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Updates On COVID-19 (aka coronavirus)- Click here to read the latest from our Rabbi regarding virtual worship sessions to keep our safety and our faith in these trying times.

Welcome to Congregation Kol Ami!

We are a small, nonaffiliated, progressive, warm, eclectic, and LGBTQ-friendly synagogue located in Kansas City's urban core. Kol Ami aims to become a hub for Jewish activity in the city’s center. We focus on music, lively discussion and social justice, and we welcome people of all levels of Jewish observance and experience. Interfaith families, singles and searchers find Kol Ami a safe and welcoming place to explore their Jewish journeys.

Mission

Kol Ami is an inclusive kehilah (community) that offers vibrant worship and modern Jewish experiences in and for the urban core.

 

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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>MAY 25, 2020: Notwithstanding recent announcements purporting to order religious institutions to “open up,” Congregation Kol Ami will continue to put the lives, health and safety of our community first. We put the Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh — saving human lives...</span>
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About Our Services

After restrictions on physical gatherings are lifted post-COVID-19,  we look forward to once again holding services and events in the modern Bragg Sanctuary at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in midtown Kansas City, across from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kansas City Art Institute.

Our worship is informal, warm and open to everyone regardless of where you happen to be on your Jewish journey. We use the Mishkan T’filah for Travelers, the new prayer book from the Reform Movement, but we’re open to new voices in the Jewish world and regularly draw from other sources. Music is a focal point of our worship … we like to sing! Our music director, Lara Steinel, leads a diverse ensemble of musicians. Rabbi Alpert weaves discussion into each service, explaining the intent and varying interpretations of prayers, texts and rituals. A brief period of meditation is usually included, along with the opportunity to greet visitors and each other. We also offer a healing blessing, the Mi Shebeirach, for those who are ill in our community.

Periodically, Kol Ami invites a speaker to participate and briefly address the congregation on a topic relevant to our vision and mission. 

At the conclusion of our Friday-night services, we gather around the table for Oneg Shabbat, which to some means “the sweetness of the Sabbath.” To others, it means “munchies and conversation.” However you interpret it, it’s better when we share it with you.

Our Prayer Book

While we convene on Zoom, the Kol Ami worship siddur Mishkan T'filah for Travelers is available on Kindle through Amazon for $4.99 or at ccarpress.org for purchase. The CCAR Press phone number is 212-972-3636, ext. 241.  When we are back together at All Souls, copies will be available.

Kol Ami Shabbat Speaker Series

Kol Ami Shabbat services include a monthly guest speaker, with both guest speakers and congregation members discussing issues of importance to our community.

In 2019, the programs included such topics as “Economic Development in the Troost Corridor,” “White Supremacy and Hate,” “Challenges of Immigrants Today — Both Successes and Challenges,” “Jewish Market Research,” “Early Childhood Education,” “Community Gardening,” “Animal Welfare” and “The Rise of Anti-Semitism in America.” In 2020, we have continued the program with a virtual tour of “The History of Jews in Portugal,” and in May, on Zoom, “Holocaust Education.”

Our Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  31 , 2020
    Jewish Meditation
    Sunday, May 31st 2:15p to 3:15p
    Meditation helps focus more of one’s mind on the present moment. In this monthly one-hour session, participants learn and practice the basics of Jewish meditation with an introduction to each session’s theme by Rabbi Alpert. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89350602559

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  • Monday ,
    JunJune  1 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Monday, Jun 1st 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  2 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Tuesday, Jun 2nd 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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  • Wednesday ,
    JunJune  3 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Wednesday, Jun 3rd 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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  • Thursday ,
    JunJune  4 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Thursday, Jun 4th 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  5 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Friday, Jun 5th 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  5 , 2020
    Shabbat Evening Service with Guest Speaker Stephen Eisele (PROMO)
    Friday, Jun 5th 6:45p to 8:15p
    Let's come together to get some refuge from the chaos, and experience a Shabbat Shalom, a Shabbat of Peace. Our Shabbat speaker series continues as we celebrate Gay Pride Month. Following our Shabbat service we are thrilled to welcome Stephen Eisele, the new Executive Director of PROMO-the statewide LGBTQ Advocacy organization for Missouri. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89596452271

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  6 , 2020
    Morning Adult Study
    Shabbat, Jun 6th 9:30a to 11:30a
    Join us for our regular adult study. It is always a wonderful, challenging discussion as all of our participants bring their own experience into our study group. We study our Written Torah, along with other Jewish sacred texts including contemporary Jewish writings. All are welcome regardless of prior knowledge, and no advanced reading is required. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81965186503

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  • Monday ,
    JunJune  8 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Monday, Jun 8th 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  9 , 2020
    Morning Worship and Connection
    Tuesday, Jun 9th 8:00a to 8:15a
    Join us for morning prayer and connection. Just a short 15 minutes for a little praying, a bit of Torah study, and to stay connected and support each other during this challenging time. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547062122

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