Thank you for your article about our congregation (“Woodinville congregation holds its own through hard times,” Oct. 15). Let me encourage all those in search of a Jewish “home” in the area to stop by.
My family and I moved here several years ago from Los Angeles. We were welcomed into the fold on our first visit. I could go on and on about the strength of the friendships I have formed within our congregation, but I think the best “testimony” comes from my son Wyatt, a recent Bar Mitzvah at Kol Ami.
He readily admits the strongest friendships he has made since our move here are among his peers at the synagogue. He continues to participate in religious school as a classroom helper and also attends temple youth functions.
As his mom I can tell you I appreciate the atmosphere at Kol Ami. If I had to characterize the experience in a single phrase I might call it “living a Jewish life.” To become a member means being welcomed into a diverse community (especially important for those of us who are transplants to the area) eager to share themselves. I am constantly impressed by the way temple members live their values, be it the unpretentious, open-to-all lifecycle events — B’nai Mitzvah, bris/baby namings, etc. or charitable events like a recent fundraising carwash co-sponsored by the Brotherhood and the temple youth or the dinner for Tent City 4 sponsored by the Sisterhood but served by all.
Kol Ami is a caring community blending Jewish values, education and fellowship. We are privileged to be among its membership.