Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR


 

 

July 2019

*9 (Tuesday): 1:00 PM— Lunch Bunch
lunch bunch This month we'll be going to Little Star Pizza, 1181 Solano Ave., Albany. Here is a link to their menu. We'll be there from 1 - 3. Please let Rita Wilson know the latest on SUNDAY, July 7th. We hope to see you on Tuesday at lunch!

 

 

 

*15 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Book and Film Group
Book and Film GroupThe Book and Film group's next book for discussion will be The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. The meeting will be held at Judy Jacobs’s house. Please bring snacks. After July, all books will be taken from a list contributed by all of us. With two or three choices each, we should have enough reading for years!

 

*19 (Friday): 7:30 PM — Shabbat and Commentary
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat. Commentary by Marilyn Boxer, member and historian, on the historic context and her reflections on Fiddler on the Roof. (Note: the evening before this, the film festival will screen a new documentary in San Francisco, Fiddler: a Miracle of Miracles, about the story/film/play, now half a century old.) Probably everyone in our group has seen it in some stage or film version, perhaps more than once, and listened countless times to the songs. Marilyn will offer a summary of the show, its history, and criticism, and lead a discussion about our individual experiences of it.

We will also celebrate the July birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share at the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II

 

 

*24 (Wednesday): 1:30 PM — Tikkun Olam Group
Repair the World"Tikkun Olam" means repairing the world. Activity TBD -- Please RSVP Deborah Malbec. The meeting will be held at Deb's home.

 

 

 

 

 

*26 (Friday): 6:00 PM — Summer Potluck Shabbat
Potluck photo A social event for middle aged+ singles, both current Kol Hadash members and friends, Kol Hadash Meetup Members, and newcomers. Event is also listed on Jewish Single Boomers AT StitchDOT com, by co-host Jayne Rosen. Let's get to know each other, eat and have fun! Location: Deb's home in Albany.

Agenda: 6 pm Kiddush/cocktail hour, 7 pm Potluck Dinner, 8 pm Dessert and more socializing.

Please tell Deb (Deb94707 AT gmail DOT com) what you will bring to share. If you prefer, you may contribute $10 (in advance) and host will provide "your" contribution. Following are the food and beverage categories, how many needed, and notes if any.

Appetizers (3)
One appetizer = 20-30 small servings
Main Dish: meat, chicken, fish (6)
One main dish = a 9x13 pan or 12 pieces (e.g. chicken)
Starch Side Dish: rice, noodles, quinoa, potato (6)
One side dish = approx. 5 cups
Salad or Vegetable (6)
Dessert (5)
One dessert = 2 doz cookies or 1 cake/pie or 1 1/2 gallon ice cream
Fruit (2)
Beverage - non alcoholic (2)
One beverage = 2 gallons or 3 two-liters
Bottle of wine (3)
Challah (1)

 

*27 (Saturday): 9:30 AM — Light Breakfast and Filmmakers talk on Golda Meir
Golda Meir Come meet the Israeli filmmakers Sagi Bornstein and Udi Nir. Their documentary film "Golda" will be shown at the Albany Twin at 2:00 PM as part of the Jewish Film Festival. (Be sure to buy your film ticket soon, as it is likely to sell out). Their presentation to us will include fascinating stories about interview segments that didn't make it into the film, Golda's role in establishing the Israeli-American relations and stories about Golda’s personal life, not featured in the film: her views on feminism, her experiences as a working mother in the early 20th century, and her family life, as well as how and why Golda's image in Israel is shifting today. A light breakfast will be available.PLEASE RSVP TO info@kolhadash.org. Free to members, $5 to general public. Location: Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany.

 

 

*28 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — CANCELLED Kol Hadash Discussion Group
Group of people

Because of Jewish film festival conflicts with the original July 28 date, that meeting is cancelled. On to August 4th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2019

 

*4 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
Group of people

The group will meet at the home of Jean Safir. Please bring your calendar and a snack to share.

 

 

 

*19 (Monday): 3:00 PM — Book and Film Group
Book and Film GroupThe Book and Film group's next book for discussion will be Jane Austen's Persuasion. This is the first book on a list of members' choices that has just been compiled. We now have enough titles to take us through 2021! The meeting will be held at Judy Jacobs’s house. Please bring snacks.

 

*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. PLEASE NOTE: This evening our shabbat will be held at the Albany Library, Edith Stone Room.

 

 

 

*28 (Wednesday): 1:30 PM — Tikkun Olam Group
Repair the World"Tikkun Olam" means repairing the world. Activity TBD -- Please RSVP Deborah Malbec. The meeting will be held at Deb's home.

 

 

 

 

September 2019

*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

 

 

*29 (Sunday): 7:30 PM — Rosh Hashanah
Apples and HoneyOur humanistic Rosh Hashanah service will be held with music and songs in English and Hebrew. Readings, song, food, and more encouraged awe in our amazing universe at the start of our new year. Pre-registration Required, Details coming soon... Location: Albany Community Center.

 

 

October 2019

*8 (Tuesday:) 7:30 PM — Yom Kippur
Man with shofarWe will hold our humanistic Yom Kippur service with great music, poetry and thoughtful reflection. Pre-registration Required. Details coming soon... Location: Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue near Solano.

 

 

 

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

 

November 2019

*10 (Sunday): 11:00 AM — Bagel Brunch
Come to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. More details to come. Food and discussion, what could be bad? 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
Come to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. More details to come. Food and discussion, what could be bad? 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. 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 — Bagel Brunch
Come to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. More details to come. Food and discussion, what could be bad? 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: 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

 

 

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
Come to our all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a stimulating talk and chance to shmooze. More details to come. Food and discussion, what could be bad? 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
members meeting

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

 

*19 (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

*17 (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

*22 (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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