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Congregation Har Shalom March 16-23, 2011 725 W. Drake Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80526 |

Congregation Har Shalom

March 16-23, 2011

725 W. Drake Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80526 | 970-223-5191 |

Calendar Overview

The complete Har Shalom Calendar is available online at http://www. and is the most reliable source for information about CHS goings-on.

3/16 NO HEBREW SCHOOL/HEBREW HIGH 3/17 NO JUDAISM IN TIME AND SPACE 3/18 Evening Shabbat Service 7:30 PM 3/19 Torah Study (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) 9:00 AM Morning Shabbat Service 10:15 AM Children’s Purim Carnival (see flier below) 6:00 PM Purim Services 7:00 PM 3/20 Religious School 9:00 AM Mitzvah Day (see flier below for details) 9:00 AM 3/23 Hebrew School/Hebrew High 6:00 PM

Reminders from the Kadimah

Please refer to the Kadimah for details. http://www.congregationharshalom. org/kadimah

Special Shabbat



Mitzvah Day



Kabbalah Cafe



Hannah Phipps Bat Mitzvah



Cooking with Gil



Passover Planning



Men’s Club


Membership and Oneg info



Viva Oye Veygas follow-up



Har Shalom Highlights

Thank you!

The Seventh Graders would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the Hospitality Dinner last week. It was a spectacular success.

42 MINUTES OF KABBALAH Every Friday from 2-2:42 PM

We will be studying kabbalistic texts in Hebrew in the rabbis' study at CHS with Rabbi Ben. We will begin with Yehuda Ashlag's Talmud Eser Sefirot. We will be reading the Hebrew text and translating on the spot. If you do not read Hebrew you can sit in and participate in the discussion.

ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK: WE NEED YOUR RECIPES! Har Shalom Preschool and Kindergarten are making an illustrated cookbook, and we need your recipes!

We are looking for your favorite recipes for Jewish holidays, including but not limited to, brisket, Passover recipes, hamantashen, latkes, Rosh Hashanah desserts, and Israeli recipes.

Please place any hard copies in the Preschool/Kindergarten box in the office, or email them to by March 25. Cookbooks will go on sale later in the spring.



The Congregational Meeting to vote on extending the Rabbis’ contract to 3 years will be Sunday, April 3 at 11:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to come early to pick up their kids, so that they can participate in the meeting. Absentee ballots will be available for those who can't make the meeting. You must contact the office by Friday, March 25 by calling 970-223-5191 or emailing

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be on Thursday May 26 at 7:00 PM.


CHS is looking for someone to help with hospitality for the Interfaith Council Meeting at Congregation Har Shalom on April 7 and 21 at 8:00 AM. Please contact Beth Hammer at

or 970- 635-2778.

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Purim Saturday, March 19
Saturday, March 19
Purim Saturday, March 19 KOSHER HAMS NEEDED We are looking for fun loving people who are


We are looking for fun loving people who are willing to “ham it up” for Purim. No particular talent is needed.

Please contact Nina with any questions or offers to help.

221-4034 or

Four Mitzvot of Purim


MEGILLAH – Remember to bring your coins and dollars to donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

2 REJOICING – This year, Mitzvah

Day, Sunday, March 20th, is the same day as Purim, so we all should participate together in Mitzvah Day with joyous energy!


(mishloach manot)


Please bring your food donations for the Food Bank for Larimer County to the Megillah event on Saturday, March 19.

Get Wild on Purim – It’s a Tradition!

Join us on Saturday, March 19th at 7:00 PM for a traditionally irreverent rendition of the Megilla, as we chant, mock, parody, dance and rhyme the Book of Esther, fulfilling our sacred duty to have a grand ol’ time on Purim. Some of the finest home- grown Jewish ‘talent’ in Northern Colorado will present creative interpretations of the Megillah while the rest of us laugh at and yell at Haman (boo!).

Come as you are or come as you aren’t. (You never know which famous characters might show up!)

Bring a dessert to share and your own libations. Bring your donations to the Food Bank for Larimer County, too!

Questions? Call Nina at 221-5554.

Children’s Purim Carnival

Saturday, March 19 6:00-7:00 PM

Before the Megillah Reading

Volunteers Needed!

Email Jennifer Geraci at

This will be a fun time for the kids with GAMES, FOOD, CRAFTS & A COSTUME PARADE.

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, Meet at CHS at 9:00 am

Sunday, March 20

No Regular Religious School- Please come and participate as a family!


Schmooze with friends ~ Meet new people ~ Work ~ Eat ~ Schlep stuff around ~ Laugh ~ Benefit the community ~ Lend a helping hand

Habitat For Humanity- Age 16 with a parent, 18 without ~Contact Gary Spivak to register – ~Painting and finishing ~Meeting location to be determined

Used Book Sale

Knitting Scarves to Benefit Elderly Holocaust Rescuers in Poland

7 th Grade Book Buddies will Read To Your Children

Baking & Cooking for the Homeless

Visiting Nursing Homes and Home-bound Congregants

Cleaning Up Local Parks

Scribal Arts (Calligraphy): using brushes to make blessing cards to send to homebound and/or ill members

We are very excited about Mitzvah Day this year! There are so many wonderful ways to get involved. Please take a look at the information below and join us at CHS at 9:00 AM. (The Habitat for Humanity project is the only exception, you will meet at the project house and advanced registration is required- see below for details.) -Rabbi Shoshana and Rabbi Ben

Bakers Needed

ATTENTION BAKERS, STUDENTS ON SPRING BREAK OR ANYONE WHO CAN'T MAKE IT TO MITZVAH DAY ON SUNDAY We need volunteers for Hamentashen baking. The Hamentashen will be delivered on Sunday, which means the baking will need to be the week of March 13th. Please contact Makeesha at if you would like to volunteer.

We are in need of a volunteer coordinator for this project, please let Makeesha know if you would be willing to take on that role.

Habitat for Humanity project

Contact: Gary Spivak,

We will be working at 317 Albion Way, which is next door to the house we worked on for the first Mitzvah Day. The house is nearly finished, so we will be doing interior or exterior painting, depending on the weather. Wear clothing appropriate for painting!

Directions: From Horsetooth and Manhattan (Carmike Cinema) go south and turn left at Albion. The house is on the right near the end of the road.

Time: 9:00 to about 3:00, Sunday, March 20

Who: No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers who are 16-18 years old can volunteer but must have a waiver signed by a parent. Waivers can be downloaded from the Habitat website. All volunteers will need to sign a release and must sign up on their website: When you register, be sure to indicate that you are part of the “Har Shalom Team”. Please sign up in advance, since we need to know that there will be enough people to do

the work. A maximum of 12 people can work at this site. Questions should be directed to Gary.

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The Anti-Defamation League presents

The Governor’s 30th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program:

Voices of Colorado Survivors

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Doors open at 5:30 PM; Program Begins at 6:00 PM

Boettcher Concert Hall Denver Center for the Performing Arts


• ADL’s original video highlighting the stories and messages of over 30 Holocaust survivors who reside in Colorado

• A “Message to Colorado,” traditionally delivered by the Governor

• Traditional candle-lighting ceremony, memorializing those who

perished in the Holocaust and honoring Colorado’s Holocaust survivors

• Presentation of awards to winners of the Leslie and Norman Davis Student Essay Contest: A Tribute to Moral Courage

Complimentary tickets are required for admission. To RSVP or for more information, contact ADL at 303-830-7177 ext. 214 or

This event is made possible by the generous support of:

The Curtiss-Lusher Family, The Feiner Family Foundation and Michael and Debbie Feiner


HOMEMADE PASSOVER DESSERTS Nut cake with berry glaze: Large serves 16, $32.00 Small serves 8, $16.00

Nut cake with berry glaze:

Large serves 16, $32.00 Small serves 8, $16.00 Chocolate, Lemon or Vanilla jelly roll with choice of chocolate, strawberry or lemon cream.

Jelly Roll: serves 8, $16.00

You must arrange for pick up at Har Shalom or Trudy Herman’s house Order by April 11. Proceeds will go to Har Shalom.

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Taste of Har Shalom – A Jewish Family Festival For ALL is looking for a few good men and women!

In celebration of National Jewish Heritage Month, Har Shalom organized the first “Taste of Har Shalom” in May 2010 to celebrate and share Jewish culture, learning, traditions, and FOOD with the greater Fort Collins community. It was a huge success. The excitement radiating from the crowds, the smells of the Jewish

cuisine, the Jewish music and Israeli dancing, kabbalah cards being read, advice from a Jewish mother, were just a few of the many joys this day brought not only to our community, but friends of the community as well. It was truly amazing. This event

had several goals

Jewish family festival for all, to raise funds for our awesome community, to create positive memories, and to show the excitement of being Jewish to the greater community. We are happy to say that each of those goals were met.

to provide a fun

Plans are underway for the Second Annual Taste of Har Shalom and we hope YOU will be part of the planning. Our committee is meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 PM at CHS. Many of the committee members from last year are returning because they want to be part of this exciting tradition. But we need more help to make this year’s Taste even bigger and better.

If you are interested in being part of the fun of planning one of Har Shalom’s premier events, please join us at this meeting. If you’re unable to attend, but would like to be involved, please contact Brooke

Scrip Trudy Herman

Great news! iTunes is offering a 3% bonus contribution from Saturday, February 26, 2011, through Friday, March 25, 2011. That means the $15 and $25 iTunes Gift Cards, as well as ScripNow! purchases, will receive an 8% contribution instead of the usual


New Vendor: Nutrisystem $50 gift cards are now available with a 12% non-profit contribution.

Planning on hosting a big dinner for an event? Check to see if the restaurant you are going to is on our scrip list!

We now have King Soopers Reloadable cards in $5.00 increments so if you just want a second card to put in your 2nd car or with your spouse, purchase one of these. Then as usual, reload any time at King Soopers customer service counter with any amount of your choosing. Har Shalom will get the credit as long as you purchased that first card you reload from us at Har Shalom. (they are marked with an orange sticker)


Thursday evenings, 7 to 8:30 PM, (No class 3/17).

Classes will be taught by Gary Spivak, Nina Rubin and Adele Eastman.

Drop-ins are welcome, each individual

class is $12. The next 3 classes are:

3/10 - Perspectives on G-d’s involvement in our lives: Creation, Providence, evil

3/24 - 70 Faces of Torah: Jewish texts as an introduction to major Jewish historical eras

3/31 - Participating in the Torah conversation The complete syllabus can be found here.

The course fee for the entire 25-week series: $180 for Har Shalom members or $250 for non-members. Please contact the office to register.


Other Events of Jewish Interest


Practical Steps for Peace, Justice and the Environment A workshop for Ft. Collins churches and organizations Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00 PM At Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ 916 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins 80526

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ invites members of area churches and environmental organizations to a workshop exploring practical ways that congregations can strengthen their environmental programming and their witness on behalf of God’s creation. The session will be helpful for “green team” members, peace & justice advocates, educators, pastors, and anyone who wants to learn more about these important issues.

A simple lunch is available for $7.00 at 12:30, sign up on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board or RSVP to Barb Gregory in the church office (970-482-9212) by March 21. For more information contact Rev. Dr. Mark Lee, Director of Adult Education at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 970-482-9212 ext 119,


Thursday, March 31 at 06:00 PM The Fort Collins Area Interfaith Council cordially invites you to our Annual Awards and Appreciation Supper at Christ United Methodist Church (301 East Drake Road, Fort Collins 80525). Join us as we honor those who have provided meritorious service and ministry to homeless persons in our community:

Ken John, Homeless Gear Glenn Good, Catholic Charities Northern- Larimer County Zach Penland, Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope Children of Blessed John 23rd Parish Youth of Plymouth Congregational Church

Please RSVP by March 17, 2011 by contacting Beth Hammer hammerbe12@ All donations at the tables will go to the Homeless Day Services Initiative


We need a person to represent Congregation Har Shalom at the meetings that run September through June on the 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings. It is a good way to meet people from other faith groups and learn about the various Fort Collins non-profit agencies. The April meetings will be held at Har Shalom. It’s a great chance to see what the Interfaith Council is about. Contact Beth Hammer at 635-2778 or

JEWISH OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute (JOLI) with Camp Ramah of the Rockies is a dynamic new program that trains Jewish teens (entering 11th &12th graders) to become competent and confident outdoor leaders. JOLI participants spend about half of their time at our rustic base camp, known as the Ramah in the Rockies Ranch, living alongside chalutzim (pioneers/campers) in the Ramah Outdoor Adventure Camp. Participants live in their own tent with a counselor but share facilities with chalutzim at Ramah Outdoor Adventure. Visit http://www.

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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER This weekly email provides a general overview of important information. For additional details or to see what’s coming, please refer to The Kadimah which is available online. Please use the following link to view it:

For those who would prefer to have a printed copy of the Kadimah from now on, please let the Office know ( or 223-5191), and we'll make sure you get one. You can also pick one up in the foyer. Thank you!

*********************************** WEEKLY EMAIL: Please send all submissions for the weekly email to by 4:00 PM on Fridays.

*********************************** UPCOMING EVENTS – Please consult the Har Shalom website calendar at

Religious School Calendar online -

*********************************** HAR SHALOM IS ON YOUTUBE™

The entire world can now access more about Har Shalom- our culture, our history and our connection to our community. Har Shalom's YouTube channel is located at

We encourage members to submit videos that serve Har Shalom's vision and purpose. Watch for future updates on new videos, and opportunities for youth and adults to participate in creating stories that capture the spirit of Har Shalom as we broadcast our vision for a Center for Jewish Living in Northern Colorado. For more information contact Herb Saperstone at

*********************************** CONTACT Office Hours:

Closed Mondays Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed during lunch, 12 pm-1 pm) Please call the office at (970)223-5191 if you need to make other arrangements.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 970-599-1037. Please only call this number if you require immediate Rabbinical care.

************************************ Elaine Atlas, Secretary Congregation Har Shalom 725 W. Drake Rd. Fort Collins CO 80526


*********************************** Other helpful resources

• Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado – |

• Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver –

• Denver Jewish Community Center –

• Boulder Jewish Community Center –

• The Mizel Museum –

• Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado in Denver –

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