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Welcome

 
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!

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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!


Torah Talk

A HOLY COMMUNITY 

The Torah portion opens with Korah, Moses’ cousin, and two other men, Dathan and Abiram, leading a rebellion against Moses and Aaron accusing them of raising themselves above the community and as one of my Campers said this week, trying to hog God for themselves. But Moses is a humble leader and knows that God is there for the whole community. He tells Korach, Dathan, Abiram, and all the rebels that only God can show them who the true leader is. In the morning, each of the rebels, along with Moses and Aaron, offer incense in a fire pan to God before the Tent of Meeting. The ground opens up and swallows up Korach, Dathan, Abiram, and all 250 rebels, thus proving that Moses and Aaron are God’s chosen leaders.

But the people protest and blame Aaron and Moses for the deaths, so God plans another test. God tells Moses to have the chieftains from every tribe bring a staff to the Tent of Meeting, and in the morning the staff of the man chosen by God will bloom. In the morning, it is Aaron’s staff from the tribe of Levi that blooms, signifying that Aaron and his sons are directly responsible for the Tabernacle, and the Levites are to serve under the priests.

Our portion concludes by explaining that every Israelite is expected to give a tenth of his or her income to the Levites because the Levites had no other income. The Levites themselves had to tithe (give one tenth) to the priests of what they received. Thus, the Torah is teaching us that even those who depend on public assistance for their livelihood must give part of what they receive to tzedakah because tzedakah nourishes the soul of the donor even as it sustains the recipient.

Our Torah portion teaches us two important lessons about community. First, we all have a place, whether as leader or treasured member and there is no need or space for jealousy. And second, we are all there to help and support each other, even when we are in need of help ourselves. This is how we create a holy community.

~ 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!


Calendar

Friday, June 23, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

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

Tuesday, June 27, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class Gries Library

Friday, June 30, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Saturday, July 1, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Tuesday, July 4 | TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED

Friday, July 7, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Saturday, July 8, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class Gries Library

Friday, July 14, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

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

Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class Gries Library

Wednesday, July 19, at 6 pm | Annual Usher Appreciation and Recruitment Dinner

Friday, July 21, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Saturday, July 22, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, July 23 | Men’s Club Summer Outing at Progressive Field

Tuesday, July 25, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class Gries Library

Wednesday, July 26, at 4 pm | Calvary Church Spaghetti Supper (2020 E 79th St, Cleveland, Ohio, OH 44103)

Friday, July 28, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Saturday, July 29, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library


JULIE SILVER: A Concert Celebrating Bruce Shewitz

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.

Worship

 
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.