The story of Kol HaLev began in 2007, when 20 visionary families came together with the passionate and dedicated Geoff Basik, who was completing his studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. With Rabbi Basik's ordination, Kol HaLev was born as a dynamic Baltimore-area synagogue. Cantor George Henschel joined the community in 2007 for its first High Holy Days services and soon became our beloved regular Cantor. In 2010, Kol HaLev proudly embraced its identity as a Reconstructionist synagogue.
For nine memorable years, Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church on Charles Street served as our home, where we held Shabbat services, High Holy Day services, and various celebrations, including Pesach Seders, Chanukah festivities, and interfaith activities. However, as the property was put up for sale in 2017, our community embarked on an exciting new chapter.
Determined to find the perfect space, our dedicated members formed a search committee and explored nearly 20 potential locations. The Church of the Holy Comforter (CHC) in Lutherville emerged as the unanimous choice, and we completed our move on June 27, 2018. Now, our Friday and Saturday in- person Shabbat services take place in the beautiful chapel at CHC.
On January 1, 2021, Geoff Basik retired as Rabbi Emeritus of Kol HaLev, leaving a lasting legacy. Meanwhile, Cantor George Henschel has been joined by our soon-to-be-ordained Student Rabbi Emily Stern. They continue to guide our congregation with exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment.
Today, Kol HaLev is a growing community attracting young, diverse families who seek a nurturing environment for raising Jewish children. Our Sunday School has flourished, at times serving over 45 children, and our community has grown increasingly active with Jewish educational programs, weekly Kabbalat Shabbat, a monthly "mindfulness" Shabbat minyan, musical Shabbat Unplugged, book clubs, family gatherings, and much more.
Located in Baltimore County, Kol HaLev is a welcoming and accessible community for both urban and suburban families. Become a part of our inspiring journey by joining us today and experience the warmth, connection, and spiritual growth that Kol HaLev offers.