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

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - Wednesday, January 25, 2023

26 Tevet, 5783 - 3 Shevat, 5783

Movie Night ~ USY/Kadima Activities ~ School Recycling Program ~ Winter Coat Drive ~

Amazon Smile Update ~ And More ~ Scroll down for more information.

Shabbat and Weekly Services

Candle lighting time for Friday, January 20, is 4:55 PM.  

Friday evening service will be held via Zoom only on January 20 at 5:30 PM.

Click here for the Zoom link. 

Shabbat morning services will be held in person and via Zoom on Saturday, January 21, beginning at 9:30 AM. The Torah portion will be Parshat Va'era.  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 January 23 at 7 PM.  Click here for the Zoom link.

Thursday morning service will be held via Zoom only on January 26 at 9 AM.  Click here for the Zoom link.

You are invited to join us on Friday, February 3 as we celebrate Tu BiShvat 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 here to access the link to our 5:30 PM Friday evening service.


Talmud Study will be held on Monday, January 23, 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.

Torah and Tabloids will continue (via Zoom) on Thursday, January 26, beginning at 9:40 AM.  Click here for the Zoom link.

Siddur Class will NOT be held on Tuesday, January 24. Our next session is scheduled (via Zoom) for Tuesday, January 31, at 10:30 AM. A Zoom link will be made available as the date draws closer.

School News

The Schools at Kol Shalom would like to share their new recycling program lasting over the next four 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 four 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 Congregation Kol Shalom

Kol Shalom Movie Night presents our first 2023 offering (by way of Zoom) on Saturday, January 21, at 7 PM - The Stranger, a 95-minute-long, black and white film noir thriller from 1946. 

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for more information about the movie.

Although unrated, The Stranger is the first US movie that included graphic video scenes (about 1 minute) from the Nazi concentration camps. 

With masterful use of ominous shadows and gripping sequences, this is the only Orson Welles movie to have ever made a profit. 


Teen Climate Retreat February 24-26 at Pearlstone Retreat Center in MD 

  • Open to 8th – 12th graders & Hosted and subsidized by Seaboard USY. Additional Scholarships available from USY, JYCM and Kol Shalom Women’s League. 

February 5: Tu B’Shevat Sedar with new fruits – at Kol Shalom 12 – 2 PM 

February 11: Bowling & Pizza 6 - 8:30 PM

Women's League

Dues: Please note that it is time for the Sisterhood to pay membership dues to WLCJ (Women's League for Conservative Judaism). It is not too late to submit the 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. Questions? Contact Edith at e_magruder@yahoo.com or Gloria at gentlelady2@msn.com

Women’s League Book Club: There is still time to RSVP for the book review on Sunday January 29, 2023 at 1 PM. Title of book: The Color of Love by Maara B. Gad. Please email Susan Zevin at susanzevin@comcast.net. or Judy Salob, jsalob1228@comcast.net to RSVP.

Gift Shop: A Flash Sale of the Gift Shop contents will be available to our congregation very soon. The Sisterhood is requesting that checks be made out to Tree of Life Preschool or USY/Kadima at Congregation Kol Shalom (Kol Shalom's youth group). Once the inventory is posted, a schedule will be available for congregants to shop. Think about gifts for upcoming events and celebrations. The contents range from items for Shabbat, special days i.e., Pesach, Hanukkah, Yahrzeit candles, etc

WL Convention 2023 Highlights - Sisters Celebrating Together

Sunday July 16 - Wednesday July 19 Schaumburg, IL

Mark your calendars. Complete details are in the WL Weekly. Thirty-five women have participated in the Adult Bat Mitzvah Program over the last three years and will be celebrating at this event. Of the thirty-five, five are in the Seaboard Region. Kol Shalom is one of thirty-one sisterhoods in the Seaboard Region. It is an honor for me to represent Kol Shalom in the Adult Bat Mitzvah Class of determined women. For more information, please contact Edith at emagruder20@gmail.com.

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 January 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.  

In The Community

Winter Coat Drive: Kerry Foley, a local realtor in the Severn Grove Community, is conducting a Winter Coat Drive. Her goal is to collect 1,000 new or gently used coats, hats, and gloves for the less fortunate in our community. To participate, please bring your items to Congregation Kol Shalom no later than Friday, January 20, and leave them in the boxes in the foyer (or with Mary or Allison). Donations will be taken to Bubbe's Closet in Anne Arundel County.

Alzheimer's Support: Click here for information regarding a local Alzheimer's Association Support Group, sponsored by Bay Village Assisted Living and Memory Care. Questions? Contact Brent Matherly at bamatherly@integracare.com.

All community members are invited to attend "Living With Alzheimer's for Care Partners and People with Alzheimer's" at Bay Village Assisted Living and Memory Care. Click here for more information, or contact Brent Matherly at bamatherly@integracare.com

Support for Ukranian Refugees

Below is a list of Jewish organizations where you can help support the Ukrainian refugees.
HIAS: Welcome the Stranger. Protect the Refugee
JDC: The Leading Global Jewish Humanitarian Organization
Emergency Campaign for Masorti Communities in Ukraine


UPDATE REGARDING AMAZON SMILE: Amazon has made plans to plans to discontinue AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. Until this date, customer purchases made via AmazonSmile will continue to accrue funds for Congregation Kol Shalom.  Stay tuned for other ways you will be able to help Kol Shalom and our schools using Amazon.

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