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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


A colleague of mine just began a six-month sabbatical.

He began it by signing off from all social media and email. He is known for his astute use of Facebook and even Instagram and Twitter. Yet, he decided, that for his sabbatical, he needed a break. He need to step back from his usual way of communicating for a while. He is using his sabbatical to gain a different vantage point, and he hopes that by communicating differently, he’ll be able to find that new vista.

Similarly, I think, is the reason for the laws around this week’s Torah portion, which dictate a sabbatical for the earth, and the land in various forms. From a break in how we cultivate to the way it is managed, the sabbatical, or shmittah, is a serious effort in gaining clarity for the earth, and around the land.

Like my colleague’s sabbatical, to the earth and the land, we, too, need clarity. How do we gain it? Perhaps a simple clarifying exercise-a favorite of mine-can help. What happens when you ask yourself these questions:

What are you least proud of today? This week?

What were you most proud of today? This week?

What did you learn from these experiences?

Where did you experience a sense of holiness today? This week?

May these questions bring you increased clarity.

~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!


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 Spring Tea and Closing Program

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

Tuesday, May 23, at 11:30 pm | AARP Safe Driving Course Mandel-Gries Social Hall

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 (“Thank You For Being A Mensch”) and Service

Wednesday, May 31 | SHAVUOT – Temple Offices Closed

Friday, June 2, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Torah reading and Kolot Kol Ami | Livestream

Friday, June 2, at 7:30 pm | Kolot Kol Ami appreciation Dinner

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

Thursday, June 8, at 5:30 pm | Tikkun Olam Committee meeting Gries Library

Friday, June 9, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

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

Monday, June 12, at 7 pm | ANNUAL MEETING

Friday, June 16, at 6 pm | Men’s Club Shabbat | Livestream

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

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

Saturday, June 24, 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.


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.