WHERE WE MEET: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd. (at George Mason Dr.), Arlington, VA 22204

Kol Ami

The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Welcome to Kol Ami!

Kol Ami is made up of progressive Jews whose practice is egalitarian, interactive, traditional and modern. We see God’s face in everyone: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, interfaith families; male, female, transgender, or non-binary; all races and ethnic backgrounds; single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered; straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual; babies, seniors, and any age in between; fully-abled, disabled, or a person of differing abilities. We meet in Arlington VA and we welcome everyone!  Kol Ami is an affiliate of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement, and is the only Reconstructionist congregation in Virginia.

Celebrating our Jewish souls.
Expanding our Jewish minds.
Reconstructing our Jewish hearts.

Shabbat Morning Service Led by Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Shabbat Morning Service Led by Rabbi Ilan Glazer

March 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

How do we keep our community holy? This week’s Torah reading describes how the priest would enter the Mishkan in the morning, make sure the fire on the altar was still burning and take out the embers of the previous day’s sacrifices. Out with the old, in with the new! In order to be holy, we must remove that which no longer serves us, though that’s easier to do when the object to be removed is external. What do we do with shame, guilt, anger and other negative emotions? What about our patterns and beliefs that perhaps could also use some spring cleaning? What about our traumas, our grief, our addictions and our pain? How do we remove those in order to make more space for the holiness inside us to emerge?

On this Shabbat, Rabbi Ilan Glazer will share original prayer melodies and insights from his new book And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds, and Unleash Your Inner Freedom. Together, we can lift ourselves ever higher and rededicate our lives to maintaining the fire of holiness inside us. Rabbi Ilan Glazer is a freelance rabbi, speaker and transformation coach who has drummed with a who’s who of the Jewish musical world.

Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. We’ll be in the Chapel.

Bet Midrash Class

Bet Midrash Class

March 24, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Our Bet Midrash will be meeting in the Volunteer Room. We’ll begin our conquest of the Shabbat Amidah, the central prayer in Jewish liturgy. Newcomers are welcome to attend. Visit our Virtual Bet Midrash page for more details.

Jewish Children's Education Program

Jewish Children's Education Program

March 24, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Pizza and Talmud

Pizza and Talmud

March 24, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

meets at a member’s home. Teens are welcome to join in the wide-ranging discussions. Please contact admin@KolAmiVirginia.org for more information.

Chesapeake Day of Learning and Celebration

Chesapeake Day of Learning and Celebration

March 31, 2:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Oseh Shalom

Each year the Reconstructionist congregations in our region gather for a day of learning and fellowship, with an awards ceremony that recognizes achievements within the congregation.  This year, Kol Ami has nominated Mindy Rudell for the Hineni Award, in recognition of her years of service to the community as principal of our Jewish Children’s Education Program.

S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College will keynote the Day of Learning with her presentation on “Pesakh: Reviving Some Ancient Wisdom for Difficult Times.”  After her presentation there will be breakout sessions featuring Tamar and Chesapeake-area rabbis.   Come for the full day or just for the honors dinner, please register here.

Jewish Children's Education Program

Jewish Children's Education Program

March 31, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Pizza and Talmud

Pizza and Talmud

March 31, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

meets at a member’s home. Teens are welcome to join in the wide-ranging discussions. Please contact admin@KolAmiVirginia.org for more information.

Kol Ami’s Community Seder will be on April 20 at 6:00 PM

It's time to register for the extremely participatory, lend-a-hand, mostly potluck Kol Ami Community Seder! We are limiting attendees this year to 60 people. Don't be disappointed, register today. We'll be in the Fellowship Hall. After you register, please sign up to help and to bring food.

Kol Ami is Hiring a New Coordinator

Kol Ami is seeking a new Communications and Administrative Coordinator to fill the shoes of Herb Levy who is retiring in early April.  Click here for the job description and to apply.

Save the Date!

May 19:  Kol Ami Turns Chai! Annual Community Meeting and Chai Lights Dinner Event

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Contact Kol Ami

P.O. Box 1801, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 571-271-8387
Rabbi's Study: 202-364-3006

Where We Meet

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) & George Mason Dr.
Arlington, VA 22204
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