Suburban Temple-Kol Ami is large enough to meet your needs and small enough to know your name.  Our membership is diverse in spirituality and religious practice, in their backgrounds and their vision of involvement.  We share a dedication to Jewish tradition, a sense of adventure and innovation, an acceptance of differences and an openness to one another.  We invite you to become a part of our extraordinary Jewish community!

Open Doors

OUR point of view is this: We believe that spirituality is defined individually, not universally. That money should never be a barrier to participation, but rather a personal expression of community. It’s a simple proposition. We didn’t invent it, we just believe it!

julie-silverFor 50 years, Bruce Shewitz has been fascinated with Jewish Music. For the last 15 years, Bruce has been the music director at Suburban Temple-Kol Ami. We are cordially inviting you to join us for a special concert performance by Julie Silver, honoring Bruce’s retirement from Suburban Temple-Kol Ami! If you enjoyed our artist-in-residence, Rick Recht, you will certainly enjoy Julie.

Patron tickets (with reserved seating in the sanctuary) are available for $72 per person and include a dessert reception after the concert.

General Admission tickets are $36 per person.


To purchase tickets, please call Dale Hopkins at 216.991.0700.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Funds raised will go to the Shewitz Music Fund, which will support the music program at Suburban Temple-Kol Ami.

Contact Brett Shankman at the Temple office at bshankman@suburbantemple.org or 216.991.0700 to learn more.

Torah Talk


The years of one’s life are not a bequest, guaranteed for an extended period of time. Rather, each and every breath is a gift from God.

                                     ~Commentary on the Torah

This Shabbat we read Parshat Chayei SarahChayei Sarah means “the life of Sarah”, but our Torah portion actually begins with her death, and it concludes with the death of Abraham, marking the passing from one generation to the next.

In commenting on the above verse Rabbi Lori Forman writes the following:

How do we slow down to really consider the span and scope of our years? It’s true that today many people are living healthy, active lives for longer and longer periods of time. Though retirement officially begins at sixty-five, today this marks a new period of life for many people. Nonetheless even with an expanded life span, the years of our lives are not infinite. Each day, each season, is a gift to cherish. Each day that we grow older – with wrinkles and growing waistlines – is a gift, a blessing. And birthdays themselves are indeed days to celebrate, not dread: ask any cancer survivor.

We need to savor our life now to the fullest extent possible. This may be easy to say, but it is certainly not always easy to fulfill. We all tend to say, for example, “Oh, I’ll pursue my dreams when I retire.” We all get up some days on the wrong side of the bed, as the saying goes, or perhaps we are dealing with a tense work situation or have financial concerns. It is hard to remember, much less focus on, the value of each of our moments when we are in the thick of life’s stresses. Thanking God for each breath of life may be the last thing on our minds. We are worried about who’s going to pick up the kids from school and how to complete the latest project on time. Nonetheless, the spiritual path is to recognize that life is a gift. As we [celebrate Thanksgiving this year], let us recommit ourselves to cherishing life – each breath of it.


~ Rabbi Shana Nyer

How to Say “Yes, and” to Inclusion

We are so proud of the work that Rabbi Nyer continues to do to make inclusion a central component of our educational strategy.  Congratulations Rabbi Nyer on the publication of your article “How to Say ‘Yes, and’” on the Union for Reform Judaism blog!


Tuesday, November 29, at 6:30 pm | Kol Nashim Rosh Chodesh The Cleveland Candle Company

Thursday, December 1, at 7 pm | Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 1, at 7 pm | Music Taskforce Meeting

Friday, December 2, at 6 pm | 5th and 6th Grade Shabbat service with Torah reading and Kolot Kol Ami Special servicing commemorating the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Michael Oppenheimer’s installation at ST-KA | Livestream 

Friday, December 2, at 7 pm | 5th and 6th Grade Shabbat Dinner at Rabbi’s House!

Saturday,December 3, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Saturday, December 3, at 6 pm | Parents’ Night Out

Sunday, December 4, at 7 pm | Julie Silver: A Retirement Concert for Bruce Shewitz

Friday, December 9, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream

Saturday, December 10, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, December 11, at 10 am | Menchkins 

Sunday, December 11, at Noon | Faculty Appreciation Chanukah Lunch

Sunday, December 11, at 5 pm | Celebrate Chanukah with Vintage Suburban!

Monday, December 12, at 7 pm | Board of Trustees meeting Gries Library

Tuesday, December 13, at 7 pm | Kolot Kol Ami rehearsal

Tuesday, December 13, at 7 pm | Music Taskforce meeting

Wednesday, December 14, at 6 pm | Spirituality Taskforce meeting

Wednesday, December 14, at 7 pm | Lifelong Learning Committee meeting

Friday, December 16, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream

Friday, December 16, at 7 pm | Congregational Chanukah dinner

Saturday, December 17, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Friday, December 23, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream

Saturday, December 24, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Monday, December 26 | Offices are closed 

Friday, December 30, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream

Saturday, December 31, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Great Tour of Historic Jewish Cleveland sponsored by Men’s Club!

Men’s Club: Father’s Day at Progressive Field!

Our Mission

Suburban Temple-Kol Ami is a warm, welcoming Reform Jewish community building a vibrant Jewish future rooted in acceptance, spirituality, and creativity.

Our Vision

May we be like Abraham and Sarah’s tent, open to all who seek a Jewish community guided by Reform Jewish values, prayer, and life-long learning.


Services are held in the sanctuary. Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 6 pm every Friday night.  The first Friday of every month features a Torah reading and our congregational choir, Kolot Kol Ami.

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To reach a member of our staff quickly, please call (216) 991-0700 or email info@suburbantemple.org.