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Weekly Whisper
Weekly Whisper

Family to Family: The Holiday Gift Drive 
Kol Emet Events

Interfaith Family Pride Shabbat
Everyone is invited
Friday, November 21st
starting at 6:15p

Please join the entire Kol Emet community for a Shabbat dinner and discussion celebrating interfaith families.

All are welcome!

6:15pm Dinner (catered by Villa Rosa)
6:30pm Panel Discussion
7:30pm Family Friendly Shabbat Service

What does being "interfaith" mean to you?
How do you celebrate your unique interfaith family heritage?
How do you and your spouse create Jewish family traditions that reflect your particular values and backgrounds?

Several congregant families will share their interfaith experiences.

$10/member; $25/family
$15/non-members; $30/non-member family

RSVP by Wednesday, November 19th to the office at: office@kolemet.org

comedy.pngComedy Night at Kol Emet
Saturday, November 22nd

Featuring three comedians: Marla Schultz, Mike Duggan and Headliner Eddie Clark.  See the flyer.  

Cost: $25/person (Adults only please)
Desserts and Soft Drinks Provided (BYOB)

RSVP to Genevieve Shultz by November 15th (gmshultz@yahoo.com)

Parlor Meetings this fall with Rabbi Anna
Everyone is invited
Various Dates and Locations - see below

SAVE ONE OF THESE DATES toget acquainted with Rabbi Anna at a Kol Emet Parlor gathering thisfall!  Each gathering will be hosted in a congregant's home(locations to come soon) in either Yardley, Newtown or Langhorne. They are an opportunity for peope to explore, share, listen,dream and brainstorm about what we want for our Jewish community. They are a chance for Rabbi Anna to hear your thoughts andconnect with you.  

Please select a date from the list below aswe are aiming for 100% participation.  If you would like tohost one of the parlor gatherings and/or have any questions, pleasecontact Jill Gordon at yardley4@comcast.net.Specific locations will be posted by the end of August.

Nov 23 - 10a - Home of Claudie and Scott Williams - 4 Timber KnollDrive, Washington Crossing
Dec 7 - 10a - Home of Lauren and Adam Miller - 1933 Wellington Dr,Langhorne

hannukiah.png Chanukah Shabbat Seder and Party
Everyone is Invited
Friday, December 19th  -  6:00p
Social Hall

Chanukah oh Chanukah come light your menorah with us!
Celebrate the 4th night of Chanukah at a family friendly Shabbat seder. Latkes, bagel and lox and more will be served! There will be a throwdown latke contest so bring your best to be judged! Dreidel playing and fun after dinner!

Cost: $30/family Members - $40/ Family non Members - $5/ extended family - $10/individual
RSVP by Monday Dec 8th.  Make checks payable to Kol Emet

See the Flier for more details.

Holiday Gift Drive

It is once again time for the Kol Emet Holiday gift drive. Our annual gift drive assists needy families from Federation Day Care, Easter Seals and Jewish Family Services.

Please use this link to sign up and be a part of this annual Mitzvah: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B094FAFAB23AB9-kolemet/7396155

Thanks so much for your support.

What's New...

Chanukah Shabbat

Holiday Gift Drive

Israeli-Palestinian Dynamics Discussion

Special Needs Birthright Trip to Israel

Trip to See "Weisenthal" the Play

Religious School News

This Week
Nov 21 (Fri) 6:15p: Interfaith Family Pride Shabbat Service and Discussion
Nov 22 (Sat) 9:30a: Shabbat Service with Bar Mitzvah Jeremy Goll
Nov 23 (Sun) 10:00a: Parlor Meeting with Rabbi Anna

1:00p: Ritual Committee Meeting
Nov 26 (Wed) No Religious School

Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov 27 (Thu) 7:15a: Morning Minyan - A rousing, traditional service with Torah reading. Breakfast to follow.

No Preschool

This week's parasha
(torah portion)

"Family history"
Genesis 25:19-28:9

The sixth reading from the book of Genesis is named Toldot, which means "generations." It is so named because the Torah portion begins with the words "Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac" (Genesis 25:19). Toldot tells us the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau and their struggle for the birthright and blessing of their father, Isaac. We also learn about Isaac's trials and difficulties in the land of Canaan. The portion concludes with Jacob's deception of Isaac in order to procure the family blessing.

bbyologo2014.jpgBBYO Chapter Meetings
Next Meeting: Dec. 17

Both BBYO Teen chapters (9th to 12th grades) will be meeting on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00p- 8:30pm.

Just a reminder that 8th graders will be able to join in January and then attend the meetings.

If your teen has not joined, please do so before the next meeting. https://b-linked.bbyo.org/membership/

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming meetings. January 21st, February 25th, March 25th, April 29th,

May 20th & June 10th

Other Jewish Opportunities in our Community


jfcslogo.pngPhiladelphia's Jewish Family and Children's Services is looking for volunteers to assist with many tasks such as: 

- visiting the elderly and helping with household duties
- take clients on outings
- drive clients to medical and other appointments
- work one shift per week at our Thrift Boutique at Academy and Frankford in NE Philadelphia

Prospective volunteers can contact Robin Henkin for more information at 267-256-2082 or rhenkin@jfcsphilly.org.

Tzedek v'Shalom presents... Be Still and Know
A workshop in opening inner awareness through sacred Hebrew chant
Everyone is Invited
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
9:00a to 1:00p
Place To Be Determined

Join chant leader and composer David P. Goldstein for a half day workshop. We will explore the power of breath, melody, rhythm, and silence to bring life to the sacred phrase so that it can become a transformative tool. We will use sacred chant as a pathway to stillness and inner knowledge.

See the flyer for more information.

To reserve your place or for further information, please contact Norma Kaplis at normakaplis@mac.com.

4th Annual Thanksgiving Service and Potluck Dinner
Everyone is invited
November 23rd  -  5:00 - 7:30p
Grey Nuns Mother House, 1750 Quarry Hill Road, Yardley

Join the Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks for a Thanksgiving Service and Potluck Dinner. Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy will be one of the participants in the service. Every person is asked to bring a dish to share. The food should be fish (no shellfish), poultry, vegetarian, pasta, fruit, or cheese, in any combination. When you RSVP, please list your dish AND its ingredients.

Cost: Covered Dish
RSVP by Nov. 20th to Marion Snipes (garden6877@verizon.net)

76erslogo.jpgJewish Heritage Night at the Sixers
Everyone is invited
Monday, December 1, 2014
Wells Fargo Center

Join us for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's first Jewish Heritage Night celebration at the Wells Fargo Center.  Nosh on Glatt Kosher food from Six Points catering, proudly sing Hatikvah, view a special tribute to the Heroes Among Us and watch an exciting match-up between the 76ers and the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. 

Order your deeply discounted tickets-$36 per person lower level and 2 for $18 (or $9 per person) for upper level seats at jewishphilly.org/76 today.

Special Needs Birthright Trip to Israel
FREE Trip to Israel for Special Needs Young Adults
Special Needs Young Adults (18-26)
Summer 2015
Registration - December 2014

Spread the word!! A group trip is being planned for this summer with Taglit-Birthright Israel for young adults with special needs.  If you know of a Jewish young adult living anywhere in the U.S. who has either an attentional disorder, a language-based learning disability, complex learning disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, or a similar type of challenge, who might be interested in going on a Birthright trip to Israel during the summer of 2015, please let them know about this amazing opportunity.  Contact Elizabeth Jacobs at egjacobs@aol.com.

Cost: FREE!!

Israeli-Palestinian Dynamics in the Global Arena
Everyone is invited
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Saul Ewing, 1500 Market St., 38th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Middle East analyst Asaf Romirowsky is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and co-author of the book, Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief. He is a former IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) International Relations liaison officer in the West Bank and to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Dr. Romirowsky holds a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, masters degrees from Villanova University and West Chester University, and a doctorate from Kings College London.

Cost: $15 per person - Includes Lunch
RSVP by November 28 to Phyllis Fertik (fertikp@ajc.org)

Community Day of Learning at RRC
Around the themes of "Reconstructionism 101" and Tikkun Olam
Open to Educators, Clergy and members of the community
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10:00a to 4:00p
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA

The program for the day will include workshops offered by college staff, local clergy, educators, master teachers and more. The keynote will be presented by Rabbi Deborah Waxman—President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Workshops for congregants and a track geared specifically to educators will follow in the afternoon.
The cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch and materials

See the flyer for more information.

NYC Bus Trip to See "Wiesenthal" the Play
Anyone aged 11 and older
Date: January 11, 2015
Leaving 9:00am from KE

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Nicknamed the "Jewish James Bond," he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.

Our trip includes: Coach Bus to NYC to/from Kol Emet; boxed breakfast; snack; ticket to the show. There will be time for sightseeing, shopping, and lunch on your own.

See the flyer for more details


Cost: $75 per person

phillies_logo.pngIsrael Birthday Celebration and Jewish Heritage Night at the Phillies
Everyone is invited
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
4:30p - 9:30p
Citizen's Bank Park

Please plan on joining us for a festive celebration of Israel's 67th birthday AND the opportunity to enjoy a great evening of Phillies baseball with special surprises.  We hope that the entire Jewish community will join in the fun. This year's JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT WITH THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES will feature a special pre-game Israel celebration along Citizens Bank Way.

Before the game, enjoy a kids' zone of games, crafts and engaging activities for children of all ages; Krav Maga demonstrations; live music; Israeli dance and an authentic Shuk with vendors offering foods, art, jewelry and other gift items from our Jewish homeland.  The celebration continues before the gates open with Klezmer and Middle Eastern musical performances. The first pitch will be fielded by Federation President Bud Newman and there will be special surprises between innings.  Glatt kosher food will be for sale at our special kiosk.

Please make sure to mark your calendars for this very special community event.

Please check out www.jewishphilly.org for more information in the coming weeks.

See the Flier for more info.

Kol Emet Information

Check out these amazing and simple Fund Raisers:

Helping Kol Emet is as easy as grocery shopping! - Shop with gift cards youbuy from Kol Emet at ACME, McCaffrey's and Giant. Purchase your giftcards at face value using this form,calling or emailingthe office and Kol Emet gets 5%. Place your order by the 20th of eachmonth for delivery at the beginning of the month.

Target Redcard promotion - Designate KOL EMET PK AND KG

McCaffrey's Cash Register Tapes - save your register receipts and bringthem in.  There are collection containers in the upstairsoffice and downstairs lobby.

Giant A+ School Rewards Program - Log on to www.giantfoodstores.com/aplusto designate our school online using your Giant BonusCard or Filloutthe attached formand bring or mail it in to the School office or the Main office.

Box Tops forEducation - Cut out the box tops and put in collectioncontainers

Join Shoprite's Rewards Program for Kol Emet- Kol Emet Preschool is now part of ShopRite's rewards program! ShopRite stores are giving away up to $1 Million to localschools during the 2014-2015 school year via Box Tops for Education.Here's how it works:
1) Register your Price Plus club card at www.ShopRiteforMySchool.comand select Kol Emet to support.
2) Shop for participating products at ShopRite during advertisedpromotions using your Price Plus club card.
3) Earnings are automatically credited to your school.  SHOPRITEFORMYSCHOOL.COM

Religious School News
Happy almost Thanksgiving!

There IS religious school classes on Tuesday 11/25

There IS NOT regligious school classes on Wednesday 11/26

The December religious school calendar was sent home with your children this week.  Please make sure that you RSVP to our annual Religious School Chanukah Program on Tuesday 12/16 and Wednesday 12/17.  There is regular class on both days.  The Chanukah celebration starts at 6:00pm on both days.

Shabbat Shalom!

Kol Emet Pre-School and Kindergarten News

The current Kol Emet Calendar can be found at www.kolemet.org/calendar
Clickon a certain event on the calendar to view most of the pertinent details of that event.

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