|Congregation Kol Ami
Hometown: West Hollywood, CA
Web site: http://www.kol-ami.org
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Congregation Kol Ami builds on the traditions of Judaism while respecting and welcoming everyone: lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, interfaith couples and our children. Together Rabbi Denise L. Eger and Cantor Mark Saltzman create a hamishe atmosphere, safe for spiritual nurturing and connection.
What distinguishes Congregation Kol Ami is embodied in our name, "Voice of My People."
We joyously seek the common ground between Judaism and many rich and diverse identities our members hold.
At the core of our Temple are the traditions of Judaism and Jewish thought. Built on that strong foundation are new layers of inclusion, respect and acceptance for a diversity of contemporary ways of life.
Here, the new and the traditional, the secular and the spiritual, the present and the past, the realities of life and the exploration of God are given room to reside together.
Our unique congregation strives to serve God, Judaism and our members from all Jewish backgrounds and perspectives through:
Worship Services and High Holy Day Services
Jewish education- Adult education programs and religious school for children.
Innovative social and cultural programs, including the Men of Kol Ami (MOKA) and the Women of Kol Ami.
Life cycle ceremonies, weddings, funerals and other rites and rituals officiated by the Rabbi and Cantor.
New architecturally noted building designed by Josh Schweitzer.
Congregation Kol Ami is a member of the UAHC (Union of American Hebrew Congregations - Reform Judaism) and the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jewish organizations.
To be a progressive, Reform congregation rooted in a rich Jewish tradition, with a commitment to social justice, Israel and diversity that guides us in the present and transforms our future.
A welcoming and nurturing environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles seeking enhanced Jewish observance, worship, spirituality, appreciation and celebrating.
A community engaged in Jewish experience, culture, social activity, and education that incorporates feminist Jewish theology, gender equality, and diverse sexual identities in its theology and practice.
A voice of conscience, reason and compassion which creates a link between our spirituality and our commitment to social justice.
The purpose of the congregation is to provide an appropriate means for religious worship and for the expression of the ideals and faith of Judaism; to afford religious education to the children of members of the Congregation; to afford facilities usual in a Jewish congregation; and to support worthy efforts for the betterment of humanity, with outreach to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual community.