2018 High Holidays Worship Schedule Like last year, our High Holidays services will be held at: Kansas City United Church of Christ (Formerly Country Club Congregational Church) (West 65th and Brookside Road across the street from Southwest High School) 205 West 65th Street, Kansas City, MO 64113 EVERYONE IS WELCOME. NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND SERVICES. Entrance is at the front of the building. Accessible entrance available before and after services on the south side of the church off Linden Road. Parking on the streets or in free lot next to the Trolley Trail. Erev Rosh Hashanah                     Sunday, September 9th Children’s Service                           6:30 PM Evening Service                               7:30 PM RoshRead More →

Calling Kol Ami Kids and Students Roberta Solomon, a member of Kol Ami who lives in Portland, OR, will be back in KC to sing our Rosh Hashanah services this year. On Sunday, September 9th, we will have the chance to sing her setting of “Bayom Hahu.” She has said that “young people should always play a significant role when it’s sung.” So we’re hoping that Kol Ami’s kids and students who enjoy singing will sign up to sing this with Roberta and the other adult singers. FAQs How old should students be? Old enough to be able to learn a tune and sing theRead More →

By: Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation-St. Louis Rabbi Doug Alpert, Congregation Kol Ami-Kansas City As rabbis in our respective Missouri cities we see our shared struggles against injustice as central to both living out our Jewish values, and being exemplars of those values for our congregants and Jewish communities.  Amongst those Jewish values we hold as being paramount is the mitzvah/commandment prohibiting oppression of the stranger which evolves into the positive commandment to love the stranger.  Standing up with and for immigrants, asylum seekers, DACA recipients and migrants is all about love for the stranger. We were proud to stand with over forty rabbis,Read More →

How to Respectfully React to Suicide By Sarah Link Ferguson Kol Ami Congregant and Mental Health Coalition Coordinator at Jewish Family Services It is difficult to know how to react when we learn that someone has died, whether it’s someone we know or a celebrity, but how we react can have an impact on those around us. This is especially true when we are talking about traumatic death such as suicide. I lost my brother to suicide in 2012 and was overwhelmed by the number of inappropriate questions and responses I received regarding his death. I tried then and I try now to give peopleRead More →

Last week we read of the suicides of two high profile public figures; both held in high regard, and both leaving young daughters behind. There was also a report released showing an alarming increase in suicides; including in the state of Kansas. I do not pretend to have any special insight in regard to why this happens. I do know that while a community like Kol Ami cannot absolutely prevent suicides, it should be our stated goal to be a concerned and caring community where it is less likely to occur. I spoke last year on Yom Kippur about the need to de-stigmatize mental illness.Read More →