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 is That Person Sitting Next to Me in Synagogue?

This is a program unique to KH. It is definitely one in which you will want to participate. While we have all chosen to come together to worship at KH, each of us brings our personal story with us. This is an opportunity for those who want to share that story. In a community where we are like family, what a delight to get to know that person sitting next to you at services. The featured speakers and schedule are listed below. The coordinator for this program is KH member Ilana Rowe.

Scheduled Speakers:

  • March 22, 2022 / 12:00 PM – Lee Berkowitz

Our Next Speaker:

  • April 26, 2022 / 12:00 PM – Marcia Braff

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.

2021 – 2022 Schedule

The list below will give you some idea of the types of books we read.  This program takes a summer break and will resume in October 2021.  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

Mark Your Calendars Now for Sundays at 10:00 AM on the following dates:


Oct 3:  Sebba, Anna/ Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy – (Non-Fiction) Facilitator: Regina Rand

Nov 7:  Balson, Ronald  / The Girl from Berlin – (Fiction) Facilitator: Ruth Brandwein

Dec 5: Sacks, Jonathan / Morality – (Non-Fiction) Facilitator: Herb Levine


Jan 9:  Yehoshua, A B / The Tunnel – (Fiction) Facilitator: Naomi Schwartz

Feb 6:  Kaufman, Jonathan  / The Last Kings of Shanghai (Non-Fiction) Facilitator: Garry Grossman

Mar 6:  Wecker, Helene / The Hidden Palace (Fiction) Facilitator: Michelle Rosenthal

Apr 3:  Lapid, Yair / Memories After My Death (Non-Fiction) Facilitator: Kayla Niles

May 1:  Henderson, Bruce /  Sons and Soldiers (Non-Fiction) Facilitator: Sue Shimelman

June 5: Carner, Talia / The Third Daughter (Fiction) Facilitator: Toby Deutsch



The Larry Deutch 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 Jennifer Singer, 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.

TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday)

TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday) is our answer to physical distancing during Covid-19. It is an opportunity to schmooze with other members of the congregation, just as if we were at services together.  TGIF happens the first Friday night service of every month. We go into breakout rooms that are randomly assigned and just talk about whatever is on people’s minds. It’s a great way to get to know people we might not already know and to enter into the spirit of Shabbat. And then it is Shabbat!

Through a Jewish Lens

THROUGH A JEWISH LENS is a program started by one of our long-time members. It’s a time to tackle tough issues informed by Jewish tradition. Civil discourse is something we miss. Can we as a society talk about racism? The right to bear arms?  Poverty? And not just talk about these issues but add a call to action.

Join us on the last Friday night service of the month for spirited conversation, education and opportunities for tikkun olam.

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.


This year’s dates are:

October 6th
November 3rd
Dec. 1st
Jan. 5th
Feb. 2nd
March 2nd
April 6th
May 4th
June 1st

All to begin at 7:30 pm.


Mail: Kol HaNeshama

PO Box 21655

Sarasota, FL 34276

Phone: 941-244-2042



St. Wilfred’s Episcopal Church Campus, Kol HaNeshama Sanctuary
3773 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota, FL 34233



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