Tekiah: The Kol Shalom Journal

Confronting Anti-Semitism and Pursuing Justice: Before, During and After Covid

Posted on May 24, 2020

A discussion on anti-Semitism, discrimination, and threats to religious liberty led by Kol Shalom member Michael Lieberman. Michael will share insights and observations on the current state of anti-Semitism, religious liberty, and civil rights in the United States — and prospects for progress as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and move towards the 2020 elections. Continue Reading »

What in the World? Reflections by Thomas L. Friedman and Ambassador Dennis Ross

Posted on April 26, 2020

Every year on Yom Kippur afternoon, Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times and Ambassador Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute stand and reflect on Israel and the state of the world. This year, when all bets are off, Yom Kippur comes early (without the fasting, but with plenty of reflection) as Ross and Continue Reading »

How to Thrive in the Age of Misinformation

Posted on March 3, 2020

What is truth, and how do we recognize it? In the age of ‘Fake News,’ when factual information is routinely manipulated and weaponized, it’s a question that can have life-or-death consequences. Rabbi Gil Steinlauf seeks to answer this question – one he calls the most pressing issue of our time – in the next installment Continue Reading »

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Speak at Kol Shalom

Posted on February 28, 2020

The Jewish Identity Institute at Kol Shalom Congregation welcomes Mr. Thomas Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a weekly columnist for The New York Times, to discuss how his Jewish identity guides his career. Kol Shalom Congregation of Rockville (9110 Darnestown Road, Rockville, MD, 20850) announced today the next lecture in its Jewish Identity Continue Reading »

To Be Jewish In Congress: Jamie Raskin to speak at Kol Shalom

Posted on February 16, 2020

    How is serving in the United States Congress a Jewish act? How does a leader in our current political reality draw strength from the Jewish tradition to continue to lead justly? What are the most important issues in our government that we face today as Jews? How can we as Jewish individuals and Continue Reading »


Posted on February 10, 2020

Our family closed a major chapter of life this past week, which made me think about transitions, and helped me to appreciate how our Jewish heritage adds so much meaning and beauty to my life. Some context. I look around and see myself, my family, my Kol Shalom sacred community, my work colleagues, and whatever Continue Reading »

Prayer Book Hebrew

Building the Bridge

Posted on February 4, 2020

Jewish worship experiences can nourish the soul.  That is, of course, if a person understands the meaning of those prayers in the first place.  Many Jewish adults find comfort in Shabbat or holiday services. But without a working knowledge of prayer-book Hebrew, something inevitably gets lost in translation.  “I find that many of my students Continue Reading »

Using the Jewish ‘Toolkit’

Posted on January 29, 2020

Barbara Bullman has led an accomplished life. The Rockville resident is a celebrated attorney, earning several awards for her expertise in Elder Law. But despite a loving family life, a vibrant social life and a thriving career, something was missing. “I knew nothing about my Jewish identity,” Mrs. Bullman admitted. “Judaism is a part of Continue Reading »

A New Way Into Meaningful Jewish Life

Posted on January 17, 2020

by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf For so many Jews today, one of the greatest perceived barriers to feeling connected to Judaism can be summed up in one word: inadequacy. It’s a feeling that can paralyze us into inaction. It’s like an epidemic. I have yet to meet a Jew who feels that he or she ‘adequately’ Continue Reading »

Kol Shalom Invites Renowned Diplomat to Discuss U.S.-Israeli Relations

Posted on January 17, 2020

The Jewish Identity Institute of Kol Shalom Congregation welcomes Ambassador Dennis Ross, leading expert on U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, to discuss American political leadership and Israel. Rockville, MD. January 10, 2020 – Kol Shalom Congregation of Rockville (9110 Darnestown Road, Rockville, MD, 20850) announced today the next lecture in its Jewish Continue Reading »