The season of reawakening is upon us. Our ability as human beings to look inward, to see deficits and know we have the tools for renewal is our greatest gift.
We announce this to ourselves and to others and we move beyond ambivalence and hesitation and say there is very little to stand in the way. The Kohelet Board extends our profound good wishes to all our members and may new pathways and new pipelines allow transformation, new awareness and happy enthusiasm for the year ahead.
La shana tovah u’metuka The Kohelet Board
DEADLINE THIS WEEK!
KOHELET 2016 FALL RETREAT November 4-6 at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch $375 family $200 single sharing $300 single not sharing Click below to register. You can then pay by either credit card or check. The final deadline to reserve your spot is October 6th. Contact Debra Flitter with questions.
Kohelet’s Rosh Hashanah services were wonderful, and we anticipate another warm, uplifting, communal experience on Yom Kippur as well. Please join us! The Kol Nidre service begins at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, followed by Yom Kippur services on October 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Childcare will be available on the 12th from 10:00 to 2:00 and from 4:15-7:30. We will enjoy a delicious catered break-the-fast around 7:30. Parking is available in the Augustana Lutheran lot on Dakota Street.
SUCCOT On Sunday Oct 16th at 10:30 a.m. we will once again put up the Kohelet Succah. All members and children are invited to attend what has always been a fun and lively (and sometimes spatially challenging) construction effort. Children are encouraged to bring items (gourds etc) to help decorate our Succah Coffee and donuts provided. Be there with gloves and strong back and a good disposition. Please bring schach (best are evergreen branches). On the following Wednesday Oct 19th at 6 pm, we will have our traditional Kohelet ceremony-potluck in the succah. All invited. Please participate, Neiel
There are many special things to happen before the beginning of Succot, but it is never too early to start thinking about “this time of our joy.” As Dr. Seuss wrote: So build a Succah one and all, make it large or make it small. Succah rules are short and snappy, enjoy Succot, rejoice be happy.” As in past years, there will be a sukkah at Kohelet for all to use at any time during the days and evenings of Succot. Alternatively or in addition, many Kohelet people choose to put up their own succah. In either case, we would like to encourage inviting Kohelet guests to share this wonderful experience with you. Please email to Joan B. if you would like to be invited to a succah dinner, lunch, or tea or be a host at your home or both. Let me know the dates of your availability during Oct. 16-21., and I will make a roster of hosts and guests and dates. You can start sending your info. now and until Oct. 10th to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIMCHAT TORAH: REJOICING WITH THE TORAH
Monday, October 24 6:00 p.m. pizza and dessert (and some alcohol as required by tradition) 7:00 p.m. children’s parade and celebration Please join us in the meaningful activity of watching the entire Torah rolling in front of us. Then live music, singing, and dancing. Bring a dessert to share and $5 for an individual, $10 for a couple, and $15 for a family to pay for the pizza. RSVP to email@example.com.
REQUEST FROM IO LOECHELL
Io Loechell is seeking a few people who would like to participate in a short (5-10 min) Kirtan sequence at her Bat Mitzvah Nov.19. This would consist of chanting and percussion instruments. We would have a rehearsal some time beforehand, but it would be informal and can even be done from your seats. If you want to volunteer an instrument (no strings or wind), that would be great, even if you don’t wish to participate. Please email Io at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevah is rolling out in Denver this fall with educational opportunities for groups that wish to engage. The Kohelet Board has agreed that education opportunities presented to us should be explored. Julie Lieber, representing Kevah has made her presentation before the Board and also came to Kohelet on Shabbat Sept 24th and offered a brief presentation to our members. Essentially, a group would be formed with a minimum of 8 people which would choose a topic for the Kevah leader-teacher to pursue. Kevah already has many qualified teachers in Denver ready to begin teaching a variety of Judaica subjects. Kevah does all of the organizing and collection of fees for this program. At this time the cost is $360pp/year for monthly sessions. Reductions in fees are possible if requested. If you are interested in hosting or joining a group already forming please contact Julie who is coordinating Kevah in Colorado at email@example.com and look at www.kevah.org for further information.
Susan Cooper announces her exhibit opening: Math, Home and Other Perplexities Oct 14 - Nov 26 William Havu Gallery 1040 Cherokee Opening reception Friday Oct 14 6-9 pm
KOHELET WEEKLY SERVICES AND STUDY GROUPS
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Shabbat Services in the sanctuary
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m Childcare upstairs
12:00 p.m. Kiddush and dairy potluck
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Talmud Study (currently studying Megillat Esther) at 1410 Grant St. (3rd Floor Conference Room on North Side). Contact: Bruce Heitler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternate Wednesday Mornings
7:15 - 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Shacharit with focus - we read many parts that most people skip, and combine a Carlebach nusach with clear diction, call and response reading, and occasional meditative moments. It takes about 90 minutes, and we don't dawdle, except in a couple of spots. RSVP with Rafi, at 530-617-2605 or email@example.com.
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.Adult study group focusing on the text of the Avos d'Rabbi Natan, at 170 South Dexter Street. This text is a collateral text for the Mishna Pirke Avot, with wide ranging comments that are often included in various texts of the Talmud. The participants include Rabbi Shachne Sommers of the Denver Community Kollel, as well as Kohelet members and non-members. Contact: Bruce Heitler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.Peleh Yoetz - Parsha of the Week with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Talmud Study (currently studying Bava Metzia) at 950 S. Cherry St. Ste 900. The group is led by Rabbi Howard Hoffman. Contact: Chuck Jacobs email@example.com.
6:30 - 8 a.m.Shacharit Carlebach Davening with Rabbi Hoffman at Kohelet, 428 S. Forest St.
and 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Hasidic Philosophy with Rabbi Hoffman at Kohelet. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.Shacharit Carlebach Davening with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court.
and 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.Parsha Study with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Kohelet Teen Study Group focusing on the classic mussar text The Paths of the Righteous at the Kohelet Building, 428 S. Forest St, pizza provided. We are addressing such topics as Worry, Slander, Love, Lying, and Fear. The class includes students from Bar Mitzvah through High School. Kohelet members and non-members participate in this class. Contact: Bruce Heitler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kohelet is expanding a yahrzeit reminder service for Kohelet members. Please email your family names and yahrzeit dates to Steve Berson at email@example.com. Steve will send a reminder at the appropriate time so you can come to services to say Kaddish if you wish.
USE OF THE PORTABLE ARK AND TORAH
Please contact Joel Barach to coordinate any offsite use: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES
If you have an announcement or request that you would like to send to the congregation, please email me 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.
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