Shabbat & Synaplex Shabbat

Through a wide range of truly meaningful spiritual experiences, we offer something for everyone, including Weekly Friday Night and Shabbat Services, Tot Shabbat, Adult Services, and our special monthly Synaplex Shabbat which features keynote speakers, actvities for all ages and dinner. You can also celebrate Shabbat or Havdallah at dinner with old and new friends in the warmth of a fellow congregants home through our Shabbat/Havdallah with Friends program.

Friday Night Service Options

Atrium of Main Building

Join us for our service in story and song for families with young children from 5:30-6:00pm.

Following the service at 6:15pm we offer supervised childcare, light supper and Shabbat crafts so that parents can attend the Kabbalat Shabbat service in the main sanctuary.

At 7:15pm the children join their parents in the main sanctuary for Kiddush.

Kabbalat (Welcoming) Shabbat
Main Sanctuary

Join us from 6:15-7:30pm on Friday evenings for a  service filled with song, music, dance, meditative moments and Torah. Young and old are welcome. Services begin with congregants lighting Shabbat candles and conclude with recitation of Kiddush and the Priestly blessing, and singing Sholem Aleichem. Those observing a yahrzeit are encouraged to join us to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish in memory of their loved one. An oneg takes place in the social hall after services. 

Synaplex Shabbat
Main Sanctuary

2018  Dates
January 26th, February 9th, March 23rd, April 20th, May 4th

Synaplex is an innovative monthly Friday night program that explores the Jewish experience. Its cultural, educational, spiritual, and social events are opportunities to learn, gather, pray, and enjoy Shabbat. Synaplex events are open to both temple members and non-members.  Kol Ami is honored to have an article about Synaplex published in Contact, the Journal of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation.

All events are free with the exception of dinner.

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Synaplex Schedule

5:00 – 6:00 Explorations in Jewish Music with Cantor David Rosen and special guests
6:00 – 6:15 Pre-Service refreshments – Unwind with Hors d’Oeuvres and Community
6:15 – 7:15 Kabbalat Shabbat service
7:15 – 8:00 Dinner (reservations & payment can be made with the main office)
8:00 – 9:15 Keynote speaker, Activities for Children, Sports and Games
9:15 Coffee, dessert, and Ice Cream Bar

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Synaplex Speakers

January 26th, Shabbat Shira—Divahn!
An all-women ensemble, and one of the few groups performing Mizrahi/Sephardi and Judeo-Arab music in the US.

February 9th, The Family Tree
Karen Branan – “A Lynching in Georgia, a legacy of secrets and my search for truth”

March 23rd, The Coalition of Immokalee Workers—the CIW
Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Rev. Noelle Damico, Geraldo Reyes Chavez “The most astonoshing thing politically happening in the world we’re living in today” (President Bill Clinton about CIW). From modern-day slavery to the award-winning Fair Food Program.

April 20th, “Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film”
Alexandra Zapruder – A story about a Jewish family, inheritances and the intersection of public and private experience.

May 4th, The People v. Joseph—On Trial for the Amazing Technicolor Manipulation of the Market and Predatory Lending

Live Streaming Services

If you are unable to join us in person you can watch the service at home on your computer.
You will need a password which can be obtained by calling the main office.

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Saturday Morning Service Options

Shabbat Morning Lift
(Schulman Chapel-in-the-Woods)

We start our Saturday mornings informally with coffee and conversation from 9:00-9:30am, followed by Torah study with Rabbi Shira Milgrom from 9:30-10:45am.

We then have an informal and participatory Shabbat service from 11:00-12:15pm. 

Those observing a yahrzeit are encouraged to join us to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish in memory of their loved one. 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services
Main Sanctuary

Bar and Bat Mitzvah services are held
from 10:30 – 12:00 in the Main Sanctuary.

Read our guide to participating in a Torah blessing at a B’nai Mitzvah



Shabbat Music & Prayers

Music is at the very heart of Jewish worship, bringing joy, personal insight and a unique sense of community.  At Congregation Kol Ami, our worship services are inviting, fulfilling, comforting, joyous, and filled with music – creating a beautiful musical experience as well as an environment inspiring full and spirited congregational participation. By exploring together the multicolored fabric of Jewish music, we have the unique opportunity to create an inclusive spiritual home for our own members, as well as for others searching for a connection to Judaism.

Learn about, and listen to, the Shabbat blessings & prayers

Learn more about celebrating Shabbat at home with customs and activities from the Union for Reform Judaism