April 11, 2018 -- April 17, 2018
This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - April 11

Thursday - April 12
Morning Minyan - 7:15am

Friday - April 13
Shabbat Services - 7:30pm

Saturday - April 14
Torah Study- 9:15am
Shabbat Services with Bar Mitzvah Casey Alexander - 10am
It's Chai Time For A Party - 7pm

Sunday - April 15
Intro to Meditation Series - 10am

Monday - April 16

Tuesday - April 17
Yom HaShoah Survivor Speaker - 7pm
Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Shmini
Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47

Shmini opens with Moses’ instructions to the priests, Aaron and his sons, for bringing offerings to the sanctuary as atonements for sins they or the people may have committed. While Aaron follows the instructions carefully, two of his sons, Nadav and Avihu, bring offerings not commanded by God. (The text calls them “strange fire.”) They are punished by death. Moses attempts to contain the damage so that others do not die, and calls for Nadav and Avihu to be mourned. The portion concludes with instructions about which food are permitted and which foods are forbidden to the people, so that the people may be holy before God.
Kol Emet Thanks You! - Todah Rabah
To Randi Davis and Ronda Kotzen for their hard work preparing for our Community Passover Seder.

To Alan Kotzen and Howard Greenberg for leading and offering the dvar at Thursday morning minyan last week.

To Robert Glatzer for leading services on Friday night.
From Rabbi Anna
Tonight begins Yom haShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Tomorrow in Israel, sirens will wail, and people will stop whatever they are doing for two minutes. Cars will pull over and people will get out of their vehicles. The whole nation will pause for two minutes to remember the six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe at the time, who were murdered by the Nazis. 

It was more than just Jews who were targeted – German authorities also went after other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority": Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals. 

It is our duty to remember so say we can ensure that this kind of atrocity – this evil attempt to “purify” the human race, must never happen again. We have often repeated the slogan “never again” in reference to the Holocaust, and it has been evoked in response to other holocausts since – in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Darfur, Rwanda, and now in Myanmar. We hear it voiced anew today in our country in reference to gun violence and the killing of children – Never Again: this killing must not claim one more victim.

What is the wisdom we Jews have learned from the holocaust of our people? How do we best remember and honor those of our people who were slaughtered, whose lives were cut short, who family trees were stunted or altogether cut down? It is overwhelming to consider the numbers, millions and millions of people, each one altogether unique, each one of them created in the image of God, each one a star in God’s constellation of humanity.

In the Jewish calendar, we find ourselves in the Omer, the 50 day period between Passover and Shavuot. It is traditional to stand and count each day – the first day of the Omer, the second day, etc. So tonight we count 12 days of the Omer. Let us also pause in what we are doing and take two minutes to look up at the stars in the sky. Let us try, and fail, to count every one. 

Each life is a light – may we go forward, counting each one, trying our best to lift up each life, each light.

Blessings, Rabbi Anna
Kol Emet News & Events
MEDITATION SERIES CHANGES

Based upon helpful feedback from YOU, our congregants, the meditation series will be reimagined. Sherry will still hold the free introductory session on Sunday, April 15 th at 10am where we can learn more and share what we would like to get from this series as well as the format which would enable YOUR participation. This will aid the formation of the updates series which will take place in the fall/winter.

Please join us on April 15 th at 10am in the Kol Emet Social Hall to explore how Meditation can fit into your life! RSVP to office@kolemet.org .
Kol Emet Preschool 2018-2019 Registration has begun!
Kamp Kol Emet

is looking for teachers and college students studying education to be counselors at our summer camp.

Great part time job; T W and Th from 9-12. 8 weeks, small groups, lots of fun! 
Need To Do Some Shopping?

Kol Emet has a limited number of gift cards available for immediate purchase and pick up. A percentage of your purchase directly benefits Kol Emet!
  • Barnes and Noble $10 cards
  • Barnes and Noble $25 cards
  • Dick's Sporting Goods $25 cards
Contact Cheryl Primola for more information or to purchase your cards!
Jewish Community News & Events
How to Enjoy Life at Any Age

By Rabbi Tsurah August




We live in an ageist society. This means that people make assumptions about us based on our age—but we have the freedom to view ourselves as we wish.  CLICK HERE to learn about techniques for a positive, vibrant outlook on life

Community Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs  
Sunday, April 15
1:00 p.m.
Cong. Rodeph Shalom,  615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
 
The Annual Memorial Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs is Philadelphia’s largest communal commemoration of Yom HaShoah that honors both the survivors as well as the memory of the victims.  The program features civic, community and religious leaders, music, readings and the traditional Yizkor prayers.  The Ceremony is sponsored by the Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. For information contact Beth Razin at  brazin@jewishphilly.org  or  215-832-0536
Bucks County News & Events
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