Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community


Rabbi Gilah Langner

Rabbi Gilah Langner

Rabbi Gilah Langner has worked with a number of congregations since her ordination as a rabbi in 2003, leading everything from traditional High Holiday services to innovative Shabbat and family services. She has served as the principal both at the Shoreshim Hebrew School and the Kehila Chadasha Hebrew School, and as a consultant and guest teacher at Kol Ami’s Jewish Children’s Education Program.

Rabbi Gilah led Jewish meditation sessions at the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel for six years.  She served for a number of years as a visiting chaplain both at Georgetown University Hospital and at senior residences, taught as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and at Catholic University of America, and co-directed the Washington Jewish Healing Network.  She has been teaching adult education classes and workshops for over thirty years in the Washington area.

Rabbi Gilah is the founding publisher and co-editor of the journal Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism and has published numerous articles and authored prayers on behalf of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights).  She also serves the congregation, Shirat Hanefesh, in Chevy Chase, MD.

You can contact Rabbi Gilah Langner at rabbi@kolamivirginia.org or at 202-364-3006.

Rabbi Emerita: Leila Gal Berner

Rabbi Leila Gal Berner

Rabbi Leila Gal Berner was Kol Ami’s founding rabbi and is now Rabbi Emerita. She helped birth us, midwifed us and stood by us as we grew from an idea into a congregation. Rabbi Leila Gal Berner was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received private ordination from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l. She received a doctorate in medieval Jewish History from UCLA and her Bachelor’s Degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she lived for ten years. She is a citizen of both Israel and the United States. Rabbi Leila has taught at some of our country’s leading universities and colleges: Reed and Swarthmore colleges, Emory, George Washington and American universities. At American University, she served for over a decade as Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Rabbi Leila also serves as Dean of Students of the Aleph (Alliance for Jewish Renewal) Ordination Program where she teaches rabbinical and cantorial students how to passionately, creatively and lovingly lead the Jewish people into the future. Rabbi Leila has pioneered a new approach to integrating Torah’s wisdom through “Contemplative Torah,” which she has incorporated into a book entitled, Listening with the Ears of the Heart: A Contemplative Approach to the Book of Genesis. Rabbi Leila lives in Rockville, Maryland with her wife, Franna Ruddell. She can be reached at rabbileila@verizon.net

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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