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

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - Wednesday, April 5, 2023

8 Nisan, 5783 - 14 Nisan, 5783

Passover Information

We are pleased to present the 5783 Rabbinical Assembly Passover guide for your Passover preparation. Please click here for this year's guide.

Please click here to access and print the form that appoints Rabbi Wohl as your agent to sell your Hametz prior to Passover this year. Please complete and send your completed form to the synagogue office (1909 Hidden Meadow Lane; Annapolis, MD 21401 OR kolshalomannapolis@verizon.net) no later than Monday, April 3.

Passover Schedule:

Wednesday, April 5, 9 AM: Siyum B'Chorim (Fast/Study for the first born)

To commemorate the survival of the first born Hebrews (Bechorim) during the 10th plague against the Egyptians, as detailed in the Passover narrative, there is a custom for first born Jews to fast on the eve of Passover. Our Rabbinic Sages long ago determined that Erev Pesah would be an especially difficult day to abstain from eating. They decided that a Siyum (conclusion) of a rabbinic text study would be a joyous enough occasion to override the custom to fast.


Therefore, annually on the morning of Erev Pesah, we schedule a Siyum opportunity especially inviting (Bechorim)

first born to pray, study, and then share in a celebratory breakfast. Everyone else is also welcome to attend. The breakfast will be hosted and provided by Kol Shalom member, Elie Pallia. Thank you, Elie.

Rabbi Pohl plans to conclude a study of the Talmudic tractate known as Nazir (think of Samson the Nazirite) by the eve of Passover. Please join Rabbi Pohl on Wednesday, April 5 at 9 AM (IN PERSON ONLY) to study the text that ends Tractate Nazir. 

Thursday, April 6 , 9:30 AM: Passover (First Day) Service, in person only.


Thursday, April 13, 9:30 AM: Passover (Eighth Day) Service, including Yizkor, In person and via Zoom. Click here for the Zoom link.

Shabbat and Weekly Services

Candle lighting time for Friday, March 31, is 7:10 PM.  

Friday evening service will be held via Zoom only on March 31 at 5:30 PM. During this service, Chris Erlewine will speak about his recent trip to Israel. Specifically, he will share his thoughts on the recent upheaval in Israeli society.

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, please click the link provided above.

Shabbat services will be held in person and via Zoom on Saturday, April 1, at 9:30 AM. The Torah portion will be Parshat Tzav. Click here for the Zoom link.

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 April 3 at 7 PM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Please see the Passover schedule for information about service on Thursday, April 6.


Talmud Study will be held (via Zoom) on Monday, April 3, at 10:30 AM. Click here for the Zoom link. Please note - Talmud Study will NOT be held on Monday, April 10.

Siddur Class will NOT be held on Tuesday, April 4. Our next session is scheduled (via Zoom) for Tuesday, April 11, at 10:30 AM.

Torah and Tabloids will NOT be held on Thursday, April 6 or April 13. Our next session is scheduled (via Zoom) for Thursday, April 20, at 9:40 AM. A Zoom link will be provided as the date draws closer.

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, April 19 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 equanimity. 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.  

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!!

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.

Women's League

As announced in the meeting on Sunday, our Sisterhood has been invited to an evening of dinner and entertainment. This is an annual event that Kol Shalom Sisterhood has attended for years before the shutdown. Usually, we would carpool and other members would attend to meet with family and friends. I would love to continue this practice. If you think you might like to venture out for an evening with sisters from the region. let's go! As usual, email or call at your convenience. I will respond as quickly as possible.

Click here for more information.


Edith: emagruder20@gmail.com 

Text: (410)865-9769

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

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.

Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel's 75th Birthday

Save the Date - Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel's 75th Birthday

  • Sunday, April 30, 6:30 PM
  • Temple Beth Shalom (1461 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Arnold, MD)

Come and join us as we celebrate Israel's 75th anniversary of independence! There will be Israeli food, music, speakers, and much more to enjoy. Open to all! Stay tuned for additional details.

Please RSVP to Sarit Brosh at sarit.brosh@gmail.com.


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