create Jewishness

Judaism is active and thriving at the Congregation of Moses in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our synagogue is over 130 years old and we have occupied our current site since 1961.

CoM is affiliated with the USCJ and we participate actively in the Jewish Federation of Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan. Our goal is to satisfy the diverse spiritual, social and educational needs of all of our members, young and old.

The mission of the Congregation of Moses is to nurture the spiritual and cultural values of an active Jewish community – to create Jewishness. We hope you will be a part of our community! We welcome you to contact us if you have any questions about our synagogue or the Kalamazoo Jewish community.

The Congregation of Moses, an egalitarian traditional synagogue, welcomes all interfaith families.

Protocol for Events Taking Place on Congregation of Moses Premises, revised 2021-08-29

We are open for Shabbat morning services! The current protocol will remain under continual review as CDC, MDHHS, & local guidance warrant.

1. Requirements for entry into the building:

  • Kalamazoo County has been designated as an area of substantial COVID-19 transmission and as such, the CDC recommends people wear masks regardless of vaccination status in public indoor settings. The Congregation of Moses will follow these recommendations. Everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, is to be masked when inside the Congregation of Moses.
  • Guests not known to the usher to be vaccinated will be asked a limited set of screening questions.
  • Note: Online services will still be available if an individual does not feel comfortable with the possibility of unvaccinated people in the synagogue.

2. Requirements while in the sanctuary:

  • The first two rows and the first two aisle seats will be left empty. Additionally, unvaccinated congregants and guests should sit three unfilled seats from one another. Families may sit together.
  • The seating capacity in the sanctuary will be limited.
  • To maximize ventilation, fans will be on, and the social hall dividers fully open.

3. Requirements when in the lobby and other areas:

  • Everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, is to be masked when inside the Congregation of Moses.
  • The water fountain will be off and small bottles of water will be provided.
  • The library will be open and signs placed reminding people to maintain physical distance.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available near the front doors.

4. Conduct of services:

  • Most aliyot and other honors will be done by standing and reciting the brachot at the seat.
  • There will not be a Torah procession.

5. Special events such as B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Gatherings of 65 or more will be held outside.
  • If a tent is used, side flaps should be up to allow for maximum ventilation. The tent should be sized to accommodate twice the number of expected participants.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the tent.
  • Food can be served but must be done in a manner that avoids crowding and portioned out by wait staff.

Afghan Refugee Special Fund

“Tzedakah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvot of the Torah”

  – Jerusalem Talmud, Pe’ah 1:1

Afghan refugees have begun arriving in Kalamazoo. Members of Congregation of Moses, Temple B’nai Israel and People’s Church will be working together to sponsor two families with young children. But limited government assistance will not cover all they need until they are able to work.

We thank you sincerely for the generous donations of furniture and household goods, but funds are now also required help to purchase what cannot be donated. Please help if you can by making a monetary gift. Thank you!

Resettlement efforts are coordinated locally by Samaritas and Bethany Christian Services.

We’re sorry, there will be no live streamed Shabbat services for this Saturday, November 25

Livestream services will return next week Saturday, December 4.