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project exodus: KOL AMI IS MOVING!

Kol Ami is seeking a new home, as the lease at 36 Atkinson expires on October 2, 2021.

We will continue to provide you with an update on the relocation here. Watch your email for our upcoming Town Hall.

In the meantime here are the top questions to help you learn more about our move.

1. Why is Kol Ami moving from 36 Atkinson?

Our landlord gave us an eviction notice, as they wish to use our current space for their own operations. This is allowed under our lease. Kol Ami must leave by early October 2021.

2. Where is Kol Ami moving to?

Our first choice is to move to the Kimel Family Education Centre at the Lebovic Centre in North Thornhill located just North of Rutherford on Bathurst (9600 Bathurst Street). This will be contingent on an agreement on a suitable lease. The Kimel Building people (UJA & CHAT) are excited to have Kol Ami as tenants and have sent us a Letter of Intent to negotiate an agreement. We could move into our new home as early as July, but no later than October 2021.

3. Why is Kol Ami not moving closer to 36 Atkinson?

The Kol Ami leadership has looked at other locations nearby, such as the Thornhill Masonic Hall and the Promenade Mall. However, these and other possible locations were unable to fulfill our core needs for sufficient space for religious services, office space, our religious school, parking and building accessibility.

We are continuing to keep an eye out for any new possibilities that will open up.

4. Will we have a bigger space in the new home?

Some of the spaces, such as the classrooms, may be bigger and other spaces, such as the Beit Midrash, where most services will be held, will be smaller. We will have options to expand our space as required, for example for B’nai Mitzvahs or Rock Shabbat. We have to live within our financial means and balance that with our space requirements.

5. Will the religious school be in the Kimel building too?

Yes. High quality, modern classrooms are available at the Kimel Centre, which is one of the reasons it is our preferred choice.

6. Is there onsite parking?

Yes. There is plenty of onsite surface parking at the Kimel Centre. There is additional parking space available, both above and underground at the adjoining Schwartz-Reisman Centre.

7. Will the move affect my Child's upcoming B'nai Mitzvah?

Our first priority is to accommodate B’nai Mitzvah families and be assured there will be no disruption during our move, which will likely take place over the summer or shortly after the high holy days in early September.

8. Will my contribution for dues increase?

No. As Kol Ami does not have a fixed annual dues model anymore, our membership is invited to contribute to the best of their ability under what we call Voluntary Community Support.

9. When will I have a chance to ask questions about the move?

Our Shul leadership is planning a town hall on Zoom later in the spring to answer your questions and get your feedback on the proposed move to the Kimel Building.

10. Can I make recommendations on the decor of the Shul?

Absolutely! You can volunteer for the Sacred Space Committee or provide your ideas directly to the committee. The upcoming town hall will be another opportunity to share your ideas.


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