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We had an amazing Purim Carnival, complete with Purim Schpeil, giant noisemakers, raffles, a silent auction, more Hamentaschen than anyone could count, face painting, games, and more!

Our Purim story was read by Joan Hawxhurst, Bruce Schultz, and Linda Miller, and acted out by students in our religious school:

Purim 2013 Schpeil narrators


Of course, our Purim play starred King Ahasuerus, Queen Vashtii, Esther, Mordechai and Haman!

Purim 2013 Vashtii King

Purim 2013 Esther Mord Haman


Thanks to our resident photographer Jay Pike, many more photos are available on the TBI Facebook page. Click to view the album!

Famous Jewish Musician Sam Glaser visits Kalamazoo!


Join us for a very special



Sam Glaser

sam glaser 1Acclaimed as a singer, songwriter, composer, cantorial soloist, and an energetic, passionate storyteller, Sam has released over 20 CDs, and has been named one of the top ten Jewish performers by Moment magazine.

November 30 and Dec 1
at Congregation of Moses

Friday night, November 30
- Community Dinner, 6:00pm ($5/person, children under 18 are free)
- Shabbat services, 7:30pm
Both dinner and services will be led by Sam, with music and stories.

Saturday morning, December 1
Sam will lead us in services, offering explanations and telling stories while combinding an ideal blend of traditional melodies and contemporary settings of prayers. A light Kiddush lunch will be served.

Saturday evening, December 1 at 7:00pm
Sam will bring the program to a climax with a moving Havdalah service and a rousing community concert. School aged childred will be invited to join Sam on the stage.

All Jewish Community members are welcome.
sponsered by the Jewish Federation of Kalamazoo and SW Michigan.

We recently hosted a Saturday evening Havdalah service, followed by TBI's first ever wine tasting party. Children brought the Havdalah candles and spice bags they had made along with a bottle of their favorite juice, and adults brought a bottle of their favorite wine. Thanks to the Connections Committee for organizing this wonderful event!

havdalah platter

havdalah service


havdalah desserts

Read more: Events Nov 19 2012

Shabbat Services


Please join us for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh. On the first, third, and fourth Fridays of each month, Shabbat services begin at 7:00 p.m. On the second Friday  of each month, Shabbat services begin at 6:00 p.m. and are followed by a community potluck meal open to all (October through May) or a shared meal at a local restaurant (June through September).  In months with a fifth Friday, we forego services at TBI and instead gather in members’ homes for a shared Shabbat dinner.

Every Saturday morning, our  our weekly morning Shabbat serviceMinyan Milamed, begins at 10:00 a.m. Check our calendar page for updates. Our Shabbat services are always open to visitors; we invite you to come and experience Temple B'nai Israel!