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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Arnow 2/10/2023

Dear Kol Rinah Family, 

When people in Gaziantep, Turkey went to sleep Sunday evening, they weren't planning for Purim, or Passover, or Hazzan Joanna Dulkin's visit next week.  But they did have their own plans, their own work and labor, their hopes and dreams, for a birthday or holiday celebration, for a work accomplishment, for time with a partner, a family member, a friend, for a community project or event.  

When a devastating earthquake hit at 4:17am Monday morning (local time), all of those plans disappeared, and their focus shifted to rescue, survival, recovery.  More than 20,000 people died, and millions are suffering, emotionally, physically, financially.  

The Jewish  Federation of St. Louis is collecting donations for an earthquake relief fund.  Consider if you're able to give a little tzedaka before Shabbat.  

For me, for us as a congregation, to be planning gatherings, holidays, celebrations, programs--feels a bit like a privilege today.  If you haven't signed up for dinner next Friday night with Hazzan Dulkin, do it now--it's an act of faith and hope that we will be able to be together, safe, healthy and secure next Shabbat.  Sign up for Saturday night too (same link).  And come next Shabbat morning too, of course.  

Purim itself is a celebration of survival--an insistence at merrymaking despite attempts to extirpate us.  We need more Mishloach Manot sponsors-- add your name today!  

And you can't sign up yet, but we're starting to plan a second seder at Kol Rinah.  Details coming soon!  

Today at noon, Rabbi Shafrin will be leading Torah Talk on Zoom.  

Candle lighting is at 5:16pm.  

Kabbalat Shabbat at 6pm will be a great tune-up for Hazzan Dulkin's visit with us.  

Tomorrow morning, we start at 9am.  We'll be reading Parashat Yitro, which includes the Ten Commandments.  At about 10:15am in the Community Hall, Rabbi Shafrin will be leading Torah Talk.  We had a great crowd last Shabbat for our first in-person Torah Talk since March 2020--come check it out! 

There's also Tot Shabbat at 10:45am.  

Shabbat mincha will be at 5:05pm, and Shabbat ends at 6:15pm.  

May we blessed to see each other in shul,
Rabbi Noah Arnow

To join our Zoom Minyanim or classes, click on the desired meeting link, or call into either of the following numbers: 
+1 312 626 6799
+1 646 558 8656
Then, when prompted, enter the Meeting ID of the desired minyan/class then press #.  Then, when prompted, enter the password then press #.  
Services (all times Central)
Evening Minyan on Zoom
Sunday-Thursday evenings at 6pm (but not on Jewish holidays)
Friday evenings when not in person one hour before candle lighting

Morning Minyan on Zoom
Monday-Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7am; Sunday mornings and national holidays at 8am (not including Jewish holidays)

(Please note that Thursday morning minyan is now being held in-person and is not on Zoom)

Learning Opportunities
Torah Talk with Rabbi Arnow or Rabbi Shafrin
Every Friday at 12pm
Join us for study and discussion of the week's Torah portion.  

Friday nights and Shabbat mornings
Fridays, 6pm in the chapel (no streaming)
Saturdays, 9:00am (9:30am when we are doing our musical Kol Chadash service)
Click the link below, for the stream, as well as for additional instructions:
Kol Rinah now has an Instagram feed 
as well as Facebook  account!


Mon, December 11 2023 28 Kislev 5784