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.

Chesapeake Day of Learning and Celebration

March 7, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST virtually for the 29th Annual Chesapeake Celebration. We will learn together, honor exceptional individuals from our local congregations with the Hineni Award, sing together and virtually toast our community. This year Kol Ami will be honoring Rabbi Gilah Langner and Immediate Past President, Debbie Linick.

The registration deadline is March 2. Click the above event link for registration information.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Robin Cook & Mike Jawer

March 12, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

With no Shabbat morning service the weekend of March 12, come to Kabbalat Shabbat that Friday evening. Mike Jawer and Robin Cook will help welcome in the Shabbat bride and talk a little about the week’s parasha, Ki Tisa.

The story of the golden calf still resonates – especially in America, where celebrity worship is the coin of the realm and deeper values and ideals don’t always command our full attention.

Shabbat Club

March 13, 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Join Morah Andrea on Zoom monthly for Kol Ami’s new “Shabbat Club” — an engaging, enriching Shabbat morning experience for elementary school-aged
learners and their families. Led by experienced teacher Andrea Cate, we will sing, discuss, pray, question, and explore. We will journey into the Torah portion of the week, building connections to our modern lives and our world. New families, click the above link for registration information.

Biblical and Modern Perspectives on the Haggadah w/Marc Zvi Brettler

March 14, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Biblical and Modern Perspectives on the Haggadah
with Marc Zvi Brettler
Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor in Judaic Studies, Duke University

The Haggadah and the seder are rabbinic innovations, based on a biblical festival that remains most relevant in modern times. How did the Haggadah develop? What biblical elements does it contain, and how are the multiple different biblical views of Passover made to fit together by the rabbis? And what relevance do these ancient texts—the Bible and the Haggadah—have for us today as we approach Passover? Presented in partnership with the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies.

This event is being co-sponsored by Kol Ami: Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community. Click the above link for registration information.

Torah Study with Rabbi Bruce Aft

March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rabbi Bruce Aft will be leading a weekly lunchtime Torah study on Zoom, focusing on the commentaries of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. No prior Torah knowledge is necessary– come as you are!!

Our classes are open to the wider community. Contact for more information.

Shabbat morning service led by Herb Levy with musical guest SONiA

March 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a Shabbat morning service led by Herb Levy with musical guest SONiA (Rutstein).  SONiA is one of the world’s most successful LGBTQIA singer songwriters. She is also the Cantorial Soloist at Beit Tikvah Reconstructionist Congregation in Baltimore. SONiA’s won 6 GLAMAs (Gay and Lesbian American Music awards) as well as the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian American Anti Defamation) Award for Best Album and the Spirit of Folk Music Award from Folk Alliance International.  Guests are welcome. Please click the above event link for more information.

Hebrew Prayer Intensive: the Haggadah

March 21, 9:45 am - 10:30 am

Join us, once a month, as we take a deeper look at an individual prayer. This month Rabbi Gilah Langner will guide us through a closer look at the Haggadah.
Feel free to join us starting at 9am for our Morning Minyan service, or log in at 9:45 exclusively for the study session.

Visitors are welcome and should click on the above event link for registration information.

Feel free to join us starting at 9am for our Morning Minyan service, or log in at 9:45 exclusively for the study session.

Passover w/Kol Ami

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Welcome Families!

Families are Connecting at Kol Ami!! Check out our new family focused web page and learn how families connect, learn, thrive, and grow at Kol Ami.


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Contact Kol Ami

P.O. Box 1801, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 571-336-5544
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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