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Rabbi’s Update 9/22/2023

Dear Friends:


As we approach Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there are predictions of extremely severe weather for tomorrow. I have already been contacted by some Shabbat regulars who will not be able to attend if the weather is as severe as predicted. While as of this writing we are still planning on having services in our sanctuary with the usual option to participate by Zoom as well, if we decide to change to a Zoom-only service you will receive an email to that effect.


For those of you who will be joining Yom Kippur services by Zoom, you will need online access to our Yizkor book and our Healing Service, An email with those links will go out later today or Sunday morning -- please be on the lookout.


Tomorrow morning -- whether in person or on Zoom -- I will be leading a study of another poem by the late Yehudah Amichai, the greatest poet of modern Israel. Our discussion of his poem “The Real Hero” on the second day of Rosh Hashanah was very interesting and I hope tomorrow’s discussion will be as well. The poem “My Father Was God” can be accessed here.


As a reminder, I am having drop-in hours on Thursday afternoon 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.


Shabbat Shalom,




Rabbi Charles L. Arian





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