Kol HaLev: A Brief History
We began in 1992 as a small group who came together out of an interest in Reconstructionist Judaism and a desire to create Jewish experiences that combine creativity and critical thinking, comfort and challenge, innovation and tradition. We named ourselves "The Reconstructionist Havurah of Cleveland."
If you've encountered the name "Havurah" before, it was probably used by a small fellowship, often persons at roughly the same stage in life, that has no rabbi and meets in its members' homes. And that's what we were in the beginning.
Today, our community has a diverse, inclusive, multi-generational membership of more than 100 households, Rabbi Steve Segar serves us full time, we have our own office, and we hold weekly services at the Ratner School.
In June 2004, we sought a new name for our community and selected Kol HaLev, which means "voice of the heart." We retain the Havurah spirit with a warm atmosphere and we hope to continue to grow and welcome those who, after learning about our community, decide to make their Jewish journey with us.
For a more complete recounting of how we formed and how we have grown, please visit our History page.