Who are we? Why are we here?
We are Divine light. We are here to love.
Tamara’s life is a conversation with these questions and spiritual truths.
Raised in a suburb of Detroit, she graduated high school early and jetted off to live in Israel. There she became fluent in Hebrew and graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After returning to the United States, she completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology and doctoral degree in rabbinic studies. She wrote her dissertation on The Experience of Being A Woman Rabbi.
In 1999, she was the first person to be ordained a Humanistic rabbi, an achievement recognized by The New York Times. She is included in the historical timeline of women rabbis.
Tamara grew up in a Jewish congregation “without God” and was mentored by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, a radical and renowned rabbi. Ultimately, she became his successor as the senior rabbi of The Birmingham Temple in Michigan.
At 42 years old and seemingly at the height of her career, she resigned her pulpit and set out on a new spiritual path. She went on to be a scholar-in-residence, teaching an approach to life that she calls Soulful Living, opened up a psychology practice, and began actively serving the Detroit community as an independent rabbi.
Tamara is a member of the Michigan Board of Rabbis and The International Women’s Forum, a global leadership initiative that connects the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement.
She is most proud of her work officiating at hundreds of weddings and funerals, sharing the best and worst days that people experience in their lives. She conducts bereavement groups and sacred circles for women. She is a go-to rabbi for interfaith couples, being one of the few rabbis who officiate blended ceremonies in the Detroit area. She considers herself a post denominational rabbi and practices Judaism from a feminist perspective with a Buddhist touch.
She is the mother of two teenage children, Maya and Lior, and recently celebrated her twenty first wedding anniversary to her Israeli born husband, Isaac. They live with their two-year-old Havanese dog Finley, in Birmingham, Michigan.
Oranges for Eve, which explores how walking the way of the Feminine Divine is the true path to God, is her first book.
Rabbi Kolton has performed hundreds of interfaith and Jewish weddings. She frequently cooficiates and creates blended ceremonies. She brings an energy of inclusivity and warmth.
Tamara brings charisma and vitality to the wedding ceremony
The wedding couple is invited to put their own personal touch on each ceremony.
As a licensed psychologist, counselor and a rabbi with 20 years of experience, Tamara has helped hundreds of people find relief from pain. She has worked with people of all ages from 4-104 years old who experience a range of symptoms. As a therapist, she specializes in bereavement counseling and helping people who are living with loss.
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Tamara is writing her first book!
Oranges For Eve: Walking the Way of the Divine Woman
A Handbook For Spiritual Disobedience
Read Excerpts from Tamara's new book! Learn about upcoming groups and events.
Thank you so so much for such a meaningful ketubah signing ceremony and wedding ceremony. Because of the words you shared at the ceremony, the guests KNEW who these young adults were, and why we were celebrating all evening long. The ceremony was a "Wow!" So many guests have called and to share how the wedding ceremony was so special and meaningful. Thank you so much for your sincerity.
Thank you for a wonderful ketubah and wedding ceremony. We heard from our guests throughout the evening how special our ceremony was and you had everything to do with it. Your guidance throughout this process has been invaluable, your counsel wise and appreciated.
Ben & Laura
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding! You were amazing and helped make our ceremony so special and beautiful.
Liz & Hunter
We were honored to have worked with Rabbi Kolton. We were lucky to find a rabbi that catered to our interfaith ceremony. The most important aspect to us was a feeling of a personal experience, and Rabbi Kolton captured it perfectly, tailoring the entire process to our every wish. Our story of falling in love was interwoven seamlessly into the ceremony and our guests were engaged from beginning to end. We would highly recommend Rabbi Kolton to anyone looking for a unique and personalized touch!
David and Jen
We just wanted to send an email to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for officiating what was such a magical and breathtaking event last weekend. You were incredibly instrumental in it all, and we are so thankful for your kind, thoughtful words and making our day the best and most special it could have been. Thank you for also being a sounding board for us over the last year, a source of comfort, and for easing our worries.
Our wedding day was truly everything we could have dreamed of, and thank you so much for guiding us into this new phase of our lives. We will truly remember this day forever!
All our best,
Brooke and Brett
A Message To Interfaith Couples:
Over almost 20 years, I have had the honor of officiating at more than 200 wedding ceremonies, many of which were interfaith. This is what has become clear to me:
You are teachers of a better world. You teach us that love transcends religion. Furthermore, if religion is truly to support us, it must fully and generously include all people, especially those we love. You are also pioneers. In the 1950’s the intermarriage rate in the United States was 4%. Today it is more than 50%. We are learning from you.
As you go on this journey together, be exceptionally generous, learn from each other, participate and honor the best of each other’s heritages and traditions And listen to each other. Always remember what brought you together.
Your wedding ceremony can be the way you imagine and dream it to be, a beautiful reflection and celebration of your love.
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74 W Long Lake Rd, Suite 100 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304, United States