Thank you!
Sept 9-15 2020
Elul 5780
Master Calendar
Wed., Sept 9 | 7:30 p.m. | High Holidays Discussion with Dan Savin
Fri., Sept 11 | Library Shabbat

High Holy Days
Fri., Sept. 18 | 7:30 p.m. |
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sat., Sept 19 | 9:00 a.m. | Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Sun., Sept 20 | 9:00 a.m. | Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Sun., Sept 27 | 6:30 p.m | Erev Yom Kippur
Mon., Sept 28 | 8:45 a.m. | Yom Kippur




Jim and Phyllis Kurtz-Phelan are delighted to announce that they have a new granddaughter, Remy Khelan Chase, the first child of Abby Kurtz-Phelan and her husband Dmitry, who live in Steamboat Springs.  Mazel tov to the family!


-Susan Berson

Wed., Sept 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Some of you may be interested in series of lectures on Jewish holidays and other topics, by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik. There are ten lectures, each of about 25-40 minutes duration, that can be found on the website: Lectures 2 and 3 are on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, respectively. We will be having a discussion of these two lectures on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 pm. If you would like to participate, please send me an email at and I will send out a zoom link several days before the event. 


-Dan Savin

We're very much looking forward to sharing the High Holidays with you.  Here's some important information to keep in mind as we approach our first ever (and hopefully last!) online High Holidays services.

  • We will deliver a Machzor to all who need and who already pre-registered.  Even if you already have a Machzor, everyone who pre-registered will receive, via personal delivery, a beautiful printed High Holidays program including the schedule (thanks to Eliana for her artwork and Ed Stein for the layout!), Yizkor booklets (thanks to Tamara!), and a very special gift compliments of Jill Levy:  a small, delicious, lovingly-made challah for each family!  We can't thank Jill enough for this sweet, generous gift.
  • We invite everyone to bring that beautiful challah and a sip of wine or grape juice to our virtual services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.  We are planning on slightly abbreviated services, and hope to be finished by noon (!)  If you can, please join us as we linger a bit over Kiddush so that we can check in with one another and chat for a while.  It's the best we can do to replace a potluck meal together!
  • Misty is our Zoom host, and she will mute all of us according to the requests of our service leaders.  There might be times when we'll be unmuted periodically to sing together, cacophonous (and spirited!) as it may be.
  • Kohelet will send out the Zoom invitation the week before services, and that invitation and ID number will serve for the entire time of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, including the intervening Shabbat.
  • Chuck has an increasingly longer Mishaberach list.  If you put someone on that list who should no longer be on it, please let him know.
  • Please note that Jonathan will be playing the piano in accompaniment to certain of the High Holidays prayers that he will be leading.  We're looking forward to it providing us with a more meaningful, moving and uplifting experience.  Thanks to all for embracing flexibility in our services during these unique times.
  • We all recognize how disappointing it is not to be able to pray and celebrate with one another in person.  Those who have attended our abbreviated but familiar weekly Shabbat observance on Zoom, know that our services have kept us well  connected during a time of social distancing.  We truly hope to "see" the entire community at High Holidays services this year, and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times together.  Generous Kohelet members are working hard to provide all of us with as meaningful a prayer experience as possible as we welcome in the new year together.
  • Tashlich:  Judith Cohen had the brilliant idea for those who choose to gather in person for a Tashlich service on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah somewhere along the banks of the Cherry Creek, place to be determined.  If you have an idea of what place would lend itself to this activity, please contact Judith at
  • Most importantly, register TODAY here:
Services Schedule:
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Friday September 18:  7:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Saturday September 19:  9:00 a.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Sunday September 20:  9:00 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur, Sunday September 27:  6:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur, Monday September 28:  8:45 a.m.
Cost:  $100 for singles, $200 for couples/families.
Please note that 21% of our operating income comes from High Holidays revenue, and we've reduced our fees to reflect that we'll have fewer High Holidays expenses this year.  However, they generate money that we use to operate throughout the year.  We appreciate your generosity at this time.  And as always, if these fees are difficult for you, no one will be turned away.  Please discuss with our treasurer, Judith Cohen.

Your High Holidays Services Committee
Daniel Hettleman, Robyn Jacobs, Jonathan Katz
Fri. Sept 11

Our next Library Shabbat Friday Night Dinner is scheduled for September 11.  We still need to do this virtually, but hopefully we can soon go back to meeting in person.  Our virtual dinners are always warm and meaningful.  We enjoy lively conversation and good food--prepared by you, of course. Additionally, we are able to still stay connected. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Misty ( by September 8. Misty will send the Zoom numbers to those who have responded from her personal email on September 10.  If you have never tried a Library Shabbat, please consider joining us.

-Misty Davidson
We have been reading Psalms at Kohelet Shabbat services. We will continue here sequentially reading excerpts and with commentary.
Psalm 11: David confronts those who ridicule him, and who urge him to abandon his trust in G*d.
The wicked aim their bow at the upright of heart. G*d from his throne  scrutinizes mankind examining the righteous but the wicked are despised.  Evil will receive fire and brimstone while the righteous glory in G*d’s favor despite a seemingly harsh decree.  
Those who are evil learn nothing when confronted by God. It is the righteous who sometimes seem to suffer while learning G*d's decrees.  

-Neiel Baronberg


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September 12, 2020

Zoom meeting info will be sent out on Fridays

Dan Savin
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