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 Services led by Herb Levy at the home of Herb and Madeleine Levy

July 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This service will be held at Madeleine and Herb’s home. Please contact Herb at summershabbat@kolamivirginia.org at least 48 hours before the service to let him know you’re coming. Herb Levy will lead the service. The parsha/weekly portion is Pinchas. Pinchas is a zealous priest who kills a Midianite woman and her Israelite lover at the entranceway to the Tent of Meeting. In this portion, Pinchas is rewarded for his actions and is given the covenant of Peace and eternal Priesthood for his descendants. In stark contrast, Kol Ami’s Inclusiveness policy affirms that all members, both Jewish and non-Jewish, are welcome to participate fully in prayer services and all the rituals of those services. We’ll wrestle with Pinchas’s actions and his reward. We’re faced on a daily basis with those whose zealotry infuses their actions. Do they embody the Will of God or are their firmly and narrowly held beliefs contrary to that Will as it has continued to be revealed? Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.

Shabbat Morning Services led by Herb Levy and Jerry Achtermann

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

Please bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch item to share. We will be downstairs in the Chapel.

Steering Committee Meeting

August 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This meeting will take place over Zoom.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Kick Off

August 18, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Kick off meeting of the Adult B’nai Mitzvah program. We are tentatively scheduled to be upstairs in the Volunteer Room. Confirmation coming soon.

Sweet Summer Series

August 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Kol Ami and Growing Jewish Families are sponsoring Sweet Summer, an event meant to connect Jewish families with children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. We will have ice cream and playtime on the playground! Rabbi Gilah Langner will be reading Jewish themed books to the kids. We’ll be outside in the playground. If it rains, we’ll be inside in a classroom.

Kabbalat Shabbat led by Susan Freiband

August 23, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Please bring a dessert to share. We will be downstairs in the Chapel.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

September 4, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Location TBD.

Coming Soon: High Holidays at Kol Ami

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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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