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.
May 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
As we close out the book of Leviticus, join us at 10 am for a special Shabbat morning with Rabbi Gilah, our pre-Bnot Mitzvah students, and several of our JCEP students leading services. At 11 am, we’ll study Pirkei Avot together, exploring the wise and pithy statements of our ancient rabbis, and discussing whether we have wisdom from our own time to contribute to the tradition.
Our zoom services are open to the broader community. For more information contact: .
May 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Rabbi Gilah as Kol Ami and Shirat HaNefesh come together for a Shabbat service and important Rabbi’s Table. This is our last joint service with Shirat HaNefesh for the year; Rabbi Gilah will be leaving Shirat HaNefesh in June. At 11 am, Alan Ronkin, Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee for Washington, DC, will take the Rabbi’s Table to present a groundbreaking report on antisemitism in America. This is the first time both American Jews and the general public have been surveyed about antisemitism in a way that highlights differing perceptions about the extent of the problem. There will be ample time for a robust discussion about the report and what it means both for the Jewish community and others subject to discrimination. Our zoom services are open to the broader community. For more information contact: .
May 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join our Shavuot celebration on Sunday evening, May 16 as we close out the counting of the omer with our dynamo Omer Team, and arrive at our destination — the holiday of Shavuot and the giving of the Torah. Willa Siegel will offer a brief reflection on the book of Ruth, traditionally read on Shavuot. And echoing Ruth’s experience of joining the Jewish people, Rabbi Gilah and Cameron Vanore will lead us in a discussion of conversion experiences, past and present, along with other members of the congregation.
May 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
It is from Parsha Naso that we glean the Priestly Blessing, the Blessing of Peace. Our gathering will be blessed by each other and by the special blessing of the involvement of Peter Mayer. Peter is a Minnesota-based songwriter and singer who songwriter and singer who turned from seminarian to folk music to widen his message. Peter’s music is gentle and, at the same time, soul nourishing. Herb Levy co-leads. For more information, click the above event link.
May 23, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Our lives revolve around transitions. Some are tied to ritual, but many significant transitions, however, are not: retirement, becoming a grandparent, completing a time of healing or recovery, marking the anniversary of a loved ones passing, becoming an empty nester, graduation, job changes, a milestone birthday, weaning a child, or even making an important decision. Some transitions are about letting go or moving through a challenging time, some are about celebrating a milestone, and some are about personal preparation for what is yet to come.
The workshop will include time for grounding guided meditation, text study and an interactive ritual creation activity.
June 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon service as we celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Ava DeCourcey.
June 13, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Join Kol Ami for a provocative discussion about the future of American Judaism featuring guest speaker Ron Kampeas, Washington Bureau Chief, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). Stay tuned for more information, coming soon.