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The Open Yad Project: Young Adults of Kol Ami

Whether you’re Jewish, Jew-ish, or even Jew-curious; whether you know a lot about Judaism, or want to explore the unknown; we want to extend a hand of welcome and community to you. In fact, it’s in our very name! "Yad" means hand in Hebrew, and so an “open hand,” and.“open yad” represents our mission to reach out to folks in their 20s & 30s who may not be currently involved in Jewish life, but who seek chances to learn, (re)connect, and explore the wisdom and spirituality of Judaism. That open hand also reflects our commitment to building .that Jewish community within an inclusive and progressive environment.
 
Our Vision
The Open Yad Project of Congregation Kol Ami aspires to be a diverse and welcoming community of young adults dedicated to providing spaces to explore Judaism and our many identities.

 

 
    Our Mission
     The Open Yad Project is a community of Jewish and Jew-curious young adults who .....aim to provide a safe, supportive, and joyous space for mutual celebration and .....personal growth through a Jewish lens. We are rooted in an affirmation of queer and .....diverse identities.
 
    Our Values
.....P'tichut (Openness)- We are committed to welcome young adults of all different .....backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and other diverse identities into our .....community.
 
.....Sukkat Shalom (Canopy of Peace)- We endeavor to facilitate spaces where people feel .....safe to be themselves, explore, and try new things.
 
.....Kesher (Connection)- We build deep connections with Jewish identity, queerness, .....allyship, and one another.
 
.....Simcha (Joy)- We are committed to lifting up joy and celebration by recognizing the .....milestones and achievements in the lives of our members, appreciating the joys of .....Jewish life, and celebrating queer identities and the allies who affirm them.
 
.....Havayah (Experience/Spirituality)- We are committed to exploring spirituality and .....religiosity, both as individuals and together as a community.
 
.....Tarbut (Culture/Heritage)- We believe in the importance of learning about and .....relating to Jewish culture and the diversity of Jewish stories.
 
.....Gilui (Discovery)- We honor the different paths we all take on our journey to
.....self-discovery. We encourage people to experiment and encounter new or different .....ways of being themselves.
 
    Our Programs
.....Since July of 2018, we've hosted dozens of programs—all of them opportunities to .....build relationships and community, and to learn about and explore Judaism. 
 
.....Make sure to follow our Instagram page for up-to-date event information.
 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  14 , 2023
     
     
    Open Yad Goes to the Chosen Comedy Festival

    Tuesday, Feb 14th 8:00p to 10:00p
    Join the Open Yad Project for a night of fun and laughter as we gather a group to attend the Chosen Comedy Festival at the Orpheum Theater. Regular tickets are $54 but we've received a discount price from the organizers. If you'd like to attend, please reach out to Rabbi Ross (rlevy@kol-ami.org) by January 31 so we can buy seats as a group.

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Tue, January 31 2023 9 Sh'vat 5783