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. 


The High Holy Days Choir: Practice will be Wednesdays, August 10, 2022 and August 31, 2022,  at 6:45 p.m. in the small sanctuary.

Shabbat Services: Friday, August 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:30 a.m. Services are in house and on the CKA Zoom site, contact the office for the address!

Music at Kol Ami: Join our congregation, August 5th at 5:30 p.m., for a concert of Baroque chamber music before our Friday evening service.
Observe Tisha b’Av: 
No day in the Jewish calendar inspires more dread than Tisha b’Av, the ninth of Av. It commemorates all these disasters: Destruction of the First Temple: 586 BCE, Destruction of the Second Temple: 70 CE, Defeat of the Bar Kokhba rebellion: 135 CE, Expulsion of Jews from England: 1290 CE, Expulsion of Jews from Spain: 1492 CE.  It is a day of communal mourning—not individual mourning as in the Yizkor services of Yom Kippur and the Three Festivals, but of collective grief for all the ills that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. And yet Tisha b’Av also calls us to the future. Rabbi Goldie Milgram says, “If we didn’t have Tisha b’Av, we would be in deep mourning every day of the year. By grieving deeply for a single day, we have been able to move forward and rebuild Jewish life. Our  services will take place on Saturday, August 6, at 9:00 p.m. In house and on the CKA Zoom site.


JCF August Film: Selma will be shown, Wednesday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Braunstein Community Room. This film is a chronicle of the protests and beatings at the Pettis Bridge in 1963, and of the growth of the civil-rights movements and its strategy. It’s in English and the running time is about two hours. Additional information can be found in the July/August Kol Ami newsletter.
CKA Book Club: 
August 17, 2022, A Horse Walks Into a Bar, by David Grossman and September 14, 2022, Atomic Anne by Rachel Barenbaum.  All of the meetings are at noon online until further notice. The CKA office will email the link for the Book Club prior to the meeting. The books are available online, at the public library and in the Jerome & Etkind Library at CKA.
Jazzy Junque Summer Fun Sale: 
 Sunday, August 21, 2022 on the lawn, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Featuring, tchotchkes, beautiful jewelry, decorative home items Please, NO new donations needed at this time.

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