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High Holy Days 2014/5775
Children's Education 5775
High Holy Days 2014/5775 As we welcome 5775 -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 St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Services will be led by Rabbi Zari Weiss and our talented lay leaders, accompanied by the KHN ensemble.  To register and read more click "read the full story".
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.

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

Friday Evening Service and Potluck,  September 19th, 7:00 pm

6:15 pm Tot Shabbat
7:00 pm Friday evening service followed by Pot luck.

This Friday we'll be trying out some new music and inviting some new musicians to join in helping to lead our service.  Toby Kramer will be taking the lead on introducing us to some new music.

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, September 20th, 10:45 am

9:30 am Torah Study
10:45 am Shabbat Morning Service

Alki UCC 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116

Selichot Services, Saturday September 20th,  8:00- 10:00 pm
An opportunity to prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days.  Members will be the sharing performance pieces they’ve created around High Holy Day themes.

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!

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

Cynthia Barrientos, School Administrator
Telephone: 206-713-9905


Upcoming Events


09.17.2014 19:00 - 21:00
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class


09.19.2014 18:15 - 18:45
Tot Shabbat


09.19.2014 19:00 - 21:00
Friday Evening Services & Potluck


09.20.2014 09:30 - 10:30
Torah Study


09.20.2014 09:30 - 11:30
Out of the Box!


09.20.2014 10:45 - 12:15
Shabbat Morning Services & Potluck


09.20.2014 20:00 - 22:00
Selichot - preparing for the High Holy Days


09.21.2014 16:00 - 18:00
Shammes Committee Meeting