Kehillah Grows by Leaps and Bounds

Even with 23 organizations already under its belt, the Kehillah of Old York Road is still continuing to grow.

Congregation Kol Ami, set to move into a brand-new space on Old York Road this winter – after not having a place to call home for the past 11 years – joined the Kehillah this summer, and brought the number of synagogue members up to eight.

The congregation joins three other Reform and three Conservative synagogues, as well as one Orthodox shul.

"When we knew we were [moving permanently] into the Old York Road ZIP code and putting our mezuzah on the door, we wanted to invest time and energy into where we live," said congregational leader Rabbi Elliot Holin. "We envision becoming full working partners with other leaders in the community."

According to its director, Jill Magerman, the Kehillah – a partnership of the synagogues, and educational and social service agencies that line the Old York Road corridor – was established seven years ago, and acts as a conduit for Jewish institutions to communicate with one another.

In that spirit, Magerman started an electronic newsletter for all those involved.

"It's really a very tight area and there are pluses and minuses to that," acknowledged Magerman.

"We're stepping on each other's feet a lot, but all the different programs epitomize what the Jewish community is all about – pulling together in both tragedy and celebration," added the director. "The growth shows a lot of confidence in the strength of the Jewish community."



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