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Music and Poems for All

 

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

This Shabbat 

Join Cantor George for a Global Jewish Shabbat on Friday April 9, 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy the myriad voices of our Jewish world: Sephardic, Mizrachi, Ugandan, and American. Welcome in Shabbat with prayers sung by Jews from around the globe, while reflecting on and celebrating our own cultural backgrounds within the Kol HaLev community.  See you then!!  Click on the blue title above to join in.  
 
This week’s Torah portion is Shemini, Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47. The story of the strange fate of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu can be read as a warning…or as a promise.  On the face of it, it looks like they did something very wrong and were punished for it.  In mindful meditation Jacke and Jonathan will be engaging in this mystery and its relationship with counting the Omer through reflection and chanting.”  Join us this Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome by clicking on the blue title above.

Counting the Omer

From the evening of the second Seder until Shavuot is 7 full weeks. The 7 weeks between freedom and revelation is the period of counting the omer (sfirat ha'omer). Even as this was an important period of preparation for the original receivers of revelation, so too is it an important period for us. This is a time of reflection, self-examination, improvement, and repair. These 7 full weeks can be really full of our effort to make this world a better place.
The technology of counting the omer is a significant tool in our effort at betterment/repair. Each day of the 7 weeks (49 days) represents a different attribute that we can enliven for ourselves and for the world.
Join Cantor George and Steven Silvern as we journey from enslavement to revelation. Each night at 8:00 p.m. from March 28 through May 16 we will virtually gather to count the omer. 
An omer counting page with a chart has been created for you to follow. For those of you wanting a text for the counting of the omer, you can download that by clicking here.

KHL Educational Programs

KHL Sunday School - ENROLL NOW!
Kol HaLev's Sunday School is an educational program serving children entering pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. VIRTUAL classes meet two Sundays a month. For more information about the KHL Sunday School program, click HERE. To enroll now, click HERE.

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 VIRTUALLY 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.

 

"Social Distance, But Not Disconnect"

While we are doing what we can to ensure our physical health and safety, let’s think creatively and wisely about our mental and spiritual health and wellbeing.  This is quite a strange new world we are adapting to, but let’s not forget what makes life meaningful: our relationships, our sharing of joys and sorrows and ideas and experiences, our caring, our witnessing and accompaniment of each other, our learning and growing together. Something sacred goes on.  I have noted before that among the features of a successful community that I most celebrate are the friendships (and the bonds beyond friendship) that are formed and enjoyed.  Let’s not let this feature of Kol HaLev wane.  

So now is NOT the time to forego the mental and spiritual benefits of our synagogue community.  There are many ways to continue and even extend our “religious” practices while we are not meeting together in person. Cantor George, with Shabbat Unplugged, has recorded many of the songs we sing, and you can access them here. Sing or chant uninhibited, in the privacy of your own home.  If you do not have a copy of our prayerbook, you can access the Daily Prayerbookthe Shabbat Vehagim, or Prayers for a House of Mourning by clicking on the title of each prayerbook. If you can not access these, we will deliver one to you for your reading / reflecting / contemplating / praying practice.  You may follow the weekly Torah-reading schedule.  We can all share recommendations for inspirational reading material. Now may be the time to make a concerted effort to learn something new in order to participate more fully.  

It is also true that KHL can continue to be KHL by means of the help we offer to each other. Should a need arise, we’re here for you!  We can continue the practice of care and attention, of service and support.  Our Chesed (Lovingkindness) network invites everyone to let LyshLaurie or Shira know if you need special help during this time.  Others have offered to help by shopping and delivering groceries or other needs. 
 
Please know that you are not alone, that we’re all in this together, and we can double down on love of self and neighbor. Commitment to the collective, and to each other, is the source and substance of religious community.  It is the special sauce, the most important ingredient, our most important asset. The objective is to thrive, not simply survive.

Calendar of Events

Today's Sefirah Count Is 15

היום חמשה עשר יום שהם שני שבועות ויום אחד לעמר

Today's Calendar

Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
ALEPH BET Pre-Beginners Hebrew
: 6:00p
Counting the Omer
: 8:00p

Friday Night

Virtual Candle Lighting
: 7:00p
Counting the Omer
: 8:00p

Shabbat Day

Virtual Shabbat and Torah Study
: 10:00a
Counting the Omer
: 8:00p

Upcoming Programs & Events

Apr
15
Pirkei Avot Class
Thursday, Apr 15 7:00p
Apr
16
Virtual Candle Lighting
Friday, Apr 16 7:00p
Apr
17
Virtual Shabbat and Torah Study
Shabbat, Apr 17 10:00a
Apr
18
Apr
18
KHL Board Meeting
Sunday, Apr 18 10:00a

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Tazria-Metzora

Shabbat, Apr 17
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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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to KHL. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Make sure you are logged in at AmazonSmile each time you shop.
Mon, April 12 2021 30 Nisan 5781