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הנה מה טוב ומה נעים שבת אחים גם יחד - Hineh mah tov umah na'im shevet achim gam yachad.
How good and how pleasant it is to be together in community. (Psalm 133)

Kol Ami is a Kehilah Kedoshah - a Holy Community. Our members are a diverse and active group of people who are interested in engaging in Jewish life in many different ways - through learning, prayer, music, food, community, social action, and much more. Some of our members are just beginning their Jewish journey, while others are extremely knowledgeable about ritual, history, and Hebrew. All of us are committed to building a congregation that is inclusive and welcoming of all - from young families to seniors, from married couples to singles, interfaith, LGBT, and families of all backgrounds.

In line with these values, Kol Ami has introduced a Voluntary Community Support (VCS) model, replacing our traditional flat fee membership dues. There are many benefits to switching to the Voluntary Community Support model. “Membership dues” are a transaction; VCS is voluntary support of your congregation, to the best of your ability. The Voluntary Community Support model speaks to our value of inclusiveness: there is no Dues Relief process; no questions are asked and no explanations need be given for any level of support.

We would love to have you as part of our congregation. For more information, contact our office at 905-709-2620 or email admin@kolami.ca.


 

Whether you are renewing your membership or joining us for the first time, we are delighted you have chosen to be part of the Kol Ami community this year. We hope that you will find membership an enriching experience and encourage you to explore the diverse opportunities for Jewish expression that Kol Ami offers.

Please call upon us whenever we can assist you in becoming part of our Kol Ami community. Please call our office at 905.709.2620 if you have any questions or need assistance in filling out this application. All information in this application will be treated confidentially.



PERSONAL INFORMATION

Adult 1 Information

At Kol Ami, we encourage all congregants to become involved in many aspects of life in our congregational community. Please indicate any areas of talent/interest by checking the appropriate box or boxes. Your participation will help strengthen our community and will make your experience at Kol Ami more meaningful.


Adult 2 Information

At Kol Ami, we encourage all congregants to become involved in many aspects of life in our congregational community. Please indicate any areas of talent/interest by checking the appropriate box or boxes. Your participation will help strengthen our community and will make your experience at Kol Ami more meaningful.



Please include the names of all your children under the age of 25 as they are included in your membership. Children 26 and older must apply for membership on their own.

Child 1

Child 2

Child 3

Child 4

TEEN PROGRAMMING


TICKY is our Junior Youth (JYG) group for all students in grades 3-7. JYG events are typically right after SFT on Saturdays.  JYG is a great way for kids to connect with each other outside the classroom through fun and engaging events and is facilitated and supervised by Aiden Orzech, our TICKY Advisor. Past outings include laser tag, trampolining, mini-putt, bowling, and more.

TAKAY (Temple Association of Kol Ami Youth) is our senior youth group for teens in Grades 8-12. Our youth group has a long history, providing teens with a welcoming environment that encourages teens to connect with their friends in a social, educational and cultural environment, while fostering leadership skills. Under the direction of Senior Youth Advisor, Aron Katz, past monthly events have included escape rooms, laser tag, trampolining, and a trip to Washington D.C.

The senior youth group also belongs to NFTY NEL, the North East Lakes region where our teens have the opportunity to connect with other Reform Jewish teens from across the Northeast Lakes region, as throughout North America. 


VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SUPPORT


Kol Ami is a Kehilah Kedoshah – a Holy Congregation. We are a covenantal community whose members rely on one another, a musical, inclusive and progressive community that strives to help people of all ages and backgrounds find joy, meaning and support through Judaism.

In line with these values, Kol Ami moved to a Voluntary Community Support (VCS) model last year, replacing our traditional flat fee membership dues. There are many benefits to the Voluntary Community Support model. “Membership dues” are a transaction; VCS is voluntary support of your congregation, to the best of your ability. The Voluntary Community Support model speaks to our value of inclusiveness: there is no Dues Relief process; all levels of contribution are appreciated. Just as we share as a community all that Kol Ami has to offer, together as a community we share the cost of supporting the congregation.

Sustainer Level: Each year, the Finance Committee calculates the Sustainer Level, which represents the cost of running the congregation on a per family basis. To ensure the success of our vision, we ask that you be thoughtful about your financial ability to contribute and, if you are able, to support Kol Ami at the Sustainer Level. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the Sustainer level remains at $3,100 per household, the same as this year.

Sustainer Categories: In recent years, Kol Ami has been blessed to have a number of families who support the congregation at or above the sustaining level. We wish to recognize these families, and with the introduction of the Voluntary Community Support model, we created the following musically-themed Sustainer Categories. Sustainers are acknowledged annually in a publication. Sustainer gifts can be given anonymously. If you are able, please consider giving at one of these levels.

 

Shiru L’Adonai (Sing unto God) - $10,000 and up
Shir Chadash (A New Song) - $7,500 and up
Havah Nashirah (Let Us Sing) - $5,000 and up
Shir Halleluyah (A Song of Praise) - $3,100 and up


If you have any questions about Voluntary Community Support please contact Ed Yudin, Membership Chair at edwardjyudin@gmail.com or the Kol Ami office at 905-709-2620 ext. 3.

Please enter the amount you wish to contribute this year for your Voluntary Community Support.
ARZA CANADA SUPPORT

ARZA Canada is the Zionist Organization of the Canadian Reform Movement. ARZA Canada works to increase Israel engagement and helps to create an Israel that is both Jewish and democratic. ARZA Canada partners with the growing Israel Reform Movement which is working torward the goals of democracy, equality, and pluralism. Please show your support by joining or renewing your membership in ARZA Canada.

This year, Kol Ami's Board of Directors approved ARZA Canada's request for Canadian Reform congregations to help achieve significant increase in membership numbers by making each congregant a member of ARZA Canada. The more members ARZA Canada has, the more strength the Israel Reform Movement has.

This year, ARZA Canada membership dues are $5 per adult 18 years of age and older. We have added added $5 per adult and any child between the ages of 18-25 to your membership in addition to your Voluntary Community Support contribution.

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Yudin at edwardjyudin@gmail.com.
SCHOOL ENROLMENT INFORMATION
SCHOOL FEES
 

 

2019-20 School Tuition and Fees: 

  • $950 for first child registered in grades K-7. 
  • $850 for second and subsequent children registered in the same family in grade K-7.
  • $950 B'nai Mitzvah fee for children in grade 7.
  • $360 fee for child registered in Madrichim program (grades 8-10).
EDUCATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

In the text box(es) below, please note if your child(ren) receive(s) any education services, such as IEP, Adaptive Equipment, Special Education, Outside Tutoring, Physical / Occupational Therapy, One-on-on Aide*, Behavioral Resource, Gifted/Talented, etc.

 
DIAGNOSES OR ASSESSMENTS

In the text box(es) below, please note if your child(ren) is/are diagnosed as having, or is being assessed for any of the following: ADHD, Anxiety, Autism  Spectrum Disorder, Conduct/Oppositional Disorder, Developmental/Cognitive Delay, Depression, Emotional/Behavioral Disorder, Hearing Disorder, Learning Disability, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Speech/Language Disability, Physical Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Tourette Syndrome, Visual Impairment, Other.
MEDICAL INFORMATION
Nut Awareness Policy

We have a number of students who suffer from severe nut allergies. Even trace amounts of a problem food can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.  

Please help us maintain a safe community by keeping all nuts and nut products out of the school (peanuts, walnuts, almonds and all other tree nuts). Even those foods labelled with “may contain" or "traces of" in the list of ingredients can be harmful. We appreciate your assistance in making the school safe for every student.

While we strive to be a nut aware facility, we cannot guarantee that your child will not come into contact with products containing nuts. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide a nut aware environment at Kol Ami. Our Staff, members, and students cannot be held responsible. The ultimate responsibility lies with the parents and student to ensure their safety. It is therefore important that if your child has serious allergies, inform us upon registration, and provide any necessary instructions and an EpiPen.
 
Please enter one or more names of people you authorize to pick up your child(ren) after school.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION 
 

Please list two people that we may contact in the event we are unable to reach a parent in an emergency.

e.g. grandparent, aunt, family friend, etc.
e.g. grandparent, aunt, family friend, etc.
SCHOOL DISCLAIMER
 

If we or our emergency contact cannot be reached cannot be reached in the event of a medical emergency, we hereby give permission to the physician or hospital selected by the school or its selected representative, to hospitalize and/or secure proper treatment for our child(ren) named above. We understand that any costs incurred will be our responsibility.

From time to time, limited information about your child(ren) may be disclosed beyond the scope of Temple Kol Ami. This may include the release of students' ages, grades, images, artwork, writing or other school related work to the media for publicity, displays, newsletters, etc. If you do not consent to the release of information, you must notify the temple office in writing, prior to the start of the school year.

Kol Ami has a Privacy Policy, Screening and Hiring procedures, and Supervision/Intervention policies that are available from the office upon request.



YARZHEIT INFORMATION


You may verify your yarzheit information in the My Account section of the website, which can be found by clicking on your name at the top right of any page on the website. (You will need to be logged in to do this.  If you are not logged in, you will see a Login button at the top right of every page.)

If you do not wish to do this online you may contact the temple office to review and update this information.

DEDICATED DONATIONS TO KOL AMI FUNDS
 

If you wish to make an additional dedicated donation to one or more of our Kol Ami funds, simply enter the amount into the box under that fund.

General support of Kol Ami programming and expenses
Materials, scholarships and other support of our Religious School.
Funds our congregation's extensive adult learning.
For choir and other musical needs.
Supports our popular annual Scholar in Residence program.
Provides for needs of families experiencing loss or illness.
Supports our community Shabbat dinners.
Used for tzedakah, chesed and to support programs at the rabbi's discretion.
Provides for repair/maintenance of Torah scrolls and purchase of prayerbooks.
Supports our Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) efforts.
Supports our efforts to build a congregational library.
Jewish camping and youth group scholarships, and supporting educational experiences for our youth.
NON-MEMBER HIGH HOLY DAY TICKETS

High Holy Day tickets will be issued for each member of your family. Please use this form to purchase tickets for non-members (guests).
 
Non-member tickets may be purchased for friends and family of our members:
 
ADULTS (13 yrs and older) - $210
CHILDREN (under 13 yrs old) - $54
Enter the names of each ADULT you are purchasing tickets for. Please separate each name with a comma.
Enter the names of each CHILD you are purchasing tickets for. Please separate each name with a comma.
ONEG SPONSORSHIPS
 

Celebrate a Simcha, remember a loved one and support Kol Ami by sponsoring a Friday Night Oneg or Preneg. 
Reserve up to 3 dates from July 1 through June 30 of the coming year.
You will be charged $72 for each oneg or preneg that you sponsor.

Includes Voluntary Community Support, ARZA membership, and any donations, High Holy Day tickets, and/or school registration fees.
ADMINISTRATION
 

On the next page you will be presented with payment options.

You may make your payment by credit card via Authorize.net, or choose to have it billed to your account so that you may make other arrangements, such as paying by cheque.

If you choose to pay by credit card, you may also specify if you wish to pay in full via a single payment, or via 2-12 monthly instalments, right on the payment page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you wish to have your contribution billed to your account and wish to establish a multiple payment arrangement, please select Bill To My Account on the next page, and DO NOT change the payment amount/frequency.  You will then need to email admin@kolami.ca to make your alternate payment arrangements.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to address this limitation.

NOTE: NSF cheques are subject to a $36 charge.

By completing this form, I am affirming that all the information entered here is accurate and up to date, to the best of my knowledge.

Please click the 'Save and Continue' button below.

 

Fri, August 23 2019 22 Av 5779