Thank you!
Nissan 5779
May 1-7, 2019

Weekly
SAVE-THE-DATES


Fri.,     May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm:  Library Shabbat Dinner
Sat.,    May 4: Shabbat Lunch hosted by the Kapniks
Sun.,   May 5, 9:30 am: "Celebrate Israel" Walk and Festival

Sat.,     June 1: Shabbat to Honor our Youth

Fri.-Sat., July 26-27: Shabbaton with Ellyn Hutt

ANNOUNCEMENTS
In gratitude to and in honor of   

Our Kohelet Community,  

Stephen & Deanne  
Ben & Daphna  
Alyssa & Seth  
Hannah & Yoni  
and their families  

invite you to Shabbat Lunch  
at Beit Kohelet  
this Saturday
May 4, 2019
 


Please join us for the Shabbat services with some Kapnik participation...
KOHELET LIBRARY DINNER
Fri., May 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday night library Shabbat dinner this Friday (May 3) at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to Misty ( davidson.misty@gmail.com) if you wish to attend.


-Io Loechell and Misty Davidson

FROM THE KOHELET CO-PRESIDENTS

Mass shootings have become all too common. We are horrified, yet almost numb to them. Then, six months ago the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh hit home. Now it was about us. And last Saturday in Poway, California it was about us again. Antisemitism has become more acceptable, it seems, and suddenly synagogue shootings, anti-Semitic cartoons in major newspapers, and acts of violence against Jews begin cropping up. I have more questions than answers. It strikes me that in the past weeks all three of the Abrahamic faiths have had shootings in their houses of worships. Just who is the enemy? Is it antisemitism that is endemic in our society, hate that is endemic in the world, or both? Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those injured in Poway, and to the family of the woman who lost her life protecting her rabbi. We will not fight hate with hate. We will take precautions and make sure our security system is fully operational. But we will not live in fear. We will live proudly and openly as Jews. Working actively for tikkun olam is the only way to rid the world of this endemic, senseless hate.

Congregations all over the U.S. (and probably beyond) are discussing this issue. Please consider adding a “Comment” and emailing to Joan at joanyaffa@gmail.com. We will collate the comments and include (no names to be included) in next week’s newsletter.

-Misty Davidson and Dan Savin

CELEBRATING ISRAEL THIS MONTH

While much of American conversation focuses on politics about Israel, there is so much more to learn about and celebrate. Consider the physical land itself. From the horrid state as it existed at the founding of the modern nation of Israel, hard work has brought it to the current level of prosperity, health, diversity, and innovations. Tourists and natives alike love to see the fields of wheat/Chitta (חיטה) and corn Tiras(תירס) and groves of Tapuzim (תפוזים) and Limonim (לימונים), oranges and lemons.The Israeli agricultural business today exports 2.5 billion dollars in different agricultural products, which are the result of that dream that started years and years ago. All this was accomplished at a painful price.
We celebrate both sides of this amazing coin in the next few weeks.

-May 8-9, 5 Iyar: Yom Ha’atzma'ut, Israel’s 71st birthday. The Gregorian date for the day in which Israel independence was proclaimed is May 14th, 1948 when David ben Gurion publicly read the Proclamation of the establishment of the State of Israel and the end of the British Mandate in Israel.

-May 9, Yom Hazikharon.  We honor Israel’s Fallen Soldiers: Israel's Memorial Day, is a time to remember those who lost their lives during the struggle for Israel's independence as well as the soldiers who have died while serving in Israel's armed forces. Victims of terror attacks are also remembered. https://www.itraveljerusalem.com/article/day-of-remembrance-in-jerusalem/

-Joan Baronberg

SHABBAT TO HONOR OUR YOUTH
June 1

 

On Saturday, June 1, we will have a special Shabbat to honor our youth. We will feature extra good, kid-friendly food, and hopefully some our our Kohelet kids will participate in the service. Many of our kids are transitioning to a major milestone, and all of them are at least transitioning from one grade to the next, so let's honor them on this occasion.

-Misty Davidson

"CELEBRATE ISRAEL" WALK AND FESTIVAL
Sun., May 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Join the community on Sunday morning May 5th at South High School for the two-mile Walk and Festival "Celebrate Israel."  The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in celebration of and community support for Israel, and is followed by a family festival featuring live music and food vendors.  For questions or meet-up plans, contact Alan at:   Keno1020@aol.com.
 
-Alan Brandt

TORAH THOUGHTS  

In this week’s Torah portion, Achrei Mot, Aaron remained silent after the death of his two sons.  He chose not to blame God, Moses  or himself.  There was neither depression nor disengagement. Rather he got up and continued his mission despite his enormous personal pain. Shortly we will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day and one week later Israel Independence Day. Despite the greatest tragedy inflicted upon the Jewish people, we again rose up to rebuild a future for ourselves. The recent tragedy in

 San Diego will unfortunately, once again remind and encourage us to remain strong as a nation and work even harder to fulfill the  promise made to our nation long ago – just as Aaron teaches us in Achrei Mot.

 

-Neiel Baronberg

Thank you to Stephen & Deanne Kapnik for volunteering for Setup/Cleanup this week!
SHABBAT SERVICES
May 4 
9:15 AM


TORAH LEADERS
Stephen & Hannah Kapnik

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Stephen & Deanne Kapnik
PARSHA ACHREI MOT

TORAH READER
Stephen & Hannah Kapnik

DVAR

To sign up for leading Shabbat services; Torah reading or dvar discussion; or Shabbat setup/cleanup, click HERE
Make a donation to Kohelet HERE

KOHELET BUILDING USE   
To schedule additional activities, please email Barbara Beiser at  beiserbj@gmail.com to confirm availability.  

USE OF THE PORTABLE ARK AND TORAH   
Please contact Barbara Beiser to coordinate any offsite use:  beiserbj@gmail.com  

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