First local synagogue breaks ground Monday

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After leasing offices and sharing worship space with local churches for decades, Clark County’s only reform Jewish community is building its own permanent home.

Congregation Kol Ami will host a synagogue groundbreaking celebration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the site, 7800 N.E. 119th St.

Jews in Clark County first organized as a community association in 1989, and formally adopted the name Congregation Kol Ami in 2001. The congregation joined the Union of Reform Judaism in 2004. Membership includes about 125 families, according to Cheryl Richards, congregation president.

The synagogue will host religious services and celebrations; there will also be classrooms for religious and Hebrew studies serving grades K-12.

Robert Brown Architects of Portland designed the building. The construction contractor is Robertson and Olson of Vancouver. Initial site work is under way.

For more information, visit http://jewishvancouverusa.org.