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Tamara Kolton

Welcome to my website! I’m so glad that you are here. On this website, you can:

* Look: Get to know me and the kind of ceremonies I perform and spiritual work that I do.

* Learn: Watch a video or read a blog- all created from the perspective of the Feminine Divine, truth and how to make the world a more loving place.

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With all my love,

Tamara

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Latest Articles

How Do You Know If Your Life Is On Track?

As a rabbi, I officiate at many funerals. This is what I have learned: If you want the answer to the question, “What is my purpose or what should I be doing?” live your life backwards from the moment of your funeral. This is what I mean: Decide what you want people to feel, think, …

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Why Were the 11 Jews killed in Pittsburgh at the Temple?

Why were the 11 Jews who were killed in Pittsburgh at the temple in the first place?  What compelled them to go to the synagogue that particular Saturday morning?  And how does it come to be that a doctor, a 97 year old woman, and 2 developmentally disabled brothers, amongst others, assemble for the same …

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Life Cycle Services

Babynamings

I provide personal, warm, gorgeous Hebrew naming ceremonies at a venue of your choice.

Each ceremony includes beautiful songs and blessings.

Babynamings

Funerals and Memorials

22 years ago, I conducted my first funeral. It was for my beloved grandmother.

I bring that same loving attention to every service that I conduct in order to:
*Celebrate the life of your loved one
*Provide you deep comfort

Funerals and Memorials

Weddings

My goal is for you to say after your wedding ceremony:
That was GREAT!
I LOVED it!

Each ceremony is individualized and crafted with you to be exactly the way you dream it to be.

Weddings

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.

I'm Writing My First Book!
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Oranges For Eve: My Brave, Beautiful, Badass Journey to the Feminine Divine

Speaking & Groups

Oranges For Eve Spirituality is about feminine power, truth & light.

 

Invite me to your next group or event and I will teach you how to connect to that potent, healing & gorgeous source that is the Feminine Divine in and all around you!

Women’s Spirituality

Invite me to speak and I'll bring bold, dynamic and spiritual energy to your group! We will “flip the story” of Eve to reveal our spiritual mother and the rising, brave, bold power of the Feminine Divine!

Women's Spirituality

Recovery from Grief and Loss Support Circle

I offer heart-centered, healing groups for anyone who is experiencing deep loss. Together we work towards finding you relief in your suffering and peace after heart-breaking loss. My work with grief and loss is grounded in both psychology and spirituality.

Recovery from Grief and Loss Support Circle

Media

In The News and Media

Web:
Included in, Timeline of Women Rabbis, Wikipedia

Wikipedia Page

Printed in Sunday section and online of The Detroit Free Press:
Article, “Why Eve Is The Spiritual Mother Of #MeToo,” by Rabbi Tamara Kolton, March 3, 2018.

Published online by The Forward, a national newspaper:
Article, “The First Story In the Bible Was The First Case Of #MeToo,” by Rabbi Tamara Kolton, February 6, 2018.

Detroit Jewish News article in print and online:
Article, “Birmingham Public Schools Works To Raise Awareness, Sensitivity After Incidents,” August 26, 2017

In print and online:
The New York Times Weddings, June 10, 2017 by Vincent M. Molls

Radio: Anne Doyle Radio, Powering Up Podcast!
Interview, “Eve and How To Be A Spiritually Brave Woman,” April 17, 2018

In print and online:
New York Times Weddings August 14, 2016

Radio: Florine Mark Radio, by Florine Mark CEO Weight Watchers
Interview on her show, Remarkable Women, September 2014

Online: Richard Dawkins
Interview of Rabbi Kolton on January 8, 2012. 80,000 views.

In print and online:
Patheos, “Richard Dawkins Interviews Humanistic Rabbi,” January 13, 2012

In print and online, Detroit Metropolitan Area, Oakland Press
Article, “Female Rabbi Thrives at Farmington Hills Temple,” By Molly Tippen July 31, 2010

In print and online:
The New York Times, “Humanist Group Welcomes A New Rabbi,” October 9, 1999 By Gustav Niebuhr

In print:
Published in book, A Life Of Courage: Sherwin Wine and Humanistic Judaism, June 1, 2004

In The News and Media

Interfaith & Jewish Weddings

Inclusive

I have had the privilege of performing hundreds of interfaith and Jewish weddings. I bring a great spirit of inclusivity, warmth, skill and joy!

Inclusive

Joyful

Joyful

Personal

Personal

Wedding Tailor

Get a feel for the tone of love, joy and universal spiritual connection of that I bring to weddings.

WORK WITH ME

How can I help you feel better?

I work in person in the Detroit area and remotely by phone. Please feel free to contact me directly to schedule your appointment.

A Little Praise

Jane Kessler
Jane KesslerMother of Bride

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.

David and Jen Sellen
David and Jen SellenWedding Couple

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!

Brooke and Brett
Brooke and BrettWedding Couple

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.

Marc
MarcMemorial

Things were pretty hectic after the speeches. I’m genuinely grateful we found a person of your warmth and humanity to guide us through these uncharted waters. You are truly a kind soul and a light for people in their darkest hour.

I’m sorry we met under these circumstances because Ila would have loved you, and you really seemed to love her too. I hope there are people in your life that give you the same comfort, care, and kindness that you gave to us. My best to you and yours, and if can ever be of service to you, it would be my honor.

Devona Orza
Devona OrzaMemorial

Dear Rabbi,

"When I asked God for help, I wasn't expecting such an awesome response!"

I just wanted to send a Thank You for all your supportive assurance given to me. The service was beautiful and everyone thought you captured David perfectly. Peace and light always.

Liz
LizMemorial

Dear Tamara,

It should make you feel like a saint to know that you were the 1rst person I (and many others, I'm sure) thought of in our time of sadness, anxiety and need. I am so grateful that you have been part of my family's life and history- and because of how you make us feel inside- calm, warm, safe, I could think of no other person I would comfortably turn to when my father was dying. Thank you for listening to our stories and for being there with us. My father would have smiled to know you were there with us. Thank you!

Jessica and Jason Billiau

Rabbi,

Thanks again for the beautiful Hebrew naming ceremony. It made everyone so emotional! Thanks for making the ceremony so inclusive and meaningful.

Ben and Laura Zatz Shaffer
Ben and Laura Zatz ShafferWedding Couple

Dear Rabbi Kolton,

Thank you for leading a wonderful ketubah ceremony and wedding ceremony. We heard from our guests throughout the evening how special it was. You had everything to do with it! Your guidance through this process has proven invaluable.. Thank you for your wise counsel.

Liz & Hunter Alpert
Liz & Hunter AlpertWedding Couple

Thank you so much for officiating our wedding! You were amazing and helped make our ceremony so special and beautiful.

Victoria Pletner
Victoria Pletner

I just want to say one more BIG thank you!!! It was a great service and beautiful ceremony!! You are so wonderful!

Beth Sadow
Beth Sadow

Thank you for our beautiful wedding ceremony. It was so special and we are so grateful to you for leading it for us. It meant so much to us and it will be something we cherish forever.

Shelly and Steve Swickard
Shelly and Steve SwickardMemorial

Dear Rabbi Kolton,

We are so deeply grateful for your thoughtfulness which manifested into a deeply touching and meaningful service. You made the day not just manageable but comforting and celebratory. Many, many thanks,

Helpful Wedding Resources

A Message To Interfaith Couples:

Over almost 20 years, I have had the honor of officiating at more than 200 wedding ceremonies, many of whom were interfaith.

This is what has become clear to me:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Your wedding ceremony can be the way you imagine and dream it to be, a beautiful reflection and celebration of your love.

Sample of Wedding Program One (pdf)

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WeddingProgram_DavidandJennifer(docx)

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Wedding Programs(docx)

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Wedding_Letter_doc(pdf)

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Suskin-Ehrmann_7_Blessings_v2(pdf)

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Wedding Confirmation Form(docx)

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Brett wedding letter to Brooke Final(docx)

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Copy of Program-2(doc)

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Wedding Program (pdf)

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