Adult Education

Adult Education

Congregation Kol Ami’s Adult Education programs aim to deepen the Jewish experience and identity in a spirit of learning and community.  Our adult programs are open to all members, regardless of prior Jewish educational background. We strive to broaden learners’ knowledge in order to strengthen our faith and love of Torah, and identification with the worldwide and local Jewish communities.  Our programs help further an overall Jewish lifestyle which enables our congregants to:

  • Participate in Reform Jewish life both in and out of the synagogue. 
  • Maintain a positive Jewish Identity.
  • Carry the spirit of Judaism into our homes and teach it to our children.
  • Incorporate Jewish values and ethics into all that we do. 
  • See the wonder and beauty in the world that surrounds us, and remember to say an occasional blessing because of it.
  • Cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people.
  • Further the causes of justice, freedom, and peace by pursuing tzedek (righteousness), and chesed (loving kindness). 
  • Celebrate Shabbat and the festivals and observe the Jewish ceremonies that mark the significant occasions in our lives. 
  • Know the history of the Jewish people and apply the lessons of the past to inform opinions about current topics. 

Monday Torah Study

Torah Study is held every Monday from 12:30-2 pm at the Kol Ami office (unless otherwise noted.) The parsha and Haftorah portion for that week are read and discussed.

Introduction to Judaism Course

Every other year, an Introduction to Judaism course is offered twice a month. If you are interested in learning about the conversion process, our rabbi works with students on an individual basis. Contact Rabbi Stratford for more information at rabbi@kolamifrederick.org.

Informal Education

Informal education programs are held throughout the year. They consist of experiential learning activities, for example visiting a local battlefield to discuss the roles of Jews in the Civil War, or a Shabbat morning hike reflecting on spirituality in nature, or a film series as a launch pad to explore Jewish values in modern culture. Click here to check out the calendar for the latest events.