Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Virtual Bet Midrash

Welcome to Kol Ami’s Virtual Bet Midrash!  Each month we will be studying a new part of the Shabbat morning liturgy.  Over the course of the year, participants should gain a new understanding of the structure of our worship service, as well as much greater familiarity with the prayers and rituals themselves.  Click here for an overview of the contents of the Shabbat morning service.

Monthly Bet Midrash sessions with Rabbi Langner introduce the prayers we are focusing on.  Weekly coaching sessions are led by Jane Petkofsky, Susan Freiband, and Dr. Richard Ruth via Zoom.  Please contact Elenor Hodges, our coordinator, if you are interested in joining: elenormhodges@gmail.com

You can check our Online Coach Sign Up to see the dates and times available for coaching:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4caaaf2ca0fc1-betmidrash1

Following are audio and text files for the prayers we are studying:

September 30, 2018:   

Shabbat Morning Kiddush:  
Audio file   (credit:  Farmington Valley Jewish Association)
Text File    (adapted from Aish HaTorah)
All in One Place on the Web

October 21,2018:  (Thank you to Dorshei Tzedek)

Shma, Echad, Gadlu:

Audio File

Text File

Torah Blessings
Text file
Audio File

Nov. 16, 2018: 

V’Zot HaTorah

Text File — last two lines at the bottom of page 2

Audio File

       Etz Hayim Hee

Text File — start at line 2, last three words

Audio File

Mourner’s Kaddish

Interlinear Text File — flip to page 189 in the book, p. 203 in the navigation bar

Regular Text File — also includes a nice video, How to Say the Kaddish

Audio File


January 27, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The Shma and Its Blessings:  Structure 

      Barchu and Yotzer Or:  Audio File


Feb. 24, 3:30 -5:00 p.m.

Ahavah Rabbah

MP3 Audio File

Sheet music for the first part of the prayer

YouTube video with the exact words written out  (Note:  traditional text, does not include the word “imoteinu” in the 1st paragraph)


March 24, 3:30 -5:00 p.m.

Understanding the Amidah:  Structure

1st and 2nd Blessing Audio File   (Thank you to Dorshei Tzedek)


April 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Understanding the Amidah: Kedushah (Thank you to Adas Israel. Right hand column, second row.  Nusach/chanting begins at 3 minutes.)


May 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

The Weekday Amidah





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4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) & George Mason Dr.
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