Home | Values | Worship | Calendar | Leadership | Info for Congregants | Religious School | Preschool | Summer Camp |
Getting InvolvedAdult Education Prayer Audio | Weekly Email | The Voice | Info on Membership | Donations | Contact Us |

This is the current issue of our weekly email update

To submit information for a future issue, click here.

Weekly Whisper

The Weekly Whisper
Congregation Kol Emet

Passover starts Monday, April 14th!
This Week Only KE Events KE Announcements Religious School News Jewish Community
Celebrate at Kol Emet This week's parasha (torah portion)

Date Time Event
 Apr 10 (Thu)   PS Class Seders
  7:15a Morning Minyan
  7:30p Ritual Committee Meeting
 Apr 11 (Fri) PS Class Seders
  7:30p Shabbat Service, led by Rabbi Cove
 Apr 12 (Sat) 9:30a Shabbat Service, led by Rabbi Cove
 Apr 13 (Sun)   Prepare the KE Kitchen for Passover
  10:00a Men's Club Baseball Brunch
 Apr 14 (Mon)   No PS
    First Night of Passover (Seder)
 Apr 15 (Tue)   Second Night of Passover (seder)
    No PS or RS
  10:00a Passover Service, led by Rabbi Cove
 Apr 16 (Wed)   No PS or RS
  6:00p Interfaith Seder at Kol Emet
 Apr 17 (Thu)   No PS
  7:15a Morning Minyan

Acharei Mot
"After the death"
Leviticus 16:1-18:30

The twenty-ninth reading from the Torah and sixth reading from Leviticus is named Acharei Mot, two words that mean "after the death." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, "Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron" (Leviticus 16:1). Leviticus 16 describes the Tabernacle ceremony for the holy festival of the Day of Atonement. Leviticus 17 establishes general rules for sacrifice and sanctuary. Leviticus 18 lays down specific laws about permitted and forbidden sexual relationships.

Kol Emet Events Back to Top

Annual Passover Food Drive

Perform a mitzvah and donate Kosher for Passover food items for the Tifereth Israel Food Pantry. We are also accepting gift cards to any local grocery store that will be used to purchase needed items. Collection containers will remain near the sanctuary and downstairs through April 10, 2014.

Contact Susan Melamed at melameds@verizon.net if you have questions.

The Perfect Passover Play
Starring the Kol Emet Kindergarten Kids
Everyone is Invited
April 10, 2014 and April 11, 2014
Kol Emet Sanctuary

Our Amazing Kol Emet Kindergarten students have written a play about Moses and Passover. They have worked so hard on the dialogue, staging, costumes, etc. They are so excited to share their hard work with our whole community. Please see the attached flyer for times, dates, etc.

Cost: A donation to our Passover Food Drive

Kol Emet's Interfaith Seder
Everyone is Invited
April 16, 2014 - 6:00p
Kol Emet

Join fellow members, and members of other faith communities for our 6th annual Interfaith Seder. The Night of Questions will be a Night of Fellowship and a Night to Remember. We need Kol Emet Volunteers to participate and make our outside community welcome and comfortable. Contact Rabbi Cove for more details. This is a wonderful, annual event that you don't want to miss!

Cost: $25.00 per person for a full course meal
RSVP by Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 to: The KE Office (office@kolemet.org).

Bagels and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
Religious School Families
April 27, 2014
10:00a to 12:00p
Kol Emet Social Hall

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 April 27th from 10 am - noon for some KNOWLEDGE, NOSHING AND NACHES (answers to your questions).

Cost: Free
RSVP by Friday, April 25 to Judi office@kolemet.org

Sisterhood Outing to Uncorked Artist
Ladies of Kol Emet and friends
Sunday, May 4th
Uncorked Artist in Warminster, PA

Join your Kol Emet friends for a painting lesson at the Uncorked Artist. No painting experience necessary! The instructor will guide us through each brush stroke. Wine and snacks will be served.

We are happy to arrange carpools to the event!
Cost: $36 per person
RSVP by May 1st to Risha Neil (215-668-7992, rishaneil@aol.com)

Shabbat Shira
Soulful, Spiritual, Musical Shabbat service with Tzedek v' Shalom
everyone is invited
Friday, May 9
6:30 service; 7:30 potluck dinner
Congregation Kol Emet

Join us for a soul filled Shabbat experience as we collaborate with our fellow Reconstructionist community in Bucks County, Tzedek v' Shalom, on a Shabbat Shira(Shabbat of song). Cantor Jack Kessler, director of the ALEPH Cantorial Ordination program and guitarist/vocalist for Klingon Klez, will be joined by other musicians as we bring the Shabbat in together with song and spirit. Services at 6:30pm with a dairy, vegetarian potluck dinner following services.

Cost: Please bring a vegetarian dish to share if you are joining us for dinner.

RSVP by May 5 to office at office@kolemet.org or 215-493-8522 

Aleph Consecration
Aleph students and their families
Friday, May 16th - 6p-

Aleph Consecration is a beautiful milestone in your child's spiritual journey. We will have a dairy Shabbat dinner, prior to the Friday night service. Dinner begins at 6:00pm. The service will begin at 7:00pm.

Click here for the invitation.

Cost: $36 Family Contribution plus the cost of dinner & oneg or oneg per person.

RSVP by May 2nd (Fri) to Beth Zuckerman (215-208-0882 bzuck5@gmail.com)

Youth Group Event: BounceU
All Kol Emet Kids grades 3rd - 6th
Sunday, May 18th - 5p-6:45p
BounceU in Langhorne

Join us for our last Youth Group event for the 2013-2014 school year! Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $15 per student.

RSVP by May 10 to Risha Neil (215-668-7992, rishaneil@aol.com

Spring Cleaning to Help Trenton Rescue Mission
Donate household goods and help the homeless
Everyone is invited
Sunday, May 18, 2014
11:00a to 1:00p
Kol Emet Parking Lot

Spring is finally here and it's time to clean out those unwanted items around the house. Bring those clothes, toys, furniture - even the kitchen sink - to Kol Emet. All donations are tax deductible and benefit the Trenton Rescue Mission. Each family donating items will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

RSVP by May 15, 2014 to Howard Greenberg (hymizzy@aol.com or call 609-658-7975.

Kol Emet Announcements Back to Top

Ladies Bookclub
Lucky Bunny written by Jill Dawson
All ladies are welcome
Sunday, April 22 - 10a-noon
Kol Emet Library

Born into a criminal family in London's East End during the Great Depression, and trained by a group of women shoplifters during the Blitz, Queenie Dove soon graduates from petty street crime to far more lucrative heists and the seedy glamour of the city's underworld. After giving birth to her Daughter the heroine tries to go straight, but an opportunity to take part in one last crime tempts her back to her prior life. This is a richly colorful tale of trickery, adventure, and heart. Cost: Feel free to bring your own breakfast we will supply coffee.

RSVPdate by Friday, April 25th to Hilary Levy brgrwithcheese@verizon.net or call 215-840-9827

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 High 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. 

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

Religious School News Back to Top

Kol Emet Pre School and Kindergarten NewsBack to Top

Other Jewish Opportunities in our Community
Back to Top

Applications now available for the 2014 Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA Box Share Program at Beth El.
Everyone is invited.

Min Ha'Aretz CSA at Beth El was a huge success last year. There were many Kol Emet members and preschool families who participated in this program. Kol Emet will again be partnering with Beth El to provide box shares from the Honey Brook Organic Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Pennington. Applications for the 2014 season are currently available online. The CSA runs from May to November (exact dates vary based on weather). Half shares are available (it is recommended that you find your own share partner). This is a wonderful opportunity to get weekly fresh organic produce without traveling to the farm.

Visit www.yardleycsa.org with more details, the 2014 application, and pricing.

Contact Joy Finkel (215-341-1292 or justjoyd@yahoo.com) with questions.

Spring Retreat at Camp JRF
4th, 5th, and 6th grade children
May 2 - May 4
Camp JRF, South Sterling, PA

At the Spring Retreat, fourth through seventh graders will laugh, play, make friends, and have fun in the woods. As we explore Global Judaism, participants will have opportunities to experience how people sing, dance, play sports, be artistic, and eat food around the world. And there will be plenty of time to play ga-ga, celebrate Shabbat, compete in the "Olympics," hang out, run around outside, and, of course, have s'mores.

The weekend will be run by Camp JRF staff, including year-round professional staff and some of our best summer camp counselors. These staff will be on hand to provide supervision throughout the day (and night!), making sure everyone is safe, healthy, and having a great time.

The program begins around 5:00 pm on Friday, May 2 and ends at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 4. Pending sufficient registration, transportation will be provided from convenient locations; details of exact time and place will be available approximately two weeks before the event.

This great weekend is an opportunity to make new friends, breathe in the mountain air, and have fun with other Jewish kids from across the region. What could be better?

A flyer and registration form are attached. Please note that, for kids who come to the retreat and also come to Camp JRF for the first time this summer, the cost of the retreat can go towards their Camp tuition.

A Community Israel 66 Celebration
Federation's Free Family Festival
Everyone is invited
May 18, 2014 - noon-5p
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia

This free, family-friendly afternoon will feature entertainment by Israeli singer and songwriter David Broza- who will perform in Philadelphia as part of a US tour following the release of his brand- new album, "East Jerusalem West Jerusalem." The entertainment line-up for the festival also features performances by the Mummers Avalon String as well as The Melevah Malkah Band, a klezmer-jazz group from Germantown Jewish Centre.

Those in attendance at last year's Israeli Music Festival will delight at the scheduled performance of Ayala Ingedeshet, the first Ethiopian-born Israeli singer with a major-label record deal. She has performed with such well-known American artists as Jill Scottand, Macy Gray and is currently working on her second CD.

Felafel and other festive foods will be available for sale throughout the day. Children will create a giant Israeli flag out of K'NEX and challenge their friends to a spirited game of Ga Ga, an Israeli version of  dodge ball, in the festival sports area. Israeli art, crafts, jewelry and more will be on sale throughout the day.

Cost: Free
No RSVP Needed, Just Come and Enjoy
Contact: Beth Razin, 215-832-0536
email: ledelman@jfgp.org

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One?
Six Sessions - Beginning May 14th from 2-3:30p
5/21, 5/28, 6/11, 6/18 and 6/25
Beth David Reform Congregation, Gladwyne, PA

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia offers a variety of Bereavement Support Groups facilitated by Bereavement specialists at JFCS. Join with Stacy Golboro, LCSW to address the experiences of loss and grief. Participants will gain strength and comfort through sharing with others in a professionally guided discussion.

Cost: $18, includes all six sessions, paid in advance
Pre-Registration is Required.
Contact 267-256-2261 or info@jfcsphilly.org

Thinking about Overnight Camp?

If you are thinking about sending your child to a Jewish overnight camp, Contact Melody Katz or Carrie Walinsky for ideas, suggestions and scholarships.

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

  Back to Top

About your Weekly Whisper

This weekly email is to update you on what's going on at Kol Emet. Please take advantage of all the opportunities to be an active member of your Kol Emet community.

If you have more than one email address, please feel free to sign-up your multiple addresses. To get The Whisper, send an email to office@kolemet.org.

If you would like to stop receiving the Whisper at this address, email the office so that we can identify another way to communicate with you: office@kolemet.org