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Come celebrate this special Saturday morning Shabbat Service as Audrey Hodges is called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah. The service will be conducted by Audrey and Rabbi Leila Gal Berner. The service will be held in the sanctuary. A vegetarian potluck lunch will follow the ceremony in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up to let us know what you're bringing at http://bit.ly/1thdiZF All Kol Ami community members are invited to celebrate with the Hodges family at the kiddush.
Highlights and Homework from Sunday, November 16, 2014
Moreh Eric’s Jewish studies class: We spent much of the class talking about Jewish concepts of charity, or Tzedakah in Hebrew. In particular we focused our class discussion on the admonitions in the Torah and Talmud for Jews to help others—Jews, gentiles, whatever race or creed, Republican or Democrat, whoever is in need. Tzedakah is not just a passing recommendation in Jewish scripture; as Jews, we are compelled to do it because it is so central to Jewish concepts of justice and ethical behavior. As we learned, the Talmud says: “Tzedakah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvot of the Torah.”
With that in mind, we selected a class mitzvah project for between now and the Hanukah/winter break. The kids are going to donate their money (no more than $10/kid )—not their parents’ money—to help villages in Africa being devastated by the Ebola virus. As a class, we will donate the funds to the American Jewish World Service, which is distributing money to African organizations in those affected villages.
At this link, you can see all the great local projects that the money funds. Here are just a few:
• The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa is engaging community-based organizations and rural media organizations to carry out a public education campaign to limit the spread of Ebola, including distribution of hygiene materials.
• Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy (COPDA) is engaging tribal and religious leaders in Nimba County, and training and equipping staff and volunteers to conduct a door-to-door campaign targeting 6,000 individuals.
Rabbi Leila Gal Berner will be presenting The Teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z"l: THE FOUR WORLDS OF KABBALAH: THE FIRST TWO WORLDS: ASSIYAH( the objective world of physical action) and YETZIRAH (the subjective world of vital feelings).
Please join the Kol Ami community for this warm Kabbalat Shabbat service in the Activity Room. We encourage participants to bring dessert dishes to share for the dessert oneg following the service. Susan Freiband will lead the service, assisted by the dulcet tones of Leslie Lesner.
Please join Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and the Kol Ami community for a warm Kol Ami Shabbat service in the Chapel. We encourage participants to bring vegetarian dishes to share for the potluck oneg across the hall in the Library (rooms 13 and 15) following the service.
Rabbi Leila Gal Berner presents The Four Worlds of Kabbalah: The Last Two Worlds: Beriyah (the symbolic world of the intellect) and Atzilut (the deep divine intuition and being with God; the world of essence)
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