Welcome to Kol HaNeshamah: the Progressive Jewish Congregation in West Seattle. We are a diverse congregation of households from across the region who are building an intimate Jewish community committed to participatory, progressive beliefs and practice. We embrace Jewish ritual and tradition as we find our way on our contemporary Jewish journeys.
Kol HaNeshamah is near Alki Beach in West Seattle, and is co-located in a building shared by Alki UCC. Join us for Friday night Shabbat services & stay for our now famous potluck dinners. We continue our Shabbat celebration with learning for adults & children on Shabbat morning, followed by our musical and participatory Shabbat service. We look forward to meeting you!
We are an intimate synagogue community with a dynamic and progressive approach to 21st century Judaism. We believe thoughtful, consistent and joyful attention to welcoming and inclusivity creates a vibrant Jewish community. We enrich members’ lives through worship, lifelong Jewish education, Tikkun Olam and sharing in lifecycle events.
In response to our last strategic planning arc, KHN prioritized:
1. Lifelong Jewish Education and Practice
Hiring an education director to build on our successful curriculum for children and youth;
Increasing adult and intergenerational learning opportunities;
Expanding Shabbat and other holiday observances.
2. Telling Our Story
Celebrating our commitment to an open tent, a place that welcomes those who have been historically and institutionally marginalized or excluded from the Jewish community;
Reaching out to the larger community to increase our visibility and invite new members;
Communicating our key messages and our story, affirming our identity internally and externally.
3. Member Engagement
Strong communication and processes to support member participation at all levels;
Identifying all forms of leadership and supporting members to step into these roles;
Deepening participation and connection with each other.
4. Tikkun Olam
Working together as members in social justice and healing projects;
Partnering with Jewish and other faith communities to increase the effectiveness of our work;
Experimenting with different models that recognize the unique attributes of our congregation.