Kol Ami Congregation - Elkins Park, PA

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Name:
Kol Ami Congregation
Address:
8201 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Denominational affiliation:
Reform
Member units (households):
185
What percentage of members are older than 50?
55%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service?
35 for Friday night, 10 for Saturday morning
Length of typical Shabbat morning service?
1.25 hours Friday night, 2 hours Saturday morning
Shabbat dress code:
As you wish
Daily services?
No.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services?
Yes, on a beautiful multi-acre property. During the summer, we hold our erev Shabbat services on our large lawn.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services?
Yes – Oneg Shabbat, as well as summer BYO pre-service dinner and occasional pre-service social events, such as Martini Havdalah
Language of service:
English and Hebrew. We use Mishkan T’Fillah as our prayer book.
Is another language offered in the prayer book?
Mishkan T’Fillah offers both Hebrew and English
Children’s programming:
Yes: tot Shabbat and High Holy Day services, children’s and teen High Holy Day services, special Religious School services and children’s choir, and student social action and educational programming.
Accessibility for people with disabilities:
New sound system; large print prayer books; accessible bathrooms, outdoor services, sanctuary, classrooms and chapel. Individualized educational programming for children with special needs. We were honored this year as a model for inclusive congregations. Our bimah however is not handicapped accessible, so we move services to the main floor to accommodate individuals with physical disabilities.
Are services streamed online?
No
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online?
Some.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages?
About 20%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one?
Yes.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue?
No.

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