In 2001, Kol Ami became the first predominantly gay and lesbian synagogue in the United States to construct its own building. The building has a number of symbolically meaningful features. Each of the seven windows on the West wall of the sanctuary signifies a stage of creation: yellow for light; blue for the heavens; white inlaid with leaves to signify the earth and sea; purple for the sun, moon and space; green symbolizes the birds and beasts; orange for humanity and stark white to honor Shabbat, the seventh day on which God rested.
The cutouts adjacent to each window on the outside of the building spell “peace” and “justice” in Hebrew text. Hebrew text as well as art is further integrated throughout the building. The Hebrew text circling the sanctuary near the ceiling are based on the 10 aspects of God in the Jewish mystical tradition. They include: love, holiness, commandment, joy, compassion, justice, eternity, blessing, understanding and faith.
Kol Ami’s facilities include meeting rooms, a library, a complete restaurant-style kitchen and a beautiful rooftop deck and garden. Our sanctuary, the focal point of the building, is a softly illuminated lofty space with ceiling two stories high and simple, modern lines. Skylights and a large eastern window provide natural light during the day. At night, twelve hanging lanterns seem to float above you giving off a warm glow.
Our third-story rooftop deck and garden is the perfect space for cocktails or an intimate gathering under California skies. Our two meeting rooms, library and the foyer outside the sanctuary have held classes, speakers’ series, conferences, trainings, art openings, brunches and Torah studies. Our kitchen is full service and can accommodate any caterer.
We have hosted all occasions including:
- Weddings and Receptions
- Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties
- Brit Milah/ Naming ceremonies
- Birthday and Anniversary celebrations
- Cocktail parties
- Luncheons/ Brunches
- Speakers and Professional Readings
- Art Exhibits Showings
- Movie/ TV Location Shoots
Contact the office of Kol Ami at [email protected] or 323-606-0996 to discuss any of your event needs.