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Music and Poems for All


This is a collection of all Kol HaLev "Shabbat Unplugged" recordings.

This Shabbat 

Please join Cantor George for Shabbat virtual candle lighting this Friday, Friday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. by clicking on the blue title above.  
Mindful Minyan - IN-PERSON
Many of our members have missed our once-a-month “Mindful Minyans” during the pandemic. In Kol HaLev parlance, a Mindful Minyan is a Shabbat morning dedicated to using the Torah portion of the week as a jumping off point for meditation and exploration—together with some singing, healing prayers, and an opportunity to say Kaddish. And this coming Shabbat morning, October 16 at 10:00 a.m., we will experience a Mindful Minyan in person, outdoors next to the CHC chapel, led by Betsy. Attendees (only if vaccinated, please) are asked to bring a folding chair with them. For those who can’t be there in person, we will also stream the Mindful Minyan online.  Join us by clicking on the blue title above. 
So, please join us in contemplative practice on this week's parsha. Parshat Lech L’ChaGenesis 12:1 - 17:27, includes the stories of God's calling of Abram, Abram's passing off his wife Sarai as his sister, Abram's dividing the land with his nephew Lot, Sarai's tensions with her maid Hagar and Hagar's son Ishmael, and much, much more. Betsy will lead us in gentle meditation, interwoven with discussion and sharing, as always.
Our Mi Shebeirach/healing prayer list can be viewed by clicking on the blue title above. If you would like to add someone to the list, or if there’s a name on the list that we can remove, please let Joann or Cantor George know. Please help us keep it up to date!


Reconstructing Connections 

Plan on joining Rabbi Steven Silvern's virtual discussions on Monday evenings, 7:30 p.m. starting October 11, 2021.
As Judaism evolves and as we evolve as Jews, “what worked” in the past may not work now—hence the recon motto, the past has a vote not a veto. Making determinations / choices about Jewish practice presents us with the problem of confronting all of ourselves, our past, our present and our future. From a Reconstructing Judaism perspective, the task is a matter of clarifying values. Identifying and weighing values becomes an interesting, mindfulness challenge. Over the course of several weeks, we’ll look at our practices, what we value about those practices, ask what other practices are related or impacted and examine sources that inform practices. We’ll have electronic versions of Rabbi David Teutsch’s* Jewish Practice (some chapter’s not the whole 3 volumes), and we’ll take a look at some ancient texts to see how they inform our practices. Click here to join virtually.

*Rabbi Teutsch—former president of Reconstructionist Rabbinic College, and Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics

Literature at Lunch

All are welcome to this year's first Literature and Lunch session on Saturday, October 30, from 12:15-1:45 p.m.  Join Gail virtually for thoughtful discussion of fiction by Isaac Leib Peretz (Poland, 1852-1915). I.L. Peretz, Mendele Mokher Seforim and Sholem Aleichem are considered the three great classical Yiddish writers. Peretz is credited with laying the foundations of both Yiddish modernism and a new Hebrew style. A prolific writer of short stories, poems, plays and essays, he probed deeply into individual psychology, portraying the humanity of his characters and their Jewish identities. He also used satire and humor to expose human flaws and some of the troubling realities of their world.
We will discuss three of I.L. Peretz's best known short stories:
Here are articles you could also read about Peretz's life and work and  Peretz’s Worlds: Separating the Man from the Myth.
For an appetizer and in preparation for the High Holidays, click here to read "Rumiya and the Shofar," a short story by Yiddish language writer Rikuda Potash (1906-1965).
For questions about Literature at Lunch contact Gail

Reconstructing Judaism Convention

Mark your calendars to join us from March 23 – 27, 2022 for B’Yachad: Reconstructing Judaism Together. Over these four days, both in person and virtually, we will learn from and with experts, scholars and lay leaders. We will engage in conversations, ask questions, and listen. We will pray together, sing together, dance together and celebrate all that we do every day in our communities to reconstruct Judaism. B’Yachad is being planned as a hybrid convention – you can join us in Tysons Corner, Va., or from your own home or perhaps with a small group of fellow community members for a watch party.
B’yachad will be an opportunity for you to reconnect with friends from conventions past and to form new friendships, as well as to deepen your sense of belonging to this community of communities. If you choose to give your time, energy and resources to this gathering, we hope you will be transformed—perhaps by an encounter, a powerful teaching, or a song that touches your heart. You will leave with many takeaways -- resources, some answers, and even more questions. We will know that we have been successful if you return home excited about all you experience and inspired to share what you learned here that can strengthen your own community.
Cantor George -Kol HaLev's organizational contact for the Convention--encourages you to sign up! It will be a lot of fun, and it's a great opportunity to make and renew connections with members of other Recon congregations.  And there's plenty of information on the convention website.


KHL Educational Programs 2021-2022

KHL Sunday School - ENROLL NOW for the 2021-2022 school year. 
Kol HaLev's Sunday School is an educational program serving children entering pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes meet two Sundays a month. For more information about the KHL Sunday School program, click HERE. To enroll now, click HERE.
2300 Pot Spring Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

B'nai Mitzvah Program - 7th graders - ENROLL NOW!
This is the year! Your child is coming of age, and we have a way to do that Jewish-ly, to help shape and inform that emerging adult. If your twelve-year-old is going to become a bar or bat mitzvah, you need to enroll them in this program. Our 7th grade class will meet one Sunday per month. For more information on the program click HERE. You must be a KHL member to enroll your child in the B'nai Mitzvah program.


Calendar of Events

Today's Calendar

Friday Night

Shabbat Day

Upcoming Programs & Events

Reconstructing Connections
Monday, Oct 18 7:30pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting
Friday, Oct 22 7:00pm
Shabbat Torah Study
Shabbat, Oct 23 10:00am
KHL Sunday School 2021-2022
Sunday, Oct 24 9:30am
Reconstructing Connections
Monday, Oct 25 7:30pm

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Vayera

Shabbat, Oct 23
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Designate KHL At AmazonSmile

Kol HaLev now has an account with AmazonSmile - basically anyone in the congregation, or elsewhere, can elect to have Amazon donate 0.5% of the purchase price of anything they buy on AmazonSmile credited to Kol HaLev. 
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Kol HaLev every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to KHL. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Make sure you are logged in at AmazonSmile each time you shop.
Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782