Learning and questioning are valued principles in Judaism, which encourage us to discuss and debate. Each year, the rabbi creates a full schedule of educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our community. These range from monthly guest lecturers as part of our “Study at the Shul” series as well as speakers to address us about timely topics. Please refer to the latest Bulletin for details.
There are several ways to engage in formal Jewish learning at Kol Ami, including our adult B’nai Mitzvah class with the rabbi and trope (Torah chanting) class with Cantorial Soloist Rebecca Schwartz.
Pray & Learn
On weeks when we are not celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, our Shabbat morning service focuses on learning. The rabbi creates an open dialogue during his dvar Torah (Torah study), during which congregants and guests discuss the week’s Torah portion and its personal and contextual meaning.
Congregants are also invited to meet with the rabbi to study a Torah portion of interest to them and to prepare their own dvar Torah based on verses or a narrative they find personally meaningful.
Each year esteemed rabbis, professors and experts visit Kol Ami. Our guest speakers and class leaders have included Rabbi Howard Bogot, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro, South African Rabbi Robert Leib, and Business Week editor and author of “Until It Hurts” Mark Hyman.
Kol Ami partners with One Book, One Jewish Community to bring in authors of Jewish-themed books for lively discussion. We also host book discussions with Beverly Rosen, a dynamic presenter of literature, film and theater and leader of several area book clubs.