In addition to inspiring High Holy Day services led by Rabbi Gilah Langner and lay leaders, Kol Ami holds family friendly holiday observances throughout the year. Among these services are:
Sukkot: Each year Kol Ami builds a Sukkah and holds a family friendly Sukkot program and potluck dinner in the backyard of a nearby congregant.
Simchat Torah: We celebrate reading the end of the Torah and then immediately begin again, in a cycle that began millennia ago that we continue today. We dance, we sing, we rejoice! Then we join together for a potluck meal.
Chanukah: Join us for an old-fashioned Chanukah party! We’ll light Chanukah menorahs and sing songs. We’ll eat latkes and other veggie potluck food. We’ll play with dreidels, and have a program with Rabbi Gilah. Community members bring their own Chanukah menorahs and candles to add to the light.
Tu B’Shevat: This is the Jewish community’s lesser known seder for trees and nature, but at Kol Ami it’s every bit as festive.
Purim: Each year Kol Ami plans a delightful Purim carnival, featuring games and challenges of all kinds. Teens (and adults) are invited to help staff the booths. Then we gather round for a Purim shpiel with Megillah excerpts. We celebrate Esther’s courage, her loyalty, and her willingness to stand up and take action. And of course we partake of hamantaschen and other light refreshments. Costumes are encouraged! Silliness is expected!
Kol Ami organizes other celebrations and themed Shabbat throuhgout the year and a Second Night Passover Community Seder open to the extended community.