WHERE WE MEET: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd. (at George Mason Dr.), Arlington, VA 22204

Kol Ami

The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Welcome to Kol Ami

We are a growing and caring group of progressive Jews who believe in the continuity of Jewish spirituality in an egalitarian and interactive atmosphere that respects both the traditional and the modern. We meet in Arlington, and our members come from throughout Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, DC area.

Kol Ami is an affiliate of the Jewish Reconstructionist movement.

Celebrate our Jewish souls. Expand our Jewish minds. Reconstruct our Jewish hearts.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sat1
    Shabbat of Refugees:  Answering the Call led by Rabbi Gilah Langner
    April 1, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

    Join us for an abbreviated hour-long Shabbat service.  The Torah reading will be handled entirely by the Jawer family — thank you, Mike, Gabrielle, and Bradley!

    The weekly parsha is VaYikra, which gives its name to the entire third book of the Bible — Leviticus, or perhaps better put, The Call to Service.

    We’ll be discussing the Call as it has manifested in our own time in the issue of immigrants and refugees.

    Leading the discussion will be our own members Toby Greenwald and David Siegel who have much to say on the topic.  Toby was a refugee after World War II and David served for several years in the first Obama Administration as the Acting Director for the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement.

    Recently Kol Ami joined the call by HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant and Assistance Society) to join their Welcome Campaign as an affirmative statement in support of welcoming refugees to the United States. In addition, the 33 Kol Amites who voted, voted unanimously to declare Kol Ami a DMV Sanctuary congregation.

    Come learn a lot, ask questions, and get equipped for a lively refugee discussion at your own Seder.

    Please bring a dairy vegetarian dish to share. We’ll be in the Chapel.

  • Sun2
    Help clean up Four Mile Run
    April 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Barcroft Park

    In partnership with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and Agudas Achim, Kol Ami is participating in a stream cleanup service project as part of Good Deeds Day, a global day that unites people from over 75 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. Please join us!

    Register online: www.shalomdc.org/agudasachimgdd2017.

    Note – Kol Ami folks are registering through Agudas Achim to facilitate participation in the regional Good Deeds Day. Everyone who registers by March 29 will get a Good Deeds Day t-shirt.

    Barcroft Park is located at 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, VA. We’ll meet at the restrooms/picnic tables by the baseball fields.

    Please wear sturdy shoes, work gloves (if you have them), and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. This event will take place rain or shine unless there is a dangerous storm or torrential downpour. In that case, we will make a decision by 9:30 a.m. and post the cancellation on our listserv and on this website.

  • Sun2
    JCEP
    April 2, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

    Please click on JCEP for a report on the last class and homework.

  • Tue11
    Community Seder led by Herb Cooper-Levy
    April 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

    It’s time to register for the extremely participatory, mostly pot luck, lend a hand Kol Ami Community Seder!

    We are limiting attendees this year to 60 people. More than 2/3 of the slots are already filled. Don’t be disappointed, register today.

    Registration forms are up on the website here. We’ll be in the Fellowship Hall.

    After you register, please sign up to help and to bring food.

  • Sat15
    Celebrate an abbreviated Seder with Culpepper Garden
    April 15, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Culpepper Garden

    Join Herb Cooper-Levy and other Kol Amites as we bring Passover’s greatest hits to Culpepper Garden. We’ll bring matzoh and other Passover goodies, talk a bit about what Passover is (and isn’t) and sing some Passover songs. This is a chance to spend time with elders who enjoy our visit.

    Culpepper Garden is an award-winning, affordable, nonprofit residential community in Arlington with 340 apartments for seniors aged 62 and older. It was organized with a great deal of assistance from the UUCA.

  • Sun16
    Hebrew Reading Class
    April 16, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Target Audience: The course is designed for people with differing skill levels: complete beginners; imperfect readers; rusty readers; slow readers; and readers confused by Sephardi and Ashkenazi pronunciations.

    Guarantee: At the end of the course you will be a fluent Hebrew reader, if you do your part, practice 30 minutes a day.

    Schedule: We’ll meet every Sunday (including holidays), 10:30 am-12 noon, beginning April 16, and ending June 25th.  Classes are held at a member’s house in Falls Church.

    Textbooks: The required textbook is Shalom Aleichem by Noah Golinkin.  The book is out of print but used copies are available online.  (I have two extra copies for those who need it).  In addition, the Reconstructionist siddur Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Ve’hagim, the siddur used by Kol Ami, is highly recommended but not required.  You can obtain a copy from the Reconstructionist website, www.jewishrecon.org.

    Save the date: At the conclusion of the course, we’ll celebrate our achievements with a Friday night service on July 14th.  Save the date!
  • Sun23
    Hebrew Reading Class
    April 23, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Target Audience: The course is designed for people with differing skill levels: complete beginners; imperfect readers; rusty readers; slow readers; and readers confused by Sephardi and Ashkenazi pronunciations.

    Guarantee: At the end of the course you will be a fluent Hebrew reader, if you do your part, practice 30 minutes a day.

    Schedule: We’ll meet every Sunday (including holidays), 10:30 am-12 noon, beginning April 16, and ending June 25th. Classes are held at a member’s house in Falls Church.

    Textbooks: The required textbook is Shalom Aleichem by Noah Golinkin. The book is out of print but used copies are available online. (I have two extra copies for those who need it). In addition, the Reconstructionist siddur Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Ve’hagim, the siddur used by Kol Ami, is highly recommended but not required. You can obtain a copy from the Reconstructionist website, www.jewishrecon.org.

    Save the date: At the conclusion of the course, we’ll celebrate our achievements with a Friday night service on July 14th. Save the date!

Kol Ami Community Seder will be Tuesday April 11 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

It’s time to register for the extremely participatory, mostly pot luck, lend a hand Kol Ami Community Seder!

We are limiting attendees this year to 60 people. More than 2/3 of the slots are already filled. Don't be disappointed, register today.

Registration forms are up on the website. We’ll be in the Fellowship Hall.

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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