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New Member Shabbat
Hanukkah 2015
FRED Talks!
New Member Shabbat Please join us to welcome Kol HaNeshamah's newest members at a special Shabbat service on Friday, December 4 at 6:30 pm. The Membership Committee will host a "pre-neg" at 6:30 pm, and the service will start at 7:00 pm. Stay afterwards for our traditional potluck dinner!
Hanukkah 2015
You and your family are invited to our annual Hanukkah party at KHN Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5:00. We'll start our evening with a braided candle for our Havdalah service then continue with puppet making and intergenerational learning and fun.  At approximately 6:15, we'll light Hanukkah candles together and enjoy a latke dinner, singing and dried, until approximately 8:00 p.m, when our Fred Talks begins. Bring your menorah and candles if you'd like, and a potluck dish KHN style (vegetarian or fish, no nuts).
FRED Talks! On Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm, join nationally renowned storyteller and KHN congregant Merna Hecht for an evening of Jewish stories taken from the treasure troves of both Eastern European and Sephardic tradition. This part of the evening is appropriate for all ages. Merna's stories of wisdom, whimsy and warmth will transport us back to a gentler "pre-digital" time.

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

New Member Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner on Friday, December 4 at 7:00 pm
Everyone is invited to celebrate with and recognize our new and not so new members!

6:15 pm Tot Shabbat 
7:00 pm Shabbat Service

Potluck follows the service We invite you to bring 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 and kiddush luncheon on Saturday,  December 5 at 10:45 am
Bat Mitzvah of Brooke Gerber-Perham

9:30 am Torah Study (We will learn more about the custom of wearing a tallit, and explore together the custom of wearing one when called to the Torah).
10:45 am Shabbat Morning service

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!

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Staff Contacts

Rabbi Zari Weiss
Telephone: 206-935-2366

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

Deborah Massarano, Jewish Educator
Telephone: 206-935-1593