Congregation Kol Ami - Jewish Life in Elmira

Like many faith communities, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congregation Kol Ami has had to adapt to the conditions of everyday life. This short video illustrates how they have reinvented worshiping and their very popular Jewish Food Festival. 


This glimpse into the traditions of Congregation Kol Ami was produced by Ashley Gillen, Nausheen Fatima, and Beth Manwaring through The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’ Community Documentation Workshop.


The Community Documentation Workshop, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, began in 2021 as an 8-part workshop series designed to teach residents how to gather and share stories in ways that unify our diverse region, advance cultural equity, and reflect the dignity and resilience of the people within our community.


As our friends, collaborators, and community partners complete their documentaries, The ARTS Council is proud to amplify their stories.


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