Sunday, March 28 / Zoom Meeting (rsvp for Zoom Link) / 4-7pm
Dear Kol Haverim members and friends,
For the second year in a row, Kol Haverim will be holding our community Passover Seder virtually over zoom. Last year around this time everything was thrown into chaos as schools and businesses closed to battle the COVID pandemic, and Kol Haverim canceled our Purim spiel and moved our Seder online. It’s been a long and difficult year since then, but with cases now dropping and over 20% of the US population having already received one or both doses of the COVID vaccine, we are now cautiously optimistic about the future.
This year’s Passover Seder will once again take place over zoom, on Sunday, March 28 from 4 to 7pm. The zoom meeting will begin at 4pm for schmoozing and the Seder will start at 4:30 (this will be the second night of Passover). Our musicians Will Fudeman and David Frumkin will be joining us as usual. When you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org you should automatically receive the link for the zoom Seder. If you do not receive it, please check your junk (spam) folder.
You may find online resources for the Kol Haverim Seder at http://kolhaverim.net/passover/ . Resources include the Kol Haverim Passover Haggadah and a planning document to help you prepare for the Seder, including arranging your own Seder plate (please note that some of the resources may incorrectly list last year’s date).
Thank you and we hope to *see* you for Passover (even if we can’t be with you).
The KH Board invites you to join us for a conversation with Paul Golin, Executive Director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, titled A Jewish Perspective on Church – State Separation
Jews are among the many religious minorities whose American experiences have benefited immeasurably from the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The notion of freedom of – and freedom from – religion was among our Founders’ great innovations, yet it has been battled over politically ever since. In recent years, reactionary fundamentalist ideologues have achieved unprecedented access to governmental and judicial power, seeking to turn the clock back to a time of supremacy of one religion over all others.
Join Paul Golin, executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), for a conversation about how SHJ’s Jews for a Secular Democracy initiative galvanizes the Jewish community around church-state separation issues such as abortion rights, LGBTQ+ equality, secular education in schools, and what role we can all play in defending religious freedom.
About Paul Golin
Paul Golin is executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. For nearly two decades, Paul has helped Jewish organizations and movements better understand the key trends affecting North American Jewry, including intermarriage, engagement, disaffiliation, and inclusion. Paul’s writing has appeared in the Forward, the New York Jewish Week, Tablet, and elsewhere. He co-authored the books: 20 Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren To Do (And Not Do) To Nurture Jewish Identity In Their Grandchildren (2007) and How To Raise Jewish Children…Even When You’re Not Jewish Yourself (2010). Paul previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute where he helped pioneer and refine effective engagement techniques. Paul is the white Ashkenazi half of a “Jewpanese” (Jewish/Japanese) Jewish multiracial household. He maintains the Jewpanese page on Facebook and tweets sporadically at @paulgolin. Click here to reach Paul by email.
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.
Please join us to watch “Who will write our history” in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will be watching the movie together at our member’s house on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30PM. Please e-mail email@example.com for directions.
Who Will Write Our History: In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.