SPOTLIGHT ON . . .   

Sanctuary Retreat Center
in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve
near Washington DC

with Rev. Paraman & Rev. Lakshmi Barsel
and Rabbi David Shneyer

December 9-11, 2016

  • Devotional chanting ~ Kirtan & Hassidic melodies
  • The Four Worlds & the Four Paths of Yoga
  • Hatha & Pranayama Yoga
  • Stories of Rebbes and Yogis

Rev. Paraman Barsel has taught Raja and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and all aspects of Inte-gral Yoga for over 40 years. He served as director of the DC and New York Integral Yoga Institutes and as president of Yogaville-West and Yogaville-East. Presently, he serves on the Spiritual Life Board of the Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, VA.

Rev. Lakshmi Barsel is a senior Integral Yoga teacher. She has taught Raja Yoga, medita-tion, and scripture classes on the Bhagavad Gita and the Thirukkural. She has a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology and presently serves as the director of the Satchidananda Prison Project.

Full program Fri - Sat incl. 2 dinners, 1 lunch $100. Same household couples $150.

Saturday Only incl. lunch & dinner $75. Same household couples $112.50.

Lodging Friday and/or Saturday incl. breakfast $40 per night. Same household couples $60.

To download registration form, click here.
To download weekend schedule, click here.
To download flyer, click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 301-349-2799 or offmgr@am-kolel.org

Shabbat, Inner Peace & the Wisdom of Integral Yoga

The most precious gift you can give another
is the gift of your presence.

Become a Volunteer

The Visitors Project for
People with Dementia

Training will take place on Sundays, November 13, 20 and December 4 from 1:30-5:30 pm at the Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring.

If you are interested, but cannot come to all 3 sessions, there will be a way to make up those sessions.

Visits to four Montgomery County nursing homes begin in early 2017.

Rabbi David Shneyer

Dr. Gilah Rosner

Click HERE for details of the trainig program.

This year, give the gift of loving kindness.

Membership Renewals

October 1st is the beginning our annual membership year and time for your membership renewal. Please renew online by clicking here (choose Membership from the drop-down menu). Current members will be receiving invoices shortly. New members, please visit the Membership section of this site.

Full membership includes high holiday tickets for the coming year as well as many other benefits and services.

Teachings from Jonathan Cahn - click here.

Fall 2015 All Inclusive News - click here.


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.

Open Shabbes - where individuals, youth groups, havurot and congregations celebrate the Sabbath, sing and dance, explore Jewish thought and culture in a casual and nurturing retreat setting. 

Spirit Days -  where religious and cultural groups explore their commonalities and their differences, to develop greater understanding and trust. The Spirit Days would also create bridges to Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, Jewish, African-American, Hispanic, Asian and other ethnic communities. ...more


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 and 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.

Hebrew for "an inclusive people,"  Am Kolel was originally created as a "synagogue without walls" dedicated to meeting unmet spiritual needs in the Jewish community and responding to social issues with a progressive Jewish voice.  We are an inclusive and caring community welcoming anyone seeking Yiddishkeit ("Jewishness").  Am Kolel  seeks to bring creativity, relevance, joy, and an all embracing awareness to spiritual practice, as a path to healing our hearts and finding balance and wholeness - tikkun halev.  We are a unique voice in the Jewish community, expressing a Judaism that is joyful, spiritual and responsive to social issues, and engaged in tikkun olam, repairing the world. ...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


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.

The philosophical grounding for Jewish Renewal comes from the teachings of Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan.  Other contemporary teachers include Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shlomi, Dr. Judith Plaskow,  Rabbi Arthur Waskow, and Rabbi Arthur Green, and Rabbi Michael Lerner just to name a few.  We draw much inspiration from the Jewish mystical tradition and the Hebrew prophets. ...more


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