Congregation Kol Ami Has Received National Recognition for our Inclusion Efforts

Congregation Kol Ami has been named an Inclusion Exemplar Congregation by the URJ. This designation indicates that we have excelled in one or more areas of inclusion and that we will be serving as a mentor to other congregational professionals. Specifically, we have been recognized in the following areas:

Adults in Communal Life
Advocacy & Community Partnerships
Architectural & Physical Accommodations & Transportation
B’nai Mitzvah
Early Childhood Education
General Inclusion
Mental Health
Religious School
Youth Group, High School & College Programming
Full inclusion in every area of congregational life at Kol Ami is our goal. There is always more work to be done. We are committed to continue to grow in our inclusion efforts.
Special thanks to Marci Frankenthaler and Beth Tomkiewicz, our Inclusion Committee Co-chairs, Ginny Ruder, Nan Blank, Felice Baritz, Rabbi Shira Milgrom, Rabbi Tom Weiner, Cantor David Rosen, and Assistant Executive Director Ilene Miller, all of whom contributed to the writing of our application.

Inclusion Details
Our sanctuary is fully accessible with inclusive seating available for people in wheelchairs throughout the sanctuary. The Bima has a ramp on either side with hand rails.  An amplification system is available for people who have difficulty hearing as well as a large print prayer books for people with visual impairments.  The bathrooms by the sanctuary are accessible with an automatic door opener and a handicap stall.  A stair glide can be used to move between the upper and lower levels of the building.  

Learn more about the distinction and our efforts by reading a recent press release.