This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday, March 27
Mahjong at Kol Emet - 7 pm

Thursday, March 28
Morning Minyan - 7:15 am
Spice Up Your Seder Cooking Class - 7 pm

Friday, March 29
Book Club - 5:45 pm
Multifaith Heymish Shabbat
Community Dinner - 7 pm

Saturday, March 30
Torah Study - 10 am
Afternoon Services
w/ Bar Mitzvah Mitchell Blankman - 5 pm

Sunday, March 31
Holocaust Education Series - 10 am
Kadima - 10 am

Monday, April 1

Tuesday, April 2
Religious School 4:45
Hey and Confirmation- 7 pm
A Spirited Conversation with Rabbi Anna
@ ConTav - 8 pm

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 might 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 foods are permitted and which foods are forbidden to the people, so that the people may be holy before God.

From Rabbi Anna
We are solidly into the book of Leviticus, which, as I’ve mentioned, is all about sacrifices. It is not easy to read about the killing of animals and the spilling of their blood, which sometimes is described in graphic detail. But our wonderful Bat Mitzvah last week, Alyson Bernstein, observed wisely that blood is important. Blood is life. She shared with the congregation, “If we didn’t have blood, we wouldn’t be alive. When I cut myself and was bleeding, it made me realize that we all look the same on the inside but look very different on the outside.”

We live in an age where people in power have made a habit of capitalizing on our apparent differences, whether it is the color of our skin, our various religions, our gender, sexuality, or the political party with which we are registered. We are pitted against one another constantly, and it is exhausting. Hate is on the rise and, sadly, as we have seen throughout the world and in Pittsburgh and Christchurch, it often leads to violent expression. We fear for ourselves, and we fear for the other.

It is worth considering that underneath all those differences we have we share the same blood. Pulsing through all of our veins is a desire for life, a need to give our lives meaning and purpose. But it doesn’t mean the differences aren’t real. We need to learn from one another, to come to appreciate our different histories and experiences, before we can peel back the layers to realize our ultimate sameness.

I will attend a two-day anti-racism training this week in Philadelphia to go deeper into this work. It is my hope to better understand how I can be a partner and ally for a more just and equitable world, one that is more united and peaceful and less fearful. And, at the end of the week, we will host a Multifaith Shabbat dinner, welcoming our Christian and Muslim neighbors from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the Zubaida Foundation to Kol Emet. I hope we will show up for one another and listen to each other with an open heart, hearing for that vital pulse that gives our lives purpose and expression.  

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.
Welcome to new members:
We would like to extend a warm welcome from the Kol Emet community to
Jessica, Jeffrey, Samuel and Avery Wong .
We are very excited to have you as new members!
Updated  3-27-19
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
The Peace Center is launching an exciting initiative to share its programs with the community. Please join leadership and staff for inspiration through storytelling! Hear about their successes and the growing need to expand bullying prevention and social justice programming in our local schools and in the community.

April 14, 3:15-4:30 pm in the Kol Emet Social Hall
RSVP to / contact for more info: Margie Greenspan (
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

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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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  • 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