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 →

Please join Kol Ami for our 2nd-night Passover Seder! This event is free and welcoming to all. When: Saturday, April 20th from 6 – 9 PM Where: Kansas City United Church of Christ, 205 W 65th St., Kansas City, MO 64113 Bring: Kosher-for-Passover (no chametz) vegetarian dish to share with serving utensils and a bottle of wine or juice. Please contact Rabbi Doug Alpert at dougalpert@kolamikc.com or 816-510-4895, with any questions about whether a dish or ingredient is okay. Please be aware of any allergens in your dish (peanut, dairy, etc.) and be prepared to indicate such when you arrive at the Seder. Please RSVP by April 8th toRead More →