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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

All Events
  • Sunday ,
    SepSeptember  25 , 2022
     
     
    Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

    Sunday, Sep 25th 7:30p to 9:30p
    Our High Holy Days begin. Join us at All Souls as we celebrate the Jewish New Year together.

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  26 , 2022
     
     
    Rosh Hashanah Service

    Monday, Sep 26th 10:30a to 12:30p
    We look forward to continuing our Rosh Hashanah celebration together. Continuing our tradition of welcoming Community leaders, our guest speaker this year will be Emily Wales, CEO & President of Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  26 , 2022
     
     
    Tashlich

    Monday, Sep 26th 1:00p to 2:00p
    Approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of our Rosh Hashanah service we will gather at Brush Creek in Frank Theiss Park to cast away our sins; tossing Bread crumbs into the creek.

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  • Tuesday ,
    SepSeptember  27 , 2022
     
     
    2nd day Rosh Hashanah Service

    Tuesday, Sep 27th 8:00a to 8:45a
    Join us for an informal and brief Rosh Hashanah service and light breakfast. Rabbi’s home with RSVP by 9/25 to: rabbidoug@kolamikc.org

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  30 , 2022
     
     
    Shabbat Blessings

    Friday, Sep 30th 6:45p to 7:00p
    Join us as we "make Shabbos,” reciting blessings together to get our Shabbat started. Candle blessings, Kiddush over wine or grape juice, and Motzi add a sense of the sacred to our Shabbat experience and lives.

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