Kol HaLev Weekly Bulletin

June 18, 2024

Not Your Mother's Head Coverings

Thank you, Reb Tova, for your beautiful handiwork, creating kippot for women attending Kol HaLev services.  Anyone who wears one of these kippot during services will enjoy its beauty and the love with which it was made. And if you want your own, Reb Tova’s prices are very reasonable. 

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Donate Children's Books This Shabbat!

A perfect Shabbat mitzvah! Details under “This Week.” 

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Volunteers Needed

Rick Reiches is asking for help setting up and cleaning up after the potluck lunch on June 22. Many hands make light work! 

If you’d like to help, please contact Rick.

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Sign Up for Renewal Shabbat

The program that ordained R’ Emily (and R’ Steven) is holding its summer intensive learning retreat at Pearlstone. We’ve checked with 

the leadership to see if members of Kol HaLev could be permitted to attend Shabbat morning services on July 6. They answered yes!

 If you’d like to attend, please contact R’ Steven before Monday, June 24. Details under Save the Dates!

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Walk for Suicide Prevention

On June 21, Cantor George and Ricki Henschel are walking to raise awareness and funds to support the American Foundation

 for Suicide Prevention. If you want us to carry anyone’s name with us, in their memory or because they are struggling,  

we would be honored to do so. Just get in touch with Ricki. 

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This Week

A Quiet Week

Shira Kurrus’ Hebrew class is on break through July.  Rabbi Emily is visiting family for several days this week, so there will be 

no Wednesday night community gathering or Thursday night prayer leadership workshop.  The prayer leadership group looks

 forward to leading its next Shabbat morning service on Saturday, July 13. Join us!


Well-Being Wednesday with Well For the Journey

A Wednesday Morning Reflection Call

June 19, 8 am, by phone

Dial (520) 525-8123

It’s so meaningful to share a sacred physical space with both the Church of the Holy Comforter and Well for the Journey. Well for the 

Journey has invited Rabbi Emily to lead its 15-minute weekly Wednesday morning meditation call. Learn more about it here. 


Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, June 21, 7 pm - virtual

Let go of the cares of the week and relax into the peace of Shabbat through song and prayer with Rabbi Emily.



Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Discussion

Saturday, June 22, 10 am

CHC Chapel and virtual

For the sake of the union of the Transcendent with the Indwelling Presence,

I am ready to commit myself to loving my neighbors.

And through this merit, I open my mouth in prayer.

  (Kavanah [intention] before prayer, from the Kabbalists of Safed)

Rabbis Emily and Steven will lead us in song, prayer, and a discussion of the Torah portion. 

(Please remember that the chapel is a fragrance-free zone.)

Torah Portion of the Week

Beha’alotcha (Second Triennial Cycle) (Numbers 9:15–10:36)

A cloud by day, and a fire by night. When the cloud or fire is lifted, the Israelites travel, and the cloud or fire dictates where they camp. 

Whether day or night, they follow these symbols of the Presence.


God tells Moshe to make two silver trumpets for the priests to blow as signals to the camp to assemble or march forward. Each type 

of blast conveys a different message, indicating who is being called on and what they are to do. Later, after the Israelites have taken

 possession of their land, the trumpets will also be blown during both festivals and battles as a “remembrance” before God of the 

people of Israel. Thus, they will serve as trumpets of protection.


The Israelites journey on from Sinai, and the order in which the tribes march is given. Whenever the ark is about to travel, Moshe says, 

“Arise, YHWH, and let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee from before you!” (10:35) This is the verse we 

sing when we open the ark during the Torah service.


Shabbat Sandwich

Saturday, June 22, after the Shabbat Morning Service

CHC Library (formerly the Kol HaLev Room)

Consisting of a potluck kiddush, movie showing, and discussion. Please bring a dairy, fish, or vegetarian dish to share.


Movie Showing:  Rosenwald, Part 2

The second of two film showings and discussions, put on by Rick Reiches, in honor of Juneteenth.


Julius Rosenwald was the head of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and a prominent philanthropist, in the early 20th century. Partnering with 

Booker T. Washington, Rosenwald helped start 5,000 schools for African-American children in the segregated South. In addition, the 

Rosenwald Fund supported major African-American artists and intellectuals, such as Marian Anderson and Langston Hughes.

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Save the Dates!

Reading Group: Judaism Is About Love

Saturday, June 29, after the Shabbat Morning Service

CHC Library (formerly the Kol HaLev Room)

Bagel potluck and first meeting of the reading group. For the full schedule, readings, and any other questions, contact Jodean.


KHL Community Planning Meeting

Tuesday, July 2, 7 pm – virtual

It’s time to think about program ideas for the coming year and to take note of upcoming holidays and other special times in the Jewish 

calendar. Come prepared to share your ideas at this planning meeting. We’ll have the calendar out and ready to pencil in ideas! 

If you want to talk through any ideas beforehand, feel free to reach out to Judy Gerb.


Renewal Shabbat

Saturday, July 6, 10 am

Pearlstone Retreat Center

5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

A rare opportunity to attend Shabbat services led by the teachers of the Aleph Ordination Program! (Services generally last 2.5 to 3 hours.)  

To be admitted, you must have evidence of a negative rapid COVID test, and you must be masked. Since we have to provide a list of 

attendees, please contact R’ Steven Silvern to sign up before Monday, June 24.


We will also be offering services at the CHC chapel at our usual time.


Fourth Annual “We Are Family” JOCSM Shabbaton

Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2024

Pearlstone Retreat Center

5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

The 2024 “We Are Family” JOCSM Shabbaton is an intergenerational family-centered event, with additional dedicated space for adults, 

that provides connections among diverse Jews of Color (encompassing indigenous and multiethnic/multiracial Jews) and Sephardic 

and Mizrahi Jews (JOCSM). 


The Shabbaton will integrate spiritual, communal, and religious programming for Jews of color and their families, loved ones, and allies. The JOC Mishpacha Project is a hub of learning, convening, and growth for JOCSM individuals, communities, and larger Jewish institutions. We offer workshops, advocacy, outreach, and gathering spaces.


The “We Are Family” Shabbaton is designed to be pluralistic, with special focus on community building, accessibility, diversity, equity, Jewish education, intergenerational experiences, joy, and nature-based programming. Activities include

And yes, we will have s’mores and a late-night pizza run again this year!


To register, visit the JOCSM website before June 28.


Member-Led Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, July 13, 10 am

CHC Chapel and virtual

Join the members of the prayer leadership group for a heartfelt and inspiring service!

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The Chesed Network provides an opportunity to show kindness and compassion to those Kol HaLev members in need of support by offering caring, connection, and help. If you are in need of support, or if you would like to be part of our Chesed team, please contact Laurie or Shira.

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For more about Kol HaLev, our people, services, programs, and events, check out the updated Kol HaLev website at www.kolhalevmd.org!

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