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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.

Kehila-Am Kolel Bike Ride! October 11!

Cyclists, pump up your tires and oil your chains! Experienced cyclists are welcome to join the Rolling Reb David and fellow Kehila and Am Kolel bikers for a Fall Bike Ride in the Ag Reserve on Sunday, October 11. Those riding will gather at Sanctuary at 1:30 PM and leave at 2:00 PM sharp.

Legs of steel can sign up for a 25-mile ride. Legs of, well, less-than steel can opt for a 10-mile route. Afterwards, all will return to Sanctuary for a veggie meal.

This is for experienced cyclists who are comfortable on back roads roads. Participation is limited to the first 25 riders who sign up.

The ride is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to HIAS for Syrian refugee relief (www.hias.org/syria) and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (www.allianceforthebay.org). (The Alliance is the conservation group donating the trees that will be planted at Sanctuary on October 4.) Registration for the ride is $25, and each rider is asked to raise an additional $100 in donations. Riders and their sponsors will be listed in our newsletters.

To get on the list for the ride, Am Kolel members and friends need to send an e-mail to Cyndi at admin@am-kolel.org. Kehila members send email to Sam at sgutter@gmail.com. Once you've signed up, you'll get a registration form and more information on how to submit your registration fee and donations.

Adult Fall Education with Reb David
starting September 28.
See details under Upcoming Events.

Free for Full Am Kolel and Kehila Members; Associate Am Kolel Members & Non Members $95 (Couples $150). Full Am Kolel and Kehila Members register by email at admin@am-kolel.org. Associate Am Kolel Members and Non Members click here to pay and register (choose Adult Education from the drop-down menu).

A Jewish Renewal Shabbaton
with Reb Simcha Raphael

From Darkness to Light -
Kabbalah and Practical Wisdom

for End-of-Life Transitions

Rosh Hodesh Hanukah   December 11-13, 2015
Sanctuary Retreat and Renewal Center
19520 Darnestown Road
Beallsville, Maryland

Through study and story-telling, prayer, and meditation we shall explore the richness of Midrashic, Hasidic and Kabbalistic teachings dealing with the finality of life, journey of the soul after death and personal and communal responses to grief and to loss.

Full Program with Friday & Saturday night Lodging & 5 meals: $ 270 Early Bird ($300 after Nov 23rd)

Commuter - Full Program with meals: $195 Early Bird ($225 after Nov 23rd)

Commuter - All Day Saturday (Lunch/Dinner): $165 Early Bird ($195 after Nov 23rd)

Discounts (Cannot be combined) - 15% AK Full members Code FULL

10% - AK Assoc members Code ASSOC; Couples (same household) - Full weekend only Code COUPLE

10% - People attending from outside the DC/Baltimore Metro area Code OOT

Register and pay online by clicking here and choose Jewish Renewal Shabbaton or call 301-349-2799.

Lodging is limited.

Teachings from Jonathan Cahn - click here.

Fall 2014 All Inclusive News - click here.


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


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. ...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


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. ...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. ...more


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