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Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Encountering Judaism

December 26, 2021, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A year-long class for people interested in knowing more about Jewish culture, beliefs, history, and practices, starting October 17, 2021 and running through June 2022.   Meetings will be held on Sunday at 11 am every other week.  Plans are to have an introductory outdoor meeting with masks and social distancing, and occasional outdoor meetings, but to hold most subsequent classes on Zoom until pandemic conditions permit safe in-person indoor meetings.

We anticipate this class will be of interest to several different kinds of people:

  • Those raised Jewish who have been seeking more substantial Jewish education – and Jewish education more welcoming of questions and diverse opinions – than what they received growing up.
  • Non-Jewish family members and friends of Kol Ami members who want to know more about Judaism, so they can craft more knowledgeable and creative interfaith lives.
  • People who feel called to Judaism and are considering conversion.  (Kol Ami is pleased to sponsor people through the conversion process and welcome them into the Jewish people.)

The curriculum will take shape as we learn more about class members’ backgrounds and interests.  We plan to cover topics including Jewish holidays, Jewish cultural history and practices both from ancient times and in the US, Jewish values and beliefs, Jewish prayer and religious practices, and controversies and debates in Jewish life today.  We’ll be using a combination of presentations, large and small group discussions, and experiential learning.  As a Reconstructionist Jewish community, Kol Ami is anti-racist, supports full religious rights and participation of girls and women, and is LGBT-affirmative.  In this class, all points of view, and – especially – all questions are always welcome.

The class is free for Kol Ami members (including those in the “friend” category).  Others will be asked to consider making a donation of $180 for the year.  No one who would like to participate will be turned away for financial reasons.

To Register, please click HERE.

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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