Congregation Kol Ami is an inclusive, egalitarian Jewish community, serving the Jewish community of the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania.
We welcome all individuals and families regardless of their level or style of observance, gender or sexual orientation. Congregation Kol Ami is proud to offer a variety of religious, cultural and social programming to accommodate our different approaches to Jewish life.
Knitting for the Homeless Resumes:
Our next group meeting for the 2019-2020 year is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 to 8:15 PM. If anyone is interested in joining our group, we welcome you
Dish-to-Pass Shabbat Supper:
Friday November 15, 2019 6:00 PM. Be sure to join our congregation as we light candles, say Kiddush, sing songs, enjoy a delightful family style dairy dinner (no meat or meat products of any kind, please) and get to know each other better. Then stay and enjoy our Nashira Shabbat service in the large sanctuary at 7:30 PM.
Adult Hebrew Class:
The next Adult Hebrew Class with Sophie Marmor is November 17, 2019, 9:30 – 10:30 AM. The class will meet bi-weekly through May, 2020.
Talmud for Non-Talmudists Returns:
Join Rabbi Oren Steinitz on Mondays November 18, 24, and December 2,9 and 16 at 7:30 PM.
"Judaism--Back to Basics" course with Rabbi Oren Steinitz and Maggid Paul Solyn Sunday, November 17, 2019. If you're thinking about embracing Judaism, never went to Hebrew school, or went to Hebrew school but don't remember much, this class may be for you. Class will meet at 10:30 a.m. for 18 session.
CKA Book Club:
Join us for our 2019 – 2020 Book Club! We meet in the Jerome & Etkind Library on the second Wednesday of each month at noon. On November 20, 2019, we will review, Haven by Ruth Gruber. Then on December 11, 2019, Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. The books are available in the CKA library, the public library, or for purchase.
JCF Yachad Program:
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will speak on “Agreeing to Disagree: How and Why Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently” for this year’s Yachad program on Thursday, November 21, 7:30 PM. A reception and book-signing will follow it. Earlier in the day she will offer a workshop for clergy. Her presentation is made possible through the Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Association for Jewish Studies . Please see the November Kol Ami newsletter for additional information about Dr. Levine.
Music Shabbat Service:
Join us on Friday, November 22, 7:30 PM for our monthly Music Shabbat service. A wine and cheese Oneg will follow the service.
JCF November Film:
Our November film could be described as a classic “road trip” film—except that the buddies aren’t friends. One is a black concert pianist on a tour to the Deep South in 1962. The other is an Italian- American bouncer hired as his driver/bodyguard. It’s based on a true story. The title refers to the essential item for such a trip, The Negro Motorist Green- Book. Published from 1936 through 1966, it was a guide to places that offered safe accommodation for black travelers. When white business owners could and did refuse service and some towns were unsafe after dark, it was indispensable. Green Book stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It received an Academy Award as Best Picture, and Ali won as Best Supporting Actor. It’s rated PG-13. We’ll see it on Sunday, November 24, at 2:00 PM.