2015 Kol Amites of the Year: left to right, Erv Walter, Herb Cooper-Levy, Eric Rosenberg
Erv Walter: A Founding Father of Kol Ami, Erv was our first JCEP teacher, and coached our first class of B’nai Mitzvah students. For the past seven years, he has been Kol Ami’s treasurer and financial counselor, keeping us and our budget on a sustainable path. He has also stored and delivered High Holiday prayer books, hosted meetings and events at his home, and quietly contributing his own funds to cover unbudgeted costs. Erv is both our treasurer and a community treasure.
Herb Cooper-Levy: Herb has led more services than anyone in the congregation. He has creatively designed and delivered many moving services and created and refined many of the materials used in our services. In the past year as Community Coordinator, he performed tasks far beyond what was expected and worked many hours at no charge to Kol Ami. Herb has become indispensable to the operations and the ruach of our community.
Eric Rosenberg: Eric has been instrumental in the growth of the Jewish Children's Education Program, teaching middle and pre-B'nai Mitzvah classes. He has taught both Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Kol Ami for the past nine years and combines humor, good cheer, warmth, knowledge and a deep intellect. He looks for ways to challenge his students and have them think about the Jewish approach to ethical dilemmas. To his students and fellow teachers, he is simply the best.
This siyyum (completion) service will mark the completion by the Prophets class of all the prophetic books. Please attend the service to honor the dedicated students who attended classes regularly, read text in advance, and contributed immensely to lively discussions: Lynda Erinoff, Carolyn Gray, Jim North, Laura Rotblut, Richard Ruth, Anne Salzberg, and Mindi Weisenbloom. We encourage participants to bring dessert dishes to share for the Oneg following the service. The service and Oneg will be in the Activity Room.
Erotic love poems, hilarious drunken banquets, contemporary-sounding advice for the young and old, apocalyptic visions, poems of praise and complaints. That and much more is what Ketuvim, The Writings, is all about. We begin the first Ketuvim session by studying the first half (chapters 1-15) of the book of Proverbs.
Will you consider joining us? You will find that no prior background is needed; that all points of view are welcome; that our conversations are lively and interesting; and that there is always something new to discover. We hope we’ll have a minyan – ten or more post-bat/bar mitzvah members learning together. The classes are free; we ask a small contribution from those who can (no one is ever turned way for financial reasons) to cover the cost of the room rent, at the UU church.
Please read the chapters in advance and join the conversation. We meet in the boardroom
The fast day of Tisha B'av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, commemorates the destruction of not one but both Jerusalem Temples, the first destroyed in 586 BCE and the second in 70 CE. When the day falls on shabbat, the fast and a special service is postponed to the following day. Today's service will include a discussion of the historical meaning of the day and include a reading of the book of Lamentations. We encourage participants to bring dessert dishes to share for the dessert oneg following the service. We meet in the chapel.
Read the second half (chapters 16-31) of the book of Proverbs. If you missed last month's session, do not hesitate attend this one. Each chapter is independent of the others. Join the conversation. We meet in the boardroom.
Karen Taylor-Good is a Grammy nominated singer and songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Al Jarreau, & Melissa Manchester, to name a few. She has recorded albums and movie soundtracks with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & Al Green.She'll be co-leading this Kabbalat Shabbat service with Herb Cooper-Levy. Please bring desserts to share for an oneg following the service. The service and the oneg will be in the Activity Room.
We will be discussing “Triangle, The Fire that Changed America” by David von Drehle. This book gets 41/2 stars on Amazon. It tells the story of the worst workplace disaster in New York City at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village on March 25, 1911. at La Casa Restaurant in the Foxchase Shopping Center in Alexandria
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