Kol HaLev Member List Final
PLEASE NOTE: IF THERE IS A NUMBER (2) AFTER THE DATE, THIS INDICATES THERE ARE 2 SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR THAT SERVICE. (The second slot will appear only after the first person has signed up)
This is where you sign up to host a Kiddush, the ritual blessings of wine and challah that follow Shabbat and holiday services. All Kol HaLev members take a turn hosting Kiddush at least once a year, even if they are not regular service attendees, because our community Kiddush gatherings are an important moment in the communal life of our congregation, a time when we can come together to nourish our souls and relationships, as well as our bellies.
Directly after Kol HaLev Shabbat and holiday services, we gather to say Kiddush (blessing over the wine or grape juice) and HaMotzi (blessing over challah). The hosts provide the wine, grape juice and challah, and set them out so that they’re waiting in the cafeteria when the service ends.
The minhag (custom) at Kol HaLev is for the Kiddush host to provide an additional nosh (snack), which is often as simple as humus and chips or cut-up vegetables or fruit. Some hosts, especially if they have a co-host, may serve more substantial food (bagels with cream cheese, cheese and crackers, cut vegetables and fruit; or an assortment of cake, cookies, or other desserts). Some members sponsor a festive Kiddush in celebration of special event, such as a milestone birthday. If you're not sure what to bring, drop in to Kiddush any time -- you don't need to go to services first -- and see what it looks like that week. You can also read more here.
Hosts are expected to both set up and clean up.
Signing up: Open dates are listed below (subject to change if the service schedule changes; you'll be notified if the date you sign up for is changed).
Note that some dates have slots for two Kiddush hosts, while other dates have only one. We have higher attendance at Shabbat services on the first and third weeks of the month, when Hagiga, our children's education program is in session. If you'd like to co-host a large Kiddush on your own, simply enter your name in both slots. Conversely, you can add a co-host on a non-Hagiga day (if you'd like to co-host with a friend) or add a third co-host on Hagiga day if you need one.
You can find more information about hosting Kiddush by clicking here. You can also contact Deb Senor, our office manager, at [email protected].
Thanks again and Shabbat Shalom u’mvorach.