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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.


If you're interested in becoming a member at Kol Ami, please contact


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

About Our Services

We once again are holding services and events in the 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. We also continue to hold some events via Zoom or livestream.

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 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.

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:

Our Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Friday ,
    MayMay  31 , 2024
    Shabbat Picnic and Blessings

    Friday, May 31st 6:00p to 7:00p
    Join us to celebrate Shabbat with a bring your own picnic Shabbat dinner. We will do blessings together and enjoy being together in community.


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  1 , 2024
    Adult Study

    Shabbat, Jun 1st 9:30a to 10:30a
    At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, we are at the home of Fay and Rabbi Doug, as well as on Zoom, for study and great discussion. To attend in person, RSVP to For Zoom participation, click here.


  • Friday ,
    JunJune  7 , 2024
    Erev Shabbat

    Friday, Jun 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. Let's make our Shabbat an Oneg - a Shabbat of Joy.


  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  11 , 2024
    Erev Shavuot, Torah Study, and Dinner

    Tuesday, Jun 11th 6:30p to 7:30p
    Join us to celebrate this important holiday on the Jewish calendar. Traditionally a time for Torah study and a special dairy meal. In-person please RSVP to by 6/10.


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  22 , 2024
    Family Gathering at the Splash Pad

    Shabbat, Jun 22nd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Looking for a fun and casual way to gather with other Jewish families with children? Join us for snacks, music, and splashing around. There's also a playground, so pack a change of clothes. All are welcome! For location and any other questions, please email



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