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.

Junior Schmooze

November 17, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Kol Ami’s new Junior Schmooze Club for teens is going to a screening of Hava Nagila (The Movie) on Sunday, November 17 in Reston.  This screening is part of the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival.

If your teen would like to take part in this outing, or if you are an adult volunteer willing to attend, drive, or chaperone, please email Elenor at juniorschmooze@kolamivirginia.org by Sunday, November 10th. Junior Schmooze Club leaders will reserve tickets for our group on Sunday afternoon.  

2019 Global Day of Jewish Learning

November 17, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Global Day of Jewish Learning is a project to unite Jewish communities across the world through study of our shared texts. The learning-events are live-streamed for those not near enough to attend.

This year’s Global Day theme is “Speaking Volumes”. From ancient arguments to modern meanings, from raising our voices to remaining silent, people the world over will explore how and why words matter.

The featured speaker will be Rabbi David. A. Teutsch, Ph.D. The program description is below.

Feedback that Works: The Art of Tochecha
We will begin with what Rambam (Maimonides) says about the obligation to offer rebuke and what makes such conversations effective, consider some contemporary situations that need our feedback, and talk about how we overcome our internal resistance to addressing wrongdoing.

Live-stream the program at: https://www.theglobalday.org/teutsch19

Pizza and Talmud

November 17, 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.

Shabbat Morning Services with Guest Clergy - Rabbi Devorah Lynn

November 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Please join us for Shabbat services as we welcome Guest Clergy Rabbi Devorah Lynn. The service theme – gratitude and thanksgiving as we progress through life (i.e., age) – will be tied to the season as well as the parashah, Chayei Sarah.

We will be downstairs in the Chapel. Please bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to share.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

November 24, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

How do Jews study Torah? Join the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class on Nov. 24th as we explore the modern wonder of Sefaria.org — a unique online resource that puts commentaries, interpretations, and other resources for studying Torah and other Jewish sacred texts just a click away. We’ll discuss the rich history of Torah commentaries over the last several thousand years, and some of the main trends in commentary. You are welcome to join in the learning even if you are not pursuing a B’nai Mitzvah. For room number check the member newsletter or email: Coordinator@KolAmiVirginia.org

Pizza and Talmud

November 24, 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.

Pizza and Talmud

December 1, 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.

2019 Open House for new and prospective members

November 10

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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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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