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 2021-22, Kol Ami is hosting one Friday night and three Shabbat morning services each month, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While we continue to have services on Zoom, please access electronic versions of our daily, Friday night, or Shabbat morning prayerbooks via the links on the orange Navigation bar to the right.
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.