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, near Alki Beach in West Seattle.
About Kol HaNeshamah
KHN is a progressive congregation rejoicing in Torah, Avodah, Tzedek and Tikkun (Torah, Prayer, Justice and Healing.) K’hillah (Community) is important here. Kol HaNeshamah members travel from all around Seattle and King County to take part in this vibrant congregation. We deeply cherish our open tent and are building an engaged Judaism that meets us where we are and celebrates where we can go together. Youth, elders, families, singles, solo parents, interfaith partners and families, Jews of color and diverse families, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, and non-binary folks, and folks from across the spectrum of Jewish practice have all laid claim to the mixed-multitude that is Kol HaNeshamah.
Kol HaNeshamah offers Jewish education across the life course. Our education program for children ages 1 – 14, includes classes on Shabbat mornings and an afternoon Hebrew school. Our adult education program is varied and lively, including Torah Study on Shabbat mornings and series and workshops throughout the year. Kol HaNeshamah Temple Youth (KHTY) is lead by an active youth board who engage young people 14 and up. Jewish holidays are festive celebrations at Kol Haneshamah! We take action toward Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World), including asylum and refugee justice work, food and housing justice and family projects such as support of the West Seattle Foodbank and Habitat for Humanity.
Everyone is welcome to attend any of our services, and membership is not required. If you’d like to find out more about membership, please go to the membership page for details. Kol HaNeshamah is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.
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 by email.
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