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Rabbi’s Update 1/19/2024


Dear Friends:


A few quick notes on this Friday morning where more snow than anticipated has fallen and continue to fall as I write this.


Services tomorrow morning will be on Zoom only. We do not want you to risk your well-being when the safe alternative of Zoom is available.


Last night we had a very interesting (and very well-attended) class and discussion about the tunnels which were discovered last week under the main Chabad synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The video of the class is available here.


If you are stuck at home and want to do some Jewish learning, I have been recording my classes and putting the videos up on YouTube since well before the COVID pandemic introduced people to Zoom. The videos are divided into playlist including all of my “Contemporary Jewish Controversies” classes, a course on Understanding the Siddur, one on “Writing Your Own Theology”, the minicourse I did in the fall on the poetry of Yehuda Amichai and last years’ Talmud class. All of the playlists can be found here.


If you must go out today please be careful. I am hearing lots of reports of very dangerous conditions.


As a reminder, I am having drop-in hours on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the shul. You do not need to make an appointment -- that would negate the whole point of drop-in hours -- but I’d urge you to check and make sure I am there regardless as sometimes there are unavoidable pastoral or other emergencies which might take me away from the building.


As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at rabbi@kehilatshalom.org or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment. I have been spending more time in the synagogue recently but if you want to speak with me it’s best to make an appointment rather than assuming I will be there when you stop by. 

Additionally, if you know of a Kehilat Shalom congregant who could use a phone call, please let me know.


L’shalom,




Rabbi Charles L. Arian









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