Summer 2018 - Av-Elul 5778
This past June Kehila celebrated its 40th anniversary. A havurah community of one hundred households and as vibrant now as we were in the beginning, we have grown in our responsiveness to social, political and environmental challenges in the larger society. Our new logo reads Kehila Chadasha, a Progressive Jewish Community. Our commitment to fellowship, learning, the celebration of life, Yiddishkeit and tikkun olam is stronger than ever.
Given the increasing polarization in this country and the abuses of power, we find hope and strength in a community of shared values and growing friendships.
Light is emerging from the darkness of this past year. There is a need for a "moral awakening," as the founders of Repairing the Breach have declared. And it is happening.
During these holy days we renew ourselves by engaging in a soulful accounting, Heshbon HaNefesh. By voicing our gratitude for life in joyful song, by learning from our ancient teachings, speakers and teachers engaged in Tikkun Olam, we can positively impact the future.
If you are not a member of either Kehila or Am Kolel, please consider getting more involved. Am Kolel is staff- and board-directed, and meets different needs. We provide for life cycle needs, offer weekly Saturday morning services with kiddush lunches, run Sanctuary Retreat Center, incubate new groups and work closely with other faith organizations.
On Saturday night, September 1, I will lead Selichot reflections and niggunim from 9-11 pm at our home, 1719 Wilmart Street, in Rockville, Maryland. The focus is on Jewish and Hassidic teachings about equanimity and forgiveness. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to admin@am-Kolel.org.
May you have a fulfilling, joyful and healthy New Year. May we continue to lift each other, bring peace and healing to ourselves, to all humanity and to this Earth.
L'Shanah Tovah Tikateyvu, gratefully,
Rabbi David Shneyer