Kol Haneshamah: A Progressive Synagogue Community2018-10-16T22:17:47+00:00

School registration for next year is now open!
Click here to register. Early registration not only helps us to plan, it also means a tuition cut of $50 (for each child) for you! Early registration ends on July 15th. For questions, contact Elizabeth Fagin, Director of Children’s Education. khneducator@khanseattle.org

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 transgender.

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

at Kol HaNeshamah (Alki UCC) 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116

Shabbat Evening Services  and Potluck dinner, Friday, October 19
Embracing our Responsibility to Refugees: From Generation to Generation

6:15-6:45 pm  Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Zari!

7:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service, followed by a potluck

George Guttmann, father of Ilana (and grandfather of Mia and Sage) will share the experiences of his family fleeing from Czechoslovakia in 1939, and the help they received from HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.  The Guttmann family in turn sponsored a family from Laos who were seeking refuge; they in turn sponsored a family from Russia.  George will offer a Dvar Torah during services and then engage in a discussion during our potluck dinner.  This is part of HIAS’ National Refugee Shabbat, with events taking place throughout the world.

Please bring a dish to share (no meat, shellfish, or nuts,  salad dressing on the side please)

Shabbat Morning Services, Saturday, October 20

9:30-10:30 am   Torah Study

10:45 a.m.   Shabbat morning services  All are welcome.

Michael Seidel will be leyning Torah and offering a Dvar Torah on the  anniversary of his becoming a Bar Mitzvah.  As always, Michael will share some beautiful chants as part of the service.  

Services are held at Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds St. Seattle, WA 98116

Message 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 rabbi@khnseattle.org. I look forward to meeting you sometime soon!”

To view the Rabbi’s Blog, click here.