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Classes and Workshops    



Learn to read Hebrew in 3 Easy Sessions just in time for the High Holy Days!  Tired of being lost in services?  Learn to read Hebrew in three sessions. You'll be amazed at how quickly you will be up and reading!  The sessions will be led by Todd Shotz, who has been teaching Hebrew for over 20 years. This class is appropriate both for beginners and those who need a refresher.  It is open to everyone.
Todd uses lots of activities including readings, prayers, songs, stories - it is definitely a lot of fun.  While not 100% guaranteed, most students leave this class being able to read along in the Hebrew during services.

All classes on Sunday from 6:00-8:00pm --
Sept 7Sept 14Sept 21

Classes will be held at Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave (just south of Fountain) in West Hollywood, 2nd Floor.  Parking in rear.

Tuition is $75 total for Kol Ami, BCC and IKAR members; $90 for non-members.
Checks to be made payable to Hebrew Helpers.
(Minimum of 8 participants needed to proceed.)

RSVP by Sept 2 to



Westside Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series
Kol Ami is a co-sponsor.
These lectures are free for Kol Ami members
Inside, Outside, In Between:
Jewish Peoplehood Today

 What does it really mean to be a member of the Jewish community today? What are the core principles and commitments that come with being a member of the Jewish people? How significant are the ties that bind us together, and how does peoplehood rank in the hierarchy of Jewish values?

 These questions, and others, are topics the Jewish community of the Los Angeles will explore as the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America partners with synagogues across the Westside for a cross-denominational lecture series. The Hartman Westside Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series will feature senior scholars of the Hartman Institute addressing core ideas of contemporary Jewish life such as:

  • Loyalty: How do we balance between loyalty to ourselves and our communities, and obligations to others?
  • Boundaries: Who are the people in the "peoplehood?" How should we be thinking about inclusion, boundary-crossing, and belonging?
  • Nation: What is the relationship between people and land?
  • Family: How significant are the ties that bind us together, and how does peoplehood rank in the hierarchy of Jewish values?
  • Presence: What does peoplehood look like in the public sphere?
  • Values: What are the core principles and commitments that come with being a member of the Jewish people?
The six-part series will take place monthly from November to April on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 pm at various participating synagogues. Confirmed faculty members include Donniel HartmanYehuda KurtzerMicah GoodmanYossi Klein HaleviElana Stein Hain, and Lauren Berkun.

Series dates: November 2, 2014December 14, 2014January 11, 2015February 8, 2015March 8, 2015April 19, 2015.

If you are a member of a participating synagogue, there is no fee to register. Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM is designed to be a meaningful educational experience for any person interested in knowing and understanding Judaism and Jewish life. 

The class begins Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 7:00PM -9:00PM and will be taught by Rabbi Sabine Meyer. The class will meet weekly and run for 18 weeks until December 17, 2014.

$280 for non members
$200 for members

Two for the price of one!
(significant others/partners/spouses can attend at no extra cost!)
Don't miss out on this incredible learning experience! 

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RIE Certified Parent-Infant Guidance Class

 Congregation Kol Ami has a vital resource for our community family members

Parenthood is the most challenging job that exists, and allowing a very young child autonomy and a growing sense of a separate self is one of the most complicated tasks for parents. Parents build on their own knowledge and develop their vital role. Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) can support you as you and your child grow and learn. Can that be made easier? Yes, it can!

What does it mean to allow a child to become?

            Can a parent look within the child for answers to the child's being?

How will you become the parent you imagine you want to be?

During the weekly RIE Certified Parent-Infant Guidance® classes for families with children from birth to age two, in a small group of parents and babies or toddlers of similar age and stage, you may:

• Learn to see babies in ways that empower you and your child;

• Come to understand them as competent human beings;

• Help support the growth of your baby’s natural abilities from birth.

            “I’m finding out much more about myself and my potential to grow through my introduction to Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach.” “RIE has given me so many ways to help both myself and my child feel our respective feelings.” Mother of two year-old son

Infant – toddler specialist Elizabeth Memel, M.A., RIE Associate, has been instructing adult education programs for infant caregivers since 1985. Parents are invited to observe a class at no charge. Please go to or call 323-651-0022 for more information.


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