Kol Haverim
The Finger Lakes Community for Humanistic Judaism
Ithaca, New York
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Kol Haverim offers warm and creative celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, Passover, and Yom HaShoah. These celebrations have been well-attended, filled with live music, good food, meaningful services, all within a humanistic context; that is, we provide alternative interpretations and reasons for remembering historical events and celebrating them.

Children's Rosh Hashanah 2010

Sunday, September 12, at 10:30 am at 4-H Acres (418 Lower Creek Rd.)

Come enjoy nature and crafts for all ages, story-telling, traditional holiday foods of honey, apples, (chocolate velvet) honey cake, bagels and more. Blow the shofar, walk to the stream for the Tashlich ceremony.

Help us arrange for the right amount of food and supplies by RSVPing by September 8th if you plan to attend.

The event is free for members. The cost for non-members is $6 per child (free for accompanying parents).

Kol Haverim's community service committee also requests that you bring donations for its lunch donations to the Friendship Center.

We need the following:brown bags (large), sandwich bags (pleated is fine), individual snack packs (pretzels, chips, etc) for 50, smaller snack bags to hold veggies, napkins, 35 oz. Jars of organic peanut butter, and jars of jelly.

Rosh Hashanah 2010

Wednesday evening, September 8, at 7:00 pm at Lifelong

Humanistic service with music followed by light refreshments and time for schmoozing!

We know it's a school night! So our goal is to start as close to 7pm as possible; please plan to arrive early enough to find parking and settle children in childcare before finding your seat.

As of this date, no one has contacted me to reserve a space for childcare. If you are planning on using this service, please let me know ASAP so we can plan accordingly.

For the potluck reception, we ask members to contribute a dessert or snack. We ask people with last names beginning with letters A-M to please bring a savory snack or finger food and those with last names beginning with letters N-Z to please bring a dessert or fruit. We will provide beverages (and apples, challah, and honey) for everyone to enjoy.

The event is free for members. For non-members the cost is $6 per adult or $15 for a family. Off-street parking is available in front of Lifelong on Court St. as well as behind the building, accessed from Buffalo St.

Childcare is available for children (18 months to 10 years) for a fee of $5/family. To confirm a childcare space for your child or children, please contact Stacia Zabusky immediately.

Please also consider bringing a contribution for Kol Haverim's monthly bagged lunch donations to the Friendship Center, which could use the following: brown bags (large), plastic snack bags or pleated sandwich bags, napkins, individual snack packs (pretzels, chips, etc) and large jars of jelly and organic peanut butter. We'll have collection boxes available. For more information on the lunch program or to participate, please contact Brian Eden

Hope to see you all at Rosh Hashanah!

For more info, contact Mark Silverman.

In keeping with the tradition of assisting needy people during the Purim holiday, we are planning to donate food to the local food pantry. Please bring your contribution to the Purim event. Contributions should be non-perishable items.

As winter becomes spring, Jews celebrate Purim, a joyous spring-welcoming festival that commemorates victory over anti-Semitism.

The holiday's name, "Purim," meaning "lots" or "dice," reminds us of how the evil character Haman drew lots to determine the fate of the Jews of Persia. According to the Book of Esther, were it not for the goodness and intervention of Esther and her uncle Mordecai in the court of King Ahasuerus, the Jews would have been exterminated by the king's advisor Haman. Purim became the joyous celebration of an epic Jewish victory over anti-Semitism and threatened annihilation.

In addition to celebrating the story of Esther during the festivities, people dress in costumes depicting the major characters of the story. During the telling of the story, the heroes are cheered and the villain, Haman, is booed and his name is drowned out by the sound of noise-makers or groggers.

 

Tu B'Shevat 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009, 5:00pm Lifelong.

This holiday, commonly known as "The Holiday of the Trees" originated in the time shortly after the Jewish people were evicted from Israel. Back then, it was a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. After being exiled from Spain during the Inquisition in the 15th century, a group of Jewish mystics, the Kabbalists, reinterpreted the holiday as a time to appreciate the importance of plants and the environment to our well-being. In recent years, Tu B'Shevat has become a day in which we recognize our ethical obligations to care for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Please bring a dish-to-pass as well as place settings (cups, plates, silverware).

Supervised childcare is available.

Fees
Members: Free
Non-members: $5 (adult) / $10 (family)

Please contact Sharon Kaplan for more information.

 

Sukkot Celebration 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 11:00am, rain or shine, location: Silverman Residence
Sukkot is the Jewish fall harvest festival. In the spirit of the holiday, we always try to hold our Sukkot celebration in an outdoor venue with nearby shelter in case of inclement weather. We are delighted to once again hold our celebration at the home of our members Deirdre and Mark Silverman.

We will have a Sukka set up for the children (and adults) to decorate. For decorations, there are lots materials from the trees, plants, and wildflowers at the Silverman's. Unless we have bad weather, everything will take place outside in and around the Sukka--so please dress appropriately. After decorating the Sukka, we will have a short service followed by a brown-bag picnic lunch. Kol Haverim will provide challah, apples and cider. Please bring your own picnic lunch.

There will be someone to help look after the children. There will also be primitive-pursuits style nature activities and crafts for the kids.

For directions, please contact info@kolhaverim.net

 

Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur 2008

Family Rosh Hashannah Service:
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 1-4 pm, 4-H Acres

This celebration is geared toward children over age 3 and includes crafts, a brief service, singing, story-telling, a Tashlikh ceremony, and some traditional holiday foods.

The event is free for members. For non-members the cost is $6 per child (free for accompanying adults).

Directions to 4-H Acres on Lower Creek Rd:
Take Rt. 13 North from Ithaca, go past Warren Rd, then Hanshaw Rd., next left onto Lower Creek Rd., 1st building on left.

Adult Rosh Hashannah Service:
Monday, September 29, 2008, 7-9pm, Lifelong.

This will be an adult-oriented humanistic service with a potluck dessert and reception to follow. Music and songs led by David Frumkin and Will Fudeman.

The service will be held at the Lifelong Center located at 119 W. Court St. Off-street parking is available in front of the building on Court St. as well as behind the building, accessed from Buffalo St.

Child-care will be available.

For our evening Rosh Hashanah reception, we ask everyone to contribute a dessert or snack. We ask people with last name beginning with the letters A-M to please bring a savory snack or finger food; Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z, to please bring a dessert or fruit. We will provide wine, juice and iced tea for everyone to enjoy.

Holiday events are free to members. Non-members will be charged $5 per person or $15 per family

For questions or additional information please contact Joyce Frank at chair@kolhaverim.net.

Yom Kippur Services:
Thursday, October 9, 2008, 6:00 pm, Home of Dee Thaler.

Adults are invited to participate in a Yom Kippur break-the-fast at the home of Dee Thaler. The evening will include an introspective service, enjoying a cello recording of the Kol Nidre, and a dish-to-pass dinner. The evening events will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 9. Remember--if you arrive on time, we can eat earlier!

Space is limited and an RSVP will be required. Please RSVP by Monday, October 6 to dthaler@twcny.rr.com or 272-5897 for directions and to coordinate the meal.

 

Purim 2008

Surrender Esther? NEVER!

Saturday, March 22, 2:30pm - 5:00pm, Lifelong.

Don't miss the Kol Haverim Purim celebration. Children can make holiday crafts prior to our fanciful retelling of the story of Queen Esther and how she helped save the Jews of ancient Persia. We'll provide the groggers, so come and be a rowdy audience. After the performance, enjoy a meal of pizza, salad, and Purim pastries.

Be Creative - All attending are encouraged to wear costumes:
  • Party dress (for Queen Esther)
  • Black beard, fancy clothes, a crown (for the king)
  • Red pointy beard, dark clothes, a three cornered hat (for wicked Haman)
  • Dark beard, bright colored clothes (for Mordecai)

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Admission:
Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $5/person; $15/family

For more info, contact Sharon Kaplan at holidays@kolhaverim.net

As winter becomes spring, Jews celebrate Purim, a joyous spring-welcoming festival that commemorates victory over anti-Semitism.

The holiday's name, "Purim," meaning "lots" or "dice," reminds us of how the evil character Haman drew lots to determine the fate of the Jews of Persia. According to the Book of Esther, were it not for the goodness and intervention of Esther and her uncle Mordecai in the court of King Ahasuerus, the Jews would have been exterminated by the king's advisor Haman. Purim became the joyous celebration of an epic Jewish victory over anti-Semitism and threatened annihilation.

In addition to celebrating the story of Esther during the festivities, people dress in costumes depicting the major characters of the story. During the telling of the story, the heroes are cheered and the villain, Haman, is booed and his name is drowned out by the sound of noise-makers or groggers.

 

Purim 2007

Surrender Esther? NEVER!

Saturday, March 3, 4:00pm - 6:30-pm, Lifelong.

Don't miss the Kol Haverim Purim celebration. Children can make holiday crafts prior to our fanciful retelling of the story of Queen Esther and how she helped save the Jews of ancient Persia. We'll provide the groggers, so come and be a rowdy audience. After the performance, enjoy a meal of pizza, salad, and Purim pastries.

Be Creative - All attending are encouraged to wear costumes:
  • Party dress (for Queen Esther)
  • Black beard, fancy clothes, a crown (for the king)
  • Red pointy beard, dark clothes, a three cornered hat (for wicked Haman)
  • Dark beard, bright colored clothes (for Mordecai)

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Admission:
Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $5/person; $15/family

As winter becomes spring, Jews celebrate Purim, a joyous spring-welcoming festival that commemorates victory over anti-Semitism.

The holiday's name, "Purim," meaning "lots" or "dice," reminds us of how the evil character Haman drew lots to determine the fate of the Jews of Persia. According to the Book of Esther, were it not for the goodness and intervention of Esther and her uncle Mordecai in the court of King Ahasuerus, the Jews would have been exterminated by the king's advisor Haman. Purim became the joyous celebration of an epic Jewish victory over anti-Semitism and threatened annihilation.

In addition to celebrating the story of Esther during the festivities, people dress in costumes depicting the major characters of the story. During the telling of the story, the heroes are cheered and the villain, Haman, is booed and his name is drowned out by the sound of noise-makers or groggers.

 

Passover 2007

Kol Haverim's Annual Passover Seder

Saturday, April 7 at 3:00pm at Kendall in Ithaca.

Kol Haverim is hosting a humanistic family Passover seder, followed by a fully catered dinner, on Saturday April 7, 2007 in the Auditorium at Kendal in Ithaca. Plan on coming at 2:30 and the seder will start promptly at 3:00pm. Since this seder also includes a catered dinner, we need you to help us plan ahead ? so reserve your spot today!

The Passover Committee has prepared a great celebration that includes a participatory family service with both traditional and non-traditional songs accompanied by live music by David Frumkin & Will Fudeman. We will have all the traditional foods of the Passover seder as well as a buffet dinner (with vegetarian options).

Costs:

  • Kendal residents: $30 per adult
  • Kol Haverim Members: $30 per adult, $15 for college students and children age 4-18
  • Non-members: $40 per adult, $20 for college students, and $15 for children age 4-18
  • Free for children under 4, but please let us know if they will require a high chair, booster chair or regular chair.

To RESERVE your place at the seder table, contact Alla Lukina at treasurer@kolhaverim.net AND send your check to Kol Haverim at P.O. Box 4972, Ithaca, NY 14852 (please indicate the number of adults and children attending).

Since this is a catered dinner, only pre-payment will confirm your reservation.

Please respond to reserve your spot by Wednesday, March 29 so that we may provide an estimate for the caterer. To confirm you reservation and ensure your place at the table, we must receive a check by Wednesday, April 4..

 

Yom HaShoah 2007

Friday, April 28, 2006, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Lifelong.

In combination with a Shabbat service.

 

Sukkot 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2006, 11:00am, location: Silverman Residence
Sukkot is the Jewish fall harvest festival. In the spirit of the holiday, we always try to hold our Sukkot celebration in an outdoor venue with nearby shelter in case of inclement weather. This year, we are delighted to be able to hold our celebration once again at the home of our members Dierdre and Mark Silverman.

We will be building and decorating our Sukkah as a community effort with adults and children! Unless we have bad weather, everything will take place outside in and around the Sukkah - so please dress appropriately. After decorating the Sukkah, we will have a short service followed by a brown-bag picnic lunch. Kol Haverim will provide challa, apples and cider. Please bring your own picnic lunch.

Ask Mark for a tour of his wind turbine after the celebration!

Please bring

  • Plants, flowers, and decorations for the sukkah
  • A picnic lunch
Directions to the Silvermans: 100 Travor Rd. Danby

Head South on 96-B about 9 miles from the commons (about 7.5 miles past Ithaca college).
Turn Right on South Danby Rd.
Go about 3/4 mile and turn left on Trabor Rd.
Go about 1/2 mile and turn left into the Silverman's driveway (100 Trabor Rd.)
Go 1/4 mile uphill to the house.

For more information, contact Sharon Kaplan at holidays@kolhaverim.net.

There is a raindate of Sunday, September 30th at 1:00pm

 

Family Chanukah Party 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007, 4:30pm, Lifelong.

We hope you will be able to join us this year for our family Chanukah celebration!

We will light the menorah, enjoy a participatory service with music and singing. Afterwards, we will feast on latkes and other traditional holiday foods and have dreidel games and gelt for the children.

The celebration will take place at the Lifelong center (119 W. Court St.) on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 4:30 pm.

Free to Kol Haverim members. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults and $3 for children or $10 for a family.

 

Tu B'Shevat 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2007, 5:00pm Lifelong.

Tu B'Shevat Seder, participatory service, and dish-to-pass meal!
This holiday, commonly known as "The Holiday of the Trees" originated in the time shortly after the Jewish people were evicted from Israel. Back then, it was a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. After being exiled from Spain during the Inquisition in the 15th century, a group of Jewish mystics, the Kabbalists, reinterpreted the holiday as a time to appreciate the importance of plants and the environment to our well-being. In recent years, Tu B'Shevat has become a day in which we recognize our ethical obligations to care for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Please bring a dish-to-pass as well as place settings (cups, plates, silverware).

Supervised childcare is available.

Fees
Members: Free
Non-members: $5 (adult) / $10 (family)

Please contact Sharon Kaplan at holidays@kolhaverim.net for more information.

 

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