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Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Stephanie Alexander: 
Torah Study meets via Zoom.  The first class of the new semester will be Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 10::30 am.
To view all Torah Study dates, please refer to the KKBE calendar, HERE
Casual and conversational, join us for an ongoing discussion of the foundational text of Jewish thought and practice.  
We are currently reading and discussing perhaps the most powerful and poignant commandments in whole Torah: The Holiness Code — join us, all are welcome!
No Hebrew required.  To access the link and password, e-mail the KKBE Office.

Monday Study with Michael Kogan: The Prophets of Ancient Israel
Mondays7:30 - 8:45 pm   
Dr. Kogan's class will reconvene on Monday, October 4th, 2021.

Dr. Kogan's class is currently studying the prophets.  New students are always welcome.  
The link is:

Lifelong Learning Programs
All lifelong Learning programs can be found HERE.

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.   

PJ Library:  PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Families with kids ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be.  Learn more HERE.

Upcoming Virtual and In-Person Shabbat Services

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm
First Friday Shabbat Evening Service
Join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat via Shabbat.
The Zoom link is

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Shabbat Evening Service in the KKBE  Sanctuary and Livestream
Join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat.
Registration required. To register for this service, go HERE.
To join us on livestream, please go HERE

Saturday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm
East Cooper Shabbat Evening Service
Our East Cooper Shabbat Evening Service will be held at
All Saints Lutheran Church, 2107 N Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, SC.
Registration is required.  Please register HERE.

Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Shabbat Evening Service in the KKBE  Sanctuary and Livestream
Join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat.
Registration required. To register for this service, go HERE.
To join us on livestream, please go HERE

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service in the KKBE  Sanctuary and Livestream
Join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat.
Registration required. To register for this service, go HERE.
To join us on livestream, please go HERE

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:00 am
Tot Shabbat at KKBE with Miss Robin
 A Shabbat Celebration for Families with Small Children! 
Registration Required. Register HERE.

Upcoming Programs 

Our KKBE Connections

May 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:

This past week, I had the honor and pleasure of officiating along with Rabbi Alexander at the Confirmation service of the 2021/5781 Confirmation class.  For me, it was extra special because the class includes students I’ve been teaching for years now in various capacities.  Most of the service was led by the Confirmation students.  I was there to help a bit.

The class led a beautiful service that they created with their own writings on the theme of Jewish lessons they learned based on the alphabet.  So, “’A’ was for acceptance” and “B” is for “b’rachot” and “J” is for “Judaism”, etc.

They used opportunities between the traditional prayers to share their reflections on their Jewish learning through the alphabet and through the years.

Our students often inspire me.  It made me think if I could come up with a Jewish lesson for each letter of the alphabet.  Could you?

For me, “Z is for Zionism”.  And now Zionism is more relevant than ever.
We’ve been watching the news as Israel is barraged with thousands of rockets from Gaza and suffering from terror attacks in her cities.

For many of us, we’ve never seen it quite this bad for Israel in a long time.

What can we do?

For those of us with friends and family living in Israel, we can check on them and let them know we are aware and care about them.

For all of us who care about the Jewish homeland, even those of us who may never live there, we can send support to a number of organizations including the Charleston Jewish Federation at to support their efforts to support Israel at this time.

Israel remains the last resort for many Jews around the world where anti-Semitism has forced them to leave their home countries.  We believe that could never happen to us.  The Jews moving to Israel now also once believed it could never happen to them.

Yes, Israeli politics are complicated.  Let’s not allow the complexity cause us to simply turn away.  Let’s engage.  Let’s pay attention.  Let’s learn and let’s act. 

And finally, if you are having trouble understanding what is going on in Israel, feel free tor each out to me to talk about it and how we can make a difference and support the restoration of peace in the region.  Allow me to help you find a way to make Zionism a part of your Jewish identity.

Rabbi Greg Kanter



Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Melanie Archer:

Many of us have become technology dependent during the pandemic.  Technology provides opportunities to connect with loved ones, learn, work, and explore the world when it is almost impossible to do so in person.  Resources such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Facebook, Instagram, GroupMe, and so many others, have become part of daily means for interaction.  The internet is a necessity.  Students depend on the ability to get online to learn and connect with teachers and peers.  Adults are conducting virtual meetings instead of meeting in offices, boardrooms, or even coffee shops.  We share a collective need to turn to a screen to complete our everyday tasks.  The internet has proven to be an extremely valuable tool in keeping life moving forward.  However, we should be mindful of the impact the internet has on our brains. 

The pandemic forced a shift from in-person interaction to virtual connections.  Using the internet as a tool to accomplish what you are not able to get done in person is helpful.  Relying solely on the internet for entertainment, social interaction, news, and all other needs is dangerous.  Adults and children can benefit from the conscious practice of unplugging.  I encourage you to take a few minutes and view two short films (only 2 minutes each):  “Dear Student” and “Dear Parent”

According to Let It Ripple, the films connect, “the relationship between screen use and out character:  who we are to ourselves, to each other, and to the world.” We must be cognizant of how our brains are influenced through the extensive use of technology.  The hope is we all find the right balance of using the internet to accomplish what we need and unplug enough to preserve our character.  The “Let It Ripple”challenge for all of us:  unplug for 24 hours and fill the day with things you and your family love doing….without screens.

April 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection is from Robin Shuler:

The first time I attended a service at KKBE was in 1998,  I think! I sat behind a nice older gentleman, whom I would later come to adore, Harold Jacobs.  He turned around as the service was ending and told me that he thought I had a nice voice and should sing in the “choir”. All I had to do was come 30 minutes early to the next service.  I did, and I loved it!  At the time, the choir was not really organized and didn’t sing for every service.  

When the hired soloist who sang for services and led the choir left KKBE, no one really knew what to do.  We had no accompanist, and used a pitch pipe to start on the right note.  I remember at one service we actually forgot the melody for the Kiddush.  

And then Joe Sistino asked us to sing for his son’s Bar Mitzvah service.  He rehearsed us.  Debbie Zoller made binders for us.  He made us sound really good.  Shortly after, Rabbi Bob Siegel, of blessed memory, was leading a “Service in the Round” in the social hall.  The members of the choir sat with the congregation in a big circle.  At the end of the service, he noted how nice it was to sing with the choir, and not be sung AT.  That was the beginning of KOLEINU!

Shula Holtz and Debbie Zoller worked together to create a vision for Koleinu.  We would  move out of the loft and sing downstairs, with the congregation.  Wayne Foster was hired to play the organ, but he was adamant that the choir sing upstairs, with the organ.  There was compromise.  Wayne played the organ, and Debbie directed the choir from the loft as we sat downstairs.   Eventually, we got a keyboard, and we all sat downstairs.  In those days, Rabbi Holz would request an opening and closing song, and Shula would fill in the rest. The very first High Holy Day services with Koleinu, and not a soloist, was in 2002.  And thanks to Joe Sistino, there are recordings.  Here’s the choir singing Zochreinu. We still use this majestic melody today.

As Wayne Foster took on more choral directing duties, we hired the very talented Julia Harlow to accompany the choir, on the keyboard and the organ.  Julia is still with us, and we are continually grateful for her dedication to KKBE.  After Wayne left, Toby Singer was hired to direct Koleinu.  Toby was very young when he came to us, not yet 25.  As a musician and composer, he challenged the choir to take on new melodies. He also challenged the congregation to be open-minded about liturgical music with his program Shabbat Scattershot. The music is so “out there” that there’s a Disco Sh’ma. Toby is responsible for many of the arraignments that the choir sings today.  Here’s his composition for Hashkiveinu.

When Toby left to go spread his wings in New York City, KOLEINU was rudderless for a while.  And then one of the members, Heidi Kunitz-Levy,  stepped up, learned to conduct, and took on the role of Music Director.  As a singer and member of the choir, Heidi brought her unique perspective to KOLEINU.  Her passion, perfection, and joy were audible in all of KKBE’s music.  She even took our music beyond the walls of our synagogue and into the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  Here’s a performance of Shehecheyanu from 2006.

When Heidi became ill, one of our regular High Holy Day singers, Wayne French, agreed to sub for her when we needed him. In 2015, he recorded KOLEINU singing Debbie Friedman’s prayer for healing, Mi Shebeirach.  I think it soothed Heidi’s soul. Not just to hear these voices that she knew so well, singing for her healing; but to know that they would be ok without her.
When Heidi died in 2015, Wayne officially took on the role of Choir Director, and I took the job of Music Director for KKBE.  KOLEINU continued to sing, putting their hearts and souls into every service.  Eventually though, Wayne had to focus on his “real job”, and we needed to find another choir director.  Along came Jeremy O’Dell, our current director. 

Under the direction of Jeremy, and accompanied by Julia, KOLEINU continues to be a vital part of the music of KKBE.  And then the pandemic hit.  Singing together was dangerous, and since we shut down in March of 2020, members of the choir have been meeting weekly and virtually, checking in with each other.  And now, finally, the vaccinated members are back in the sanctuary! We are rehearsing and preparing for when we can all gather together, safely, to celebrate Shabbat!

If you want to be a part of that joy, if you love to sing, we invite you to join our voices - KOLEINU!
And if you want to hear that Disco Sh’ma, ring my bell...


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Mark Swick:
For many Jews, the customs relating to Kavod haMet – the act of honoring the dead – are focused in the immediate: on the funeral; the thirty-day period of mourning following burial, known as Shloshim; or in the observation of the anniversary of a death, known as Yahrtzeit.
Often overlooked as a central component of Kavod haMet, however, are the ways in which we care for the physical cemeteries in which our ancestors, friends, and fellow congregants are buried for eternity. Such has been the case at KKBE over the years, where the task of caring for our historic Coming Street and Huguenin Avenue cemeteries has fallen on just a few committed shoulders – among them Sol Breibert obm and Morton Ellison obm, as well as Anita Rosenberg, Randi Serrins, Mary Radin, and KKBE’s Cemetery Co-Chairs, Ed Kronsberg and Louis Tick, to name just a few. My deep thanks to each of them for their commitment to caring for our deceased friends and loved ones. 
Happily, this past Sunday KKBE’s Huguenin Avenue cemetery was bustling with activity, as congregants of all ages gathered – safely! – to help clean, upkeep, and beautify dozens of the several hundred graves on site in a program envisioned by our Religious School and Social Action Committees. The beautiful weather, surprisingly picturesque marsh scenery, and wonderful company made our work easy, and the time flew by. Together we weeded, removed vines and cut back bushes, rid the cemetery of just a few pesky fire ants, and of critical importance, lovingly cleaned row upon row of headstones with brushes, soap, and water, revealing names and inscriptions unseen for decades. We kibbitzed throughout, and by the end of two hours we were tired, albeit invigorated to return again before long, making this a regular event for any who may wish to join us. If you care to participate next time, please do reach out to me directly at
As an aside, our efforts this weekend were truly a family matter for some, and for me in particular. Among those buried in our Huguenin Avenue Cemetery are my first cousin twice removed, Manfred Steiner obm, who moved to Charleston late in his life to marry his sweetheart, Ruth Karesh obm. Cleaning cousin Manfred’s headstone was no less emotional and meaningful than cleaning those of our synagogue’s founders and recently departed. I invite and encourage you to join me next time.



Friday, April 16, 2021
Tonight's Shabbat Evening Service is brought to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Nina Ziff, Shula Holtz, the members of Koleinu, and Zoe Jones and her family.  To view the service, please either click on the picture below, or click HERE.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:

This week (tonight and tomorrow), we celebrate Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day. It can be a difficult holiday to celebrate in the Diaspora (kind of like celebrating the Fourth of July while abroad), but there are many special ways to connect with Israel this week if you’re game to try: The URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) has compiled a number of different virtual programs, including a Reform Movement-Wide Celebration on Thursday afternoon, a Jewish Federations of North America program on Thursday night, and special programming throughout the coming Shabbat, culminating with a special Havdalah and concert on Saturday evening. All of the links and information are available here.

However, this Yom HaAtzma’ut I invite you to consider planning to make an even more profound connection. Next summer — June 6-16, 2022 — KKBE will be traveling to Israel. There is simply no more meaningful way to connect to Israel than to be there! Our itinerary will include engaging experiences for both first-timers and return visitors. Each day we’ll have the opportunity to meet the people of Israel, as well as see its most significant sites. And we’ll learn about grassroots efforts to pursue peace and justice in Israel, just like we do here at home in Charleston. Most importantly, we’ll do it all with master guide and educator, Uri Feinberg (pictured above on KKBE’s last trip to Israel in 2016 — though we won’t need winter coats this time).

Full details of the itinerary, as well as pricing and registration, will be available this coming June. Registration will be capped at 40 people. No one’s place will be confirmed until registration is completed through our trip provider. However, if you’re interested in going, I invite you to reach out and let me know ( Nothing would make me happier than to know that my family and I can look forward to sharing this experience with you!

Rabbi Stephanie M. Alexander


Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection is from Rabbi Greg Kanter:

Recently, a wonderful professor from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion passed away, Dr. Michael Cook.  Dr. Cook taught a lot about the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity.  He was a brilliant, bright light in his field and knew more about Judaism and Christianity than most Jews or Christians know about their own religion or each other.  While he taught us how we are different, he always taught us to treat everyone with tremendous respect.  He emphasized that our differences did not necessarily make us better or worse; instead, he taught us to learn each others’ beliefs in context and to proceed with kindness and respect so that we can grow from each other even when we disagree.
Towards that end, I encourage you to check out this link to an article entitled “What do Jews Believe About Jesus?” posted in (available HERE)

I hope it helps you answer questions Jews in the Lowcountry are often asked by some of our non-Jewish neighbors and, at the same time, give you the ability to explain that while we sometimes believe very different things, we share much and common and respect our friends of all faiths.

March 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Melanie Archer:

I recently was sent this quote (attributed either to Captain Jack Sparrow or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – you decide!) from a dear friend of mine, and think it applies nicely to the ways in which our Religious School team members have adapted this past year.

 The quote came to me at just the right time. I had just started reflecting on the many modifications made since the beginning of the Pandemic to provide a distanced learning model for our religious school students. Our teachers embraced the challenge of finding new ways to teach their students. They continue to look for ways to provide their students with the resources and support needed to be successful. They did not allow the challenge of not being able to teach as they were accustomed to stop them from providing quality education.

I really believe that their attitudes made the difference, and that is worthy of our recognition.  I’m so grateful for KKBE’s talented and dedicated teaching staff. While this has not been the year we hoped for, thanks to our educator’s positive attitudes, countless hours spent on Zoom, and individualized education plans and instruction developed for many students, Covid has not stood in the way of our having a successful school year. Whether you are a parent of one of our Religious School students, or a congregant who values the Jewish education we strive to provide, please join me in thanking our Religious School teachers! Yasher koachem – thank you!  


Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Robin Shuler:
The week-long holiday of Pesach / Passover begins this Saturday at sundown. Passover is the most observed of all the Jewish Holidays.  Probably because it is celebrated around the table with family and friends and involves a lot of eating.  We begin the holiday with the Seder, the ritual retelling of our journey from slavery to freedom.  The word “seder” means order.  I’ve collected an eclectic mix of music very loosely based on each part of the Seder.  Some are serious, and some are silly, but all are worth a listen.  Enjoy! Chag Pesach Sameach, A Ziessen Pesach, Gut Yontif, Happy Passover!

THE SEDER (click on the bold to hear the song or blessing)

Kadesh - Bless the wine
We start with the actual blessings over the wine and Havdalah

Urechatz -  Washing Hands
The very catchy Vietnamese “Wash Your Hands” song for Covid-19

Karpas - Dipping the parsley in tears (salt water)
Avadim Hayinu from the Josh Nelson Project

Yachatz - We break the middle matzah
Michelle Citrin - 20 Things to do with Matzah
Michelle Citrin - 20 More Things to do with Matzah

Maggid - Tell the Story
10 Plagues in Egypt Land by Ellen Allard
My favorite version of Dayeinu from Craig Taubman & Laurence Juber

Rachtzah - Wash your hands AGAIN
20-Second Parodies for Handwashing from the Holderness Family

Motzi Matzah - Bless the Matzah
Lotsa, Lotsa Matza from Ellen Allard, sung by Shira Kline

Maror  - The Bitter Herb (All of us are slaves until all of us are free)
Sanctuary by Julie Silver 

Korech - the Hillel Sandwich
I couldn’t find a song about sandwiches that I liked, so here’s a song about Hillel instead, by Mah Tovu.

Shulchan Orech - The Meal
Here are some versions of Mi Chamocha to listen to while you eat:
Miriam’s Song (Debbie Friedman) 
From the Prince of Egypt
Joshua Nelson (Kosher Gospel) 
Nefesh Mountain 
Elana Jagoda & Saul Kay - Siyahamba 

Tzafun - Finding the Afikoman
The Afikoman Mambo by Joe Black

Barech - Elijah
A soul stirring choral version of Elijah Rock from  Moses Hogan (High School Maine All-States Choir 2010)

Hallel - Songs of Praise & CHAD GADYA!
Jack Black sings Chad Gadya and I can’t stop laughing!!!

Nirtzah - L’shana Haba’ah
Next year in Jerusalem, Next year in PERSON!
From Neshama Carlebach

And finally, closer to home, rabbis from around the US and Canada offer a contemporary version of the traditional prayer "Dayenu," as we long for a fully just world. Created and produced by Rabbis Alan Cook and Neal Katz. Featuring our own Rabbi Stephanie Alexander!


Friday, March 19, 2021
Tonight's Shabbat service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Susan Shane Linder, Alayna Merrill, Emily Merrill, Jason Gould and Matt GouldTo view the service, please either click on the picture below, or click HERE



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection is from Mark Swick:
I don’t have to tell you that Covid-19 has come with a litany of disappointments – cancelled events, restrictions upon restrictions, too much time away from friends and loved ones – not to mention the worst of all, the tragic loss of more than 2.5 million lives worldwide.
Though it pales in comparison, a real disappointment for our team and members of the KKBE Docent family has been the halt to daily tourism. From offering multiple tours per day, six days a week, to no in-person tours whatsoever for more than a year, we yearn for the day when we can reopen KKBE’s historic gates and sanctuary doors not only to congregants and friends like you, but also to the thousands of visitors who come by us each year.
Happily, the day draws near that our doors reopen, and tours resume. We’re so close! In the interim, though, we have you covered. I’m excited to let you know what’s been happening this week on the tourism front, and to remind you about video resources available to any KKBE member who may wish to learn more about our congregation’s proud history.

  • This past Monday KKBE was thrilled to welcome the co-hosts and production team behind the PBS series The Good Road – an “innovative, inspiring documentary series about two best friends who travel the world.” Co-hosts Craig Martin and Earl Bridges spent time on site with our congregational Docent and Historian Anita Rosenberg to introduce their national audience to KKBE, and South Carolina Jewish history. Look for the episode to run in August 2021 – you can bet we’ll let you know when it airs.
  • This Wednesday (today!) at 12PM we’re thrilled to be joining for a 1-hour tour of our sanctuary and museum. If you haven’t had the tour experience, or it’s been a while, we invite you to join us. There is still time to register – just click HEbRE to sign up. A video recording will be made available after the fact.

Did you know that as a KKBE member you get exclusive access to two extended videos about our congregation’s history? To access the videos, visit and sign in to your ShulCloud account for members-only access. Having trouble? Call the office at 843-723-1090 and we’ll be happy to help.

  • This Synagogue is our Temple is a 20-minute video produced in 2018 for tourists to view while our sanctuary was under renovation. It tells our history and that of our historic sanctuary in ways you have not heard before.
  • Coming Street Cemetery Guided Tour is just that – a 40-minute walk through KKBE’s historic burial site – the oldest Jewish cemetery in the South – with Anita Rosenberg. This video was only produced and uploaded to the website in the past few weeks, and is not to be missed.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:

I love family education. I love experiential learning. I love storytelling. So I can’t help it – I love Passover! I especially love the unique ways in which the Passover Seder has always engaged us with Jewish tradition, Jewish values, and the Jewish community. And though we may not yet be able to gather around one table together this year, we can still engage with one another.
I invite you to visit the following webpage:  

On the page you’ll see five “shelves” – i.e. five headings:

  2. Do you have a FAVORITE PASSOVER RECIPE? (And are you willing to share??)
  3. What SPECIAL RITUAL, SONG, FAMILY TRADITION… do you most look forward to in the Seder?
  4. Are you planning to include a NON-TRADITIONAL RITUAL ITEM on your Seder plate this year?
  5. At the end of the Seder, we say: “Next year in Jerusalem.” Fill in the blank with YOUR WISH for the end of this year’s Seder: “NEXT YEAR _____________.”

Beneath each heading, you’ll see the answers of those who have responded before you, and then a “+” sign. I invite you to do three things:

  1. Click on the “+” sign and add your own response. (You don’t have to, but we’d love it if you would include your name!)
  2. Read through the responses others have written and, if you’re so inclined, click on the “heart” (just like on Facebook or Instagram) to tell authors that you read and liked their posts.
  3. Keep checking back to read and react to new responses as they come in!

Our modalities change, and the technological tools available to us expand, but we are as ever:
Rooted deeply. Growing wisely. Cultivating community.


Friday, March 5, 2021
Tonight's Shabbat service comes to to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to the Kahn-Perry Family, Renee & Sewell Kahn, the (Aaron & Karen) Perlmutter Family, Nina Ziff, Hadley Cohen, Phillip Lipton, and Eva Rieck. To view the service, please either click on the picture below, or click HERE


Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:

For today’s KKBE Connection, I want to share with you a quote from the Carolina Charter from 1663.  We often offer this in the beginning of guided tours here at KKBE.  Part of the charter tells us that “Jews, Heathens and other Dissenters from the purity of the Christian religion,” were explicitly invited to settle the area we now call home.

To us, this concept is a little jarring and rings with anti-Semitic overtones.  However, I think it’s fair to say that for Jews at the time, this was one of the warmest welcomes we received anywhere in the world.  Certainly, students of Jewish history in Europe know that we have been alternately both invited in and expelled from most European countries at different times in their history.  And even when we were allowed in, we were considered second class citizens by governments and monarchies.

The difference in the point of view about these words – the difference between us and the Jews who first read and heard these words at the time – is remarkable.

Today, we enjoy freedom and equality in so many senses compared to our Jewish ancestors who first settled Charleston and the Colonies so that we often see the way they were treated as unfair.

It’s all about perspective!

There are freedoms today that we take for granted that people formerly took for granted and there are freedoms which we are still fighting for.  In fact, one could argue that fighting for freedoms really never ends.  If we become complacent about our freedoms and rights, we may find those same freedoms and rights slipping away.

For these reasons, we have to be vigilant about anti-Semitism whenever we experience it and the rights of others, in particular those still behind us as Jews.  The previous White House administration discriminated on the basis of religion and were supported by the United States Supreme Court.  And while our children do not face discrimination in the same way their grandparents might have, it remains our responsibility to teach them about it so that it doesn’t happen again.

We are so fortunate to live in the time and place(s) we currently live.  Let us count our blessings and teach the importance of human rights and it’s place in our own history to future generations so that they remain educated; that is, armed with the lessons of history so that their generation might continue to expand on human rights.


February 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in KKBE's Purim Shabbat Evening Service:  Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter, Robin Shuler, Melanie Archer, Mark Swick, Joelle Neulander, Billy Olasov, Ron Yelman, Judy Gimson, Guy Gimson, David Slucki, Helen Slucki, Jan Hirsch, Jules Kerness and Clive Brock.  Watch it HERE (and prepare to sing along!)


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Robin Shuler.  

Thursday night marks the beginning of Purim.  It was my favorite holiday as a child because it was the only time I wasn’t SHUSHED in the synagogue. If you know me, you know how important that was/is! As an adult, I love writing, singing, and listening to the musical parodies that can be found everywhere this time of year.  But there is one that just towers over all the rest.  I give you - Kermit the Frog

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm:
KKBE's Family Purim Celebration
Songs!  Mask Contest!  Animated Megillah reading!  And so much MORE! and Meeting ID: 453 868 9645 

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Purim Shabbat Evening Service
Join your KKBE family and friends as we welcome Shabbat and celebrate Purim, 1980's style! So ma
ny surprises AND we will be reading the whole Megillah! and Meeting ID: 453 868 9645 

Happy Purim y’all!
Chag Purim Sameach - חג פורים שמח
Ah Friedlichen Purim - 
א פרייליכן פורים

Robin 🎶


Friday. February 19, 2021

Tonight's Shabbat service comes to to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Marge Eiseman, Scott Glass, Brianna, Abi and Zara Cohen, Evelyn Colon, Nina Ziff and Cameron Blessinger. To view the service, please either click on the photo below, or click HERE.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Melanie Archer:
Purim is a joyous affirmation of Jewish survival throughout history.  Please join us in celebration this Sunday, February 21st for KKBE’s Exclusive Member Drive-Thru Purim CARnival and BINGO Extravaganza!  Registration is required.  All proceeds benefit Camp Jenny.  Please register today by visiting HERE.
Camp Jenny, held at URJ Camp Coleman every Memorial Day weekend gives children the opportunity to receive the love of big "brothers and sisters," three nutritious meals a day, and encouragement for the future. They also enjoy activities such as hiking in the mountains, swimming, canoeing in the lake, arts and crafts, and a variety of sports and team building activities. Unfortunately, these are rare luxuries for most of them. Camp Jenny strives to provide children an opportunity to set goals in life and give the hope for a bright future. Most importantly, Camp Jenny has allowed these kids to be kids in a beautiful and safe place.  You can learn more about Camp Jenny HERE.


Friday, February 12, 2021
Tonight's Shabbat service comes to to you from Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Thank you to Marge Eiseman, the Walker family, Eva Rieck, the Dewhirst/Kamen family and Naomi Gorstein.  To view the service, please either click on the photo below, or click HERE.



Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Mark Swick:

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time on KKBE’s website. Whether checking our calendar, adjusting a member’s account, or applauding Irene for her skillful web moderation (thank you, Irene!) is a mainstay of my browser’s many open tabs.
I hope you’ve spent some time perusing our website, as well. If not, I encourage you to do so, and hope that you’ll start with KKBE’s newly developed Social Action page. An effort of our Social Action Committee to advertise the various initiatives we champion and participate in, the website is a snapshot of our congregational values, summarized in the Social Action Committee’s mission statement:
The KKBE Social Action committee advocates from a foundation of Jewish values that calls on us to heal the world.  We do this through social justice initiatives that provide meaningful and impactful opportunities for KKBE members to contribute toward bettering the wider community.
Whether through participation in the Charleston Area Justice Ministry, supporting a local family through Halos, encouraging contributions to the Charleston Kosher Food Pantry, or helping to stock a Lowcountry Blessing Box, our KKBE family leads with its heart, considering the needs of others and championing fellow congregants to take part in the healing of our fractured world.
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) teaches that “it is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” My deep thanks to the Social Action Committee members and committee chair Diane Lee for their enthusiasm and advocacy, and for their commitment to continuing the holy work of Social Action. The work is not theirs to complete, so please consider joining in it today.


Friday, February 5, 2021
Tonight's Shabbat service comes to to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Sue & Jeff Weinman, Jules Kerness, Elyse & Steve Pernick, Marshall Slaybod, Marge Eiseman, our wonderful B'nei Mitzvah students, and the talented members of Koleinu.  To view the service, please either click on the photo below, or click HERE.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:

As our nation faces unprecedented challenges, prayers for our country abound. Within Jewish tradition, this liturgy is part of a rich heritage that dates back to our exile in Babylonia: “And seek the welfare of the city to which I have exiled you and pray to Adonai on its behalf; for in its prosperity you shall prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
Throughout the centuries since, wherever we have lived, generations of Jews have prayed for our neighbors and our elected officials; for the wellbeing of our nation’s government, and its commitment to serve the wellbeing of its people and its land.
On Inauguration Day, our KKBE Confirmation Class added to that corpus of liturgy by collectively writing a “Prayer for Our Country” of their own:
     Source of healing and strength, Source of peace and unity
     We thank You for the many gifts that bless our lives as Americans –
     Our access to education, food, and shelter
     Our relative safety and privilege
     This malleable home in which we, as Jews, find a place to worship freely
     This Shabbat we ask You to extend our blessings to all Americans
     And bless our nation with equal opportunity –
     We pray for our lawmakers, that they may exhibit compassion and a commitment to justice
     We ask for peace, happiness, and unity
     Understanding, when possible; an explanation, when not
     Help us work to move this great land toward its full potential –
     To continually partake in learning that we may discover what we are capable of changing
     To demonstrate selflessness and strive toward agreement
     To live peacefully alongside our neighbors and create unity in the world
     Kein y’hi ratzon – with Your will and our resolve, may we ever move toward peace.
And let us say: Amen.

January 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter.  View it HERE.


Friday, January 23, 2021
Please enjoy KKBE's special Tu BiShevat Service brought to you by Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter, and Robin Shuler. A shout out to the "behind-the-scenes" team of Mark Swick and Joelle Neulander. Special thanks to Andy Slotin, Monte & Eileen Fried, Eli Sherman, Paige Williams, and Vicki & Fred Danziger. To view the service, please click HERE, or on the picture below.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Melanie Archer:
This week, we celebrate the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The leadership, courage, and perseverance demonstrated by Dr. King are honored and remembered.  He fought for equality, stood up for injustice, and fostered hope during a time of unrest.  In the same week we celebrate his life and accomplishments, we are looking for hope in today’s state of unrest.  A cure for the pandemic, resolve for racial and religious persecution, and a desire to rebuild a broken nation are on the minds of many Americans.  While we look to new leadership with hope for solutions, we must remember we still need to do our part.  We all have the power to create change.  I was reminded of this as I watched the short video, “Owning Our Racial Equity Work Ahead.”  In this video, Yolanda Savage-Narva, URJ’s Director of Racial, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion calls the community to do three things.  You will have to watch the video to see all three, but I will share one.  Yolanda explains, “Use the mirrors/windows analogy to remember to both reflect inward and look outward to se what works and remains to be done and where we must improve.” I believe Dr. King was holding up a mirror to our society and trying to open the windows to injustice.  We must look in the mirror today and see what windows we need to open to help us all see a brighter reflection ahead. The video referenced can be found HERE.


Friday, January 15, 2021

Tonight's Shabbat Service, led by Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler, commemorates the life and legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.A special thank you to Emily Merrill, Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III of Charity Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Wendy Hudson of Two Rivers Church, Rev. CeCe Armstrong of St. James Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge of Circular Congregational Church. To watch the service, please click HERE or on the picture below.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection is by Robin Shuler:

In honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - a playlist:
- Together as One (New Songs of Social Justice.)  Listen HERE.  
- A 2017 playlist from Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Learn and listen HERE 
- And my favorite - Up to the Mountain (Patty Griffin) Listen 


Friday, January 8, 2021

This Shabbat service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander and Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to Jan Hirsch, the Perlmutter family, Sheila Shear, Jules Kerness, Jeff Weinman, and the members of Koleinu. To watch the service, please click on the picture below.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Today's KKBE Connection is by Mark Swick, Executive Director:
Happy New Year, friends! This week’s KKBE connection comes with a Yiddish lesson (or two), and a healthy dose of Good News. The KKBE team is starting 2021 on a high note, and shepping naches (sensing pride and joy) over on Hasell Street, as our beloved sanctuary is once again a recipient of the Preservation Society of Charleston’s prestigious Carolopolis Award.
“Nu? So what?” you may be asking. What’s a Carolopolis Award, anyway? The longform answer can be found in this video courtesy of the Preservation Society. In short, the award seeks “to promote excellence in historic preservation through recognition of exceptional projects that protect resources of Charleston and the Lowcountry.” You’ve likely seen various Carolopolis Awards, small black circular plaques with gold inscriptions, on homes and historic structures while walking downtown, and you’ve hopefully noticed KKBE’s original award (pictured below), which we received in 2003 for the exterior preservation of our sanctuary.
In contrast, KKBE’s second Carolopolis award was earned for the interior restoration of our sanctuary, completed in early 2020. This project was a massive undertaking, made possible by the overwhelming generosity of our friends and members, and the hard work of lay leaders and contractors alike. However, particular thanks and a hearty Mazal Tov go to our congregant Chad Coleman, who managed the sanctuary restoration on KKBE’s behalf; Steve Ziff, who so passionately co-chairs our Building Committee; and Glenn Keyes, Charleston’s esteemed Preservation Architect whose team planned our restoration, and nominated KKBE for this award. Chad, Steve, and Glenn will represent KKBE in receiving our award on January 21st. You can watch a livestream of that event (ticket purchase required) by clicking here.   
On the tail of such a negative year, it’s healthy to remember how much we have to be thankful for. Not only for good health, friendship, and loved ones, but also for the history that surrounds us. Like you, I’m incredibly proud of KKBE’s long history, just as I am proud that we continue to add to that history today as a vibrant congregation. Thanks for being part of our story.


Friday, January 1, 2021

Tonight's Shabbat Service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler. A special thank you to Mary Deann & Bobby Bernstein, Olivia Dewhirst, and Sue & Jeff Weinman. To watch the service, please click HERE or on the picture below.

December 2020

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


Friday, December 25, 2020
Tonight's Shabbat Service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Linda & Rick Ett, Ally and David Fahrer, Tessa, Charlie and Henry Sidney, Mark Mandel and the wonderful members of Koleinu. To watch the service, please click HERE.


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter: 

Shalom Chaveirim!  
I know a lot of us are concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism.  We understand more of what our parents and grandparents felt with the culture legitimizing hate groups like the so-called “Proud Boys”.  And yet, all is not lost.  There are signs of hope.  The Anti-Defamation League continues to do good work fighting hate of all kinds.  And recently, our own Reform Movement took action with an interview by celebrity Nick Cannon with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.  Nick Cannon host a popular podcast and was recently called out for some off-the-cuff anti-Semitic remarks.  The public quickly got wind of Cannon’s remarks and held him accountable.  The best possible news resulted when Cannon vowed to learn better and do better.  His visit to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism was a part of him putting his words of apology into action.

In our ongoing effort to fight racism and injustice, we often slip into our own pre-conceived racist ideas about people.  But as Jews who have been on the short end of the stick regarding anti-Semitism, we need to remind ourselves that we need to call out hate of all kinds wherever we see it and that we too can succumb to our own ignorance.

Perhaps one of the best parts of this interview is the important reminder that Jews of color are an important part of the Reform movement and they include some of our own members and leaders.  

You can watch Nick Cannon’s visit to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Today's KKBE Connections comes from Melanie Archer:
Happy Hanukkah! Or is it Chanukah? Have you ever been asked if there is a difference? Have you been asked how you celebrate “Jewish Christmas” or simply asked what the holiday is all about? I know I get asked all of the above, and my children get asked as well. The link below provides a collection of videos for all ages with all the answers.  My recommendation:  “What is Hanukkah?”  This video is funny, informative, and inspiring and less than 4 minutes long.  Watch it, share it, quote it, post it, and enjoy!

Watch it HERE


Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Music Director Robin Shuler:

Chanukah!! We light the first candle tomorrow night. And each night after, to bring more light into the darkest time of the year. 

Obviously my favorite part of the holiday is the music. And there is soooo much Chanukah music out there! Here are some links:

MY JEWISH LEARNING has a list of lists!  Click HERE


The MACCABEATS are the kings of Chanukah music! 

But these—THESE are my favorites!!
          1) Jack Black - Chanukah Oh Chanukah - Click HERE
          2) Six13 - A Hamilton Chanukah - Click HERE
          3) Bela Fleck - Hanukkah Waltz - Click HERE
          4) Michelle Citrin - Left to Right - Click HERE
          5) Tom Lehrer - Chanukah in Santa Monica - Click HERE
          6) Peter, Paul, & Mary - Light One Candle - Click HERE
          7) Barenaked Ladies - Hanukkah Blessings - Click HERE
          8) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 8 Days of Hanukkah - Click                      HERE

Enjoy! And Chappy Chanukah!

(Check out this photo of Robin [on the left] and her sister, Mindy!)


Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection is with Mark Swick:

#GivingTuesday? #GiveThanks Instead!

My e-mail felt particularly cluttered yesterday, and I bet yours did, too. Hot off the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes the phenomenon of late which you may already be familiar with: #GivingTuesday. After we focus our wallets on the best deals around, the thinking goes, why not support our favorite non-profits as well, thereby transforming the holiday season from “take, take, take” to “take, take, give.”

I’ll wager every other organization you’ve ever given your e-mail address to was l reaching out. Power to them! And yet, while the causes are entirely worthy – I heard from organizations that I adore and donate to! – KKBE has historically opted not to participate. Instead, with the themes of Thanksgiving still fresh in our minds, we’d rather use your inboxes a day later to express our deep gratitude, giving thanks to the donors who make possible all that we do.

KKBE runs on the generosity of our members and friends. As an example, look no further than our Mitzvah Membership program, for donors who give above and beyond dues. This program provides funding to help cover the gap between membership dues and expenses, which is a real challenge for all synagogues. This year, facing obstacles the likes of which we have never seen, KKBE’s Mitzvah Membership campaign exceeded expectations, supporting our bottom line when we needed it most. As a brand-new Executive Director, I was overwhelmed with relief, and even more so with gratitude.

I wrote in this month’s Chailights about KKBE’s incredible volunteers, who give freely of their time, energy, and also their hard-earned treasure. To each of them, and to each of you, in whatever ways you give, please know that you are valued and integral members of our community, and we appreciate you.


November 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020
Tonight's Shabbat Service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Deborah & Peter Lucash and family, and the wonderful members of Koleinu. To watch the service, please either click on the picture below, or click HERE.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:  

I’m guessing: Five. I haven’t counted to be sure, but I suspect that’s roughly the number of times per day that I say, write, or think something along the lines of: “I’m done. I’m so over this.” The Zoom account that has worked hundreds of times (because that’s how many times we’ve used it this week), but now suddenly, inexplicably won’t. The thing that used to take 10 minutes to do, but now, for any number of reasons, takes 40. The endless virtual offerings that can and do fill our days, but still leave us wanting the simplest things we cannot have — a face-to-face visit, a boisterous family meal, a hug.

It’s too much, and not enough, all at the same time.

But it’s also what we have, friends. And so whether you’re suffering from something relatively surface, like “Zoom fatigue,” or something more difficult and deeper, I share these words penned by my teacher and mentor, Rabbi Larry Hoffman, and hope they bring you, as they did me, a measure of comfort:

“I find the age-old Jewish imagery of exile compelling,” he writes. “Although God is said to have brought it about, God is also seen as regretting the decision, but not on that account altogether ending it. Rather, God went into exile with us. God holds our hand throughout it, as it were. Sickness is like exile, banishing us, in effect, to increasing solitude and loneliness, so our tradition further says that when we are sick, alone, in hospital, God takes up residence with us. God sits, however, ‘above the patient’s head,’ beyond the patient’s sight lines. When we visit the sick, we are to sit ‘in front of the patient,’ opposite God, that is. Patients may not see God directly, but they see God reflected in the eyes of their visitors. When Jacob reconciles with Esau (Gen. 37:10), he says, ‘Seeing your face is like seeing the face of God.’ We see the faces of one another and in those faces, we see God.”

And here’s the kicker: “In the days of lonely lockdown, then, I miss many things — but I do not miss God. I scan my computer screen filled with Zoom’s many close-ups of faces, and I find in them the multiple reflections of God.”

This Thanksgiving I wish you homes filled with the presence of the Divine. I know it’s not ideal. I know we’d all trade in Zoom for a vaccine in a heartbeat, in a nanosecond. Nevertheless, let us use what we have. With our screens, may we welcome multiple reflections of God into our holiday celebration, and may we each, in turn, be a reflection of the Divine for others.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:

This link popped up on my Twitter feed recently.  It comes from “”, but is relevant to Jews of all backgrounds.  If you are like me you hate that following safe pandemic guidelines cuts so deeply into what we used to call our “normal lives” even while you understand we need to follow the guidelines that come from science and medical based research.  But this advice applies to Jews across denominations as well as people across different faiths.  Science and faith ARE NOT opposites.  I also want all our members to know that to reach out to me, you don’t have to believe the same things, vote the same way or follow the same news outlets.  Regardless of those categories, I’m your rabbi and I am here for you to listen, to offer my best advice, to commiserate, or even to disagree like friends.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Melanie Archer:

I came across this photo while scrolling through Facebook.  I am so moved by the power of this bulletin board.  Children are often reminded of responsibilities when they have not fulfilled them.  It is incredibly important to remind children they are accountable for the path ahead.  They make choices, use words, engage in actions, earn grades, and create success.  Children need to be empowered by responsibility and not just burdened by it.  Taking responsibility can open the door to opportunity.  Consequences should be expected and reflect choices, actions, and words. The bulletin board is a reminder to do a self-check.  Make sure the reflection you see in the mirror is the one you want the world to see when they look at you.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Music Director Robin Shuler:

It’s the day after Election Day.  As I write this, I’m thinking we may not even know who won, at least on a national level.  And it seems that, as a nation, we are more divided than we have ever been. But of course that isn’t true.  We have most decidedly been more divided than we are now. It just seems so awful because it is us.  I cannot agree to disagree when I feel my morals, values, and very existence are being diminished. And I’m pretty sure that no matter which “side” you’re on, you feel that way too. And that certitude makes it impossible to feel any empathy for those that disagree with us. So how do we move on from here?

It reminds me of a story.  If you’ve ever taken a tour of KKBE, you may have heard it.  Or maybe you lived it.  The story of the Doors of the Ark.

Many years ago, in the beginning... Ok, maybe not in THE beginning, but a long time ago, the Aaron HaKodesh, the Holy Ark of KKBE had a curtain, or Parochet, behind those big Mahogany doors.  The story goes that the curtain was removed for cleaning, and fell apart.  I’m not sure why the curtain wasn’t immediately replaced, but it wasn’t.  And so a tradition began that the Ark doors were opened at the beginning of every Shabbat service as the congregation stood in respect, and then sat back down.  This served the congregation well, until we reached the 21st century.  Rabbi Emeritus, Anthony Holz told me that when he was interviewed for the job of KKBE’s spiritual leader, he was asked if he would be comfortable with his back to an open ark. He obviously answered yes.

In the early 2000’s, KKBE became more and more popular as a tourist destination.  We had visitors from across the country attending Shabbat services.  It became a regular thing to see a visitor stand at the beginning of a service, when the doors were opened, only to remain standing, confused as to whether they should sit or not.  For many Jews, when the ark is open, you stand.  It happened more and more often.  We also had many old and new members who felt uncomfortable when sitting back down with the Ark still open.  At one point, it became a sort of protest.  Congregants, in the back of the sanctuary, would stand through the entire service, sitting only after Kaddish, when the doors were closed.  The congregation was split. One side argued that seeing the Torah scrolls in the open ark was one of the “traditions” that made KKBE unique. The other side countered that times were changing. Visitors and new members were uncomfortable, and Jewish tradition mandated a separation of the congregation from the Torah scrolls. Long time congregants know that at KKBE, change can be glacially slow.  And once something has been done, we say “that’s the way we’ve always done it”.  But this time was different somehow.  People threatened to leave the congregation, much like members did when the organ was installed.   All of this was noticed and noted.  And so there was a special congregational vote: curtain or no curtain?  The results were split directly down the middle: 50% for a curtain, 50% against a curtain.  During the following High Holy Day’s services, a special curtain was commissioned, an experiment. It did not go over well.  Many congregants were angry.  And so, another vote.  And again, a 50/50 split, right down the middle.  How could we continue and grow as a congregational family when we couldn’t agree on such a simple thing?

That was the question Judith Green and I asked ourselves as we walked to the Charleston Place parking garage after the meeting.  We sat in her car and shared how disappointed we were that there was no clear path forward.  Twice we had voted, and twice the congregation was split down the middle. We agreed to sit there until we came up with a solution.  It would have to be a compromise between “seeing the scrolls” and being “separated from the scrolls”.  Perhaps a clear curtain? And then it came to us - GLASS! Glass doors that could be closed, thus separating us from the scrolls, while we could still see them.  It was the perfect compromise.  And of course Judith immediately said that she believed there were congregants who would step forward and donate to cover this need.  Their names, recorded for posterity, can be found inside a hidden door on the side of the Ark. 

Thus began meetings and drawings and renderings on how to make it happen. All overseen by our Fine Arts Committee Chairman Andy Slotin. Dawn Berlinsky was our conduit to Robert Hines, a local glass artist, who was hired to create the beautiful glass doors that we have today.  Doors that reflect the artistry of our magnificent sanctuary windows.  They were installed in August of 2008.  There is no doubt that the entire congregation, regardless of whether they were pro-curtain, or anti-curtain, is very proud of those beautiful doors.

And here we are in 2020, after an election, the results of which we may or may not know as of this writing.  No matter what happens, remember that even though we may seem to be divided, we are all still human. There must and will be compromises.  And sometimes those compromises can be beautiful.

**Pictured: Robert Hines creating and installing the glass ark doors.



October 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Tonight's Shabbat Service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  A special thank you to Janet, Elijah & Olivia Bates, Martin Hoxenhorn, Emily & Alayna Merrill, Tim Carle, Mitchell Sherr, Ellen McGeady, Jules Kerness and Amanda Gilbert.  To watch the service, please click HERE.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Executive Director Mark Swick:

I felt particularly connected to KKBE this past weekend. The air was warm on Friday night in KKBE’s courtyard, but not uncomfortable. Characteristically humid, but not unbearable as a summer night might have been. The breeze blew through the trees along Hasell Street and the overhead lights cast long, dancing shadows across the pillars supporting our congregation’s beautifully restored historic sanctuary.

Congregants mingled - masked and distanced. Yet obscured as their faces were, their joy was palpable: we were back, at long last, for a Shabbat service at KKBE. Those attending in person were joined by a thirty-strong cadre of congregants on Zoom, worshipping with us at home, as so many of you have these past eight months. Virtually and in person, we were connected as one congregation.

In a moment of reflection, Rabbi Alexander remarked how wise it was of KKBE’s architect, Cyrus Warner, and builder, David Lopez, to provide us with an outdoor bima in the form of our sanctuary steps and portico. Indeed, those storied steps became a bima once again the following day, as Olivia Dewhirst was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah, and the day after that, as Louis Tick and Sara Sharnoff Tick stood together under the chuppah.

All three of these joyous occasions took advantage of modern virtual elements: Zoom coordinators, photographers, and videographers united strangers, friends, and loved ones across pandemic-imposed boundaries. Virtually and in person, we were together as one congregation.

As KKBE’s professional team and lay leaders look to the next few months and, yes, years in the life of our community, this is the future we see. In-person worship, learning opportunities, and events will be rolled out slowly, with extreme caution, and in consultation with health experts. They will also continue to be coupled with live-streaming on Zoom and Streamspot and uploaded after-the-fact on Vimeo, available at your convenience. Not all of you will be ready to join us in-person for some time, and that is fine. We are here for you, and we remain eager to connect with you, wherever you are.

So, pick a class. Worship with us this weekend on Zoom. Look out for our next Drive-In Shabbat (November 13th!) or a future courtyard gathering. Virtually and in person. One KKBE.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection is from Educator Melanie Archer:

Many of the activities I ask my students to complete are meaningful activities for adults as well.  Last week, my seventh grade class explored Judaism through the five senses.  Students were asked (focusing on one sense at a time) to share what reminds them of Judaism when using a particular sense.  I encourage you to complete the same task.  Take some time and explore your Judaism through your senses.  Focus on one of your senses at a time and make a list of all the things that remind you of Judaism. You can also make a sketch or a collage or a word cloud to capture your responses.
Students were also asked to share what they would want someone to know that does not know anything about Judaism or has negative things to say about Jews/Judaism.  This could include a cool fact, something they are proud of, or anything they feel is important.  Again, I encourage everyone to take a moment and write down your answers to the same question. 
Please check out my article in next month’s Chailights to see some of the answers from my students.  I hope you enjoy this reflective exercise. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:

Jews greet each other in many different ways, depending on the d  ay of the week, the holiday and even what language we choose to use. Take Shabbat for example.  The two most common greetings for Shabbat are “Shabbat Shalom” and “Gut Shabbes”.  Shalom, by itself, can mean “hello”, “goodbye” and “peace”.  So, Shabbat Shalom, is Hebrew and is a way to wish someone a Shabbat that brings them peace after a long and perhaps, difficult week.  “Gut Shabbes” sounds a lot like and is often mistaken for “Good Shabbes”.  “Gut Shabbes” is a Yiddish phrase that is also wishing someone a meaningful Shabbat through goodness, rest, and peace.  The two phrases are often used interchangeably and choosing one or the other may be a reflection of a person’s religious and cultural background and their personal preferences.

Since we just observed the High Holy Days, I’ll take this opportunity to address some of the phrases you heard throughout the High Holy Days.  One of the most common phrases appropriate for the New Year is “Shanah Tovah”, which from the Hebrew literally means “A Good Year!”. A variation of “Shanah Tovah” is “L’Shanah Tovah” which means essentially the same thing, but is properly translated as “To a Good Year!” and is thus more commonly used in greeting cards, as a sign-off from a letter or email, and/or as a toast among friends or at a New Year dinner gathering around the table. 

Since Yom Kippur, is considered a more reflective day than a joyous and celebratory day, it may feel less appropriate to say, “Shanah Tovah” when addressing people ahead of Yom Kippur.  It is more common to wish someone a “Tzom Kal” meaning “an easy fast”.  Still others who wish for your fast to be meaningful and inspirational, as the custom of fasting is intended, may choose to wish you “a meaningful fast” instead of a “light” or “easy” fast.

Another set of greetings that goes with the New Year are “Gamar Tov” and “Gamar Chatimah Tovah” which are both variations of wishing someone that they might be sealed in the book of life and goodness at the end of the year when our religious imagination suggests God literally seals our fates for the year ahead by writing them down in the appropriate books with our particular fates for the year ahead.  Since, in this version, “the books are sealed” at the end of Yom Kippur, it would be less appropriate to wish someone a “Gamar Tov” or “Gamar Chatimah Tovah” after Yom Kippur, as it may (likely unintentionally) imply that your particular case is more complicated and thus God still has not completed deliberation in your case. 

Around the holidays you may hear people say “Chag Sameach.”  “Chag Sameach” is literally wishing someone a “Happy Festival” or “Happy Holiday”.  “Chag” is Hebrew for “festival” and technically speaking, only some of our holidays are categorized as “chag” or “chagim” (plural) though “Chag sameach” could be used as a greeting on any happy Jewish holiday.  On Sukkot especially, it is proper to say “Chag sameach” on the first day but on the remaining days (Sukkot lasts 7 or 8 days depending on how you observe), it is traditional to say, “Moadim l’simchah” which is a way of wishing people happiness while the holiday is

still observed, but the beginning festival day (or days) are over.  Despite the technicalities, it’s quite common to hear people say “Chag sameach” even after the technically speaking “chag” part of the holiday has passed.  More observant people may respond “Mo’adim l’simchah” as a gentle way of correcting what was a small technical error, even though it was said with the best of intentions.

There are more variations and differences in Jewish holiday greetings that I can cover in a future edition of Chailights.



Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander: 

I know Robin is usually the one to share music, but this new piece by Noah Aronson (composer of Let There Be Love, among other pieces we sing at KKBE) really touched my soul and lifted my spirits.

The High Holy Days take a toll. On Yom Kippur, between fasting and beating our chests to the litany of our sins, the pounding we take is physical and real. Enter Sukkot: Z’man simchateinu, our season of rejoicing. A time for harvesting not only the land but all of our blessings. And Aronson writes this:

                 “What if … Sukkot was a time to harvest self-love? After all of the deep, soul searching work of the Holy Days, what if this week was                                     a time to harvest all of the self love practices that we know? In a landscape of such uncertainty, we never know when and where we’ll
                   need to call up our reserves of self worth and self love, so why not start now?”

This focus to Sukkot doesn’t require us to build a booth or gather together a variety of species… all we need to do is Make Room for Love. So I invite you to take a listen and, in whatever way works for you, make a little room. (You can click here.)


Friday, October 2, 2020 

This Shabbat service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Watch HERE.


September 2020


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Music Director Robin Shuler:

This Friday at sundown we celebrate Sukkot, one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. We give thanks for the fall harvest, and commemorate the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. There are several rituals for Sukkot.  We shake the lulav and etrog in 6 directions, reminding us of the bounty of the earth, and that God dwells all around us. There’s the building of and dwelling in, a Sukkah, a temporary booth with open walls and doors.  The Sukkah reminds us of our escape from Egypt, our history of dwelling in the fields as we harvest, and the fragility and vulnerability of our lives. 

Living in Charleston most of my life, I always associate Sukkot with Hurricane Season.  Our homes that seem so sturdy can be suddenly taken from us.  Even the word “shelter” creates a special kind of dread when a hurricane is heading towards us. During Sukkot, we are instructed to invite our ancestors to join us in our sukkah. We also are encouraged to invite family, friends, neighbors, and community to rejoice, eat, and share what we have with each other.  These days, we can’t invite people over, unless they happen to be in our Covid Cohort.  That makes this Z’man Simchateinu, Season of our Joy, a little more challenging.  But I plan to find my joy in the beauty of the Lowcountry in Autumn, opening up the windows of my home, and maybe a quick trip to the mountains to jump in a pile of leaves! Where will you find your joy?
Gimme Shelter:  Listen HERE


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Executive Director Mark Swick:

This week, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah, the week of teshuvah, repentance/return. It marks for each of us a spiritual and ethical intention to prepare ourselves for the unknown challenges that we’ll face in the New Year ahead. Having just completed a year filled with seemingly disproportionate challenges, preparing for yet more challenging times feels like a daunting task, doesn’t it?

Beyond the concerns we have for our personal well-being and the health and welfare of our friends and loved ones, during Shabbat Shuvah we are also prompted to look to the wider community and the state of humanity. Oy! Needless to say, our world has been rocked with political and social division, moral decay, and the troubling rise of anti-Semitism.

I also am troubled that in these divided times, our inclination may be to point fingers outwards, accusing and blaming others for the problems that befall us, political or otherwise. But the Jewish ideal is to first look in the mirror: What have I done to contribute to the divisiveness? What can I do to correct the past mistakes and help my family, my community, my nation, and this world heal?

The Jewish philosophy is to acknowledge that while we cannot control the actions of others, we are very much empowered to control ourselves. Will we be up to the task, and where do we start? I’ll offer two resources, and challenge you to find more: join me in listening to this High Holiday Forgiveness mix on Spotify , and, join the entire KKBE community for Shabbat Shuvah Zoom Services, this Friday night. Information and the Zoom link can be found below.

Chatimah tovah!


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

No, this photo was not staged; it seems I really am that bad at darts. I promise, I was trying to hit the target. I really was. When I let each dart fly, I actually thought it was headed toward the bullseye. That was my aim; that was my goal. But the results speak for themselves.

Just aiming isn’t enough. I need to work on my mechanics: Arm angle, force, grip. I have to go back to the drawing board. The one thing that won’t change is the target. So if I want to hit it, I need to be open to evaluating, and potentially changing, everything else.

The Hebrew word for sin, chet, is an archery term — it means to miss the mark. While our misdeeds could result from poor aim, they usually don’t. We try to do the right thing; we mean well. But the results speak for themselves.

The liturgy we will share over the coming High Holy Days is meant to help us return to the drawing board. Where did we go astray? How can we execute our best intentions more accurately? What do we need to change in our approach?

The greatest gift of the High Holy Days is this: We’re not alone. All of our dart boards (and their surroundings) look something like this. So let us draw courage from our community to be honest about our shortcomings. Let us keep faith that we are capable of change. And let us keep our sights and our aim focused squarely on the bullseye — on that which matters and means the most.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter:

What is Elul? Elul is a word that we in the synagogue business throw around a lot, often not realizing that not everyone knows what it means.  But Elul is in some ways, one of the most important, extended, annual occasion of our Jewish lives.
Defined literally, Elul is one of the months of the Hebrew calendar; in particular, the month that immediately precedes Rosh HaShanah.  You would think that this would make Elul the last month of the Hebrew calendar, but because we have multiple Jewish New Years throughout the calendar year, Elul is technically the sixth month of the year.
But in actuality, we treat Elul like it is the last month before a new year – the last chance to make amends before starting over, the last chance to turn our lives to a new and better direction before a we begin again, the last opportunity to atone for the things we’ve done wrong both collectively and individually in the year(s) that have passed.
One of our primary activities during Elul should be to reflect – to reflect on our own lives, when we have done some good, when we have overcome obstacles, when we have made the effort to heal some of the brokenness in our world.
We also reflect on when we have fallen short, missed the mark, and/or completely failed to embrace an opportunity to add good to the world.
Reflection on our positive and negative qualities as people are what we should do throughout Elul.  Tradition teaches us that through reflection alone, we can right past wrongs, we can turn our lives around, and we can repair whatever we (or past generations) have made broken.
By engaging our human capacity to reflect on what we’ve done, we give this otherwise ordinary Hebrew month its most significant meaning.
When we see the best of ourselves reflected back in the eyes of another person, we give Elul meaning.
When we do a mitzvah in front of others; whether we consider a mitzvah to be a good deed or one of the many obligations that makes us Jews, we give Elul its meaning.
So, more than anything else, when we ask, “What is Elul?”, we give the best answers, not by the dictionary definition, but by doing our part to contribute to a world in need.
 L’Shanah Tovah – May your Elul and your year ahead be meaningful in the best possible ways! – Rabbi Greg Kanter


Friday, September 4, 2020

This Shabbat service comes to you from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to the Bossak Family, the Dewhirst/Kamen Family and the Wahrman Family!  Shabbat Shalom!  Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection is from Melanie Archer:

The start of the school year looks very different from what most of us have ever imagined. Students and teachers attending classes in person are faced with restrictions, new configurations, new protocols to follow, limited access to parts of the building, limited interaction with peers and staff, and an overall different experience than ever before to keep socially distant in an environment that should foster cohesiveness and interaction. For those participating in a virtual school, the environment is totally different from a traditional school experience. Instead of leaving home and going to a school building, students and teachers are using a part of the home as a classroom. A screen provides the only means of connection with faces of peers and teachers. The hallways and rooms and spaces are the same all day, every day. Dining rooms and kitchen tables are transformed to school spaces, and families are getting creative with various ways to create P.E., art and music classes, and even lunchtime. Whatever model is utilized, school has started off in a whole new way for everyone. Conversations which provide meaningful connections to one another and communities are a challenge to foster in any model. Most of our personal connections are happening within the home. Now, more than ever, the conversations taking place at home are important. It is a great opportunity to make conversations at home more meaningful and impactful. You can infuse Jewish values in your everyday talk. The URJ has provided an article with great resources for clear discussion questions to help engage all ages in meaningful dialog. These questions can lead to plans for family activities and can offer insight to what our family members have on their minds. The questions provided revolve around the cycle of the Jewish year. Now is the perfect time to get started with Rosh Hashanah upon us. The questions You can find the “Big Questions” by visiting: . You can find other useful resources for dealing with life during the Pandemic and a wealth of other topics for Jewish life for parents, youth, and beyond by visiting: I wish you a sweet and healthy new year filled with meaningful conversations!

August 2020

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection is from Mark Swick:

The passage of time feels funky and abstract these days. Our usual metrics of the passing summer – graduations, camp, trips to the beach – have all been upended by the Coronavirus. March feels as though it were years ago, and also as though it were only a few days. And yet, just like that, the Jewish month of Elul begins this Friday. Ready or not, here come the High Holidays.
The Babylonian Talmud (Shabbat, 31a) teaches that upon final judgment – a recurring theme throughout High Holiday liturgy – we are asked three basic questions: Did you conduct your business with integrity? Did you set aside fixed times for study? Did you hope for better things to come? I am inclined to focus on the last of the three (though they are of equal value) given the general mood of our Covid-19 reality. When the world feels full of doom and gloom, what does it mean to hope for better things to come? Do we yearn for our comfortable past, or might we strive to build a different, perhaps better future?
In the coming month of Elul, I challenge you to find your own answers to these questions. In line with the Talmud’s prompts, my hope as your Executive Director is to continue to operate our Synagogue with unimpeachable integrity, to provide alongside our clergy and lay leadership a physical and virtual community for study, and, with each of you, to always be building a better and brighter future. Early wishes for a Chodesh Tov!


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Welcome back to Rabbi Stephanie Alexander!  To read Rabbi Alexander's KKBE Connection, please go to:


Friday, August 7, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to Maci Sullivan Rothberg, the Perlmutter family, the Swick family, Jordan Smilowitz and Gussie Levy.  CLICK HERE


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

This week's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Greg Kanter:  HERE

July 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:  

Today is Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av. It is a major day of communal mourning and fasting on our calendar. Although a large number of disasters are said to have happened to the Jews on this day, the major commemoration is of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E., respectively. There is a whole literature of dirges appropriate to this day of mourning, including the biblical Book of Lamentations (Eicha).

But the piece of music I associate most with Tisha B’Av is from Psalm 137: By The Waters/Rivers of Babylon. We are probably most familiar with two versions of the piece, the round by Don McLean (from American Pie) and the Reggae version, popularized by the Melodians. They’re both included in my list. But I suggest you listen to all of the versions here. 

Feel free to cry, sit on the floor, fast, or whatever you need to help you wallow in sadness. Times are tough right now. We’ve all been doing our best to stay upbeat and positive. But as Jews, Tisha B’Av gives us a very timely reminder that it’s important allow ourselves to be sad. So let the tears flow...

Click on the name to hear the song:
Don McLean  
Boney M
Willie Nelson
Joey Weisenberg
Paul Robeson
College of Charleston Concert Choir
The Melodians
Linda Ronstadt
Steve Earle
Soweto Gospel Choir ​​​​​


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Mark Swick:  

Like many of you, I entered this past April with a list of Coronavirus goals -- I was going to read so many books! Binge so many TV shows! Bake the best challah I've ever made, do so consistently, and celebrate Shabbat with my wife Ellen and our families from afar. Well, two out of three isn't so bad! I ended up reading fewer books and more of the news than I might have liked, but we binged plenty of quality (and trashy) TV and, happily, I've finally found the Challah recipe of my dreams.    

It comes from Jeff Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, co-founders of The Gefilteria  ("reimagining Old World Jewish foods since 2012") and co-authors of The Gefilte Manifesto (buy it on Amazon Smile and your purchase can benefit KKBE).  You can find the recipe HERE. Beyond the delicious smells, my favorite part of baking challah on Fridays is that I am far more likely to follow it up with candles, kiddush, and time with family, albeit on Zoom. That's something you won't find in a recipe, because it is priceless. Wishing each of you an early Shabbat Shalom!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection is from Rabbi Greg Kanter:  Watch HERE


Monday, July 27, 2020

Today"s KKBE CONNECTION is from Melanie Archer:

We are all creating a new normal during these trying times. This includes finding new ways to celebrate, worship, work, study, and socialize. It is an opportunity to find unique ways to continue activities you need to do and you want to do. I challenge you to get creative with your observance of Shabbat. Find new ways to make Shabbat extra special in your home. What meal would your family enjoy? Is there a new challah recipe you have been wanting to try? Create a family oneg. We love a sundae bar in our house! What is restful to you? Come up with an activity that would provide a relaxing experience for everyone. It can be as simple as a 15 minute block of time where everyone gets cozy & reads a book, or read a book aloud. Allow everyone in the family to have input on your activities. For an easy 3-step guide to creating your own unique and special Shabbat
at home, click this link.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection is from Robin Shuler:

One of the hardest parts of this pandemic for me has been the inability to sing with other people. In our Zoom Shabbat services, everyone must be muted while I sing. I see y’all singing with me. I know you’re singing with me. But I can’t hear you singing. I’ve share this with you before. But on Sunday morning, the folks at CBS Sunday Morning aired a story about this very thing. And how one composer is seriously rising to this challenge by creating the largest “virtual choir” every. Here is the link.

As you watch and listen, know that your choir, KOLEINU, is hard at work creating their own virtual choir pieces, on a much much smaller scale! We will continue to find ways to sing together, until the day when we can finally sit together in our beautiful sanctuary.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Today's KKBE Connection is from Executive Director, Mark Swick:

Dear friends,

I am now two days into my first week as KKBE's Executive Director, so transitions have been on my mind, to say the least. I have felt overwhelmed in the best way possible by the kindness you have shown in welcoming me into this position, over e-mail, text messages, phone calls, and certainly on Facebook. It has already been a thrill to join KKBE's professional team, and the ride is only just beginning. Just as this is a time of transition for me, many of you, along with our families and loved ones are also in a period of transition this summer. We are making plans to return in person to work or school -- or not! -- and the KKBE team is earnestly determining how and when we might transition our congregation back into our historic building. (The short answer there, though it may not be satisfying: only when we can guarantee your safety, so, not yet.)

In the spirit of transitioning and stepping outside of our comfort zones, I'd like to share something about myself that most of you do not know: I am a devoted member of the online community Yoga with Adriene. My practice is far from advanced, but it brings me joy and a priceless sense of calm. Several times each month Adriene uploads free yoga classes on her Youtube channel where, in December, she published a class on, you guessed it: transitions. You can watch that video
HERE, and I invite you to join me on the mat from the comfort of your homes.

I look forward to reconnecting with and meeting many of you in person when the time is right. Until then, I am only a phone call, Zoom, or
e-mail away. Please don't be a stranger.

Mark Swick
Executive Director, KKBE


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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


Monday, July 20, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Melanie Archer:

In keeping with my theme this month, I wanted to offer another meaningful activity to engage the entire family. It’s hard to believe, but we are halfway through summer break, and the school year is just around the corner. I am already filling our family calendar with due dates and deadlines for forms, applications, fees, start dates, doctor and dentist appointments, etc. Some days I open my calendar and see all of the time already accounted for and feel a bit overwhelmed. However, this week our calendar had something special on it, my husband’s birthday. There is something uplifting about seeing a celebration written on the calendar amongst all of the appointments, meetings, and deadlines. I also happened to see a poem posted on Facebook about Shabbat. The message of the poem was, as Jews, we have this wonderful gift every week of Shabbat. A time to stop, take time to think, breath, reflect, pray, and love. I realized it is important to put Shabbat on my calendar. Although, I know Shabbat begins at sundown on Friday night, it is still a nice reminder to see it on my calendar. The visual reminder will add a celebration to every week. It will also reassure me during tough days of the week’s end and the start of a fresh new opportunity with a new week.

So what does this have to do with a meaningful family activity for the entire family? Well, I decided to create a family calendar with everyone’s important activities, deadlines; appointments, etc. Then, add in birthdays of family and friends, Jewish holiday, and special plans. Everyone will pick an activity to do as a family and add it to the calendar such as: game night, movie night, breakfast for dinner, FaceTime Bubby, backyard obstacle course, family walk/bike ride, day of fishing/boating, kids cook night, family laundry day (okay, a Mom can dream), etc. Our family has a virtual calendar, but you can have a ton of fun creating a tangible calendar and adding pictures and lots of customized features. We all need something fun to look forward to, and making a concerted effort to plan the little, but special moments, can make all the difference in the world.

For a calendar of Jewish holidays, please go HERE .


Friday, July 17, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Greg Kanter and Robin Shuler.  Special thanks to the Johnson FamilyJules Kerness, and the Kamen/Dewhirst Family.  Click on the photo and Shabbat Shalom!


Thursday, July  16, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:

From the URJ: 
Jewish Music is one of the major contributions of the Reform Movement. Many of today’s composers have come from the Summer Camps of the Union for Reform Judaism and NFTY, its Youth Movement. Every summer, and throughout the year, these individuals have brought their unique brand of excitement to our camps and congregations throughout North America and the world, performing and building community in their wake. In this unique and uncertain summer season, where these artists cannot take to the road, we are offering a program designed to continue and extend that community.

All summer, until August 23, join us for a series of concerts on Sunday nights at 8pm ET starring some of the biggest singer/songwriters in our Jewish world. Monday through Thursday, we'll feature song leaders from all of our camps leading “after-supper” song sessions. The entire project has been underwritten by individual families, so all the costs have been covered – it will be free to all! is the way that participants can support URJ Camping and show our commitment to our camps and our community.
Tune in Sunday through Thursday to the URJ Facebook Page and join us for a summer of music and fun.

If you aren’t on Facebook, try here for more information:  HERE

And you can watch previously recorded concerts on YouTube.

Coming up this Sunday: July 19th: CHAVA MIREL
Seattle-based Chava Mirel is a nationally touring singer, guitarist, composer, prayer leader and recording artist. She bridges communities with her universal approach to spirituality through song. From electrifying concerts to engaging educational sessions to transcendent prayer experiences, she connects with communities with an inclusive message of love and compassion. 
Tune in July 19th at 8PM ET on  Facebook,   Instagram or YouTube.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hello KKBE friends. 

This will be my last KKBE connection that I will participate in on Wednesdays.  Mark Swick, the new Executive Director of KKBE,  will be taking over this function starting next Wednesday.  I truly enjoyed participating in this way and have enjoyed being your Executive Director over these past several years. My last day in the KKBE office will be this Thursday and Mark will begin work on Monday, July 20th.

I have particularly enjoyed hearing young adult virtual choirs during this pandemic.  I find it inspiring.  I hope you do, too.  Please press HERE to hear them.  Be well and safe.

Steve Bram


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Robin Shuler:


From the URJ:

Jewish Music is one of the major contributions of the Reform Movement. Many of today’s composers have come from the Summer Camps of the Union for Reform Judaism and NFTY, its Youth Movement. Every summer, and throughout the year, these individuals have brought their unique brand of excitement to our camps and congregations throughout North America and the world, performing and building community in their wake. In this unique and uncertain summer season, where these artists cannot take to the road, we are offering a program designed to continue and extend that community.


All summer, until August 23, join us for a series of concerts on Sunday nights at 8pm ET starring some of the biggest singer/songwriters in our Jewish world. Monday through Thursday, we'll feature song leaders from all of our camps leading “after-supper” song sessions. The entire project has been underwritten by individual families, so all the costs have been covered – it will be free to all! is the way that participants can support URJ Camping and show our commitment to our camps and our community.


Tune in Sunday through Thursday to the URJ Facebook Page and join us for a summer of music and fun.


If you aren’t on Facebook, try here for more information: HERE


And you can watch previously recorded concerts on YouTube: HERE


Coming up this Sunday:

July 19th: CHAVA MIREL

Seattle-based Chava Mirel is a nationally touring singer, guitarist, composer, prayer leader and recording artist. She bridges communities with her universal approach to spirituality through song. From electrifying concerts to engaging educational sessions to transcendent prayer experiences, she connects with communities with an inclusive message of love and compassion.

Tune in July 19th at 8PM ET on Facebook, Instagram, or Youtube.


Monday, July 13, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Melanie Archer;

Last week, I shared some ideas on keeping your children busy in a meaningful way.  I shared the idea of preserving family history and traditions.  When I think of my own family gatherings, I immediately think of food. Most of our traditions and celebrations revolve around food. Growing up, there were very predictable menus for holidays.  Some of the menu items are common among most Jewish families and have symbolic meaning.  Some of the dishes are  family recipes that have nothing to do with the meaning of a holiday.  Yet, in my family, those special recipes are our tradition for specific holidays. 
I moved to Charleston 14 years ago.  I had lived my entire life in Maryland no more than 30 minutes from my family. By “family” I mean my entire extended family.  Every holiday was a LARGE gathering of lots of people with a ton of food. Once I moved to Charleston, I was no longer able to join in all of those gatherings. My children were not experiencing holidays the way I did. I try to visit family for some holidays, but it is not always feasible.  I realized I couldn’t create the large family gathering, but I could continue the special traditions from my family-the food! 
I started collecting recipes from relatives and learning to perfect the craft.  My recipe book is filled with  my favorites:  Grandma Sue’s chicken soup, Bubby’s matzoh ball surprise, Grandma Sue’s sweet kugel, Aunt Shirley’s savory kugel, B’nai Shalom of Olney’s Sisterhood sweet kugel (AKA my mom’s kugel), and my Great Bubby Lena’s cake and icing recipe.  In addition, I have added my husband’s family recipes:  Mom Archer’s meatballs & gravy (sauce), Grandma Perillo’s stuffed mushrooms, and Mema’s sour cream cookies. 
I encourage you to start recording your family recipes.  Have your children join you in the kitchen in making traditional dishes. Create a family cookbook you can keep for yourself or reproduce for family members.  A cookbook filled with your family’s recipes  and added anecdotes about holidays or celebrations would be a very special gift for anyone. 
For more information on connecting Jewish heritage and tradition to food, please check out this article:
In the words of my Grandpa Morty, of blessed memory, “Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha'olam let’s eat!”


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

Hashkiveinu - Joe Buchanan -

Mizmor Shir - Sababa -

We Belong Together -  Leon Sher -

Everywhere (David Wilcox) - Ellen Dreskin/Dan Nichols/So Is Life

Children of the World - (Dan Nichols/Rebecca Winter) - So Is Life

Yih’yu L’ratzon - Laurie Akers

For the Kiddos!
Wear a Mask and You’ll Be Cool - (Cantor Rachelle Nelson, Sue Horowitz, & Susan Shane Linder) -

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 -

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. 


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!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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


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:


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


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:
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) :
America (Simon & Garfunkel) :

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!


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.



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.
Feel free to share your thoughts and, if you are so inspired, continue to peruse the archives of for wisdom for our times.

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:…/how-white-parents-can-talk-to-their-k…


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


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,

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, - 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 -
YouTube - 
iTunes -
My favorites are:  Khavele, Freedom Plow, and the Leonard Cohen cover, The Partisan

ENJOY!!  Robin 🎶


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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


Monday, June 22, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


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:
-She’ll also be leading a special  Kabbalat Shabbat Zoom service to mark Juneteenth at 5:00pm.  Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat


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

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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


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:


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!


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 ( and Hollye Dexter (
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".


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:


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.


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


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?


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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


Monday, June 1, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:



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!


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


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


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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


Monday, May 25, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


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)


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 .


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.


Monday, May 18, 2020

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


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!


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.


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.


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!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


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:
- 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!


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 - )!
We even saved a verse for YOU at the end.  ENJOY!


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.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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


Monday, May 4, 2020

Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


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:


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.


Tuesday, April 28

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


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!

Mare Winningham, from her album Refuge Rock Sublime

Sam Glaser’s powerful vocals

Accent Vocal’s very cool A Cappella version

David Zasloff plays it on Shofar. This is very strange!


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!


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION is from Steve Bram:


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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


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


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!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


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.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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


Monday, April 13, 2020

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


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!


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:


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


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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


Monday, April 6, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Music Director Robin Shuler:
A Pandemic Playlist: Jewish and Secular Songs for This 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!


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:

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.

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!

Thursday, March 26, 2020    Today's KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander:

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 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020    Enjoy today's KKBE CONNECTION message from Rabbi Kanter:

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!


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!

Thursday, March 19, 2020    Today’s KKBE CONNECTION comes from Rabbi Stephanie Alexander. Please click below to read and join her in                                                                           conversation:

                                                      Please join me for Zoom Torah Study this and every Sunday:  10:30-11:30 am

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