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Welcome To Congregation Kol Ami

  • Who We Are

    Who We Are

    Dance, study, sing, think, ask. Judaism is for the total person. Judaism is to know yourself better: where you come from and where you might yet like to go. Here at Kol Ami, you can join this incomparable search with other wonderful people - in a community of learners – intellectually open, spiritually Read More
  • Our Purpose

    Our Purpose

    To nurture the divine spark within, and to connect each of us to a meaningful Jewish journey. The teenage Confirmand The interfaith family The Early Childhood preschooler The wedding couple The High Holy Days worshipper The steadfast participant. Here, you’re embraced. Whatever your “Jewish” is, you’ll find it at Kol Ami. Read More
  • Looking for a special Shabbat experience?

    Looking for a special Shabbat experience?

    Join Kol Ami for Synaplex! on February 9th. A chance to unwind at the end of a long week with your family, with other families, and enjoy dinner and keynote speakers" Stay for some, or all, of the evening. Dinner is sold out. Read More
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Registration and permission forms for services, religious school, youth group and sisterhood. Read More
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Live Services

Services are streamed live every Friday night and on Holidays. Call the main office for an access code. Read More
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Find supporting materials for Kol Ami classes and lectures. Read More
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Blessing for lighting Shabbat candles

IconImageShabbatThe Torah specifies two obligations concerning Shabbat – we are commanded to "keep it" and to "remember it" (shamor and zakhor). Therefore, it is customary to light two candles on Friday night. The first candle is to demonstrate that we remember the Shabbat, the other candle is for the action of “keeping” Shabbat.

Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.

Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the light of Shabbat.

Kiddush – blessing over winekiddushcup
To honor the mitzvah of reciting Kiddush, a silver goblet is often used. Although any cup can suffice, the cup should hold a revi'it (3.07-5.46 fl oz.) of wine or juice. 

We place emphasis on the blessing over the wine or juice, by covering the challah before reciting the kiddush, Some interpret this allegorically, saying that if we go out of our way to protect even an inanimate object (the bread) from being "insulted" (by the blessing over wine taking precedence), then certainly we must go out of our way to display sensitivity toward the feelings of other people.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech Haolam, borei p'ri hagafen.

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

HaMotzi – blessing over challah (bread) before the mealchallah large

The challah is a symbol of the Manna that God made fall from the heavens to feed the Israelites when they were in the desert for 40 years after their Exodus from Egypt. Traditionally, there are two loaves of challah, alluding to the fact that God gave a double portion of Manna so that the Israelites could rest from gathering food on the Sabbath. Challah, sweeter and richer than regular bread, symbolizes the sweetness of Shabbat.

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth

Blessing for Children
The custom of blessing our children on Friday evening is a beautiful way of bringing gratitude and spirituality into our family. The words, taken from the priestly blessing in Parashat Naso (Numbers 6:24-26) are also recited by parents at our Shabbat-in-the-Woods family service and the congregation at Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday evenings.

Learn More . . .

Mourner’s Kaddish – prayer for remembering someone who has diedYom ha Shoah
The Kaddish, written in Aramaic, is recited slightly differently (including the Reader’s Kaddish and the Mourner’s Kaddish) in every prayer service. Saying nothing about death, its theme is the greatness of God, which is reflected in its opening words: “Yitgadal ve-yitkadash, Shmei rabbah–May God’s name be magnified and made holy…. ” The prayer’s conclusion speaks of a future age in which God will redeem the world.

See the full Mourner's Kaddish in Hebrew and English 


Havdalah (separation)
Havdalah, ushers in the new week, marking the end of Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and is generally performed at home. It involves lighting a special Havdalah candle with multiple wicks, reciting blessings over wine, sweet spices (besamim), and the light of the Havdalah candle. It ends with the singing of "Eliyahu Hanavi" (Elijah the Prophet), and blessing each other with Shavua Tov (have a good week).

Havdalah is intended to require a person to use all five senses—tasting the wine, smelling the spices, seeing the flame of the candle and feeling its heat, and hearing the blessings.

Havdalah blessings and music

Learn more about the Havdalah service and prayers

Social Justice

  • Thoughts, Prayers & Action

      Looking Outward....  After beautiful High Holy Days filled with family, friends, food, prayer and community, we are faced with another horrific and tragic event in our country; the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  For Read More
  • Westchester Interfaith Clergy Statement on Hate

    This statement was circulated to Westchester clergy following the recent bomb threats against Westchester JCC's. It is another demonstration of our will to come together and to affirm our most deeply beliefs that we are Read More
  • Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof - Pursue Justice

    In this issue of our newsletter we are providing additional information regarding opportunities for advocacy within and outside Kol Ami.    Advocacy at Kol Ami   After a successful campaign to send postcards to our Read More
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Life-long Learning

  • Adult & Family Education

    Dance, study, sing, think, ask. Judaism is for the total person. Judaism is to know yourself better: where you come from and where you might yet like to go. Here at Kol Ami, you can join this incomparable search with Read More
  • Early Childhood Program

    Welcome to Kol Ami's Early Childhood Program. Our Early Childhood Program is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum while teaching and modeling… Read More
  • Religious School

    In the world of our children, Judaism can offer what is available to them in almost no other place in their lives – a sense of rootedness in an eternal tradition, a way to celebrate life’s monumental and simple moments Read More
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This Week

Mon 12:00pm - 4:00pm
ECP Lunch Bunch - Auditorium
Mon 12:00pm - 2:00pm
ECP Soccer in Auditorium
Mon 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Men's Council - Social Hall
Mon 7:30pm - 9:00pm
MeToo Support Group - Chapel
Tue 11:30am - 12:30pm
ECP First Friends- gallery
Tue 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Senior Staff Meeting - Room 20

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