Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives

Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives

Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives

is a progressive Jewish congregation in Brooklyn where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. As individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds, we share a commitment to the search for meaningful expressions of our Judaism in today's uncertain world.

Services at Kolot Chayeinu

Unless otherwise noted, all services are led by Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and Cantor Lisa B. Segal and take place at the Church of Gethsemane. Vist our website for details.

Weekly Shabbat Services

Shabbat morning services begin at 10:00 am with breakfast, followed by our main service at 10:30 am. Our service is characterized by beautiful and often lively music and singing, occasional dancing, engaging Torah-telling, and a lot of participation. A 1:00 PM Torah Study or other educational programs follows our kiddush. Watch our calendar for special programs and Shabbat Cafe lunches.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
for Families, Younger Adults and Everyone

On Friday nights this year we offer a variety of Kabbalat Shabbat services:

  • Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 1st Friday of each month, at 6:15pm
  • "Locally Grown" services - for those in their 20s & 30s - presents local people · local prayer · local food, on the 2nd Friday of each month, begins at 6:30pm with a Shiur (short study session), Kabbalat Shabbat, light dinner and wine, led by student rabbi Scott Fox and member Heath Reynolds, and guests; and
  • Kabbalat Shabbat, the 3rd Friday of month at 6:30 pm led by Cantor Lisa B. Segal, candle-lighting, music, prayer, and original stories.

Children's Learning Program

Jewish education classes for children ages 3-13 years old. Please contact Education Director Ora Wise for details.


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  • 1012 8th Avenue
    Brooklyn, New York 11215
    United States
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