The Open Yad Project: Young Adults of Kol Ami


About Us!

We are a startup project of Jewish and Jew-curious folks in our 20s to 40s building Jewish community in West Hollywood, Hollywood, and the East Side of LA. We believe that Judaism can help make our lives meaningful in the contemporary world, and we aim to create opportunities to share and experience that meaning through communal gatherings, spiritual exploration, and social justice.


Whether you’re Jewish or just Jew-“ish;” whether you know a lot about Judaism, or want to explore the unknown; we want to extend a hand of welcome and community to you. In fact, it’s in our very name! "Yad" means hand in Hebrew, and so an “open hand,” an “open yad” represents our mission to reach out to folks in their 20s to 40s who may not be currently involved in Jewish life, but who seek chances to learn, connect, and explore the wisdom and spirituality of Judaism. That open hand also reflects our commitment to building that Jewish community within an inclusive and progressive environment.

The Open Yad Project is a program of Congregation Kol Ami, and we’d love to hear from you! Read more about our programs below, sign up for The Open Yad Project newsletter, or reach out directly today!

Our Programs

Since July of 2018, we've hosted over a dozen programs—all of them opportunities to build relationships and community, and to learn about and explore Judaism. 

Make sure to follow our Facebook page for up-to-date event information. 

Monthly Havdalah Experience

On the Second Saturday of each month, we gather to mark the end of Shabbat with the ceremony of Havdalah. Havdalah means “separation,” and the ritual helps to mark the passage of time from the end of one week, to the beginning of the next. These gatherings offer us a chance for a spiritual reset -- a breath of fresh air for our spirits, and a chance to strengthen each other as we enter the week ahead.

The program itself varies from month to month, and we've done things like making our own Havdalah candles, to a rugelach (rolled cookie) baking workshop, to game night and more. 


Pilot Programs

We have also hosted a series of pilot programs. In the fall we hosted Brunch & Learn events at the Original Farmers' Market. These casual meals offered chances to learn Jewish texts together, bringing meaning from the ancient wisdom of Judaism to our contemporary lives. Currently, we're in the midst of a series of "Hike-vrutah" hikes -- chances to take care of our bodies, spend time with great people, and share in a small taste of Jewish texts to spark conversation.


Get in Touch!

Do you have ideas for programs, learning topics, venues, or other things you'd like to make happen? Are you a Jewish or Jew-curious person in your 20s to 40s? If so, be in touch! Our programs are created by our community and for our community, and we're always looking to meet new people and extend the hand (the "yad") of welcome into Jewish life.


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