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



Acharei Mot begins by describing in exquisite detail the priestly ritual of purification and expiation. Aaron, the High Priest, is instructed “to offer his own bull of sin offering, to make expiation for himself and for his household” (Leviticus 16:6). The detail is concluded with the commandment to honor Yom Kippur.

Every year during Passover, we read this week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot. I believe that Acharei Mot is teaching us that there is a connection between Passover and Yom Kippur-but what is it?

Jewish demographers tell us that the Passover seder is the most widely observed of contemporary Jewish rituals and celebrations. Perhaps it is because the seder is conducted at home and is universally accessible, personal, and timeless, Passover is a beloved holiday. If you’ve cleaned your home and prepared for a seder, you know it claims sacred time. Turning to our Torah portion, the High Priest’s Yom Kippur ritual of sanctification mirrors this preparation: he, too, is challenged to ensuring the sanctity of rites and place. Once ready, both the seder participant and the High Priest enter into the drama of the ritual.

So what is the connection being taught in this Torah portion between Passover and Yom Kippur? The deliberate preparations for our Passover journey can mirror the process of preparing for the holiness of Yom Kippur. Each one of us is challenged to enter the Passover story, as the High Priest experiences his own soul searching in preparation for Yom Kippur. The High Priest’s intense ritual preparation for Yom Kippur mirrors our physical preparation for Passover. Perhaps this Torah portion is a reminder that our spiritual preparation for Yom Kippur, like the High Priest, can be as meaningful as our Passover journey.


This week’s commentary was inspired by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell

 ~ Rabbi Allison Vann



Friday, April 29 | Temple Office will be CLOSED

Friday, April 29, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with Oneg for Rabbi Shana Nyer’s Master’s Degree Graduation | Livestream

Saturday, April 30, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, May 1, at 9:30 am | The Couple’s Toolbox  Getting and Staying Strong as a Couple with Rabbi Allison Vann & Barbara Feinberg, LISW-S, IMFT-S. RSVP to dhopkins@suburbantemple.org or 216.991.0700.

Sunday, May 1, at 11 am | Religious School Siyyum

Sunday, May 1, at Noon | Religious School Picnic Open to the Congregation

Friday, May 6, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with Torah reading | Livestream

Saturday, May 7, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Saturday, May 7, at 6 pm | Parents’ Night Out Pizza, activities, havdalah and a movie and pajamas. Cost is $10 per child with a maximum of $25 per family. RSVP to Jonathan Payes at jpayes@suburbantemple.org or 216.991.0700

Monday, May 9, at 7 pm | Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 10, at 7 pm | Confirmation Rehearsal Sanctuary

Wednesday, May 11, at 4:30 pm | Teen Coffee with Noam and Justin Starbucks  at Chagrin and Green

Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 pm | Kolot Kol Ami choir rehearsal

Thursday, May 12, at 4 pm | Coffee, Tea, and We Meet Rabbi Vann, Rabbi Nyer, and Brett Shankman for coffee and a schmooze at Panera (at the corner of Richmond and Harvard) on Tuesday, May 12, at 4 pm. We’ll save a seat for you – coffee’s on us.

Thursday, May 12 at 8 pm | Yom Ha’azmaut

Friday, May 13, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with Kolot Kol Ami and Confirmation Service of Welcome | Livestream

Saturday, May 14, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 am | Bar Mitzvah of Robert Wolf

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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!

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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