Welcome

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.

Upcoming Services

Sunday, October 2, Erev Rosh Hashanah Service:
beginning the journey, bearing gifts
7:00 pm  Service (non members please register to attend, see High Holy Days page)

Monday, October 3, Rosh Hashanah Service:
being present: awakening

9:00 am Children’s Service (non members please register to attend, see High Holy Days page)
10:00 am Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
1:30 pm Tashlich at 63rd & Alki Beach. Bring your own picnic lunch.

Friday, October 7, Shabbat Services and potluck

6:15 pm Tot Shabbat
7:00 pm Shabbat services
(potluck immediately following, no meat, kosher fish, no nuts, dairy)

Saturday, October 8,  Shabbat Shuvah
10:45 am Shabbat Services: A contemplative gathering

Tuesday, October 11, Kol Nidre Service : a sense of awe
7:00 pm Kol Nidre Service (non members please register to attend, see High Holy Days page)

Wednesday, October 12, Yom Kippur:
forgiveness and letting go

9:00 am Children’s Service (non members please register to attend, see High Holy Day page)
10:00 am Yom Kippur Morning Service (non members please register to attend, see High Holy Days page)
2-4 pm Study Sessions
4-6:45 pm Minchah, Yizkor and Neilah Services (non members please register to attend, see High Holy Days page)

Break the fast immediately following

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

Message from Rabbi Zari Weiss

Rabbi Zari WeissShalom!  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 rabbi@khnseattle.org.  I look forward to meeting you sometime soon!

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