Tekiah: The Kol Shalom Journal

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 »


Posted on January 1, 2019

I am fortunate to have not one but two soul-mates. My wonderful spouse Annette, of course, is one, and I am thankful for her. My other soul-mate is my dear friend, also named Marc. He jokes that we were “womb-mates” because our mothers were friends while pregnant with us. That’s how far back we go. Continue Reading »