October 10, 2018 -- October 16, 2018
This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - October 10
NO CSA Pickup
Mahjong Training Class - 7pm

Thursday - October 11
Morning Minyan - 7:15am

Friday - October 12
Family Shabbat - 6:30pm

Saturday - October 13
Torah Study - 10am
Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Anna and Bat Mitzvah of Jordyn Greene - 10am
Sunday - October 14
JRA Food Packaging and Distribution
Hoppin Thru The Holidays - 10am
Kadima/Mechina - 10am
Passport to Leadership Planning Meeting - 10am
Monday - October 15
Endowment Committee Meeting - 7pm

Tuesday - October 16
Religious Education Committee Meeting - 6pm
Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Noach
Genesis 6:9 - 11:32

God instructs Noah, the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption, to build a large wooden teivah (ark). God says that a great flood will wipe out all life from the face of the Earth, but the ark will float and provide shelter to Noah, his family, and two of each animal species. Rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 more days. The ark settles on Mount Ararat and Noah releases a raven and doves to see if the waters were abated from Earth.

After one full year, God commands Noah to exit the art and repopulate the Earth.
From Rabbi Anna
As I write this, Hurricane Michael is pounding the Florida panhandle. They are saying it is the worst storm that the panhandle has seen in 100 years. I think about the number of unusually strong or record-breaking storms we’ve endured in the last few years in the United States (never mind the rest of the world) and I wonder – are we inching toward another epic flood on the level of Noah?

Reading Parshat Noach this week, I noticed the line from Gen 9:3. “Any small animal that is alive shall be food for you, like the green grasses – I give you them all.” The Rabbis of the Talmud teach that humans were vegetarian before the Flood (Sanhedrin 59b). God’s gift after the flood to Noah, and by extension to us, is that we can now eat animals. But in this parsha is a deep ambivalence about our “dominion” over the world and animal life. Are we stewards or rulers? Can we then eat (or do) whatever we like? What is our responsibility toward God’s creatures – and by extension, all of creation? 

I recently read an article that said that the single greatest thing we could to do stave off climate change is to not eat animals or animal products. I do not eat dairy for health reasons, but I definitely consume meat and enjoy it. But this crazy weather gives me pause, and I wonder - just because we can eat animals, should we?

We read in this week’s Torah portion that God brought the flood because “the earth had become corrupted.” (Genesis 6:11). What was the nature of this corruption? When we consider that, in contrast, only Noah was righteous in his generation, perhaps it was only Noah took care of God’s creation as God intended it to be cared for. Perhaps only Noah saw himself as part of, rather than apart from, creation.

Part of the perfection of the Garden of Eden was that humans were equally part of all creation. After the flood, Noah planted a garden to tend and to grow with. Perhaps it is time to plant our own gardens now.

Rabbi Anna
Kol Emet News & Events
Tikkun Olam Monthly Donation Drive

Kol Emet began partnering with the Interfaith Food Alliance (IFA), an organization fighting hunger in Lower Bucks, in Summer 2018. We will be supporting IFA in a variety of ways including a monthly donation drive to provide some of the most "in-demand" items IFA offers the families it serves.

In the month of October, we are collecting Granola Bars . Please drop your donations at the synagogue throughout the month. Thank you!
Religious Education Committee Meetings

All members interested in learning and participating in religious school activities are encouraged and welcome to attend. 

Religious Education committee meeting dates for the entire 18-19 school year:

10/16/2018 at 6:00pm
11/8/2018 at 11:00am
12/13/2018 at 11:00am
1/10/2019 at 11:00am
2/7/2019 at 11:00am
3/14/2018 at 11:00am
4/11/2019 at 11:00am
5/9/2019 at 11:00am 
If anyone has questions, they can contact Rachel Minton at rachel_minton@ymail.com .
News From The Reconstructionist Movement
Reconstructing Judaism Convention
November 15-18
Volunteer opportunities still available!


Want to get involved?  Check out the Sign-up Genius. Be a room monitor and get to see the presentation. Want to meet new people? Sign up to be a greeter. Support a field trip, usher, help desk, registration...so many opportunities to be a part of it!



Update from the
Reconstructing Judaism 2018 Convention




The convention from November 15th-18th is almost totally full, but there are still opportunities for our local communities to experience it.
 
We are very excited to offer members of our Philadelphia area congregations the opportunity to attend our Shabbat morning services and afternoon workshops at no cost!
 
Torah study begins at 8:30 a.m, then at 9:45 attendees have a choice of four Shabbat morning services, followed by the Torah and Concluding service with the entire Convention body. The afternoon workshops begin at 2:00 p.m.
*This offer does not include lunch. 
 
Please make sure that if you are interested in attending Shabbat programming at no charge register here: 
 
We would also love you to be a part of the Saturday night Celebration and Nefesh Mountain Concert beginning with Havdalah. To attend the celebration, the cost is $50 and you can register at the Convention website here . The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention.
Ameinu , in cooperation with  Dror Israel , the largest urban kibbutz movement in Israel, is launching a new Israel program called     Urban Kibbutz Social Change  
The first cohort of the five month program will begin in February, 2019 and is recognized by Masa Israel Journey. Participants will live communally in Haifa, volunteer in a range of social action settings alongside their Israeli counterparts, study Hebrew and tour around Israel.
 
“The distancing of young American Jews from Israel is well documented and this program addresses that issue head on," said Ameinu President Kenneth Bob. “By living and working side by side with progressive Israelis who are making a difference in their society, young liberal American Jews will experience Israel with all its challenges and complexities. This will help the participants develop their own connection to Israel and the people.”
 
Program and registration information available at:  www.kibbutzprogramcenter.net
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