High Holidays at Kol Haskalah 2015

High Holidays Celebration Schedule 2015

KHPlease join us as we observe the High Holidays! Call (919) 299-6227 or click here to send an email for Kol Haskalah High Holiday Tickets and/or to make childcare reservations.

Suggested donations by cash or check for non-members is $72 per family or $36 for an individual which includes all events.

Sunday, September 13th, 7:00 pm
Sanctuary, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC

Sunday, September 13th 11:30 – 12:00PM
UNC Chapel Hill, Murphey Hall

Tuesday, September 22nd, 7:00 pm
Sanctuary, ERUUF
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Small Chapel, ERUUF

Wednesday, September 23nd, 4:00 pm
Sanctuary, ERUUF
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

Potluck Break The Fast to Follow in the Fellowship Hall

Suggested donations by cash or check for non-members is $72 per family or $36 for an individual which includes all events. If you become a member after the High Holidays, this fee will be deducted from your dues.

If you become a Kol Haskalah member after the High Holidays, this donations made for High Holiday Tickets will be deducted from your dues.

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Great time had by all at Open House!

Thank you to everyone who made our Open House on Sunday, August 23rd a huge success. It was great to see all our old friends and members and meet and welcome new friends and members for the 2015-2016 year. Sunday School started with a “bang” and the “crack of boards” as we welcomed Kim’s White Tiger Championship Taekwondo Demo (www.kimswhitetiger.com) Team to assist Kol Haskalah Bat Mitzvah member Sylvia Gordon with her Kick-a-thon Mitzvah Project. She is currently collecting pledges and will report back soon on how much money was raised. If you were unable to attend the Open House but would like more information, please click here to Contact our Education Director, David Sennett.


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At our open house, we are pleased to welcome Kim’s White Tiger Championship Taekwondo Demo Team. The students from the Demo Team will be participating in a Kick-a-Thon to benefit shot@life. This organization educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. The Kick-a-Thon is the Mitzvah Project and brainchild of one of our Mitzvah students. Pledges are made either per kick or by a flat donation. Please contact us at info@kolhaskalah.org if you would like to sponsor a kicker.

Ice cream will be provided to start off a sweet and treaty new Sunday School Year! See you there!

Open house

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Chag Sameach! Happy Passover!


When:              Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 PM

Where:            Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)

4907 Garrett Road,  Durham, NC  27707

Join us for a lively Humanistic Seder.

Please bring a Passover dish to share that will serve at least 8 other people. We look forward to tasting your holiday specialty! Also, please bring your own serving utensils (labeled). We will provide matzos, sacramental wine, grape juice and cold drinks. You are welcome to bring your own wine for the dinner. Attendance is free but donations are appreciated.

If you plan to attend, PLEASE  RSVP to Renee at brauch1@nc.rr.com.

We will also be collecting food to contribute to the needy in our communities.

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Chanukah Party Saturday 12/20/15

Saturday, December 20th, 5:30 – 8:00
4907 Garrett Road,
Durham, NC

Mark your calendars to celebrate Chanukah with Kol Haskalah! Participate in a Havdalah/Chanukah service and enjoy eating latkes, singing songs with the Mitzvah and Sunday School students and participating in an olive oil tasting. Enter our Homemade Menorah art Exhibit. Make a menorah at home and bring it to the celebration. Each member who displays their creation in the exhibit will get to pick from a prize bag. Items will be collected for the JCC to distribute to organizations on Mitzvah day. A potluck dinner will finish off the evening.

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Upcoming Events/Tikkun Olam: November 2014-January 2015

Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00-9:00
Home of Susan Salzberg
414 Ridgefield Road
Chapel Hill, NC
All members of the congregation are invited to attend. Thoughts, suggestions and feedback are always welcome and appreciated.
Saturday, January 10th, 10:00 am
Carol Woods Retirement Community
150 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, NC

The Humanistic Jewish Book Group will be reading “The Sisters Weiss” by Naomi Ragen and will meet at Carol Woods, courtesy of Wuz Beloff.

Those interested in books of Humanistic Jewish content are welcome to join us. We alternate between fiction and nonfiction titles. For further information and to RSVP to January’s meeting, contact Lynne Kane at batya.etel@gmail.com or 919-960-0983.


 World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism
Sunday, November 9th, 7:30 pm
Levin JCC
1937 W. Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC
Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan
Durham, NC 27701
Can religion be defined? Join our award-winning scholars Jack Miles Susannah Heschel with David Biale, as they tell a new story: Traveling from prehistory to the present day illuminating how world religions came to be acknowledged and studied, with a focus on Judaism. How has this great civilization been absorbed and altered, understood and misunderstood?
The series will be presented live-via-satellite by the Levin JCC and Carolina Theatre and will include interviews with notable figures in a broad range of fields.

Kehillah Synagogue
November, 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
1200 Mason Farm Road
Durham, NC

The second in a series co-sponsored with Belth El Synagogue and Judea Reform Congregation, Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will speak on “Conversations with Israelis During the War in Gaza: Reflections on Hamas, Settlements and Anti-Semitism amidst a Changing Middle East”.

Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar
Monday, November 17th, 7:30-9:00
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Shaul Stampfer, professor at Hebrew University will point out the history and hidden symbolic meaning behind two classic modern Jewish foods: bagels, an iconic food of american Jewish cuisine, and falafel, which has a similar role as an Israeli Jewish food. In his talk, he will highlight the process of how bagels and falafels became a national food, which illuminates not only the history of food but also the societies who created the food.
 An Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies.

CUPCAKES (Bananot)

JCC Film Series
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 7:30 pm
Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, #101
Durham, NC

When a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gather to watch “UniverSong”, they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone. Little do they know, their performance is seen by the “UniverSong” judges and soon they are reluctantly thrown into the spotlight as Israel’s next official entry.

After initial reservations about their new found celebrity status, they decide to just go for it and find themselves on the road to international stardom. They embark on a flamboyant journey that brings about hilarious end results as they go head to head with the Russian entry in the “UniverSong” finals.

Presented in partnership with the Israel Center of The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill. JCC Member Ticket: $10.00  Guest Ticket $12:00

JCC Film Series
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street #101
Durham, NC
It seemed like a good fit. Canada sought new immigrants to settle the land, and the Jewish Colonization Society, a project of Baron Thede Hirsch, needed new venues for its able-bodied recruits. And so Jews from  Eastern Europe seeking a better life and relief from anti-semitism settled in Canada to till the soil in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dov Okouneff’s informative documentary focuses on Jewish agricultural settlements in these provinces and in Quebec and Ontario. There will be a talkback following the film. JCC Member Ticket: $10.00 Guest Ticket: $12:00

Thursday, December 25th, 9:00-5:30
Levin JCC
1937 Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC

Join us for an exciting day of volunteerism, activism and unity that benefits the entire community. This annual event is a community outreach effort coordinated by the jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill in conjunction with local synagogues and Jewish organizations. With many people off work and school, it’s the chance to come together and do something meaningful.

Mitvah Day kicks off with a community breakfast at 9:00. After breakfast, volunteers depart for their vaious assignments aroung the community-cooking meals at local shelters, cleaning parks an trails, delivering gifts to the underprivileged, making blankets for the homeless, and more. Come back together in the evening for Chnese dinner and a family movie! To sign up, go tohttp://levinjcc.org/volunteer-mitzvah day/


Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

This month, please consider helping Kol Haskalah, along with Judea Reform and Beth El, provide dinners to homeless and hungry people in Durham. We serve over 200 people each month and the number keeps growing. We feed all ages, all backgrounds, all religions.

We need donations of 10 tuna casseroles, cookies, 14 large cans of green beans (Costco size),  2 large cans of sweetened iced tea mix, 12 cups of shredded cheese and peanut butter and jelly (there are so many kids now!) and 3 large bottles of Ranch or Italian salad dressing.

You can drop off the food at Judea Reform by Friday, Friday, November 21st or take supplies directly to the shelter on Sunday, November 23rd. Please let me know what you can donate so I can coordinate with the other congregations. Contact Francis Presma at presma@law.duke.edu or 919-451-6207. We would love to have more participation from Kol Haskalah in this mitzvah.

Also, please consider joining the prep crew to prepare and serve meals to help the needy and hungry; it’s fun and a minimal time commitment. We begin at 4:15 p.m. and are usually finished by 5:45. Children over 13 (and Pre-Bar and Bat Mitzvah) may use time to participate in making or buying food for these dinners as part of their community service activities. What better way to teach what Humanistic Judaism really means. Contact Frances Presma at presma@law.duke.edu if you would like to sign up.

Tuna Casserole Recipe

2 bags of noodles (any kind)

3 carrots and 3 celery stalks, chopped

2 large cans of cream of mushroom soup (Food Lion has their own brand)

6-7 cans of chunk light tuna, drained

Cook noodles, blend all ingredients together, put in disposable tin (one really big or twomedium ones). You can deliver anytime to Judea Reform for them to freeze in advance or deliver fresh on Sunday to the Community kitchen. So easy! Prepare when you have


We continue to collect non-perishable foods for the food banks and old towels/blankets for the animal shelters. We also collect soaps, shampoos, etc. (all those samples that we get and never use) and donate them to the Durham Women’s shelter. Please bring to any congregation event. We will deliver for you!

~Renee and Burt Rauch


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Reading Selections for Yom Kippur Adult Discussion


Saturday, October 4th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Small Chapel,  ERUUF 4907 Garrett Road,  Durham NC

Reading Selections 1-3

1) Zen story:

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.

The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed.

As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then she didn’t even thank you!”

I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied “Why are you still carrying her?”

2) Maya Angelou“I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘Well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”


3) a total stranger one black day – e.e. cummings

a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me–
who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was
-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other’s each



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Still enrolling Sunday School students for 2014-2015

Currently enrolling ages K through B’nai Mitzvah classes for 2014-2015.

Please check out our website for further information, including the Sunday School tab, and reach out to our Education Direction (noted below) if you need further assistance.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Click here to Contact our Education Director, Linda Frankel.

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High Holidays 2014


Guest Speaker, Rabbi Miriam Jerris, Society for Humanistic Judaism
Wednesday, September 24th, 7:30 pm
Sanctuary, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC

Rabbi Jerris will speak on the topic of “How do Humanistic Jews have Awe and Spirituality”.

Please join us as we observe the High Holidays!Call (919) 230-1606 or click here to send an email for Kol Haskalah High Holiday Tickets and/or to make childcare reservations.


Saturday, September 27th 2:30 -3:30pm

Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive

Friday, October 3rd, 7:30 pm
Sanctuary, ERUUF
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC


Saturday, October 4th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Small Chapel,  ERUUF 4907 Garrett Road

Durham, NC  



Saturday, October 4th, 4:00 pm

Sanctuary, ERUUF

4907 Garrett Road

Durham, NC

Potluck Break The Fast to Follow in the Fellowship Hall

Suggested donations by cash or check for non-members is $72 per family or $36 for an individual which includes all events. If you become a member after the High Holidays, this fee will be deducted from your dues.


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