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 Reconstructing Judaism movement, and is the only Reconstructionist congregation in Virginia.
Celebrating our Jewish souls.
Expanding our Jewish minds.
Reconstructing our Jewish hearts.
August 3, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
With the sabbatical/shmita year starting on Rosh Hashanah, delve into the texts and concepts with Rabbi Gilah and Herb Levy. We’ll touch on debt relief, agricultural practices, and how idealism meets reality.
August 6, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Herb Levy. More information coming soon.
August 21, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a Shabbat morning service led by Richard Ruth and Jim North. More information coming soon.
September 6, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah brings us into the High Holidays with a single blast of the shofar and the music of the Kol Amites. Led by Rabbi Gilah, Jane Schulman, and Jim North, we will joyously welcome our new ark and sing the words inscribed in it — Hashmi-ini et koleich /Let me hear your voice — as we return to the Sanctuary, return to one another’s company, and return to the divine’s presence in our midst.
For the full schedule of High Holiday services, please click HERE.
September 7, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah begins the new year — and this year is a Sabbatical or Shmita year, according to the Biblical system. We’ll read about it in the Torah and have a panel discussion about what a sabbatical year could mean in our own time. Join us as we dedicate our new ark, singing and dancing our Torah into its new home. Services will be led by Rabbi Gilah, Herb Levy, Jim North, and the music of the Kol Amites. After services, taste the sweetness of returning to our worship space with apples and honey outdoors under the covered ramp. Then join us for Tashlich at Alcova Heights Park.
September 7, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Can we rid ourselves of bad habits, emotional baggage, and feeling like the crumbs of the universe? Find out at our Tashlich service immediately following Rosh Hashanah morning services. We’ll walk down and/or meet up at Alcova Park (901 S. George Mason Drive) to drop our crumbs, leaves, or pebbles in the stream, along with a short reflection or two. It’s worth a try! In case of rain, we’ll figure out another time.
September 16, 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Join Kol Ami for a Yom Kippur morning service led by Rabbi Gilah Langner, Jim North, and Jane Schulman. This service is part of Kol Ami’s larger schedule of High Holiday programming. For registration information, please click the above event link.