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 wi

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 wi

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On Wednesday, June 9th Rabbi David attended a demonstration on the Mall near the Capitol. This gathering of more than 10...
06/14/2021

On Wednesday, June 9th Rabbi David attended a demonstration on the Mall near the Capitol. This gathering of more than 100 faith leaders called on Congress to pass the American Jobs Plan. The Plan has bold investments in energy & transportation, a 100% clean energy standard, and a commitment to environmental justice.

On Wednesday, June 9th Rabbi David attended a demonstration on the Mall near the Capitol. This gathering of more than 100 faith leaders called on Congress to pass the American Jobs Plan. The Plan has bold investments in energy & transportation, a 100% clean energy standard, and a commitment to environmental justice.

It's time for our JUNE APPEAL!  On our site www.am-kolel.org find links to a letter from Am Kolel Rabbi David Shneyer, t...
06/02/2021
Am Kolel | Jewish Renewal Community of Greater Washington

It's time for our JUNE APPEAL! On our site www.am-kolel.org find links to a letter from Am Kolel Rabbi David Shneyer, the June 2020-May 2021 Annual Report, and a mail-in coupon that shows how you can support our unique work in the 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. Shabbat services are held in Bethesda, MD and once a month at the Sanctuary and Renewal Center, Beallsville, MD.

Recently the Board of Am Kolel created a new opportunity for those living outside the Washington area who have become pa...
05/27/2021
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Recently the Board of Am Kolel created a new opportunity for those living outside the Washington area who have become part of the Am Kolel community through Zoom. This recognition is called Zoomgali Friends of Am Kolel. We invite you to be a ZoomGali Friend by making a voluntary annual or monthly contribution to Am Kolel; you may do this either online (visit https://www.amkolel.org/donate and write ZoomGali Friend in the notes section) or by mailing a check to the office (put ZoomGali Friend as the purpose).

Am Kolel, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization We gratefully accept donations by mail and online. Am Kolel depends upon the generosity of our members and friends. Our membership is small, under 100 households, while those enjoying our resources and events are many times more that

Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community invites you to a talk on Zoom by Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby, authors of We Refuse ...
05/19/2021
Author Talk: Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby

Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community invites you to a talk on Zoom by Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby, authors of We Refuse to Be Enemies: How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship at a Time. This is a call for mutual understanding and lessons for getting there.

A talk on Zoom by Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby. This is a call for mutual understanding and lessons for getting there.

05/16/2021
For Immediate Attn: Vigil at Embassy of Israel TODAY!

Event: Vigil at Embassy of Israel to End Violence in Israel, Gaza and West Bank
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Sponsor: American Jewish Leaders Concerned about Violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.
Contact: Rabbi David Shneyer, spiritual leader of Am Kolel, Kehila Chadasha and a member of T’ruah, A Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
Phone: 301-706-5497

Vigil at Embassy of Israel to End Violence in Israel, Gaza and West Bank This past Friday, Rabbi Gerry Serotta and I started crafting a statement about the horrific violence and suffering in Israel, G

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
05/06/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. May 5 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News May 5, 2021 I 23 Iyar 5781 Issue 441 Greetings! Our nation is engaged in a battle right now over President Biden’s economic program to redistribute

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. April 28 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News April 28, 2021 I 16 Iyar 5781 Issue 440 Greetings! The announcement today from the CDC that those who are fully vaccinated can go maskless outsi

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. April 21 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News April 21, 2021 I 9 Iyar 5781 Issue 439 Greetings! I just returned from a few days In Florida visiting family and friends. It was awkward being i

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. April 14 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News April 14, 2021 I 2 Iyar 5781 Issue 438 Greetings! There is a terrible spiritual malaise afflicting our country. News of racism, gun violence, an

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. April 7 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News April 7, 2021 I 25 Nissan 5781 Issue 437 Greetings! These weeks between Pesach and Shavuot are filled with special opportunities for learning. Ou

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Mar 31 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News March 31st, 2021 I 18 Nissan 5781 Issue 436 Greetings! Ever since I was a kid, I was enamored by the meaning of Passover. I loved its celebration

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Mar 24 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News March 24, 2021 I 11 Nissan 5781 Issue 435 Greetings! The month of Nisan is, traditionally, a month of renewal and hopefulness. In many Jewish comm

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Mar 17 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News March 17, 2021 I 4 Nissan 5781 Issue 434 Greetings! Are we ready for Pesach? Our Festivals of Freedom and Spring are fast approaching. Some of us

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Mar 10 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News March 10, 2021 I 26 Adar 5781 Issue 433 Greetings! With spring around the corner, crocuses and daffodils peaking through, hope is in the air. We c

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Mar 3 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News March 3, 2021 I 19 Adar 5781 Issue 432 Greetings! This week's Parsha, Ki Tisa, is a confusing Parsha. Chronologically, it contains another two asce

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Feb. 24, 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News February 24th, 2021 I 12 Adar 5781 Issue 431 Greetings! Did you hear the news?! The Israeli government and the PA have agreed to the terms for c

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
05/04/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Feb. 17, 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News February 17th, 2021 I 5 Adar 5781 Issue 430 Greetings! Another great Parsha! Called Terumah, it’s about creating The Mishkan, the Tabernacle, th

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
02/11/2021
Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Am Kolel All Inclusive Weekly News: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Am Kolel News - Wed. Feb. 10, 2021 Am Kolel Weekly News February 10th, 2021 I 28 Shevat 5781 Issue 429 Greetings! It’s now coming up on one year since the beginning these covid restrictions on our liv

Am Kolel Black History Month Event - 2/16
02/08/2021
Am Kolel Black History Month Event - 2/16

Am Kolel Black History Month Event - 2/16

RSVP for our Black History Month author's talk. Celebrate Black History Month Five for Freedom Author's Talk In honor of Black History Month Am Kolel welcomes Gene Meyer, a prominent journalist and t

Shabbat Shalom Everyone! Shabbat Services will be held remotely until otherwise announced.Please view the newsletter for...
02/05/2021

Shabbat Shalom Everyone! Shabbat Services will be held remotely until otherwise announced.

Please view the newsletter for detailed instructions for how to dial/video in.

Shabbat Shalom Everyone! Shabbat Services will be held remotely until otherwise announced.

Please view the newsletter for detailed instructions for how to dial/video in.

02/03/2021
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Social Isolation –The Other Pandemic: An Ecological Framework
By Edgar Cahn and Christine Gray

“We have what we need – if we use what we have.”

We are virtually oblivious to an invisible pandemic: Social Isolation. Different from loneliness, social isolation is the lack of the connectedness and sense of purpose needed to develop, to contribute to others, and even to take care of oneself.

As a pathology, social isolation operates at every level: family, neighborhood, community, national and global. In the United States, it is anchored and reinforced by our racial divide. Articles on social isolation have tended to concentrate on its impact on older adults. But that is too restrictive. Research shows isolation to be “a silent yet potent killer that affects diverse groups of Americans across the age spectrum”

We humans have a need to be needed. Having purpose and feeling valued can offset the inertia created by social isolation. We need to regard social isolation as a pathological threat to an ecologically healthy habitat at all levels. But given the way in which the Covid 19 pandemic and the recession immobilize us and reinforce social isolation, that won’t be easy.

Click to read more:https://am-kolel.org/Social%20Isolation%20The%20Other%20Pandemic%20January%2015%20(00020475x7A59A).pdf

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic

02/02/2021

Am Kolel is proud to be a part of ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Have you heard of Renewal Judaism before?

We are pioneers in the movement for Jewish Renewal, a movement that was born in the late '60s and found it's expression in independent havurot, fellowships of young Jews around the country such as Fabrangen, the Bnei Or community, the Jewish folks arts revival movement, and new social and political activist groups such as Jews for Urban Justice and Naaseh.

The philosophical grounding for Jewish Renewal comes from the teachings of Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan. Other contemporary teachers include Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shlomi, Dr. Judith Plaskow, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, and Rabbi Arthur Green, and Rabbi Michael Lerner just to name a few. We draw much inspiration from the Jewish mystical tradition and the Hebrew prophets.

Jewish Renewal teaches that people can draw wisdom from a variety of diverse sources, including Hasidism, Kabbalah, feminism, the Prophets, environmentalism, and the writing of the ancient rabbis. Renewal focuses on a welcoming, egalitarian, hands-on approach to Jewish worship and community. It encourages mixing both traditional and feminist ideals. What’s more, Renewal congregations have embraced lessons from diverse spiritual traditions, such as Eastern philosophy and both Eastern and Jewish meditative practices. Renewal programs support a spiritual ecology, relating Jewish practices to both political as well as ecological actions.

Welcome to Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community of Greater WashingtonAn Inclusive People ~ A Living Tree
02/02/2021

Welcome to Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community of Greater Washington

An Inclusive People ~ A Living Tree

Welcome to Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community of Greater Washington

An Inclusive People ~ A Living Tree

12/10/2019
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.

Tickets at https://humanrightsconcert.eventbrite.com/
Proceeds go to KIND, United We Dream, and Truah

Check out a preview:
https://youtu.be/8aUANXW1TRY

10/11/2019

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.

10/07/2019
Kol Bo

https://www.facebook.com/theKolBo/

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.

Address

19520 Darnestown Rd
Beallsville, MD
20839-3308

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

Telephone

(301) 349-2799

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Chance meeting js It’s so easy To fall Easier not To try Heaven has Never been easy Souls Trying to begin Again We just met but I feel you thru and thru And the song you sing Lock hands with me I’m not the end When you make it Someone may stand Ready to take it Thinking he knows where we have been Ghosts Grinning on the walls Of Jericho Blast your song Blow your trumpet Watch the bricks fall When you’re done Take my hand It’s been yours From the beginning Later We will Figure it out
Hazzan Ramón Tasat is a musicologist, theologian, and the cantor of Congregation Shirat Hanefesh (Song of the Soul) in the Washington DC area. He has organized a fascinating series of 20-minute programs related to Selichot that I thought might be of interest to some members of this group. You can get the link that will allow you to join any or all of the daily programs below.
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?