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Aug 31 Weekly News
SHABBAT SERVICE SEPT 3
Parsha Re'eh

Service Leader: Jonathan Katz
Torah Readers:
Dan and Aviva Siegel, Jonathan Katz

BABY NEWS EVERYWHERE!
Chuck and Robyn Jacobs are delighted to announce the birth of their second granddaughter, Mae Florence Howard. Mom Mollie jacobs, dad Josh Howard, and big sister Eve are doing great.

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Long-time Kohelet members Les and Nancy Lockspeiser are delighted to share the news of the healthy birth of their new granddaughter, Lilah Belle Huxley. Lilah is the daughter of Tai Lockspeiser, who shared many growing-up times at Kohelet, and Stephen Huxley, originally of Milwaukee.



DONATIONS THIS WEEK


Neiel and Joan Baronberg
Steve and Corry Rosenberg
Yelena Sobolev

PACING YOUR PAYMENTS

We have two WONDERFUL Kohelet Fall events coming up: High Holy Days (October 2-12), followed by our fabulous Fall Retreat onNovember 4-6.
You might consider pacing your payments by paying for the High Holy Days early this year, so you can start putting your pennies away for the not-to-be-missed Fall Retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies!
High Holy Days payments can be made by clicking below.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Kohelet members,
This issue of our Newsletter continues the sign-up period for the High Holy Days. Fundraising is traditionally a part of the season and this year as in the past Kohelet will rely upon your generosity. I entreat you to give serious consideration to doing all that you are comfortable with to assist in this campaign. Our present dues structure requires significant additional financial input from the membership to comfortably meet all our obligations.
We want to be prepared for new expected expenses but also to rebuild a more fortified reserve in case of unforeseen conditions. We are already noting probable needed repair work to the Kohelet roof, ongoing building structural maintenance and increased rent payments for our playground.
Please give your close attention to this request and help to continue our strength as we pave our path onward.
Kohelet is important to all of us and its sustenance is the responsibility of us all.
Neiel

YIZKOR REQUEST
Tamara Weil is updating the Kohelet Yizkor brochure, to be used at the four Yizkor services, starting on Yom Kippur, which remember and honor loved ones of Kohelet members. Attached is the list of names in the brochure. Please send any additions or corrections to Tamara at tamaraweil@msn.com by Monday, September 12th. If you have questions, please call Tamara at 720-335-1167. Thanks!

PROPHETS AND COMMENTARY WITH NEIEL

The Minor Prophets - Hosea and Amos

Both Hosea and Amos were written during the 8th C B.C.E. in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The king at this time was Jeroboam II who built Israel into a prosperous trading “empire” controlling trade routes to Damascus on both sides of the Jordan River. In response to this wealth, Amos focused his prophecies upon warning of the economic disparity created by Israel’s newfound wealth and her lack of concern for the fate of the poor. Income inequality - does this sound familiar? He castigated those who “live on beds of ivory, sprawled on their couches, eating the fattest of sheep and cattle and who anoint themselves with the choicest oils with little concern for the future of Israel”. His outcry was that consequences to Israel must be understood by their causes within Israel and that all calamities that befall the nation must be understood as punishments and never as coincidence. How can we understand this today?
Hosea focused on Israel’s lack of loyalty to its history and teachings. He noted that new wealth and new trade with other nations threatened Israel’s attention to its exclusive relationship with their God.The resultant regression into repeated wrongdoing and transgression would have severe consequences. He warned against attributing prosperity to their own doing and at the same time denying that wrongdoing could have a part in amassing fortunes. Hosea urges us to “return to God” who will ”heal and bandage us and we will then run to quickly renew our loyalty”. The penitent “begs God to look favorably upon good intentions, prayer and confession as more worthy than offerings of fatted bulls which are superficially impressive but lack inner content”.


WHO SIGNED UP FOR SETUP/CLEANUP THIS WEEK?

Judith Cohen
David Flitter
Debra Flitter

THANK YOU!!
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Event: Preparing for the High Holidays. A talk by Rabbi Binyomin Halpern of the Denver Kollel.
Where: Aish Denver - 9550 E. Belleview - refreshments provided.
When: Thursday Sept 1 at 7 pm
Info: Rabbi Halpern is Denver Kollel Scholar in Residence will speak on physical , emotional and spiritual preparation during Elul.
Contact: Ken Weil kencweil@gmail.com for further information

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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