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Suburban Temple-Kol Ami is a warm, welcoming Reform Jewish community building a vibrant Jewish future rooted in acceptance, spirituality, and creativity.




OUR TENT: Thank you for learning with us this year!

Looking for ways to contribute to Our Tent?

Our Tent brings together our entire congregation on Sunday mornings to learn togetherOur Tent is for adults and children, young and the old and all of us in between. It’s for those who want to learn together with all age groups, and for those who want to learn with their peers. It’s for those who prefer to learn through a book or lecture, and for those who want to learn through experience and expression of their creativity. It’s for thosewho want to explore history and those who want to dream about the future.

You can help to make this happen!  There are several ways to donate to Our Tent .

For $72 you can sponsor a Sunday Breakfast

For $360 you can sponsor 1 full class for a trimester

For $72 you can sponsor a single class

You can also do a Tribute in Honor of a Teacher!

To find out about other options, please email Rabbi Shana or Brett Shankman

Sponsor Our Tent 

TORAH TALK: weekly words from the Rabbi


This week in Parshat Tzav, we begin to learn more of the many details surrounding how sacrifices were offered in ancient Israel.  In Leviticus 6:3-4 we read, “The priest shall dress in linen raiment, with linen breeches next to his body; and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire has reduced the burnt offering on the altar and place them beside the altar.  He shall then take off his vestments and put on other vestments and carry the ashes outside the camp to a pure place.”


“Why were the ashes treated with such reverence?” the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary asks.  And the answer given is, “It symbolizes the idea that what was holy yesterday must be treated with respect today as well.”  In other words, if something is holy, no matter what it has been through, it remains holy and deserving of respect.


As human beings, each of us, created b’tzelem Elohim – in God’s image, is holy.  There are times we may feel as though we have been through the fire, and we come out feeling less holy.  There are times we feel we have made sacrifices, or we have sacrificed ourselves or our principles in certain situations, and in the end, we feel less holy.  This week’s Torah portion reminds us that no matter what we have been through, no mater what we have experienced, in the end, even if we are not as whole, we are as holy as we began.

- Rabbi Shana Nyer

Sun, March 24 2019 17 Adar II 5779