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

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - Wednesday, December 6, 2023

17 Kislev, 5784 - 23 Kislev, 5784



Candle lighting time for Friday, December 1, is 4:26 PM.

Friday evening service will be held via Zoom only on December 1 beginning at 5:30 PM. Click here for the Zoom link. 

Shabbat morning service will be held in person and via Zoom on Saturday, December 2, at 9:30 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Monday evening service will be held via Zoom only on December 4 at 7 PM. Click here for the Zoom link. 

Thursday morning service will be held via Zoom only on December 7 at 9 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

You are invited to join us on Friday, December 15, as we celebrate Chanukah with Auntie A! We will begin with a latke bar at 5:30 PM. (We'll provide the latkes; you provide a side dish.) 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 use the link provided above to access our Friday evening Zoom service.


Talmud Study will resume (via Zoom) on Monday, December 4, at 10:30 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Rabbi Pohl's Siddur class will continue on Tuesday, December 5, via Zoom, at 10:30 AM. Please contact the synagogue office at 410-266-6006 or kolshalomannapolis@verizon.net to obtain the Zoom link.

Torah and Tabloids will be held (via Zoom) on Thursday, December 7, beginning at 9:40 AM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Zentangle: 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 kolshalomannapolis@verizon.net with any questions or if you would like the Zoom link.

Kol Shalom Sisterhood

Sunday December 3, 2023 via ZOOM @ 11:00 AM will be the final meeting for Kol Shalom Sisterhood this year. Click here for the Zoom link. Not sure if you attended the "Sichot beyn Achyot-Conversation with Sisters" on Sunday, it was so informative. If you participate in any charity supporting women, we welcome you to this meeting to share your experience. "Charity begins at Home!"

The annual Torah Fund appeal will be reaching you soon via inbox and/or mailbox.

Edith Magruder


Kol Shalom Movie Night

Kol Shalom Movie Night welcomes the fourth night of Hannukah on Sunday, December 10, at 7 PM with the romantic comedy Hannukah on Rye, a G-rated, 85-minute, 2022 Hallmark movie (link to be sent later). 

Molly is poised to become the fourth generation of her family to run Gilbert’s Deli on the Lower East Side of New York City. Meanwhile, Jacob Zimmer’s family is “deli royalty” in Southern California and have a completely different way of doing business. Jacob is spearheading the expansion of Zimmer’s to New York City just blocks away from Gilbert’s. A couple weeks before the first night of Hanukkah, Jacob’s “bubby” gives Jacob an early Hanukkah gift: she’s signed him up with an infamous matchmaker. Molly’s bubby has the same idea. According to the rules, Jacob and Molly must hand write letters under assumed names to get to know each other. As they begin to write to each other under their pseudonyms of Beth and David, they begin to fall for each other. There’s a romantic connection between them over Hanukkah week until Molly learns Jacob’s identity and realizes he could potentially put her family’s deli out of business. Molly is torn between “David,” for whom she has started to love thanks to his letters, and Jacob, with whom she has a serious conflict. In the end, will Molly and Jacob put their differences aside and get their own Hanukkah miracle?


Filmed in Winnipeg, Canada, Hannukah on Rye offers us a light-hearted holiday celebration and respite. For the most authentic participation experience, it is suggested that viewers have their own latkes ready to eat at exactly 1 hour and chai (18) minutes into the movie.


 “Think of all the miracles that had to happen for us to get here,” says Jacob’s grandmother, Esther. It’s a perfect message that manages to be poignant despite the cliché and is fitting not just for Hanukkah — but for most of Jewish history.

Severn Grove Winter Coat Drive

Kerry Foley, a local realtor in the Severn Grove Community, is conducting a Winter Coat Drive. She is collecting new or gently used coats, hats, and gloves for the less fortunate in our community. Click here to view the flyer.

To participate, please bring your items to Congregation Kol Shalom no later than Wednesday, December 6, 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.

Community Chanukah Event

The Jewish Community will celebrate Chanukah with a Parade of Light on Sunday, December 10.

A car parade will depart from Safeway at 5:30 PM and head to the City Dock for the Menorah Lighting. Latkes, donuts, and hot drinks will be served.

Click here to view the flyer.

Please contact www.chabadacc.com/chanukahparade with your questions AND/OR your RSVP if you plan to attend.


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