APRIL Thurs., April 16 | 9:30 a.m. | Virtual Passover Service including Yizkor on ZOOM Sat., April 18 | Musical Shabbat in honor of Molly Parnes - POSTPONED
Tues., April 21 | 7:00 p.m. | Kohelet Yom Hashoah Discussion on ZOOM
MAY Sun., May 3 | Celebrate Israel Walk + Festival - TBD
Wed., May 6 | 8-9:30 p.m. | "We Stand Divided" Book Discussion on ZOOM Sat., May 16 | Phil and Heidi sponsor Shabbat in honor of Phil's quadruple (13x4) bar mitzvah - TBD Sat., May 30 | Graduate/Youth Shabbat - TBD
Thurs., April 16 at 9:30 a.m.
On Thursday, April 16 at 9:30 am we will have a virtual Passover/Yizkor service. Expect a Zoom invite via a separate blast-out with the link and appropriate numbers on Wednesday, April 15.
The Zoom Invitation for Shabbat Services will be blasted out on Friday, April 17.
A KOHELET YOM HASHOAH DISCUSSION
Tues., April 21 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Kohelet is planning to have a discussion of the documentary movie, Eva: A-7063as part of our commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. The discussion, led by Ed Davidson, will be on Tuesday April 21 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Kohelet members will be sent a link to join the discussion group on Monday the 20th. You should view the movie at your convenience prior to the discussion.
The movie is available on Amazon Prime for free, or it can be rented at Amazon for $2.99 HD or $1.99 for SD. Rental includes 30 days to start watching the video, and 48 hours to finish once started.
Eva: A-7063is narrated by Hollywood icon Ed Asner. At the age of 10, Eva Mozes Kor fought through the horrors of Auschwitz, where she was experimented on as one of "Dr. Mengele's twins." Later, she helped launch a global manhunt for Mengele. After decades of torment and pain, she eventually came to forgive the Nazis and has since emerged as arguably the best-known and most-active Holocaust survivor in the world. This is her unforgettable story. Eva: A-7063 tells the full story of this historic figure, for the first time, tracking her from Auschwitz to Israel to the United States -- even into the U.S. Capitol for her jaw-dropping arrest -- and ultimately to her courageous return to the Nazi death camp.
WAYS TO HELP FROM HOME
Several of our members have suggested contributing to the following worthy causes. All of these organizations need help in responding to the COVID-19 crisis:
3. Shalom Park in honor or our own Jim Kurt-Phelen (The fundraising dinner honoring him had to be cancelled) : https://shalompark.org/(Michael Merson)
4. Jewish Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund (Helps a variety of Jewish organizations deal with current emergencies caused by this health crisis): https://jewishcolorado.org/(Alan Brandt)
HOW TO LOOK YOUR BEST ON ZOOM
These days we have all become "movie stars" of sorts on Zoom. Susan Heitler has some tips of how to make to most of you computer's camera and your room lighting to look your best and enable others to see you clearly. These were gleaned from the professional videographer Susan works with when she Zooms her weekly talks.
Suggestions from a video professional on setting up for Zoom.
1. Lighting: Sit with light coming from in front of you. A wall behind you works well.
2. Camera height: Raise your computer (put it on a stack of books?) so it's more or less eye level.
3. Screen tilt: check that the tilt of the screen makes an upright line behind you (like a corner between walls or a picture frame on the wall) look straight, not slanting.
4. Distance: Sit close enough to the computer so that between your head and the top of the screen is just about an inch or so.
TALKS BY SUSAN HEITLER
I am writing to invite you to join for a series of short interactive talks I'll being doing via Zoom. The goal of the series is to turn the emotional challenges posed by the coronavirus into an opportunity for building the skills for living an ever-more-loving life.
Jordan Polevoy, a former Denver native who lives currently in Raanana, Israel, initiated these talks. He is building a website that will host Israel-based talks, yoga and meditation classes, and more to help make this a time of thriving for all of us.
If you should want to join but the timing is problematic, the talks will be posted shortly, possibly within a week, on Jordan's soon-to-be-launched website.
Please see the attached flyer (below). The attachment includes the times of the talk in each time-zone.
WE STAND DIVIDED: BOOK DISCUSSION
Wed., May 6 8-9:30 p.m. by Zoom
We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel by Daniel Gordis
This book delineates the long history of the rift between American Jews and Israel, from before the establishment of the State of Israel. Are Jews a religious group or a nation? Americans, the author posits, tend to think of Jews as a religious group, while Israelis think of Jews as a nation, with all shades of gray in between. The author also talks about the importance for both groups of listening to and cooperating with, the other.
We are setting aside this space to share recommended articles and videos to inspire us at this difficult time. Please send your recommendations to Eliza at email@example.com for inclusion in the newsletter.
Christine Borst (Misty Davidson) Many Kohelet members have young grandchildren or at least know young children. This may be a particularly difficult time for them. Christine Borst, a clinical psychologist and children's author based in Colorado Springs has written and illustrated a book explaining coronavirus to children. The book is informative and comforting to both children and adults. By clicking on the following link, you can download it it pdf form to share with the young children in your lives.
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