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

An Ageing Ritual 

Student Rabbi Emily has formed a small group focused on developing a Jewish lifecycle ritual related to stepping into our elder years. Being an "elder" is an important period of life, and yet, we do so little to celebrate or consciously mark it. Join us Tuesday mornings,  at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Emily ASAP if you are interested in exploring the creation process of this new ritual. 

This Shabbat 

First Friday Night Shabbat 
The first Shabbat of the month is the time for our community to make sure we have a minyan for those saying Kaddish and to celebrate birthdays and other simchas as a community. So please join our leadership team for Shabbat this Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. where we will acknowledge these yahrzeits and December birthdaysClick on the blue title above to join.
Everyone is welcome to join us in person this Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. in the chapel or virtually by clicking on the blue title above.
Torah: Vayetzei; 1st cycle Genesis / Bereshit 28:10 — 20:13
Fleeing his brother Esau’s fury, Jacob runs from his parents’ home to that of his maternal uncle, Lavan. Jacob sees a vision of angels descending and ascending a ladder. God repeats the commitment that was made to Abraham and Isaac and promises to be with Jacob.  Jacob awakens and utters the immortal words, “Truly, God is in this place, and I did not know it. This is a house of God. This is a gate of heaven.” Jacob then strikes a one-sided bargain, saying that if God is with him and provides him all he needs, he’s all in with God.  Jacob then heads to Haran, where he encounters his cousin, Rachel — and it’s love at first sight. They kiss, he cries, and she takes him home to meet her father, Lavan. (Why does Jacob cry?)
Lavan welcomes Jacob and promises that he can marry Rachel in exchange for seven years of labor. But Lavan switches Rachel for her older sister Leah. Lavan agrees to let Jacob marry Rachel for another seven years of labor.  The story ends with a recounting of the birth of 8 children to Leah, Bilha and Zilpa. Think about the deceptions in this story---how do you see the redactor’s purpose?  What goes around, comes around, or perhaps something else?
Our Mi Shebeirach/healing prayer list can be viewed by clicking on the blue text. 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!

Tuesday Afternoon Torah

Join Rabbi Steven and Rabbi Jacke for our next afternoon Torah study, virtually Tuesday, December 6, 4:30 p.m. We started with Genesis (Bereisheet) 1:1. Our study will be guided by the Reconstructionist view of Torah seeking to understand how looking at a "diary of the Jewish people" can help us to "become more fully human." This class meets every other week. Click here for future dates and class recordings. Click here to join us virtually.

Beginners Hebrew Class 

Hebrew class every Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Join Shira to learn how to read The Holy Language and to explore some of the mystical meanings of these ancient letters. (Free textbooks provided.) For more information contact Shira.  Click here to join Beginner Hebrew Class virtually.

Mordechai Kaplan Diaries

Did you know Mordechai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionism, kept extensive diaries? Well, he did - 27 Volumes worth - spanning from 1913  to the 1970's. We will explore some of the major themes for which he is most famous. Topics include Judaism, The Divine, chosenness, and Israel. Join us for our next discussion on Monday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. as we discuss his Wednesday, July 20, 1927. entry. Click here to join us virtually. 

Leading Prayer and Services Class

At the request of the chavurah community Rabbi Steven is offering a class in leading prayer and services. The next session will be on Tuesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. The focus of the class will be: the structure of service, the structure of prayer, designing meaningful services within the structure, understanding the role of intention within the role of structure.  We’ll be using Kol HaNeshamah as a resource, and other sources will be included, as appropriate. For more information contact Rabbi Steven.

Intergenerational Sunday School

Kol HaLev is reconstructing Sunday School through an innovative intergenerational educational program called “Making it Real.”  We meet monthly to discuss, discover, and experience how engaging Jewish thought and practice can support your family in real and useful ways. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members! No registration required. 
Each monthly meeting will have a theme, an activity, and an opportunity to find alignment with your held values. We are certain that this format will be fun for the entire family, inclusive for participants of every age, including those who don’t have children living at home.  We celebrate interfaith families who want to explore how Judaism may inform and enrich their family time. 
This month’s theme is Chanukah and we’re going to explore how knowledge gets passed between the generations (Rabbi Leila Berner was thankful that her daughter could set up her iPhone to get email!—it’s not a one-way street by any means). We will meet on Sunday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. at the Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road.  Everyone is welcome!  To read more click here

Hashpa'ah/Group Spiritual Exploration

Are you looking for more spirituality in your life? Student Rabbi Emily is training in the ALEPH: Jewish Renewal Spiritual Direction Certification program to be a Mashpia (Jewish Spiritual Director.)  She will be beginning to offer a Group Spiritual Exploration on Mondays at 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. This group will be open to both Kol HaLev and the Church of the Holy Comforter Communities. We will be meeting in the CHC library every Monday. For more information and meeting dates click here.

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Beginner Hebrew Class
Thursday, Dec 1 7:00pm
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, Dec 2 7:00pm
Shabbat Service/Torah Study
Shabbat, Dec 3 10:00am
Hashpa'ah (Spiritual Direction)
Monday, Dec 5 10:00am
Ageing Ritual
Tuesday, Dec 6 10:00am

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Vayetzei

Shabbat, Dec 3
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