August 8, 2018 -- August 14, 2018
This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - August 8
CSA Pickup - 4:30pm

Thursday - August 9
Morning Minyan - 7:15am
Trenton Thunder Game - 7pm

Friday - August 10
Prayground Shabbat - 5pm
Book Club (Classroom 2/3) - 5:45pm
Heymish Shabbat - 7pm

Saturday - August 11
Torah Study - 10am
Sunday - August 12

Monday - August 13
Downstairs Building Cleaning

Tuesday - August 14
Downstairs Building Cleaning
Shofar Class (Rabbi's Office) - 7pm
Choir Rehearsal - 7:15pm
Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Re'eh
Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17

In this Torah portion, Moses tells the Israelites that if they worship idols, they will be punished. Moses explains the laws of kosher food, the laws of sabbatical, and he details the three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.
From Rabbi Anna
This week's Torah portion, Re'eh, or "Look", contains one of Judaism's most powerful statements about free will. "Behold, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil." (Deuteronomy 30:15) Says God, "Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live." A few chapters earlier, Deuteronomy states: "I have set before you today...blessing and the curse...the choice is in your hands. "(Deuteronomy 11:26)

Maimonides, the famous medieval commentator, notes in Hilchot Teshuva, 5:3 "Any...deed which a person desires to do, they may, whether good or evil.' Therefore...everything is left to their own choice. Were God to decree that an individual would be righteous or wicked as believed by religious fatalists or that there would be a quality which draws a any particular path, set of ideals, attributes or deeds… how could God command us through the words of the prophets: 'Do this,' 'Do not do this,' 'Improve your behavior', or 'Do not follow after your wickedness.'...what place would there be for the entire Torah?"

The Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief Rabbi of England, writes: "Maimonides reads these passages as proof of our belief in freewill. But they are also more than that. They are a political statement…If humans are free then they need a free society within which to exercise that freedom. The book of Deuteronomy represents the first attempt in history to create a free society."

The month of Elul is around the corner – it begins this Shabbat. Elul marks a period of introspection and also action before the High Holidays, in which we envision the way we want to live our lives, and our reality has fallen short of our dreams. We then need to take step to repair relationships and set ourselves aright, so that we can begin the new year with a clean slate. (Note that this process should ideally start well before the High Holidays!) Re'eh, our portion this week, comes to tell us, “Look! You can begin again! There is always a possibility for a second chance – but you have to see it and actively choose it.”

With blessings for renewal,
Rabbi Anna
Kol Emet News & Events
High Holiday Registration is LIVE!

We are continuing the electronic registration for the High Holidays, for your convenience.

Please visit for information about this year's services and for the registration form!

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, please call or email the office.
Religious School Update
If you have not registered your child, please do so today! Click here for the registration form!
  • Hoppin Holidays for PreK and K - One Sunday a month from 10am - 12pm

  • Kadima/Mechina for 1st and 2nd grade - Two Sundays a month from 10am - 12pm

  • Aleph through Daled for 3rd through 5th grade - Tuesdays from 4:45pm - 6:45pm

  • Hey for 7th grade - Tuesdays from 7pm - 8:45pm

  • Confirmation for 8th through 10th grade - Tuesdays from 7pm - 8:45pm (December - March)
Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not really working. Just when things seem their most bleak, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money--a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman’s journey to save her son and another woman’s chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia--perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia--everyone deserves a second chance.
Have you been wanting to learn how to blow shofar? Well, here is your chance!

Our own Arthur Finkle, author of the book “ Shofar: History, Technique and Jewish Law” and baal tekiah (master shofar blower) for over 50 years will be teaching a class during the month of August.

It will begin at 7pm on Tuesday, August 14 th and continue every Tuesday through September 4 th

Having your own shofar is of course helpful, but not required. 
Please let Rabbi Anna know ( ) if you are interested or have any questions.
Social Justice Committee News

Kol Emet's Social Justice Committee is proud to be partnering with the Interfaith Food Alliance (IFA), a faith based organization fighting hunger in Lower Bucks.

We will be supporting IFA in a variety of ways: organizing monthly donation drives to provide some of the most "in-demand" items IFA offers the families it serves, donating produce from our Kol Emet garden and organizing volunteer shifts to staff the food pantry.

Please join us by donating breakfast cereals through the end of August. 

We have a Kol Emet Family looking for an adult care worker to help a lovely senior citizen couple.

The care would take place 3 times a week for 2 -3 hours/day to help with laundry, food shopping, and conversation.

The couple lives in West Windsor.
Please contact Carrie if interested. 
News From The Reconstructionist Movement
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:
Jewish Community News & Events
Israel Bonds: Days of Awe 5779
Unlike the first Israel bonds offered almost 70 years ago, today's Israel bonds have shorter terms, can be purchased online and maturity checks are mailed automatically. Still they contain the same values, hopes and dreams as always. When you invest in an Israel bond during the High Holy Days season or give an Israel bond instead of a check anytime for a simcha , dues or a tribute you declare a connection to our values and commitment to strengthen our land, our people and our future Invest online at / contact:  or call 888.764.2631. This is not an offering, which can be made only by prospectus. Read the prospectus carefully before investing to fully evaluate the risks associate with investing in Israel bonds. Development Corporation for Israel. Member FINRA.
  • eMitzvah bonds $36, $54, $72, $90 (available online only)
  • Mazel Tov bonds $100 ($10 increments to $2500 per purchaser per holder per monthly sales period)
  • Invest online at or by phone with a sales representative
  • No certificates - all bonds are issued in Book Entry and checks mailed automatically at maturity
For more information contact:
Rabbi Martin Pasternak
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

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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.

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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