Congregation Kol Ami (CKA) is a Reform congregation of about 110 families located in Woodinville, Washington. Led by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Kol Ami is a small, embracing, and dynamic community in which the Jewish ideals of worship, study, and social action are fostered. The Kol Ami family creates an atmosphere of openness and friendship, in which everyone is welcome, despite diverse backgrounds and opinions. Congregants have joined to discover, rediscover, or simply affirm their Judaism, and to plant or transplant Jewish roots. Interfaith families and Jews-by-choice find Congregation Kol Ami a welcoming and nurturing environment.
- A cohesive and supportive congregation, embracing interfaith families, young and old, and all Jews regardless of the origin of their Jewishness.
- Promotion of a positive Jewish identity through worship and lifelong learning.
- Worshiping in a traditional manner, but with openness to change in a changing world.
- A strong commitment to social justice and community involvement.
Shabbat services take place most Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, while Saturday morning Torah services are typically held concurrently with B’nai Mitzvah celebrations. Services are participatory and filled with stirring song, heartfelt prayer, and astute commentary. After services, Onegs include delicious treats and beverages over which lifelong friendships have been forged.
Committed to spiritual and intellectual wholeness, Congregation Kol Ami provides educational opportunities for all. The outstanding religious school offers students in grades K-7 creative programming in all aspects of Jewish learning, including Hebrew, Torah, ethics, prayer, holidays, Israel and Jewish history. Classroom instruction is enhanced by prayer services, guest lectures and. exploration of Jewish thought throughout the ages.
CKA offers tutorial support for B’nai Mitzvah students under the guidance of Rabbi Kinberg. Post-B’nai Mitzvah students take an active part in programs offered by KATY (Kol Ami Temple Youth). KATY conducts a variety of social, religious, and educational programs for our young people, and is affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). CKA offers a junior youth group for 6th-8th graders to keep the post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah interested and involved in our community. Youth events and activities are a great way to socialize and build leadership skills, and are always fun. Adult education programs are also an enriching feature of Congregation Kol Ami. Rabbi Kinberg and the Adult Education Committee introduce challenging, lively, and sometimes controversial topics from Hebrew Scriptures to current events, applying the principles and knowledge from a Jewish and ethical perspective.
The Kol Ami family offers opportunities for members to participate in committees and activities focused on the needs of the congregation, the community, and beyond. They include Social Action, Ritual, Choir, Membership & Outreach, Communications, Education, Hospitality, Programming, Sisterhood, and Brotherhood. Strong, enduring friendships have emerged from this mutual commitment to the enjoyment of one another’s company in a social setting, while working to improve ourselves, our community, and the world.