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

This Shabbat 

First Friday Shabbat 
This week’s Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat will be led by Rabbi Emily and congregant Mark Blackwell, providing his creativity and ideas. Tune in virtually this Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. Click on the blue title above to attend virtually.
Our own Betsy Wexler will be leading guided meditations and other exercises this Shabbat, Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join Cantor George, Rabbis Emily and Steven in the chapel and Betsy online this Shabbat. Click on the blue title above to attend virtually.
Torah:   Yitro Triennial Year 1, Exodus 18: 1-27, with the dramatic moment when the Israelites receive the Torah at the foot of Mount Sinai. The parsha begins, however, with a visit from Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law.  Yitro has heard about the Israelites’ liberation and has rushed to meet up with Moses in the desert. Moses catches him up on everything that has happened—and then Moses sits down to judge the people, which he does all day, from morning to evening. Yitro watches this, and then he asks Moses (and clearly I paraphrase), “Moses, what is this you’re doing to the people, and why all by yourself?  You’re going to burn out—don’t you have other things to do? This isn’t small claims court!” Moses says the people are coming to him “to seek God.” But Yitro tells him that he needs to allow others to help him resolve the issues that the people are bringing to him.  Wise counsel--delegate, delegate, delegate, and take care of the big stuff! And Moses listens. Three lessons: (1) don’t try to do it all yourself; (2) be open to others’ advice; and (3) many hands make light work.  Good counsel in today’s world, too.
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!

Freedom Haftarot

Beginners Hebrew Class 

Shira will be teaching Beginners Hebrew on Thursdays 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. This class will be held every Thursday. (Free textbooks provided.) For more information contact Shira Kurrus. Click here to join virtually.

Tuesday Afternoon Torah

Join Rabbi Steven and Rabbi Jacke for our next afternoon Torah study, virtually Tuesday, February 14, at 4:30 p.m. 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.

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, February 6, 7:30 p.m.  Click here to join us virtually. 

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. 
Our next program will be held on Sunday, February 12, 10:00 a.m at Timonium United Methodist 2300 Pot Spring Rd, Timonium, 21093.   Rabbi Emily and Steven will be providing experiences of connection.  The 15th day of the month of Shevat (Tu b’Shevat) is customarily recognized as the time when the sap in trees starts to rise.  It’s a perfect time to experience the ways that we are all connected in multiple ways and in multiple realms. Tu b’Shevat is the time to instantiate the Shema. We are meeting in the lower part of the church, park in the lot at the right end of the building (as you face the church) entrance is on the side that faces the parking lot.  

Niggun Circle 

Please join us for our next opportunity, Sunday, February 19, at 4:00 p.m. to sing and pray together using the wordless melody of NiggunWe will be holding these hour long sessions, in person in the KHL room at CHC. For more details contact Judy Gerb. 

Reparations Class

We will begin our commitment to reparations education with a casual discussion group lead by new KHL member, Brenna Gourgeot, on the fourth Sunday of every month. Through art, music, cinema, writings and documentaries, we will see American reparations in its fullest context. Join Brenna virtually for the next class on Sunday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m. by clicking here

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Beginner Hebrew Class
Thursday, Feb 9 7:00pm
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, Feb 10 7:00pm
Contemplative Service
Shabbat, Feb 11 10:00am
Malavah Malkah/Open Mic
Motzei Shabbat, Feb 11 7:00pm
Afternoon Torah Study
Tuesday, Feb 14 4:30pm

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Yitro

Shabbat, Feb 11
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