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Rabbi’s Update 5/10/2024

Dear Friends:

Tonight and tomorrow we will observe Sisterhood Shabbat, which we do on the Shabbat before Mother’s Day every year. I want to take a moment and acknowledge our Sisterhood for its many contributions to our synagogue and the larger community. The non-ritual parts of many of our holiday observances are sponsored and coordinated by Sisterhood -- Chanukah, Purim, and so on. Sisterhood this year took on a number of different projects to serve the larger community for Good Deeds Week. And of course they provide an important vehicle of friendship and Jewish learning for the members of our community. Their great work has been recognized by the national Women’s League for Conservative Judaism with the “Jewels In The Crown” Award for 2023. Thank you, Sisterhood, for all you do, and mazal tov on the celebration of Sisterhood Shabbat.

I wanted to share with you an online resource of which many of you may not be aware. Every class I teach and most drashot that I present are recorded and uploaded to my YouTube page which can be found here . Within that page are a number of different playlists organized according to themes:

Sermons and Drashot:

Contemporary Jewish Controversies:

Understanding the Siddur 2018:

Understanding the Siddur 2024:

Writing Your Own Theology:

Minicourse: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai:

I welcome you to take advantage of this resource, to look around, and to share with me any thoughts or questions you might have.

As a reminder, I am having drop-in hours on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the shul. For my drop-in hours, 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 or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment; 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 or another member of our Jewish community who could use a phone call, please let me know.


Rabbi Charles L. Arian

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