Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

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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
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our hour-long member-led humanistic Shabbat. After the shabbat, members and friends hope to join together to lunch on Solano Ave. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany CA

 

*19 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Kol Hadash Film and Book Group
Our group will meet on the third Monday of the month at a member's home and is limited to ten Kol Hadash members. Our book will be: Founding Brothers : the Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP via email to both Jean Safir and Judy Jacobs.

 

*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

*2 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Kol Hadash Purim Party
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 (volunteers needed). Location: Home of KH member Deb Malbec, 4 steps lead to front door, quiet elderly dog in residence.

YOU (Kol Hadash Members and Friends) are asked to: 1--RSVP; 2-- Come dressed in costume, ie carnival or royalty—but not required; 3--Bring something that you like to eat or drink to share; and 4--Bring a donation (either cans or $$$) for the Alameda County Food Bank.

Purim is actually on March 1, but we will delay the party by a day. 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!

 

*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.

 

*18 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of Jean Safir in Albany. Please let Jean know well in advance that you plan to join us. And bring your calendar!

*19 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Kol Hadash Film and Book Group
Our group will meet on the third Monday of the month at a member's home and is limited to ten Kol Hadash members. Book, film and location TBD.. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP via email to both Jean Safir and Judy Jacobs.

 

*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.

 

*16 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Kol Hadash Film and Book Group
Our group will meet on the third Monday of the month at a member's home and is limited to ten Kol Hadash members. Book, film and location TBD. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP via email to both Jean Safir and Judy Jacobs.

 

*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 share at 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 fourth 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.

 

 

*21 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Kol Hadash Film and Book Group
Our group will meet on the third Monday of the month at a member's home and is limited to ten Kol Hadash members. Book, film and location TBD. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP via email to both Jean Safir and Judy Jacobs

 

*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 share at 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.

 

 

*18 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Kol Hadash Film and Book Group
Our group will meet on the third Monday of the month at a member's home and is limited to ten Kol Hadash members. Book, film and location TBD. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP via email to both Jean Safir and Judy Jacobs.

 

*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 share at 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 share at 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 share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

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