Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

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February 2020

*9 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Darwin Day Bagel Brunch/ Tu B'Shvat Celebration of Trees
Old Survivor Film LogoThis year, Tu B'Shvat (the "birthday of the trees") falls near our annual Darwin Day celebration, and we've combined them. After some Tu B'Shvat readings, we will have the privilege of screening the film short "Old Survivor". In the 1850’s, fueled by the California Gold Rush, an ancient redwood forest was drastically logged to help build San Francisco. Yet one old tree was left behind. This 22-minute documentary highlights “Old Survivor”, the only remaining old-growth redwood in the East Bay hills, and tells the story of Oakland’s resilient, ecologically amazing, and now protected redwood forest. Featuring Save the Redwoods League, the East Bay Regional Park District, and City of Oakland parklands, the film promotes outdoor recreation and open space networks, encourages stewardship, celebrates local history, and educates the viewer about redwood forest ecology. Oakland Trails worked with filmmakers Emily Fraser (who co-directed our previous film, Trailhead) and Nicholas Berger. Runtime is 22 minutes. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $8.00, Public: $12

 

 

*11 (Tuesday): 1:00 PM — Lunch Bunch
This month we'll meet at Da Lian at 1674 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley between Virginia and Lincoln, the Chinese restaurant where we enjoyed our Dec 25th meal. Please RSVP to Francine Rahn by phone or email by February 8th. Here is a link to the delicious menu, reasonably priced. We hope to see you there.

 

 

 

*16 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Discussion Group
We will meet at the home of Jean Safir. Please contact Jean well in advance to tell her you’ll be there. Please bring your calendar, a snack to shar, and beforehand, send your ideas for a topic to Jean or Cathy. At the January meeting we had a very civilized discussion about the 2020 Presidential Election.

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*17 (Monday): 2:30 PM — Book and Film Group
Book and Film GroupThe next book will be The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates. Please bring snacks to share. We will meet at the home of Judy Jacobs in El Cerrito.

 

 

*22 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — MEMBERS-ONLY MEETING
Shabbat ItemsMembers are urged to participate in a solutions-oriented meeting, folllowed by pizza and beverages at no charge. Following the meeting, the shabbat will be held (see next event below) Location: Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

 

 

*22 (Saturday): 1:00PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat wiwth music and readings. We will wish our member with February birthday well. Location: Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

 

 

 

March 2020

*14 (Saturday): 11:00AM — Purim Party and Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led short Shabbat service and Purim Party. Location: Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

 

*16 (Monday): 2:30 PM — Book and Film Group
Book and Film GroupSave the Date--The Book and Film group's next meeting. Book to be announced. Please bring snacks to share. We will meet at the home of Judy Jacobs in El Cerrito.

 

 

*22 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Who Will Care For Me?
Marcia FreedmanCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by Marcia Freedman, former member of the Israeli Knesset and Co-Convenor of Elder Action, an interest group of Ashby Village currently actively involved in long-term care advocacy.

The title of her talk is "Who Will Care For Me". At least 60% of those over the age of 65 will require long-term care supportive services for anywhere from a few months to five years at an out-of-pocket cost of $150,000 to $250,000 per year. The very wealthy can afford such services, and for those of Medi-Cal, they are provided at no cost. For the rest of us in the vast middle, we are on our own, mostly served by unpaid family caregivers (currently about 5 million in California), or we need to spend down our assets to no more than $2,000 in order to qualify for Medi-Cal. Today, with the Governor’s Master Plan on Aging taking shape, there is an opportunity to enact a social insurance model of long-term care supportive services statewide, it is by no means a sure thing. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $8.00, Public: $12

 

 

 

April 2020

*11 (Saturday): 6:00 PM — Modern Exodus Passover Seder
Small Passover Graphic You are warmly invited to our unique, member-led Modern Exodus Passover Seder held at the Albany Community Center. Our haggadah tells both the traditional Exodus story, and the exodus stories within modern Jewish history, including the family exodus stories of Kol Hadash's members and guests. Food is always terrific, as it is a combination catered and potluck affair. Registration is required; save the date and check back for more information.

 

 

 

 

*19 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch
Barbara RIdley PhotoCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by local author Barbara Ridley, and chance to shmooze. Ridley will discuss her award-winning book When It’s Over, a literary novel based on her late mother’s experience as a refugee from the Holocaust. Coming of age in Prague in the turbulent 1930’s, Lena Kulkova meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. But with the outbreak of World War II, Otto flees to England, leaving Lena stuck in Paris with no news from her Jewish family, including her beloved baby sister, in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. When Lena finally reaches England, she and Otto face anti-refugee sentiment and wartime deprivations, straining their relationship. Lena plunges into a new romance, but worries constantly about her family. The novel offers insights into little-known aspects of life during the war, including the fate of refugees and the progressive political movements of the time, issues which still have resonance today.

Born in London and raised in a tiny village in Sussex, Barbara Ridley became a nurse and worked for 40 years as nurse and then nurse practitioner, specializing in the care of adults with physical disabilities. Now retired, she is focused on her writing. She lives in Albany with her partner and their West Highland terrier MacDuff. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $8.00, Public: $12

 

 

*20 (Monday): 2:30 PM — Book and Film Group
Book and Film GroupSave the Date--The Book and Film group's next meeting. Book to be announced. Please bring snacks to share. We will meet at the home of Judy Jacobs in El Cerrito.

 

 

May 2020

 

*17 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Red Emma, Red Rosa, and the Radical Jewish Sisterhood
Marilyn BoxerCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by Dr. Marilyn Boxer, historian and Professor Emerita, SFSU and long time Kol Hadash member. Marilyn will discuss a multinational “sisterhood” of Jewish women famous and infamous for their leadership in radical left wing movements, including anarchist “Red Emma” Goldman; revolutionary socialist “Red Rosa” Luxemburg; Dr. Aletta Jacobs, credited with opening the world’s first birth control clinic; Gesia Gelfman, one of the assassins of Tsar Alexander II; and others active in European countries during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She will raise the question of why, during long and passionate talks, they never referred to their mutual Jewishness. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $8.00, Public: $12

*29 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the May birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

June 2020

*7 (Sunday) 11:00 AM — ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
members meeting

Our members-only annual meeting will be held with a light luncheon provided. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II

 

*26 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the June birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

July 2020

*24 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the July birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

August 2020

*21 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the August birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

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