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Havurah Shabbat and Pot Luck Dinner - Friday, March 20th
Kol Emet Events

Order Supermarket Scrip Now and Help Kol Emet...and yourself!

In an effort to sell more SCRIP (and raise more funds), Kol Emet will, for a limited time, split the 5% discount with our congregant member families.

Purchase SCRIP directly from Kol Emet for Shoprite, Giant or McCaffrey's  by contacting Melody Katz (mhekatz@verizon.net).  Spend it like cash for your everyday grocery purchases.  Send in a check to the office(no credit cards accepted for this program). Come into the office to pick up your SCRIP.

Contact Melody (mhekatz@verizon.net)if you have any questions.

Havurah Shabbat and Pot Luck Dinner
Everyone is invited
Friday, March 20th
6:30p Kabbalat Shabbat Service - 7:45p Potluck Dinner
Kol Emet

Join us for Havurah Shabbat Friday, March 20 - 6:30 pm - Service -  7:45p pm -  Pot Luck Dinner (Dairy/Vegetarian)

Cost: Free, bring a dairy vegetarian dish to share at the Pot Luck dinner.

See the flyer for more details.

Annual Interfaith Community Seder
Friday, April 10th - 6:00 pm
Kol Emet

Purim is over, and Passover is around the corner! Kol Emet is again hosting our annual Interfaith Seder, which this year will be on Friday night April 10th, the last night of Pesach. As usual, we are inviting a collection of local faith communities to participate in our Seder and join with our entire community. It is important for our community to be well-represented, and we would love for you and your family to attend. Please RSVP to the office by March 25th. As it says in the Pesach Haggadah, "Let all who are hungry come and eat." We are so pleased to be part of such a warm and diverse community that opens its arms to one another. Cost: $36 per adult, $18 per child (KE members only)

RSVP by March 25th to office@kolemet.org.

Rabbi Anna's Installation Weekend
April 24th and April 25th
Everyone is invited
April 24th and 25th (Fri. and Sat.)
Kol Emet

Rabbi Anna's Installation Weekend April 24th and 25th

Friday Evening @7:00: Shabbat service and Installation of Rabbi Anna to Kol Emet. Her mentor, Sue Levi-Elwell, will be guest speaking.

Saturday Morning @10:00: Contemplative service combining meditation chanting and gentle movement to enliven the spirit. Led by Rabbi Anna and Sherry Hanck.

Saturday Evening @8:00 pm - Spring Gala: an exciting night of dinner and dancing to welcome Rabbi Anna to the Kol Emet family.

Cost: Gala is $90/person. Inclusion in gift is $36 RSVP by Monday, April 7th to Kol Emet office via addressed stamped envelope provided with Gala invitation.

Kamp Kol Emet 2015
June 23 to August 13, 2015
Kol Emet

Please join us for a wonderful preschool summer Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 23 to August 13. Kamp Kol Emet is an ideal warm weather experience for your 2 to 5 year old child. Early care will be available, and we promise a summer filled with sunshine, laughter, creativity, learning, and many smiles! Please contact the School office for registration materials.
What's New...

Havurah Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner

Rabbi Anna's Installation Weekend

Soup Kitchen Mitzvah

Interfaith Seder

Kamp Kol Emet

A Personal Connection to the Holocaust - Request from Carrie

This Week
Mar 19 (Thu) 7:15a: Morning Minyan - A rousing, traditional service with Torah reading. Breakfast to follow.

7:30p: Board Meeting
Mar 20 (Fri) 6:30p: Havurah Shabbat Service
Mar 21 (Sat) 10:00a: A lively torah study with nosh, followed by an informal service with Rabbi Anna.
Mar 22 (Sun) 3:30p: Aren't You Dying to Learn About Death program at Levine's
Mar 25 (Wed) 7:00p: BBYO Meeting
Mar 26 (Thu) 7:15a: Morning Minyan - A rousing, traditional service with Torah reading.  Breakfast to follow.

This week's parasha
(torah portion)

"He called"
Leviticus 1:1-5:26

The title “Leviticus” is derived from the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the Torah. The book of Leviticus is predominantly concerned with Levitical rituals. An older Hebrew name for the book was "The Laws of the Priesthood," but in Judaism today, it is referred to by the name Vayikra, which means "And He called." Vayikra is the first Hebrew word of the book, which begins by saying, "And the LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from inside the tent of meeting" (Leviticus 1:1).

Leviticus describes the sacrificial service and the duties of the priests. It also introduces ritual purity, the biblical diet, the calendar of appointed times, laws of holiness and laws relating to redemption, vows and tithes. In addition, Leviticus discourses on ethical instruction and holiness. The twenty-fourth reading from the Torah is eponymous with the Hebrew name of the book it introduces: Vayikra. This portion introduces the sacrificial service and describes five different types of sacrifices.

bbyologo2014.jpgBBYO Chapter Meetings
Next Meeting: Mar 25

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:  April 29th,
May 20th & June 10th

Other Jewish Opportunities in our Community

Limmud at Kol Emet is co-sponsoring a series of workshops with Joseph Levine & Sons
Everyone is invited

Limmud at Kol Emet is co-sponsoring a series of workshops with Joseph Levine & Sons. All sessions to run 3:30-5:30 p.m.

On March 8, Dr. Simcha Paull Raphael, rabbi, professor, psychotherapist, specializing in bereavement. Author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife (at Kol Emet)

On March 22, How interfaith couples deal with death and mourning. How do you get buried together? Who has Shiva for whom? Who presides over the funeral? And more. Rabbi Anna and Kevin Bloch to lead. We will meet at Levine's in Trevose and take a short tour of the funeral home including the mikvah room where religious taharahs are performed, and the casket room to see the different traditional and non-traditional caskets that are offered for all religions.

On March 29, Rabbi Anna to talk about Jewish views of death, the basics on dying and grieving, rituals and customs.

Cost: Free for KE members, $10 per class and $25 per series for all others
RSVP by March 5th to office@kolemet.org

Celebration of Healing
Anyone living with a diagnosis of breast cancer and their immediate family
Sunday, March 22nd - 2:00p-4:00p
Kol Emet Social Hall

On Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2-4PM, Congregation Kol Emet welcomes the Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) for a Celebration of Healing in the Social Hall.

The HCF is a not-for-profit organization which was founded in 2007 by Beth DuPree, MD.  The mission of the HCF is to improve the quality of life for those at high risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer through holistic healing modalities, education, and life style changes.

The Celebration of Healing is a chance for the HCF to recognize those individuals who have journeyed through the challenge of breast cancer and, with the help of the HCF and the closely affiliated Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) support group, learned how to move from survivorship to "thrivership".

The HCF welcomes anyone diagnosed with breast cancer to attend the Celebration of Healing to learn more about the HCF, BCBF and share community. Those interested in attending can contact Claudie Williams.

Cost: $0
RSVP by March 17 to Claudie Williams 215-801-8272 (

Sacred Heart of Trenton Soup Kitchen
Opportunity to participate in a May Mitzvah!
Everyone is invited
May 31st - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Church of the Sacred Heart - 343 S. Broad Street. Trenton, NJ

This will be the 7th year for the Kol Emet Soup Kitchen Day. Please join us for a joyous day of mitzvah as we cook and serve a homemade dinner for approximately 200 guests at the Sacred Heart Church in Trenton! We need families to prepare the food at their own homes, then join us at the church to serve (or if you cannot help serve, please cook and we will arrange delivery). Our guests that day include homeless individuals and families from the Trenton area, folks recently unemployed, or those who could just use a little extra food that day.

Cost: free
RSVP by May 15th to Jill Gordon - 215-932-0255 or yardley4@comcast.net

Children age 8 and above are welcome to help serve food at the Soup Kitchen that day.  Once you rsvp, more details will follow regarding menu, etc.

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
A Personal Connection to the Holocaust - Share Your Story
Date: Tuesday, April 21st  -  7p
Kol Emet

Carrie is looking for children of Holocaust survivors or other adults who have personal Holocaust stories to share with our religious school. It is important that there be a Kol Emet connection.

Please contact Carrie as soon as you can - this is very important! (cwalinsky@kolemet.org) or 215-493-8522 x4)

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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