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Music and Poems for All

To hear Cantor George sing the song he dedicated to Rabbi Geoff on his retirement click here.  

This Shabbat 

Join Cantor George for Shabbat this Friday, January 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for Shabbat virtual candle lighting and service. Click on the blue title above to join in.  
 
This week’s Torah portion is Va’eira—(Exodus 6:2- 9:35). “Va’eira” means “and I appeared”: the first words that God speaks to Moses.  We observe Moses’ initial reluctance to speak to the Israelites and to Pharaoh, and Aaron’s new role as Moses’ “mouthpiece.” We see Moses and Aaron asking Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and Pharaoh’s continuing resistance and “hardened heart” through the first seven plagues.  So much to unpack, potentially.  But Cantor George doesn’t want to talk about the obvious things here.  He wants to talk about frogs. The second plague.  So that will be the topic of his discussion on Shabbat morning.  Frogs? Really. Intrigued?  Come join us on January 16 at 10:00 a.m. by clicking on the blue title above.

Virtual Practical Kabbalah Class

Rabbi Steven Silvern will be leading a virtual Kabbalah class on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. There are many forms of meditation. Practical Kabbalah adopts “focused meditation” and provides a framework for directing one’s focus. As you might imagine there are complexities beyond the simple structure of the Tree of Life (the 10 creative energies/sfirot).  R’ Joseph Gikatilla (1248—1305?) in his book Gates of Light brings a system where the various names of God become the focus for meditating/praying and provide keys to understanding. We will use Gates of Light as the basis for exploring meditation focused on the names of God. The class will also take a look at the Ba’al Shem Tov’s practical Kabbalah through monthly explorations of his Torah study. For the virtual meeting link and information click 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 Calendar


Friday Night

Shabbat Day

Upcoming Programs & Events

Jan
16
Virtual Shabbat and Torah Study
Shabbat, Jan 16 10:00a
Jan
18
Practical Kabbalah
Monday, Jan 18 7:00p
Jan
22
Virtual Candle Lighting
Friday, Jan 22 7:00p
Jan
23
Virtual Shabbat and Torah Study
Shabbat, Jan 23 10:00a
Jan
24

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Vaera

Shabbat, Jan 16
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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.
Sat, January 16 2021 3 Shevat 5781