While there is hope on the horizon in the new vaccines for COVID 19, right now the pandemic is worsening as we move into the winter. This is definitely not the time for in-person gatherings, but we hope you will be able to join Kol Haverim for a virtual Hanukkah celebration on Sunday, December 13th at 5:30pm. We will have a short service, sing songs, and light candles, even as we can see a light at the end of this long Covid tunnel. There will also be a time during the event where each family that would like to participate will be invited to light a special candle on their menorah and share a sentiment with the community. After the ceremony there will be time for socializing and enjoying the company of our community.
The event will be held over zoom. Please reply to email@example.com to indicate your interest in the event and receive the zoom link. Thank you.
Please join us for an outdoor, in-person, socially distanced Sukkot celebration – plus picnic lunch, and short hike in the woods (for interested parties) on Sunday, October 4 starting at 11:30 am (masks are mandatory except when appropriately distanced).
We’ll have a makeshift sukka to decorate and we’ll have a short service, during which we’ll shake our (now traditional) locally-sourced version of the Lulav and Etrog, followed by a bring-your-own picnic lunch. We’ll also have challah, apples and (maybe hot) cider available. After lunch, interested parties can come for a walk in our woods or around the paths in the meadow, or just hang out and chat.
The event will take place in the meadow by our house in Danby (which has cleared paths, a pond, and several cleared open spaces). We have a picnic table and will have some chairs available, but please bring your own lawn chairs if you can. If needed, bathroom facilities will be available at our house (a ~300 yard walk through the woods) – or in the woods if you’re not picky 😉 It will be sunny, but cool (current prediction is for a high of 59 degrees) – please dress appropriately. Masks are mandatory.
Please join us for a virtual celebration of Yom Kippur Break the Fast on Monday, September 28, at 5:30PM. One of our family members will lead the service, followed by a communal break-the-fast gathering.
We hope everyone is doing well (as well as they can), coping with the ups and downs of the pandemic, the hope and dread, the terrible injustice and the brave resistance. The Jewish new year marks a time of rebirth and renewal, a time to remember what is important and to refocus our efforts.
Please join us for Rosh Hashanah evening virtual celebration. The format will be similar to that of our Passover Seder in April, with families participating and sharing from their own homes. Our musicians David and Will (AKA Mel and Saul) will be joining us as well to provide live music. The zoom meeting will open at 6:45pm, with the humanistic service starting around 7pm.
The digital copy of the service as well as additional songs can be found on the resource page HERE.
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link. We look forward to seeing you at our Rosh Hashanah celebration!
Saturday, April 11 / Zoom Meeting (rsvp for Zoom Link) / 4-7pm
Dear Kol Haverim community,
Even though Kol Haverim will not be hosting our traditional community seder this year, we are planning to gather virtually to celebrate the holiday. Families can practice physical distancing while still joining us socially to celebrate Passover using zoom.
The digital copy of our Passover Haggadah can be accessed HERE. KH will provide a digital copy of our seder and instructions for a humanistic seder plate. This year, you will have to provide the matzo, wine, etc. But as this is the year of Covid-19, and shopping can be scary, please feel free to make any substitutions you see fit. In this time of isolation, we have chosen “community” as the theme for this year’s seder, and instead of coming up with a few poems/songs on that theme, we are asking participating families to share a short (few minutes or less) story, poem or song with the community (if they so choose).
The zoom meeting will begin at 4pm for schmoozing and the seder will start at 4:30 (Saturday, 11 April – which is the fourth night of Passover). Please save the date and time if you would like to participate. We are still working out some the details and additional info will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, you can access the planning document that has most of the pertinent information HERE. The 10-Plagues of the 2020 document can be accessed HERE. The zoom link will be given out to families when they RSVP.
Thank you and we hope to *see* you for Passover (even if we can’t be with you).
We hope everyone can attend. Please spread the word!
Sun, Mar 15 2020 / Lifelong, 119 W Court St (map) / 2pm –4pm
Come one, come all, come young and old to Kol Haverim’s Purim Spiel and Hamantaschen Contest!
Enjoy the Kol Haverim family production of the Purim Spiel and enter in the Hamantaschen contest! Come in costume, or come as you are. Cheer on Esther and Mordechai and boo the nefarious Haman. We have plenty of groggers to go around, or make one yourself at the craft table.
Our Tu B’Shevat celebration has always been a lively event (maybe because of the 4 cups of wine during the service 😉 ), and is open to all. We hope you can join us for our Tu B’Shevat participatory seder and dish-to-pass meal once again this year! Come celebrate the holiday of the trees! (*).
Our Tu B’Shevat seder will include wine, juice and various holiday foods. Please bring a dish-to-pass and your own place settings (so we can reduce the need for disposables). Also, let us know in advance if you require childcare. The event is free for members and non-members are welcome to make donation.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by February 7 so that we may plan accordingly. Also, let us know by February 2 if you require a childcare.
(*) Tu B’Shevat, commonly known as “The Holiday of the Trees” originated in the time shortly after the Jewish people were forced to leave Israel. In that time, it was a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. After being exiled from Spain during the Inquisition in the 15th century, a group of Jewish mystics, the Kabbalists, reinterpreted the holiday as a time to appreciate the importance of plants and the environment to our well-being. In recent years, Tu B’Shevat has become a day in which we recognize our ethical obligations to care for the planet and all its inhabitants.
Saturday, Oct 19 / Rober H. Treman Upper Pavilion (map) / 11am-1pm
Dear Kol Haverim members and friends,
Please join us on Saturday, October 19th, for a brown bag picnic and walk in Upper Treman park in celebration of Sukkot. Upper Treman park is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Ithaca, and an idyllic location for an Autumn gathering.
We will make the pavillion at Upper Treman park our Sukkah. Please bring your own lunch and join us for a picnic and celebration of Sukkot. After lunch, we will go for a walk in the gorge.
Please note that there will most likely be a $8 PARKING FEE per vehicle (unless you already have a state park permit). If you would like to carpool, the parking lot of Home Depot is a convenient location to meet up.
RSVP appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Oct 6 / 3PM-5PM / Stewart Park Large Pavilion
Fall Holiday Festival for Young Families
IAUJC Fall Holiday Festival for Young Families
Kol Haverim will not be hosting their own children’s Rosh Hashanh event this year. Instead, you may join interested KH members and friends at the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community (IAUJC) fall holiday festival. You can find more information about this event at:
Sunday, September 29 / Lifelong, 119 West Court St. (map) / 7-9pm
Dear Kol Haverim Members and Friends,
Please join us for Rosh Hashanah evening celebration and potluck reception. Humanistic service with live music followed by light refreshments and time for schmoozing! Will Fudeman and David Frumkin (aka Mel and Sol) will once again be providing music. RSVP appreciated to email@example.com
For the potluck reception, we ask Kol Haverim members to contribute a dessert or snack. We ask people with last names beginning with letters A-M to please bring fruit or dessert and those with last names beginning with letters N-Z to please bring a savory snack or finger food. We will provide beverages (and apples, challah, and honey) for everyone to enjoy.
Suggested donation for non-members is $10 per adult or $20 for a family.
Childcare will be available (for children 18 months to 10 years) if requested. To request childcare, please let us know on your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 22.
As usual, volunteers to help with set-up or clean-up are greatly appreciated. If you have time to come early to help set up chairs or slice apples, or if you can commit to stay afterwards to help with clean-up, please let us know on your RSVP.