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.”

Please view our calendar for the schedule of Friday night and Shabbat morning services.  Zoom links are provided in our e-newsletter each week.

In 2020-21, Kol Ami is hosting two Friday night and two Shabbat morning services each month.  Kol Ami members are also welcome to join with Shirat HaNefesh for additional Shabbat morning services.  Kol Ami’s services are led by members of our community, by guest clergy and musicians, or by Rabbi Gilah Langner.  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.

Rabbi’s Tish/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.

During the pandemic, folks are invited to stay on after Shabbat services for lunch and conversation whenever Rabbi Gilah is leading — a new kind of “Rabbi’s Tish/table.”

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, and more.  Please check the calendar for those dates.

Tot Shabbat Services

Kol Ami is delighted to offer Tot Shabbat services twice a month with Andrea Cate.  The services are geared for ages 0-6.  Parents are invited to join during snack time for some adult shmoozing.  Please check out our Tot Shabbat page for more information and to register.

Shabbat Club

For school-age kids (6-11), Kol Ami offers a new monthly Shabbat Club with Andrea Cate.  The relaxed atmosphere is suited for delving into the Torah portion, pondering prayers, and creating a cohort of friends.    Please check out our Shabbat Club page for more information and to register.

Morning Minyan

Morning minyans are held on Zoom four days a week:  Sundays at 9 am;  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 8:30 am.  These 30-minute services are lay-led;  while they follow the template of a traditional morning service, they bear the stamp of the individual leading each morning with creative additions and introductions to the prayers.  Zoom links are available via the e-newsletter.

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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