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Temple B’nai Israel, Greater Kalamazoo’s spiritual home for Reform Judaism, is an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community.  We are an engaging place for worship, lifelong learning, celebration, and gathering.



High Holidays at TBI

Please join us for High Holiday services.

We are excited to welcome WMU professor of voice Carl Ratner as Temple B'nai Israel's cantorial soloist for the upcoming High Holiday season. Ratner, who has performed in concert and recital in 10 states and four European countries and has sung in 14 languages, comes to Temple B'nai Israel after serving as a member of a High Holiday choir at a congregation in Chicago for many years. Recently Ratner has lent his talents to several concerts in the congregation’s Arts & Lecture Series. He will share the bima with our full-time religious leader, Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh.

Rosh Hashanah services:

Erev Rosh Hashanah:  Sunday, September 13, 8 PM
Rosh Hashanah morning services:  Monday, September 14, 10 AM, followed by tashlich
Rosh Hashanah children’s service: Monday, September 14, 4 PM

Yom Kippur services:

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 22, 8 PM
Yom Kippur morning services: Wednesday, September 23, 10 AM
Yom Kippur text study and discussion: Wednesday, September 23, 12:15 PM

Yom Kippur afternoon service: Wednesday, September 23, 2:45 PM

Yom Kippur children’s service: Wednesday, September 23, 4 PM

Nature walk (running in parallel with the children's service): Wednesday, September 23, 4 PM

Yizkor and concluding services: Wednesday, September 23, 5 PM.

Admission to High Holiday services is free to current TBI members, all area college and university students, and current members of other Reform congregations.  All others are invited to purchase admission by mailing $50/person to: Temple B’nai Israel, PO Box 19666, Kalamazoo, MI 49019. Upon receipt of your payment, your name will be added to the High Holiday services guest list. Simply mention your name at the door so the usher can verify that you are on the guest list.

A popular alternative to purchasing High Holiday admission is to join TBI as a trial member. A Trial Membership commitment is $150 for couples/families and $100 for singles. This membership level includes High Holy Day admission(s) at no extra charge ($50 value per admission).  


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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


On the first, third, fourth, and fifth Fridays of each month, Shabbat services will begin at 7:00 p.m.  All services are led by our religious leader, Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh.


On the second Friday of each month, Shabbat services begin at 6:00 p.m.  These services are led by Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh 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.


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