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

 

Rabbi Vann is writing the weekly Torah commentary for the Cleveland Jewish News this month. Her final August contribution is below.

 

PARASHAT EKEV

 

Sometimes life is hard. And it isn’t fair.

This week, too many people are sick; too many have heard bad news that will alter the course of their lives. Too many people I care about are dying and have died.

Even for me- a rabbi—when things are particularly rough, I ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

This enduring question is a tough one. For thousands of years sages and philosophers have debated and studied to find answers to assuage our pain and make meaning where there just doesn’t seem to be any.

As we look to this week’s Torah portion, Ekev, we note that the entire book of Deuteronomy can be difficult. At times, it implies that if one does not follow God’s rules, then any suffering is one’s due.

It’s also the book where we find this: “And now, O Israel, what does the Eternal your God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Eternal your God, to walk only in divine paths, to love and to serve the Eternal your God with all your heart and soul . . .” (Deuteronomy 10:12)

This verse teaches that God only expects us to do the best with what we’ve got. In this, we learn that God isn’t out to punish us—as we often assume. God wants us to rise to our best, and to know that the world that we encounter is filled with imperfections, tragedies, unexpected realities and more.

In 1981, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People. The book became a bestseller. You’ll note that he titled the book When…,  and not Why.

What we do about the bad things– how we respond– that’s what is important.

Kushner wrote: “God does not cause our misfortunes. . . .Some are caused by bad luck, some are caused by bad people, and some are simply an inevitable consequence of our being human and being mortal, living in a world of inflexible natural laws.”

So this week, let us call out to God for comfort and support as we journey through this world that is imperfect and often painful. Let us feel God’s presence, knowing that we are striving to walk our holy path.

 

– 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

 

Friday, August 26, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service: Shabbat Under the Stars with Kolot Kol Ami | Livestream

Saturday, August 27, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Wednesday, August 31, at 6 pm | Usher dinner

Friday, September 2, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with Torah reading | Livestream

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

Saturday, September 3, at 10:30 am | Bar Mitzvah: William Berick

Friday, September 9, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with special guest speaker, Dr. Holly Pederson | Livestream

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

Saturday, September 10, at 10:30 am | Bat Mitzvah: Carly Lehman

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

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

Saturday, September 17, at 10:30 am | Bar Mitzvah: Gabe Schechtman

 


We Are Hiring!

 

P/T Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant

Job Description

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.

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.

We’re close to you!

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