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Rabbi's Update 11/3/2021

Dear Friends:

This has already been a very difficult week for our community. Irene Feuer, the mother of our Synagogue Administrator Andie Epstein, passed away over the weekend at the age of 99. Her funeral was held yesterday. Her family joined our regular Zoom minyan last night, followed by a “virtual shiva”, and will join again this evening.

Anita Levine passed away Monday morning at home at the age of 76. Anita and her husband Alan have been active members of Kehilat Shalom for over 40 years. Their sons Daniel and Max grew up at our synagogue and graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville.

Anita’s funeral will be held this afternoon at 1 pm at the Kehilat Shalom section of the Garden of Remembrance in Clarksville. The Levine family will also be joining our Zoom minyan this evening through the end of Shiva on Tuesday, November 9.

May both families be comforted among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.

I will not be holding my Rashi class tomorrow evening. I have unfortunately spent many hours in end-of-life planning consultations with the rest of my family and the medical team for my father, Elliott Arian, and we have more consultations planned for tomorrow as well. I apologize but I simply have not had and will not have time to prepare the class.

This Shabbat, November 6, Jacob Sheib, son of Amy and Michael Sheib, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. Jacob and his family will be joined by many of his classmates from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS). Because CESJDS has its own mask mandate which is stricter than County regulations, masks will be required for all in attendance on November 6 even though the County mask mandate is not currently in effect and will not be on Saturday. Please make a note of this and prepare accordingly. (Please also note that for those who plan to attend via Zoom, a different Zoom link will be used that morning which has been linked above in the schedule.)

As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. Although I am working primarily from home, I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment.


Rabbi Charles L. Arian

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