Join us for a Tu B’Shvat Seder at Kol Ami, on Sunday Feb. 12th. The Seder is a festive gathering, featuring fruits and nuts in honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat, the New Year of the Trees. Although Tu BiShvat has become a modern Jewish environmental holiday, the Seder comes from the Kabbalists of Safed, Israel in the 16th century who associated specific fruits and nuts with a mystical understanding of the world. Our JCEP families will be on hand as we sample fruits and nuts from the four worlds, create environmental art, put on a “Forest Play,” and renew our commitment to healing this planet. EVERYONE in the community is invited — please RSVP so we have the right amount of food. Any nut allergies — please let us know in advance.
Happy New Year, Trees!
There is no fee to attend. We’ll be in the Activity Room.
Responding to the times and after deliberation and discernment, Kol Ami has launched a Nitzavim Committee to both carefully take appropriate stands as a congregation and to inform Kol Amites about how to take individual action should they choose to do so. Kol Ami is committed to defending minorities, civil and human rights, freedom of speech and religion, and due process. Nitzavim means “standing” and comes from the Torah portion where Moses says to the Israelites: “You are standing here today, all of you ….” to affirm the covenant once more.
This first Nitzavim Committee Meeting will focus on the executive orders on immigration and refugees– education on the topic, what people can do individually, and a proposal that we institutionally sign on as a Welcome Campaign Congregation with HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
Kol Ami created a new listserv (on google groups) for discussion of these issues. If you would like to join please go to
Here are some resources: (Click on event to access links.)
A compilation of Jewish scriptural readings about refugees.
An immediate call to action regarding Virginia legislation from the Interfaith Immigrant Coalition.
The JCRC of Greater Washington’s statement and resources.
HIAS’s list of action steps
We’ll be in the Activity Room.