We have two WONDERFUL Kohelet Fall events coming up: High Holy Days (October 2-12), followed by our fabulous Fall Retreat onNovember 4-6. You might consider pacing your payments by paying for the High Holy Days early this year, so you can start putting your pennies away for the not-to-be-missed Fall Retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies! High Holy Days payments can be made by clicking below.
Dear Kohelet members, This issue of our Newsletter continues the sign-up period for the High Holy Days. Fundraising is traditionally a part of the season and this year as in the past Kohelet will rely upon your generosity. I entreat you to give serious consideration to doing all that you are comfortable with to assist in this campaign. Our present dues structure requires significant additional financial input from the membership to comfortably meet all our obligations. We want to be prepared for new expected expenses but also to rebuild a more fortified reserve in case of unforeseen conditions. We are already noting probable needed repair work to the Kohelet roof, ongoing building structural maintenance and increased rent payments for our playground. Please give your close attention to this request and help to continue our strength as we pave our path onward. Kohelet is important to all of us and its sustenance is the responsibility of us all. Neiel
Tamara Weil is updating the Kohelet Yizkor brochure, to be used at the four Yizkor services, starting on Yom Kippur, which remember and honor loved ones of Kohelet members. Attached is the list of names in the brochure. Please send any additions or corrections to Tamara at email@example.com by Monday, September 12th. If you have questions, please call Tamara at 720-335-1167. Thanks!
Members, During the past 29 weeks we have completed extracting the words of Solomon from all of his Proverbs. We will continue now with some commentary on the so called “minor prophets” and expected more admonitions. I will quote from Shawn Aster’s writings on the minor prophets. "The "Twelve Minor Prophets" is the eighth and last "book" in the second section of the Hebrew Bible, the Nevi’im, or Prophets. It is, as its name implies, not a unified whole but a collection of 12 independent books, by (at least) 12 different prophets. "Minor" refers not to their importance but to their length: All were considered important enough to enter the Hebrew Bible, but none was long enough to form an independent book. One of these, Obadiah, is only a single chapter long, and the longest (Hosea and Zechariah) are each 14 chapters. They range in time from Hosea and Amos, both of whom date to the middle of the eighth century B.C.E. ,to parts of the books of Zechariah and Malachi, which are probably from the beginning of the fourth century B.C.E. One theme that unifies the 12 prophets is Israel’s relationship with God. What does God demand of humans? How do historical events signify God’s word? These are questions that appear throughout Biblical prophecy. But nowhere in the Bible does a single book present as wide a variety of views on these subjects as does the collection of the Twelve Minor Prophets. Even within a single time period, there is a remarkable diversity of views.” We begin next week, with commentary on Hosea and Amos. Stay tuned, Neiel
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Shabbat Services in the sanctuary
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m Childcare upstairs
12:00 p.m. Kiddush and dairy potluck
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Talmud Study (currently studying Megillat Esther) at 1410 Grant St. (3rd Floor Conference Room on North Side). Contact: Bruce Heitler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternate Wednesday Mornings
7:15 - 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Shacharit with focus - we read many parts that most people skip, and combine a Carlebach nusach with clear diction, call and response reading, and occasional meditative moments. It takes about 90 minutes, and we don't dawdle, except in a couple of spots. RSVP with Rafi, at 530-617-2605 or email@example.com.
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.Adult study group focusing on the text of the Avos d'Rabbi Natan, at 170 South Dexter Street. This text is a collateral text for the Mishna Pirke Avot, with wide ranging comments that are often included in various texts of the Talmud. The participants include Rabbi Shachne Sommers of the Denver Community Kollel, as well as Kohelet members and non-members. Contact: Bruce Heitler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.Peleh Yoetz - Parsha of the Week with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Talmud Study (currently studying Bava Metzia) at 950 S. Cherry St. Ste 900. The group is led by Rabbi Howard Hoffman. Contact: Chuck Jacobs email@example.com.
6:30 - 8 a.m.Shacharit Carlebach Davening with Rabbi Hoffman at Kohelet, 428 S. Forest St.
and 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Hasidic Philosophy with Rabbi Hoffman at Kohelet. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.Shacharit Carlebach Davening with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court.
and 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.Parsha Study with Rabbi Hoffman at Shalom Al Yisrael, 694 S. Flamingo Court. Contact: Rabbi Howard Hoffman Sh6r6v4t9@aol.com.
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Kohelet Teen Study Group focusing on the classic mussar text The Paths of the Righteous at the Kohelet Building, 428 S. Forest St, pizza provided. We are addressing such topics as Worry, Slander, Love, Lying, and Fear. The class includes students from Bar Mitzvah through High School. Kohelet members and non-members participate in this class. Contact: Bruce Heitler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kohelet is expanding a yahrzeit reminder service for Kohelet members. Please email your family names and yahrzeit dates to Steve Berson at email@example.com. Steve will send a reminder at the appropriate time so you can come to services to say Kaddish if you wish.
USE OF THE PORTABLE ARK AND TORAH
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