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Temple Kol Ami welcomes families and singles, interfaith families, the LGBTQ community, and Jews by Choice.

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Making A Place For You

Whether your interest lies in Torah study, weekly Shabbat worship services, social action, social groups, Sunday school for your children, or adult Jewish education, you’ll find it here.

Temple Kol Ami Mission Statement

Temple Kol Ami is a multi-generational, caring, diverse and inclusive Reform Jewish community that prides itself on its warmth and member’s connectedness.  While maintaining traditions, we are also committed to providing innovative practices, services and activities. We place emphasis on maintaining our Jewish identity and values through ritual, spiritual connection, learning for children and adults, community involvement, a commitment to the State of Israel, and dedication to social justice (Tikkun Olam).

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Our History
1966
Eight founding families formed “The New Temple,” a reform Jewish congregation serving Metro Detroit, with a strong dedication to liberal Judaism, a socially conscious philosophy, and a commitment to Israel and the Jewish people.
1966
1970
The congregation adopted the name Temple Kol Ami, “Voice of My People,” and continued the philosophy of an intimate and innovative Reform Jewish community that continues to uphold our founding principles.
1970
1975
Under the leadership of Rabbi Ernst Conrad (z"l) and Music Director Nathalie Conrad, the Temple opened its own building— the first Jewish organization with a building in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

As the congregation grew, so did the building, adding a social hall and other amenities in the 1980s.
1975
1986
Rabbi Norman T. Roman joined Temple Kol Ami as its second senior rabbi and would hold that post for 30 years.. Rabbi Roman is known around the world for his dedication to Tikkun Olam, love for and commitment to Israel, and emphasis on Jewish education and music.
1986
2007
TKA broke ground on a new wing to house our engaging TKA Family Religious School. After many years as a “travelling” Sunday School, our teachers and students now enjoy a permanent home right in our building.

The addition is LEED Certified, providing a healthier learning environment for our students. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rigorous, third-party certification system for green and sustainable buildings
2007
2010
B’nai Israel (BI), a conservative congregation down the street, needed a new home. TKA and BI leadership worked out an arrangement to share our building. This trailblazing Reform/Conservative partnership has been praised around the world.
2010
2012
TKA became a model in congregation financing by eliminating dues and launching a pledge system, “T’rumot HaLev” or Gifts from the Heart. Here members pledge the amount that works for them as their annual financial commitment. Read the articles on T’rumot HaLev from Jewish News article and the New York Times.
2012
2016
TKA celebrated a Golden Anniversary. To honor our past and look toward our future, TKA launched the Rabbi Norman T. and Lynne Roman Rabbinic Chair Fund. This Fund ensures the vitality of our congregation by defraying rabbinic and leadership costs.
2016
2016
Rabbi Roman became Rabbi Emeritus. He remains meaningfully involved, leading services, singing, playing guitar and teaching.
2016
2016
TKA welcomed Rabbi Brent Gutmann as TKA’s third senior rabbi. Today – TKA members continue to take an active and meaningful role here at one of the Nation’s most innovative congregations. Whether your interest lies in Torah Study, weekly Shabbat worship services, social action, religious school for your children, or adult Jewish education, you’ll find it here.
TKA – The Right Fit For You since 1966!
2016

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