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

Kol Ami

The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community



Please join Kol Ami for our very warm and special Shabbat services. We celebrate the Sabbath with song and spirit, blending traditional prayers, new approaches to the prayers’ meanings, English readings that engage both the mind and the heart, and of course lots of singing.


Kol Ami holds three services each month, usually one on Friday evening and two on Saturday morning.

Services are led by members of our community, guests or by Rabbi Gilah Langner. A complete list of upcoming services is available on our Events page. Bios of members and guests who lead our services are found on our Kol Ami Leader Biographies page.

Rabbi Langner will be leading services on the following dates for the first half of 2017:

  • Friday night, January 27: A new kind of Friday evening gathering: a short service geared to our families at 6:30, followed by lasagna and potluck for everyone in the community at 7:00. Then, at 7:45, join us with your instruments for an old-fashioned kumsitz/sing-along. We’ll sing songs to light up the dark — songs of Shabbat, songs of America, songs of resistance and determination.
  • Friday night, Feb. 24: Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30 with guest speaker at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday morning, March 4: Learner’s service with Rabbi Gilah, beginning at 10 a.m. We’ll master some of the prayers together and figure out the mystical structure underlying the entire morning service (who knew there was one?!). Torah leyners will be Steve Pershing and Mark Graboyes.
  • Saturday morning, April 1: Regular service begins at 10 a.m. Our cast of Torah leyners includes Madeleine Levy, and Bradley, Gabrielle, and Mike Jawer. Yasher koach in advance!
  • Friday night, May 19: It’s School Shabbat! We’ll have a service led by our JCEP students, followed by a yummy dinner and program.

Reconstructionist services may vary in format, but they always include plenty of opportunities for participation, joyous singing, learning and celebration. Our services are very understandable to both people experienced in traditional worship and newcomers or people who want to learn more about Jewish tradition in a meaningful way. This will be a great opportunity to experience Reconstructionism’s contemporary approach to Judaism.

It wouldn’t be a Jewish event without a small nosh and time to make new friends, so we will have a pot luck Oneg Shabbat after each service. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian item to share. On Friday nights, we share dessert dishes. Following Saturday morning services, we share a potluck lunch, so please bring an entree, side dish, or dessert. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Click here to view the Shabbat hosting schedule (Members only).

Healing List

Kol Ami recognizes those who need healing at each of our services. Please e-mail Healing with the names (Hebrew, English or both) of those you know who need healing. The names will be read aloud during the service. Please e-mail the names a minimum of 48 hours prior to the service in order to guarantee they will be read.

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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