Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR


 

 

February 2019

*3 (Sunday): 11:00 AM—DARWIN DAY Bagel Brunch: CRISPR--Rewriting DNA and the Future of Humanity
Lea WitkowskyCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Our speaker is Dr. Lea Witkowsky, a CRISPR expert and policy analyst at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), a non-profit research partnership between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, dedicated to improving and applying genome engineering to solve major world problems. She’ll talk about a system developed here in Berkeley in just 2012 (the CRISPR-Cas9 system) which lets scientists rewrite DNA in living cells and organisms, editing the genetic code that defines life itself. Dr. Witkowsky will describe how genome editing works, what it can do, what exactly happened with the "CRISPR babies" in China and how important it is to grapple with its ethical implications sooner rather than later. Location: Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rooms I & II. Donation: Members: $7.50, Public: $10

 

*12 (Tuesday): 1:00 PM— Lunch Bunch
cookCome join us for a friendly lunch at that great Thai restaurant in Berkeley, Sweet Basil, 1736 Solano Ave. Please RSVP to Rita Wilson, no later than Sunday, February 10. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

*17 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
Group of peopleThe Kol Hadash Discussion Group will meet at the home of Jean Safir. Please let Jean know well in advance that you plan to be there. Bring your calendar and a snack to share. In December we had a fine discussion about the First Step bill which has passed, making changes to the Federal justice and incarceration system. One controversial trend is the move to privatize Federal prisons, benefitting for-profit corporations. We’ll continue examining changes to the justice system, including the use of for-profit incarceration facilities.

 

 

*18 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Book and Film Group
stack of booksOur next book will be Enemies, A Love Story  by I.B. Singer, available at Berkeley Library, Alameda County library,  ABE Books,  Amazon Kindle Store, and Amazon new and used books. Look for it under its full title. Please RSVP Judy Jacobs. The meeting will be held at Jean Safir's home.

 

 

 

*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.

 

 

 

*27 (Wednesday): 1:30 PM — Tikkun Olam Group
scales of justiceThe Tikun Olam group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held at Deb Malbec's Berkeley home.

 

 

 

March 2019

*3 (Sunday): 11:00 AM— Bagel Brunch: Myra Strober and 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. Pre-registration details to come...

 

 

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: Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West
Stephen KinseyCome to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. Our guest speaker today is Stephen Kinsey, Chairperson of the Commission for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West which maintains seven Jewish historical cemeteries in and near California’s Gold Country. Kinsey, who has been actively involved in this effort for 44 years, will lead us in an exploration of the Jewish presence and significance during the California Gold Rush era, and how you can help preserve this heritage. 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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