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.


Annual KC Rep Sponsorship & Fundraiser
Join Congregation Kol Ami for a performance of INDECENT with a private reception. The event helps Kol Ami cover its annual expenses and is a wonderful opportunity to see a great show with community members.

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Rabbi Alpert Elected President of the KC Rabbinical Association

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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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January 4, 2019 6:45 PM at All Souls, Conover Shabbat worship service followed by a presentation and Q&A from Alicia Valenzuela of Spay & Neuter Kansas City. Spay & Neuter KC spays or neuters around 10 thousand pets a year. Vaccinating almost that many so they can stay healthy. And provides other resources, such as a Special Medical Care Fund, dog houses, pet food and more … all of it so that more pets can stay in their homes, off the streets, and out of shelters.Read More →

Join Congregation Kol Ami for KC Repertory’s Performance of INDECENT Sunday, January 27th at 2 PM Private Kol Ami Reception to Follow Directed By Eric Rosen This fundraising event supports the Congregation’s financial stability and high quality programming such as our high holiday services. Paula Vogel’s deeply intimate, yet joyful and funny play is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of God of Vengeance, a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture — and as an obscenity by others. Ultimately a love-letter, INDECENT charts one of the most fascinating scandals in theatre history. Tickets are $45 per person. Ticket costRead More →

In anticipation of our second Congregation Kol Ami Jazz Night on Saturday night, October 20, I reflect on my own involvement with and love for jazz, how I came to be such a devoted fan of this extraordinary art form, and how, as a rabbi and a Jew I connect to this music. I will have more to say during my short talk on October 20. Suffice it to say for now that jazz, music in general, and even more generally the arts serve to open windows as to not only our cultural sensibilities, but our social connectors; both within our Jewish community, and howRead More →

From the KC Jewish Chronicle Rabbi Alpert to lead Rabbinical Association of Greater KC Rabbi Doug Alpert, spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami, was recently elected as president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City. Rabbi Alpert succeeds Rabbi David Glickman of Congregation Beth Shalom. Elected to serve with Rabbi Alpert is Rabbi Javier Cattapan of Congregation Beth Torah who accepted the position of vice president and Rabbi Scott White, Congregation Ohev Sholom, is secretary-treasurer. The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City includes Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Reform rabbis and serves as the rabbinic voice in and for the Jewish community and the larger GreaterRead More →

Jill Maidhof is Director, Jewish Experiences at the Jewish Community Center and was the project director for the “Wall of Respect,” a portable art piece inspired by the 1967 mural by the same name created by Chicago artists representing the Organization of Black American Culture. It fostered Black pride, revitalized the neighborhood and gave birth to a national community mural movement. Ms. Maidhof said, “We want people to have an experience that will challenge the way they look at art and grow their ability to see beyond the obvious in order to decode symbols and create meaning. We want it to inspire exploration of culturalRead More →