Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR

 

 

September 2019

*8 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
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The group will meet at the home of Norma Wynn. The topic will be “Jewish pride—accomplished artists, thinkers, scientists, legislators, etc.” Do some research so you can tell the group about a person of interest. How did her Jewish identity have impact on her life and career? Please bring your calendar and a snack to share.

 

 

*10 (Tuesday): 1:00 PM — Lunch Bunch
lunch bunch We will meet at Zaytoon Mediteranean Restaurant, 1130 Solano Ave, Albany. They should be all cleaned up from the craziness of the Solano Stroll two days before, and welcome somewhat quieter guests, us. If you're planning on joining us, please let Rita Wilson know before 9 PM, Solano Stroll Day, which is Sunday; September 8. Something to think about for October: Skates on the Bay, at the Berkeley waterfront. Before you faint with the thought of the price, if you look at the lunch menu, you'll see it can be quite reasonable.

 

*15 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Restoration of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland
Brostoff at Cemetery in PolandCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by KH Member Bill Brostoff. Most of 1,200-1,500 known Jewish Cemeteries in Poland are in a state of neglect and disrepair, destroyed by the Nazis during WWII, and, without Jews in much of Poland, abandoned. Inspired by articles in the Jewish press and a trip to Poland, Dr. Bill Brostoff began a project to restore his ancestral family cemetery in Trzcianne, Poland, a small shtetl not far from Bialystok. Bill will share his progress and challenges, as well as his secular Jewish perspective on the state of Jewish affairs in Poland. Unless the cemeteries are at least in part restored and the history accurately portrayed, a millennium of Jewish life in Poland will be “erased.” He’ll make a case toward broader involvement of descendants, as 80% of diaspora Ashkenazi Jews have at least one grandparent with Polish ancestry.

Dr. Bill Brostoff is a retired Marine Ecologist who worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a research scientist, environmental manager, and trouble-shooter with expertise in restoration of kelp forests, coral reefs, and wetlands, among other areas. Bill served as treasurer of Kol Hadash for three years and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

*16 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Book and Film Group
Book and Film GroupThe Book and Film group's next book for discussion will be Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, available widely at libraries and online. Please bring snacks. At our last meeting, we decided to include the "Film" part of our name more actively. We will be meeting at others' homes every other month to watch a film. The first viewing will be on Sept. 24, 2:00 at Bernie's house to see “Stranger in Paradise."

 

 

*29 (Sunday): 7:30 PM — Rosh Hashanah
Apples and HoneyOur member-led humanistic Rosh Hashanah service will include music and songs in English and Hebrew, led by the wonderful musician Ben Brussell, plus readings, potluck food, and more to encourage awe in our amazing universe, and usher in a sweet new year. Apples and honey will be provided; all other finger food welcome! Pre-registration Form Required, Location: Albany Community Center.

 

 

October 2019

*8 (Tuesday:) 7:30 PM — Yom Kippur
Man with shofarWe will hold our humanistic Yom Kippur service with exceptional music provided by cellist Saul Richmond-Rakerd and pianist Miles Graber, poetry and thoughtful reflection. Pre-registration Form Required. Location: Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

*13 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Assault on Jews Today
Prof. John EfronCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by our guest speaker today, John M. Efron, the Koret Professor of Jewish History at U.C. Berkeley. His topic will be contemporary Anti-Semitism from both the political Right and Left.

Professor Efron specializes in the cultural and social history of German Jewry. His scholarship is focused on the ways that German Jewry has attempted to reinterpret and reinvent Jewish culture in the wake of its complex encounter with modernity. In particular, he has written on the German-Jewish engagement with medicine, anthropology, and antisemitism. His publications include Defenders of the Race: Jewish Doctors and Race Science in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (Yale, 1994), Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (University of New England Press, 1998), co-edited with Elisheva Carlebach and David Myers, Medicine and the German Jews: A History (Yale, 2001), The Jews: A History (Penguin, 2nd edition 2013), with Steven Weitzman and Matthias Lehmann, German Voices of the Jewish Sixties, co-edited with Michael Brenner (2014) and German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic (Princeton, 2016). Efron is an elected fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

*20 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
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The group will meet at the home of Jean Safir. The topic will be“Atheists—how are they perceived in the U.S.?” Please bring your calendar and a snack to share.

 

 

 

 

November 2019

*10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch with Jason Harris
Jason HarrisCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by Jason Harris, of HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly "Lehrhaus Judaica"), Associate Director. He is a Jewish educator and former politico with a passion for teaching Jewish and Israeli history. Jason develops and supports vibrant Jewish learning experiences, including courses, large scale public events, and study tours. The Bay Area native is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a B.A. in International Relations; and the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University, with master’s degrees in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Service. Jason served in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Director to Representative Alcee L. Hastings. Prior to assuming his current role in January 2019, Jason spent five years as the Birthright Program Director at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation, leading over five hundred Bay Area young professionals on their Israel journeys. LOCATION: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

*23 (Saturday): Noon — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the November birthdays of our members. Instead of an Oneg following the service, please join us for an optional lunch at a restaurant on Solano Avenue. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

 

December 2019

*8 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Art and Poetry with Marcia Falk
Marcia FalkCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a presentation by Marcia Falk, an accomplished poet, Judaic scholar, artist, and friend of Kol Hadash whose poetry has graced our Yom Kippur observances many a year. She will be presenting her latest book, Inner East: Illuminated Poems and Blessings, which contains her original artwork side-by-side with her poetry and new blessings in English and Hebrew. Artist Mark Podwal, author of Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art, has said: "Inner East is a marriage of word and image in which neither is subservient to the other. Falk's beautiful visual images are poems in paint that do not merely illustrate her written words but illuminate them." Poet Adrienne Rich said, “Marcia Falk’s poems have the lucidity of etchings and the intensity of gemstones…It’s always a thrill when (as rarely happens) the scholar’s mind and the poet’s soul come together.” You can read excerpts from her books and view some of her artwork on her website.

Marcia earned a B.A. in philosophy at Brandeis University, a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Stanford; was a Fulbright Scholar in Bible and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and returned four years later as a Postdoctoral Fellow. As a university professor for two decades, Marcia has taught Hebrew and English literature, Jewish studies, Bible, and creative writing. She is author of many books, including The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival; The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season; and The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible. All of her books will be available for purchase that day at a special Hanuka discount. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

*25 (Wednesday): Noon — Chaunukah Luncheon on the 25th
DraidelsWhat do Jewish people do on Xmas? How about when it's during Chanukah? Why, go out to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, of course! We will enjoy a delicious meal together; location TBD.

 

 

 

 

January 2020

*5 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch: Ethiopians and Civil Rights in Israel
Irene Fertik PhotoCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating presentation by photographer Irene Fertik, author of the new book, From Tesfa to Tikva. Fertik will make a presentation of work developed over 25 years on Israel’s Ethiopian Jews in their new/ancient home. The book title means "from hope to hope" – the first word in Amharic, the other in Hebrew. In stunning photos and text, Fertik chronicles the story of 25 years of change and transition, showcasing an ancient African people in a mostly white modern society. The story of the Ethiopian Jews spans millennia. Holding fast to a dream of returning to Jerusalem, this ancient biblical community began immigrating to Israel in the late 1970’s. However, the move from isolated agrarian mountain villages in Ethiopia to a modern technological culture in Israel has meant an incredible sacrifice for the older immigrants, and enormous challenges and adjustments for their children. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

*25 (Saturday): NOON — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the January birthdays of our members. Instead of an Oneg following the service, please join us for an optional lunch at a restaurant on Solano Avenue. Location: Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

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: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

*22 (Saturday): NOON — Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. We will celebrate the February birthdays of our members. Instead of an Oneg following the service, please join us for an optional lunch at a restaurant on Solano Avenue. Location: Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

March 2020

*10 (Friday): 5:30 PM — Purim Party and Shabbat
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led short Shabbat service and Purim Party. Location TBD, save the date and check back for details.

 

 

*22 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch with Marcia Freedman
Marcia FreedmanCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk by Marcia Freedman, an American-Israeli activist on behalf of peace, women’s rights, and gay rights. In the early 1970s she helped create and lead the feminist movement in Israel. Freedman was the founding president of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom and a past president of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Freedman has written a memoir, Exile in the Promised Land dedicated to her father, Phillip Prince. She is also the author of many articles and reviews. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

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: $7.50, Public: $10

 

 

 

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: $7.50, Public: $10

*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
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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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