Shabbat at Home

Two or three times a year, several members host a Shabbat dinner at their homes to which everyone is invited. All who wish to attend are assigned a host. The hosts coordinate the menu with their guests so that everybody contributes part of the meal. It is an opportunity to share Shabbat with food, blessings and song, and get to know people you might not otherwise know.

Who Was That Person Sitting Next to Me in Synagogue?

We are so thrilled to be bringing back a program that somehow got lost during COVID. The program is “Who Was That Person Sitting Next to Me in Synagogue”.  Its origins began when Arnie Binderman went to a funeral of a fellow congregant, someone he didn’t really know, and when he heard the eulogy and all the kind words said about this person he said to himself  “I wish I had known him, what an interesting life he led.” And thus was born this program.

Each of us has a story to tell. In most cases we have moved to Sarasota from somewhere else and we had complete lives filled with love and laughter and growth and challenges. Some of the stories are humorous, some tragic but all are interesting. Here is an opportunity for each of us to hear such a story. To meet and get to know other members of our community and to break bread (and so much more) together.

Scheduled Speakers For 2023-2024:

November 14, 2023 – Arnie Binderman

January 9, 2024 – Dale Rosen

February 13, 2024 – Toby Deutsch

March 12, 2024 – Jolena Sloane

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Books & Bagels

BOOKS AND BAGELS is a monthly KH book club featuring an assortment of fiction and non-fiction books with selected Jewish themes – and discussed by our members.  All members and friends of the congregation are invited to explore the world of Jewish books in a warm and friendly book group that meets on the first Sunday of each month during season.

2023 – 2024 Schedule

The new season of Books and Bagels is fast approaching and you’re all invited to participate. Our first book group will be on Zoom on October 1. The book is All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan. Herb Levine will be the facilitator.

The schedule is posted below. We plan to meet in person December through April and on Zoom the other months.

If you would like to volunteer as either a host or facilitator, please contact Ruth Brandwein, coordinator of Books & Bagels, at (941) 312-4786 or

Click Here To Read a Synopsis October’s Selection

The schedule for the rest of the year is as follows. Facilitators and in-person sites will be announced in the KH Newsletter. Zoom meetings will be announced with their links. All meetings are on Sunday mornings at 10 am.

November 5: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast (Zoom)

December 3: Surviving the Americans by Robert L. Hilliard (In Person)

January 7: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller (In Person)

February 4: Shanda by Letty Cottin Pogrebin (In Person)

March 3: One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank (In Person)

April 7: A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti (In Person)

May 5: Kantika by Elizabeth Graver (Zoom)

June 2: Impossible Takes Longer by Daniel Gordis (Zoom)



The Larry Deutsch Memorial Torah Challenge

You can do it. It’s easier than you think! Calling all members to read from the Torah … if not now, when?

To celebrate her beloved late husband Larry’s love of Torah, Toby Deutsch will donate $100 to KH in honor of anyone who reads Torah at a KH service for the first time. We have computer discs to lend, and Gail Buchman, as well as other members, will assist you.

Please contact Ranita Gomez at (813) 629-1073 or to plan your date, and she will assign you a reading. In honor of Larry’s passion for teaching Torah, Toby offers the same donation for any first-time leader of a Lunch & Learn discussion.

Rosh Chodesh

ROSH CHODESH is a monthly program for women based around the new moon. It is an opportunity for women to study and learn from other women, and socialize in an intimate setting. The topics will be chosen by the group so make sure you become part of this exciting journey.

Rosh Chodesh will be on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm.  We will be presenting Amazing Jewish Women.

Please join us for the following dates:

October 17, 2023
November 21, 2023
December 19, 2023
January 16, 2024
February 20, 2024
March 19, 2024
April 9, 2024
May 14, 2024


Mail: Kol HaNeshama

PO Box 21655

Sarasota, FL 34276

Phone: 941-244-2042



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3145 Southgate Circle Sarasota, FL 34239



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