Discovering Jewish Meditation Kol Ami’s music director, Lara Steinel, has been meditating daily since October 10, 1999. If you ask her about it, she’ll not only tell you why she knows the exact date she started, but also she’ll light up as she explains how meditating has enhanced her life, her health, and her practice of Judaism. Following the enthusiastic attendance and reception of Kol Ami’s meditation service last Yom Kippur, Lara will offer Jewish meditation sessions at All Souls UU Church for those who want to learn more about it and engage in Jewish meditation practice. Like other approaches to meditation, Jewish meditation allowsRead More →

Sponsored in Part by the Jewish Federation of Kansas City     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. February 1, 2019 6:45 PM at AllRead 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 →