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Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR

 

August 2015

* 2 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Jean Safir in Albany. Please bring your calendar, and a snack to share. Let Jean know well in advance that you plan to join us.

* 9 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Contemporary Jewish Museum Tour
CJM San FranciscoThe Kol Hadash Third Annual Summer Museum Tour will meet at the CJM, located at 736 Mission St. in San Francisco, a short walk from either the Montgomery or the Powell BART station. General admission for the one-hour private guided tour is $11, or $9 for seniors, or free in company with a CJM member. There is a new exhibit, "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait," which includes photographs from a family tree going back to 1854. It features family members who emigrated to England from Russia and Poland, including a great-grandfather shown as a barber cutting a customer's hair, and various Jewish artifacts. A companion exhibit links Winehouse to other important artists of the twentieth century. Following the tour, those interested will have lunch together at the Wise Sons Jewish Deli, which is located in the Museum.

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

* 28 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat: Confronting Racism
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat on confronting racism led by Jane Eisenstark. 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.

 

September 2015

* 9 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM — Albany/Berkeley/El Cerrito/Richmond Havurah
The group will meet at the home of Anne Ireland and Bill Vensel in Richmond Annex. Please call or email them to say you're coming, and what you would like to bring to share.

* 13 (Sunday): 7:30 PM — Erev Rosh Hashanah
apples & honeyYou are invited to attend our humanistic Rosh Hashanah service with a theme of "Forgiveness and Restorative Justice" this year, reflecting on how we can support the Black Lives Matter movement. Service will be led by teens and adults. Music and singing led by Ben Brussell. Bring finger-food to share afterwards at our large and delicious oneg after the service. PREREGISTRATION is required--please download our registration form here. Location: Albany Community Center, Community Room.

* 22 (Tuesday): 7:30 PM — Erev Yom Kippur
Man with shofar
You are invited to attend our humanistic Yom Kippur service with a theme of Music and Remembrance this year, reflecting on personal transformation and the music of Jewish composers. The beautiful poetry of Marcia Falk will be woven with music performed by the Amaranth Quartet. PREREGISTRATION is required--please download our registration form here. Location: Albany Community Center, Community Room.

* 20 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Norma Wynn in Oakland. Please bring your calendar, and a snack to share. Let Norma know well in advance that you plan to join us.

October 2015

* 11 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch: Stumbling Stones
Rudi Raab childhood pictureOur speakers will be local authors Julie Freestone and Rudi Raab reading from and discussing their new novel Stumbling Stone, based on uncovering their own families' experiences--Jews and Nazis--in the Holocaust. How likely is it that the daughter of Jewish immigrants would cast her lot with the son of a high-ranking Nazi? Stumbling Stone chronicles their journey across two continents. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

* 18 (Sunday): 4:00 PM — Between Cross and Crescent Video Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansLecture topic is "Rise of European Jewry." Beginning in the 14th and 15th centuries, Jews migrated eastward to Poland, where they found the opportunity for autonomous communities. Scholarship and society prospered, so that despite a pogrom and economic decline in the mid-1600's, by the end of the 17th century, Eastern Europe had become the center of Europe's largest Jewish population. Location: Albany Community Center, Room II.

* 23 (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 September and October birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

November 2015

* 1 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Wrap-Up of Between Cross and Crescent Series
Medieval Jews & ChristiansWe will show the final video today, "The Sephardim of Amsterdam," and discuss the entire series of Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza," taught by Dr. David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania, and what we have learned about Jewish history. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I and II.

 

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

 

December 2015

* 12 (Saturday): 6:00 PM — Chanukah Party
ChanukahDetails TBD, stay tuned! Albany Community Center, Community Room.

 

 

 

 

January 2016

* 10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch: Martin Luther King Day
Speaker TBD. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

* 22 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Tu B'Shvat Seder and Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us for our member-led humanistic Tu B'Shvat Seder and Shabbat to celebrate the "birthday of the trees.". Guest presentation by Peter Erhlich, Presidio Trust Forester. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the January birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

February 2016

* 14 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch: Darwin Day
Topic TBD. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. Public: $10 ea. Albany Community Center, Rms 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 November birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

March 2016

* 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. Music and song-leading by Ben Brussell. We will celebrate the November birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

April 2016

* 10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch
Topic TBD. 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, details to follow.

 

 

 

 

May 2016

* 15 (Sunday): 11:00 AM —Bagel Brunch
Topic TBD. 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 November birthdays of our members. Please bring something to share for the oneg. Albany Community Center, Room II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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