Kol Ami is a small and friendly Reconstructing Judaism community; the only one in this area. We are lay-lead and rent our space, allowing us to have minimal over-head costs and low annual membership fees. In this way we can provide a warm Jewish atmosphere while encouraging a participation level that is comfortable for each of our members.

We associate with Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.

To our members and friends: after consultation with the Reconstructing Judaism leadership and discussion of the Kol Ami Board of Directors we have decided not to congregate while we are faced with our current health crisis. We are reviewing the situation daily and we will let you know when we feel we can be together again without putting anyone at undo risk. While we wait, please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Virtual Events for Week of November 23rd

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!  Join us this week for the following virtual events:

Friday, Nov 27th at 5:30 p.m. 
Friday Teatime Talk
Hosted by Beth DeRicco with Daniel Kaufman

Topic:  “What will engagement look like at Kol Ami once we are able to meet face-to-face with some comfortable reassurances for personal safety and well-being?”

Join us for a discussion about the future of Kol Ami as we think about life post-vaccination for COVID-19.  Additional questions to be considered, such as:  How do we want to meet?  What do we want to keep virtual?  What has made you feel most connected to the community while we have been operating virtually?  What do you miss about being face-to-face that is irreplacable?  All are invited to participate.
Register here for this Teatime Talk.

Saturday, Nov 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Shacharit Service

Service led by Bonnie Austin
Co-Hosted by Daniel Kaufman and Beth DeRicco
Register here for this Shacharit service.

Saturday, Nov 28th at 11:30 a.m.
Torah Learning Session

Torah parshah introduction, facilitation and hosted by Beth DeRicco
Co-hosted by Daniel Kaufman

Readings for Vayetze
Kislev 12, 5781
November 28, 2020
Torah Reading:
Vayeitzei: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3
Hosea 11:7 – 12:14
Register here for this Torah learning session.

NEW PROGRAMMING PLANNED:  Monthly Rosh Chodesh group

Kol Ami and Leyv Ha-Ir of Philadelphia have agreed to start a new joint project around Rosh Chodesh.

The Hebrew months correspond to lunar cycles. The beginning of the new moon is called Rosh Ḥodesh, literally, “head of the month.” Because a lunar cycle is 29½ days, some months are one day longer than others, and some have two days of Rosh Ḥodesh, while others have only one.

The Hebrew word for month, ḥodesh, is from the same root as that of ḥadash, “new.” In biblical times, Rosh Ḥodesh was determined by observing when the first sliver of the new moon appeared. Jewish calendars now indicate when Rosh Ḥodesh starts, and whether it is observed for one day or two.(1)

(1) Adapted from A Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2—Shabbat and Holidays. The Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.

We are looking for people from both congregations to be involved in the planning and implementation.  All ideas are welcome.  The program will be online.

Interested in being involved?  Please contact Beth DeRicco at bdericco@gmail.com.


Fri, Dec 11th at 5:30 p.m.:  “The Blessings and the Stories of Chanukah” with Marilyn Price

Marilyn Price is a puppeteer/storyteller, educator and author who travels around the country teaching and telling both classic tales and stories of her own making. Her puppet characters are often made of everyday and easily accessible objects that enhance not only the telling but the value of the story!  Her clients range from libraries to school to large museums, faith communities and beyond!  It is her thought that puppets will encourage the imagination and help with literary skills. Currently Marilyn is a partner at TriBraining Inc. a not for profit organization that emphasizes teaching educators of all sorts on how to reach all different genres of learners. With a specialty in creativity training and listening she uses humor and personal interaction to reach out and teach. Her latest book FROM GRATITUDE TO BLESSINGS AND BACK was published using Jewish blessings and stories with Rabbi David Teutsch.

Sun, Dec 27th at 3:00 p.m. (note new date!):  Kol Ami Annual Membership Meeting (open to all Kol Ami members in good standing).  More details and advance materials will be sent to all members in December.  Not a Kol Ami member yet?  Join now!  Contact us by reply email for inquiries.

Email us by clicking the link below.

Donate to Kol Ami of Boca Raton: 

or at at https://paypal.me/KolAmiBoca

Note: If you registered during a prior week for a recurring event, it is not necessary to re-register each week at this time; you may reuse the prior week’s meeting ID provided in the earlier confirmation.   After registering for meeting(s), you will receive confirmation email(s) containing instructions for how to join the meeting(s) (either by computer, mobile device or using the telephone).

1)  Mi Sheberach-Prayer for Healing will be recited at the beginning of the Wednesday Reading of Psalms, beginning of the Friday Teatime Talks and during the Saturday Shacharit service.  Anyone who would like to submit names in advance for those who need healing may do so by sending a reply email to this announcement with names to be recited aloud for the current week.  There will also be an opportunity for all meeting participants to speak the names of others who need healing who are not on the list.

2)  One aliyah will be recited in Hebrew at the Saturday Torah Learning Sessions, before the Torah learning and the discussion begins.

3)  Kaddish Yatom-Mourners’ Kaddish will be recited at the conclusion of Wednesday Reading of Psalms, at the conclusion of Friday Teatime Talks and during the Saturday Shacharit service.

You can use this site to follow our event calendar month by month, and you can also find us on Facebook.  

Contact us at mail@kolami-bocaraton.org or call us at 561-990-2641.


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