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Rabbi Jason Fenster

Senior Rabbi
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It is with immense joy, pride, and anticipation that we introduce Rabbi Jason Fenster as the new Senior Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami. Rabbi Fenster’s soulful way of being, genuine spirit, and infectious enthusiasm, combined with his intelligence, open-mindedness, and forward thinking, made a deep and overwhelming impression on the Senior Rabbi Search Committee. In short, and as you will soon learn, Rabbi Fenster is a scholar and a mensch, an inspiring spiritual leader and an engaging educator, a passionate speaker and a compassionate listener. Our community undoubtedly will thrive under his leadership and care.


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Cantor Danny Mendelson

Senior Cantor CantorDanny@NYKolAmi.org Having grown up down the block, literally, Cantor Danny Mendelson has long been an admirer of Kol Ami’s vibrancy and neshamah (soul). A graduate of the Cantors Assembly’s Cantorial Intern Program, he has served as Cantor of Congregation Kol Ami since 2021. As the son of two distinguished Westchester cantors, Daniel was introduced to Jewish music and opera from a young age.  His repertoire runs the gamut, from cantorial, to opera, to Broadway, to good old fashioned rock n’ roll. Cantor Mendelson has performed all over the United States and in Europe, including here at Kol Ami.  For the past two summers, he has been honored to sing the national anthem at Citi Field, home of his beloved New York Mets. 


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Rabbi Libby Fisher

Associate Rabbi
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The Assistant/Associate Rabbi Search Committee is excited to announce that Rabbi Libby Fisher will join our community as Associate Rabbi on July 1, 2024, pending congregational approval. After a rigorous, intentional, and thoughtful process, the committee was impressed by Rabbi Fisher’s warmth, authenticity, intellect, and depth. We are confident that Rabbi Fisher will fit right in at Kol Ami and become an asset to our clergy team and our congregational family. Rabbi Fenster and Cantor Mendelson shared how excited they are to welcome her to Kol Ami, knowing that she will bring a compassionate, engaging rabbinic presence to our bimah, our classrooms, and our community. We are thrilled for our synagogue community to meet her!


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Leah Sherin

Rabbinic Intern
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Leah Sherin (She/Her) is a second year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and is so excited to be joining Congregation Kol Ami as the Rabbinic Intern this fall. Leah is originally from Wilmette, IL and graduated from Brandeis University, where she studied Sociology and Near Eastern Judaic Studies. Leah grew up at URJ Camp OSRUI and spent many summers on staff there, most recently as Director of Staff Learning. She previously worked at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA as their Songleader and Educator. Leah is passionate about helping others find joy and meaning in living Jewishly, and she especially loves to connect and lead through music! Leah will be joining us in the Fall.

Shabbat At-A-Glance

Kabbalat Shabbat
A service in song for all ages

In person & Livestream@6:15pm

Synaplex Shabbat
Monthly services with guest speakers, catered dinner, and teen programing

Tot Shabbat
A service in story and song for families with young children
9:00-10:30am Every 3rd. Saturday morning
For more details contact our Young Families Ambassador

Saturday Morning Services
Coffee & community, Torah study, Shabbat services
9:30am Shabbat Torah Study 

11:00am Shabbat Lift Services

Check This Week @Kol Ami for updates
 

Whatever Your Jewish You Will Find It Here

We at Congregation Kol Ami are committed to being an open tent – a place that welcomes all who wish to be part of Jewish community – because we believe that our community is not whole unless everyone experiences a sense of belonging. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life and who want to be part of our sacred community, regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, ableness, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity

Learn more about us, including our activities, our Religious School and Early Childhood Program, and become part of our community.

Kol Ami is a caring community. We celebrate and acknowledge the happy occasions in the lives of our
members and offer support during times of sadness, illness and stress. Please contact our main office or any of our clergy if you or someone you know is in need of the support of our congregation. We also love to hear good news; let us know of a happy event occurring in your family so we can include it in This Week At Kol Ami!

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