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Hanukkah celebrations at Kol Israel are always memorable. This year was no exception. We kicked off the festivities this year with a wonderful Oneg Shabbat with Rabbi Shweky. Thanks to Melody and Morris Silvers for graciously hosting this event.
Purim is always a special time at Kol
Israel with activities for all ages. Thanks to Dahlia and Abe
Shuster for hosting our annual Purim couples class featuring Rabbi
Daniel Kahana as guest speaker. Your hospitality is greatly
appreciated by all.
Kol Israel Youth had a very eventful Purim! The holiday began on Erev Purim with a very special Megillah reading in the annex organized by Rabbi Haber and Evan Tobias. With their help, a dedicated group of 11 boys volunteered to each practice and read a chapter of the Megillah for the Youth Minyan. Everyone agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable Megillah reading they have heard. Immediately following the reading, the Kol Israel Youth Committee went to Lou Grazi’s Café 16 on Avenue J to set up for the first annual Kol Israel Purim Party. Delicious sushi, wraps and snacks were prepared and games such as Wii, Purim Family Feud, knock hockey and Bananograms were set up for everyone to play and enjoy! An estimated 150 teens from the community attended and had a great time endlessly playing games with their friends. It was a great success and a perfect way to spend Purim night. On Purim morning, the same group of boys that read for the Youth Minyan did a tremendous mitzvah and went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aboud to read the megillah for them due to Mr. Aboud’s injury and allowed them to fulfill the Mizvah of listening to the megillah. Hazakh U’Barukh to all of the boys who read the Megillah: Morris Dweck, Marc Elmann, Ariel Elmann, Aaron Silvers, Abie Silvers, Harry Greenberg, Aaron Senior, Richard Beyda, Hal Sitt, Joseph Franco and Michael Franco. Thanks to Kol Israel Youth, this Purim was both enjoyable and meaningful for the youth of our congregation.
Cafe 16 Purim Party
This Purim, the Kol Israel Youth Committee organized a Purim party at Café 16 on Avenue J owned by Lou Grazi. Delicious food was prepared throughout the night such as sushi, wraps, snacks and beverages for everyone to enjoy free of charge. Many exciting games were set up such as a Wii console and Purim Family Feud courtesy of the Kol Israel AV Squad, and the classic Knock Hockey. Other games such as Toleh, Bananograms, Uno and more were played continuously throughout the night. The Purim Family Feud was both entertaining and exciting and the Wii Sports left a glistening Rabbi Haber as the undefeated virtual boxing champion Albert Dweck sold split the Pot raffle tickets and the lucky winner was Kol Israel’s very own Norman Greenberg! A special visit was paid by Rabbi Harari who took a shot at the Knock Hockey set in order to reveal his true talent. Approximately one hundred fifty high school and college-age youth from the community attended and were all thrilled to have a fun and relaxing place to go to on Purim night where they can socialize, enjoy great food, and truly be Marbim Be’Simcha!
Book Club 2010
Kol Israel Women Book Club continues
to be a resounding success! Our women are interesting and
interested in sharing thoughts regarding books about various
subjects and time periods. We have examined a wide range of authors
Kol Israel "Super Monday" Bet Midrash Program
Every Monday night men and woman from our community gather to the Kol Israel Annex for torah classes accompanied by snacks and followed by Arbit. There are 5 classes going on simultaneously and the buzz and spirit of the building is electrifying. There is a men's Navi class with Rabbi Harari, Halacha with Rabbi Shweky, Hazanut with our hazan Henry Woman's philosophy class with Rabbi Haber and a couple's parasha class with Rabbi Besser. On special occasions we serve dinner and have special events like Wine and Cheese during Hanukah. These classes are sponsored by members of our synagogue to uplift the memory of someone on or to honor somebody they love. It's a great night of the week, and I recommend everyone to join us and to incorporate it into their schedule.