Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Adult Education

Adult Education

Kol Ami offers a variety of educational programs and social opportunities for adults.  There is never an end to interesting things to study related to Judaism! If you’d like to suggest a future program for Kol Ami, please let us know.  Kol Ami’s Adult Education programming is open to non-members by pre-registration only. Please click HERE to register.

Kol Ami is offering a number of adult learning opportunities in 2023-24.  Please contact our Adult Education Chair, Michael Jawer, to learn more about them, via .

Leyning Class
with Mike Jawer

Mike Jawer guides this group of Kol Amites in learning the ancient art of chanting from the Torah. The class started in February 2024 and will continue until at least January 2025, when the group will show off their chops at a Shabbat morning service.


Adult B-Mitzvah Program

Running from October 2023 thru May 2024, this program prepares people to have an adult B-Mitzvah.  Bi-weekly classes are led by Rabbi Gilah, mostly on Sundays at 10 am on Zoom.  The course is suitable for folks who have recently joined the Jewish people, as well as for old-timers who never had a chance to have a B-Mitzvah previously.

If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Gilah at .

Science Meets Judaism

Starting on the High Holidays, Kol Ami is presenting a four-part series on Science Meets Judaism.  All sessions are free and open to the public. Join us to explore the connections and participate in the conversation between science and Judaism in four different areas: Restoration Ecology, Animal Perceptions, Artificial Intelligence, and How Long is Forever?

For more information, click HERE.


Adult Talmud Study

Founded by Rabbi Richard Ruth, z”l, Kol Ami’s Adult Talmud Study is the essence of joyful, engaging learning.  Come find out what it’s all about!   Please subscribe to My Jewish Learning’s free  summaries of the Daf Yomi/Daily Page for the week; all texts are studied in English.  The group meets once a month; once a month it is lay-led, and twice a month it is facilitated by Jacob Kelter.

To Register, please click HERE.

Our Kitchen Sink Series

Our adult education series offers an eclectic mix of lectures, workshops, and spiritual gatherings.  Here is the line-up for 2023-24:

  • August 20, 2023:   Visit to Capital Jewish Museum, with tour led by Rabbi Julie Gordon
  • August and Sept. 2023:  A Kabbalah for Elul, with Kabbalist Abigail McBride: a three-part series
  • Five Rosh Chodesh gatherings:  in August,  November, January, March, and May.
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Civil Rights and Disabilities, as part of Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
  • Field trip to Lloyd Street, the Jewish Museum in Baltimore, and a Charm City deli.

To see full descriptions, please click HERE.


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