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Feb 10-16 2021
Shevat 5781
Weekly
SAVE-THE-DATES
Master Calendar
FEBRUARY
Feb. 8-17 | Denver Jewish Film Festival
Tues., Feb 16 | Board Meeting
Sun., Feb 21 | 3:30 p.m. | Virtual chocolate hamentaschen assembly party
 
MARCH
Sat., March 13 | 9:15 a.m. | Eliana Hettleman's virtual bat mitzvah

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(CHOCOLATE) HAMENTASCHEN BAKING EVENT
Sun., Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m.
 
Join us on Zoom on Sunday February 21st, 3:30 p.m. for a virtual chocolate (!) hamentaschen assembly party.
We'll make our own cookie dough (chocolate, of course) and chocolate ganache filling independently that morning in advance of meeting to then roll, bake and shmooze.  (The dough and ganache require 3+ hours in the frig prior to rolling.  Day before or that morning both fine.)
Robyn will send out the ingredient list as soon as she hears from participants (so RSVP asap -- the sooner you RSVP, the sooner you know that you'll need ample chocolate, cream and butter on hand.  Just warning you -- it's not for the faint-hearted, but it's absolutely delish, and worth every calorie!!)
 
Misty has once more agreed to be our gracious Zoom hostess, and she'll send out the link. You will be able to use the same link as you used for Shabbat services.
 
Be there or be triangular (doesn't quite work, does it).
RSVP today!
 
-Robyn Jacobs
HANNAH'S BAT MITZVAH VIDEO
 
We hope everyone enjoyed Hannah Sills-Feerst's beautiful bat mitzvah. For those unable to attend, Marion has made the following link available:
 
 
Feel free to enjoy it at your leisure.
 
-Misty Davidson
KOHELET GOES TO THE MOVIES
 
The Denver Jewish Film Festival runs from February 8-17.
Visit jccdenver.org/film to see to the full lineup and purchase tickets for online streaming.
 
The  Kohelet Goes to the Movies Committee suggest we all view Upheaval: the Journey of Menachem Begin.
 
This historical review may allow for some interesting discussion at later date TBD. 
 
See IJN article for further information:
 
-Neiel Baronberg
THE WISDOM IN PEANUTS
 
Who doesn't love the comic strip Peanuts? The late Rabbi Abraham Twerski was both a Judaic scholar and a psychiatrist.  He found a great deal of wisdom in Peanuts and often used it to help his patients. Click on the link to learn more.
 
 
-Misty Davidson
JEWS IN DIFFERENT TIMES AND PLACES: Morocco
 
Jews have a long and up-and-down history in Morocco. A full article on these stories can be found at: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/morocco-virtual-jewish-history-tour 
 
Jews settled in Morocco over 2500 years ago. These were  Tochavim, natives  of Amazigh origin. Later there were also  Megorashim, Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition in 1492. Jews settled in places in Morocco such as Tangier, Meknes, Fez, Marrakech, and Tetouan. The Jews of early centuries in Morocco were mostly craftsmen, small traders, and peddlars. Industries such as beeswax, wine and trading of precious metals and ostrich feathers were almost exclusively Jewish. 
 
Until the 19th century Jews lived in cities of Morocco as well as the High Atlas Mountains, and Berber regions. “Like the Berbers, the Jewish masses of Morocco were marked by their religiosity.Their piety was also deeply inspired by the writings of Maimonides. 
 
Judaism in Morocco produced scholars and authors, including the famed Ibn Danan,Ibn Hayyim, Ben-Attar, Elbaz, and Toledano. Jews went on regular pilgrimages to Moroccan sites of the tombs of their saints and devotion to the study of Kabalah was widespread." 
 
In modern times, Moroccan Jews’ historic commitment to the Land of Israel was challenged by the outlawing of all Zionist activity in 1959. Many Jewish organizations were forcibly closed. Swastikas were found in Casablanca and Rabat. Responding to these conditions, between 1956 and 1961, about 25,000 Jews escaped from Morocco (illegally) to Israel This was largely made possible by the forming of a “Zionist underground” by the Mossad and the Paris-based Misgeret’s training of Jewish self-defense groups, development of recruiters and communication channels, and processes for aliyah.
 
Today Moroccan Jews live in Israel for the most part (and some in France or the U.S.) while about 3500 remain in Morocco. Tourism between these places flourished until the limitations of Covid-19. When Morocco recently made an official declaration approving direct air travel services between Morocco and Israel, mass tourism became possible. The first direct flight headed from Tel Aviv to Rabat in December (2020) to mark the three-way, U.S. brokered accord under the Trump administration. The Israeli Liaison Office in Morocco was reopened just last week on January 26, 2021. It had been closed for 20 years. Similarly, a team of Moroccan diplomats arrived in Israel to lay the groundwork for a liaison office in Tel Aviv: Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said that its diplomatic office in Israel would be open in 2-3 weeks, after being closed for 20 years. 
 
-Joan Baronberg

DONATIONS

You can donate to Kohelet HERE.
VIRTUAL SHABBAT SERVICES
February 13, 2021
 
Zoom meeting info will be sent out on Fridays
PARSHA MISHPATIM
 
TORAH READER
Joel Barach
 
DVAR
Joan Baronberg
To sign up for leading Shabbat services; Torah reading or dvar discussion; or Shabbat setup/cleanup, click HERE

Sign up for Committees HERE
Make a donation to Kohelet HERE

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