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 This year, Darchei Noam will be celebrating Chanuka with a brunch (it's never too early for latkes!) on Sunday morning, December 25.  More information and details to come, but please save the date.  We also welcome any folks who like to help out with this event.  If you can help, please contact Wendy Khabie, wkhabie@aol.com.

Schmoozing Hours at Starbucks with R. Davis - Coffee's on Me*

Tuesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 8, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm.  Rabbi Davis would love to get to know you better and will be available at Starbucks next week to schmooze about anything.  Drop by for a few minutes or stay longer.  See you there!  (*Due to kashrut considerations, the coffee offer does not apply to other drinks!) 

Adult Education: Chag Chabura & Chummus: Rabbi Davis will facilitate text-based Talmud study sessions relating to Chanukah beginning Thursday, December 8, following Ma'ariv.  Sessions will last approximately 45 minutes, and participants are encouraged to prepare the first several lines of text in advance (Shabbat 21b "Mai Chanukah").  Handouts are available in advance upon request.  All are welcome!
 
Help (really, really) wanted: We are looking for adults to lead the informal class for the Darchei kids on Sunday mornings.  Following Shacharit on Sundays, we have treats and a brief and informal adult-led discussion on tefillah, upcoming holidays, or the Parsha.  If you are interested in leading one or more sessions, please contact Miriam Garland, mrmgarland@yahoo.com.

The board designated Fast for Feast for this year's Yom Kippur yizkor appeal.  Fast for Feast is set up to support Leket Israel as well as a local food bank (in our case, STEP) as the recipient of the funds donated.  They are unique in that they streamline the giving to be divided up over the six fasts of the Jewish year.  You can write one check to Fast for Feast (a 501(c)3 organization), or make a one-time donation on line,www.fastforfeast.org/dnmn, and the funds are sent directly from Fast for Feast.  This URL is designated specifically for Darchei Noam.
 
What happens when a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton is awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study baalei teshuvah who immigrate to Israel?  What if said researcher is struggling to find her own Jewish identity and place in 1990s Israeli society?  These questions, and more, are at the core of Questioning Return, a new novel by former Darchei Noam member Beth KissileffClick For a pre-release review.
 
The Darchei Noam library is certainly for your use, but we need to make sure we know where our books are.  Sephorim(Gemarot, Chumashim, commentaries, etc. – generally books on the west wall) should not be taken out of the library without the specific permission of the Ritual Committee (Shira Krebs, Rob Portnoe, Allan Baumgarten, Max Donath, Debbie Kusnetz).  General literature (on the east wall) should not be removed without either leaving a note indicating you are taking it, or telling Bob Kusnetz or Mickey Kamel.  Currently, we are trying to locate volume one of Sotah and volume one ofKedushin, as well as our copy of The Glory, by Herman Wouk.  If you have any of these, please reply to this note!
 
Free transportation to the MSP airport if you are on your way to Israel!  Please call Marshall Mintz at 952-927-0081 or e-mail tommintz02@gmail.com to arrange a free trip.