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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 Reconstructing Judaism movement, and is the only Reconstructionist congregation in Virginia.

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

Shabbat Hanukkah Service

December 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for services on December 4th as we return to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington for a regular service on Shabbat Hanukkah.  We’ll be in the Activity Room on the lower floor, with the service led by Rabbi Gilah and Jim North.  Let’s celebrate the time of miracles, past and present!  The Torah reading for Shabbat Hanukkah is always the Joseph story; this year our discussion will focus on ancient and modern queer readings of Joseph.

The service will also be available via Zoom. Please contact Amy at for the Zoom Link.

Tot Shabbat -- It's a Hanukkah Thing!

December 4, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Morah Andrea Cate for worship, music and a joyful Hanukkah experience for our little ones (ages 2-7) and their loving adults at 11 a.m. at the UUCA.

Hanukkah Party

December 5, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the holiday at our annual Hanukkah Party!  We’re moving the party indoors — we’ll be in the Center Room and Fellowship Hall at the UU from 6-7 pm.  We’ll light candles, sing songs, play dreidel, and more.  Food is not allowed in the building, but we’ll send you off with a Hanukkah treat at the end!  Please bring a hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) and candles so we can spread more light on this eighth night of Hanukkah.

Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Aft

December 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rabbi Bruce is back with a dynamic weekly Torah study session — this year on Wednesday lunchtimes. Drop in on occasion or make it a weekly date on your calendar. It’s always engaging, lively, and insightful. This year we extend a special welcome to members of Congregation Beth Emeth and Fauquier Jewish Congregation who may be joining us.

Shabbat Morning Service

December 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for multi-access Shabbat morning services led by Richard Ruth and Jim North — in-person in the UU Activity Room and on Zoom as well.  In this week’s Torah portion, Judah steps up to assume his responsibilities, and Joseph and his brothers finally reach a poignant reconciliation.  Please volunteer for setup/cleanup and our mini outdoor kiddush.

Encountering Judaism

December 12, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is a year-long class for people interested in knowing more about Jewish culture, beliefs, history, and practices. Meetings are held over Zoom on Sundays at 11 am twice a month.  Topics include Jewish holidays, Jewish cultural history and practices both from ancient times and in the US, Jewish values and beliefs, Jewish prayer and religious practices, and controversies and debates in Jewish life today.

For more information, please click HERE.

To Register, please click HERE.

Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Aft

December 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rabbi Bruce is back with a dynamic weekly Torah study session — this year on Wednesday lunchtimes. Drop in on occasion or make it a weekly date on your calendar. It’s always engaging, lively, and insightful. This year we extend a special welcome to members of Congregation Beth Emeth and Fauquier Jewish Congregation who may be joining us.

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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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