SPOTLIGHT ON . . .   

Winter/Spring Semester 2016

with Reb David at Revitz House

Monday evenings, 7:30pm-9:00pm
from February 1 - April 18


February 1 Jewish Environmental Ethics
February 8 Jewish Medical Ethics - End of Life Decision Making
February 15 Sexuality in Judaism


February 22 Judaism and Islam. A Muslim Scholar will join us.
February 29 Judaism and Christianity. A Dialogue with a Christian Theologian.
March 7 Judaism and Buddhism. A Conversation with a Buddhist Monk.


March 14 Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
March 21 Gematria - Jewish Numerology
March 28 Jewish Superstitions, Amulets and Hamsas


April 4 Zionism in the 19th Century: The Beginning of the Zionist Movement
April 11 Cultural and Spiritual Zionism: the Teachings of Ahad HaAm, Martin Buber, and Judah Magnes
April. 18 Zionism Today - Panel Discussion with Leaders from AIPAC and J Street

the Revitz House
6111 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852


Free to Full Members of Am Kolel and Kehila Chadasha.

Associate Am Kolel members & Non-Members $95
(Couples $150)

Full Members of Am Kolel & Kehila RSVP to admin@am-kolel.org.

Associate Am Kolel members & nonmembers -
click here to register.

Winter/Spring Series!

Let Us All Sing!, monthly singalongs.

Lomir Ale Zingen is led by
Reb David Shneyer, singer-guitarist

These intimate gatherings will also include
Yiddish poetry in the original and in translation.

2/23, Tuesday

National Museum of American
Jewish Military History
1811 R St., NW

With Frieda Enoch (singer)
and Hilda Rubin (poet)

RSVP by 2/20.

3/20, Sunday

6th & I Historical Synagogue
600 I St., NW

with Rabbi David Shneyer
and Rabbi Max Ticktin

RSVP by 3/18.

4/17, Sunday
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St., NW

with Cantor Arianne Brown
and Myra Sklarew

RSVP by 4/15.

RSVP to admin@am-kolel.org

$5 suggested donation at the door.

Supported by a partial grant from the
Marinus & Mina K. Koster Foundation.

Membership Renewals

October 1st is the beginning our annual membership year and time for your membership renewal. Please renew online by clicking here (choose Membership from the drop-down menu). Current members will be receiving invoices shortly. New members, please visit the Membership section of this site.

Full membership includes high holiday tickets for the coming year as well as many other benefits and services.

Teachings from Jonathan Cahn - click here.

Fall 2014 All Inclusive News - click here.


Click here for general information about our High Holy Days services.


Renewal communities have also embraced lessons from diverse spiritual traditions, Eastern philosophy and both Eastern and Jewish meditative practices. In this spirit we sponsor an ecumenical retreat center for the benefit of our members and others who seek spiritual renewal, communion with nature, learning and fellowship.

Open Shabbes - where individuals, youth groups, havurot & congregations celebrate the Sabbath, sing & dance, explore Jewish thought & culture in a casual & nurturing retreat setting. 

Spirit Days -  where religious & cultural groups explore their commonalities & their differences, to develop greater understanding & trust. The Spirit Days would also create bridges to Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, Jewish, African-American, Hispanic, Asian & other ethnic communities. ...more


Am Kolel is a welcoming and diverse Jewish Renewal community located in Montgomery County, Maryland and serving the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Shabbat services are held in Bethesda, MD and once a month at the Sanctuary & Renewal Center, Beallsville, MD.

Founded in 1990 by Rabbi David Shneyer in response to requests for a more personal and responsive Judaism,  Am Kolel is devoted to the revitalization of the Jewish heritage and the Jewish community, seeking to discover and rediscover a Judaism that is spiritually and socially meaningful.

Hebrew for "an inclusive people,"  Am Kolel was originally created as a "synagogue without walls" dedicated to meeting unmet spiritual needs in the Jewish community and responding to social issues with a progressive Jewish voice.  We are an inclusive and caring community welcoming anyone seeking Yiddishkeit ("Jewishness").  Am Kolel  seeks to bring creativity, relevance, joy, and an all embracing awareness to spiritual practice, as a path to healing our hearts and finding balance and wholeness - tikkun halev.  We are a unique voice in the Jewish community, expressing a Judaism that is joyful, spiritual and responsive to social issues, and engaged in tikkun olam, repairing the world. ...more


Rabbi David Shneyer is the founder, director and spiritual leader of Am Kolel. Reb David studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in Israel, earning degrees in Judaic studies from Rutgers University and Baltimore Hebrew College. ...more


We are pioneers in the movement for Jewish Renewal, a movement that was born in the late '60s and found it's expression in independent havurot, fellowships of young Jews around the country such as Fabrangen, the Bnei Or community, the Jewish folks arts revival movement, and new social and political activist groups such as Jews for Urban Justice and Naaseh.

The philosophical grounding for Jewish Renewal comes from the teachings of Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan.  Other contemporary teachers include Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shlomi, Dr. Judith Plaskow,  Rabbi Arthur Waskow, and Rabbi Arthur Green, and Rabbi Michael Lerner just to name a few.  We draw much inspiration from the Jewish mystical tradition and the Hebrew prophets. ...more


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