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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 RobinSaturdays July 11, 18 and 25, 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

KKBE's Zoom Movie ClubMondays, July 6, 13 & 20  8:00 - 9:00 pm  
Each week we will watch a movie that is streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Then we’ll come together via Zoom to discuss it’s religious, spiritual moral and/or biblical themes. At the end of the hour, we’ll vote on which film to discuss at our next meeting.  The movie for July 13 is I Am Not Your Negro, streaming on Netflix.  To get the link, contact Irene at irene@kkbe.org

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's Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series:   From Rambunctious Child to Substance Misuse and Recovery 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at noon
Jay Shifman is a Mental Health and Substance Misuse & Recovery Speaker, Coach, and Advocate. 
Come here Jay's story: the slow march toward full blown addiction, multiple suicide attempts, his overdose and his time in a lockdown unit and a long-term care facility.  He will talk about how he entered recovery and what he does now.   To get the zoom link, contact the KKBE office at office@kkbe.org

 

Zoom Wine Tasting!
Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a zoom wine tasting with Scott Cohen.  Purchase one, several or all of the bottles from the list on your own.  We will try them, hear what Scott has to say, and share an opinion or two (or more, depending on the wine!)  Click here for the list.  For the zoom link, contact Irene at irene@kkbe.org.

Drive-In Shabbat Evening Service:  
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm
All Saints Lutheran Church, 
2107 North Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 
Join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat in our cars!  No RSVP necessary.

KKBE's Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series:   Pandemics in the Human Experience: Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at noon
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Bossak, Associate Professor of Public Health at the College of Charleston.  Dr.  Bossak is currently assisting the Lowcountry Region of SC DHEC with epidemiology data analysis and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To get the zoom link contact the office at office@kkbe.org

Zoom Shabbat:
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Please join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat together over zoom.  For the zoom link, contact Irene at irene@kkbe.org.

KKBE Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series:  Secrets....Spies, Lies and Martini Club Ties 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at noon

Author Alan Eysen will be on had to talk about his three novels currently in print: THE MARTINI CLUB MYSTERY; (its sequel) THE MARTINI CLUB MYSTERY--THE TREASURE CHEST. And the one that excites his fans the most-- SPIES, LIES AND CRIMINAL TIES. 
All can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  To get the zoom link contact the office at office@kkbe.org 

Our Daily Connections

July 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:

I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been on the internet A LOT lately! It’s true that there’s negativity out there, but there’s also huge amounts of wonderful new content, especially in Jewish music.  Here’s a sampling of what I’ve fallen in love with recently.  Some of it may not be THAT new, but it’s new to me, and probably new to you.

Shalom Rav- Lexi Weakley
https://open.spotify.com/album/1I24kOa6LNEfFEvAbCMZIf?si=rOPTICo7QQKF37yVqJocVw

Hashkiveinu - Joe Buchanan -  https://youtu.be/UXmLpgfLc4s

Mizmor Shir - Sababa -  https://youtu.be/GfiU68_hQ6M

We Belong Together -  Leon Sher -  https://youtu.be/G8jjUnnCBuU

Everywhere (David Wilcox) - Ellen Dreskin/Dan Nichols/So Is Life
https://youtu.be/DNOp3AuZnq8

Children of the World - (Dan Nichols/Rebecca Winter) - So Is Life
https://open.spotify.com/track/6mvLADWL8mQALwSjqzqJQk?si=gt0gVKyzQxWPwA7tB_wWOg

Yih’yu L’ratzon - Laurie Akers
https://www.facebook.com/608947720/posts/10157027437967721/?

For the Kiddos!
Wear a Mask and You’ll Be Cool - (Cantor Rachelle Nelson, Sue Horowitz, & Susan Shane Linder) -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx2JySbaCB0

And finally, the song isn’t Jewish but Sue Horowitz is. If you don’t know Sue or her music, you’re missing out! With a velvet voice and biting lyrics, Sue is one of the best Jewish songwriters out there today.  I’m grateful to call her my friend.  Check her out!  

Angel Oak - Sue Horowitz -  https://youtu.be/sCrx0v_dO_8

As you listen to all of this wonderful music, remember that these musicians are struggling to re-create themselves as we negotiate our new Covid reality.  Buy their music, and support them in any way you can. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:
Dear KKBE friends, You may find this funny during our new reality. This is how I feel!


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from congregant Phil Saul:  Watch it here

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from KKBE's Educator, Melanie Archer:

Quarantine time with children can be challenging. It can be a real struggle to continue to find new activities to keep your children busy. Now would be an opportune time to start documenting your family’s history. Your children can call older relatives and ask about family members and their stories. You can create a family tree, label old photographs with names, dates, and locations, and start a new photo album with pictures, notes, and saved memorabilia. You could create your own version of the board game Guess Who using family members, or make trivia questions about the family. Older children could make a Kahoot (they know what is). There are many ways to capture and preserve family history, and now would be a great time to help engage your children in the process.

For more ideas for keeping your kids busy during the quarantine, check out:
https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2020/03/16/9-jewish-activities-try-when-youre-cooped-home-kids

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to Esther Adelson, Abby Archer, Ally and David Fahrer, Emma Gladden, Ellie Kunitz-Levy, Abby McElveen, Adam Ziff and Seth ZimmermanWatch HERE

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from our Music Director, Robin Shuler:
Happy 4th of Jewly!

Jews have been responsible for writing some of the most iconic American songs. Here’s a short list:
– 1823 John Payne (son of Sarah Isaacs) (lyricist), “Home Sweet Home.”
– 1908 Nora Bayes, “Shine on Harvest Moon” (assisted by her husband Jack Norworth)
– 1908 Albert Von Tilzer, “Take Me out to the Ball Game”
– 1909 Gus Edwards, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”
– 1911 Harry von Tilzer, “I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad”
– 1911 Irving Berlin, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
– 1925 Gus Kahn (lyricist), “Nothing Could be Finer Than to Be in Carolina in the Morning”
– 1935 George Gershwin, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
– 1938 Harold Arlen with lyricist Yip Harburg, “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
– 1938 Irving Berlin, “God Bless America”

There’s a great article in The Forward about American songs written by Jews here: https://forward.com/culture/200789/hey-baby-its-the-4th-of-jew-ly/
You have to give them your email, or subscribe, but there’s some great content in there. Two of my favorite songs they refer to are:
Coming to America (Neil Diamond) : https://youtu.be/9ttDUGM-1mU
America (Simon & Garfunkel) : https://youtu.be/Eo2ZsAOlvEM

So when your sparklers are sparkling while you celebrate America’s birthday, be proud that over the years, Jews have led the way in shaping our cultural patriotism through music.

Happy birthday America!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:  We all could use a boost in our mood with these challenging times. I hope the 10 ways to boost your mood below are helpful to you:
                                                                                              10 Ways To Boost Your Mood
 
We all have good days and bad days. It's what makes us human. When you're having a bad day, it's easy to feel sorry for yourself and spend hours in front of the television. Now, bad moods can linger and be hard to snap out of - that is if you let them!
 
Keep on reading to learn 10 ways you can boost your mood and get out of that slump.
 
1) Spend time outdoors.
2) Get lost in a good book.
3) Hang out with your furry best friend.
4) Journal.
 5) Plan a surprise date night.
 6) Prepare your favorite dinner.
 7) Go on a long walk.
 8) List five things that went well today.
 9) Have a good laugh.
 10) Smile.

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June 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Greg Kanter:
 From the wisdom of URJ leaders, there have been lots of thoughts on the current pandemic.  And wisdom on the pandemic comes to us from centuries of Jewish thought.  This article addresses some of the ways health and wellness intersect with our ancient wisdom and traditions.  https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-life/health-wellness/what-does-jewish-tradition-say-about-health-wellness-and-aging
 
Feel free to share your thoughts and, if you are so inspired, continue to peruse the archives of URJ.org for wisdom for our times.
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Melanie Archer:
Children feel the impact of the world around them. They have feelings, ideas, and opinions about what they hear and see at very young ages. Children mimic and identify with what they are exposed to. Our children experience things happening in our homes, communities, and schools. They are also exposed to a constant flood of information through social media. As adults, it is our job to guide our children through modeling of behavior, discussions, and actions. It is critical to talk to our children about difficult topics. It is even more important to LISTEN to our children. Kids see the world through a different lens than the generation before. It is important to let them talk, give them a voice, and really hear them out. We must also use our collective voices to stand up for what is right and just. Together, with our children, we can amplify our voices to protect all people.
Racism is one topic our children are experiencing. Some of our children are victims of racism and some are witnesses. Unfortunately, some may even be acting or speaking in a racist manner. Some of the racist words spoken or acts committed may have not been intended to be hurtful. They may have been learned through exposure. It is critical to talk about racism so our children can understand the power behind words and actions. As adults, we want to teach our children to use those powerful words and actions for good and not for hate.

Starting a dialogue with children is the first step. Be open and honest and be sure to listen. As adults, we must also be open and honest with ourselves. Sometimes, we do not have the answers. Sometimes we have used the wrong words. It is our job to find the appropriate course of action, find the acceptable words, take ownership when mistakes are made and apologize when hurt is caused. Even more, talk to children about the mistakes and how they are repaired. Be the change.

Sometimes, children are not able or comfortable expressing their thoughts in words. It is important to offer other outlets to express ideas and feelings. If a child does not want to engage in a dialogue, suggest an alternative form of communication: drawing, painting, singing, building, creating poetry, story writing, acting, and so on. Art can be an impactful way to provide an outlet for emotions and a creative display for ideas to share with others.

There are so many fantastic resources to help adults start meaningful conversations with children of all ages. Here are a few links to articles I found particularly impactful:
https://www.npr.org/…/how-white-parents-can-talk-to-their-k…

https://nfty.org/take-action/racial-justice/ https://campcoleman.org/2020/06/07/racial-justice/

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to the Gladden Family, the Rosenzweig family, the Abedon family, Gussie Levy and Gabe Johnson.   WATCH HERE

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Robin Shuler:
“June will forever be known as  Pride Month, paying homage to the Stonewall Inn uprising that took place on June 28, 1969, serving as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.
 
In non-COVID times Pride supporters filled their calendars with parades and events across the globe, celebrating the importance of LGBTQ+ rights and representation. It seems only fitting during this time of another equality movement, Black Lives Matter, that messaging reflects a nod to the history of Pride—an uprising against police brutality by the queer community.” (Nicole Schuman, prnewsonline.com)

On June 1 GLAAD released a statement:
“It is all of our responsibility to speak out publicly against racism, systemic injustice, and police brutality, and to elevate voices and amplify stories of people of color, especially within the LGBTQ community...There can be no Pride if it is not intersectional.”

I went searching for Jewish music that reflected this historic moment. I discovered real treasure, and I hope you love them as much as I do. I’m pleased to introduce you to Book of J. 

The group consists of acoustic guitarist and singer Jeremiah Lockwood and the vocalist Jewlia Eisenberg. They cover an expansive musical landscape that encompasses gothic Yiddish songs, Piedmont blues, queer politics, and Leonard Cohen covers. Both musicians have deep roots in Jewish music: Lockwood has his own band, The Sway Machinery, and grew up singing in the High Holidays choir of his grandfather, Jacob Konigsberg, a renowned cantor, while Eisenberg continues to lead the experimental, politically minded Yiddishkeit vocal group Charming Hostess, which she founded two decades ago. 

From their website, www.bookofj.com - Book of J is engaged in new psalmody, drawing from the rich biblical commentary of Black and White American traditional music, Yiddish songs of ghosts and police violence, and piyutim (paraliturgical songs) with a queer bent. Expect old-time religion, radical politics, angels and demons, workers and bosses, diasporic languages, erotic longing, close-text reading, hard times resolved and destiny fulfilled. Also, singing along is good. Book of J is Jewlia Eisenberg (Charming Hostess) and Jeremiah Lockwood (Sway Machinery).

Find them on
Facebook - https://m.facebook.com/b00k0fJ/
YouTube -   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYnh4f3aAo2ZDcFBoD_l9WyWMBdYbjxXp 
iTunes -  https://music.apple.com/us/album/book-of-j/1336219262
My favorites are:  Khavele, Freedom Plow, and the Leonard Cohen cover, The Partisan

ENJOY!!  Robin 🎶

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Greg Kanter:  Watch Here

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:
https://storiedlifeillustrated.com/2020/06/21/found-in-translation/

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  You may have heard about it in the news.  Tema Smith says in The Forward magazine, “This year, it is time for the Jewish community to mark Juneteenth. Seek out your local Juneteenth celebration. Lobby your congressperson to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Read about the enduring impact of chattel slavery on American black communities. Commit yourself to acts of social justice that will dismantle systemic inequalities in America. This, and more, our moral tradition compels us to do.”

 Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more, through a Jewish lens. Join Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Forward columnist Tema Smith and Editor-in-Chief Jodi Rudoren for “A Jewish conversation about Juneteenth” via Zoom on Friday, June 19 at noon. Click here to register.

 I had the blessing of meeting Rabbi Sandra at URJ Camp OSRUI, while there for a song leading retreat called Shabbat Shira.  
-You can listen to her here: Sandra Lawson.  
-She also leads a daily morning prayer practice on Facebook: Sandra Lawson
-But my favorite place to find her is Barefoot Bluegrass & Blues on the Porch
-You can learn about her Jewish Journey on her website: https://www.rabbisandralawson.com
-She’ll also be leading a special  Kabbalat Shabbat Zoom service to mark Juneteenth at 5:00pm.  Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Steve Bram:
Dear Friends, Please press on the link below for a special Jewish blessing during the pandemic. I hope everyone is well and safe. Steve
 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:  
This past winter, I read and was deeply moved by Marra Gad’s memoir, The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl. Marra grew up in Chicago’s Reform Jewish community and is an alumna of the URJ’s OSRUI camp in Oconomowoc, WI. Shortly after completing her book, I had the opportunity to hear Marra speak at the URJ Biennial Convention. Her stories – both in the book and in her talk – were painful, funny, personal, and eye-opening. They hold up a mirror to all of us in progressive Jewish communities and challenge us to take a deep look at ourselves, both collectively and as individuals. Recently, I discovered that Marra had been interviewed for a podcast at the same Biennial where I heard her speak. Her open and honest reflections are a true gift, and I’m grateful to be able to pass them along to you:
https://soundcloud.com/collegecommons/marra-gad-racism-in-progressive-communities

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi-Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler. 
Special thanks to Maci-Sullivan Rothberg, Adam Krasnoff, Taylor Kahn-Perry, Eli Sherman, Daniel Maniscalco, Janet Bates, Sue Weinman, Cynthia Hodosh, the Colman family, and the Lindhorst/Silver family!  Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about learning to love and having to be taught to hate.  And then I stumbled upon this lovely rendition of Crosby Stills and Nash’s TEACH YOUR CHILDREN, sung by Julie Silver (http://juliesilver.com) and Hollye Dexter (https://www.hollyedexter.net/about).
I hope it’s as meaningful and beautiful to you as it is to me. 

And it is dedicated to Miss Stella Grey Howard. Welcome to the world little one.  I can’t wait to watch you “become yourself".    https://youtu.be/91JVxsWIhcY

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Steve Bram:
Dear KKBE friends. Please find below a link that provides an important and fresh perspective for us to consider:
https://www.today.com/news/what-if-2020-isn-t-canceled-inspiring-poem-message-change-t183397

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Tuesday,  June 9, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:
Shalom friends. If, like me, you are feeling unsure what to do in this uncertain time now complicated with even more uncertain times, consider this link with 75 suggestions for things we can consider doing to make the world a better place for us and our children. This link was shared by my colleague, Rabbi Lucy Dinner.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection is from Robin Shuler:
“Tree of Life” in the honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others who are victims of this brutal hate and discrimination that is sweeping our lands. We will always sing and stand beside you. 🙏⛰💔 #teamlove
 https://www.facebook.com/534222382/posts/10158288088432383/?

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Steve Bram:  A powerful question for you to ponder:
Who will you be when you come out of this time that you weren’t when you went in?

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:  https://storiedlifeillustrated.com/2020/05/29/one-and-only/

 

 

May 2020

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, July 11 2020 19 Tammuz 5780