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Weekly Whisper
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Purim begins at sundown on March 4th!!!
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.

Kol Emet Israel Trip Update
Everyone is invited

Last week seven families met with Joe Perloff, the founder of Israel Experts. Israel Experts is the tour company we used for our past 3 very successful trips to Israel.

Rabbi Anna and Carrie, along with Israel Experts, are currently forming an itinerary and pricing based on the recommendations of the group that met that day. There will be much more detailed information coming shortly.

If you are AT ALL interested (there really is no other commitment required at this time), please send us your contact information and we will keep you updated as things progress.

Havurah Shabbat and Pot Luck Dinner
Everyone is invited
Friday, February 27th
6:30p dinner - 7:30p Shabbat Service
Kol Emet

Join us for Havurah Shabbat Friday, February 27 - 6:30 pm - Pot Luck Dinner (Dairy/Vegetarian) - 7:30 pm - Upstairs Singing Service led by our own congregants and Cantor Jack Kessler. Downstairs service for our religious school childrenOneg Shabbat to follow services.

Please RSVP with the number of children you are bringing.

Cost: Free, bring a dairy vegetarian dish to share at the Pot Luck dinner.
RSVP by February 24th to office@kolemet.org

See the flyer for more details.

Adult Purim Shpiel
Kol Emet's Own Comedy Night
Everyone is invited
Saturday, February 28 - 8:00 PM
Kol Emet

Join our crazy Kol Emet players in lots of laughs through skits, commercials, games, impersonations and silly megillah reading.

Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and BYOB.

Costumes are optional.

Remember: Purim is the time to get drunk enough to not be able to tell the difference between Haman and Mordecai. Age restriction of 15 and older due to adult themed event. Don't miss the fun!

Cost: Free, Bring a dessert or snack to share and BYOB
RSVP by February 23 to office@kolemet.org

All Passover food is welcomed and needed!

Purim Carnival!!!
Everyone is invited
Sunday, March 1 - 1-3 PM
Kol Emet Social Hall/Classrooms...everywhere!

Please join us in your costume for a super fun silly Carnival day. Awesome new games created by our Confirmation students! Rob the Amazing Magician will be back to perform some new tricks! Cake walk, Face painting, fun and ice cream sundae bar!!! Looking for TEENS to help run the games!

Cost: $18/Family before Friday Feb 20th and $25 after or at door
RSVP by Friday February 20 to Judi with your check payable to Kol Emet

Check out the flier for more info.

"The Power of Parents"
MADD's campaign aimed at reducing the risks associated with underage drinking
Everyone is invited
Tuesday, March 3rd - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Kol Emet Social Hall

PARENT MATTERS is a workshop for parents on Talking with Teens About Alcohol
- Start the conversation about alcohol
- Help teens make responsible choices
- Use strategies to help teens deal with peer pressure
- Recognize signs of a drinking problem

Purim Celebration
Everyone is invited!
Wednesday, March 4th - 6:00p-7:30p
Kol Emet

Join our community as we celebrate the holiday of Purim. From 6p-7p we will have a silly megillah reading, schpiels (skits), and the debut of the Religious School Aide's play. At 7:00 we will have a "TRIANGLE" dinner!

Cost: $10 per immediate family/$5 per person
RSVP to office@kolemet.org by Feb 28th

See the flier for more information.

Henne House by Nomi Eve
Purchase your copy today!
Everyone is invited

Limmud at Kol Emet invites you to order your copy of Henna House, by Nomi Eve at the publisher's discount now!

Best-selling author Nomi Eve, author of the just released Henna House, an extraordinary novel about a young woman living in the rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth century, and recipient of "One Book. One Jewish Community," will speak at Kol Emet on April 12 from 10:30-12:30. Brunch will be served. The event is free to Kol Emet members. More details will be forthcoming.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of her book now "at the publisher's discount of $15" please notify the office at office@kolemet.org by March 5. The books will be ordered in bulk and will be available for pickup in the office in the next couple of weeks.

You will also be able to purchase a copy at the event. Nomi will be available to sign your copy.

Cost: $15 RSVP by March 5th to office@kolemet.org

The Mens' Club Present:

Dinner and Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
March 7, 2015 - 6:30p
Kol Emet Social Hall

$90 for Men's Club Members
$100 for non-members(pay dues at event for member's price)
$50 from each participant will go to the prize pool
RSVP by: March 4, 2015

Call or email to save your seat
Josh Fishman josh@thefishmans.net 215.439.8603 
Michael Neil mike.neil@yahoo.com 215.275.1414

Family Shabbat
Mechina and Shabbat Across America honoring our Local heroes
Everyone is invited
Friday, March 13 - 6:00p Dinner, 7:00p Services
Congegation Kol Emet Social Hall/Sanctuary

Please join us as our Mechina Class helps Rabbi Anna lead us in honoring our local heroes and celebrate Shabbat Across America. Enjoy a Pasta and Pizza dinner at 6:00p followed by services at 7 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Cost: $30/ Family, $ 5 additional family members, $10 Individual
RSVP by Friday March 6th to Judi (office@kolemet.org) with your check payable to Kol Emet

See the flyer.

Passover Food Drive
Monday, March 16th-31st
Upstairs and downstairs lobby

Do A Mitzvah This Passover

Please bring in Kosher Passover Food & $10 gift cards from ShopRite and Acme starting on Monday, March 16th until Wednesday, March 31st.

The Passover food and gift cards will be donated to Tifereth Israel's Mitzvah Pantry in Bensalem.


Collection Passover food containers are in the lobby of the school and upstairs near the Sanctuary. The gift cards can be mailed in or brought into the office. Please put the gift cards in a envelope labeled "Social Action Passover".

In these difficult financial times, a lot of Jewish families need our help, so they too can celebrate Passover.

Thank you for your help and support!

Please contact Wendy Simon for more information at wellwatched@verizon.net

What's New...

Celebration of Healing

Poker Tournament

Mechina and Shabbat Across America

Passover Food Drive

This Week
Feb 26 (Thu) 7:15a: Morning Minyan - A rousing, traditional service with Torah reading. Breakfast to follow.
Feb 27 (Fri) 6:30p: Havurah Shabbat Service and Dinner
Feb 28 (Sat) 10:00a: A lively torah study with nosh, followed by an informal service with Rabbi Anna.

8:00p: Adult Purim Spiel
Mar 1 (Sun) 1:00p: Purim Carnival
Mar 4 (Wed) 6:00p:Community Purim Celebration
Mar 5 (Thu) Purim

7:15a: Morning Minyan - A rousing, traditional service with Torah reading.  Breakfast to follow.

This week's parasha
(torah portion)

"You shall command"
Exodus 27:20-30:10

Tetzaveh is the twentieth reading from the Torah. Tetzaveh means "You shall command," as in the first verse of the reading, which says, "You shall [command] the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually" (Exodus 27:20). This Torah portion continues to narrate the instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle, focusing particularly on the priesthood that was to serve in that sanctuary. The Israelites are commanded to make special garments for Aaron and his sons to wear while ministering as priests. After describing the priestly garments, the portion concludes with instructions for the ritual inauguration of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood

bbyologo2014.jpgBBYO Chapter Meetings
Next Meeting: Feb 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:  March 25th, 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 (

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

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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