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.

Pizza and Talmud

June 16, 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.

Kabbalat Shabbat led by Mike Jawer

June 21, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

We’ll have a look at the week’s Torah portion, Beha’alotcha, wherein the Children of Israel, in their second year post-Egypt, are on a steady diet of manna in the wilderness – and hating it. Moses is at his wit’s end, and God is none too pleased. But is there an upside to complaining, to being dissatisfied? The answer is a resounding Yes, and we’ll explore that. We’ll begin downstairs in the chapel at 7:30. Please bring a dessert to share.

Pizza and Talmud

June 23, 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.

Shabbat led by Herb Levy

June 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

The parsha is Shelakh Lekha, Send Yourself. Ten of the twelve spies found the land filled with giants who could not be conquered. Two of the twelve, reported that the land was filled with bounty. How is it possible for such a variance to occur when perceiving the same information?

We need look no further than the sharp differences in our own society as we consider how to approach the next steps in our country’s life, as we are about to celebrate its birth. We bring ourselves to every experience we have and wear our past experience like a filter as we continue to live our lives. Shelakh Lekha has wonderful advice about how to break the pattern, how to free us to experience the present as the joyful, hopeful moment it is. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian lunch to share. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. We’re downstairs in the Chapel.

Pizza and Talmud

June 30, 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.

My Promised Land Discussion Group

June 30, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Herb Levy will lead a discussion of Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land. Shavit, a columnist for the center-left Israeli daily Ha’aretz, is a fervently patriotic Israeli with an abiding love for Israel’s history and the best of its traditions and institutions. His honest and brutally frank portrait of Israel’s past and its present dilemmas will open a conversation about the difficult choices that Israel faces as it balances real geopolitical challenges with Jewish values. We’ll be downstairs in the Chapel.

Kabbalat Shabbat led by Mike Jawer

July 12, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Lay Led Kabbalat Shabbat service. We will be in the chapel.

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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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