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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Should I bring my kids to Kol Nidre?

Many people have been asking me if they should bring their kids to Kol Nidre. Yes. No. Maybe. Let me explain.

My daughter Sadie has been coming to Kol Nidre since she was 5. She has always been enchanted by the decorum of the evening. I've seen many kids like her who sit rapt, listening intently. Even if they don't quite understand what is being said, they draw meaning from the experience.

I believe it is powerful for our children to learn that Judaism is not just something suitable for children but meaningful to adults as well.

On the other hand, my daughter, Ori, (age 6 almost 7) will not be at Kol Nidre. For her, the service feels long and boring and she becomes distracting to those around her.
Should your child come to Kol Nidre?

If they can sit quietly, either listening or playing a NON-ELECTRONIC GAME such as coloring or reading, bring them.

But if they cannot, let them stay home with a babysitter or neighbor and give yourself the gift of meaningful Judaism for yourself. If we want Judaism to be long lasting for our children, we must make it meaningful for ourselves too.

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Jamie
Rabbi Jamie Korngold
Adventure Rabbi

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi
Jamie@AdventureRabbi.org
303.443.2642


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Yom Kippur: Who Should Come to What? Who Needs to Register?
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Kol Nidre: Friday Millennium House 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
What: Kol Nidre is our most solemn service of the year. It is usually about 2 hours long. It is mostly indoors, but we do go outdoors briefly so bring a flashlight.
Who: It is geared for those who are able to sit quietly for the length of a service. There is no children's program. Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah Students meet at 6:30.
Register: 
Members are free and register here >>
Non-Members register here >>

Special Cases: 
Teen Program participants are free, but please tell us you are coming. You may register as a member here.

Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah Students: We are assuming you will be there. You do not need to register. Your family members do need to register.
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Adult Retreat: Sat, Oct 4, 2014 CUCC, 2650 Table Mesa Dr. 9:30-2:30
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What: A mixture of yoga, strolling and contemplative Yom Kippur work.

Who: Our Adult retreat is geared for adults. Post-B"Mitzvah age teens are welcome to come with their parents.
Register: 
Members are free and can register here >>
Non-Members register here >>

Special Cases: 
Teen Program participants are free, but please tell us you are coming. You may register as a member.

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Children's Retreat: Sat, Oct 4, 2014
CUCC, 2650 Table Mesa Dr. 9:30-2:30
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What: Yom Kippur Activities geared for children with Elaine Barenblat. A drop-off program
Who: Grades k-6th
Register: 
Members are free and can register here >>
Non-Members register here >>

NOTE: ARK tuition does not include this event. ARK tuition does not make your child a member. Membership is optional.
Special Cases: 
Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah Students: if you are in 6th grade, you may come to this retreat but it is optional for you. Register as a member.

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Middle-School and Teen Program: Sat, Oct 4, 2014
CUCC, 2650 Table Mesa Dr. 3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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What: An age-appropriate Yom Kippur program
Who: Middle school and teenagers. Mandatory attendance for students in the Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah class.
Register: 
Members are free and can register here >>
Non-Members register here >>

Special Cases: 
Teen Program participants are free, but please tell us you are coming. You may register as an member here >>

Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah Students: We are assuming you will be there. You do not need to register.
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Pre-School - 1st Grade Children's Program with Rabbi Korngold
CUCC, 2650 Table Mesa Dr. Sat, Oct 4, 2014 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
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What: An age-appropriate Yom Kippur Program

Who: Pre-schoolers - 1st graders and their adults (not a drop–off program)
Register: 
Members are free and can register here >>
Non-Members register here >>

NOTE: ARK tuition does not include this event. ARK tuition does not make your child a member. Membership is optional.

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Closing Service and Stroll All Ages Sat, Oct 4, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
CUCC, 2650 Table Mesa Dr.
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What: A stroll and service to close Yom Kippur
Who: Anyone who wants to walk
No registration is required...
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Did you know that you aren't supposed to wear leather in Yom Kippur? For those of us who dress up, it creates areal dilemma: what to wear on your feet on the holiest of days?  Jeff and I each have a white pair of crocs.  One of our congregants, Josh Zapin, has searched and found some really great ideas. Learn about some interesting Yom Kippur Shoe styles at yomkippurshoes.com.




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