The entire cycle of holy days and festivals is observed at Kol Ami. Traditional prayers and modern insights help to make the holydays spiritually meaningful, linking us to Jews throughout the world and time.
We observe two days of Rosh Hashanah and the full-day of Yom Kippur. We begin our preparations for the High Holy Days with the annual Selichot services and program, partnered with another local Conservative synagogue, Rodeph Shalom.
Sukkot and Simchat Torah quickly follow. Our congregation’s Sukkah is a focal point for these days. We celebrate Kiddush, daven (when the weather is cooperative), eat, and learn in the sukkah. Our “Pizza in the Hut” program, with music and learning, is a highpoint of the festival. On Simchat Torah eve, we have a family friendly service, complete with an unrolling and tour of a Torah scroll. Hakafot and dancing are ruah and fun-filled.
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is identified by our large Chanukiah situated in the parking lot. Every night we gather to kindle the lights, sing Chanukah songs, and schmooze with each other.
Purim brings with it our annual Megillah reading, once again with lots of congregant participation.
Passover at Kol Ami is observed with our annual Second Night Family seder—an evening of fun, food, and learning.
Shavuot, along with its attendant dairy meals, is welcomed with a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, an evening study session on Erev Shavuot, with local Reform congregation Beth Am.
Tisha B’av, the 9th of Av, is observed with a solemn service and the reading of the book of Lamentations. Once again, these services are a collaborative effort between Kol Ami and Rodeph Shalom.
Please join us for these Holydays and Festivals throughout the year. Please check our calendar or call the office for more information.