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!

Due to technical and clerical concerns, we are currently unable to accept credit card payments for Membership Dues, School Tuition, and HHD at this time.  The Donation form will still be available for online submission.  We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause!

What's Happening at Kol Ami


Monthly KATY meetings started on the 15th of November. We will meet after Sunday school.

Frederick Multi-Faith Community Thanksgiving Service

November 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
We join together in community to share our songs and prayers of Thanksgiving at Beth Sholom Congregation located at
1011 N. Market St. Frederick, MD.  For more information download flyer>


Save the Date - Annual Hanukkah Potluck Supper & Party

December 13th at the UUC located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road in Frederick.

4:30 pm - Crafts & Activities   /   5:30 pm - Singing and Menorah Lighting  /  6:00 pm - Potluck Supper

Click here to sign up and to pay for this event!  A fun time will be had by ALL!!      Download the flyer here >


Empty Nesters/Forever Youngsters

The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein Directed by Kasl Campbell on January 31, 2016 @ 3 pm at the Teater J, Washington, DC (we can carpool) 
See more information in the Empty Nesters section >

Emergency Family Shelter Program Needs YOU! - updated 11/10/15

It's that time again! One of our community action programs is an Interfaith collaboration with the ERUCC and UUCF to help staff Frederick's Emergency Family Shelter for two weeks four times a year. That's a total of 8 weeks. It's a big commitment but our homeless families in Frederick depend on this important program. I'm reaching out to members of our congregation to consider signing up for an evening (6pm-10pm) at the shelter which is housed at the Trinity Chapel at the ERUCC in town. 

We also still have many evenings for volunteers to staff the shelter. Below is the link to see where we have needs:


The next dates are: November 14-28. That's soon! And there are still quite a few slots to fill. If you have any interest in helping out by volunteering at the shelter, please send me an email; Debra Kattler at dkattler11@gmail.com or call 301-507-9147and we will get you signed up! Thank you for reading this and please contact me if you have further questions.

Please note that the shelter always has a staff person so volunteers are not on their own. Teens may also join with parents to help out.  Please click here to read the full article and to sign up to help >

Social Action Network - Fundraising, Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Blessings in a Backpack:  Help feed the children of Frederick Schools through our ongoing donation program (monitary or food donations) 

Click here for more infomation on this and our other programs and to sign up for events.

SAVE THE DATE - Soup Kitchen volunteers needed - updated 11/17/15

Please "save the date" to volunteer to serve and help at the Soup Kitchen on Sunday, 02/28/2016. (5 PMWe need help with servers, making/bringing desserts and set up and clean up. A sign up genius will be posted on the CKAF Facebook page and CKAF Social Action Facebook page after Thanksgiving. Any questions, please contact Phyllis Rosen. Thank you for your help to support that clients at the Soup Kitchen

Social Connections

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 every other month on the 2nd Wednesday.  (To RSVP and to view our current book go to our Social Connections section for more information.) 

A few photos from the October 4th Simcha Torah


Rabbi's Corner

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Forming

If you did not have the opportunity to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at age 13, now is your chance. CKAF is forming the next Adult B'nai Mitzvah class in the coming months. If you have any interest in reading from Torah and being part of a seminal moment in your life, please contact Rabbi Dan.

Along with the Adult B'nai Mitzvah class, the Rabbi is also going to be presenting an Adult Confirmation class. There will be a series of Adult Ed classes and you will be welcome to come to any or all of the classes. If you attend 75% of the classes you will be eligible to be Confirmed. 

BTW, one can take the B'nai Mitzvah class and the Confirmation class at the same time.

Some of the classes include: Jewish spirituality, Shabbat and Chagim rituals, Mourning rituals, Great Jewish thinkers and lots more.

Please contact Rabbi Dan if you have any interest in participating in any classes at rabbi@kolamifrederick.org!  A schedule of classes will be published in the near future.

Torah Study with the Rabbi

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.  - Parsha for 5774 (2013-14)  **Please check our calendar for schedule changes!!!

Lunch and Learn with the Rabbi 

Lunch and Learn  - We are currently studying Pirkei Avot (literally, "Chapters of the Fathers," but generally translated as "Ethics of Our Fahter").  This is one of the best-known and most-cited of Jewish texts.

The sessions will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month @ 12:30.  If anyone has suggestions for other topics for Lunch and Learn, please contact Rabbi Dan at rabbi@kolamifrederick.org**Please check our calendar for schedule changes!!!

Advanced Beginner Hebrew Class

There will be no classes during the summer.  Classes will be determined this fall.

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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