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Order of the Golden Kippah

The Golden Kippah has arrived!
For You meet him with choicest blessings; You set a crown of fine gold on his head. Psalm 21:4 

In ancient times, our sages of blessed memory created the prestigious "Order of the Golden Kippah," an assembly of men and women who had fulfilled specific tenants of advanced Jewish involvement and engagement in the batei knissiot, the synagogues, in the areas of ritual, good deeds, and learning. We are overjoyed to announce that we are now reviving this “ancient order."

We will have five different levels of kippot corresponding to different level of accomplishments. Every year, on Shabbat Channukah, there will be a ceremony where we will hand out the kippot (with alternatives available for women) that were attained that year. Gold kippah awardees will go on a plaque on the wall.

If you would like to participate, or have any questions, please contact Rabbi Glick or Peter Norlander. We will keep track on a google sheet where you can input all of the requirements that you are meeting. The rules are simple. You can go as slowly or as quickly as you like. For every kippah, follow the guidelines below. Please make sure to let us know as you complete the requirements.

Listen to the Golden Kippah Anthem:

 

Order of the Golden  Kippah  Projects

Pick at least one practice that is outside of your comfort zone. The goal is to try something new.

To Earn The Orange Kippah (Pick three of the following):

  • Attend 4 daily minyanim.
  • Read 10 verses of Torah.
  • Read 1 Haftarah.
  • Usher at 2 Shabbat or holiday services.
  • Volunteer at 1 synagogue event.
  • Make a new member, shiva, Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick), or baby meal visit.
  • Attend 3 adult education classes.
  • Attend 3 Hebrew classes.
  • Consult with Rabbi or David to find and study a Jewish text.
  • Attend 3 Shabbat morning or evening services in a row (virtual is OK).
  • Donate $36 to Har Zion beyond dues.
  • Spend $25 at the gift shop.
  • Lead a service.
  • Give a D'var Torah.
  • Host a Shabbat dinner for 2 or more Har Zion families/singles (over Zoom is OK).
  • Serve on the Board of Directors.

​​​​​To Earn The Green Kippah (Earn 5 Kippah Points):

 

Do Once for 1 Point (Can Do Twice for 2 Points)

  • Attend 8 daily minyanim.
  • Read 10 verses of Torah. 
  • Read 1 Haftarah.
  • Usher at 2 Shabbat or Holiday services.
  • Host a Shabbat dinner for 2 or more Har Zion families/singles (over Zoom is OK).
  • Be on a committee for an event.
  • Make a new member visit, a shiva visit, a baby meal visit, or a bikkur cholim visit.
  • Attend 4 adult education classes.
  • Attend 4 Hebrew classes.
  • Volunteer with Kiddush/Kitchen.
  • Learn a new prayer and lead it at a service.

Can Do Once for 1 Point

  • Help cook for an event
  • Spend $50 at the gift shop
  • Donate $54 to Har Zion beyond dues.
  • Serve on the Board of Directors

Earn Double Points

  • Volunteer to clean the cemetery
  • Consult with Rabbi or David to study a collection of Jewish texts or a short tractate of Mishnah.
  • Lead Shabbat services
  • Give a D'var Torah
  • Organize the cooking for an event
  • Attend Kallah
  • Teach an Adult Education class.

The Green Kippah requires 5 Kippah points.  You must earn new Kippah points for each Kippah.

To Earn The Purple Kippah (Earn 7 Kippah Points):

 

Do once for 1 point (Can do twice for 2 points):

  • Attend 8 minyanim.
  • Read 20 verses of Torah.
  • Read 2 Haftarot and/or 5 verses of a megillah (Esther, Ruth, or Eicha).
  • Usher at 4 Shabbat or Holiday services.
  • Host a Shabbat dinner for 2 or more Har Zion families/singles (over Zoom is OK).
  • Be on a committee for an event
  • Organize new member visits, shiva visits, baby meals, or  bikkur cholim visits.
  • Attend 4 adult education classes.
  • Attend 4 Hebrew classes.
  • Volunteer with Kiddush/Kitchen

Can Do Once for 1 Point

  • Learn a new prayer (i.e. Ashrei) and lead it at Shabbat services
  • Spend $100 at the gift shop
  • Donate $108 to Har Zion beyond dues
  • Serve on the Board of Directors

Can Do Once for 2 Points

  • Volunteer to clean the cemetery 
  • Help organize a social action project. 
  • Lead Shabbat services.
  • Give a D'var Torah.
  • Attend Kallah.
  • Lead cooking for a major event.
  • Teach an adult education class.
  • Be an usher at High Holidays.
  • Organize a shiva.
  • Plan a Har Zion event.
  • Lead a service.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.
  • Consult with Rabbi or David to study a tractate of Mishnah or find a major Jewish learning project.

The Purple Kippah requires 7 Kippah points.  You must earn new Kippah points for each Kippah.

To Earn The Silver Kippah (Earn 8 Kippah Points, including 1 Special Category):

 

Do once for 1 point (can do twice for 2 points):

  • Read 20 verses of Torah.
  • Read two Haftarot and/or 5 verses of a megillah (Esther, Ruth, or Eicha).
  • Host a Shabbat dinner for 2 or more Har Zion families/singles (over Zoom is OK).
  • Organize new member visits, shiva visits, baby meals, or  bikkur cholim visits.
  • Volunteer with Kiddush/Kitchen.
  • Spend $100 at the gift shop.
  • Donate $108 to Har Zion beyond dues.
  • Serve on the Board of Directors or be on a committee
  • Attend 4 adult education classes.

Do once for 2 points

  • Volunteer to clean the cemetery
  • Lead Shabbat services.
  • Give a D’var Torah at a service.
  • Lead cooking for a major event.
  • Attend Kallah.
  • Be an usher at High Holiday services
  • Organize a shiva.
  • Lead a service.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.

Special Categories (Must do at least 1)

  • Teach an Adult Education class.
  • Organize a fundraiser or major Har Zion event.
  • Launch a social action/justice project.
  • Head a major committee (Purim Carnival, Kallah, etc.)
  • Consult with Rabbi or David to study a tractate of Mishnah or find a major Jewish learning project.

The Silver Kippah requires 8 Kippah points, including 1 special category.  You must earn new Kippah points for each Kippah.

To Earn The Golden Kippah (Earn 9 Golden Kippah points, including 1 Special Category):

 

Do Once for 1 point (can do twice for 2 points)

  • Read 20 verses of Torah.
  • Read two Haftarot and/or 5 verses of a megillah (Esther, Ruth, or Eicha).
  • Host a Shabbat dinner for 2 or more Har Zion families/singles (over Zoom is OK).
  • Organize new member visits, shiva visits, baby meals, or  bikkur cholim visits.
  • Volunteer with Kiddush/Kitchen.
  • Spend $100 at the gift shop.
  • Donate $108 to Har Zion beyond dues.
  • Serve on the Board of Directors or be on a committee
  • Attend 4 adult education classes.

Do once for 2 points

  • Volunteer to clean the cemetery
  • Consult with Rabbi or David to study a Jewish text
  • Lead Shabbat services.
  • Give a D’var Torah at a service.
  • Lead cooking for a major event.
  • Attend Kallah.
  • Be an usher at High Holiday services
  • Organize a shiva.
  • Lead a service.
  • Teach an Adult Education class.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.

Special Categories (Must do at least 1)

  • Lead a High Holiday service, be the head usher, or give an introduction to one of the High Holiday prayers or readings.
  • Lead the main fundraiser of the year or a or major Har Zion event.
  • Launch a social action/justice project.
  • Meet with the Rabbi or David multiple times to finish a tractate of Mishnah or Talmud.
  • Bring in 2 new members to the synagogue.

The Golden Kippah requires 9 Golden Kippah points, including 1 special category.  You must earn new Kippah points for each kippah.

Tue, December 7 2021 3 Tevet 5782