performed in a wide range of other settings--as soloist, chamber group and quartet member. Miles Graber was trained at Julliard School, and has been associated with New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, Oakland and Berkeley Symphonies, and many others. He is a member of a number of ensembles, including Alcyone Ensemble, MusicAeterna, and the Graham-Graber-Rose Trio. Donations are $35 and up; as seating will be limited, all guests must RSVP, so please Email Kimberly who can take your credit card payment.

 

*26 (Sunday ) -- time 10:30 AM: The Humanist Intermarriage Narrative You Never Hear:
Paul Golin Come hear Paul Golin, Executive Director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, and respondent Dawn Kepler, Building Jewish Bridges. From the perspective of Humanistic Judaism, intermarriage is good, period, no strings attached. When viewed through a Jewish cultural rather than religious identity, intercultural marriage--often referred to as "interfaith" marriage where one spouse is Jewish and one is not--isn't the threat the organized Jewish community historically made it out to be. To the many Jews who have walked away from the community altogether thinking they need to be believers to be affiliated, or that Judaism is "only" a religion, Humanistic Judaism offers an alternative in which the benefits of community, connection, and celebration remain, and where intermarriage is seen as an opportunity for meaning and growth. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, and Building Jewish Bridges. Location: JCC-East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

 

 

 

 

September 2018

*10 (Monday): 7:30 PM — Rosh Hashanah
Apples and HoneyOur humanistic Rosh Hashanah service will be held with music and songs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish provided by Ben Brussell. Readings, song, food, and more will encourage awe in our amazing universe at the start of our new year. Pre-registration Required--download registration form here. .Location: Albany Community Center,1249 Marin Ave, Albany in the Community Hall.

 

*18 (Tuesday): 7:30 PM — Yom Kippur
Man with shofarWe will hold our humanistic Yom Kippur service with original music provided by the amazing Musical Arts Quintet, poetry read by Judaic scholar Marcia Falk, and thoughtful reflection. Pre-registration Required--download registration form here. Location: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley, near Ashby Avenue.

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*23 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Sukkot Potluck Brunch
sukkahSukkot potluck brunch will be hosted at a member's home this year, both in the sukkah in the garden and inside. Lots of wonderful food and conversation!

 

 

 

October 2018

*14 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch & Author Talk--The Shoemaker's Dream
Bill Nemoyten's photoBill Nemoyten, long time Kol Hadash member will discuss his newly published book, a novel entitled "The Shoemaker's Dream, A Jewish American immigrant story. " In the Foreword to his book, Marilyn Boxer, Professor of History Emerita, SFSU, wrote: "This is a tale that resonates strongly today, when news media daily produce articles, editorials and letters to the editor about our current embattlement over immigration."  Bill's presentation will include segments of dialogue from the book dramatized by members of Kol Hadash. There will also be a brief discussion about how to self publish your own book presented by Bill's daughter Jo who was responsible for turning both of his manuscripts into books. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

*27 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our DAYTIME member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will also celebrate the October birthdays of our members. After the shabbat, members and friends are invited to lunch on Solano Ave. Shabbat will be held at the Albany SENIOR Center at 849 Masonic Ave, Albany.

 

 

 

November 2018

 

*10 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our DAYTIME member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will also celebrate the November birthdays of our members. After the shabbat, members and friends are invited to lunch on Solano Ave. Albany SENIOR Center.

 

*18 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: The Lonely Child: Song & Documentary in Progress
Alix WallCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a talk by guest speaker, Alix Wall, who has a family story to tell. "The Lonely Child" is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto by Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginski in 1943 about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five years later, Alix Wall – the daughter of the song’s daughter – sets out to make a documentary film about the people who are keeping the song alive, working together with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint. A contributing editor for J., The Jewish News of Northern California, Alix Wall writes a monthly column about Jews in the food world as well as other features. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, Bay Area Bites, and Edible East Bay. Wall is founder of the Illuminoshi, the not-so-secret society of Bay Area Jewish food professionals, and works part-time as a personal chef. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

December 2018

 

*8 (Saturday): Time TBD — Chanukah Party
DraidelsWe will celebrate an all-members' Chanukah party at a member's home, lighting a menorah and chowing down the latkes, and other potluck food items according to the first letter of their last name. Details to come...

 

 

*16 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:The prospects of abortion and contraception in The Age of Trump-Pence
Carole Joffe PhotoCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Our speaker is Carole Joffe, a sociologist with a PhD from UC Berkeley, and professor emerita at UC Davis, presently professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF. She is the author of five books including Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us, and Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and After Roe v. Wade, as well as many articles in leading newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and websites such as Realitycheck, Huffington Post, Salon and Slate. She has received several lifetime achievement awards honoring her contributions to abortion care, reproductive rights and family planning. A recent (May 2018) article is entitled, "Inside George Tiller's Clinic," about the physician assassinated at his church in Wichita, Kansas in 2009 because of his work as an abortion provider. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*25 (Tuesday): 11:00 AM— Luncheon on the 25th at a Chinese Restaurant
Chinese RestaurantWhat do Jewish people do on Xmas? Why, go out to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, of course! We will enjoy a delicious meal together, location TBD.

 

 

 

 

 

January 2019

*13 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

 

*26 (Saturday): 11:00 AM— MORNING Tu B'Shvat Seder/Shabbat POTLUCK LUNCH
Tree of life drawing We will hold our unique member-led humanistic Tu B'shvat Seder, sharing a variety of food, including dried and fresh tree fruits and nuts. Definitely not your Chasid's seder! Come, eat, think, sing! January birthdays of members also celebrated. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue.

 

 

February 2019

*3 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

 

*23 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our DAYTIME member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will also celebrate the February birthdays of our members. After the shabbat, members and friends are invited to lunch on Solano Ave. Albany SENIOR Center.

 

 

March 2019

*3 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*22 (Friday): Time TBD — Kol Hadash Purim Party and Shabbat
Purim GraphicParty like it's 357 BCE!!! Beverages, hamantaschen (triangular cookies) and other treats will be served. We will also perform a very short, modern humorous take on the reading of the Esther Megillah.

The holiday honors beautiful Queen Esther, who, with the help of her uncle Mordechai, prevented the wicked prime minister Haman from turning the king against the Jewish people. It is the most festive of all Jewish holidays -- marked by carnivals, costumes and, of course, family and friends gathering around a special meal. It is also traditional to feed the poor. On Purim we are told to drink until we can no longer tell the difference between good and evil…well, due to modern DUI rules, maybe not that much! Location TBD

 

 

April 2019

*7 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*20 (Saturday): 6:00 PM— Passover Seder
Small Passover Graphic Come to our unique, member-led Modern Exodus Passover Seder with music, great food and a meaningful, creative service. The meal will be a partially catered and potluck menu, with appetizers, desserts and seder plate items brought by attendees. Our haggadah tells both the traditional Exodus story, and the exodus stories within modern Jewish history, including the family exodus stories of two of Kol Hadash's members. Passover is for us a memory of immigration and exodus, now more relevant than ever, with more than 65 million people who are migrants the world over.

 

May 2019

*5 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*24 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the May birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

June 2019

*9 (Sunday) 11:00 AM — ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
members meeting

Our members-only annual meeting will be held with a light luncheon provided. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

*28 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the June birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

July 2019

*26 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the July birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

August 2019

*23 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the August birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

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