Am Kolel, Jewish Renewal Community

Am Kolel, Jewish Renewal Community Am Kolel is a welcoming and diverse Jewish Renewal community located in Montgomery County, Maryland and serving the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area.
Am Kolel is devoted to the revitalization of the Jewish heritage and the Jewish community, seeking to discover and rediscover a Judaism that is spiritually and socially meaningful. Shabbat services are held in Bethesda, MD and once a month at the Sanctuary & Renewal Center, Beallsville, MD. Our services are upbeat, joyful and participatory, blending Hebrew and English song and chant with opportunities for reflection and sharing. In addition to reading the weekly Torah portion we discuss and try to understand it in the present world structure.

Founded in 1990 by Rabbi David Shneyer in response to requests for a more personal and responsive Judaism, Hebrew for "an inclusive people," Am Kolel was originally created as a "synagogue without walls" dedicated to meeting unmet spiritual needs in the Jewish community and responding to social issues with a progressive Jewish voice. We are an inclusive and caring community welcoming anyone seeking Yiddishkeit ("Jewishness"). Am Kolel seeks to bring creativity, relevance, joy, and an all embracing awareness to spiritual practice, as a path to healing our hearts and finding balance and wholeness - tikkun halev. We are a unique voice in the Jewish community, expressing a Judaism that is joyful, spiritual and responsive to social issues, and engaged in tikkun olam, repairing the world

Kol Bo

Kol Bo

Come see Reggie Harris this Sunday!

A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie Harris writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world wise point of view with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience and cover topics from his own personal journey to world issues and history.

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Join Reb David Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Meet across from the White House in Lafayette Park.

This Sukkot Vigil for the Earth and Water Libation Ceremony will take place Wednesday, October 16th at 11:30am. Our purpose is to honor the Earth and demand corporate and governmental accountability and responsibility. After the Vigil and rituals, we will walk to Chase Bank at 1401 New York Ave, NW to meet with management and leaflet customers and pedestrians.

In ancient times a unique ceremony was performed every morning throughout the Sukkot holiday. It was called the Nisuch ha-Mayim or the Drawing of Water, a libation ritual. According to the Talmud, Sukkot is the time of year in which God judges the world for rainfall, asking for God's blessing for rain in its proper time.

Kol Bo

Am Kolel’s Kol Bo seeks to nourish the Montgomery County community by connecting people with resources, creating points of access for community engagement, and providing opportunities for enriching learning, gathering, and celebrating.

Summer is in full bloom here at Sanctuary! To schedule a visit or a tour of our beautiful property, please email Nicole ...

Summer is in full bloom here at Sanctuary! To schedule a visit or a tour of our beautiful property, please email Nicole at [email protected]
All are welcome!

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19520 Darnestown Rd
Beallsville, MD

General information

Am Kolel is a community whose members find fellowship, guidance and support for all life-cycle events, in addition to celebrating Shabbat, annual holidays and festivals together. We offer adult learning opportunities throughout the year, Jewish renewal weekends at the Am Kolel Sanctuary & Renewal Center, guest speakers and performers, a summer youth Kibbutz and a Country Cheder offering a Jewish education option for children living near Am Kolel Sanctuary & Renewal Center. The Am Kolel Shabbat Havurah is affiliated with the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal and with the Network of Independent Jewish Communities and Havurot of the Greater Washington D.C. Area. We seek a Judaism that speaks to the heart and also the issues that we face in our daily lives; a Judaism that is compassionate towards others and towards this earth. At the core of the Jewish Renewal philosophy is a commitment to: Torah (Learning and Wisdom Seeking); Tefila (Prayerful awareness); Mitzvot (Doing right actions); Chesed (Loving and caring relationships); Simcha (Joyfulness); Ahavat Yisrael (Love of the Jewish people); and Ahavat Kol Yoshvey Tevel (Love for all humanity).

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00


(301) 349-2799


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Attended a very beautiful “Thankful Vibes” Shabbat service yesterday. Lovely music, song, warm greetings, & lots of gratitude! I look forward to attending Rabbi David’s services again.
The Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective cordially invites you to a gathering with: Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director, B'Tselem Chelsey Berlin, Director, B'Tselem USA Thursday, April 12th, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm (gathering at 7:00, remarks at 7:30) at the home of Debbie Goldman Join us at a small gathering for drinks and nibbles, dialogue and exploration with B'Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad and B’Tselem USA Director Chelsey Berlin. We'll examine B'Tselem's latest work including a report on the treatment of Palestinian children in Israel’s military court and an ongoing campaign against demolition and forced displacement. Hear how B'Tselem is working in new and different ways that matter as the occupation approaches its fifty-first year. RSVP to Joyce Migdall at [email protected] to receive the exact address. Invitees are encouraged to invite additional guests and are asked to include their guests' full names and emails with their RSVP as space is limited. Kindly RSVP by April 9th. B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories is the leading Israeli organization challenging the occupation by monitoring and documenting human rights violations in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip and exposing the mechanisms that account for the occupation's myriad injurious policies. Founded in 1989, B’Tselem works to hasten an end to the occupation and enable a future in which Israelis and Palestinians live in freedom and dignity. B'Tselem USA builds support in the United States for the protection of human rights in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Hagai El-Ad is the executive director of B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم. Prior to joining B'Tselem in 2014, Hagai served as the director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and as the first executive director of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH). Born in Haifa, Hagai completed his BSc and MSc in Astrophysics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, MA from 1997 to 2000. In 2014, Hagai was named among Foreign Policy magazine's “100 Leading Global Thinkers”. Chelsey Berlin is the director of B'Tselem USA, a nonprofit that builds support in the United States for the protection of human rights in the Occupied Territories. Prior to B’Tselem USA, Chelsey spent several years in the northern West Bank city of Nablus directing a service-learning program at Tomorrow's Youth Organization and a year in Tel Aviv as the recipient of a Dorot Fellowship in Israel. Chelsey is the vice chair of HEKDESH, a national giving circle. She earned her BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University.
has this page been forgotten/gone? The last activities/posts seem to be from 2015...what's going on?