Temple Kol Ami Timeline
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.
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.
1975 – Under the leadership of Rabbi Ernst Conrad, z’l, 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.
1986 – Rabbi Norman T. Roman joined Temple Kol Ami as its second senior rabbi. 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. He would hold that post for 30 years.
2007- TKA breaks 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.
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.
2012 – TKA becomes 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 Jewish News article on T’rumot HaLev. Read the New York Times article.
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. This Fund ensures the vitality of our congregation by defraying rabbinic and leadership costs.
2016 – Rabbi Roman became Rabbi Emeritus. He remains meaningfully involved, leading services, singing, playing guitar and teaching.
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!