Welcome to Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick

Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick is an inclusive, Reform Jewish congregation that is family-focused, community oriented, emphasizing spiritual and cultural identity, and dedicated to the Jewish education of all generations. CKAF is a growing, forward-looking Jewish community with a thriving Religious School, and more exciting programs each year!

For as they happen news look to KOL AMI on Facebook!

As of October 1st the CKAF office is located at:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (UUCF)
4880 Elmer Derr Rd. Frederick, MD 21703

What's Happening at Kol Ami


Please join us for a Congregational Chanukah Event!

On Friday, December 7, 2018, there will be a change to the regularly scheduled Erev Shabbat Service.  The 5th Grade Class Service is that evening and as it is the 6th night of Chanukah, we are holding a 5th Grade Class / Family Chanukah Service, immediately followed by a Congregational Potluck Dinner.  All are welcome! 

Please note:  This evening only, services will begin at 6:30pm.  There will be no Tot Shabbat that evening. 

After the Potluck, there will be activities and games for the kids and a text study, led by Rabbi Stratford. 

Latkes, challah, Chanukah gelt, and pitchers of water provided.  The meal for the potluck will be Dairy/Parve (no meat please) so please plan your dish accordingly.  In addition, we need volunteers to help set up, clean up, donate dining supplies, and run the kids activity stations.

The full schedule of events, RSVP, volunteers and items needed is included on Sign Up Genius page.

To ensure we have an accurate headcount, please RSVP by December 1, 2018.

Thank you in advance for making this a wonderful event to celebrate Chanukah and our 5th Graders!


Empty Nesters Hanukkah Bingo Party and BBQ - December 8, 7:00 pm - More information & flyer


Religious School Officially began September 16th

If you're a new congregant and interested in signing your child up for the 2018-2019 Religious School year, please click here!

Youth Events

Saturday, December 1st from 2-4 KATY goes to Laser Tag at Shadowland in the FSK mall

Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 5-9 KATY’s Winter Wonderland on the slopes at Ski Liberty

Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 1-3 KATY’s Social Action Event – Join us for an afternoon of social action as we volunteer with a local organization.


Friday, Dec. 14th - 16th - NFTY-MAR's MAJYK (Junior Youth Kallah)

Open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders for them to get a taste of NFTY, the Reform movement's youth group. Meet new friends, connect with old ones and engage in meaningful learning opportunities and fun as you celebrate Shabbat together. More info, HERE.


January 19-21, 2019 - Franklinton, NC Work-study Trip: 

We will be joining our friends from the ERUCC once again in Franklinton, NC for a wonderful weekend filled with good people, honest work and fun. Open to all 6th - 12th grade students (and parents). For more information please contact Rabbi Stratford.  Download the trip schedule here  and Sign up here to register.


Social Connections

CKAF Girls Night Out - Join the women of CKAF for dinner, the last Thursday of every month.  Check the calendar or use the contact on the signup Genius for changes on the dates.  Click here for the current sign up.

Brotherhood Dinners - Join the men of CKAF for dinner, the first Tuesday of every month.  Click here for the current sign up:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JSRYR5B  Check the calendar or contact Brotherhood Chair at brotherhood@kolamifrederick.org for more information and to get on the email list.

Women's Coffee - Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month @ 10:00am.  Click here to register for our next coffee.

CKAF Book Club - Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month.  (To RSVP and to view our current book click here).

Rabbi's Corner

Torah Study

Join us for Torah Study every Monday from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm at the CKAF office. We discuss the weekly Parsha (Torah portion) and Haftorah portion.  **Please check our calendar for schedule changes!!!

Adult Education Classes

Introduction to Judaism Class - Classes will be held at the office on either Monday's (6:00-8:00pm) or Sunday’s (1:00 - 3:00pm), see overview of schedule for exact dates. Drop ins welcome but to officially enroll in the class, contact Rabbi Stratford prior to the Feb. 5th start date. Click here to see the schedule of classes.

Temple Tech

Temple Tech is the new section in the CKAF newsletter "The Voice" where information regarding our website as well as other online resources will be provided to congregants.

It is still very important for families to review their accounts on the CKAF website as soon as possible!  

To access your Online Accounts (Login is located on the top right of this home page screen.)

Click here if you have not accessed your account yet.  (Your username is your last name.)

For more information or assistance, please contact Derek Sontz.  Please use the subject line "Temple Tech" if it doesn't appear on link.  Feel free to request or share tips or resources for us to publish in future Voice distributions.

Parents of rising high school seniors

Jack Topchik, a retired New York Times editor, will work one on one with your son or daughter on their college application essay, an increasingly important part of the application process.  The fee, for which many parents have paid up to $1,000, is a $180 donation to Kol Ami.  Contact Jack at jaytop45@gmail.com.

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