Hakol  Weekly Newsletter 
November 15, 2017 

 

Friday

November 17
7:30 pm -
Shabbat Services




Saturday
November 18
9:00 am -
Torah Study

10:30 am -
Torah Service
Shabbat Shalom!
Join us for a special Trans Visibility & Awareness Shabbat led by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg with special speaker, Rabbah Rona Matlow. Rabbah Rona's biography can be fond here. Music will be provided by Chava Mirel. A delicious Oneg will be provided.

November's tzedakah recipient is Hopelink. Hopelink is a social services nonprofit agency that serves north and east King County, Washington with food banks, energy assistance, housing, a family development program, transportation and adult education. Donate online or at Friday night or Saturday morning services.

Torah Study this week will cover Toldot. Rabbah Rona Matlow will help lead this discussion.

A Torah Service will follow Torah Study. All are welcome to attend.
This week with Rabbi Kinberg

Did you know? 
Kol Ami, like all Reform congregations, is its own independent not-for-profit organization? We are run and managed by a small non-profit board and we have several part-time staff members, but no full time staff members. If you have ever been a part of a non-profit before, you know that what we pull off every week at Kol Ami, given our size and structure, is simply amazing. Dedicated staff, volunteers and lay leaders are what hold it all together. We work as a team. Both staff and lay leaders collaborate every week to ensure that we are able to care for the spiritual, religious, educational and social needs of our community members. 

We do not receive any resources from a centralized organization to keep our little congregation going. Unlike many churches, synagogues are not supported by a centralized group. We pay annual dues, based on our membership size, to the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Our dues to the URJ brings us educational and organizational resources. These dues to the URJ connect us to the larger Reform movement including the youth groups and camps. We strongly identify with the URJ and have worked over the past 3 years to strengthen our relationship with our national organization. The URJ helps us to be stronger and better, but it is our members that keep our doors open. 

The members of Kol Ami, all 110 families, are the exclusive financial backers of our community. That is a lot of responsibility for just over 100 families. To keep afloat supporting our staff, programs, rent, holiday celebrations and our tzedakah efforts in the community? Wow! The good, no the GREAT news, is that we are financially stable. Kol Ami is the most financially stable and well run congregation for whom I️ have had the pleasure to serve. We strive to live well within our means and to find abundance on a shoe string budget. And yet we know that we need to reach beyond the circle of our membership in order to meet our budgeted goals this year and in all future years. Like all congregations, dues do not nearly cover the full cost of running the community. Additional fundraising is always a given. This might come in the form of grants and gifts. But it primarily comes in the form of widening our circle of supporters. We need to reach beyond our current members for support and we need your help in doing so.
 
Here are a few ways you, as a member, can help (other than donating more money-which is of course welcome but not a sustainable approach):
  1. Invite friends and family to check out our congregation and encourage membership. Be an ambassador! Be a host. Be someone who helps us grow through your own connections. With every new member family the share of responsibility for sustaining this community is widened.
  2. Invite friends and families to our fundraisers. Over the next 6 months we will be having a couple of little, and one big, fundraisers. All will be fun and engaging. All will be affordable and accessible. We always welcome people of all financial abilities.

Did you also know? 
Kol Ami is the only Jewish organization north of 520 and south of Everett on the Eastside? We are the only Jewish organization in the 45th legislative district. We serve far and wide. We open our doors to all. Over half of the people who attend High Holidays are not, or not yet, Kol Ami members. We serve a far larger population than those who commit to be members, sustainers and supporters.


In order for our community to be sustainable long term we are looking to expand our base of supporters. Anything you can do to help in this effort is greatly appreciated and will be greatly appreciated by the generations of Jews living in this region of Washington State to come. 
We might be small but we are mighty. I️ look forward to seeing you soon and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

 
Many blessings,
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg
Cell: 360-280-5372 Email: rabbikinberg@gmail.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
Women's Rosh Chodesh Event
November 18
7 pm

Join Rabbi Kinberg for pre-Hanukkah crafting with single socks. We will discuss compromise as a value in our lives. Bring your single socks & the rest will be provided. Havdalah and blessings will follow.
Senior Schmooze
December 7
12 pm

Bring a lunch and talk about Jews in the news and other interesting topics. Contact the office for details.
Game Day
December 9
1 pm

Join your Kol Ami friends and come play some games. Games and treats will be provided. Suggested donation of $5 a person or $20 per family.
Kol Isha
Cookie Exchange
December 10
3 pm

Join Kol Isha for the annual tea and cookie exchange. Bring cookies and a donation of diapers or feminine products for Lifewire. Contact Cathy Clark for details.
Junior Chai
Festival of Lightsabers
December 17
2 pm

6th - 8th graders join other Temple youth for a Hanukkah party and to see the new Star Wars movie. Cost is $25. Click here for info and to register.
Hanukkah Concert
December 17
7 pm

Come dance, sing, and enjoy some treats. Special band performance by Shalom Klezmer featuring Chava Mirel! Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids, seniors, or low-income.
boy with gift
Israel Trip
April 23-May 3

Join the Rabbi on an Interfaith tour of Israel. Click here for more details including an itinerary of events.

Islamic Center of Bothell Open House 
November 18
10 am

The theme is "Women in Islam". Learn about your Muslim neighbors. Questions will be answered after the session. Free & open to all. Click here for details.
Kol Ami Annual
Gift Drive

There will be tags in the lobby for our annual gift giving to Lifewire & JFS families. Take a tag and put a smile on a family's face. Gifts can be dropped off at the office or brought to services. Contact Sara Yashar with questions.
 
Life & Legacy

Commit to leaving a legacy and help ensure that Kol Ami will be a part of the fabric of Jewish community for many years to come. Contact Donna to make your pledge today!
Oneg Sign-Up

If you would like to host an upcoming Oneg, go here to secure your date. If you need help, contact the office for details.
Donations Welcome

Would you like to make a contribution to Kol Ami? You can do so online here! You can even specify where the donation goes. Any amount is welcome!
 
Membership

We welcome everyone into our community. Click here to fill out our membership form.
No one is turned away!

Contact Us
16530 Avondale Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98077
425-844-1604
admin@kolaminw.org 
www.kolaminw.org  

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday between 9 am and 2 pm
Closed Wednesdays, Weekends & Holidays
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