Tekiah: The Kol Shalom Journal

Alternate Prayer for Israel

Posted on January 20, 2023

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A Song for Sally: She Likes to Sing

Posted on January 13, 2023

Sen. Chris Van Hollen honors Joan Kleinman Upon her Retirement

Posted on January 12, 2023

We have so many remarkable and accomplished members of our community, we’d like to highlight the accomplishments and accolades bestowed on our members. Our first Member Highlight is for Joan Kleinman, a dedicated and beloved member of Kol Shalom. Please see Senator Chris Van Hollen’s remarks about Joan that he made on the Senate Floor Continue Reading »

Chanukah Songsheet

Posted on December 18, 2022


Why our brain craves pattern-seeking rituals like Wordle

Posted on February 7, 2022

The brain-teasing puzzle is the latest form of pandemic-era self-soothing By Sarah Pulliam Bailey The Washington Post ____________________________________________ In the beginning, Americans created sourdough starters. As people looked for rituals to cope with the early uncertainties of the pandemic, many bought Peloton bikes, built gardens and watched “Tiger King.” And in Brooklyn, a software engineer said: Continue Reading »

B’Yachad Community Religious School

Posted on August 6, 2021

Washington Jewish Week 3 MoCo synagogues combine their religious schools Three Montgomery County synagogues have combined their religious schools, bringing 110 students together under a single roof in the fall. The three participating synagogues — Kol Shalom and Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville and Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg — formed B’Yachad Community Religious School, and hired Rabbi Batya Glazer as director. Glazer Continue Reading »

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Study Session

Posted on May 21, 2021

How Earth Day Aligns with Jewish Values

Posted on April 22, 2021

Leib Kaminsky My burgeoning love of the environment began during a 1978 Muppets’ television special. It featured Buffalo Springfield singing “For What It’s Worth,” parodying the original song using Muppet animals. The song’s refrain: “Everybody stop! Hey! What’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down” brought a connection of my values (the love of wildlife) Continue Reading »

The Jewish Identity Institute: Finding Strength in Otherness

Posted on April 22, 2021

In this article Rabbi Steinlauf shares his reflections on the Jewish Identity Institute that he initiated and developed. The Jewish Identity Institute just completed its first year with three cohort groups. Please take a moment to read this article and learn more about the Jewish Identity Institute. ____________________ At first, it could have been just Continue Reading »