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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


For the last few weeks, the Torah has been giving lots of instructions about how to build the Mishkan—the Tabernacle. The Mishkan was the portable Sanctuary that traveled with the Israelites throughout the desert.

Here’s what’s interesting. The previous Torah portions were the just the directions. It’s as if the Israelites were given the Ikea manual, but not the actual parts. Now, in  parashat Vayekhel, the whole thing comes together: we have the instruction booklet and the parts, and we begin assembling.

To do this, Moses assembles the entire community together.  In fact, the word Vayekhel literally means “gather together.”  Moses could not build the Mishkan on his own, but needed the participation of the entire people. The community participated in two ways. First, they brought all the materials, from their own possessions, to help to create the Mishkan. Generously, they brought skins, wool, special woods, precious metals and stones. They gave freely, from their own hearts. Secondly, master craftsmen were gathered from amongst the tribes to create the Mishkan. They were endowed with skills to accomplish the specialized tasks required to complete the Tabernacle.

Before the Mishkan was created, the Israelites were struggling. They were complaining, and often rebelled against Moses and God, even creating the Golden Calf. When God sent Moses down the Mountain, the Torah says the people were peruah, meaning “wild, disorderly, chaotic, unruly, tumultuous.” Moses “saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.” This was not a community. This was not a people.

With the building of the Mishkan, the Israelites become not peruah, but a kehillah­ – a community. By bringing their generosity, their hearts, and their skills to creating sacred space in the desert, they not only found spirituality, they found themselves, and their sense of community.

~ 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!


Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah class

Wednesday, April 5, at 5:30 pm | Kol Nashim Women’s Seder

Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 pm | Tikkun Olam Committee meeting

Friday, April 7, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Torah reading and Kolot Kol Ami | Livestream

Saturday, April 8, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, April 9, at 10 am | Menchkins at Talespinners Children’s Theatre

Monday, April 10 | Passover Begins at Sundown – FIRST SEDER

Tuesday, April 11 | OFFICE CLOSED

Thursday, April 13, at 7 pm | Music Taskforce meeting Gries Library

Friday, April 14, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

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

Sunday, April 16 | NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Monday, April 17 | OFFICE CLOSED


Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah class

Wednesday, April 19, at Noon | Vintage Film Festival – Monuments Men

Friday, April 21, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream

Friday, April 21, at 6 pm | Come Grow With Me! Shabbat

Saturday, April 22, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library

Sunday, April 23 | YOM HASHOAH (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Sunday, April 23, at 9:30 am | Mitzvah Day

Monday, April 24, at 9 am | Case Book Discussion Day

Wednesday, April 26, at 7 pm | Executive Committee meeting

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

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.