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.  During the pandemic, Kol Ami is joining with Shirat HaNefesh congregation to offer Saturday morning services every week. Zoom links are provided in our e-newsletter each week.

In 2020-21, Kol Ami will host two Friday night and two of the Shabbat morning services each month. Services are led by members of our community, by guest clergy and musicians, or by Rabbi Gilah Langner.  Bios of members and guests who lead our services are found on our Kol Ami 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 

When we are able to safely meet in person, we will continue the tradition of having a potluck Oneg Shabbat on Friday evenings with dessert dishes, and a potluck Kiddush following Saturday morning services.  The potlucks are dairy or vegetarian;  please bring an entree, side dish, or dessert. Coffee and tea will be provided.  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, and more.  Please check the calendar for those dates.

Tot Shabbat

Kol Ami is delighted to offer Tot Shabbat and Shabbat Club services with Andrea Cate.  Please check out our Tot Shabbat 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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