Welcome to Congregation Kol Ami, the synagogue in Kansas City’s urban core. Small, non-affiliated, progressive, warm, eclectic, and LGBT-friendly, Kol Ami aims to become a hub for Jewish activity in the city’s center. With a focus on music, lively discussion and Social Justice, we welcome people of all levels of Jewish observance and experience. Interfaith families, singles and searchers find Kol Ami a safe and welcoming place to explore their Jewish journeys.


Rabbi Alpert
at the Border Wall

Read about Rabbi Alpert's trip to Juarez and El Paso with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and T'ruah.

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Celebrate Shavuot
with a discussion about Jewish identify grounded in the new book by Robert Mnookin. Rabbis Doug Alpert & Mark Levin will facilitate.

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2019 Shabbat Speaker Series
See the schedule of speakers joining Congregation Kol Ami every first Friday in 2019.

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Despite the rain, we will meet at the Manheim Garden this Shabbat morning at 9:30 AM, as planned. If it begins to rain, we’ll move the meeting to the Rabbi’s home. You may want to bring a dry chair in case the garden seating is wet. Good Shabbos!Read More →

It’s a perennial question for modern American Jews. To explore and answer the question for yourself, join us in June and July for very special study and Kol Ami Book Club sessions as we dive deep into our Jewish identities and our shared identity as Congregation Kol Ami. Our touchstone for the journey is the probing new book The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World by Robert Mnookin, which explores past frameworks for Jewish identity and suggests how progressive Jews can forge a new definition for inclusion in Jewish communal life. Discussion of the book is spread over three educational moments. 7Read More →

Of the many human rights/justice issues with which I am concerned, nothing should resonate more strongly for us as Jews than seeking an open, compassionate immigration policy. The stories of present day asylum seekers coming from Central America, Southern Mexico and elsewhere in the world have, in the past, been our Jewish stories. If we cannot connect with and feel empathy for present-day asylum seekers than we have lost a sense of who we are and our most deeply held Jewish values; do not oppress the stranger/love the stranger for we were strangers in the land of Egypt. That is why I decided to toRead More →

By Andreas Trepte – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link We at Kol Ami are excited about a new regular event involving Rabbi Doug. It began as “Coffee with the Rabbi” but then needed a new name because it will be evenly split between meetings in the morning (with coffee, for instance) and meetings in the evening (with cocktails, for instance). The name is… Kibb_tz with the Rabbi! But in some places it’s been advertised as “Kibbitz with the Rabbi” and in others “Kibbutz with the Rabbi”. What’s the difference? Why? Some of us are most familiar with a kibbutz being a collectivized farming community,Read More →

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 6:45 PM at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us for this special speaking event from recognized expert on white nationalism, Devin Burghart. Devin Burghart is president of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, and coordinates the Seattle office. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin began as a research analyst with the Coalition for Human Dignity in Seattle, and was co-author of Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias & White Supremacy in 1996. In Chicago, he worked asRead More →