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 Service led by Rabbi Gilah Langner

December 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

On Shabbat morning, Dec. 14th, join us for what Rabbi Gilah calls Reconciliation Shabbat — an exploration of parashat VaYishlach and the meet-up of two hostile brothers, Jacob and Esau, after twenty years apart. We’ll explore facets of family estrangement, co-existence, reconciliation, and healing in our own lives as well. We will be downstairs in the chapel. Bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to share.

Tot Shabbat

December 14, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Join Tot Shabbat Coordinator, Andrea Cate, for a Shabbat experience filled with Chanukah stories, songs, and fun designed especially for our youngest Kol Amites.  A light breakfast will be provided beginning at 10:30 for those who wish to partake. Families are encouraged to stay after noon for Oneg and nosh with the wider congregation. Great for kids 0-8 and their families too. Open to non-members! To RSVP please email Coordinator@kolamivirginia.org.

Junior Schmooze Pre-Chanukah Gathering

December 15, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Kol Ami Junior Schmooze Club is planning an afternoon of making fried sufganiyot in anticipation of Chanukah. This event, which is for Kol Ami teens and pre-teens, will take place in a congregant’s home. For more information, please email juniorschmooze@kolamivirginia.org.

Conversion Conversations

December 15, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Join our initial meeting of people interested in exploring a path toward Judaism. We’ll be sharing and listening to people’s stories about their journeys, what draws them to conversion, obstacles people have faced, and what the path to joining the Jewish people might look like.  No commitments or expectations; feel free to come and explore.  If you wish to speak with Rabbi Gilah in advance, please contact her at rabbi@kolamivirginia.org — or simply drop in.  We will be upstairs in the Boardroom.    

Pizza and Talmud

December 15, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Pizza and Talmud is a class/weekly dinner and conversation for those in our community from post-bat/bar mitzvah age until college age. There is no cost, a LOT of pizza, and much learning and fun. If there are questions, please feel free to send an email to pizzaandtalmud@kolamivirginia.org. New teenagers are welcome to join any time, whether you just want to check us out or consider coming regularly. This program meets in a member’s home.

Lay Led Friday Night Shabbat Service

December 20, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

The parashah this week is Vayeshev, which tells the story of the tension between Joseph and his brothers. The service will be led by Mike Jawer and Diane Ivone. We will be downstairs in the Chapel. Please bring a dessert to share.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

December 22, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Our Adult Bnai Mitzvah students will continue to study their Torah portions in hevruta /fellowship, while also tackling some of the prayers for the Shabbat morning service. Kol Ami members are welcome to join in the learning even if they are not pursuing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We will be upstairs in the Volunteer Room.

Chanukah Celebration!

 December 22nd

5:00-7:00 p.m.

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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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