Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

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December 2017

*10 (Sunday) 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Big Tobacco Wants YOU
cigarettesOur speaker today is Naphtali Offen, retired UCSF researcher who studied tobacco industry behavior. He will speak about the efforts of Big Tobacco to target minorities and other populations, particularly the LGBT and African American communities. KH member Alana Shindler will also show some tobacco documents targeting the Jewish community. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

 

*17 (Sunday) 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM — Chanukah Party
DraidelsWe will celebrate an all-members' Chanukah party at a Deb's home this year on the sixth night (Dec 17th). Menorah lighting will be at 4:52 pm (Sunset). Deb and Robyn will supply the latkes, so please bring the following according to the first letter of your last name:
A - C: Small applesauce
D - F: Small sour cream
G - J: Appetizer
K - P: Beverage
Q - T: Dessert
U - Z: Candy
If you are a rebel, you can bring anything else you'd like! Allergy allert: an old, quiet dog lives here. Bring your own menorah to ight if you'd like to. Hope to see you there!

 

*25 (Monday) 12:30 PM — Luncheon at a Chinese Restaurant
Chinese RestaurantWhat do Jewish people do on Xmas? Why, go out to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, of course! We will be having a 12:30 pm lunch at the Kirin Restaurant on 1767 Solano Ave. Send your checks to Deborah by Sunday, December 17 to reserve a spot. $35/pp. Includes food, tea, tax and tip.

 

 

 

*31 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Shirley Jowell in Albany. Please let her know well in advance that you plan to join us.

January 2018

*7 (Sunday) 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Film on Immigration
questions about humanistic JudaismJoin us for a delicious all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a film. Food + Ideas + Nice People...what could be bad? Details TBD. Public: $10/ea. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*21 (Sunday) 3:00 PM — Video Series: The Story of the Jews
Simon Schama--The STory of the JewsWe will be showing the first of a five part video series by Simon Schama on Jewish History. The first installment is titled "In the Beginning." Suggested donation: $5. Albany Community Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

* 27 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — MORNING Tu B'Shvat Seder/Shabbat
Tree of life drawing Join us for our unique member-led humanistic Tu B'shvat Seder. We will share a variety of food, including dried and fresh tree fruits and nuts. Definitely not your Chasid's seder! We will also celebrate the January birthdays of our members. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue.

 

 

February 2018

*11 (Sunday):11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Darwin Day Astronomy Event
Exploding StarJoin us for a delicious all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a talk by guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Silverman on "Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe." Some of the most energetic and fascinating objects in the Universe are exploding stars known as supernova. Observations of distant supernova provided the first evidence that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up with time, rather than slowing down. This wholly unexpected phenomenon is likely due to a repulsive "dark energy" and has become one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in modern science. Before moving into the tech industry, Jeffrey earned his PhD at UC Berkeley working on exploding stars and dark energy with Prof. Alex Fillipenko, and was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Austin. Public: $10/ea. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*17 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — Shabbat and Potluck Lunch
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat and potluck lunch. We will celebrate the November birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany CA

 

*25 ((Sunday) 3:00 PM — Video Series: The Story of the Jews
Simon Schama--The STory of the JewsWe will be showing the second of a five part video series by Simon Schama on Jewish History. The installment is titled "Among Believers". Suggested donation: $5. Albany Community Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

 

March 2018

*11 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Same-Sex Family Law in Israel
Pride parade IsraelJoin us for an all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a talk by our guest speaker, Atty Fred Hertz on "Same-Sex Family Law in Israel--Gender, Sexual Orientation and Jewish Law in a New Social Reality." This presentation will explore the emerging social policies and laws in the area of same-sex marriage rights and recognition, parentage rights and access to surrogacy, and dissolution procedures for lesbian and gay couples. The topic offers a fascinating window into the complex issues of Jewish law, acceptance of homosexuality and alternative gender identities in contemporary Israel, the role of religious minorities, and the persistent relevance of Jewishness in secular Israel society. Public: $10/ea. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

*25 (Sunday) 3:00 PM — Video Series: The Story of the Jews
Simon Schama--The STory of the JewsWe will be showing the third of a five part video series by Simon Schama on Jewish History. The installment is titled A Leap of Faith." Suggested donation: $5. Albany Community Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

*31 (Saturday): 6:00 PM — Passover Seder
Small Passover Graphic Join us for our unique, member-led humanistic Modern Exodus Passover Seder. The partially catered, partially potluck menu will include appetizers, soup, side dishes and entrees, one of them vegetarian. Come alone, or with friends, or reserve a whole table for your crew! More Information TBD. Location: Albany Community Center, Community HalI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2018

*8 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Holocaust Memorial Presentation
Dr Shostak's BookOur guest speaker today is Dr. Arthur B Shostak, who will speak about "Stealth Altruism During the Holocaust". Though it has been nearly seventy years since the Holocaust, the human capacity for evil displayed by its perpetrators is still shocking and haunting. But the story of the Nazi attempt to annihilate European Jewry is not all we should remember. Stealth Altruism tells of secret, non-militant, high-risk efforts by “Carers,” those victims who tried to reduce suffering and improve everyone’s chances of survival. Their empowering acts of altruism remind us of our inherent longing to do good even in situations of extraordinary brutality. Dr. Shostak is an American sociologist, futurist, and former professor of Sociology at Drexel University. Join us for an all-you-can-eat bagel brunch beforehand. Public: $10/ea. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

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

 

 

*29 (Sunday) 3:00 PM — Video Series: The Story of the Jews
Simon Schama--The STory of the JewsWe will be showing the fourtht of a five part video series by Simon Schama on Jewish History. The installment is titled Over the Rainbow." Suggested donation: $5. Albany Community Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

 

May 2018

*6 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Jewish Genealogy
Dr Rachel GrossOur guest speaker today is Dr. Rachel Gross, John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies, Assistant Professor, Department of Jewish Studies San Francisco State University. The title of her talk is "Intimate Histories: Genealogy and American Jewish Nostalgia." Join us for an all-you-can-eat bagel brunch beforehand. Public: $10/ea. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

*20 (Sunday) 3:00 PM — Video Series: The Story of the Jews
Simon Schama--The STory of the JewsWe will be showing the last of a five part video series by Simon Schama on Jewish History. Thet installment is titled "Return." Suggested donation: $5. Albany Community Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

*25 (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 shareat the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

June 2018

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

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

 

*22 (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 shareat the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

 

July 2018

*27 (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 shareat the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

 

August 2018

*24 (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 shareat the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

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