your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. - Mahatma Gandhi
The topic this month is exploring Baruch Spinoza and his contributions as a precursor to secular humanistic Judaism.
Welcome to the Socrates Cafe. The philosophy of Socrates was simply to ask as many questions as possible. This will be a once per month drop-in discussion group. Each meeting will concentrate on one topic that relates to Humanistic Judaism under the guidance of facilitator, Dan Greenspan.
The topic for the first session is: “The Effect of Mixed Marriage on Society/ families/Humanistic Judaism”.
The Socrates Cafe is the evolution of one of the most popular activities at Kol Shalom: The Sounding Board. The Socrates Cafe will fill the gap providing a new forum to the many members who look forward to discussing interesting topics.
Come and enjoy a lively, enlightening, and totally civil discussion. No politics, elected officials, or Constitutional Law will be allowed for discussion. All members are invited along with their guests. You are urged to bring topics for discussion in order to make our sessions as interesting and stimulating as possible.
BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. There will be two speakers, one supporting BDS and one opposing. The forum will be an informational session, not a debate, and will include time for questions. This forum for Kol Shalom members only.
Join us for some Yiddish fun and a bit of learning.
We will listen to and read Yiddish songs. In our text, Yiddish In 10 Lessons by Chaim Werdyger, we will stick with verbs, Lesson 3, particularly pages 52-58 about the past tense. Please feel free, though, to read the previous pages about the present tense and the pages that follow about the future tense (in many ways the simplest tense in Yiddish).
Also, Bentzion (our Yiddish Maven /facilitator just returned from a week speaking and learning and singing and dancing in Yiddish in Sounion, Greece, and seeing Poseidon's Temple, and has some songs and websites to show us and some Greek Yiddish tales.
As usual, there'll be rugelakh and hamentaschen, AND all, including your friends, are welcome.
Kol Shalom is co sponsoring this event. Please join us at this annual Tu B’shvat seder.
Critical Climate and Forest Teachings & political action with John Talberth, PhD, from The Center for Sustainable Economics and Rabbi Benjamin Barnett
Celebrate the New Year of the Trees, our ancient tradition that connects economics with nature, with an evening of inspiration, story, prayer, song, ritual fruits, and community celebration!
Forest Presentation with Q & A 7-8 pm
Seder and Desert Oneg 8-9 p.m.
Donations to help support the work of the Center for Sustainable Economics
Join us for our first Shabbat Dinner on Chai Day.
Start the New Year by reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.
Kol Shalom will provide the chicken, challah, and dessert.
Please bring a salad or side dish to complete the meal.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
The January Humanistic Judaism Study Group will focus on the holiday of Tu B’Shevat.
The Humanistic Judaism Study Group is a self-facilitated study group that meets the third Thursday of the month. Each month we choose a topic of interest related to Humanistic Judaism to discuss at our next meeting. There is no registration and no fee. We welcome guests.
We look forward to seeing you!