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Annual Membership Picnic
Children's Education 5775
Camping Shabbat 2014
Annual Membership Picnic       Sunday, August 24, 4:00-7:00 pm, Alki Beach Park
The Membership Committee invites you, the KHN community, to a summer BBQ at the beach. We will provide beverages, veggie burgers/dogs, buns and fixin's (salmon burgers and portobellos, too). You provide family, friends, fun and potluck side dishes (vegetarian, kosher fish, no nuts). Don't forget your blankets and chairs. An evite invitation has been mailed. If you did not receive it, please email or call 206-935-1590. Questions or volunteer to help? Call Naomi at 206-463-1904.
Children's Education 5775   Welcome to the our 2014-2015 year of Kol HaNeshamah's exciting, innovative education program.
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 early for the early bird rates.  Students' families must be members of Kol HaNeshamah in order to be enrolled in our education program. Information is available on our Children's Education pages. You can register on line here.
Camping Shabbat 2014 Kol HaNeshamah's Camping Shabbat Program, Shabbat-by-the-Shore  is set for July 25-27 at Dosewallips State Park on the Olympic Peninsula, Reservations are available here. Dosewallips is near the town of Brinnon on the Olympic Peninsula on the west side of the Hood Canal.  The park has shoreline on the Dosewallips River and the Hood Canal and offers activities that include swimming, fishing, and bird watching.  There are broad tidal flats that demand exploration. The park also has several trails in dense woods and abuts the Olympic National Forest with even more trails.   We may even have an opportunity to enjoy Ranger-hosted programs during our stay. The group camp is in a clearing surrounded by woods within a few steps of the river.  Very pretty!  Toilets and showers are a short walk.  The site offers reasonable separation from other sites but does not offer much privacy within the site.  Maximum occupancy is officially 25.

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 in the Park, Friday Shabbat Services , July 18th 7:00 pm, Lincoln Park Shelter 3

There will be no Tot Shabbat this evening or for the remainder of the summer. Tot Shabbat will resume in September. 

Shabbat in the Park will be at Shelter 3 by the water in Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park offers a lovely backdrop for a summer Shabbat service and community potluck picnic dinner. Standard KHN potluck rules apply. Services will be lead by Michael Taylor-Judd and Michael Seidel.

Potluck Dinner following the service
(vegetarian, kosher fish, no shellfish, no nuts -thank you. Please list on a note card, attached to your dish, all of the ingredients of the items that you bring to potluck.)

Lincoln Park, Shelter 3

Saturday Shabbat Morning Services, July 19th, 9:30 am

Saturday, July 19, Shabbat Services will start at 9:30am

Michael Seidel and Michael Taylor-Judd will lead an intimate Shabbat morning service in the Parlor.  This service will include some new music and meditative chant.  A Torah study will be included in lieu of a traditional Torah reading. Please note the earlier start time of 9:30am. Please help us form our minyan.

Alki UCC 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116


Friday Evening Service and Potluck, August 1st, 7:00 pm

6:15 pm No Tot Shabbat for the summer. Will return in September
7:00 pm Friday evening service followed by Pot luck.

Potluck Dinner following the service
(vegetarian, kosher fish, no shellfish, no nuts -thank you. Please list on a note card, attached to your dish, all of the ingredients of the items that you bring to potluck.)

Alki UCC 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116

Shabbat Morning Service and Kiddush Luncheon, August 2nd
Bat Mitzvah of Olivia Goss

9:30 am Torah Study
10:45 am Shabbat Morning Service (kiddush luncheon follows)

Alki UCC 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!

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Staff Contacts

Rabbi Zari Weiss
Telephone: 206-935-2366

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


Upcoming Events


07.25.2014 - 07.27.2014
Camping Shabbat by the Shore


07.30.2014 18:30 - 21:00
Education Committee Meeting


08.01.2014 18:15 - 18:45
No Tot Shabbat until September


08.01.2014 19:00 - 21:00
Friday Evening Services & Potluck


Olivia Goss Bat Mitzvah


08.02.2014 09:30 - 10:30
Torah Study


08.02.2014 10:45 - 13:15
Shabbat Morning Services & Kiddush Lunch


08.13.2014 18:30 - 21:00
Education Committee Meeting