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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.

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.”

Morning Worship and Connection

Join us for morning prayer and connection each weekday (M-F) at 8:00 a.m.

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

Our Upcoming Events

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  3 , 2020
    Shabbat Blessings
    Friday, Jul 3rd 6:45p to 7:00p
    Let’s begin Shabbat by taking time to recite blessings and connect with one another as we enter Shabbat and our own Friday-night dinner. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83192264515

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  • Saturday ,
    JulJuly  4 , 2020
    Morning Adult Study
    Shabbat, Jul 4th 9:30a to 10:30a
    Join us for a wonderful discussion, led by Rabbi Doug Alpert, that starts with our sacred texts as the foundation for an exploration of contemporary topics. This week we will continue our study of the Amidah — the central prayer in all of our services. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87806580966

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  10 , 2020
    Shabbat Evening Service with Livestream
    Friday, Jul 10th 6:45p to 7:45p
    Celebrate Shabbat together at our Kol Ami Erev Shabbat service, with music, a D"var Torah (a word or two of Torah), Sabbath prayers and blessings. Musicians will come together with the rabbi (while keeping safe physical distance) to create a new kind of worship experience for our Kol Ami family, and also broaden and expand our Kol Ami community. Let's make our Shabbat an Oneg - a Shabbat of Joy. https://youtu.be/okzKMM-1BfQ

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  • Tuesday ,
    JulJuly  21 , 2020
    The Song of Songs: A Kol Ami Book Club selection
    Tuesday, Jul 21st 6:30p to 8:00p
    "Oh, give me of the kisses of your mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine." So opens one English translation of a titillating part of the Jewish Bible, Shir ha-Shirim, The Song of Songs, on its face a love poem, but deeper down maybe, the rabbis argue, a story of the Jews' love of God. Given that romance always springs eternal AND we are called to love God in the Sh'ma AND we haven't done a poem in a while, let's dig into this. Choose your favorite translation (or the original Hebrew!) and bring it to discuss with your Kol Ami Book Club buddies! Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95434070927

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  24 , 2020
    Shabbat Evening Service with Livestream
    Friday, Jul 24th 6:45p to 7:45p
    Celebrate Shabbat together at our Kol Ami Erev Shabbat service, with music, a D"var Torah (a word or two of Torah), Sabbath prayers and blessings. Musicians will come together with the rabbi (while keeping safe physical distance) to create a new kind of worship experience for our Kol Ami family, and also broaden and expand our Kol Ami community. Let's make our Shabbat an Oneg - a Shabbat of Joy. https://youtu.be/GB54u29Wpc4

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  7 , 2020
    Shabbat Evening Service with Livestream
    Friday, Aug 7th 6:45p to 7:45p
    Celebrate Shabbat together at our Kol Ami Erev Shabbat service, with music, a D"var Torah (a word or two of Torah), Sabbath prayers and blessings. Musicians will come together with the rabbi (while keeping safe physical distance) to create a new kind of worship experience for our Kol Ami family, and also broaden and expand our Kol Ami community. Let's make our Shabbat an Oneg - a Shabbat of Joy. https://youtu.be/ugdy0HClfkE

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  28 , 2020
    Shabbat Evening Service with Livestream
    Friday, Aug 28th 6:45p to 7:45p
    Celebrate Shabbat together at our Kol Ami Erev Shabbat service, with music, a D"var Torah (a word or two of Torah), Sabbath prayers and blessings. Musicians will come together with the rabbi (while keeping safe physical distance) to create a new kind of worship experience for our Kol Ami family, and also broaden and expand our Kol Ami community. Let's make our Shabbat an Oneg - a Shabbat of Joy. https://youtu.be/y3banIptIQw

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Fri, July 3 2020 11 Tammuz 5780