Affinity Groups

Congregation Kol Ami’s Affinity Groups serve various portions of our membership. While programs may be sponsored by any of our groups, congregants are welcome to participate in all of our programming. Much of our schedule will depend on the COVID situation at the given time – whether we can be in person or on Zoom.


Sisterhood

Congregation Kol Ami Sisterhood is an active and engaged group of Jewish women of all ages and stages of life. Sisterhood is vibrant and integral part of our congregation, connected through social, spiritual, philanthropic and educational programs. Sisterhood focuses on supporting religious school education and hunger relief for families. Sisterhood strives to foster the highest ideals of Reform Judaism by addressing the needs of our community; locally, nationally, and internationally through our affiliation with the Women of Reform Judaism.


Men’s Club

Congregation Kol Ami’s Men’s Club promotes fellowship through its various social, educational, religious, recreational and community service activities. We are committed to working together with the entire congregation and clergy to benefit the community, our synagogue, and ourselves as individuals. The Men’s Club meets on a regular basis throughout the school year. These meetings provide an informative and entertaining forum to discuss a myriad of men’s issues. These speakers have covered topics relating to men’s health from physicians, financials issues including tax, higher education, and estate planning, Israeli experts and diplomats, an annual Men’s Seder, sports topics and trivia, art and cultural programs, and other topics of interest. We also participate in JAG, the Jewish Athletic Group, which allows our Men’s Club to compete against area synagogues’ Men’s Clubs in a host of athletic activities. We welcome all male members of our congregation to join and participate. We also invite all female congregants to take advantage of various speaker series.


Kulanu

We are Kulanu (Hebrew, meaning, “all of us”). We are a group of LGBTQ+ folx and allies affiliated with Congregation Kol Ami and the Jewish community. Our group engages in many activities from fundraising for associated causes, to informational discussions and speakers, and even happy hours. Based in Cherry Hill, NJ, we welcome all to our social, educational and social justice group.


Up and Comers

Up and Comers is a groups of individuals, couples and families ages 20s-50s, who want to connect and become more connected within the Congregation Kol Ami Family beyond when many of their children will have completed Preschool or even their B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmation. Through social action, tzedakah, and social opportunities, our members foster new friendships and bonds with fellow congregants — just another reason to be active with Congregation Kol Ami. Up and Comers sponsors Kosher Pickleball, a co-ed league that is open to all adults. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced pickleball player, there will be a place for you. This group welcomes partnering with other committees and affinity groups to form joint events in order to broaden the diversity and participation among various events.


Baby Boomers

The Baby Boomers are comprised of members born between 1946-1964. We meet monthly, participating in a variety of secular events (e.g., mini-golfing and bowling) and attending congregational events together as a group (e.g., Selichot program and service). We don’t have monthly committee meetings, but anyone who wishes to take part in planning events or has program ideas or wants to be on our email list to receive notifications of upcoming events, can contact Paula Levine.


Daytimers

Daytimers are a group of active adults that fall somewhere between Baby Boomers and Seniors. Together, we enjoy social gatherings, lunch and movie outings, and the occasional museum visit.


Book Club

We have a Book Club that meets every other month, on a Saturday night. We’ve been able to continue this on Zoom, for the duration of the pandemic. We look forward to meeting in person, outdoors to begin with, in the coming months. Each November, we enjoy dinner together prior to attending the Saturday night events of the Arts, Books and Culture Festival at the Katz JCC. In December, our Book Club meets during Chanukah, to also enjoy potluck dinner and lighting the chanukiah together.


Women and Spirituality

Women and Spirituality is a group where you can explore your spirituality in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Through events and holiday celebrations, connections and discoveries are fostered that enhance your Judaism. Programs are interactive and promote discussion relevant to today’s Jewish thinking, our actions, and our values. This dynamic group meets for participatory programming at least four times a year. Programs include a summer Jewish-themed book discussion. a Sukkot supper, a JCC film festival event and guest speakers. This group, chaired by Sandy Fingerman, is open to women of all ages and stages of their Jewish spiritual journey.