Congregation Kol Am President Welcome

I remember the first Kol Am Friday night service I attended with my son,when we were considering a new affiliation for him to attend Hebrew School. We sat through a welcoming, musical, enlightening evening with Rabbi Brooks R. Susman and the wonderful people who made us feel wrapped in warmth. We knew immediately that we had found our new religious home. Friday night services, Religious School, Torah Study and Adult Ed, to name a few, have become a regular part of our schedule since that night and Kol Am has become a very important part of our family life. We love giving to this religious community where everyone is important, respected and appreciated. That’s why I have been an active member of this Congregation for the past 12 years.


 A lot has happened since that first visit to Congregation Kol Am. At our special congregational meeting in July, an overwhelming and enthusiastic vote decided our fate: to make 59 Broad Street our new home!  


Several committees and many volunteers have been extremely busy readying the bema, the congregational space and the Rabbi’s office/study since our move during the first week of August. They have been measuring, planning, designing, investigating, ordering furniture and adding accessories to make our lives comfortable and productive for our present and future needs. I anticipate your excitement when you see our new sanctuary:  our beautiful ark, new bema chairs, a lectern/reading table designed especially for us, and dedicated Oneg Shabbat area. Our children attend Religious School on Sunday mornings in comfortable, spacious classrooms. Your enthusiasm may stir you to join us so we may continue to improve our offerings to our congregational community.   


As we continue to plan for our future, many things still need to be done, many committees need volunteers to help us to move forward, grow and flourish. If you have ideas and would like to work with wonderful, supportive people, please contact us. I value your contributions and ask that you consider joining our effort. We need your help!


Come to Temple. Participate. Share your knowledge and skills. Become part of our successes, experience our joy. Kol Am has always been a warm, open, welcoming congregation, a supportive, extended family and critical part of my life. I hope it becomes the same for you. 



Susan L. Canter