Congregation Kol Ami (CKA) is a Reform congregation that maintains affiliation with the Union for Reform Judaism. Congregation Kol Ami is dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of individuals within the Jewish community by promoting and preserving Jewish identity and values. We do this through the study of Torah, Beit tefillah, tikkun olam, tzedakah and life-long learning, while striving to strengthen our connection to the Jewish people, Israel and Jewish history. In keeping with this purpose, Kol Ami is committed to sustaining a welcoming community for Jewish people and for those who are friends and supporters of Judaism. Anyone with an interest in being connected to this flourishing Jewish community only 7 miles from Portland, Oregon, is welcome to participate.
Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker leads weekly Shabbat services, festivals, a full complement of High Holiday services, a community Passover Seder, and lifecycle events. She leads with spirit and joy, bringing wisdom and love for Judaism and the Jewish people to all that she does. Jan Rabinowitch serves as our education director and brings her formidable knowledge and skill to our Religious School (K-12) and Hebrew School (4-7) programs.
Various CKA committees work to create meaningful programs entrenched in Jewish values to congregational programs: weekly Torah Study, adult education, CKA Kids activities, KAST events (Kol Ami Senior Teens), and lots of social activities. The congregation is active in our community through tzedakah projects that include, semi-annual canned food drives, clothing drives, work in the community gardens, and participation in Clark County’s Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter program. CKA also has established Vancouver’s only Jewish cemetery for its members.