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AJWS Presentation, October 13
Two of AJWS’s grantee partners, Amber Munger and Nixon Boumba from Haiti, will be coming to CKS on October 13, to join us for Shabbat Kiddush lunch after services.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about Haiti and the AJWS’s work in Haiti.  Amber is the AJWS Senior Program Officer for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Boumba is native Haitian and as AJWS In-Country Consultant, leads AJWS’s work with 29 grantee partners.  A brief summary about AJWS’work in Haiti is below.
Democracy and rule of law remain elusive in Haiti, blocked by corruption and authoritarianism. AJWS works to promote human rights and protect Haitian land as the country recovers from Hurricane Matthew, the 2010 devastating earthquake and decades of coups, dictatorships, occupations and invasion.  We are committed to helping Haiti’s oppressed people advocate for human rights. 
AJWS’s grantee partners are:
  • Working together (forming networks and movements) to prevent land grabs and harmful environmental development tactics
  • Advocating for new policies to prevent violence and end discrimination against women, LGBT people and sex workers
  • Training people in displacement camps, slums and rural areas to advocate for their human rights
  • Investigating corruption among Haiti’s leaders and spreading the word about government accountability and the need for reform via radio and alternative media
  • Developing safety and security plans and networks to protect human rights activists threatened by violence

Upcoming Adult Education

Guest Lecture by Katrin Bergmann
Sunday, October 14, 1-3 pm
Smart and Sassy?! – “The Sage Beruriah and the Mitzvah of Tocheichah (Rebuke)”
Adult Education Year-Long Class
How to be a Shatz! (Shliach Tzibur – one who leads services)
(Two Sundays a month, Nov-May, 1-3 p.m.)
SUBJECT TO CHANGE: 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 3/3, 3/17, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/19.
We need at least 5 people to agree to the class to move forward. If you wish to sign up, please Email Darla ASAP so Rabbi Paul can begin preparation of class materials. There is no cost for CKS members. Non-members wishing to sign up are asked to make a donation to the CKS General Fund to compensate for time and facilities use. (Or become a member!!!)
Back by Popular Demand: Jewish Meditation – All Kaballah Edition
November 13, 20 and 27. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
What exactly is Kabalistic meditation? Most people that “don’t like meditation” have been introduced to meditation via its most complex route, that of clearing one’s mind. The only problem is, that is one tiny facet of meditation. At its core, meditation is intentionality, and kabalistic meditation is simply using sacred Jewish symbols such as letter or the names of G-d as a gateway into a space of relaxation and self-discovery. Each class will contain both theory and discussion, each session ending with a practical meditation based on the discussion of the day.

Jewish Summer Camp Fair
This Sunday, October 14

Come learn about camps, Jewish learning opportunities, youth groups, and other community programs!

Please join us on Oct. 14, at 9am for tefillah led by Rabbi Paul followed by our first ever Jewish Fair until 11:30. Representatives from Jewish Summer Camps, Jewish and Israel Programs and Jewish Learning Centers will be at Kol Shalom to answer all your and your children’s questions about the programs, eligibility, and scholarships. Coffee and snacks will be provided. There will not be childcare at this event nor religious school classes. Both children and parents are encouraged to engage with the program representatives and build on our knowledge of opportunities for Jewish youth, teens and adults.

Torah Readers Wanted

One of the beautiful elements of our congregation is our lay Torah readers. We hope you will volunteer to take on this honor. Laura is available to help and to record the section.

We are currently setting up the schedule of Torah Readers for September through December 2018. The following Saturdays are still available:

October 20
October 27
November 10
November 24
December 22

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 19

    Family Kabbalat Shabbat

    Oct 19 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  2. Fri 19

    Kabbalat Shabbat

    Oct 19 @ 6:45pm - 7:45pm
  3. Sat 20

    Shabbat Services w/Laura

    Oct 20 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
  4. Sun 21

    CKS Board Meeting

    Oct 21 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
  5. Wed 24

    Hebrew School

    Oct 24 @ 4:00pm - 5:45pm
  6. Sat 27
  7. Sun 28

    Adult cooking class w/Nancy Wolfe

    Chanukah candy making
    Oct 28 @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  8. Tue 30

    Super Supper

    Wendy Jones, Lorna Jean Giger
    Oct 30 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  9. Sat 03

    Shabbat Services w/Rabbi Paul and Laura

    Nov 03 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm