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Welcome To Our Virtual Temple!

 

Dear KKBE Family,

As challenging and unprecedented as these uncertain times are, Jewish tradition provides some clarity: “Kol Yisrael aravim zeh bazeh — all Israel [and indeed all of humanity] are responsible for one another.” The most important way we can take responsibility for one another at this time is to do all within our power to proactively curb the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve of this pandemic. Therefore, as of March 18, 2020, KKBE’s office is closed, and all programs and Shabbat services suspended, until further notice.

Please know you can continue to reach our Clergy and Senior Staff through the KKBE office number, (843) 723-1090, and then selecting our extensions. Each of us receive remote notification when voicemail messages are left in the office. While our Clergy are unable to make in-person visits at this time, we remain available by phone and FaceTime and encourage anyone who needs assistance or connection to please be in touch. 

Stay safe,
The KKBE Staff

At a Glance/Quick Links

Virtual Tot Shabbat with Miss Robin:  Every Saturday morning at 10:00 am 
          A Virtual Shabbat Celebration for Families With Young Children!  
 
          To access the link and password, please contact Robin here   

Zoom Torah Study with Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:    Sundays, 10:30 am  On hiatus until September.
          Casual and conversational, join us for an ongoing discussion of the foundational text of Jewish thought and practice.
          No Hebrew required ~ Everyone welcome!     To access the link and password, e-mail Rabbi Alexander

The Bible's Books of Dissent - An Online CourseThursdays, 7:30 - 8:45 pm    (taught By Dr. Michael S. Kogan)
          Dr. Kogan will lead us through the books of Job, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes. 
          Attendees should have a copy of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), preferably the New Jewish Publication Society translation. If you               don't have one in your home and cannot purchase a copy, please contact Rabbi Rosenbaum (rabbirosenbaum@emanu-el.com)
          to receive a scanned copy of each book.  The link is: 
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclf-qoqzssE9I3Z77WltdpgLftJCFrSTD5

The Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Torah Study Community:   On this site you'll find links to a summary, podcast and full text of                this week's Torah portion, as well as several commentaries.  Click HERE to access the URJ site.         

Upcoming Events

KKBE Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:30 am

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30 am.  This meeting will be held virtually via ZOOM.  All members will receive instructions on how to register for this meeting.  If you do not have an email address on file with the office, please contact Irene at irene@kkbe.org for instructions on how to register for the meeting.

 

Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM)  Meeting
Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Join CAJM on June 1st for our first ever ZOOM full network meeting.  Join with members from our 30 congregations as we hear about our ongoing issue work and CAJM’s new 10 Year Strategic Plan. To register, contact LuAnn Rosenzweig @ luannrosen@gmail.com

Estate Planning Check-Up: Why You Should Review and Update Your Plans Now
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm
This program is being led by guest Dana Wine Johnson, Esq.  Do you have an estate plan?  Have you reviewed it recently?  Now, more than ever, your plans need to be up-to-date.  To register, contact the KKBE office at office@kkbe.org

Protecting Your Family Through Estate Planning: A Primer on Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney and Why You Need Them 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm
This program is designed for young families and people who do not have any estate plans.  Learn about wills, trusts and power of attorney, and why you need them!  Led by attorney Dana Wine Johnson.  To register, contact irene@kkbe.org

Drive-In Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, June 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm
KKBE will pilot another unique and “live” worship experience at All Saints Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant (where our East Cooper Shabbat Services have been taking place). Since stay-at-home orders were instituted, All Saints has been gathering in their parking lot, using an FM-transmitter to broadcast the pastor and music over car radios. Over the weeks, they have tweaked their process and, most graciously, recently reached out to us with an invitation to make use of their set-up for our own congregational worship.  Details to follow!

Our Daily Connections

Friday, May 29, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to the Hodosh family, the Cadwell family and the Curtis/Krasnoff family.  Shabbat Shalom!

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler:

My heart is aching. As we are all trying to adjust to our COVID-19 new normal, we’re being told again and again that singing, especially group singing, is dangerous. But this is who I am, a songleader, leading groups of people singing. I’m trying to re-imagine myself, my work, and my joy. It’s difficult. And I know that I’m not alone in this. My colleagues and friends are all facing the same dilemma. Computer connections are incapable of allowing live simultanious singing. We mute our congregations after encouraging them to join in and repeat after me. I try to “feel” your voices, but the silence is sometimes overwhelming. I can only imagine how difficult it is right now for our dedicated choir, Koleinu. We have no idea when it will be safe again for them to stand shoulder to shoulder, raising their voices in harmony and song. For now, all we have is technology. I am learning so much. But the ability to create these beautifully orchestrated, digitally blended choral pieces that we see online is still beyond me. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out. I hope I won’t have to. Until then, I offer you this quarantine setting of Leon Sher’s Heal Us Now. It was created by Haszamir Hasharon. They give special thanks to Lior Ben-Shlush for playing piano and conducting, and to Vivian and Matthew Lazar, the founders of Zamir Choral Foundation. I hope it brings you as much joy, healing, and comfort as it brought to me.  Listen HERE

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Steve Bram:
Words I try to live by:

Always pray to have 
eyes that see the 
best in people,
A heart that forgives
the worst,
A mind that forgets
the bad,
And a soul that never
loses faith in God

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:  Enjoy!

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:
https://storiedlifeillustrated.com/2020/05/24/5-very-jewish-lessons-i-learned-from-cutting-my-hair/

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:
I’m beginning to crack. I look for signs to let me know that it’s all going to be ok. Then I found this, and I knew, it’s all going to be...
Just Fine (Noah Aronson’s new release)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:  Friends, I think you will get a kick out of this song as I did.
Please press on the link .

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Today Rabbi Kanter shares some of the Judaica in his collection and invites you to share pictures of your favorite Judaica.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:  Watch HERE

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to
the Cohen family, the Goldberg family, the Bates family, Shoshanna Richek, Nina Ziff and the Ziff Family Singers.  Shabbat Shalom!

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler: 

In 2009, KKBE had a Coffee House program. Congregants presented songs and skits while everyone sipped on coffee and tea. Tamar BenArdout, Heidi Kunitz-Levy (of blessed memory), and I performed our version of the song May I Suggest, by Susan Werner.  We also recorded a rehearsal.

While looking for the light during this darkness we find our selves in, I saw that I was not alone.  It seems everyone is finding silver linings and posting them on social media.  So I took the liberty of including some of the joy that I found, and set it as the backdrop to this recording.
https://youtu.be/0S0UujrVO5M

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Steve Bram. The link below is a wonderful article by Deepak Chopra, MD. “Finding your calm center during uncertain times”. I hope you find it worthwhile as well.  https://bit.ly/KKBEMay13

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter.  Learn the first line of the Sh'ma in sign language here!

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:
https://storiedlifeillustrated.com/2020/05/10/stacks-piles-and-shelves-9/

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to Emily Merrill, Alayna Merrill, Ralph D’Amico, Ellen McGeady, Tamar BenArdout, Amanda Gilbert, Jim & Marilyn Geiger, and the Elias Family,
with a very special thank you to our Torah reader, Phil Saul.

This Shabbat we encourage you to participate in the liturgy by following along in Mishkan T’filah, available as a free online Flipbook:

- On a phone or other device (separate from where you’re watching the video), go to:  https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/resources-repaginated/#
- Click on: “Mishkan T’filah for Weekdays, Shabbat, and Festivals

We have included page numbers in the video, both announced and on the screen, for each prayer found in the prayer book. So, please, click on the picture below, join us — and Shabbat Shalom!

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Thursday, May 6, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler: 

We could always use a reason to smile.  Here’s a little song I learned way back with the Girl Scouts.  It’s always been one of my favorites! You can turn almost anything into a verse.  I really enjoyed singing it virtually with my friend Boca (Susan Shane Linder - singinwithsusan.com )!
We even saved a verse for YOU at the end.  ENJOY!
https://youtu.be/UEcMb32f1Vk

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Wednesday, May 5, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:  

Dear Friends, Please enjoy this link of a recording on how best to be resilient during difficult times like this one. The recording seems really relevant and helpful.   https://product.soundstrue.com/resilience-in-challenging-times/

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:  WATCH HERE

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander: 
https://storiedlifeillustrated.com/2020/05/03/stacks-piles-and-shelves-8/

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to the Ticks, the Gamliels, the Gorsteins, the Swicks, Marshall Slaybod, Shula Holtz, and Emma Gladden, with a special shout-out to Ruby and Ari Gamliel! Shabbat Shalom!

April 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Alexander:  https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/stacks-piles-and-shelves-7/

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram: 

Dear KKBE friends,   I wanted to share some levity this time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Humor can sooth the soul at times like these. Please press on the picture below.

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Tuesday, April 28

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Greg Kanter:  ENJOY!

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler:

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, is Wednesday.  I wanted to share a recording of Hatikvah, the National Anthem, with everyone.  Well that sent me down a YouTube rabbit hole!  Here are some of my favorites!

A new anthem by the awesome Maccabeats!
https://youtu.be/n8G1T91RWDU

Mare Winningham, from her album Refuge Rock Sublime
https://youtu.be/KlV5X5EHnxU

Sam Glaser’s powerful vocals
https://youtu.be/70MGGt6DCwo

Accent Vocal’s very cool A Cappella version
https://youtu.be/5rvDqu7kHQQ

David Zasloff plays it on Shofar. This is very strange!
https://youtu.be/z_XIfd4wpp8

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to Marsha & Bill Greenhill, Judy & Tim Carle and family, Paige & TR Williams, Lois Sugarman, Tamar BenArdout and Adam Ziff.   Shabbat Shalom!

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:  
https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/stacks-piles-and-shelves-6/

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Steve Bram:  https://solutions21.com/blog/2020/04/16/a-beautiful-dilemma/

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter: HERE

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler.
Here is a special video of KOLEINU singing Debbie Friedman’s Mi Shebeirach with our beautiful organ at KKBE. 
Listen HERE

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler. Special thanks to Ellie Kunitz-Levy, and the Smilowitz, Fried and Weinman families for participating, with a shout out to Jordan Smilowitz! Shabbat Shalom from your KKBE family!

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:
https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/stacks-piles-and-shelves-5/

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:

Dear KKBE friends,
I found Brené Brown’s 4 tips for navigating anxiety during the Coronavirus to be illuminating. It really resonated for me. I hope it does for you, too.  
Be well and safe.   
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brene-browns-4-tips-for-navigating-anxiety-during-the-coronavirus/

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter: HERE

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler.  Turn up the volume and enjoy!

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler. Special thanks to the Mahon, Rosenberg and Archer families for participating!  Shabbat Shalom from your KKBE family!

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:
https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/stacks-piles-and-shelves-4/

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:
 
 The Power of Positivity
 
Use your voice for kindness,
your ears for compassion,
your hands for charity,
your mind for truth and
your heart for love

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter: HERE

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Music Director Robin Shuler:
A Pandemic Playlist: Jewish and Secular Songs for This Moment:
https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2020/04/01/pandemic-playlist-jewish-and-secular-songs-moment

Friday, April 3, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler. Shabbat Shalom from your KKBE family!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:

https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/stacks-piles-and-shelves-3/
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Executive Director Steve Bram: 
Here is another way of viewing the Pandemic that has helped me change some of my attitudes about it.  I hope it provides you some relief as well by adding this different perspective into the mix.

Pandemic
By Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel
Cease from buying and selling
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life

Center down
And when your body has become still
reach out with your heart
know that we are connected
In ways that are terrifying and beautiful
(you could hardly deny it now)
Know that our lives
are in another’s hands

 

March 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020    Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:   WATCH HERE                                                       __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Monday, March 30, 2020    Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Robin Shuler- Enjoy a moment of Zen!    WATCH AND ENJOY!                                      __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Friday, March 27, 2020    Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.                                                      CLICK HERE        Shabbat Shalom from your KKBE family!
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Thursday, March 26, 2020    Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:
                                                      https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/stacks-piles-and-shelves-2/
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020    Hello friends. I thought that the information below  would be helpful information to share with all of you.  At this time,                                                           when many things seem out of control, it’s a good reminder that there a number of things that are in our control. The                                                               article below has helped mobilize me during these troubled times.  I hope it has a similar effect on you. 
                                                        Be safe and well.    Steve Bram, Executive Director 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020    Enjoy today's KKBE CONNECTION message from Rabbi Kanter:  bit.ly/RabbiKanter2020
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Monday, March 23, 2020    Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Music Director, Robin Shuler: "Here’s a Healing Playlist compiled by the beautiful                                                     souls at lab/shul in NYC. Much thanks to them, and love to all!"   Simply click on the picture, and enjoy!

     
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Friday, March 20, 2020    Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Music Director, Robin Shuler.
                                                CLICK HERE    Shabbat Shalom from your KKBE family!
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Thursday, March 19, 2020    Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander. Please click below to read and join her in                                                                           conversation:    https://storiedlifeillustrated.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/stacks-piles-and-shelves/

                                                      Please join me for Zoom Torah Study this and every Sunday: https://zoom.us/j/3169772517  10:30-11:30 am

Sat, May 30 2020 7 Sivan 5780