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High Holy Days 2015/5776
Children's Education 5776
KHN Shearim Update
High Holy Days 2015/5776 As we welcome 5776 -from the anticipation of Elul, to the opening of the gates on Erev Rosh HaShanah and, to their closing at the end of Yom Kippur, we invite you to participate in our unique High Holy Day experience. Admission is free; however guest attendees are required to register. Our services will be held at Seattle First Presbyterian Church 1013 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Services will be led by Rabbi Zari Weiss and our talented lay leaders, accompanied by the KHN ensemble.  To register click here and/or read more click "read the full story".
Children's Education 5776   Welcome to the fourth year of Kol HaNeshamah's exciting, innovative education program, Out of the Box! and our ongoing Hebrew, KHN Kids and B'nai Mitzvah classes. 
Each year we think about how best to transmit to our children all that we hope they will learn about Judaism, as they grow into honorable, thoughtful human beings, who are able to draw on Jewish teachings and practices as they help to make this world a better place. Registration materials are now available. Sign up for our programs as soon as possible to save!     
KHN Shearim Update   Thank you everyone who attended our potluck at Shabbat Services on Friday evening May 15th and participated in our Sh'arim (Gateway to the Future) session with Strategic Plan Consultant Laura Pierce. We received a lot of excellent comments and are currently putting the final touches to two versions of our KHN Mission Statement and honing in on the wording of our four strategic goals for the next 3 years. At the Annual Meeting on June 14th, members will be able to vote for the Mission Statement they think best describes our Mission!

Kol HaNeshamah


Kol HaNeshamah— West Seattle's Progressive Synagogue Community

Kol HaNeshamah is an intimate congregation with a warm approach to tradition. Shabbat is the cornerstone of our community. We meet twice a month on the first and third Friday and Saturday to worship at Alki UCC, near Alki Beach in West Seattle.

Ours is a progressive synagogue rejoicing in Torah, Avodah (Worship/Prayer), Tzedek and Tikkun (Justice and Healing) but specializing in K'hillah (Community). We attract members from all around Seattle who believe a synagogue is a place to experience the joys of Judaism. We deeply believe in inclusivity. We are young, old, families, singles, single parents, interfaith, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered.

Our Rabbi, with support from an ensemble of lay-leaders, conducts Friday night services in a welcoming musical environment. Services are followed by a community dairy and kosher fish potluck. Saturday mornings begin with study for both adults and children, followed by a Torah service for all.

Kol Haneshamah offers a Hebrew school for children and an educational program for adults along with festive celebrations of Jewish holidays. We are also involved in Tikkun Olam activities, including support of the West Seattle Foodbank and Habitat for Humanity.

No dues or tickets are required for any of our services. If you are interested in membership, go to the membership page for details. Kol HaNeshamah is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.


  • First and third Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. followed by a community potluck.
  • Shabbat morning following first and third Friday evening service, adult and child education at 9:30 a.m. followed by Torah service at 10:30 a.m.
  • High Holy Day services and other special celebrations are held. Contact the synagogue for details.

To join our KHN electronic mailing list email In the subject line type, " Please add me to  your emailing list" and in the body of the email please include your full name.



Come Join Us

Shabbat evening Service and Potluck Dinner on Friday, September 4 at 7 pm

6:15 pm Tot Shabbat
7:00 pm Shabbat evening service
Potluck follows the service We invite you to b
ring a potluck dish (no shellfish, kosher fish is fine, no meat, no nuts, please!) to serve 8 people.

At Alki UCC/KHN 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116

Shabbat Morning Services on Saturday, September 5 at 10:45 am

9:30 am Torah Study
10:45 am Shabbat Morning service
Kiddush Luncheon to follow service

At Alki UCC/KHN 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116

Selichot Services on Saturday evening September 5 at 8:00 pm
a contemplative service to help prepare for entering into the High Holy Days

At Alki UCC/KHN 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116


Rabbi Zari Weiss

Greetings from Rabbi Zari Weiss

Shalom!  I’m delighted that you’ve found your way to our website.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself, and why I love our synagogue community.  I have been blessed to be the rabbi and spiritual leader of Kol HaNeshamah since July 2010.  Although I served two congregations previously, I took a break from congregational life and explored different ways of being a rabbi.  I studied, served, and taught something called Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Companioning, which is about being a companion to another person on their spiritual journey, which is the journey of life!  I created a non-profit organization, the purpose of which was to do organizing around issues of justice here in the Seattle Jewish community.  And I served part-time and on an interim basis at a number of congregations in the area.  I always knew that I wanted to return to congregational life, but was waiting until I found the right place, as I have at last, here at Kol HaNeshamah.  It is a great community, made up of lovely, thoughtful, insightful and creative people who are committed to cultivating meaningful Jewish lives and exploring and expanding what it means to be Jewish, and a Jewish community, in the 21st Century.  We welcome you to come and celebrate Shabbat with us, or attend a class or workshop, or share a Shabbat dinner in one of our member’s homes.  We hope that you might find that KHN is your spiritual and religious home as well, and will become a part of us.  If you’d like to talk with me further, please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone at (206) 935-2366 or email at  I look forward to meeting you sometime soon!

To view the Rabbi's Blog Click Here


Staff Contacts

Rabbi Zari Weiss
Telephone: 206-935-2366

Sheila Abrahams, Executive Director
Telephone: 206-935-1590