September 12, 2018 -- September 18, 2018
This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - September 12
CSA Pickup - 4:30pm

Thursday - September 13
Morning Minyan - 7:15am
Religious Education Committee - 10am
Ready, Set, Aleph Bet - 4:30pm
Preschool Ice Cream Social - 5:30pm

Friday - September 14
Shabbat Services - 7:30pm

Saturday - September 15
Harvest Day
Torah Study - 10am
Sunday - September 16
JRA Food Packaging and Distribution
Sukkah Building - 8am
Hoppin Through the Holidays - 10am
Kadima/Mechina - 10am
Monday - September 17

Tuesday - September 18
Kol Nidre Service - 6:30pm
Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Veyelech
Deuteronomy 31:1 - 31:30

On his 120 th birthday, Moses concludes his speech to the Israelites, blesses Joshua, who is to be the next leader of the people, and tells him and the people to be “steadfast and strong.” Moses instructs the community to gather every seven years to read publicly from the Torah. God reminds Moses that he is soon going to “lie beside his ancestors” at which point the Israelites will stray from their path. God gives Moses a song poem for the people to remind them of their purpose upon entering the promised land.
From Rabbi Anna
Everything You Need To Know For The High Holidays!
Bring Your Mahzor
Due to limited storage space at Kol Emet, we encourage you to bring your own mahzor to services. If you wish to purchase a mahzor, we can order one for you. They can be picked up from our office on or before the High Holidays. Owning the mahzor will give you a chance to explore its pages, where you can find meaningful liturgical pieces, poems and commentaries throughout.

Come Early (or Take the Shuttle)!
Cars arriving at Kol Emet after the parking lot is full will be directed to the alternate parking site at the Lower Makefield Township pool. We only run one shuttle bus so plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before services begin. Drivers will drop off passengers at the upstairs entrance to Kol Emet. For your own safety, please do not park on Oxford Valley Road! Cars parked there may be ticketed or towed. You may also register to reserve a spot in our lot, which is good for all High Holiday services.

Kids are Part of the Party
Beside three types of services for children and families, there will also be opportunities for kids to participate in our community service on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. After the preschool service concludes around 10:45am, Rabbi Anna will invite all children onto the bimah for a brief story and to open the Ark for Avinu Malkenu. School-aged children will then be invited downstairs to participate in Junior Congregation.

It’s a Round Time of Year
The High Holidays celebrate the cycle of life, and so it is traditional to eat round foods such as apples, eggs, bagels, and round challah to make the New Year special Come stay and celebrate with us at our two potluck meals - lunch on Rosh HaShanah Day 2, and our Yom Kippur Break Fast - and bring something round and tasty to share!

White is the New Black
It is traditional to wear white (and abstain from leather, jewelry or makeup) on Yom Kippur as a symbol of purity and introspection. A lesser known but more powerful reason to wear white is that Yom Kippur is a ritual death of sorts, and white recalls the white shroud in which the body is wrapped in a traditional Jewish burial. It gives us a way, especially in our culture, where we are so death-denying, to come to terms with what we are doing with our lives.

Be Prepared to Fast: Stay Hydrated
Even if you aren’t writing sermons, our preparation for the High Holidays must start well before the holidays. Start cutting down on your caffeine intake, and increase your hydration starting 48 hours before the fast. But don’t stop taking your regular medications and if you have any questions or concerns about fasting, please come speak with Rabbi Anna.

There are Lots of Ways to Give
Giving is a mitzvah and a responsibility. This year, we are making it possible to fulfill your High Holiday pledge when you register online. Please give to the level that you can. Know that you can make a difference. Nourish families in need by participating in the High Holiday Food Drive. We are collecting nutritious, non-perishable kosher protein items: canned beans, nut butters & canned fish from 8/31/18 through 9/27/18. Donations bins will be placed in the lobby. We invite you take on at least one action that serves others during these Days of Awe. Assist someone. Listen to another’s story. Volunteer with the children. Welcome new faces. Make a guest feel at home.
Account For Your Soul
Part of the work of the High Holidays is to take an accounting of your soul. Take some time to reflect on your growth in the past year.  What stands out as triumphs? Who has played important roles? Have you expressed gratitude? Reflect on the areas where you have struggled. What weighs heavily on your heart and mind? What important aspects of your life have you ignored, and where have you frivolously spent your resources? Reach out to those people for whom repair is in order.
Schedule of Remaining High Holiday Services
Kol Nidre
Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 PM
The spiritual pinnacle of the year, as the Ark is opened for the singing of Kol Nidre. It is customary to wear your tallit at this unique evening service.
Babysitting available – registration required
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 19
  • Morning Services 9:00 AM
  • Babysitting for kids of all ages available throughout the morning – registration required.
  • Pre-School Family service 9:30 AM
  • Appropriate for pre-school aged children accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Junior Congregation Program 10:45 AM
  • Appropriate for school aged children. Including activities and services, followed by participation in the congregational service.
  • Yizkor 12:45 PM
  • This is a space to remember those you love. This contemplative service is open to the community.
  • Family Mincha (afternoon) Service 2:15 PM
  • This 75 minute-long service touches on the overarching themes of the holiday and includes a dramatic reading of the book of Jonah. Appropriate for all ages and all generations.
  • Avodah & Neilah (concluding) Service 5:00 PM
  • We conclude Yom Kippur in a beautiful, dramatic, and meaningful way. Shofar Sounding will be 6:30 PM.
Community Break the Fast to follow – registration required.
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 September, we are collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste. There is also a current need for canned fruit as well. 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:

9/13/2018 at 10:00am
10/11/2018 at 11:00am
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 .
Attention all Men’s Club members and willing helpers!

Our annual Sukkah raising is scheduled for Sunday, September 16 th at 8 AM

We need 20-25 helpers to make it easy for everyone. Each year Kol Emet looks forward to the holiday so the entire Congregation can celebrate outdoors in the largest Sukkah in Bucks County!
We need your help to build this magnificent Sukkah. Everyone can pitch in, no matter your gender, skill, or comfort level with power tools and large wooden structures.
These are needed to complete the task. If you have one, we can use it:
- ladder
- ratchet set
- cordless drill
- extension cord
- rubber mallet
- metal mallet
- crowbar
Bagels , spreads, COFFEE and MUCH more will be provided.
RSVP (asap!) by email to:
Matthew Davis ( )
Book Club
September 28, 2018  
Discussion begins at 5:45 PM sharp in the Kol Emet Library.
Free and open to everyone!

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
Bucks County News & Events
Other Info

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  • Roosevelt Memorial Park - 215-673-7500
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