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Am Kolel 25th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration

May 7, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase, MD

Honoring our special friends
Ira and Marcia Wagner
for their dedication to Am Kolel

Ticket price: $125 per person

Dinner catered by Lebanese Taverna
Wine and musical entertainment

Angel, full table, 10 tickets: $5,000
Lover, half table, 5 tickets: $2,500
Mensch, 2 tickets: $1,000
Chaver(a), 1 ticket: $500

All sponsorships receive program recognition
and a Rosenthal mezuzah.

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Welcoming and Listening to
Diverse Positions about Israel

The community is invited to a Washington Area Jewish Community Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 PM at Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD.

Sponsored by the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community, the Town Hall meeting will feature Ilan Sztulman, Head of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel; Alan Elsner, Director of Communications of J Street and Ruti Kadish, Director of Foundations for the New Israel Fund. The panel, moderated by Cherie Brown, Director of the National Coalition Building Institute, will be followed by questions and statements from members of the community.

The purpose of the Town Hall meeting is to provide a forum for addressing the issues of how and when it makes sense to voice criticism of the policies of the Israeli government and how to support Israel while at the same time not censoring divergent views about Israel in the American Jewish Community. How can Jews engage in principled disagreements in a way that doesn't rip our community apart?

The Town Hall meeting is in response to growing divisions and alienation in the Jewish community.

A Life of Dialogue: A Symposium commemorating
the 50th Yahrzeit of Martin Buber (1878-1965)

Several prominent scholars from United States and Israel will help commemorate the 50th Yahrzeit of Martin Buber, one of the most beloved philosophers of the 20th century.

Buber, born in Austria, was a believing humanist, a spiritual Zionist, a proponent of Arab-Jewish co-existence and a founder of the movement for the renewal of Judaism. He is credited with bringing the beauty of Hassidism and the tales of the Hassidic masters to the West. His most famous work, I and Thou, is a philosophy of life that continues to have a profound impact on many disciplines today.

Our presenters are Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr of the Hebrew University and the University of Chicago; Rabbi Max Ticktin of the Fabrangen and George Washington University; Sarah Scott, Professor Philosophy at Manhattan College; Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center; and Rabbi Harold White of Georgetown University.

The Life of Dialogue Symposium will take place at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland, Sunday, May 31, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Doors open at 1:00 pm. A $25 donation is suggested. Pre-registration requested. Click here, and select "Conferences & Adult Education" from the dropdown menu. Click here to see full program.

Am Kolel, directed by Rabbi David Shneyer, is the sponsor of the Symposium in partnership with the Jewish Study Center, the Foundation for Jewish Studies, Congregation Beth El Montgomery County, Fabrangen Havurah and Kehila Chadasha.

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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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