Shalom from Kol Haskalah
A Humanistic Jewish Congregation 

March 2018 


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Sunday, April 1st, 5:00-7:30 pm
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
Fellowship Hall
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

Join Us As We Celebrate Passover With 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! We will provide wine and matzos, sacramental wine, grape juice and cold drinks. Attendance is free but donations are cheerfully accepted.

RSVP to Karen Schinsky at 919-260-4801 or
Saturday, March 17th, 10:00 am 
Carol Woods Retirement Community 
Chapel Hill, NC

The Humanistic Judaism Book Group will  discuss Viktor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning. For more info, contact Lynne Kane at
or 919-960-0983.
We've begun 2018 with a bang, celebrating Tu B'Shevat with the kids planting a tree outside Murphey Hall, and doing Purim up right - costumes, a Purim play from the Juniors, the reading of the Megillah, hamentashen (delicious, and home made by Jenn Sessler and daughter Sid), and a big helping of noise!

And the holidays keep on coming! Our Sunday school Passover observance will be on March 25th, and the Kol Haskalah seder will follow on April 1st. Mark your calendars!

The Juniors continue to exercise their arts & craft muscles, to enjoy stories and music with Phil, and to bring smiles to everyone's faces with their energy and enthusiasm.

The Seniors have so much going on in their class that it's hard to keep track of it all: Yiddish letters and vocabulary, their Good Deeds activities and reporting, writing assignments which further both their knowledge of Jewish observances and practices and their expression of the Humanistic Jewish values they're exploring along with a variety of art projects which boggle the mind. Hats off to Phil and Samantha for the creativity, passion and commitment they bring to school - we're lucky to have them!

Special shout out to Keely Grandis, who is busy preparing for her Bat Mitzvah in May. She's doing first rate work, and there's no doubt this will be a celebration to remember and treasure! Also to Paul Bogas for his continuing contributions to our music programming and our wonderful Teaching Assistants, in particular Abby Zachary, who will be attending the SHJ Youth
Conclave in Philadelphia in March. Abby has been awarded a well-deserved scholarship for the Conclave and she's the first Kol Haskalah young person to attend this annual event which features learning, bonding with other Humanistic Jewish teens from around the country and community service projects. We look forward to Abby's report on her experience and to the ideas and programs she will be able to share with the rest of us!

A final note - we are in the process of recruiting additional teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have an interest, or know of someone who might be interested, please let me know. All ages are welcome and a commitment to the values Humanistic Judaism stands for is of greater importance than knowledge of Hebrew or traditional Judaism.



"Compassion" with Dr. Ralph Snyderman and Dr. Davis Zaas
Monday, March 12th, 2018, 5:30-7:30
Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation
1937 W. Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC

Drs. Snyderman and Zaas will lead us in a frank discussion on how true and equitable compassion manifests in the medical field and in healthcare. Admission includes program, hors d'oeuvre and wine reception.

$20 general admission
Advance tickets $10 for Students
If available, tickets will be $25 at the door.

To reserve a space, go to:
(Stepsister of Anne Frank)
 Monday, March 5th, 7:00
Page Auditorium, Duke University
Durham, NC
Anne Frank's Diary reaches deep into the soul of its readers, connecting young and old, breaking the barriers of time and place. Anne Frank is the voice of innocence and youth, as a young girl coming of age in the most harrowing of circumstances while trying to preserve a sense of normalcy. 
Prior to going into hiding, as World War II waged in Europe, Anne Frank befriended an Austrian refugee, 8 year old Eva. though both girls and their families were eventually deported to Auschwitz, their lives would remain forever intertwined, as step-sisters. Eva survived the horrors of Auschwitz, while Anne sadly perished. Of the remaining survivors, Eva is the last witness to Anne Frank's incredibly short yet powerful life.
Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her and Ann'e wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and had a play written about her life. 
Suggested Donation: $18 Adult  Educators and Students Free of Charge

Sunday, March 18th, 4:30-6:30 pm
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Road Durham, NC 27705

Share in ruach, friendship, ritual and dinner at a special inter-generational Passover Seder for women and girls. Explore the Haggadah with an emphasis on the role of women led by Hollis Gauss.

Adults - $36, 11-17 years old - $18, 6-10 years old - $10

Register by March 9th at


For More Information or to arrange a ride, contact:

Norma Gindes at 919-237-1504

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Sunday, March 26th, 2018  


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 casseroles, cookies, large cans of green beans, sweetened iced tea, shredded cheese and peanut butter and jelly (there are so many kids now!).


You can drop off the food at Judea Reform by Friday, March 23rd or take supplies directly to the shelter on Sunday, March 26th at 4:15. 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 working on 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 time.


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! 



3/22  Morgan Scofield

3/30  Seth Kullman




       3/18 Janet and Bill Zelman


       3/29  Alice McCall smith and Alan Metz 






To all our members: If you or someone you know could use some Kol Haskalah community support, please contact us at to tell us what we can do to help. 

   ~ MAZEL TOV ~

If you know of members of Kol Haskalah that you would like acknowledged, please let me know at  



Tributes are greetings, thank yous, or other messages from members to members acknowledging celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries or other events accompanied by 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:

Robin Betts
2453 Wayfarer Court
Chapel Hill, NC



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

 4907 Garrett Road, Durham 

  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  


Other celebrations/activities are in Classrooms 4 & 5 at the back of the Care Building, at the rear of the campus