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Annual Picnic and Anniversary

Am Kolel and Sanctuary will hold our annual picnic and anniversary celebration on Sunday May 21, 2017 from 2pm - 7pm rain or shine.

Special Guests:

Prahaladan and Ariel from Charlottesville will lead a session on
Kabbalah, Yoga and Chanting.

Tamar Pelleg is coming in from Israel to visit and lead an interactive storytelling based on A Tale of Two Painters by Reb Nachman.

Other Activities:

Gardening, folk dancing, and essing and schmoozing.
Bring your own lunch or dinner as needed.
Light snacks and ice cream provided by Am Kolel.

Bring your friends.

Suggested donation $5 for individual and $10 for families.

RSVP to offmgr@am-kolel.org

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                            WHAT IS JEWISH RENEWAL?                      

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

 WELCOME TO AM KOLEL

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 and 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


    ABOUT REB DAVID    

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


    ABOUT OUR SANCTUARY &  
   RENEWAL CENTER    

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 and congregations celebrate the Sabbath, sing and dance, explore Jewish thought and culture in a casual and nurturing retreat setting. 

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

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