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.

Pizza and Talmud

January 26, 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.

Friday Night Shabbat Services led by Mike Jawer

January 31, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

This week’s parsha is perhaps the most momentous in the entire Torah. Bo (from God’s command to Moses, “go” to Pharoah), recounts the demand that the Israelites be released from slavery, Pharoah’s obstinacy, the ten plagues, the people’s departure from Egypt, and the establishment of Passover as an annual commemoration. What drama – they even made a movie about it! But seriously, we’ll have a short discussion at this week’s service looking at the value of persistence and the drawbacks of stubbornness. Could they be two sides of the same coin? Mike Jawer will lead the service. We’ll be in the chapel beginning at 7:30. Please bring a dessert to share.

Cybersecurity Presentation led by Gordon Achtermann

February 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

You are cordially invited to attend a very special workshop: “One Hour to Savvy Cybersecurity: 10 Threats Every Person and Business Faces—and How to Fight Them Now,” led by Kol Ami’s Gordon Achtermann. With identity theft on the rise, it is important to learn the methods used by hackers while also learning the best ways to protect yourself.  This informative workshop covers what you need to know about growing cyber-threats and the prevention plan you should implement immediately. We will be upstairs in the Boardroom. Please click on the above link to RSVP.

Shabbat Shirah/Sabbath of Song

February 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Rabbi Gilah Langner and Jim North will be leading this non-traditional Shabbat Shirah service.  This Sabbath of Song is so named in honor of the song of deliverance featured in the Torah reading that day. Join us for this musical morning of inspiration. We will be upstairs in the Center Gallery. Please bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch item to share.

Tot Shabbat led by Andrea Cate

February 8, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Join Tot Shabbat Coordinator, Andrea Cate, for a Shabbat experience filled with song, story, and movement designed especially for our youngest Kol Amites. On days when Tot Shabbat coincides with Shabbat Services families are encouraged to stay after noon for Oneg and nosh with the wider congregation. Great for kids 0-8 and their families too. To RSVP, please email Coordinator@kolamivirginia.org.

Tu B'Shevat Seder

February 9, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Please join us for this low-key and nature-centric holiday that reminds Jews of our connection to the earth and our role as caretakers of the environment. There will be lots of singing, accompanied by several of our community’s wonderful musicians. Rabbi Gilah will lead the seder. Please follow the above link to RSVP.

Havdalah with Guest Speaker from Capital Jewish Museum

February 15, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a brief Havdalah service followed by what is sure to be an interesting presentation by the Capital Jewish Museum and a potluck dinner. This event will be held at a member’s home. Address will be provided upon RSVP. Please click on the above link to RSVP.

Conversion Conversations

Join our 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. Please contact Rabbi Gilah Langner for more information.

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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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