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Music and Poems for All


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

This Shabbat 

Friday Shabbat 
Please join Cantor George virtually for liturgy and song this Friday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. by clicking on the blue title above.
Join Rabbi Steven virtually this Shabbat morning, Saturday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate and discuss Torah. You can join this service virtually by clicking on the blue title above.  
This week’s Torah reading is Bechukotai 3rd Cycle, Leviticus 27:9—27:34

The book of Leviticus ends with laws concerning the valuation of property that is given to the Temple or redeemed from the Temple.  The property, whether redeemed or not, is valued by a priest(!), and interestingly, I could find no ethics governing this valuation.  The presumption must be that the priest valued in favor of the “donor” because these are all voluntary offerings (except for the final mention of offerings, and that is the mandatory tithe).  How might we consider the value of pledging?  What is its role in human consciousness and how does it fit within the overall sense of “wellness?”

Our Mi Shebeirach/healing prayer list can be viewed by clicking on the blue title above. 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!

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, Rabbi Steven, and Rabbi Emily as we journey from enslavement to revelation. Each night at 8:00 p.m. until June 3 we will gather virtually 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.

Literature at Lunch

All are welcome to our next virtual Literature at Lunch on Saturday, May 28, from 12:15-1:45 p.m.  Join Gail for a discussion of Behind the Fence a novella by Hayim Nahman Bialik"Behind the Fence" (published in 1909) takes place in a 19th century Ukrainian town where real and symbolic walls and fences separate Jews from non-Jews. In beautiful poetic prose, Bialik tells the story of a Jewish boy and a Christian girl, neighbors who try to cross over the barriers, first as friends and later as lovers. With his cast of colorful characters, vivid descriptions of nature, humor, social criticism, and knowledge of the human heart, Bialik creates a whole world and explores themes that are still timely today.
Click on the title to access the story and on the author's name for his bio. For questions about Literature and Lunch, email Gail.

Cantor George's Recon Convention Workshops

Here are videos of two workshops that Cantor George led for the March Reconstructionist Convention: the first is a session for sharing new liturgical music that he co-led with Solomon Hoffman (4th year Rabbinical Student at RRC) and includes quite a few of Cantor George's own compositions.
In the second, Cantor George shares some tricks and tips from his experiences at incorporating music into virtual services at Kol HaLev.

Calendar of Events

Today's Sefirah Count Is 42

היום שנים וארבעים יום שהם ששה שבועות לעמר

Today's Calendar

Shabbat Mevarchim

Friday Night

Shabbat Day

Upcoming Programs & Events

Shabbat Torah Study
Shabbat, May 28 10:00am
Literature at Lunch
Shabbat, May 28 12:15pm
Counting the Omer
Shabbat, May 28 8:00pm
KHL Sunday School 2021-2022
Sunday, May 29 9:30am

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Bechukotai

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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.
Sat, May 28 2022 27 Iyyar 5782