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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 ,
    JunJune  28 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Blessings

    Friday, Jun 28th 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 to join Zoom.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  5 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Blessings

    Friday, Jul 5th 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 to join Zoom.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  12 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Shulchan

    Friday, Jul 12th 6:00p to 7:00p
    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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  • Saturday ,
    JulJuly  20 , 2024
     
     
    Study, Worship, Shabbat Brunch

    Shabbat, Jul 20th 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. Brunch will follow morning worship. RSVP to rabbidoug@kolamikc.org. Click to join Zoom.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  26 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Blessings

    Friday, Jul 26th 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 to join Zoom.

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  2 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Blessings

    Friday, Aug 2nd 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 to join Zoom.

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  9 , 2024
     
     
    Shabbat Shulchan

    Friday, Aug 9th 6:00p to 7:00p
    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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Sun, June 23 2024 17 Sivan 5784