Kol Hadash, Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism

CALENDAR



November 2017

* 7 (Tuesday): 7:00 PM — Film "Disturbing the Peace" and Presentation
film "Disturbing the Peace"Kol Hadash has cosponsored a presentation by the group Combatants for Peace when their Israeli and Palestinian speakers come to the Bay Area. The film about them called "Disturbing the Peace" will also be shown. The event is sponsored by J Street and the New Israel Fund, and cosponsored by several local Jewish and Muslim organizations. We hope you put this on your calendar and join us at this free event.
Location: St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave in Berkeley.

* 8 (Wednesday): 7:30 PM — Albany/Berkeley/El Cerrito/Richmond/Kensington/San Pablo Havurah
The group will meet at the home of Rita Wilson in Berkeley. Please email, call her, or tell her in person to say you're coming and what you'd like to bring to share.

* 12 (Sunday): 11:00 AM: Bagel Brunch: Jews and the Slave Trade: Revisiting a Painful Past and a Painful Debate
Slave Trading StreetDeborah Hertz, holder of the Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies, a professor of history and the 2013--2015 director of the Judaic Studies Program at UC San Diego, will be our guest speaker.
In this talk we learn the historical records of precisely how Jews and converted Jews were involved in the slave trade, a survey which shows just how exaggerated British Labor politician Jacqueline Walker's Facebook claims were about the primacy of Jews in the slave trade. We begin in Dutch Brazil, then move to the Caribbean Islands of Curacao and Surinam, and in conclusion survey the American South at the time of the American Civil War. We explore the complex question of who was actually Jewish in these settings; the prohibition on Jews becoming major slave traders in the Dutch East Indies Company, and their actual role as merchants and "retailers" of slaves who had already been shipped to the New World. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

 

*18 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — Shabbat and Potluck Lunch
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat and potluck lunch. We will celebrate the November birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share. Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany CA


 

* 26 (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.

December 2017

*10 (Sunday): Bagel Brunch: Big Tobacco Wants YOU
cigarettesOur speaker today is Naphtali Offen, retired UCSF researcher who studied tobacco industry behavior. He will speak about the efforts of Big Tobacco to target minorities and other populations, particularly the LGBT and African American communities. KH member Alana Shindler will also show some tobacco documents targeting the Jewish community. Public: $10/ea. Albany Community Center, Rms I & II.

 

*17 (Sunday): Chanukah Party
DraidelsWe will celebrate an all-members' Chanukah party at a private home this year.

 

 

 

*25 (Monday): Luncheon at a Chinese Restaurant
Chinese RestaurantWhat do Jewish people do on Xmas? Why, go out to a Chinese restaurant for lunch or dinner, of course. More detais to follow.

 

 

 

 

*31 (Sunday): 2:00 PM — Kol Hadash Discussion Group
The group will meet at the home of a member TBD. Please let us know well in advance that you plan to join us.

January 2018

*7 (Sunday): Bagel Brunch: Film
questions about humanistic JudaismJoin us for a delicious all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a film. Food + Ideas + Nice People...what could be bad? Details TBD. Public: $10/ea. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rms I & II.

 

 

 

* 27 (Saturday): 11:00 AM — MORNING Tu B'Shvat Seder/Shabbat
Tree of life drawing Join us for our unique member-led humanistic Tu B'shvat Seder. We will share a variety of food, including dried and fresh tree fruits and nuts. Definitely not your Chasid's seder! We will also celebrate the January birthdays of our members. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue.

 

 

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 and Potluck Lunch
Shabbat ItemsPlease join us at our member-led humanistic Shabbat and potluck lunch. We will celebrate the November birthdays of our members. Please bring some food to share. Albany SENIOR Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany CA

 

March 2018

*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.

 

*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.

 

 

 

*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 shareat the Oneg. 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.

 

 

*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 shareat 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.

 

*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 shareat 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 shareat 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 shareat the Oneg. Albany COMMUNITY Center, Rm II.

 

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