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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.

Membership

If you're interested in becoming a member at Kol Ami, please contact membership@kolamikc.org.

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

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 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.

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
  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  1 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Evening with Guest Speaker Judge Shawn Watts

    Friday, Mar 1st 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. The speaker follows the Oneg Shabbat.

    Judge Shawn Watts will be speaking about Native American law and rights.

    Judge Shawn K. Watts joined the KU Law lawyering faculty in 2018 and became a Lecturer of Law in January 2022. Watts supervises students in the Tribal Judicial Support Clinic, and teaches courses in Mediation Skills and Federal Indian Law. He is also a district court judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

    Prior to KU Law, he taught at Columbia Law School in New York City where he was the Associate Director of the Mediation Program. He taught an Advanced Mediation Clinic and a Native American Peacemaking Clinic. He has been a visiting professor at both Yale Law School and National Taiwan University Law School in Taipei, Taiwan.

    In his practice, Judge Watts mediates federal and state cases with an emphasis in employment discrimination cases. He is also a consultant with the National American Indian Court Judges Association specializing in helping tribal court programs to include traditional and customary justice practices.

    In addition to his work with Indian tribes and tribal organizations, Judge Watts is also a lead trainer and formal partner for the United Nations Institute of Training and Research where he trains and advises world diplomats on the issues facing the world's indigenous peoples. He also provides the U.N. training and curriculum on conflict resolution, negotiation, and peace dialogue.

    A Citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Judge Watts graduated from Columbia Law School, where he won the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy, was a Strine Fellow, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and managing editor of Columbia Law’s Journal of Law and Social Problems. While in law school, he served as the president of the National Native American Law Students Association.

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  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  2 , 2024
     
     
    The Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Moral March to State House Assemblies

    Shabbat, Mar 2nd 7:00a to 3:00p
    ​​​​​​​ A Day of Nationally Coordinated Action in 30-Plus State Capitals Kol Ami is joining with the Poor People’s Campaign event in Jefferson City, Mo., Saturday, March 2, when rallies will be occurring simultaneously in more than 30 states. We plan to gather at All Souls at 7 a.m. that day to organize for a drive to the Missouri capital to join in a rally there. The gathering place in Jefferson City will be announced soon. We will hold a short Shabbat service at 9:30 a.m. in Jefferson City prior to the rally. All who wish to attend, please RSVP to Rabbi Doug at rabbidoug@kolamikc.org. (Include in your RSVP if you are able to drive to Jefferson City.)

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  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  8 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Shulchan

    Friday, Mar 8th 6:45p to 8:00p
    Join us as we gather at All Souls for our Shabbat Shulchan, our Shabbat Table — informal Shabbat worship followed by our Seudah, our festive Shabbat meal. So we know how much food to bring, please RSVP to rabbidoug@kolamikc.org.

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  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  22 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Blessings

    Friday, Mar 22nd 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. Join Zoom.

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