Kol Ami is actively working to build the programs to provide our children with strong connections to Jewish traditions, culture and ethics as well as prayers and the Hebrew language. We accomplish our goals by offering children, from young to older, a variety of programs. The following information provides brief synopses of our current programs. As more families join our community we grow and broaden these programs and services.
We invite you to become a Kol Ami family and infuse these programs with your energy and creativity. We function with the participation and generosity of members’ time, energy and expertise. The success of our programs relies on this volunteer involvement.
The location for all programs unless otherwise noted is the Unitarian Universalist Church. Arlington.
To learn more about these programs, please contact the Coordinator of Kol Ami’s Children and Family Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shabbat Services (for all ages): Over the course of each month we hold three Shabbat services. They are held either on Friday night or Saturday morning. Check the events page for leaders and types of services. Our services vary from rabbi led to lay led and from a poetry service, to musical service and much more. Come join us!
Children of all ages are welcome at our Shabbat Services. Our services are informal, and filled with singing, sounds of varied musical instruments and open dialogue. We delight in the sights and sounds of children of all ages!
In addition, the teachers and children from our Jewish Children’s Education Program (JCEP) conduct a few services for the community. Prior to these services the community will enjoy dinner together (usually pizza and salad). Please check our events page for these services. Please RSVP for dinner to the Coordinator of Kol Ami’s Children and Family Programs at email@example.com.
For children about 3 to 6 years old: We welcome children of all ages to join our main Shabbat services. However, we also realize that young children’s attention is short and may not be able to attend the entire service.
Children as young as 6 years of age are welcome to enroll in our program. Classes meet 5 – 6:30 pm on Sunday evenings during the school year at the UUCA except when they coincide with Jewish holidays or school breaks.
Several members of our community volunteer as JCEP teachers. They are dedicated to making religious education fun and engaging. The program emphasizes Jewish traditions, ethics, and history, as well as Hebrew. We group children into small classes based on age and abilities.
If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact the Coordinator of Kol Ami’s Children and Family Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to connect you with a teacher to learn more about the program. You may also schedule a time to observe a class. Families must be or become Kol Ami members before enrolling their children. The additional registration fee for JCEP is $325 for one child; $500 if you enroll two or more. You will find JCEP teacher bios on the Kol Ami Leaders page.
Children (and their parents) interested in becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah are encouraged to review the Kol_Ami_Bnai_Mitzvah Policy & Expectations.
Parents may also wish to review the FAQs for Kol Ami B’nai Mitzvah Service and Celebration – March 2016 and Securing Shabbat Hosts for B’nai Mitzvahs.
Several Kol Ami members, as well as Rabbi Gilah Langner, may be available to work with your child and family to provide B’nai Mitzvah consultation and/or training. Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
Kol Ami offers High Holiday services for two age groups of children — young children (ages 3-6 years) and school-age children (ages 7-12 years) during the first day of each holiday. At least one parent of the younger children must stay with your child/children during the service. Children who are 13 and older are welcome to attend our main services. In addition, younger children are also welcome to join their family at the main services.
Our High Holiday Children’s Services will provide children with the meaning of the holidays. They will engage in age-appropriate singing and crafts and hear the shofar blown. For non-member families, donations are appreciated but not required.
Kol Ami holds a community-wide Hanukah celebration at the UUCA most years. Check the events calendar for details.
Kol Ami holds a community-wide Purim celebration at the UUCA. It is led by our rabbi and community volunteers. Check the events calendar for details.
Kol Ami holds a community-wide Tu B’Shevat seder and a Passover seder at the UUCA. They are led by our rabbi and community volunteers. Check the events calendar for details.