On Sunday, October 28th, our synagogue hosted an interfaith gathering of prayer and remembrance for those affected by the shooting at The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. Led by Rabbi Lina Zerbarini, the service included many local clergy and local representatives including our own "Doc" Spencer.
We were honored to welcome some of the press to the event as well. Newsday and Huntington Now wrote about the gathering, and Fios 1 sent a reporter. You can watch the segment below:
If you weren't able to attend, but would like the comfort of the prayers and the inspiration of the speakers, Rabbi Ari Saks of the HJC (through the wonders of modern technology) recorded the service using Facebook Live. You can find it here.
Our hearts are breaking but in our togetherness we find comfort and love.
You can find the above-mentioned articles here. Click on the images below.
The Huntington Community Gathers in Prayer and Solidarity
Come together to mourn the victims, pray for the survivors, sing for hope and healing, and commit to build a loving world.
Sunday, October 28 at 5 pm
Kehillath Shalom Synagogue
58 Goose Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor
Participating Organizations (List in Formation)
Believe it or not, it's time for our Hanukkah Fair! Hanukkah is early this year, (it begins on the night of December 2nd) and so is the Fair:
Please join us on Sunday, November 11th from 10:30am - 1pm
Are you a veteran? Got stories? (Come on, we KNOW you do!) Come share them with the Hebrew School kids. L'dor V'dor means passing a piece of ourselves to the younger generation.
And Janice Buckner and Friends will be performing, too!
Seems like Autumn is finally here!
Here's what's happening at KSS this weekend:
Aaaaannnnndddd.....it's almost time for the Hanukkah Fair!
The Interfaith community at large is invited to celebrate with Kehillath Shalom Synagogue as we install our new spiritual leader, Rabbi Lina Zerbarini, on Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm.
The public is invited to welcome Rabbi Lina to the community and to enjoy an inspiring program. Community clergy will offer blessings, the synagogue choir will sing, and Burt Siegel, known as the “dean of Jewish community relations” will speak.
Rabbi Lina’s hiring marks a time of new energy for the community as Kehillath Shalom Synagogue prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In the words of one member: “I am excited to participate in the traditional activities as well as the new and creative innovations that our rabbi brings.”
Previously, she served as Associate Rabbi at Yale Hillel where she created domestic and international service learning programs and as Director for Domestic Affairs and Rabbinic Consultant at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, where she led the Jewish community's public policy advocacy initiatives and facilitated inter-group and inter-faith relationships.
Rabbi Lina is dedicated to learning and teaching. A student and teacher of Torah, yoga and meditation, she builds relationships and communities of mindfulness, connection and caring. A graduate of Barnard College and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, she has continued her professional development and education through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s rabbinic training program and Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training. To strengthen communal ties and support rabbinic development, she has served on the leadership of Boards of Rabbis in each community she has lived and is currently President of the Long Island Board of Rabbis. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of Reconstructing Judaism.
Burt also served as the Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. He is the past president of the National Association of Jewish Community Relations Professionals and the Community Relations Executive Directors Association. He has been honored by the NAACP, the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, B'nai B'rith Educators, Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the Japanese American Citizens League. Burt also served as the Faith-Based Coordinator for CeaseFire PA, an anti-gun-violence organization.
Burt has been a leader in the Reconstructionist movement. He was a founding member and second president of Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist congregation in suburban Philadelphia. He served on the Board of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot (now Reconstructing Judaism) as well as on several committees for the Movement.
Representative of the community in which it is based, Kehillath Shalom prides itself on integrating a mix of people - young families, mature couples, singles, interfaith couples, gay people, individuals with diverse backgrounds of religious observance and Jewish knowledge, people from many walks of life - into an active, warm, spiritually invigorating, Reconstructionist community. Kehillath Shalom offers the warm intimacy of a small congregation with the diversity of educational, social, and ritual activities associated with a much larger synagogue.
At our Friday night service, we will hear stories of contemporary refugees, consider Abraham and Sarah's search for religious freedom, deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis and connect with the Jewish movement for refugees.
Friday night services begin at 7:30
On Shabbat morning, will have an Israel Forum, an update and report on the Jewish homeland, founded to "be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles."
- Rabbi Lina Zerbarini
Please NOTE the TIME CHANGE due to the Israel Forum:
Saturday services will begin at 10am with the Forum to follow.
Hey! Did you know that we have professionals coming in for Casino Night?? (It's not just shul president, Howard Globus, dealing cards out from the bottom of the deck!) Join us for what promises to be an engaging and enjoyable evening!
Another wonderful weekend at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue as the leaves begin to change!
Saturday, October 13th
Join the Educational forums about Israel and the Middle East
In the spirit of the new Jewish year, we welcome you to our on-going conversation about Israel and the Middle East. Join us at our educational forums (no charge and breakfast included!)
We welcome your questions and opinions.
The next forum is on Saturday, October 20 at 11:15 AM, following 10:00 AM Services at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue.
Note: No Hebrew School this Sunday - October 7th
click the above image to read the interview!