WHERE WE MEET: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd. (at George Mason Dr.), Arlington, VA 22204

Kol Ami

The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Steering Committee, Officers & Committees

The following is a brief description of the committees that have been established by the Kol Ami, the Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community.

Each committee is under the leadership of one to three community members. As more people become involved and express an interest and/or expertise in establishing and chairing additional committees, we will do so.

If you would like either to join a committee or develop a new committee (or if you would like more information about a committee) please e-mail admin@kolamivirginia.org, and your request/comments will be forwarded to the appropriate individual. Or feel free to write directly to our President, Vice-President, or Children’s Program Chair.

Adult Jewish Education Committee – This committee plans and implements Jewish education programs for adults, focusing on Jewish religious and cultural topics.

Care and Concern Committee – The Care & Concern Committee facilitates support to Kol Ami members experiencing life challenges, such as illness, disability, grief, death, loneliness and aging. Support includes maintaining lists (Yahrzeit, healing, resources), providing transportation and food, assisting with Shivas, and offering healing services and educational programs. 

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 Committee – The 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.

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, 2018 – June 30, 2019

President Debra Linick president@kolamivirginia.org
Vice President Jane Schulman vice-president@kolamivirginia.org
Secretary Ted Joseph secretary@kolamivirginia.org
Treasurer Erv Walter treasurer@kolamivirginia.org
Past President Lynda Erinoff past_pres@kolamivirginia.org

Kol Ami Steering Committee & Committee Chairs

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Steering-At-Large Members Gordon Achtermann
Rayna Aylward
Jon Baumgarten
Mattie Cohan
Lance Feiner
Eric Rosenberg
Mindy Rudell
David Sidransky
Jason Wright
Adult Education Richard Ruth adult_ed@kolamivirginia.org
Care and Concern Rayna Aylward, Chair

Harriet Epstein, Assistant Chair

Susan Freiband, Joan Goldfarb, Betsy Greer,

Toni Popkin, Brit Rapp, Sharon Sterling,

Mindi Weisenbloom

Children & Family Mindy Rudell, Chair

Dayna Davitz, Joan Goldfarb, Emily Toll




David Sidransky, Chair

Ed Bomsey, Chair
Rayna Aylward, Toni Popkin,
Mindy Rudell

Jane Schulman, Chair

Dayna Davitz, Betsy Greer






Ritual Mike Jawer, Chair

Erin Bueno de Mesquita, Joan Goldfarb,

Margie Jervis, Steve Pershing,

Jane Petkofsky,  Anne Salzberg

Rabbi’s Programming Elenor Hodges, Chair planning@kolamivirginia.org
Tikkun Olam/Netzavim Mattie Cohan, Chair

Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Chair

Key volunteers
Healing List



JCRC Liaison

Toni Popkin healing@kolamivirginia.org





Reconstructionist movement Anne Salzberg jrf@kolamivirginia.org
Schmooze Club

Shabbat Hosting

Madeleine Levy

Valerie Herold



Webmaster webmaster@kolamivirginia.org
Yahrzeit List Betsy Greer yahrzeit@kolamivirginia.org



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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