SPOTLIGHT ON . . .   

Upcoming Adult Education Classes
Starting February 9

On Jews, Arabs, the Cosmos and Zionism -
Four 20th Century Jewish Thinkers

With Rabbi David Shneyer

Monday evenings
7:30 - 9:00 PM.    1719 Wilmart Street, Rockville

Suggested donation :  $10 per class.    $10 materials fee.
Pre-register by February 2.   Admin@Am-Kolel.org

 February 9 - A. D. Gordon.  (d.1922)    From Podolia to Degania.   Central to Gordon's philosophy is the idea that the cosmos is a unity. This notion in which humankind and nature are one and all humans are organic parts of the cosmos is reflected throughout his thought, including political issues, the role of women in the modern world, and Jewish attitude to the Arabs.  A founder of Labor Zionism, he believed the central test for the reborn Jewish nation would be the attitude of the Jews to the Arabs.

February 16 - Henrietta Szold.    Born in Baltimore, the daughter of a rabbi, she was a co- founder of Ichud, an organization advocating a bi- national state in Palestine.  A deeply admired leader, she was the founder of Hadassah.    This month commemorates her 70th Yarhzeit.

February  23 -  Rav Abraham Isaac Kook.     Rav  Kook (1865–1935) was one of the most influential—and controversial—rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism.  His life and writings resonate with the defining tensions of Jewish life and thought.

March 2 - Martin Buber.   (1878 -1965)   Buber was the most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20 the century. A spiritual existentialist and Hebrew humanist, he promoted Jewish cultural renewal through his study of Hasidic Judaism. Buber rejected the idea of Zionism as just another national movement and wanted instead to see the creation of an exemplary society; a society which would not be characterized by Jewish domination of the Arabs.  This June is his 50 yahrzeit.

March 9 -  Martin Buber, Part II.     A closer look at his vision for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.

For more informtion, contact Cyndi Leitner at admin@am-kolel.org

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Interweaving Two Mystical Paths to Experience the Divine 

March 13-15, 2015
Sanctuary Retreat Center

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Am Kolel is a welcoming and diverse Jewish Renewal community located in Montgomery County, Maryland and serving the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Shabbat services are held in Bethesda, MD and once a month at the Sanctuary & Renewal Center, Beallsville, MD.

Founded in 1990 by Rabbi David Shneyer in response to requests for a more personal and responsive Judaism,  Am Kolel is devoted to the revitalization of the Jewish heritage and the Jewish community, seeking to discover and rediscover a Judaism that is spiritually and socially meaningful. ...more


Rabbi David Shneyer is the founder, director and spiritual leader of Am Kolel. Reb David studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in Israel, earning degrees in Judaic studies from Rutgers University and Baltimore Hebrew College. ...more


Renewal communities have also embraced lessons from diverse spiritual traditions, Eastern philosophy and both Eastern and Jewish meditative practices. In this spirit we sponsor an ecumenical retreat center for the benefit of our members and others who seek spiritual renewal, communion with nature, learning and fellowship. ...more


We are pioneers in the movement for Jewish Renewal, a movement that was born in the late '60s and found it's expression in independent havurot, fellowships of young Jews around the country such as Fabrangen, the Bnei Or community, the Jewish folks arts revival movement, and new social and political activist groups such as Jews for Urban Justice and Naaseh. ...more


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