Members of Kol Haskalah participated in Mitzvah Day by helping clean up Liberty Park and working at the Durham rescue mission.
Saturday, December 8th at 4:30 PM
ERUUF (Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship), 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC
For More Information Call: 919-929-5233
We will be holding a Silent Auction at our Chanukah Celebration to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Please check out the items offered below and come ready to bid! You can win great items (perfect timing for holiday gift giving!) and perform Tikkun Olam while eating latkes and celebrating with friends and family!
Silent Auction Items
All Items are Brand New with Tags/Original Packaging.
Junior Drake Zip Wallet in Violet, MSRP $148.00
Red by Marc Ecko Broadway Crossbody in Saddle, MSRP $59.00
BCBG Generation Alli Messenger in Black Whisper, MSRP $98.00
Steve Madden Candy Shop Tote in Pewter, MSRP $98.00
Perlina Joyce Nylon Animal Tote in Brown, MSRP $98.00
Anne Klein Eyelet Odyssey Satchel in Mello Yellow, MSRP $89.00
Cushion-Cut Amethyst Earrings, MSRP $59.99
Cushion-Cut Garnet Earrings, MSRP $59.99
1/4 Ct. Diamond Earrings in 14K Yellow Gold, MSRP $149.99
Black Agate and Pearl Earrings, MSRP $29.99
10 Strand Pearl Bracelet Set, MSRP $44.99
LEGO City Policeman Watch with mini figure, MSRP $24.99
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Rosh Hashanah for Humanistic Jews
Humanistic Judaism was founded in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in Detroit to provide a home for humanistic, secular and cultural Jews. Kol Haskalah means “Voice of Enlightenment.”
Jennifer Sessler, president of Kol Haskalah, explained that Humanistic Judaism is non-theistic rather than atheistic.
“We don’t pray to God – not that if you believe you can’t join,” Sessler said, but human beings can establish morals and ethics without religion or a supernatural authority. The congregation of Kol Haskalah includes interfaith families and Jews raised in a variety of movements.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to reflect on how they lived their lives the past year, Sessler said, and if they’ve made good choices and been good to other people. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sunday, and Yom Kippur, on Sept. 25, are spent reflecting and then asking for forgiveness. Humanistic Jews ask forgiveness of each other and themselves, but not God as well, Sessler said.
“We have an opportunity to come together and listen to life lessons, which are so important,” Sessler said, and use them in a way to experience the significant of the holiday. She said a supernatural authority that punishes and rewards is not necessary to determine if something is the right thing to do.
Sessler is the speaker at the Rosh Hashanah service Sunday and will share her own story about how she came to Humanistic Judaism. She grew up in New York in a conservative Jewish household that kept Kosher. It bothered her that women and girls were not allowed to be called up to the Torah during Shabbat. In college, she began to ask more questions, but living in New York she didn’t feel the need to affiliate with a congregation because she could go to observances anywhere. When she moved to Chapel Hill, she sought out a place where she could identify as Jewish culturally and eventually joined Kol Haskalah. For the High Holidays, Sessler will take her children to services, mark the days and talk about their values, friendships and current events.
“We’ll talk about how to make better choices, be better people,” she said. “We will have those discussions by the time we get to Yom Kippur and ask forgiveness of others and ourselves.”
Her family has those discussions all the time, not just at the High Holidays, Sessler said.
Kol Haskalah congregant Joel Smith also moved South from New York, but was brought into the Humanistic Judaism fold through his Ohio in-laws, he said. His mother is Jewish, his father is not.
Since getting married, Smith had a desire to identify culturally with being Jewish. He didn’t have a bar mitzvah, but his son did through Kol Haskalah.
“Growing up without having that, it was something I missed, but I wasn’t comfortable with more formal forms of the Orthodox and Conservative movements I’d been exposed to,” Smith said. His son’s involvement was to give him that sense of community.
Some families leave the congregation after children are bat mitzvahed, Smith said, but they haven’t.
“Most people in the congregation enjoy celebrating with other people and with their Jewish cultural identity,” he said.
HIGH HOLIDAYS WITH KOL HASKALAH: A HUMANISTIC JEWISH CONGREGATION
Rosh Hashanah: Evening service at 5 p.m. Sunday at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Children’s service at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at UNC Murphey Hall, Chapel Hill.
Tashlik service: 1:30 p.m. Sept 23 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Meet in the garden parking lot and walk to running water. Bring bread and lunch.
Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre service at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 with guest tenor Lev Zilberter and guest speaker poet Alan R. Shapiro. Adult discussion at 2 p.m. Sept. 26. Nizkor service followed by breakfast potluck at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26. All events at ERUUF, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham.
For tickets to Rosh Hashanah evening service and Yom Kippur Kol Nidre, call 919-968-7888 or visit http://kolhaskalah.org.
Please come join us to observe the High Holidays!
Click here to see our High Holidays 2012 schedule, calendar of events and ticket information.
The Kol Haskalah Open House is coming up this month! Join us at Murphey Hall on the UNC Campus at 11:00 am.
Prospective members should plan to visit our open house at Murphey Hall between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. For more information, email email@example.com. Drink coffee and enjoy a light brunch while you while you meet our members, learn more about our Sunday School and all that Kol Haskalah has to offer. Kids can spend some time creating a great project in one of the activity rooms.
For assistance or directions on August 26th, please call 919-619-2834.
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Peter Beckman, mystery writer, talks about “God and Murder Mystery” Friday, March. 23rd, 7:30pm, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham
Peter R. Beckman, Ph.D., retired Professor of Political Science and now a mystery writer, will speak to Kol Haskalah, A Jewish Humanistic Congregation, about “God and the Murder Mystery.” Beckman, husband of member Toby Beckman, includes religious questions in his Henry Carey mystery series (self-published), which grows from a course he taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beckman’s multiple interests will provide many insights into our own humanistic concerns.
A brief Shabbat service will start the evening and dessert potluck will follow the program!
Join us as we celebrate Pesach with a humanistic Haggadah and songs.
Saturday, April 7th at 4:30pm at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), Fellowship Hall, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Cost for Members:
$17.50 adults (15 or older)
$8.00 ages 10-14
$6.00 ages 5-9, Under 5 Free
($50 maximum per family; $1 less/person for vegetarians)
Cost for Non-Members:
$25.00 adults (15 or older)
$8.00 ages 10-14
$6.00 ages 5-9, Under 5 Free
($65 maximum per family; $1.50 less/person for vegetarians)
NOTE: Reservation AND check must be received by April 2nd.
ALSO, please bring a dish to share that will serve at LEAST 8 OTHER PEOPLE.
We look forward to tasting your holiday specialty! Please bring your own serving utensils (labeled).
We will provide chicken, matzos, sacramental wine, grape juice, and cold drinks. You are welcome to bring your own wine for the dinner.
For more info. call 968-7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org