This Week at Kol Emet

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Mahjong/Scrabble - 7 pm

Thursday, Dec. 19
Morning Minyan - 7:15 am

Friday, Dec. 20
1/2-day Preschool
Chanukah Family Shabbat - 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 21
Torah Study - 10 am

 Sunday, Dec. 22
Bristol Jewish Center Menorah Lighting- 5 pm

Monday, Dec. 23
No Preschool, Winter Break

Tuesday, Dec. 24
Building closing at 1 pm
Tikkun Olam meeting - 6 pm

Weekly Torah Portion
Parshat Vayeishev
Genesis 37:1-40:23

Jacob favors Joseph, which angers Joseph’s brothers. Joseph has dreams in which he predicts reigning over his brothers, provoking them further. They decide to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt. Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and sleeps with her father-in-law, Judah. In Egypt, the wife of Joseph’s owner tries to seduce Joseph, and when he rejects her, she accuses him of trying to rape her and has him sent to prison. In prison, Pharaoh’s baker and butler have dreams, and Joseph interprets them correctly.

From Rabbi Anna
On Hanukkah we talk a lot about courage, but really, what is it?

Last night at our Religious School Hanukkah celebration “Kol Emet’s Got Talent” I saw courage in action, and it was amazing and transformative to witness. We enjoyed wonderful and diverse performances from kids of all ages – they told jokes with joy and ease, played piano with soul and executed brilliant karate, gymnastics and dance moves, all right on our bimah. But do you know how hard it can be to get up in front of everyone? 
The way families and friends and classmates collaborated and supported one another was so beautiful, my heart was bursting! It was not easy to get up there -- I know, because I also performed, and I was really nervous. Yes, me, who speaks from the bimah all the time! So just imagine how these kids must have felt. 

But it is easier when you are sharing something you love, and you could clearly see the passions and talents of our community wholly on display. And what I just encapsulated how precious and unique and wonderful our community is.

When you see someone sharing his or her joy and passion, it makes it less daunting to share from your own heart. Last night was a heart-opening experience for all present, and I want to thank Carrie Walinsky for making the show happen.

In a wonderful alignment, Jacob Oshins, the Assistant Director of Camp Havaya, was here with us last night to see all that heart on display. Camp Havaya (formerly Camp JRF) is another special community that encourages kids’ self-expression and the celebration of them for exactly who they are. It is the Reconstructionist flagship camp in the Poconos. Like Kol Emet, Camp Havaya is a lively, welcoming and diverse community where kids explore Judaism in their own ways and become the best versions of themselves. Here is a link to a few promo videos: . If you are interested in learning more about Camp Havaya, please reach out to me this week or contact Julie Asplen, whose daughter Leah has been a part of this special camp for more than a decade. We will connect you to the right people and help make overnight summer camp possible for your child.

This Hanukkah, let us be courageously who we are and let us make it possible for others to follow their heart and be their truest and best selves.

Rabbi Anna
Kol Emet Mazel Tovs & Welcomes!
Share your great news with the congregation! Send an email to the office for birth announcements, graduations, milestones or any good news you would like to shout from the mountaintops! We love to share joy!
Kol Emet News & Events

Please consider bringing a donation of facial tissues and hand sanitizers
for December's Interfaith Food Alliance collection bin in the lobby.
Thank you.
Tzedakah is the greatest mitzvah!
Thank you for donating to our tzedakah box in the main lobby.

One GREEN tip per week for
50 Shades of Green:
Acting on Climate Change-Our Human Imperative to Heal the WORLD. 
Brought to you by the Tikkun Olam Committee

Recycle please. ... Acquiring virgin resources, from logging trees to mining minerals, exploits more resources than recycling existing materials. Example: Recycling aluminum products use 95 percent less energy that creating new ones. About 50 percent of recycled materials come from households. Rinse out your recyclables and stay up to date on your local regulations.

Source: Green America
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 support 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 DECEMBER we are collecting:

facial tissues and hand sanitizers

Please drop your donations at the synagogue throughout the month.
Thank you!
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Helping Kol Emet is so easy!

Shop with gift cards you buy from Kol Emet at McCaffrey's, Giant, Shop-Rite, and ACME. 
McCaffrey's Cash Register Tapes - save your register receipts and bring them or mail them in. Mccaffrey's will donate back to Kol Emet a portion of the purchases that everyone makes.

PayPal - Now you can donate via PayPal using your existing paypal account or by entering a credit/debit card. Click the button at the bottom of this email!
Please frequent our often-used vendors and advertisers!
  • Gratz College - 215-635-7300 x154
  • Betty The Caterer - 215-224-8400
  • Food Designs Inc. - 215-843-2292
  • Glassman Music - 201-615--6428
  • A. Brooks Construction, Inc.
  • PRAC - 215-736-0248
  • 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 -
  • Goldsteins' - 215-927-5800
  • Joseph Levine & Sons - 800-992-3339
  • Roosevelt Memorial Park - 215-673-7500
  • Albert Martin Photography - 908-403-0029
  • Shalom Memorial Park - 215-673-4600