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Weekly Whisper
Weekly Whisper

High Holidays are Approaching.
Kol Emet Events

High Holiday Food Drive
Sept. 12 through Oct. 5

The High Holiday Food Drive will run from September 12 - October 5. This year, we are collecting PROTEIN (nut butters, beans, canned fish) for the Mitzvah Food Pantry. Last year, we collected more than 2000 pounds of food for those in need. Please add your donation to the large bin located in the lobby during the High Holidays.

Sisterhood Opening Brunch
Small Business Event
Everyone is Invited
Sunday, September 14 - 11a - 1:30p
Kol Emet

Sisterhood Opening Brunch catered brunch by Comfort Foods of Morrisville. Come join Members and Non Members of Kol Emet while they share their products and services and support small businesses.

Cost: $18 sisterhood dues
RSVP by Sunday, September 7, 2014 to Genevieve Shultz (gmshultz@yahoo.com or 215-310-1700)
Sisterhood dues may be paid at the door of this event $18.00 if not a member

Youth Group Mini Golf Outing
3rd Thru 6th Graders
Golf Adventure
173 Lincoln Hwy, Fairless Hills, PA
Sunday, Sept. 14 - 4p-6p

Join us for our 5th Annual Mini Golf Outing.

RSVP by September 1st to Risha Neil (rishaneil@aol.com or 215-668-7992)

Cost:  $15/student for golf and snacks.

Click here for the flyer.

Bagels and B'nai Mitzvah
Everyone is invited
Sunday, September 21st  -  10a - 12p
Kol Emet Social Hall

Dear Bar/Bat Mitzvah Families (Bet, Gimmel, Daled and Hey),

We are here to help you!  We realize you may have some questions regarding your child's Simcha and we invite you to join us on September 21st from 10am to noon for some KNOWLEDGE, NOSHING AND NACHES (answers to your questions).

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah committee is eager to meet you.  You will be provided with the following:
  • Detailed timeline from Bet and beyond
  • Description of the tutoring process
  • Discussion regarding financial issues
  • Overview of the service
  • Examples of Mitzvah projects
  • A copy of the handbook
  • List of family responsibilities

We hope you can join us.  Please RSVP to Judi (office@kolemet.org) by Friday, September 19th.

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact anyone of us.  See you soon!

Randi Davis - 267-392-5265
Bobby Fink - 215-493-4715
Jill Gordon - 215-295-8838
Melody Katz - 215-752-7705
Robert Moses - 215-321-9927

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

SAVE ONE OF THESE DATES to get acquainted with Rabbi Anna at a Kol Emet Parlor gathering this fall!  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 and connect with you.  

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

Oct 26 - 10a - Home of Stan and Melody Katz - 311 Flour Lane, Langhorne
Nov 2 - 4p
Nov 16 - 4p - Home of Jill and David Gordon - 1006 Meridian Way, Yardley
Nov 23 - 10a
Dec 7 - 10a

What's New...

Grandparents Celebration

Informational Session for B'Nai Mitzvah Families

Bereavement Support Group

This Week
Aug 22 (Fri) 7:30p: Shabbat Service with dvar Torah and thought-provoking discussion. Oneg to follow.  Led by Rabbi Anna
Aug 23 (Sat) 10:00a: A lively torah study with nosh, followed by an informal service with Rabbi Anna.
Aug 28 (Thu) 7:15a: Morning Minyan - A rousing, traditional service with Torah reading. Breakfast to follow.

This week's parasha
(torah portion)

Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

You shall not hesitate to give, nor murmur when you do give; because you shall know who is the good repayer of the hire. You shall not turn away from him that is in want, but you shall share all things with your brother, and shall not say that they are your own; for if you are partakers in that which is immortal, how much more in things which are mortal? (Didache 4:7-8).

Other Jewish Opportunities in our Community

American Jewish World Service 
Ebola Emergency Response Fund

The Ebola virus - which has a death rate as high as 90% and no known cure - is spreading in rural communities and cities alike. 
The government has declared a 90-day state of emergency.

In response to the largest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history, AJWS is working with on-the-ground partners in Liberia on outreach efforts to help save lives and slow the spread of the virus.  Your contributions to the AJWS Emergency Fund can help stop this tragic crisis.

Please donate now.

Morris Arboretum

National Grandparents Day Celebration
Morris Arboretum
Sunday, September 7  -  3-5p
Recommended for Children up to age 10

jkidphilly celebrates National Grandparents Day at its first-ever Grandparents' Celebration at Morris Arboretum.  Bring grandchildren for interactive performance, nature story walk, crafts, snacks and more.  Recommended for children up to age 10.  Contact lrubin@jewishlearningventure.org to RSVP or for more info.

Join Rabbi Elisa Goldberg to Address the Experiences of Loss and Grief 

Participants will gain strength and comfort through sharing with others in a professionally guided discussion. 

Six Sessions from 3 to 4:30 PM on the following Mondays: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, and 10/27 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Mandell Campus, Elkins Park, PA 

Cost: $18 includes all six sessions, which must be paid in advance. Call 267.256.2261 to register and for more information. We welcome participants whose loss has been six months or greater.

Selihot2014image.jpg A Musical Selichot Program for the Whole Community
Everyone is Invited
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Program - 9:00p  -  Service - 11:00p
Congregation Tifereth Israel
2909 Bristol Rd, Bensalem, PA

The Uma Numin Band featuring songs of reflection from liturgy and psalms

Light Refreshments Will be Served

Selichot is a joint program of Beth El, Brothers of Israel, Kehillat HaNahar, Kol Emet, and Tifereth Israel. Hosted by Congregation Tifereth Israel, 2909 Bristol Road • Bensalem, PA • 19020

Click here for the flyer.


Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Career Expo
October 22, 2014 - 10:00a - 2:00p

On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and JEVS Human Services Career Strategies, we invite you and your congregation to this fall’s Career Expo, taking place at the Jewish Community Services Building on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  As unemployment can sometimes feel very stigmatizing, and with many applicants competing online for jobs,  a well-publicized Career Expo is a much-needed community resource and an opportunity for job seekers to gain assistance in fine-tuning  their resumes and cover letters, hone interview and networking skills and meet directly with corporate decision-makers.  Our October Expo will build on our highly successful career fair held this past May for over 225 job seekers.

We are pleased to be able to offer these services – resume check-up, networking and interview skills workshops, and career consulting – at no charge.

Click here for the flyer.

Introduction to Judaism: Exploring Jewish Beliefs and Practices
Everyone is Invited
Thursday Evenings from October 23 through May 7  -  7-9p
(no class on 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 3/5, 4/2)
Shir Ami, 101 Richboro Road, Newtown

Explore, discuss, and experience the basics of Jewish thought and practice with rabbis from different streams of Judaism.  If you are: in an interfaith relationship, considering conversion, a Jew looking for adult-level basics, a seeker and a lifelong learner - THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

If you want to know more about: Jewish ethics and values, Holidays and the Jewish calendar, Prayers and liturgy, Life cycle celebrations and passages, Jewish beliefs that underpin Jewish practices - THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

Cost: $150.00 for 24 weeks of study
RSVP to Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy (rabbianna@gmail.com or rabbianna@kolemet.org or office@kolemet.org)

See the flyer for more details.

Kol Emet Information

Check out these amazing and simple Fund Raisers:

Helping Kol Emet is as easy as grocery shopping! - Shop with gift cards you buy from Kol Emet at ACME, McCaffrey's and Giant. Purchase your gift cards at face value using this form, calling or emailing the office and Kol Emet gets 5%. Place your order by the 20th of each month 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 bring them in.  There are collection containers in the upstairs office and downstairs lobby.

Giant A+ School Rewards Program - Log on to www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus to designate our school online using your Giant BonusCard or Fill out the attached form and bring or mail it in to the School office or the Main office.

Box Tops for Education - Cut out the box tops and put in collection containers

Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund in honor of your loved ones or special event. The Endowment Fund is a pool of contributions used for the enrichment of our community. Projects financed by the Endowment Fund include: several pieces of play equipment in the newly expanded playground for the preschool and full-day kindergarten students, the choir director for Holiday Services, and additional musical accompaniment at services throughout the year. It is a great way to support Kol Emet and to celebrate your Simcha!

Tree of Life

Help the Tree of Life continue to grow, while you help the synagogue financially, it is a lasting way to recognize Simchas within our synagogue family. The leaves and rocks on the Tree of Life sculpture celebrate people special to you and will help establish a permanent legacy for our synagogue.

Not only for a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah, it is a way to commemorate an aleph consecration, confirmation, graduation, wedding, birth of a child or grandchild, a special birthday,anniversary, any milestone or life cycle event.

The one-time cost to purchase each are $200 for a leaf and $700 for a stone.

Contact:Bob Frey, Executive Director at 215-493-8522 ext. 113 or bfrey@kolemet.org

Honoring Your Loved Ones at Kol Emet

Remembering the people that have been important in our lives is an important Jewish tradition. We remember those we hold dear at their Yahrtzeit, when we say Yizkor, and by honoring their memory by placing their name in a synagogue memorial area. Our new addition to The Levine Memorial Alcove, located in the lobby, is ready to accept  names.  Attached is a list of questions and answers that will provide you with the necessary information to make a decision regarding your participation in this Wall of Remembrance. If you are interested in placing a name(s) in the Levine Memorial Alcove, please complete the form and return it to the office at your earliest convenience with payment in  full. 

: Bob Frey, Executive Director at 215-493-8522 ext. 113

Religious School News
Kol Emet Pre-School and Kindergarten News

The current Kol Emet Calendar can be found at www.kolemet.org/calendar
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