We have begun reading Psalms at the beginning and end of Kohelet Shabbat services. It is said our lives are reflected in the verses of Psalms. Said HaShem to David: “ One day of your songs is more precious to me than all the wisdom of your son, Solomon”.
“Why do they gather and talk in vain? Rather, God will stand with the anointed and laugh at those who oppose. Ask of me and you will inherit and posses the earth. Be wise, disciplined and judge well and with your service you will rejoice. Praiseworthy are those who trust in the Lord.
Psalm 2 celebrates the supremacy of God over all rebellious forces of humanity. The matter has been already decided as we have been given the power and the wisdom to control our destiny for the good.
Some members have asked when Kohelet will reopen. The short answer is--eventually, but not anytime soon. Attending religious services has proved to be a hotspot for coronavirus transmission. Often social distancing is impossible, everyone is indoors, people touch siddurim that others have handled, and everyone sings. In addition, many of us, by virtue of our ages or ongoing medical conditions, are considered high risk. We take everyone's health very seriously. Our virtual services are going well, and we will continue them. We are also working on putting together virtual services for the Holidays. The board will meet in about 6 weeks to revisit and update our decision.
ENRICHING OUR NEWSLETTER
Members are encouraged to submit articles of interest for publication in the newsletter. We are looking for articles about Judaism, Jewish culture,( music,art, food,history etc.), Jewish current events, or Israel. In keeping with our general policy, we ask that your submissions not contain any kind of a political message. If you have something you'd like to submit, please send it to Dan (Daniel.Savin@cuanschutz.edu). -Misty Davidson
BOOK OR MOVIE DISCUSSION
We have recently enjoyed both book and movie discussions. We would like to continue these. If anyone has ideas for a movie and/or book worth discussion, please contact Neiel (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dan, or Misty (email@example.com). -Misty Davidson
TORAH DISCUSSIONS The first time I led a Torah discussion I was terrified. I was sure that I knew nothing and all the knowledgeable people in the congregation would put me to shame. That never happened. Instead, I delved into a parsha and learned a tremendous amount, and I had an amazing amount of help and support from those more knowledgeable than I. It was an incredible opportunity for growth. We have numerous openings for Torah discussion leaders between now and the Holidays. You don't need to be a Judaicic scholar to do this. All you need is the desire to stretch yourself a bit. Anyone in the congregation will be willing to help you if you ask. If you have led a Torah discussion in the past, please consider signing up again. If you haven't, please consider giving it a try. You can sign up on the website. Also please contact Judith Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org). -Misty Davidson
LIBRARY SHABBAT Fri., July 10
The next Library Shabbat Friday night dinner is scheduled for July 10. It will be virtual. Please join us for a warm, intimate, and meaningful way to welcome Shabbat. Please RSVP to Misty (email@example.com).
This seems to go well with what another strong Jewish voice wrote about the Prophet Jeremiah. In his book, The Prophets, Abraham Joshua Heschel explained: “In the hour of panic and terror, when every face was turned pale with dark despair, the prophet came to instill hope, to comfort, to console. ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant, says the Lord, Nor be dismayed, O Israel; For lo, I will save you from afar, Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, For I am with you to save you, says the Lord.’ Jeremiah 30:7, 10-11."
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:
SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES
If you have an announcement or request that you would like to send to the congregation, please email Eliza at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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