Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Jim North

Retired in 2020 after 31 years leading programs at the US Department of State’s School of Language Studies, Jim is a cantorial soloist who frequently leads and supports musical events and services at Kol Ami. A lifelong learner, he currently is pursuing two training programs, the Davvenen’ Leadership Training Institute (DLTI) focused on more effective leadership of synagogue prayer services and the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP) for Certified Music Practitioners, focused on providing healing effects of music and comfort for those in hospice care at end-of-life. An avid knitter and a decent cook, Jim also enjoys gardening, walking in nature, and checking his daily progress on a FitBit and SmartWatch along with caring for his beloved, Dr. Richard Ruth.

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