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The Weekly Shofar of Congregation Kol Shalom
~ A Welcoming Conservative Synagogue in Annapolis, MD ~

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - Wednesday, March 22, 2023

23 Adar, 5783 - 29 Adar, 5783

Services ~ Classes ~ Guest Speaker ~ Auntie A ~ Movie Night ~ and More!

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Shabbat and Weekly Services

Candle lighting time for Friday, March 17, is 6:57 PM.  

Friday evening service will be held via Zoom only on March 17 at 5:30 PM.

Click here for the Zoom link. 

Shabbat services will be held in person and via Zoom on Saturday, March 18, at 9:30 AM. The Torah portion will be Vayakhel-Pekude. Click here for the Zoom link. Toward the end of services (approximately 11 AM), we will be happy to welcome guest speaker Jonathan Ray, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. He will speak on the topic Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife in Jewish Tradition. Professor Ray, who specializes in medieval and early modern Jewish history, is a frequent lecturer on Jewish history and interfaith relations at the Smithsonian Institution and the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.  

Please click here for information about our mask policy for in-person services and events.

Monday evening service will be held via Zoom only on March 20 at 7 PM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Thursday morning service will be held via Zoom only on March 23 at 9 AM.  Click here for the Zoom link.

You are invited to join us on Friday, March 31, as we celebrate Passover with Auntie A! We will begin with a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Please bring a vegetarian side dish to share. A service geared toward young families will begin at 6:15 PMPlease text Allison (443-871-4126) with any questions or with your RSVP if you plan to attend  Please note: this event will be held in person only. If you prefer to attend services via Zoom, a link to our 5:30 PM Friday evening service will be provided.


Talmud Study will be held (via Zoom) on Monday, March 20, at 10:30 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Siddur Class will take place (via Zoom) on Tuesday, March 21, at 10:30 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

The Zentangle Meditative Art class is held via Zoom on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10 AM. No art background needed or required. Please have the following items available: several sheets of copy paper, a no.2 sharpened pencil, a black pen with a fine tip and good ink flow, a Q-tip and scissors (to cut out our drawing paper). Please e-mail the synagogue office at office@kolshalomannaolis.org with any questions or if you would like the Zoom link.

Please join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 22, for our monthly one-hour gathering, The Study of Mussar - Jewish Ethics, in the Kol Shalom library.  Mussar is about making your heart feel what your mind understands. It’s the spiritual practice of converting the ethical principles that we know into practice. In this session, we will discuss the importance of order. A great resource for our discussion is Everyday Holiness: The Spiritual Path of Mussar by Alan Morinis Please note - this class is held in person only - there will NOT be a Zoom option available.  

Torah and Tabloids will take place (via Zoom) on Thursday, March 23, at 9:40 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

School News

The Schools at Kol Shalom invite you to participate in their recycling program lasting over the next few months. We are attempting to raise awareness with our children and families about how recycling REALLY works, how items can be either repurposed, or returned to usefulness. 

Click here to view a list of items we plan to collect over the next several months.

All Kol Shalom members are welcome to participate and drop off your recycling in brown grocery bags to the building over the months ahead. Thank you!!

Movie Night at Kol Shalom

In anticipation of the March 30th Major League Baseball opening game, Kol Shalom Movie Night is pleased to present (via Zoom only) The Yankles, a 2009 PG-13 (some language), 1 hour 50 minute long Jewish themed baseball movie, on Sunday, March 19 at 7 PM (moved to Sunday because of later sunset). Click here for the Zoom link.

A disgraced major league baseball player is paroled from his DUI prison sentence, with the condition that he do community service coaching baseball. Only an orthodox yeshiva is willing to take him on to help their hapless team, the Yankles. Several plots are woven into the storyline: personal redemption, teamwork, forgiveness, reconciliation, rediscovering Jewish traditions, and staying true to one’s principles.

The only familiar actor in this movie is Don Most, who played Ralph Malph in the TV series Happy Days. Most was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn. Let’s all wear our baseball caps and jerseys if you have them!  This movie will be a grand slam in your living room!


Women's League

Volunteers Needed: The Sisterhood is in desperate need of a Program Chair and a Membership Chair. Around the zoom meetings, I often hear that it was the invite from a friend or relative that introduced a member to the organization. I suppose it sounds "old school" but it still works. If this idea is speaking to you, try it; we will certainly welcome the effort! Please contact Edith Magruder (e-mail address listed below) if interested.

Meeting: Please remember to respond to the e-mail about the regular meeting.

Dues: It is not too late to submit the Women's League dues ($36 includes $15 to WLCJ) so that you can continue to access the WLCJ website. New members to the congregation are exempt from these dues as the first year is gratis complimentary of Kol Shalom Sisterhood.

Oneg/Kiddush Donations: It is with thanks that we acknowledge the donations made to the Oneg/Kiddush fund. Howard Salob reads the list at services each Shabbat and we publish the list in The Weekly Shofar as well. Click here to view a list of donations for March 2023.  In addition to using the funds to serve food in the building, we are donating funds to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and the Anne Arundel Community College Student Food Bank.  

Questions? Contact Edith at e_magruder@yahoo.com.

Yom HaShoah Project

Unto Every Person There is a Name


Do you have a name to share? If you did not have a chance to share a relative’s name in previous years, please provide the names of your relatives so they can be recognized at this year’s community Yom Hashoah memorial event to be held at Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold, MD on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.


Click here to view the flyer and provide your information to sarit.brosh@gmail.com by Friday, April 8.

Kol Shalom Men's Club Event

When: Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7PM


What: Ron Katz will speak to us about Baltimore Lighthouse. It is an offshore lighthouse located near the mouth of the Magothy River on the Chesapeake Bay marking the edge of the shipping channel for vessels traveling to and from the Port of Baltimore. Over its 115 year history, the lighthouse has endured building delays, bankruptcy, experimentation as the only atomic powered lighthouse in the United States, hurricanes and a unique story of restoration. Ron will discuss the history of the lighthouse and his personal experiences as lighthouse keeper aboard this still active aid to navigation.  


Where: In person at Kol Shalom. 


Please send an email to Gary Weinfeld at gweinfeld@verizon.net to let him know that you plan to attend or with any questions that you may have.


There is no cost for this event. As always, donations to the Men's Club are appreciated.

Community Events

Annapolis Film Festival: The Annapolis Film Festival is a highly anticipated annual event in Annapolis and the Mid-Atlantic area. In our 11th year, we continue to offer independent cinema, curated conversations and newly released films. Join us this year, March 23 - 26, 2023, for a unifying shared experience that strengthens our community, and brings everyone together for the largest arts event in Annapolis. Click here for more information.

Appraisal Roadshow: The Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah cordially invites to you join us for an afternoon of fun and entertainment at the Appraisal Roadshow on Sunday, April 16, 2 PM, at Temple Beth Shalom (1642 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, MD). Todd Peenstra, a nationally known appraiser, will speak and answer your questions. Click here for more information. Please send your RSVP and your check (made payable to Hadassah) to Bobbie Kestenbaum (4163 Carvel Lane, Edgewater, MD 21037) by April 12, 2023.


If you have an item you would like to include in the Weekly Shofar, please compose and e-mail your submission to the synagogue office (see e-mail address below) no later than the preceding Tuesday. Any items received after this time will be held for the following week's announcements.

If you would like to purchase a plaque to memorialize a loved one, or a simcha leaf to commemorate a special occasion, please contact Howard Salob at sportsdent@comcast.net or 410-544-2440.

Congregation Kol Shalom ~ 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane ~ Annapolis, MD 21401

410-266-6006 ~ office@kolshalomannapolis.org ~ www.kolshalomannapolis.org