April 6 Weekly News
SHABBAT SERVICE April 9th
Parsha Tazria
KOHELET TALKS

THURSDAY APRIL 14
6:00 pm-supper, 6:45-8:30 program

WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE BAR/BAT MITZVAH PROCESS: A panel of kids and parents.
Coordinator: Aviva Siegel.


PANEL

Aviva Siegel and Alison Siegel
Daniel Hettleman and Jesse Hettleman
Jill Levy and Leah Savin

The next and vibrant new Kohelet Talk will be Thursday, April 14th. Please come to show your support as three of our recent Bar/Bat Mitzvahs will share their perspectives as new Jewish adults in our community. The panel of kids and parents will address what each pair has learned through the process of planning and executing their simcha.
Prospective Bar/Bat Mitzvah families, within and outside Kohelet, can gain insights and ask questions. Teacher-trainers can add in about the process of helping those interested begin their journey in Jewish adulthood. New ideas and everyone’s input about the challenges and benefits of this milestone process of Judaism will be welcomed.
Please join us and invite friends and colleagues who might be considering a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the future, who have had one in the past, or are simply interested in this traditional yet still unique experience that is an important part of Judaism and of Kohelet.
A casual supper will be available at 6:00 pm, and the program will start promptly at 6:45 pm. Please RSVP to: joanyaffa@gmail.com.

SHABBAT TORAH DISCUSSION

Dear Members,

I would like to call your serious attention to a Kohelet concern which needs your engagement. I need not remind anyone that Kohelet is a participatory congregation which cannot function to its maximum benefit without all members doing all they can to fulfill roles in our religious and community growth. One of the pillars of Kohelet when founded and continues today was and is our dedication to the process of educating ourselves and to deepen our understanding of what the Torah imparts and teaches us in refining our lives. For many members the primary place where this teaching occurs is during Torah discussion at Shabbat services. Those not engaged in separate study groups rely upon these discussions for new insight and a firmer connection to Judaica. Yet members at this point have been lax in signing up for this expected assignment to lead this conversation and are relying on others to take up the slack. This imposes unwanted stresses when planning our Shabbat services. I ask all members to reflect upon this and respond by signing up for this responsibility online or by contacting Daniel Hettleman who is coordinating this effort. If contacted directly by Daniel please agree to step forward for the benefit of us all.
Thank you,
Neiel

KOHELET FAMILY SEDER

Join your family of choice (Kohelet!) for the first night. We will have a seder and a wonderful meal together. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts on freedom, journeys, family, etc. We all pitch in to keep the time and cost minimal. Please RSVP as soon as possible to help us plan for the crowd.


DETAILS

RSVP: Please contact Barbara with YOUR contact information.
Cost: $5.00 per adult donation requested to cover costs.
Meal planning: Please plan on bringing a kosher-for-passover vegetarian dish to share, one per adult attending. Let us know your preferred contribution to the meal as we will try to include all the traditional food and your new inventions. We will have the list online. After you RSVP you will receive a link to the sign-up site.
Event planning: Kohelet is a very participartory congregation. We get things done by doing them ourselves. Please plan to help with either the set up or the clean up.
Seder: If you would like to share from your favorite haggadah, please bring it with you. Your thoughts on the holiday and its meaning to you are especially welcome.
Children: Please bring! One of the great things about Kohelet is that kids are encouraged to speak up and share their thoughts, feelings and talents. It would be great to have someone volunteer in advance for the four questions, but be assured that all will chime in to support him or her.
Inclusive atmosphere: Kohelet is a progressive congregation with traditional origins. You are welcome to bring non-Jewish friends with you.

A TOUR OF PROVERBS/MISHLEI WITH NEIEL

Proverbs 12

The purpose of the righteous is justice
But the efforts of the wicked is deceit.
Those who till the land have abundance,
But the pursuit of vanities is empty.
The fool is right in his own eyes,
But the wise accept advice.
The righteous give friends direction,
But the way of the wicked leads astray.

KOHELET BOARD MEETING

JFS WEINBERG FOOD PANTRY SPRING FOOD DRIVE


Please help stop hunger in our community. The Jewish Family Service's Weinberg Food Pantry will begin their Passover/Easter food drive soon. Donations drop significantly in the springtime, straining the pantry's ability to feed the hungry at this time of year. All pantry clients have very low incomes, and food insecurity is a major concern in their lives.

As you begin cleaning for Passover and Spring, please remember JFS. All non-perishable food donations are welcome and encouraged. Please bring your donations to the JFS barrel that will be located at Kohelet in the hallway next to the sanctuary from March 23 to May 2. Last year, our small synagogue had one of the fullest bins of all churches and synagogues that participated. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please contact Sharon Pincus with any questions at sharonrpincus@yahoo.com


WHO SIGNED UP FOR SETUP/CLEANUP THIS WEEK?

Io Loechell
Ruthy Wexler

THANK YOU!!
Here is where you can sign up for Shabbat participation and for committees.
Thank you in advance for your good work!
Note that there are now multiple slots to sign up to co-lead a service
or a part of a service, as well as multiple slots to read a section of Torah
on each Shabbat.

KOHELET WEEKLY SERVICES AND STUDY GROUPS

Saturdays/Shabbat
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m Childcare upstairs
12:00 p.m. Kiddush and dairy potluck

Mondays
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Talmud Study
(currently studying Megillat Esther) at 1410 Grant St. (3rd Floor Conference Room on North Side). Contact: Bruce Heitler bheitler@gmail.com.


Alternate Wednesday Mornings
7:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday Shacharit with focus - we read many parts that most people skip, and combine a Carlebach nusach with clear diction, call and response reading, and occasional meditative moments. It takes about 90 minutes, and we don't dawdle, except in a couple of spots. RSVP with Rafi, at 530-617-2605 or rmetz13@gmail.com.


Wednesday Evenings
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Adult study group focusing on the text of the Avos d'Rabbi Natan, at 170 South Dexter Street. This text is a collateral text for the Mishna Pirke Avot, with wide ranging comments that are often included in various texts of the Talmud. The participants include Rabbi Shachne Sommers of the Denver Community Kollel, as well as Kohelet members and non-members. Contact: Bruce Heitler bheitler@gmail.com.

Wednesday Evenings
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Peleh Yoetz - Parsha of the Week with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.

Thursdays
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Talmud Study
(currently studying Bava Metzia) at 950 S. Cherry St. Ste 900. The group is led by Rabbi Howard Hoffman. Contact: Chuck Jacobs cjacobs@lohfshaiman.com.

Fridays
6:30 - 8 a.m.
Shacharit Carlebach Davening with Rabbi Hoffman at Kohelet, 428 S. Forest St.
and 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Hasidic Philosophy with Rabbi Hoffman at Kohelet. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.

Sundays
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Shacharit Carlebach Davening with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court.
and 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Parsha Study with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.

Sunday Afternoons
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Kohelet Teen Study Group
focusing on the classic mussar text The Paths of the Righteous at the Kohelet Building, 428 S. Forest St, pizza provided. We are addressing such topics as Worry, Slander, Love, Lying, and Fear. The class includes students from Bar Mitzvah through High School. Kohelet members and non-members participate in this class. Contact: Bruce Heitler bheitler@gmail.com.

YAHRZEITS
Kohelet is expanding a yahrzeit reminder service for Kohelet members. Please email your family names and yahrzeit dates to Steve Berson at bersons@comcast.net. Steve will send a reminder at the appropriate time so you can come to services to say Kaddish if you wish.

USE OF THE PORTABLE ARK AND TORAH
Please contact Joel Barach to coordinate any offsite use: jebarach@yahoo.com.

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