Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Meet the Kol Amite Musicians

The Kol Amites are the congregation’s resident musical ensemble.  They perform on the High Holy Days and other times of the year, such as Bnai Mitzvahs, the Hanukkah party, and more.  Through the music of the Kol Amite band, Kol Ami has been developing a wider repertoire of Jewish and Israeli contemporary music.  We happily sing melodies from Nava Tehila in Jerusalem, Craig Taubman, Debbie Friedman z”l, and many other modern composers.  Multi-generational and multi-talented, our musicians include both professionals and amateurs who appreciate the special way that music can deepen the communal experience of prayer.

Our thanks go to Jim North who conducts and directs the Kol Amites, to Jason Wright who does our arrangements, and to our musicians:

Jerry Achtermann, piano
Amy Baumgarten, cello
Jonathan Baumgarten, flute and piccolo
Sarah Baumgarten, ukelele
Erin Bueno de Mesquita, French horn
Robin Cook, percussion
Lucy Greco, clarinet
Tommy Greco, clarinet
Brita Hodges, cello
Margie Jervis, guitar
Miriam Koch, viola
Leslie Lesner, vocals
Jim North, guitar and dulcimer
Noah Pershing, violin
Steve Pershing, violin
Noah Taylor, percussion
Emily Toll, cello
Jason Wright, French horn
Nate Wright, French horn and percussion


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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