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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
  • Tuesday ,
    AprApril  20 , 2021
    Kol Ami Book Club: The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century by Adam Kirsch
    Tuesday, Apr 20th 6:30p to 8:00p
    The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century by Adam Kirsch is our next one. Dive into this literary critic's take on what 100 years looked like from great authors of Jewish faith and background. Click HERE to join Book Club Zoom

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  • Friday ,
    AprApril  23 , 2021
    Shabbat Blessings
    Friday, Apr 23rd 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. Click HERE to Join ZOOM

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  • Sunday ,
    AprApril  25 , 2021
    Jewish Meditation
    Sunday, Apr 25th 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. Click HERE to join ZOOM

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  • Friday ,
    AprApril  30 , 2021
    Shabbat Blessings and Picnic at All Souls Parking Lot
    Friday, Apr 30th 6:00p to 8:00p
    Outdoor Lag BaOmer/Shabbat Blessings - Bring your own supplies/drinks for Shabbat blessings and a parking lot picnic. Masks are required for this socialy-distanced gathering. REMINDER - If you have paper grocery bags, please bring them in for donation to our social justice partner, Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund.

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  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  1 , 2021
    Morning Adult Study and Worship
    Shabbat, May 1st 9:30a to 11:30a
    It is always a wonderful discussion as we start with our sacred texts as the foundation for an exploration of contemporary topics. Shabbat morning worship follows our discussion. Click HERE to join Morning Adult Study and Worship

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  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  8 , 2021
    Bat Mitzvah of Scarlett Nevins
    Shabbat, May 8th 10:30a to 11:30a
    Always a special time in our Kol Ami community. This Shabbat we celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Scarlett Nevins. Mazel Tov to Scarlett, parents Jerry and Robynn, family and friends. Click HERE to join Bat Mitzvah

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  • Friday ,
    MayMay  14 , 2021
    Shabbat Blessings
    Friday, May 14th 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. Click HERE to Join ZOOM

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  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  15 , 2021
    Family Experience - Shavuot and Picnic
    Shabbat, May 15th 6:00p to 8:00p
    Please join us prior to Shavuot Services as we learn about Shavuot and Shavuot traditions. RSVP by 5/8 to rabbidoug@kolamikc.org Shavuot dinner is traditionally a dairy meal. Cheese pizza will be provided by Kol Ami.

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  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  22 , 2021
    Morning Adult Study and Worship
    Shabbat, May 22nd 9:30a to 11:30a
    It is always a wonderful discussion as we start with our sacred texts as the foundation for an exploration of contemporary topics. Shabbat morning worship follows our discussion. This is a socially-distanced, masked event at Manheim Gardens 4229 Forest Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. If weather or COVID-19 rates require cancellation, we'll meet via ZOOM Click HERE to join Morning Adult Study and Worship

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  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  23 , 2021
    Kol Ami Family Experience
    Sunday, May 23rd 1:00p to 2:00p
    Join us for our end of the year celebration with music, dance, and crafts. All congregants are welcome to this masked/socially distanced event. Please RSVP to Erica at erica.clinton@gmail.com. This will be a masked, socially-distanced event. Manheim Gardens - 4229 Forest Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

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