May 30, 2018 -- June 5, 2018
This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - May 30

Thursday - May 31
Morning Minyan - 7:15am

Friday - June 1
Sababa Shabbat/Slippery Silly String - 5pm
Shabbat Services - 7:30pm

Saturday - June 2
Torah Study - 10am

Sunday - June 3
Timbalooloo Concert - 3pm
Congregational Meeting - 7pm

Monday - June 4

Tuesday - June 5
Social Justice Meeting - 7pm
Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Beha'alotcha
Numbers 8:1 - 12:16
Beha’alotcha begins with light and inspiration – the commandment to install the menorah (lamp) in the sanctuary and to consecrate the priests – the Temple leadership. The narrative of the Israelites wandering is taken up again, and we see the tribes of Israel proudly marching led by the Ark of the Covenant through the desert. But again they falter – they complain to Moses about the lack of meat, and Moses is overwhelmed by their criticism. Then, Moses’ siblings Aaron and Miriam complain about Moses’ marriage to a Cushite woman, and Miriam is punished with disease so that she must be excluded from the camp for seven days.  
Kol Emet Thanks You! - Todah Rabah
From Rabbi Anna
Some people say that we are the people of the book, but the truth is, we are also the people of the kvetch.

In case you doubt this, check out our Torah portion this week. Jews have been refining the art of complaining since Egypt and in this week's parsha, they're back at it. They complain about the living conditions in the desert, and they recall with fondness the conditions in Egypt: "If only we had meat to eat! We remember the free fish we used to eat in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions and the garlic. Now our stomachs are shriveled. There is nothing at all! Nothing but this manna to look to." (Numbers 11:4-6).

Imagine, if you will, Moses' and God's frustration: "Nu? Even in freedom you can find something to complain about? Perhaps you'd prefer slavery?"

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) suggests that the actual problem in this scenario is that there isn't one. The people have all the food (manna) and water they need to survive. However, manna provides nourishment but not choice. So, to keep life interesting, they start to make trouble where there was none. Hirsch imagines them saying to Moses: "It is not nourishment we lack. What we lack are the tasty, stimulating foods that excite the appetite. We miss the change of diet necessary for health. The complete monotony, the unvarying sameness of our food makes it unbearable." The safety and comfort is itself the challenge.

We American Jews can relate. We generally live lives of comfort and privilege, and we rarely worry about our day to day survival. We get kvetchy about little things because we are too comfortable, perhaps, and we need stimulation.
  
So, we need some inspiration to transcend our day-to-day lives, and remind us that we are part of something larger. This the effort and practice of religion – that we are bigger than our everyday problems, that we are so blessed and have so much to give, and that our lives have a bigger purpose beyond our own survival.
Kol Emet News & Events
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! 
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Kol Emet has one $25 gift card to Gap/Old Navy available for immediate purchase and pick up. A percentage of your purchase directly benefits Kol Emet!
Jewish Community News & Events
Roosevelt Memorial Park is proud to be a Congregation Kol Emet booster.

Take advantage of a special promotion, offered exclusively to Kol Emet members, who pre-arrange cemetery needs through the end of June 2018.
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

Bucks County News & Events
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Shop with gift cards you buy from Kol Emet at McCaffrey's, Giant, Shop-Rite, and ACME. 
 
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  • Betty The Caterer- 215-224-8400
  • Food Designs Inc.- 215-843-2292
  • Glassman Music- 201-615--6428
  • A. Brooks Construction, Inc.
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  • Au Bon Cake- 215-860-5585
  • Michaels Jewelers- 215-369-1700
  • Tillley Fire Equipment - 215-345-8066
  • Tustin Mechanical Services - 610-539-8200
  • Princeton Hydro - 908-237-5660
  • Trenton Country Club-609-883-3800
  • McCaffreys-1-800-717-7174
  • King's Indian Head Farm- 215-968-5868
  • Cooper Pest Solutions- 609-947-4859
  • Roosevelt Memorial Park - 215-673-7500
  • Saxon Office Tech- 215-736-2620
  • ShopRite - shoprite.com
  • Goldsteins' - 215-927-5800
  • Joseph Levine & Sons - 800-992-3339
  • Roosevelt Memorial Park - 215-673-7500
  • Albert Martin Photography - 908-403-0029
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