Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

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    Kol Ami Officers

    July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

    President Jane Schulman
    Vice President Jane Petkofsky
    Secretary Lance Feiner
    Treasurer Erv Walter
    Immediate Past President Debbie Linick
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    Kol Ami Committees

    July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

    Position Name Email
    Steering-At-Large Members

    Gordon Achtermann
    Amber Baum
    Jon Baumgarten
    Dayna Davitz
    David Friedman
    Judy Greenblum
    Collette Major
    Toni Popkin
    John Staren
    Scott Winter

    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
    Honors Rayna Aylward
    Jane Schulman
    Toni Popkin
    Mindy Rudell
    Debbie Linick
    Long Range Planning Michael Linick, Chair
    Elenor Hodges
    Jane Petkofsky
    Membership & Nominations Debbie Linick, Chair
    Jon Baumgarten
    Emily Schwartz Greco
    Willa Siegel
    Cameron Tarry
    Positive Aging Harriet Epstein, Co-Chair

    Susan Freiband, Co-Chair

    Ritual Mike Jawer, Chair
    Mark Gray
    Margie Jervis
    Steve Pershing
    Jane Petkofsky
    Anne Salzberg
    Tikkun Olam Collette Major
             Key Volunteers
    Family Holidays Emily Schwartz Greco
    Healing List
    JCRC Liaison Mindi Weisenbloom
    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
    Shabbat Hosting
    Talmud and Pizza Richard Ruth
    Yahrzeit List Madeleine Levy
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    Committee Descriptions:

    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.

    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.

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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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