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Feb 17-23 2021
Adar 5781
Weekly
SAVE-THE-DATES
Master Calendar
FEBRUARY
Sat., Feb 20 | after services | Discussion about the film Upheaval about Menachem Begin
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
ELIANA'S BAT MITZVAH
With gratitude and love we invite you to join us in celebrating as
Eliana Shira Hettleman
אליענה שירה    
is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah
Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:15 AM
virtual service
Congregation Kohelet
-Ayelet Talmi
FILM DISCUSSION
Sat., Feb 20 after Shabbat services
 
After Shabbat services this coming week on the 20th please remain to discuss the film “Upheaval” about the life of Menachem Begin.
Perhaps you might also do your own brief research about his life to add even more enrichment to the discussion. 
We might also allow for other comments about other films in the festival and hear the reviews of fellow congregants.  
 
-Neiel Baronberg
for the Kohelet Goes to the Movies Committee

From Jen Grinspoon, our newest Kohelet Member. Welcome, Jen!

 

I am originally from Puerto Rico where my father established a Special Education System. I grew up in New York City. I then migrated to Massachusetts and went to prep school in Williamstown. Later I attended college at Mount Holyoke. I have Master's degrees in Chemistry, Environmental Science and a Physician Assistant degree all from here in Colorado. I speak Spanish fairly well and like many things Latino. I've spent time in Spain, Mexico, and Ecuador. I consider myself a lifelong learner. I've had a long-time interest in Jewish Studies and I hope to have my B'nai Mitzvah sometime this year.

 

I have a 25 year old son who lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is pursuing a Social Work degree at Hunter College and is running the Crown Heights JCC Food Pantry. He is involved in all things social justice and just received an award from the group, Jews for Social and Economic Justice

 

Lastly, I am an outdoors enthusiast; I like walking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, as well as other exercise like swimming and yoga. I enjoy helping out and being an active member with different communities. I look forward to continuing to get to know and help grow the Kohelet community.

 

-Jen Grinspoon

YIDDISH SONGS IN CHINA

 

Yiddish is alive and on the rise! Yiddish songs in China?? Yes!

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/yiddish-is-alive-deep-in-the-heart-of-Texas

Watching this clip I was surprised, even shocked. Vietnamese learning Yiddish? China enjoys Yiddish songs?
And then I recollected a friend of my son, Josh. His PhD dissertation was on Yiddish. He was not Jewish.
He concluded that Yiddish is not dying. That was 10 years ago.
I was so happy today to see that Yiddish is actually on the rise.

Do you remember Joel Cohen, one of us, Koheleters? Of course, you do!
The first thing he did after retirement - signed up for Yiddish class at JCC.
This might be time for me to check if this class is still there...

 

-Jeff Zhuk

PSALMS
 
We have been reading Psalms at Kohelet Shabbat services. We continue here sequentially with excerpts and commentary.
 
Psalm 23: This most well-known of the psalms is recited often and at many occasions. It reassures us of God’s continuous presence
at all times providing us with all of our needs without fail.
 
God is my shepherd and with me at all times. He walks with me besides tranquil waters, restores my soul and  leads me on the path of justice. 
Though I walk in a valley overshadowed by death I fear no evil for God is with me. His leadership comforts me and my cup is full.
Goodness will be with me all of my life as I dwell in God’s house for all my days. 
 
We are offered continuous comfort as we are guided at all times whether hostile or peaceful. 
 
-Neiel Baronberg
B'NAI HAVURAH'S PURIM CELEBRATION 
 
B'nai Havurah is presenting the following Purim celebration on Friday, February 26, and they're extending an invitation to anyone in Kohelet who would like to join.  Please see the announcement for details about how to register.
 
Friday, February 26
6:30 - 7:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Evette, Hal Aqua, and Annie Aqua
7:00 - 8:00 pm: The Megillah with Rabbi Evette and an all-star cast of B'nai Havurah thespians, including: Owen Chariton, Mike Goodman, Joel Judd, Nancy McCahill, Pat Madsen, David Pantaleoni, Carole Smith, and others!

Go to  www.bnaihavurah.org/event/PURIM2021 for details and to register!
 
-Robyn Jacobs
JEWS IN DIFFERENT TIMES AND PLACES: Jews of Herat, Afghanistan
 
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Jews escaping religious persecution in Central Asia and Iran fled to Afghanistan, the only Muslim country where they could freely practice their faith. Mostly comprising middle-class traders and artisans, they lived in harmony with their Muslim neighbors for centuries. Read this fascinating story, including photos, of their history and the dramas and challenges that face their tradition today. Check an Oct. 2020 update athttps://gandhara.rferl.org/a/30891282.html
 
-Joan Baronberg

DONATIONS

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VIRTUAL SHABBAT SERVICES
February 20, 2021
 
Zoom meeting info will be sent out on Fridays
PARSHA TERUMAH
 
DVAR
Judith Cohen
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