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Kahal Am

The Humanistic Jewish Community of San Diego


Shabbats

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Shabbat celebrations bring together members to socialize and celebrate our Jewish roots in a variety of ways.  This may take the structure of a formal program on a Saturday morning led by Madrikha Beverly or an informal gathering at a member's home or at a restaurant for a meal.  Each time we share readings, poetry, humanistic blessings. music, and of course, refreshments.  At our gatherings there is always a theme to discuss that draws from the wealth of Jewish culture, history, literature, and philosophy.



A Tot Shabbat is a Sabbath dinner event planned especially for children and their families.  Kids have fun experiencing the simple rituals that are involved in this essential practice of Judaism.  There is a craft activity for children to have a product to take home.  At the same time parents share an evening out with other like-minded families.



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High Holidays


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We distinguish between the theistic holy day and a secular holi day because we choose to pause i8n the routine of life for a special experience.  We come together as individuals and as members of the Jewish community to explore the values and behaviors that give our life meaning. Madrikha Beverly conducts celebrations for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Tashlikh, and a Yom Kippur program that include the singing of Kol Nidre and Nizkore, followed by a Break-the-Fast.  We create new liturgy regularly to keep the programs fresh and topical, and audience participation is essential to the High Holiday experience. Instrumental and vocal music is also an integral part of every observance. Family programs for children are held on a convenient weekend date during this holiday time.


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Passover Seder & Other Holidays

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We offer a unique secular Seder with a professionally catered meal. A warm, family atmosphere is created through the shared reading of the haggadah, plenty of song and instrumental accompaniment.  There are also humanistic adaptations of other Jewish holidays that we enjoy, including Sukkot, Hanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, Yom Ha’Shoah, and Yom Ha Atz’maut (Israel Independence Day).  Our community marks an array of life cycle events, such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, child namings, life achievement, and memorial ceremonies.


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Meetup
Jewish Seculars for Food, Film, and Friendship 

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We support the social network outreach to unaffiliated Jews in San Diego County who are looking for non-religious ways to experience their Jewish identity.  This social group meets monthly for one of two events.  Diaspora Dining finds us at a San Diego ethnic restaurant to experience the food and lean the history of Jews in that country.  The Film & Discussion event starts in a public theater with a film relating to humanistic values and follows with a discussion and refreshments at a nearby cafe.  Membership in the Meetup.com site is requred and is free.

 


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Community Involvement

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We participate in activities in the Jewish and general San Diego communities, such as  (remove space) Yom Ha’atzmaut/Israel Day, House of Israel in Balboa Park, Earth Day, Jewish Book Fair, Jewish Film Festival, and Yom Limmud - Agency for Jewish Education Center for Continuing Education. We support the Jewish Family Service Food Bank with regular donations collected at all our events. In addition we contribute time serving at Rachel’s Women’s Center in San Diego and the Interfaith Community Services.