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Please join us as we celebrate
Temple B’nai Israel’s 150th Anniversary
June 10-12, 2016
Temple B’nai Israel was started by 20 Jewish families in Kalamazoo, with the signing of by-laws on January 7, 1866. An important early contributor to the development of Reform Judaism in the United States, our congregation was one of 34 founding members of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) in 1873. We constructed the first synagogue building in the state of Michigan in 1875.  We are proud of our history and invite you to join us for our sesquicentennial weekend celebration:
June 10:  Friday night “Retro” erev Shabbat service at 7:30 PM, featuring selections that trace the history of our prayer books (Minhag America, Union, Gates of Prayer, and Mishkan T’filah), distinguished guests, and special music, with an elegant oneg reception to follow
June 11:  Saturday congregational picnic, 5 to 9 PM, featuring a bouncy house for the kids, informal and joyous picnic fare under a tent, and havdalah services at 8:30 PM
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The Temple Board invites TBI members, former members and friends of TBI to consider making a donation in honor of the 150th Anniversary of our congregation. Your name and/or organization will be included in our 150th Anniversary service program and TBI History publication.

Learn more about our 150-year history here: http://templebnaiisrael.com/about-us/our-history

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.



Jackie Odza receives the 2015 Shana Winter award from Henry and Ellen Winter

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!

Upcoming Events


07.30.2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


08.05.2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


08.05.2016 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm


08.06.2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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!