May 2021 Events

        KOL AMI of Boca Raton
An affiliate of Reconstructing Judaism

Don’t forget you can always find things of interest at My Jewish Learning’s The Hub.

AND, Ritualwell from Reconstucting Judaism always has interesting programs to dive into. Check them out here.

Tuesday, May 11th at 12:00 p.m.
Journeying to Sinai: Seven Workshops for the Omer
Malkhut: Listening for the Shekhinah | Led by Joy Ladin
In Jewish tradition, the Shekhinah is the female, immanent aspect of the Divine – the aspect that dwells among us, experiencing what we experience, suffering what we suffer, rejoicing when we rejoice. But tradition tells us little about how the Shekhinah, who knows us inside and out, speaks to us, what she asks of us, how she answers when we call. In this workshop, we will look at the Shekhinah’s emergence from a verb in the Torah to a full-blown theological presence in rabbinic and kabbalistic thought, read some poems about her, and do writing exercises designed to help us imagine and locate the Shekhinah’s presence in our lives, and hear what she is saying to us. Register here.

Tuesday May 11th at 2:00 p.m.
Yiddish Folk Song: The Next Generation

Join a new generation of Boston-based Yiddish singers keeping the tradition alive and fresh – Adah Hetko, Kirsten Lamb, Eden MacAdam-Somer and Abigale Reisman – and hear from them what it means to be part of this beautiful tradition. Hankus Netsky, founder of the Klezmer conservatory band, and Rukhl Schaechter, editor of the Yiddish Forverts, will lead a conversation with these four women and learn how they see their work in the context of Yiddish culture today.

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Monday, May 10th through Thursday May 13th: Hadar Institute’s “God’s Hesed and Our Own” an exploration of the Book of Ruth.

The book of Ruth, traditionally read on Shavuot, is one of the richest and profoundest books in the Hebrew Bible. How is this lustrous story connected to the festival that celebrates the receiving of the Torah? What can its major themes — hesed (loving kindness) first and foremost– teach us about our relationships with God, others, and ourselves? In 4 sessions dedicated to close readings of the text, we’ll explore the book from literary and theological standpoints, considering Rabbinic midrash, medieval commentaries, and modern scholarly and feminist approaches.


Rabbi Shai Held — theologian, scholar, and educator — is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar. Previously, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakhah at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. He holds a doctorate in religion from Harvard; his main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought, in biblical theology, and in the history of Zionism. Rabbi Held’s first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was published by Indiana University Press in 2013; The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes, was published by JPS in 2017.



Wednesday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Monthly Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group

Please join with us at our first celebration of this non-liturgical opportunity to enrich, reflect, renew and learn from each other in a safe environment. This is a collaboration between the women of Leyv Ha-Ir of Philadelphia and Kol Ami of Boca Raton, and will follow the Hebrew calendar, held monthly on the date of Rosh Chodesh. Please contact us for registration information.

Friday, May 14th from Leyv Ha’Ir (more info coming.)

The Jews of Shanghai – Presentation by Bobbi Cohen
Many people are unaware that since the mid 1800’s there have been multiple waves
of Jewish migration from Europe and the Middle East to Shanghai, China. A vibrant
international city, Shanghai welcomed Jews with open arms, mostly. This session
will explore the history of Jewish Shanghai, the relationship between the Jews and
the Chinese, as well as what you can see and learn for yourself if you are lucky
enough to go there.

Friday, May 21st at 5:30 p.m.
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service with Laura Lenes

Hosted by Beth DeRicco and Daniel Kaufman. Please join us and bring your singing voice for an uplifting musical service with Cantorial  Soloist Laura Lenes who lead​s in a Kabbalat Shabbat ​the third Friday of every month​. ​We hope you will join us for some relaxed pre-Shabbat social time and sharing. Bring and introduce a friend to Kol Ami!

Register here for this Teatime Talk: