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Important KKBE Hurricane Information

September 14, 2018

As we write these words, it seems Charleston and KKBE will be spared the worst of Hurricane Florence’s damage — though we’ll save our prayer of Birkat HaGomeil until Yom Kippur, when (please God) the storm will have fully passed. We don’t want in any way (even superstitiously) to compromise our hope of gathering as planned on that holy day. 

If this Shabbat finds you taking shelter in another city throughout the Southeast or beyond, please know we have heard from dozens of congregations eager to welcome those who might wish to attend services. Go to the Union for Reform Judaism’s website (www.urj.org) and click at the top of the page on “Find a Congregation” to locate a synagogue near you.

Though we wish we were gathering together for prayer and worship as a KKBE community this Shabbat, we know our prayers for peace and calm link us wherever we might be.

God, help us now to make this new Shabbat.
After noise, we seek quiet;
After stress, we seek calm;
After concentration on the probabilities of events in the world around us,
We seek freedom to turn within, to listen to our inward selves.
Help us open our eyes to the hidden beauties
and infinite possibilities in the world You are creating.
Break open the gates of the reservoirs
of goodness and kindness in ourselves and in others.
Let us reach, together, toward one holy moment of Shabbat.
(Adapted from Siddur Sha’ar Zahav)

With wishes and prayers for Shabbat safety and peace —

Rabbi Stephanie Alexander
Rabbi Greg Kanter


September 12, 2018

I am hoping that you are in a safe place as we face the challenge of Hurricane Florence. I wanted to let you know we have heard from many congregations offering support. Synagogues in Columbia, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh have reached out to us to offer home hospitality to our congregants. If you wish to evacuate but are in a need of a place to go, please contact Rabbi Alexander (843-754-7819), Naomi Gorstein, our President, (843-412-1670) or me (404-906-4860) and we will put you in touch. If you have any additional needs with which we could be helpful during these challenging times, please feel free to contact any one of us as well.

KKBE is presently closed and will remain closed from now through the end of the week-end. All week-end activities have been cancelled including religious school on Sunday. Our hopes are to re-open KKBE on Monday, September 17th and for all of our Yom Kippur services to take place as scheduled, weather permitting. We will continue to provide you with updates as it is a fluid situation. 
Sincerely, 

Thank you,
Steve Bram
Executive Director


September 10, 2018

KKBE will be closed beginning Tuesday in compliance with the Governor's mandatory evacuation. We will keep you apprised of impacts upon scheduled programming and services as more information becomes available in the coming days.

Your safety is important to us. If you need a place to evacuate, we've learned of two available options:

  • Camp Coleman will make its facilities available to evacuees (including pets). 
  • There are several families in Columbia who have offered to host people in need.

If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, please contact Rabbi Alexander at 843- 754-7819.

Also, there are two College of Charleston students seeking a ride to Atlanta in advance of the school's closing tomorrow. If you or someone you know will be headed that way, please call Rabbi Alexander as well. 

Thank you,
Steve Bram
Executive Director

Fri, September 21 2018 12 Tishrei 5779