It is with deep regret and tears in my eyes that we make the following announcements.


Arthur Schwartz

JANUARY 3, 1936 – JANUARY 9, 2021

Arthur Schwartz,זיכרונו לברכה   , was born on January 3, 1936 in New York, New York and passed away on January 9, 2021 in Delray Beach, Florida and is under the care of Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Service will be held on January 12, 2021 at 11:45 am at Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 7701 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale, Florida. Committal Service at The Garden of Israel at Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7701 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale, Florida.

More information can be found here.

May his memory be a blessing and may Cindy find support and comfort in the arms of her family and friends.

This week we have lost another family member, but have also learned of another past member who is gone.

JERRY GREENBERG, z’’l, of Boca Raton, was the beloved husband of member Gloria Greenberg and step-father of member and past Board member Barry (Madelina) Friedman. Jerry was step-grandfather of Edward Friedman and Basha Friedman – our very youngest member. Funeral services will be held privately on Friday the 15th of January. The family has requested donations in Jerry’s name be made to Kol Ami of Boca Raton. Please communicate with a Board member, or query on the contact page of this web site for information about how to contact the Friedman family or Gloria Greenberg. May hIs memory be for a blessing.

ROBERT BRUCE ALTMAN, z’’l        Dr. Robert B. Altman, DVM age 88 of Boynton Beach passed away on December 15th. Beloved husband of Joanne Altman; Loving father of Lynn Altman, Debbie Altman, Dr.Joanne D. Altman (Jack Kaplan), Janine (Scott) Kaufmann, Lee (Alyssa) Kader, and Scott (Lea) Kader; Cherished grandfather of Jessica (Blake), Joey, Josh, Ethan, Logan, and Evan; Adored great grandfather of Brooklynn; Dear brother of the late Audrey Goodrich. Dr. Altman was a past Board member at Kol Ami. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, ASPCA, or the Trustbridge Hospice Foundation. May his memory be for a blessing.


aged 94 of Deerfield Beach, FL passed away on January 19,2021. Beloved wife of the late Robert; adored mother of Dr. Paul (Anita) Werner, Larry Werner and the late Leona Werner; cherished grandmother of Lisa Werner, Karolina (Tom) DuBois, David (Kristy), Shaun (Brooke) and Samantha; admired great grandmother of Andrew, Clara, Rose, Kai, Brynn and Mila; loving sister of Doris Silverman (the late Al) and the late Steve Burger. Services are entrusted to Beth Israel Memorial Chapel (Delray Beach). Graveside services will be held at the Boca Raton City Cemetery on Friday, January 22 at 2:30 pm. Memorial contributions in Alice’s honor can be made to the food bank of one’s choice. Please communicate with Beth DeRicco if you would like contact information for the family.


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.

On-going Virtual Events for Week of January 18th

Friday, Jan 22nd at 5:30 p.m. 
Friday Teatime Talk:  Jews Who Schmooze about Food
Bring a Jewish recipe and share its story.
Co-hosted by Beth DeRicco and Daniel Kaufman

Join Kol Ami for a Teatime Talk!
We hope you will join us for some relaxed pre-Shabbat social time and sharing.  Bring and introduce a friend to Kol Ami!

Register here for this Teatime Talk.

Saturday, Jan 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
Shacharit Service
Service led by Steven Carter
Hosted by Bonnie Austin

Register here for this Shacharit service.

Saturday, Jan 23rd at 11:30 a.m. 
Torah Learning Session
Aliyah chanted by Steven Carter
Torah parshah introduction, facilitation and hosted by Beth DeRicco
Co-hosted by Daniel Kaufman
Readings for Bo
Shevat 10, 5781
January 23, 2021
Torah Reading:
Bo: Exodus 10:1 – 13:16
Jeremiah 46:13-28

Register here for this Torah learning session.

Sunday, January 24th
Reconstructing Judaism’s Virtual Day of Learning
God?: A Reconstructionist Conversation
The program will include interactive small group discussions, workshops, a panel and a virtual cocktail hour.
Link for more information and registration:


January 29th at 5:30 p.m. Friday Teatime Talk Presentation
Discussion of movie “Maktub” (2017 release, available on Netflix). Please check with your local library if you are not a Netflix member.

The biggest Israeli blockbuster since 1986 . Steve and Chuma , two criminals are the sole survivors of a terrorist attack at a restaurant in Jerusalem. They decide to change their ways and become flesh and blood angels. They go on a journey of wish fulfillment for people who write requests on paper and put between the sacred stones of the Wailing Wall.

February 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Tensions of Religious Life in the Jewish Experience – A Poetic Exploration — Session II
​Leyv Ha-Ir’s Education Committee is pleased to present the Winter Education Series, led by educator and poet, Ross Weissman. ​ ​Jewish tradition engages in recurring dialogue with those that came before. We recall memories of those passed, and we read and reread texts that have been studied for generations. While these sources can be stabilizing in offering a steadying comfort, they can also simply be one voice to consider among the multitudes – akin to the Reconstructionist principle of “a vote, not a veto.” In this session we will explore the poetry of Israeli poet Linda Zisquit, to step into some of her experiential and theological conversations.​ Pleaser contact Beth or Deborah for registration instructions.​

February 5th at 5:30 p.m. Friday Teatime Talk Presentation
Our Jewish Liturgy: How to tell where you are in Jewish ritual observance by the music you hear, presented by Rabbi Doris Dyen, Ph.D.
Have you ever arrived late on Shabbat, not sure where we are in the siddur?  There’s a way to get oriented: the music!  Even the chanted prayers themselves offer musical clues. Become attuned to this important aspect of Jewish tradition that’s been right out there, “hiding in plain sound” all along!

February 11th at 7:30 p.m. Monthly Women’s Rosh Chodesh group
Monthly Women’s Rosh Chodesh group
Please join with us at our first celebration of this non-liturgical opportunity to enrich, reflect, renew and learn from each other in a safe environment. This is a collaboration between the women of Leyv Ha’Ir of Philadelphia and Kol Ami of Boca Raton, and will follow the Hebrew calendar, held monthly on the date of Rosh Chodesh. Please contact us for registration information.

February 19th at 5:30 p.m. Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service with Laura Lenes
Hosted by Beth DeRicco and Daniel Kaufman. Please join us and bring your singing voice for an uplifting musical service with Cantorial  Soloist Laura Lenes who lead​s in a Kabbalat Shabbat ​the third Friday of every month​. ​We hope you will join us for some relaxed pre-Shabbat social time and sharing.  Bring and introduce a friend to Kol Ami!

Check out the re-vitalized January 2021 month page. There are many interesting events happening in front line Judaic institutions that our Board members are talking about. We thought you might like to hear about some of them too.

Email us by clicking the link below.

Donate to Kol Ami of Boca Raton: 

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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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