This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - March 13th
Mahjong at Kol Emet - 7pm

Thursday - March 14th
Morning Minyan - 7:15am

Friday - March 15th
Shabbat Services Led by Rabbi Anna - 7:30pm

Saturday - March 16th
Torah Study - 10am
Make Me Laugh Comedy Night Fundraiser! - 7pm

Sunday - March 17th
Shalach Manot pick up - 10am - noon
Hoppin' Through the Holidays - 10am
Kadima / Mechina - 10am
Passport to Leadership - 10am
JRA Food Packaging and Distribution

Monday - March 18th

Tuesday - March 19th
Religious School 4:45
Hey and Confirmation- 7pm

Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Vayikra
Leviticus 1:11-5

The book of Leviticus is essentially an instruction manual for the priests, detailing how sacrifices should be offered in the sanctuary. Its first portion describes the five different kinds of sacrifices, which are
1) the  olah , or “burnt offering,”
2) the  minchah , or “meal offering,”
3) the  zevach shlamim , or “offering of well-being,”
4) the  chatat , or “sin offering,” and
5) the  asham , or “guilt offering.” 
The manner in which these offerings are made is described in detail. During Temple times, offering sacrifices was a central way of drawing close to G-d. Later, after the fall of the First and Second Temples, prayer replaced sacrifice as the main form of worship.

From Rabbi Anna
Memory is at the very core of our identities. Jewish memory is both personal and communal, from daily Kaddish for a loved one who has left this world to remembering the highs and lows in Jewish history. Memory is a generative act — creating, sustaining and re-creating our identity aligned with our most precious values.

This Shabbat is called Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembering. It falls every year on the Shabbat before Purim. So what is so important that we remember? On Shabbat Zachor we read: “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt — how, undeterred by fear of G-d, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear” (Deuteronomy 25:17-18). Like Haman of the Purim story, Amalek has become the symbol for all those who seek to harm Jews, destroy the Jewish community or hurt the stragglers in society.
It is not the most uplifting of all passages from the Torah. So why take the time to read it? Rabbi Simcha Bunem (a Polish Chasidic leader, 1765–1827) had the same question. He notes that Amalek’s tactic was to prey on the vulnerable margins of the group, teaching that, “Amalek couldn’t have triumphed and killed so many Israelites had they not separated from the group. …Rather, whenever we have group cohesion, then Amalek is not able to conquer them.”

Rabbi Simcha teaches that when we separate ourselves from the community, everyone is weakened — and hatred and destruction gain the upper hand. Today, our communities run the risk of being hollowed out. We might be more connected virtually on social media, but we are more isolated in real life. And so, we forget. We forget how to live in relationship with others who think differently, who love differently and, especially, who vote differently. Times like these make it easy for Amalek to rise again — through the specter of alienation, hatred and dehumanization. When we forget, we become vulnerable to those who would use our fears against us for their own political gain.

Memory is central to our process of defining and redefining our community. We need to remember how to continually and faithfully bear the burden of one another’s needs. We need to remember humility; to lower the volume on our own needs, fears and suffering; and to listen to the narrative of another. Shabbat Zachor reminds us of the central role that memory plays in our lives, both psychologically and communally. 
Kol Emet News & Events
Please bring a donation of Feminine Hygiene Products for March's Interfaith Food Alliance collection bin in the lobby. Thank you.
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 March we are collecting Feminine Hygiene Products . Please drop your donations at the synagogue throughout the month. Thank you!
News From The Reconstructionist Movement
Jewish Community News & Events
Bucks County News & Events
Can you help sort 30,000 lbs. of donated food?

IFA (Interfaith Food Alliance) is requesting help to sort 30,000 lbs. of food collected by the United States Postal Service of Morrisville.

We need packers from 2-4 pm (any amount of your time is appreciated)
We meet at the YMCA at 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave in Morrisville.
Contact Jeanlu for any questions you have. 215-534-2237

Date: May 11
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: YMCA. 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville.
RSVP to / contact for more info: 215-534-2237. Jeanlu Ryersbach
RSVP date: May 5 
Other Info

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.

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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 - shoprite.com
  • 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