About Us

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About Us

Build your home in such a way that a stranger may feel happy in your midst!

Suburban Temple-Kol Ami is a Reform Jewish congregation that is egalitarian and inclusive.  We are a diverse community that engages everyone–interfaith couples, LGBT families and multiracial families, seniors, couples, singles of all ages, single parents and multi-generational families.

Blessed are You, who commands us to soak in the words of Torah.

Shabbat services are held every Friday evening at 6:00 pm.  We read from the Torah the first Friday of every month. We welcome you to our congregational choir!   Services are warm, informal and meaningful, followed by an Oneg Shabbat each week. We look forward to welcoming you!

Teach these words faithfully to your children…
We are a congregation of learners, with innovative and rich educational opportunities for all ages.  From weekly Torah study on Saturday mornings to a complete curriculum for toddlers through twelfth graders, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami meets our members where they are. We strive to provide resources, classes and discussions for growth and movement on our individual Jewish journeys.

Justice, justice, shall you pursue.

Meet Our Team

Rabbi Allison Vann
Rabbi Allison VannRabbi
Rabbi Allison B. Vann has been the spiritual leader of Suburban Temple-Kol Ami since 2011. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999, and served Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, Texas from 1999 to June of 2011. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Jewish Family Services Association, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Rabbi Vann is the Vice President of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis.

She is married to Charlie Vann, and is the mother of one son, Isaac, and two rescue dogs, Annie and Magneto.

Brett Shankman
Brett ShankmanExecutive Director
Brett Shankman joined Suburban Temple – Kol Ami as executive director in April 2014. He has worked in the organized Jewish community for most of his professional career, including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Menorah Park Foundation.

Brett is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Shaker Heights with wife, Marcy and children, Rebecca and Joshua.

Rabbi Shana Nyer
Rabbi Shana NyerDirector of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Shoshana Nyer joined the ST-KA community in July 2012, after serving Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, VA for nine years as first Assistant, then Associate Rabbi and Educator. Before arriving in Northern Virginia, she studied at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where in addition to achieving her ordination, she earned a masters of arts in Hebrew Literature.

Shana returns home to the Cleveland Jewish community where she grew-up and participated actively as a youth. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. Shana loves teaching students of all ages, and is most excited when her lessons combine her knowledge of and passion for Judaism and her interest in all things pop culture.

When she is not at work, Shana enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen Langel, and their daughter, Emily. They all feel blessed to be a part of the ST – KA community.

Rabbi Michael A. Oppenheimer
Rabbi Michael A. OppenheimerRabbi Emeritus