North American Organizations

Congregation Kol Ami

Kol Ami logo2Congregation Kol Ami builds on the traditions of Judaism while respecting and welcoming everyone: lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, interfaith couples and our children. Together Rabbi Denise L. Eger and Cantor Mark Saltzman create a hamishe atmosphere, safe for spiritual nurturing and connection.

What distinguishes Congregation Kol Ami is embodied in our name, “Voice of My People.” We joyously seek the common ground between Judaism and many rich and diverse identities our members hold. At the core of our Temple are the traditions of Judaism and Jewish thought. Built on that strong foundation are new layers of inclusion, respect and acceptance for a diversity of contemporary ways of life.



Queery: Rabbi Denise Eger (Los Angeles Blade / April 5, 2017)
The Flamboyant and Controversial Nir Zilberman Has Left WeHo (WehoVille / October 2, 2016)
Historic Video Exhibit (Santa Monica Daily Press / September 13, 2016)
9 Jewish LGBTQ Activists You Should Know (JTA / June 27, 2016)
Learning from the past, Rabbi Eger forges welcoming future for LGBTQ congregants (Jewish Chronicle / October 14, 2015)
ARZA Wins Big in the World Zionist Congress Elections (A Wider Bridge / July 15, 2015)
A Gay Jewish President? (Ha’aretz / July 6, 2015)
Religions Must Open Their Doors (The Advocate / March 17, 2015)
CCAR’s 1st Openly Lesbian Leader (ABC News / March 15, 2015)
Open Doors Wider to All Jews (Jewish Journal / March 4, 2015)
Parashat Vayechi with Rabbi Eger (Jewish Journal / January 2, 2015)
What Does Judaism Say About LGBT People? (The Advocate / December 3, 2014)
L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures (The Advocate / November 14, 2014)
Religious Support Marches Forward (The Advocate / September 5, 2014)
A Difficult Week in Israel (Reform Judaism / July 9, 2014)
Congregation Kol Ami 2014 Gala (A Wider Bridge / May 8, 2014)
What Fred Phelps Didn’t Learn (The Huffington Post / March 21, 2014)
LGBT Communities Mark Purim (A Wider Bridge / March 14, 2014)
LA: Jewish Holocaust Victim Mannequin (WeHoVille / February 5, 2014)
A Wider Bridge’s Executive Director Summarizes 2013’s LGBT Journey to Israel (A Wider Bridge / November 27, 2013)
Gay Friendly Houses of Worship are Growing (The Huffington Post / November 14, 2013)
Los Angeles Rabbis Respond to Supreme Court Rulings (Jewish Journal / June 26, 2013)
Podcast: Why Marriage Equality is a Reform Jewish Value (URJ / June 25, 2013)
Rabbi Eger’s Silver Soiree! (A Wider Bridge / June 17, 2013)

Kol Ami’s rabbi Denise Eger (with rabbi Steven Jacobs), before speaking about marriage equality in Washington, 2013

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