MAY Sun., May 3 | Virtual Celebrate Israel Walk.Click herefor details Wed., May 6 | 8-9:30 p.m. | "We Stand Divided" Book Discussion on ZOOM
Fri., May 8 | Virtual Library Shabbat Dinner 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
VIRTUAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN A BIG SUCCESS
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Kohelet offers virtual Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. While not the same as being there in person, most people have found them enjoyable and uplifting, and they help us stay connected. Last Shabbat we had 22 Zoom windows open. If you count couples, however, most of whom were sharing a window, we had around 30 people in attendance! If you're a regular, please keep coming. If you have not yet tried virtual Shabbat services, please join us. Look for a blast-out email on Friday with the week's link, call-in numbers, meeting ID and password. We hope to see as many people as possible this Shabbat.
SOME VIRTUAL OBSERVANCES
Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers) will be on April 28. This year. Check out Jewish Coloradowww.jewishcolorado.orgfor some virtual activities.
Yom Ha-atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) is on April 29. Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) www.jewishfederations.org
has some virtual activities
Finally, check out Jewish Colorado's website for their annual Celebrate Israel walk. It has gone virtual, and you can participate from your own home.
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.
Our next Library Shabbat Friday night dinner is scheduled for May 8. We can't do it in person, but we can do it virtually. If you'd like to experience a warm, intimate atmosphere as we welcome Shabbat, please join us. You'll have to provide your own food and do set-up/clean-up yourself, but you can still enjoy Friday night dinner and lively conversation. Since having guests in our home on Shabbat is no longer a safe practice, this may be the next best thing. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Misty (email@example.com). I will send the Zoom numbers to those who have RSVP'd when we get closer.
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 Kurtz-Phelan (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)
INSPIRATION FOR OUR TIME
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES
If you have an announcement or request that you would like to send to the congregation, please email Eliza at email@example.com. All messages will be sent in next Wednesday's Weekly Announcements unless you request that I send your email out sooner/later. Please include a jpg file if you have a picture or graphic you would like to include.
NOTE: DEADLINE FOR INCLUSION IN WEEKLY NEWS IS SUNDAY AT 8PM PRIOR TO PUBLICATION (PUBLICATION IS EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING).