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Rabbi's Update 9/9/2021

Dear Friends:

I want to thank everyone who helped with Rosh Hashanah services this year -- Barnaby Yeh and Rabbi Raphael for davening, the many people who chanted Torah and Haftarah, ushers, Zoom hosts, congregants who had English readings, shofar blowers, etc. Thanks to Joe Lustig and Bryan Levenson for coordinating all of the various participants, and to Bryan, Tom Loggie, and Charlotte Strauss for helping me over the last several months with figuring out the logistical and technical requirements so that we could have a hybrid service. A special debt of thanks is owed to our office staff, administrator Andie Epstein and Secretary Joan Teich, who put in many hours of hard work and dealt with an ever changing reality as we navigated the resurgence of the pandemic.


Kehilat Shalom sends its condolences to Wendy Schneider-Levinson, Ariana, Galya, and Bruce Levinson, and Joanne Landesman on the passing of their husband, father, brother, and brother-in-law Curtis Levinson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm today at the Garden of Remembrance on Comus Rd. in Clarksburg.

The first night of shiva will be observed at the Levinson residence, 500 Nelson St., Rockville, at 7:45 pm on Thursday, Sept. 9. For the rest of shiva, the family will join the regular Kehilat Shalom Zoom minyan. Please do not plan on going to the family residence directly after the funeral, but masked and vaccinated friends and congregants may attend the minyan Thursday night.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Manna Food Center or World Central Kitchen.

Condolences may be sent to:

Wendy Schneider-Levinson, Ariana and Galya Levinson

500 Nelson St. Rockville MD 20850

Bruce Levinson and Joanne Landesman

5225 Pooks Hill Rd., #1229-N

Bethesda, MD 20814


If you would like to read a copy of my sermon from the first morning of Rosh Hashanah, the written text can be found here. Please note that the text is not identical to the sermon as delivered; some of my more “passionate” comments were extemporaneous.

The source sheet “Jewish Sources on Abortion” can be found here.

As I mentioned before our discussion, I was attempting to summarize a two-session class I taught last year. Those classes were recorded and posted on YouTube and can be viewed here:

Part II:

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.

L’shana tova,

Rabbi Charles L. Arian

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