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High Holy Days Services 2020/5781

Judaism at Kol HaLev is alive and in the process of becoming.
We combine respect for the traditional as well as openness to the spiritual.
Our High Holiday programs are collaborative efforts involving Rabbi, Cantor,
and individual members. Individual participation and creativity are encouraged.
To view all the services we are offering for High Holy Days click here

Music for the High Holy Days

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Cantor George in the Global Shofar Experience!
To hear Cantor George participating in the Global Shofar Experience click here.    

This Shabbat 

Please continue to use the Rosh Hashanah link to view these virtual weekend services. 
Join Cantor George and Rabbi Geoff this Friday evening, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. for candle lighting and service with added readings of "All Our Grudges."
Join us for Shabbat Shuvah this Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m. for morning service followed at 11:00 a.m. with a “Contemporary Torah” - This week is the “Sabbath of Return” (some say “Repentance’), the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Shuvah is related to teshuvah, and it’s the opening word of the haftarah from the prophet Hosea (14:2-10), “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have fallen because of your sins.”  This year we are bringing some "contemporaryTorah” — from the likes of John Lewis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Rev. William Barber — to help us envision and make make our way through the current challenging times and to a “Land of Promise.”  

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 days a month and began Sunday, September 13 but it isn't too late to join.  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 starting September 13. 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 Prayerbook or the Shabbat Vehagim 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.

Literature at Lunch - VIRTUAL

Literature at Lunch has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 24 at noon. Join Gail Lipsitz virtually to discuss these memorable stories. The link to the gathering will be available as the date approaches. 
Master storyteller Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) explored the mystery and magic of love in the two short stories that we will discuss. These stories also focus on parents' dreams and wishes for their children, and what happens when children choose a different path. In "The First Seven Years," a Holocaust survivor toils as a shoemaker to earn the hand of a young woman whose immigrant father wants her to "marry an educated man and live a better life." The title refers to the Biblical story of Jacob being obliged by Laban to work and wait before being allowed to marry his daughter Rachel (Genesis, chapters 29-31).  In "The Magic Barrel," another immigrant, an elusive matchmaker whom Malamud calls a "commercial Cupid," tries to find a suitable bride for a picky young man. The story ends with an unexpected twist. For a biography of Bernard Malamud, click here.

Calendar of Events

Today's Calendar

Rosh Hashanah Services

Friday Night

Shabbat Day

Upcoming Programs & Events

Virtual Candle Lighting
Friday, Sep 25 7:00p
Shabbat Shuvah
Shabbat, Sep 26 10:00a
Yom Kippur Services
Sunday, Sep 27
Virtual Candle Lighting
Friday, Oct 2 7:00p

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Ha'Azinu

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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.
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