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SEPTEMBER 7
Weekly News


SHABBAT SERVICE SEPTEMBER 10
PARSHA SHOFTIM

Service Leaders:
Judith Cohen and Io Loechell
DONATIONS THIS WEEK
Misty and Ed Davidson
Debra and David Flitter

IN HONOR OF NEIEL
Judith Graham and Jeff Zax
HIGH HOLY DAYS

With Labor Day weekend in the rear-view mirror, we have our cue to focus on the upcoming High Holy Days! Now is the time to sign up for Kohelet’s warm, welcoming, spiritual, musical services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, offering you a special opportunity to reflect on the past year and pray for a positive future for yourself, your community, and the world. We look forward to seeing you there! Details follow. Please also watch the newsletter and our website for more information as it becomes available.

Dates and times:
Erev Rosh Hashanah: October 2, 6:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 1: October 3, 8:30 a.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: October 4, 8:30 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre): October 11, 6:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur Morning, October 12, 8:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur Mincha, October 12, 4:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur Maariv and Break-the-Fast: October 12, 7:26 p.m.

Alternative Service in the library on Rosh Hashanah Day 1, October 3, Time TBD. Other than during the alternative service, the library will provide a quiet introspective space for individual prayer or meditation.

All services will take place at Beit Kohelet.

Fees for Members:
Singles $120
Families with two people $240
Families with more than two people $320
Childcare $40 per child

Fees include a catered lunch on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a potluck lunch on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and a catered break-the-fast. Childcare fees also include snacks and a pizza lunch on Yom Kippur.

Fees for Non-Members (those who don’t pay Kohelet dues):
Singles $150
Families with two people $300
Families with more than two people $380
Childcare $40 per child

Ask us about our NEW $100 first-time membership fee!

Childcare:
Rosh Hashanah Day 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Yom Kippur, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
All childcare will take place at Beit Kohelet.

Donations: As always, additional donations are welcome and encouraged to help sustain the various programs and sense of community that Kohelet offers. Donations in memory of family members are especially appropriate at this time of year. Donation envelopes will be available.

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who are helping to make Kohelet’s High Holy Days programming possible.

Questions: Email Susan at bersons2@comcast.net.

Click below to pay by either credit card or check. If you have a need for reduced fees, contact us in confidentiality. Having you at services is always our top priority.

SUKKAH HOP
There are many special things to happen before the beginning of Succot, but it is never too early to start thinking about “this time of our joy.” As Dr. Seuss wrote: So build a Succah one and all, make it large or make it small. Succah rules are short and snappy, enjoy Succot, rejoice be happy.” As in past years, there will be a sukkah at Kohelet for all to use at any time during the days and evenings of Succot. Alternatively or in addition, many Kohelet people choose to put up their own succah. In either case, we would like to encourage inviting Kohelet guests to share this wonderful experience with you. Please email to Joan B. if you would like to be invited to a succah dinner, lunch, or tea or be a host at your home or both. Let me know the dates of your availability during Oct. 16-21., and I will make a roster of hosts and guests and dates. You can start sending your info. now and until Oct. 10th to me at joanyaffa@gmail.com.

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?

Daniel Hettleman
Io Loechell

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

Event: Ekar Farm seasonal harvesting
When: Sunday September 18th 1:00-3:00
Where: Ekar Farm, 6825 E. Alameda Ave.: A community farm that grows food for various hunger relief agencies.
Info: Abrahamic Initiative family event - bring sunscreen and prepare for dirty shoes.
Donations will be appreciated appreciated
Contact: Chuck Jacobs for further information chj1908@aol.com

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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