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Temple B'nai Israel, greater Kalamazoo's Reform Jewish community, welcomes all to our Friday evening services, Sunday morning mini-services, and various meetings and events throughout the winter.  Come check us out!


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Welcome to Temple B'nai Israel!


Our Mission

Temple B'nai Israel will be a home for the practice of Reform Judaism in Kalamazoo, foster the connection with the Divine for members of the community, introduce our children to Judaism and provide a forum for lifelong study of Torah.

Our website tells you a little about us. But only by worshiping with us, learning with us and sharing Shabbat with us, will you get to know the real Temple B'nai Israel. We are known for the warmth of our members and our clergy. People feel a part of our family as soon as they meet us. We’re glad you’ve stopped by, and we invite you to visit us in person soon. You’ll find us to be a diverse, caring, active Jewish community. Temple B'nai Israel welcomes people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, national origins, religious or ethnic backgrounds. Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and non-Jews wishing to explore Judaism are welcome at all services and programs

We invite you to explore our website and then visit us!

Shabbat Services

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We offer Shabbat worship services on Friday evenings.  

On the first, third, and fourth Fridays of each month, Shabbat services begin at 7:00 p.m.   In 2013-14, services on the first and third Fridays are led by our student rabbi, Matthew Zerwekh.  Fourth Friday services are led by synagogue associate Patty Ressler-Billion.

On the second Friday of each month, Shabbat services begin at 6:00 p.m., are led by synagogue associate Michael Tanoff, and are followed by a community potluck meal open to all (October through May).  During the summer months (June through September), services are followed by a shared meal at a local restaurant.

In 2013-14, should a fifth Friday occur, there will be no services at temple.  On fifth Fridays, members are encouraged to celebrate Shabbat at home and to share their celebrations with other members and friends.

Our Shabbat services are always open to visitors; we invite you to come and experience Temple B'nai Israel!

Upcoming Events


Apr.19.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Torah Study led by student rabbi Matt Zerwekh


Apr.19.2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Annual calendar planning meeting, with havdalah


Apr.20.2014 9:15am - 12:00pm
Religious School: Passover Seder


Apr.20.2014 9:15am - 10:00am
Mini-service open to all


Apr.20.2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Adult Hebrew class, led by Matt


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