Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR


 

 

December 2018

 

* 4 (Tuesday): 1:00 pm — Lunch Bunch
cookCome join us for our friendly lunch on TUESDAY (change of day again) where we will also be celebrating Robyn Raymer's birthday! By popular demand, we'll be back at Inn Kensington, 293 Arlington Ave, Kensington. Please RSVP to Rita Wilson, no later than Sunday, December 2nd -- the first night of Chanukah. Hope to see you there!

 

 

*8 (Saturday): Chanukah Party: Two groups: Early 5PM - 7PM or Late 7PM - 10 PM
DraidelsWe will celebrate an all-members' Chanukah party at Deb Malbec's home, light menorahs, sing, chow down the latkes and other potluck food. Please do RSVP so the hosts can be prepared with latkes and the fixings.  Bring beverages (either alcoholic or not) if your last name begins with A - H, Savories if your last name begins with I-R, or Sweets if your last name begins with S-Z.  All food should be bite sized  (fork ready). For crowd control purposes, please indicate when you RSVP if you're coming for the Early Group (5 pm - 7:30 pm) or Late Group (7 PM -10 PM). Bring along a menorah and candles if you want to participate in the optional candle lighting.

 

*16 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:The prospects of abortion and contraception in The Age of Trump-Pence
Carole Joffe PhotoCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Our speaker is Carole Joffe, a sociologist with a PhD from UC Berkeley, and professor emerita at UC Davis, presently professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF. She is the author of five books including Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us, and Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and After Roe v. Wade, as well as many articles in leading newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and websites such as Realitycheck, Huffington Post, Salon and Slate. She has received several lifetime achievement awards honoring her contributions to abortion care, reproductive rights and family planning. A recent (May 2018) article is entitled, "Inside George Tiller's Clinic," about the physician assassinated at his church in Wichita, Kansas in 2009 because of his work as an abortion provider. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

*17 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Book and Film Group
Our next book will be A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It's available from ABE Books (paperback), Berkeley Library (book and ebook), Alameda County Library (book and ebook), and Amazon (book and Kindle). We will be meeting at the home of Judy Jacobs, so please RSVP to Judy. Note: the group is limited to 10.

*25 (Tuesday): 1:00 PM— Luncheon on the 25th at DA LIAN
Da LianWhat do Jewish people do on Xmas? Why, go out to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, of course! Join us for a delicious meal together at the wonderful Da Lian at 1 pm at 1674 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley (between Virginia and Lincoln on the west side of the street.) Here’s a map. The pre-arranged menu contains soup, chicken, prawns, beef, fish and several vegetarian items; only one dish is spicy. Cost guesstimate is between $20 to $25/ea depending upon our numbers. Carpooling is always a good idea. Please RSVP to Kimberly by Dec 22nd.

 

 

*30 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
The Kol Hadash Discussion Group will meet at the home of Norma Wynn. Please let Norma know well in advance that you plan to be there. Bring your calendar and a snack to share. The November meeting featured a rousing discussion of likely changes to domestic policies now that the 2018 election results are in.

 

January 2019

*18 - 20 (Friday through Sunday): J-WEST Conference "A World of Jewish Music"
J-West Conference ImageTri-Valley Cultural Jews (TVCJ) and the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) are proud to welcome you to J-West, a West Coast gathering of Cultural, Humanist and Secular Jews.EARLY BIRD RATE UNTIL DECEMBER 15TH! The conference is a time to see old friends, make new ones, and build connections among individuals and communities. It is a forum for sharing resources, ideas, and inspiration for sustaining and promoting Jewish culture and history. The 2019 conference will give us the opportunity to learn about our broad musical history and share the songs that move and inspire us today. Featured speakers are Cantor Dr. Jonathan Friedmann, Dr. Andrea Fishman, Dr. Ezra Donner and Cantor Deborah Davis. Songleaders will lead practical workshops in which everyone is invited to participate.

Location: La Quinta Inn in Hayward, California (20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541), an easy distance from all three Bay Area airports. The weekend will begin with a TVCJ-hosted shabbes dinner at the home of a member. Registration packages are available for both Saturday and Sunday, or either day, and early registration will save you money. A link to the registration form is here.

We hope to make this conference affordable for all people. To help us in making this possible, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to the Scholarship Fund. There is space on the registration form to make a donation. Even if you can’t come, please consider a donation to help others attend.

If you have any questions, please email CulturalJews@gmail.com. For reservation questions, please call Karen Knecht at 714-739-1366 or email knechtfour@aol.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sponsors: TVCJ, IISHJ, Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations, Kol Hadash (CA), Pacific Community of Cultural Jews, Kol Shalom, Linda Fisher and Rick Schwartz, Ethel Seid, Karen Furst

 

 

 

*13 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

*26 (Saturday): 11:00 AM— MORNING Tu B'Shvat Seder/Shabbat POTLUCK LUNCH
Tree of life drawing We will hold our unique member-led humanistic Tu B'shvat Seder, sharing a variety of food, including dried and fresh tree fruits and nuts. Definitely not your Chasid's seder! Come, eat, think, sing! January birthdays of members also celebrated. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue.

 

 

February 2019

*3 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch:Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

*23 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our DAYTIME member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will also celebrate the February birthdays of our members. After the shabbat, members and friends are invited to lunch on Solano Ave. Albany SENIOR Center.

 

 

March 2019

*3 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: What My Career and Family Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)
Myra StroberCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor Emerita of Education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Professor Emerita of Economics (by courtesy) at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, the economics of child care, feminist economics, and the value of unpaid labor, she is coauthor of The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan (MIT Press). Her most recent book is a memoir: Sharing the Work: What My Career and Family Have Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others) (MIT Press).

Strober was the founding director of Stanford’s Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research) and President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She has been an expert witness in legal cases involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and the valuation of unpaid caring work, and has consulted with several corporations on improved utilization of women in management and work-family issues. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

*22 (Friday): Time TBD — Kol Hadash Purim Party and Shabbat
Purim GraphicParty like it's 357 BCE!!! Beverages, hamantaschen (triangular cookies) and other treats will be served. We will also perform a very short, modern humorous take on the reading of the Esther Megillah.

The holiday honors beautiful Queen Esther, who, with the help of her uncle Mordechai, prevented the wicked prime minister Haman from turning the king against the Jewish people. It is the most festive of all Jewish holidays -- marked by carnivals, costumes and, of course, family and friends gathering around a special meal. It is also traditional to feed the poor. On Purim we are told to drink until we can no longer tell the difference between good and evil…well, due to modern DUI rules, maybe not that much! Location TBD

 

 

April 2019

*7 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: The Lonely Child: Song & Documentary in Progress
Alix WallCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a talk by guest speaker, Alix Wall, who has a family story to tell. "The Lonely Child" is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto by Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginski in 1943 about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five years later, Alix Wall – the daughter of the song’s daughter – sets out to make a documentary film about the people who are keeping the song alive, working together with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint. A contributing editor for J., The Jewish News of Northern California, Alix Wall writes a monthly column about Jews in the food world as well as other features. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, Bay Area Bites, and Edible East Bay. Wall is founder of the Illuminoshi, the not-so-secret society of Bay Area Jewish food professionals, and works part-time as a personal chef. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

*20 (Saturday): 6:00 PM— Passover Seder
Small Passover Graphic Come to our unique, member-led Modern Exodus Passover Seder with music, great food and a meaningful, creative service. The meal will be a partially catered and potluck menu, with appetizers, desserts and seder plate items brought by attendees. Our haggadah tells both the traditional Exodus story, and the exodus stories within modern Jewish history, including the family exodus stories of two of Kol Hadash's members. Passover is for us a memory of immigration and exodus, now more relevant than ever, with more than 65 million people who are migrants the world over.

 

 

May 2019

*5 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

*24 (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 2019

 

*2 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: Topic TBD
questions about humanistic JudaismCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Food and discussion, what could be bad? Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

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

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

 

*28 (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 2019

*26 (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 2019

*23 (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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