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!

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!


Torah Talk

ACCORDING TO OUR BLESSING

This is the last Torah portion in Genesis, and in it, we witness the end of Jacob’s life. As Jacob ages, and realizes that the end of his life is near, he wishes to bestow blessings upon each of his children. The specific verse states, “Each man according to his blessing, he blessed them.” Each blessing is particular to the son that Jacob blessed. In addition to tailoring each brachah (blessing) to the personality and temperament of each of his sons, Jacob gave them all a common brachah, one that he had received from Isaac, who, in turn, had received it from Abraham.

In contrast to this, however, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, an Orthodox commentator from the 20th century, explains that the phrase “according to his blessing” does not necessarily refer to his sons, but could be referring to Jacob himself. In other words, teaches Soloveitchik, Jacob blessed each of them with his blessing-that is, with his essence, with his very being.

In giving the blessing to each child, Jacob gave of his very self to his children. This makes this section of the Torah portion even more touching.

When we care for our children, and those important in our lives, we often think of them as blessings. When we think of the words that Jacob bequeathed them, let us think of our own loved ones: How much of your essence will you bequeath?

~ Rabbi Allison Vann

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

Tuesday, January 17, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Classes begin!

Tuesday, January 17, at 7 pm | Kolot Kol Ami rehearsal

Wednesday, January 18, at 7 pm | Lifelong Learning Committee meeting

Friday, January 20, at 11:30 am | Lunch and Learn (A Social Justice Forum)

Friday, January 20, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with Kolot Kol Ami | Livestream

Friday, January 20, at 6 pm | Come Grow With Me! Shabbat with Rabbi Shana Nyer and Cantor Dave

Saturday, January 21, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, January 22, at 9:30 am | Adult Education “Reform Judaism: Value Added”

Tuesday, January 24, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

Tuesday, January 24, at 7 pm | ST-KA Book Club

Wednesday, January 25, at 4 pm | Calvary Church Community Supper

Friday, January 27, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service / 7th Graders will participate and dine at Rabbi’s house after | Livestream

Saturday, January 28, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Saturday, January 28, at 6 pm | Parents’ Night Out

Sunday, January 29, at 9:30 am | Adult Education “Reform Judaism: Value Added”

Tuesday, January 31, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

Tuesday, January 31, at 7 pm | Kolot Kol Ami rehearsal

Wednesday, February 1, at 6 pm | Kol Nashim Women’s Shabbat rehearsal

Friday, February 3, at 6 pm | Kol Nashim Women’s Shabbat and Dinner | Livestream

Saturday, February 4, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, February 5, at 9:30 am | Adult Education “From Cain and Abel On: Judaism Responds to Conflict”

Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm | Tikkun Olam Committee meeting

Saturday, February 11, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, February 12, at 9:30 am | Adult Education “From Cain and Abel On: Judaism Responds to Conflict”

Sunday, February 12, at 12 pm | Youth Group: Hamantashen making

Monday, February 13, at 7 pm | Board of Trustees meeting

Wednesday, February 15, at 7 pm | Lifelong Learning Committee meeting

Saturday, February 18, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Monday, February 20 | TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED

Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah class

Thursday, February 23, at 7 pm | Executive Committee meeting

Saturday, February 25, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Saturday, February 25, at 7 pm | Ice Skating for 6-8th Graders at Cleveland Heights Skating Rink. $10/per student

Sunday, February 26, at 9:30 am | Adult Education “From Cain and Abel On: Judaism Responds to Conflict”

Sunday, February 26, at 10 am | Menchkins: Purim Basket-making at Wiggins Place

Sunday, February 26, at 12:00 pm | Youth Group: Hamantashen making

Sunday, February 26 | Kol Nashim Rosh Chodesh (details TBA)

Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah class

Tuesday, February 28, at 7 pm | Kolot Kol Ami Rehearsal 


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.