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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, both Jewish and inter-faith, 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. 

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Get Social!

Shabbat with CKA

Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:28 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm
In Person and On ZOOM

Saturday Morning Service
Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 am
In Person and On ZOOM
Torah Reading:
Parsha: Tazria
Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59
Haftarah Reading:
II Kings 4:42 - 5:19 

Havdala Service and Sedua'at Shelisheet
Saturday, April 13 at 5 pm
In Person and On ZOOM

Adult Education with CKA

All Things Jewish with Rabbi Tom
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

Special Announcements

Havdala Service & Nosh
Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 pm

In Person at CKA & on ZOOM

Join the CKA community in marking the end of Shabbat with Seuda’at Shelisheet, the third and final meal (light fare) on Shabbat, followed by welcoming in the new week with the Havdala ceremony. For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom at the CKA office: Tel: (607) 732-7410

Art History Lecture

Sunday, April 14 at 7 pm

Join the JCF for a Zoom-only lecture for the second of a two-part Art lecture series, on Sunday April 14th, featuring artist and art historian Richard McBee. The second session is a brand new presentation, being unveiled in this series, titled “The Haggadah - A Passover Primer;14th Century - 21st Century,” just in time for Passover! If you signed up for the first lecture, your Zoom link is good for the second lecture, but if you haven't signed up yet, there's still time to join in - just email to RSVP!
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Breath, Body, Mind with Sheila Katz
Sunday, April 14 at 11:30 am

Join the JCF for a “Breath, Body, Mind” Class on Sunday, April 14th at 11:30 am at CKA! Taught by Sheila Katz, this hour-and-a-half class will teach simple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration, and balance your emotions. Please RSVP to the JCF office,
at or (607) 734-8122, ASAP to take part!


The Meta & John Spiegler Holocaust Remembrance Lecture 

Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm

The Spiegler Holocaust Lecture is coming to the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium once again on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 7 pm. The Spiegler Lecture is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend.


This year's speaker is Maud Dahme. She was born in Amersfoort, Netherlands, to Dutch and French Jewish Parents. In 1942, at the age of 6, the German regime began the deportation of Jews, and her parents sent her and her sister to be sheltered with Christian Families in the Resistance, where they sheltered until the Allied Liberation of the Netherlands.In the 1950s, her family emigrated to the United States, landing in New Jersey, where she now lives. She is an active and passionate advocate for Holocaust Education and was featured in the documentary "The Hidden Child," which was broadcast on PBS, as well as being shown at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Because of her work in Holocaust Education, she was also inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2014.

Passover 2024
Second Night Seder Tuesday, April 23rd
RSVPs Due Monday, April 1

With Purim this weekend, Passover will be coming hot on its heels! This year's Second Night Seder will be held on April 23rd at 6 p.m. at CKA. The cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 5-13, and children under 5 are free.
The price is capped at $54 per family. 


To RSVP, please click here for the flyer and submit your reservation and payment to the CKA Office by Monday, April 1, 2024. 

Chametz Sale 2024
Contact the Office by April 15, 2024

As with previous years, those who wish to participate in the Chametz Sale prior to Passover should contact the office by April 15, 2024, so that Contracts can be completed in time for Passover.

For more information, or to submit your contract, contact the office at or call (607) 732-7410.


Passover Morning Service
Tuesday, April 23, 9:30 am
In Person and On ZOOM 


Passover Morning Service with Yizkor
Tuesday, April 30, 9:30 am
In Person and On ZOOM 

For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom at

JCF Film for April
Sunday, April 28 at 2 pm

We invite you to join the JCF on Sunday April 28 in the Braunstein Community Room for the April Film in the JCF Film Series: Golda.

Starring Helen Mirren, the film is set “set during the Yom Kippur War, [when] Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Mirren) must navigate overwhelming odds and a skeptical cabinet with millions of lives in the balance.”

In addition to the movie, there will be a hummus bar, featuring matza, veggies, and more to enjoy with the movie!
We hope to see you there!

CKA Book Club
- Wednesday, April 17th, Shmutz by Felicia Berliner
- Wednesday, May 15th, Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro

-Wednesday, June 19th, Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
The CKA Book Club meets monthly, typically on the Third Wednesday of each Month, at Noon. If you would like to be a part of the book club, please email the office at

Other Information
What Else is Happening?

We always have plenty going on here at CKA and the JCF. To see the bigger picture of what's going on, you can check the Community Calendar any time. We ask that if you want to schedule an event at CKA or the JCF, that you first check the Calendar, then submit a Building Use Form to prevent conflicts and to make sure everything gets on the schedule! 

To view the Community Calendar, please click here. (please note it may take a few moments for the calendar page to load fully.)

If you wish to schedule an event, please fill out a Building Use Form and submit it to the CKA or JCF Office.

Click here for a printable Building Use Form

Click here for a Fillable Online Building Use Form

From the CKA House Committee
The Office has been asked by the House Committee to remind Congregants not to change settings on the thermostats in the CKA building without first consulting David Siskin.  There have been instances of thermostats being left inadvertently on higher settings when the additional warmth is no longer needed.
We thank you and appreciate your cooperation.

Judaica Shop
The Sisterhood gift shop has their regular items
and cards in stock. The gift shop will be open any time the CKA office is open. If you have special Judaica needs, please contact Susan Seltzer.

Do you shop at TOPS or WEIS??
The office has extra gift cards for both stores for sale.
$25 and $100 for WEIS
$50 for TOPS

CKA Office

Office Hours: 10:00 - 4:00; Monday-Friday

The office will be closed daily for 30 minutes between 12 and 1 for lunch. For exact times, please call the office to be sure someone will be present to assist you.
Contact us at:  --  (607) 732-7410
For urgent matters outside of Office Hours:

Click here to add names to the CKA Healing List

Click here to add names to your Yahrzeit Observances

Please note: The following times are for at home observance. Check the weekly announcements for CKA's observance times.

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Phone: 607-732-7410
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