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Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

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January 2016

* 10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Martin Luther King Day
Bruce HartfordOur guest speaker today is Bruce Hartford, veteran of the Civil Rights movement of the 60's, who will share some of his life-changing experiences with us. Mr. Hartford was active with CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), NVAC (Non-violent Action Commitee) in Southern California, and with the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) in Alabama. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

* 13 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM — Albany/Berkeley/El Cerrito/Richmond Havurah
The group will meet at the home of Miriam Aroner in El Cerritol. Please call or email her to say you're coming, and what you would like to bring to share.

* 17 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Cathy and Art Bernstein in St. Paul's Towers in Oakland. They will talk about the oversubscribing of opiates, among other topics.

* 22 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Tu B'Shvat Seder and Shabbat
treePeter EhrlichPlease join us for our member-led humanistic Tu B'Shvat Seder and Shabbat to celebrate the "birthday of the trees." There will be a guest presentation by Peter Erhlich, Presidio Trust Forester. Please bring fresh or dried tree fruit or nuts to share. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the January birthdays of our members. Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 31 (Sunday): 3:00 PM — Jewish Intellectual History Video: ITALIAN GHETTO
Jewish VeniceVideo lecture topic is "Cultural Transformation in the Italian Ghetto." Dr. David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania, begins his survey of Jewish life and thought in the modern period with the erection of the first urban ghetto, for the purpose of segregating Jews, in Venice in 1516. "Paradoxically," he says, "the ghetto experience intensified the interaction between Jews and Christians…serving as a catalyst of cultural efflorescence" in the Jewish community. Location: Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

February 2016

* 10 (Wednesday): 7:30 PM — Albany/Berkeley/El Cerrito/Richmond Havurah
The group will meet at the home of Judy Daar in Berkeley. Please email her to say you're coming, and what you would like to bring to share.

* 14 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch: Darwin Day
Charles DarwinMinda BerbecoWhat's up with denial in the science classroom? Minda Berbeco, enthusiastic scientist and staff member of the National Center for Science Education, will be speaking about the challenges when evolution and climate change denials leak into the classroom, and what NCSE and we can do to help science educators nationally. Before coming to NCSE, Minda was a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis conducting research studies on climate change and agriculture. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

* 14 (Sunday): 2:30 PM — Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Jean Safir. This time only, we’ll meet at 2:30 p.m. Please bring your calendar, and a snack to share. Among other topics will be the BDS movement and relevant article in the latest Humanorah will be discussed. January’s meeting worked out well, with participants bringing short articles to discuss, so let's do it again at the February meeting. Notify Jean well in advance that you plan to attend.

* 21 (Sunday): 3:00 PM — Jewish Intellectual History Video: SPINOZA
Baruch SpinozaVideo lecture topic is "The Challenge of Baruch Spinoza." Dr. David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania, emphasizes the extent to which by subjecting both Jewish and Christian religion to rational critique, Baruch Spinoza shaped the evolution of modern Jewish thought. He was banished from the Jewish community of Amsterdam for holding views similar to those of humanistic Jews today. Location: Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

 

* 27 (Saturday): 11:00AM — Shabbat Daytime Service and Potluck Luncheon
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Commentary entitled "Humanistic Parshah: Trouble at Sinai" given by Michael Prival, Madrikh (teacher), and member of the Board of Governors of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Please bring something cold to share for the luncheon following the service (we have no kitchen access for warming). Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the February birthdays of our members. Albany Community Center, Rm II.

March 2016

* 6 (Sunday): 3:00 PM — Jewish Intellectual History Video: ZIONISM
Israeli flagLecture topic is "Zionism's Answer to the Jewish Problem." Dr. David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania, represents Zionism as a response to multiple causes: the failure of emancipation to bring the integration of Jews into European society, the growth of nationalism in the wake of the Napoleonic wars and new ideas about race, and, paradoxically, both the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) and the traditional messianic yearning for a return of Jews to the Holy Land. Location: Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

* 13 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch: Yiddish Song
Ben BrussellOur speaker today will be renowned vocalist and instrumentalist, and leader of the famous band, KLEZMANIA!, Ben Brussell, our cantor and song inspirationalist for the last 7 years at Kol Hadash. Yiddish song has been around for many years in the Eastern European Jewish experience. Folk songs about drinking, love, community, longing, spirituality, and life experiences in the Jewish shetyls in the Pale of Settlement and throughout Europe. Yiddish opera songs thrived in places like Warsaw and then subsequently in New York, growing there from the new life blood of the two major waves of Jewish immigrants to the US. Some of those songs will be performed. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

* 25 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Commentary will be by Bill Nemoyten who will be sharing surprising stories about a group of Jews who escaped the Nazis by seeking refuge in Japan during WWII. The stories are from the book "The Fugu Plan," by Rabbi Marvin Tokayer. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the March birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 27 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Norma Wynn.Please bring your calendar, and a snack to share. Subject TBD. Notify Norma well in advance that you plan to attend.

April 2016

* 10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch
Stan GoldbergOur guest speaker today will be Stan Goldberg, Ph.D., author of Leaning into Sharp Points: practical guidance and nurturing support for caregivers. Dr. Goldberg is a private therapist, clinical researcher and former San Francisco State University professor. He will share with us his experience and wisdom from having been a hospice volunteer, caregiver and cancer survivor. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

* 23 (Saturday): 6:00 PM — Passover Seder
Passover graphicPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Passover Seder. Registration required. Our unique and moving Seder, "Modern Exodus" will be held with as a combination catered and potluck event. As part of our haggadah, three members will share their family exodus stories, each a unique chapter of Jewish history. Music and song-leading was provided by Ben Brussell. Albany Community Center, Community HalI. Registration details to follow.

 

 

May 2016

* 15 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch —Radical Jewish Women
Prof Deborah HertzDeborah Hertz, holder of the Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies, a professor of history and the 2013--2015 director of the Judaic Studies Program at UC San Diego, will be our guest speaker. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & 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 May birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

June 2016

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

 

July 2016

* 22 (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 July birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

August 2016

* 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 August birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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