Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Shabbat Services

Shabbat is the centerpiece of our spiritual practice, a time to recharge and refresh, to reconnect with our souls, with God, with community.  Even more than usual, during the pandemic we grasp the significance of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s words that Shabbat is a “cathedral in time.”

Kol Ami offers a mix of Shabbat services on Friday evenings (7:30-8:30 pm) and Saturday mornings (10 am to Noon), led by members of our community, by guest clergy and musicians, or by Rabbi Gilah Langner.  You can find details on our Calendar page.  Bios of members who lead our services are found on our Lay Service Leader Biographies page.

Reconstructionist services may vary in format, but they always include plenty of opportunities for participation, joyous singing, learning and celebration. Our services are very understandable to both people experienced in traditional worship and newcomers who want to learn more about Jewish tradition in a meaningful way. This is a great way to experience Reconstructionism’s contemporary approach to Judaism.


Potluck Oneg / Kiddush 

Our tradition is to hold a potluck Oneg Shabbat on Friday evenings with dessert dishes, and a potluck Kiddush following Saturday morning services.  The potlucks are dairy or vegetarian;  folks can bring an entree, side dish, or dessert; coffee and tea are provided.  Once in-person meetings resume, members can view the Shabbat hosting schedule and Shabbat hosting guidelines on the Members only area of the website.

Healing and Yahrtzeit Lists

Kol Ami maintains a list of people in need of healing, and the list is read aloud at Shabbat services at least once a month.  Please e-mail Healing with the names (Hebrew, English or both) of those you know who need healing.

Kaddish is recited the Shabbat before the Yahrzeit date, the anniversary of a person’s death. To add your loved one to this list, send either the Hebrew date or the secular date to .

Special Themed Shabbat Services 

Each year Kol Ami commemorates special themes at certain Shabbat services, including a lay-led Healing Service, Pride Shabbat, Inclusion Shabbat, and more.  Please check the Calendar for those dates.

Learning the Shabbat Morning Service

Melodies for our Shabbat service and assistance with Torah and Haftorah trope are available here for adults and bnai mitzvah students.

Kids’ Shabbat Services

Kol Ami is delighted to offer monthly Kids’ Shabbat services with Ari Jacobson.  The services are geared for ages 4-7, but all ages are welcome.  Families are invited to join our kiddush at noon for some adult shmoozing.  Please check out our Kids’ Shabbat page for more information and to register.

For More Information

Please view our calendar for the schedule of Friday night and Shabbat morning services.  Zoom links are provided in our e-newsletter each week.   Visitors are always welcome;  please check with our coordinator if you need a Zoom link.


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