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CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

To best protect the members of our community Kol HaLev services and activities AT CHC have been canceled until further notice.
Candle lighting, Torah study, classes, and other gatherings will continue virtually online. Read the weekly bulletin or check on this Kol HaLev website for details on how to connect to these virtual gatherings and for announcements about when we will be meeting again in person.

Virtual Shabbat and Torah Study

The Torah study portion this week is Pinchas, Numbers 25:10 - 30:1, continues the theme of Numbers of things falling apart. The community gets comfortable with the Moabites, which saddens Moses and angers God. A plague breaks out. An Israelite leader, Zimiri , and Cozbi, a Moabite princess, publicly flaunt their relationship in the tent of meeting. This infuriates Pinchas who takes brutal action against them, stopping the plague. How can we understand Pinchas’ actions? Does that fact that the plague is stopped really means that the Torah condones such violence?
Pinchas is rewarded with a “covenant of peace” a Brit Shalom. However, there is a scribal tradition that the letter “vav” in the Hebrew word shalom is written in the Torah in such a way to appear broken. Perhaps this tradition is a way that the handed down tradition, in the words of Rabbi Neil Fleischmann, “is telling us that a peace that is achieved through violence is a flawed and incomplete peace”. We certainly live this lesson. The violence against African Americans and the First Nation in this country has led to an incomplete peace. On this Shabbat may we dedicate ourselves to what we are taught in Mishna Avot 1:12, "Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving the creatures and bringing them closer to Torah."

Join Rabbi Ruth for Virtual Shabbat/Torah Study at 10:00 a.m. on Shabbat morning, July 11. (Click on Virtual Shabbat/Torah Study to join in or click here for phone in information. A siddur has been prepared that you can use or print off for this service. Click here to access these pages. 

Virtual Candle Lighting

In honor of Shabbat please join Cantor George for virtual candle lighting every Friday, at 7:00 p.m. 
For those of you missing Cantor George; "hear" are a few of him.

New Virtual Class - Values and Deliberate Living

Join us on Thursday evenings, at 8:00 p.m. ending September 10 for an exploration on how to better live an intentional, value-based life. We will begin each virtual 40-minute class by looking at a quote from a Jewish source or other wisdom tradition that focuses on a certain value such as patience, creativity, perseverance, etc. and share the successes and challenges we each face in cultivating these values in our own lives. Click here to view this week's quote. To join the virtual class on Thursdays click here. Please contact facilitators Judy or Kenny with any questions.

"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 - Postponed

Literature at Lunch has been postponed until it is safe to emerge from sheltering at home. A date in the future will be decided by Gail Lipsitz to discuss these memorable stories. Master storyteller Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) explored the mystery and magic of love in the two short stories that we will discuss in our last session this year. 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

Friday Night

Shabbat Day

Upcoming Programs & Events

Jul
16
Values and Deliberate Living
Thursday, Jul 16 8:00p
Jul
17
Virtual Candle Lighting
Friday, Jul 17 7:00p
Jul
18
Virtual Shabbat and Torah Study
Shabbat, Jul 18 10:00a
Jul
23
Values and Deliberate Living
Thursday, Jul 23 8:00p
Jul
24
Virtual Candle Lighting
Friday, Jul 24 7:00p

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Matot-Masei

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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.
Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780