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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 at CKA

Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:25 pm
Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, July 12 at 7:30 pm
In Person and On ZOOM

Saturday Morning Service
Saturday, July 13 at 10 am
In Person and On ZOOM

Torah Reading:
Parsha: Chukat
Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

Haftarah Reading:
Judges 11: 1-33

Havdalah at the Lake
Saturday, July 13 at 3 pm
In Person ONLY
See Details Below


Adult Education

All Things Jewish with Rabbi Tom

There will be no class with Rabbi Tom on Thursday, July 11

Bagels & Torah with Rabbi Tom

Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 am
In Person and On ZOOM

The ancient Jewish sages describe the Torah as a love letter from God to humanity. Every year, we re-read, re-examine, and struggle with this letter on Shabbat. Join Rabbi Tom for a tour of the weekly Torah portion, Jewish history and philosophy, mining from our 5,000 year old tradition meaning and wisdom for the 21st Century. A light breakfast will be served. 


For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom at the CKA office: Tel: (269) 546-1592

Special Events
Back to School Expanded Scrip Fundraiser
Return by Friday, July 5, at 12 pm

Summer is right around the corner, but it never lasts very long. Do you have family who will be sending kids to school in the fall? Do you have any college students in your family? Well, why not help them out in the fall in a way that helps us too? 

If you would like to purchase any Scrip, for yourself, or someone in the family, please click here for the order form, and return it to the CKA Office with a check by Friday, July 5, 2024 by noon!

Thank you so much for helping CKA, and we hope you enjoy your summer!

Havdalah at the Lake
Saturday, July 13, at 3 pm
RSVP by Tuesday, July 9, by 4 pm

Everyone is invited to John and Liz’s cottage on Cayuta Lake. Come and swim, water ski, kayak, cruise and enjoy this special place. Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverage. Grilled chicken and hot dogs will be provided as an entree.

RSVP's closed yesterday. 
Please contact the CKA Office if you need more information  (607) 732-7410.

For the flyer, with the address and directions, click here!

July JCF Film: 'Race'
Sunday, July 14, at 2 pm

A film about African-American athlete Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in the heart of Nazi Germany. Wear your red white & blue to the movie and enjoy some red white and blue-themed snacks!

To Watch the trailer, Click here!


Endless Mountains Music Festival Discounted Tickets
Saturday, July 20, at 7 pm
RSVP to the JCF by July 17

JCF Members can get discounted tickets for 3 Endless Mountain Music Festival concerts. This year’s Endless Mountain Music Festival will feature a special concert Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass, titled, “Happy Birthday, Gershwin!” which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jewish composer George Gershwin’s musical masterpiece “Rhapsody in Blue.” Tickets are also available for the concerts at CMOG on July 27 & August 3. Tickets, normally $39, are being offered for $10 exclusively for JCF members.

To obtain the discounted tickets, for any of the 3 concerts, please contact the JCF office at or 607-734-8122 by July 17 for the Gershwin celebration. A special section of seating is also being saved for JCF members who purchase tickets.

Preparing for Sukkot, 2024
Thursday, July 25, at 12 pm

It's not too early to plan for Sukkot! Lulav and Etrog orders are placed in July for October delivery (oy, really? Yes!)

The cost per set, including shipping, is $65. If you are interested in purchasing a set for yourself, please notify the CKA Office by Thursday, July 25, at noon, and send a payment of $65 to the office.

CKA Book Club
-Wednesday, July 17th, The Little Liar by Mitch Albom

-Wednesday, August 21st, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth by Noa Tishby

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

Jeff Katz's Bar Mitzvah Anniversary
Saturday, August 3, at 10 am

Join Jeff, Sheila, and the Katz Family on Saturday, August 3 to celebrate the anniversary of Jeff's Bar Mitzvah. After the service, Featuring Jeff's Haftarah, stay for a Special Kiddish to celebrate!

RSVP's are welcome and encouraged so that we can estimate how many people will attend! Please email the CKA Office to RSVP.

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 or a zoom meeting, please fill out a Building and Zoom 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

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

CKA Office
Office Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Monday-Friday

Staff leave the office from 12 pm to 1 pm daily for lunch. Calls and Emails received during this time will be returned as soon as possible upon staff return.
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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1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905
Phone: 607-732-7410
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