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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


This week we read the double portion of Tazria/Metzora, often lovingly referred to by rabbis as the skin diseases and mold section of the Torah.  These portions of the Torah can often be difficult for the modern-day reader to find meaning with their emphasis on ritual purity and tzara’at, which is translated as leprosy, but is really a catch-all term for a wide variety of ailments that could affect people, garments, and dwellings.

By far, however, the most difficult part of these portions, is that it appears as those who are afflicted are to blame for their affliction.  This is noted in the Torah by the fact that part of the purification ritual is to bring an offering of atonement, and it in a theme that the rabbis of the Talmud and later commentaries take-up when they discuss that there are seven reasons one can contract leprosy including, murder, pride, stinginess, and the most popular, malicious speech.

We clearly know today, that when we contract a disease it is not the result of moral behavior on our part.  So, what is it that we can learn from this portion.  If we look at the role of the kohen (the priest), he was to check on the afflicted person, who was in isolation for reasons of contagion, and was to deem him/her ready to reenter the community as soon as possible.  The kohen had the role of both spiritual and medical authority, which teaches us that there is both a physical and spiritual aspect to recovery.

As someone who lives with a chronic illness, I often talk about the difference between healing a cure.  I believe that cure is about our physical state and healing is about our spiritual state.  Cure is in the hands of the doctor, while we have the power to heal, and one can truly be healed without ever being cured.  I believe this is why the Mi Shebeirach (healing prayer) we recite as a community holds so much meaning and power for us.  I believe it is because we recognize, not its power to cure, but its power to heal.  When we, or someone we love, becomes ill there is so much that is out of our control, may we be blessed to recognize what is in our power.

~ 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!


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

Friday, April 28, at 7:15 pm | Congregational Dinner with Our Tent sample session

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

Saturday, April 29, at 6 pm | Parents’ Night Out

Sunday, April 30, at 9:30 am | Religious School Families’ Our Tent sample session

Monday, May 1 | Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Remembrance Day)

Tuesday, May 2 | Yom Ha’Atyzma’ut (Israel Independence Day)

Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 pm | Tikkun Olam Committee meeting

Thursday, May 4, at 7 pm | Vintage Film Festival: Beneath the Helmet

Friday, May 5, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Torah reading and Kolot Kol Ami choir | Livestream

Monday, May 8, at 7 pm | Board of Trustees meeting (Gries Library)

Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

Friday, May 12, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Friday, May 12, at 6 pm | Come Grow With Me! Shabbat with Rabbi Shana and Cantor Dave

Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

Wednesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm | Confirmation Rehearsal

Thursday, May 18, at 7 pm | ST-KA Book Blub: Marjorie Morningstar

Friday, May 19, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Confirmation | Livestream

Saturday, May 20, at 6 pm | Parents’ Night Out

Sunday, May 21, at 1 pm | Kol Nashim Closing Program

Monday, May 22, at 6 pm | Vintage Committee meeting

Tuesday, May 23, at 11:30 pm | AARP Safe Driving Course

Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 pm | Vintage Committee meeting

Wednesday, May 24, at 4 pm | Calvary Church Supper (7820 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103)

Wednesday, May 24, at 7 pm | Executive Committee meeting (Gries Library)

Friday, May 26, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Saturday, May 27, at 10:30 am | Bat Mitzvah: Madilyn Weinberger

Monday, May 29 | MEMORIAL DAY – Temple Offices Closed

Tuesday, May 30, at 7 pm | Erev Shavuot Program and Service

Wednesday, May 31 | SHAVUOT – Temple Offices Closed

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.


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.