A Note from the Rabbi
I wanted to take the opportunity to inform you of a couple of opportunities for high level Jewish learning which are made possible by our partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
On Sunday afternoon and evening May 15, the eighth annual JTS Evening of Learning will take place at Kol Shalom in Rockville. The topic is “Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century.” The program will feature a keynote address by JTS’ new Chancellor Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz and study sessions led by JTS faculty, fellows, and board members. For more information and to register go to this link.
Please note that this is an in-person only event. The keynote and closing sessions will be video recorded and made available after the program but there will be no opportunity to join the program by Zoom or other video program in real time. The decision to offer the program only in person was made by JTS and not the co-sponsoring synagogues.
If you would like to increase your ritual skills and learn how to lead minyan, run a Shabbat service, or assist with lifecycle events, the Imun Program from July 11- 17 may be for you. This is an online-only program which meets for 3 to 4 hours a day except Shabbat to give its participants the necessary skills to lead these ritual activities. Applicants must belong to a small USCJ Congregation such as Kehilat Shalom, know how to read Hebrew, and be recommended by their rabbi or synagogue president. For more information contact Aimee Close at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and registration closes on May 1.
If you have not yet made arrangements for me to sell your chametz on your behalf, please do so right away. The hard deadline is tomorrow morning at 7 am and cannot be extended. Please use this form to appoint me as your agent.
Because of the siyyum for firstborns (of which I am one) on Friday morning, there will not be a “Rabbi’s Update” on Friday.
We continue to be deeply concerned about the welfare of the Ukrainian people under attack from Russia and those who have fled the country. Our own Masorti (Conservative) movement has been active in Ukraine for decades with what was until recently a thriving network of congregations, schools, and camps. If you want to assist the worldwide Masorti effort in Ukraine and neighboring countries please give at this link.
As a reminder, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has established a Ukraine Emergency Fund to meet emergency humanitarian needs. You can find out more and donate here.
As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at email@example.com 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