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Congregation Kol Ami collects toys for homeless families- December 16, 2018

The Frederick News-Post

Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick is collecting new unwrapped toys during this holiday season to benefit Advocates for Homeless Families (  Advocates for Homeless Families’ mission is to empower motivated families to overcome homelessness and has served Frederick County for 28 years. Families achieve success through a structured program of education, housing, and support services.  To make arrangements to drop off new toys, contact Sharry Veil at  Congregation Kol Ami is also supporting the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County this holiday season.  During SHIP’s “Homeless for the Holidays” initiative, full-size hygiene products are being collected for homeless local youth from December 1 through December 31.  Go to to see all of their donation sites and a list of what products are being requested.  Pictured in the front row, from left are Kol Ami social action committee members Cathy Reifman, Tricia Kennedy, and Carolyn Plaisance.  In the back row, from left are Michelle Baird, Valarie Lazerowich, Cliff Miller, and Sharry Veil, social action committee chair of Kol Ami.  To learn more about Reform Jewish life in Frederick and Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick, visit or call 240-575-9690.


Congregation Kol Ami held book fair at Barnes & Noble- November 18, 2018

The Frederick News-Post

Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick held a book fair fundraiser at Barnes and Noble in the FSK Mall on November 18.  Kol Ami volunteers wrapped books purchased for holiday gift giving. Books were also collected and donated for children being treated at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.  Children enjoyed a PJ Storytime offered by Rabbi Simon Stratford.   Volunteers from Congregation Kol  Ami of Frederick pictured in the front row, from left  include David Silberman, Joanna Sieger, and Molly Sieger.  In the back row, from left are Diane Rifkin, Michael Cohen and Brenda Silberman.  Additional volunteers not pictured who also helped at the bookfair were Sharry Veil, Harriet and Howard Buxbaum, Carolyn and Newt Plaisance, Valarie Lazerowich, Anne Cohen, Rhonda Lang, Cathy Reifman, Amy Gober, Rabbi Simon and Nicki Stratford, and the Weinberg family.  For more information about Reform Jewish life in Frederick, contact Kol Ami at or call 240-575-9690.




Congregation Kol Ami’s religious school celebrates the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah- Sepember 30, 2018

The Frederick News-Post

On Sunday, September 30th the Religious School at Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick celebrated the Jewish holiday of Simhat Torah, “Rejoicing with the Torah.” The holiday celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings. It is observed each year on the heels of the fall harvest festival of Sukkot and the Jewish High Holy Days, the New Year and Day of Atonement. Students commemorated the holiday by singing, dancing, and learning about the importance of the five books of Moses (Torah) as a historical and philosophical basis of Jewish life. The above photo depicts students from Kol Ami’s religious school posing with a miniature Torah.  In the back row, from left are Rabbi Simon Stratford, Caelyn Lasko, Aaron Bilow,  Dan Sieger (President of Kol Ami), and Riley Duckhorn.  In the middle row from left are Brady Duckhorn, Grant Lieberman, Mitch Lasko, Hayden Lazorchak, Eliana Lasko, Brooke Lieberman, Cody Duckhorn, and Sarah Bilow. In the front row is Hunter Lieberman.  For more information about Reform Jewish life in Frederick and future celebrations and observances of Jewish holidays, contact Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick at or call 240-575-9690.


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