Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Officers & Committees

The following is a brief description of the committees that have been established by Kol Ami.

If you would like either to join a committee or recommend a new committee (or if you would like more information about a committee) please e-mail , and your request/comments will be forwarded to the appropriate individual.

Adult Jewish Education Committee – The Adult Jewish Education Committee works to broaden and deepen Jewish learning among Kol Ami members, and support our efforts to be a lifelong learning community.

Care and Concern /Inclusion CommitteeThe Care & Concern/Inclusion Committee supports the community’s commitment to providing comfort and assistance to Kol Ami members experiencing life challenges, such as illness, disability, grief, death, loneliness, and aging. Support includes maintaining lists (Yahrzeit, healing, resources), coordinating transportation and food, assisting with Shivas, and offering healing services. The Committee also works with its Inclusion Team to improve access to Kol Ami activities, through identifying and minimizing obstacles and arranging accommodations as needed.

Children & Family – The Children & Family Committee organizes and runs Kol Ami’s Jewish Children’s Education Program (JCEP), multiple family-friendly holiday celebrations each year, and helps with the B’nai Mitzvah Program. JCEP is a small school with approximately 20-30 students, taught by volunteer teachers from the Kol Ami Community, and focused on Hebrew language skills and Jewish Studies. Annual family-friendly holiday celebrations we organize include High Holiday Children’s Services, Hanukkah, Tu BiShvat, Purim, and a JCEP-led Shabbat service/pizza party.

Honors CommitteeThe Honors Committee identifies Kol Ami members whose contribution to the community has been exceptional. It proposes them for recognition as Kol Amites of the Year or as recipients of the Hineni Award.

Membership Committee – The Membership Committee provides a personalized welcome to new and potential members in order to help new members find a fulfilling home in our congregation. The membership committee also reaches out to departing members to better understand why Kol Ami was no longer meeting their needs.

Positive Aging Committee- The Positive Aging Committee provides programs and resources about issues of importance for older members and their families; for any adult who wishes to view life in its entirety in preparation for his or her own elder years; and for those who wish to become closer to older people in their lives.

Ritual Committee – The Ritual Committee plans the Ritual calendar of services and establishes policy with regard to religious services and other activities (i.e. Passover Seder). Its work  includes: food and kashrut issues, format for services, adherence to holiday customs and ceremonies, and answers to questions about established ritual issues. Members of this committee might have skills and/or interest in leading lay-led services. This committee also interfaces with Kol Ami’s rabbinic support.

Tikkun Olam Committee – The Tikkun Olam Committee seeks out and organizes opportunities for volunteer action.

Kol Ami Officers

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

President Debra Linick
Vice President Jane Schulman
Secretary Ted Joseph
Treasurer Erv Walter

Kol Ami Committees

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Position Name Email
Steering-At-Large Members

Gordon Achtermann
Rayna Aylward
Amber Baum
Jon Baumgarten
Lance Feiner
Toni Popkin
Mindy Rudell
Jason Wright

Adult Education Elenor Hodges
Care and Concern/Inclusion Rayna Aylward, Co-Chair
Toni Popkin, Co-Chair
Todd Birkenruth
Ruth Anne Faust
Joan Goldfarb
Louise Lerner
Madeleine Levy
Sharon Sterling
Cameron Vanore
Children & Family Mindy Rudell, Chair
Dayna Davitz
Joan Goldfarb
Emily Toll
Honors Rayna Aylward
Jane Petkofsky
Toni Popkin
Mindy Rudell
Long Range Planning Jane Schulman, Chair
Elenor Hodges
Michael Linick
Jane Petkofsky
Membership Emily Schwartz Greco, Chair
Debbie Linick
Positive Aging Harriet Epstein, Co-Chair

Susan Freiband, Co-Chair

Ritual Mike Jawer, Chair
Erin Bueno de Mesquita
Mark Gray
Joan Goldfarb
Margie Jervis
Steve Pershing
Jane Petkofsky
Anne Salzberg
Tikkun Olam TBD
         Key Volunteers
Healing List Toni Popkin
JCRC Liaison
Kol Amites Music Jim North & Jason Wright, Co-directors

Jason Wright, Arranger

Leyning Coordinator Anne Salzberg
NOVA Education Directors’ Council Liaison Jason Weiss
Reconstructionist Movement Jason Weiss
Schmooze Club
Shabbat Hosting Valerie Herold
Talmud and Pizza Richard Ruth
Yahrzeit List Madeleine Levy

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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