January 7th, 2015 
16 Tevet 



January 7th, 2015
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

January 9th, 2015
8:00 PM
Shabbat Services with Rabbi Eger and Cantor Rebekah Mirsky. Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell will be a guest speaker discussing her book, Chapters of the Heart.

January 10th, 2015
10:00 AM
Torah Study with Rabbi Eger and special guest, Rabbi Ellie Steinman

January 10th, 2015
12:00 PM

January 11th, 2015
9:00 AM
Religious School Resumes at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

January 11th, 2015
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

January 11th, 2015
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

January 15th, 2015
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

January 17th, 2015
4:00 PM

January 19th, 2015
Martin Luther King Day
Kol Ami Office is closed.
Refuah Schlemah
Please keep the following people in your prayers: 
Marilyn Ader
Alvin Gross
Jeannette Kaufman
Tom Royer
Lowell Selvin
Bob Weiner
 Religious School will be meeting this Sunday, January 11th at 9 AM at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
If you are unable to make it to Services and would still like to join us for worship, you can. 
for Friday night services, and enjoy the spiritual experience of Kol Ami at home.   
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SOVA needs canned pasta, canned soup, cooking oil and peanut butter.  They also always need personal toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, shampoo, and deodorant.

Kol Ami meets at SOVA the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Next meeting is - January 11th 8:30 AM - noon  

at 1140 N. La Brea


Please email Ed Casson at: ecasson@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.  Thank you, and remember, SOVA is here to serve you if you are in need.  Visit their website at jfsla.org/sova 


Pledge today to vote for the World Zionist Congress elections. Tell your friends and family to vote as well. Pledge today to vote ARZA: Representing Reform Judaism, in the upcoming elections. We work together to foster a Jewish peoplehood and state in which the ideals of pluralism, equality and peace help to secure prosperous, fulfilling Jewish lives for us all. 


Your vote matters.


Why does it matter? The composition of the American delegation is critically important to Reform Jews in The United States and Israel because the American delegation of 145 delegates is the largest delegation from a single country outside of Israel and comprises nearly one third of the Congress.


Why does the Congress matter? The decisions of the Congress influence hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, over $4 million of which is currently allocated to the Reform movement each year. In addition, the Congress will help determine the leadership of the major global Jewish organizations, budgetary decisions and policy in Israel and worldwide.


Why does policy matter? 

ARZA's policies seek to effect Women's Rights and Gender Equality. They believe in an Israel where men and women pray, work and live together as equals deserving of the same respect and honor.


ARZA's policies seek to effect Religious Equality. They work to create a world where all denominations are treated with respect and all of us are seen as Jews, no matter our personal level of observance.


ARZA's policies seek to effect Peace. ARZA is commited to a two-state solution that allow Israelis, Palestinians and the surrounding regions experience lasting security, stability and safety.


We have one more week. Let's make it count! Click here to pledge so that ARZA will send you all the information you need register and make an informed vote. We will have a computer at services available for you to pledge to vote.


Watch the video below. Rabbi Josh Weinberg and the ARZA Team answer the question, "How do we achieve the hopes and dreams of the Reform movement in Israel?"



We are so excited that Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell will be here on January 9th's Shabbat as a guest speaker. Rabbi Elwell has worked for over two decades keeping Reform congregations vibrant and healthy. She is the Founding Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center and the first Rabbinic Director of the Ma'yan: the Jewish Women Program of the JCC of Manhattan. She will be discussing her new book, Chapters of the Heart, Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives. 


We will have copies of Chapters of the Heart available for purchase for $20 each at services. Watch Rabbi Elwell discuss her new book in the video below.


Kol Ami's Torah Study features vigorous explorations of our prophets and their writings. No Hebrew knowledge is necessary and bagels and nosh are provided. 

Our next meeting is this Saturday, January 10th, at 10 AM in Congregation Kol Ami's library.1200 N. La Brea Ave. West Hollywood. 

Rabbi Eger hosts an informal gathering every month to provide a safe and supportive environment for those with HIV in our Congregation. This is a confidential and wonderful gathering of Jews with HIV/AIDS that takes place in our own synagogue. Attendance will be held in strictest confidence. We'll eat, and sing and schmooze. There is no formal agenda other than to socialize.


If you would like to attend, leave a confidential message for Rabbi Eger at ext. 101 or by email to rabbi@kol-ami.org

The Hartman Westside Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series features senior scholars of the Hartman Institute addressing core ideas of contemporary Jewish life such as:
  • Boundaries: Who are the people in the "peoplehood?" How should we be thinking about inclusion, boundary-crossing, and belonging?
  • Family: How significant are the ties that bind us together, and how does peoplehood rank in the hierarchy of Jewish values?
  • Values: What are the core principles and commitments that come with being a member of the Jewish people?
These lectures are free to Kol Ami members. Registration on their website is required. We will be meeting for dinner following for discussion at Carnival Restaurant at 4356 Woodman Ave. in Sherman Oaks.

Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Leadership Education for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and was recognized by the Jewish Week as an emerging Jewish leader in its first "36 Under 36" listing.

Are you a foodie who loves cooking at home? Are you someone who thinks Italian food is one of humanity's greatest accomplishments? Is eating, drinking and talking with friends your idea of the perfect night?

You don't want to miss your chance this exclusive cooking event - Timpano! There's only six open spots left!!

Kol Ami member, Neil Romanoff, is a incredibly gifted chef who has studied with THE BEST. He's hosting an exclusive cooking event where 12 lucky people will learn how to cook Timpano - the ultimate Italian dish - and then eat Timpano together, in Neil's home kitchen! 

The cost is $100 a ticket....and they're going fast. Check out this event on Facebook and make sure to call the Kol Ami office at 323-606-0996 to reserve your spot today!

In the month of December, Rabbi Eger participated in this activities. 

  • Gave the invocation at the Inauguration of Jeffrey Prang as County Assessor
  • Attended the CCAR Board Meeting
  • Met with Women Rabbinic students at HUC-JIR

Building Fund

Henry Schaumberg in memory of his father, Siegmund Schaumberg



Daniel Blatt in memory of his great uncle, Howard Friedman, on the 20th anniversary of his death

Daniel Blatt in memory of his grandmother, Estelle F. Berg, on the 30th anniversary of her death


General Fund

Dana Abraham in honor of her beautiful and wise mother/grandmother, Janene Sneider

Francine Epstein and Beverly Sweigert in support of Triangle Square's Thanksgiving

Jack Levin in honor of a speedy recovery for Alvin Gross

Nancy A. Cohen

Rabbi Laurie Coskey in honor of Rabbi Denise Eger

The Collingwood Foundation and Gene Kapaloski

Stephen Reissman


Julia Graves Broidy Fund

Maryl Magee in honor of her sister's, Leslie Cravitz, birthday

Rabbi Denise Eger in honor of the UCLA vs. USC football game



Harvey Silberman and Todd Rinehart in memory of Harvey's father, Arnold Silberman

Mason Sommers in honor of his son, Ben, turning 21


Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Dr. Aaron Aronow and Michael Garza

Ricki Bander and Beth Bachrach in memory of Ricki's uncle, Seymour Margolin

Sally and Michael Beck in memory of Sally's father, Ramon Passilas

Jack Levin in honor of Rabbi Denise Eger

Jack Levin in memory of his sister, Charlotte Steinman

Iris Levine

Frank Peck

Joan and Jules Selvin in memory of Jules' mother, Florence Schneider

Janene Sneider

Mason Sommers

Daniel Tarica and Joshua Bobrowsky

Neal Zaslavsky


Tzedakah Fund

Arthur Bernstein

Kathy Seroff and Kelsi Copeland

Sadie Rose-Stern



Alexandra Glickman and Gayle Whittemore in memory of Alex's mother, Madeleine Kassab

David Goldman in memory of his father, Leonard Goldman, M.D.

Jamie Sher in memory of her father, David Sher

Mark Lebovitz in memory of his parents, Ruth Axelrod Lebovitz and Sam Lebovitz

Richard Weinberger in memory of his mother, Regina Weinberger

Suzanna Peters in memory of Harvey's father, Arnold Silberman

Ted Seifman in memory of his father, Arnold Seifman

Tobi Rosen and Tara Eisner in memory of Tobi's mother, Ruth Friedman

Tobi Rosen and Tara Eisner in memory of Tobi's father, Jack Friedman

Tobi Rosen and Tara Eisner in memory of Tobi's uncle, Irving Shuman

Tobi Rosen and Tara Eisner in memory of Tobi's friend, Audrey Jenkins