Shalom from Kol Haskalah

February 2016  



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A Walk On The Moon 
Sunday, March 6th,10:00 am
Murphey Hall
UNC-CH Campus 

 (This is a Schedule Change. Please Make This Change On Your Calendars)

In the summer of 1969, the summer of the moonwalk and Woodstock, the world of a young Jewish housewife is turned upside down when she meets a free-spirited salesman. Starring Diane Lane, Anna Pacquin and Liev Schreiber. 

Note: This movie has an R rating and may not be appropriate for children.

Sunday, February 7th, 10:30 am 
Murphy Hall, UNC Campus

All members of the congregation are invited to attend. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated.

Saturday, February 20th, 10:30 am 
Home of  Phyllis Rosenbaum
Raleigh, NC

The book group will be reading and discussing,  A Woman in Jerusalem by Avraham b. Yehoshua (Israel's Wm. Faulkner ).  This group alternates between fiction and nonfiction choices. For more information, contact Lynne Kane (919-960-0983) or

Saturday, March 19th, 6:30  pm 
Eno River Unitarian Universalist (ERUUF)
 Fellowship Common Room 
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

Come and perform with other musicians in our Jewish music themed concert or just  enjoy the music and sing-along sections. We are encouraging folks who play instruments (guitar, flute, piano, kazoo, spoons, washboard...) to perform their favorites. We are also asking for song suggestions for the sing-along. Let us know your favorites.  So far we have a solo and two duets, Dan at the piano and Paul Bogus and Tom Gordon for Guitar accompaniment.

Practice sessions may be held during Sunday School on February 7th, 21st and March be determined by the participants. We realize that we have young, talented musicians who are not available to practice during Sunday School and will make arrangements to include them.

Price of admission is canned food to be donated to a local food bank serving the needy in our community.
Email Susan Salzberg at with your ideas and contributions. 

Sunday, March 20th
Celebration 11:30 - 12:00 pm
Potluck 12-12:30  
Murphy Hall, UNC Campus

The congregation is invited to come and enjoy the celebration of Purim with the Sunday School students. Have your child/children wear their Purim costume, bring a noise maker and join the parade. If they would like to participate in the Purim shpiel, please contact Jenn Sessler at     Bring a dish to share.
Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

Join Us As We Celebrate Pesach With A  Humanistic Haggadah And Songs. 

Everyone Is Welcome!  Bring Family And Friends!
Please bring a Passover dish to share that will serve at least 8 other people. We look forward to tasting your holiday specialty! Also, please bring your own serving utensils (labeled). We will provide wine and matzos, sacramental wine, grape juice and cold drinks. you are welcome to bring you own wine for the dinner. Attendance is free but donations are cheerfully accepted.

Books will also be collected to donate to The Book Harvest.


In spite of the recent Winter Wonderland, Sunday School continues to thrive, thanks to our committed faculty, parents and stu dents. Our Tu B'Shevat celebration will happen on February 7th, a bit later than planned, but (hopefully) the weather will be more conducive to a celebration of spring and renewal!

Juniors continue to explore holidays and Hebrew through artwork, music and storytelling while the Senior s have launched their Holocaust studies unit, reading an acclaimed short novel and delving into the historical basis of anti-semitism. The Mitzvah Class is working diligently to nail down the building blocks of their celebrations, making choices about their mitvah projects, values and Jewish heroes. Plus, as a service project to Kol Haskalah,  they are designing a yearbook to be distributed to all our students at the end of the year.

If you have photos, poetry or anecdotes for possible inclusion in the yearbook, please mail or email them to me at and I'll forward them to the appropriate student for consideration. Materials do not have be specifically about Sunday School - pictures from the Hanukkah celebration, the Open House, or any other Kol Haskalah related event are welcome!
~ David 

Omitted from last month's newsletter was a shout out to Paul Bogas for his Humanistic lyrics to the traditional Hannukah song of Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages is to me
Family, friends and community.
To each show the kindness you want shown you.
Remember others struggle too.
Come and lift your voices high.
And pledge to keep our common values alive.
When I feel weak, what can I do?
Find my strength in me and in you. (2X)

Be a Rock of Ages for each other.
For humankind, our sisters and brothers.
Fight to make our world more free
From hatred, hunger and tyranny.
Let's join our hands and hearts as one.
Champions of Tikku Olam.
When you feel strong, what should you do?
Find those who need a friend like you. (2X)

Fourth Annual Israeli Documentary Film Series
Kehillah Synagogue
1200 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 
Saturday, February 13th, 7:00

This film contains rare documentation of the Hilltop Youth of Gilad Farm,the most radical Jewish outpost in all the West Bank. Due to American and European pressure, the threat of evacuation hangs over their heads. They confront the Israeli government, its security forces and the Palestinians, and pose a rebellious, violent and lawless challenge to their foe s, always guided by an ideology that know no compromise. 
Saturday, February 27th, 7:00

Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees fled their military dictator-ruled country towards Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release. We also follow two refugees who made it into Israel in their attempt to save their loved ones lives.

Each film screening will be followed by evocative, honest discussions, led by Duke Associate Professor Shai Ginsburg.

This film series is part of an ongoing collaboration between Duke university and the Israelli Documentary Filmmakers Forum.

Suggested Donation: Series Pass - $40; Individual Films - $10 Student Price - $6 per film.  

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Sunday, April 10th, 1:00 pm.
McDougle School Cafeteria
Carrboro, NC
This wonderful annual event brings together diverse members of the community to share a meal, enjoy entertainment from a variety of local groups and meet folks that we might not encounter in our every ay activities.

To help set up for the dinner come to McDougal school cafetorium on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 a.m.- Noon. Volunteers are needed to put together place settings, arrange flowers and set up table and chairs. Mildred Council, from Mama Dip's Kitchen will coordinate the menu and, along with the Carolina Inn, will provide the dinner's main courses.

Donations are also requested to help subsidize the admission for families and individuals in the community that would otherwise not be able to participate. $24 will cover the cost of tickets for a family of four. The goal is to provide up to 50%of the tickets for the 600 or so attendees.  
For questions, contact Carol Minton at    
or go to






Sunday, February 28th, 4:15 pm 


This month, please consider helping Kol Haskalah, along with Judea Reform and Beth El, provide dinners to homeless and hungry people in Durham. We serve over 200 people each month and the number keeps growing. We feed all ages, all backgrounds, all religions.


We need donations of 10 tuna casseroles, cookies, 14 large cans of green beans (Costco size),  2 large cans of sweetened iced tea mix, 12 cups of shredded cheese and peanut butter and jelly (there are so many kids now!) and 3 large bottles of Ranch or Italian salad dressing. 


You can drop off the food at Judea Reform by Friday, February 26th or take supplies directly to the shelter on Sunday, February 28th. Please let me know what you can donate so I can coordinate with the other congregations. Contact Francis Presma at or 919-451-6207. We would love to have more participation from Kol Haskalah in this mitzvah. 


Also, please consider joining the prep crew to prepare and serve meals to help the needy and hungry; it's fun and a minimal time commitment. We begin at 4:15 p.m. and are usually finished by 5:45. Children over 13 (and Pre-Bar and Bat Mitzvah) may use time to participate in making or buying food for these dinners as part of their community service activities. What better way to teach what Humanistic Judaism really means. Contact Frances Presma at if you would like to sign up.



Tuna Casserole Recipe


2 bags of noodles (any kind)

3 carrots and 3 celery stalks, chopped

2 large cans of cream of mushroom soup (Food Lion has their own brand)

6-7 cans of chunk light tuna, drained


Cook noodles, blend all ingredients together, put in disposable tin (one really big or two medium ones). You can deliver anytime to Judea Reform for them to freeze in advance or deliver fresh on Sunday to the Community kitchen. So easy! Prepare when you have



We continue to collect non-perishable foods for the food banks and old towels/blankets for the animal shelters. We also collect soaps, shampoos, etc. (all those samples that we get and never use) and donate them to the Durham Women's shelter. Please bring to any congregation event. We will deliver for you!   

Renee and Burt Rauch  

 2/18   Ila Gocke
 2/05  Ruth Metz
 2/21  Bonnie Axelrod
 2/24  Karen Schinsky
 2/25  Jason Brent
 2/28  Mira Zito







I f you have, or know of, member life events that you would like to share with your Kol Haskalah community, let me know at

 ... AND  IN  YOU ~


To all our members: If you or someone in your family could use community support, please contact us at to let us know what we can do or If you're in a position to offer some help.




Tributes are greetings,  thank yous, or other messages from members to members acknowledging celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries or other events with a donation to Kol Haskalah in that person's name. We ask that a minimum donation be $10 per greeting.

Please send tribute notices and checks, made out to Kol Haskalah, to:
Barbara Flink, Kol Haskalah Treasurer, 10100 Rock Hollow Road, #108, Raleigh, NC 27617


Unless otherwise noted, events occur at
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

  4907 Garrett Road

Durham, NC 


    6/10 mile east of 15-501, on the left 


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  Seder and large celebrations are in the Fellowship Hall at the front of the complex  


Shabbat celebrations are in Classrooms 4 & 5 at the back of the Care Building, at the rear of the campus.