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Am Kolel Membership

The Am Kolel membership year for 5775 runs from October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. Thank you to those who have already renewed your membership. Current members should have already received renewal information in the mail. You can also renew on-line clicking here. 

Not a member, or have let your membership lapse? Consider joining today. Some benefits of Full Membership include High Holiday tickets (2 for each holiday for Households, 1 each for Individuals), reduced fees for lifecycle events, voting privileges and more. New fees for 5775 are: Full Membership - Household $980, Individual $500; Associate Membership - Household $500, Individual $300. You can join on-line. 

For a printable Membership Form, click here. To see our brochure, click here.

Yiddish Culture Shabbes

A journey to Yiddish Land through stories, music, food & humor!November 14-16, 2014


Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum
of the Jewish State of Brooklyn will delight us with
his storytelling and teaching.

with special guests

Carole Forman, Master spiritual storyteller, actor and creator of
Soul Motion ~ TenuYah! spirit-centered movement
using themes drawn from Judaism and nature.

Rabbi David Shneyer, Rabbi & musician, steeped in Yiddish
and folk music since youth, Director of Am Kolel,
Spiritual Leader of Kehila Chadasha.


Debbie Amster, Nutritionist, caterer,
wellness educator, native Yiddish speaker

For more information, click here.

Fall 2014 All Inclusive News - click here.


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


Click here for general information about our High Holy Days services.


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

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