Weekly Service Times

Ahavas-Israel-chapelServices are held every Shabbat and on all Festivals.  Join us for a warm, participatory service that includes a great deal of singing.

  • Shabbat mornings (Saturdays, except for the 4th Shabbat) - 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 (approximately)
  • Torah Study Shabbat, Fourth Shabbat of the Month
    • Torah Study - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30
    • Service - 10:30 a.m. - noon (approximately)
    • The schedule is:
      • 9:30 a.m. Torah service in the lobby
      • 10:30 a.m. Service
      • 11:55 a.m. Kiddush
  • Weekday Service times:

    • Wednesday mornings, 7:30 a.m.
    • Thursday mornings - 7:15 a.m.
    • Rosh Hodesh and Hol Hamoed, Wed. and Thurs. minyan begin 15 minutes earlier than the above times.
    • National Holidays, Wed. and Thurs. minyan begin at 9:00 a.m

Requested: Occasional Minyan Help

Requested: Occasional Minyan help. The Wednesday minyan has nine regulars and is looking for (at least) one person willing to make a weekly commitment to help make the minyan. Might you consider trying it for a month and see what it’s like? Those who are saying Kaddish will be grateful.
Alternatively, are you willing to get a text or a phone call on a Tuesday or Wednesday night if we know that we are one or two short of a minyan? The weekday minyan services are looking for people who are willing to come to minyan when needed, even as few as 1-2 times a year. Please contact Rabbi Krishef to add your name to the emergency minyan call list.

Underwrite a Kiddush

Celebrate a simha or honor a loved one by underwriting a standard Shabbat kiddush or Sanctuary Shabbat kiddush. Cost is $54 for a Shabbat Kiddush paid to Congregation Ahavas Israel. Underwriting will be acknowledged in the weekly Shabbat announcements.  Please remember that no special food requests are permitted.  However, you may provide a certified kosher cake to mark the occasion.  Reserve your date by calling the synagogue office. Additional questions should be directed to Karen Reifler, 975-9577.


As a service to our members, stop by Ahavas Israel for your Yahrtzeit, Havdalah, Shabbat, and Chanukkah Menorahcandle needs.
Candles are located on the  self-service cart next to the office. Help yourself to what you need, and leave a donation in the envelopes provided.

Religious Life Committee ChaiLights

If you have any ideas or concerns for our congregational life, please feel free to share with any member of the Religious Life Committee: Rabbi David Krishef, Karen Reifler, Ed Miller, and Allyson Strauss.

Also, we are always looking to expand our pool of Haftarah readers, Ushers, and Gabba'im. If interested in knowing what this entails, please speak to Rabbi or Religious Life co-chairs, David Reifler and Elisabeth Rosewall.

Electric Shabbat candles

Thank you to Lynda Werba Bar for donating a set of electric Shabbat candles to the synagogue. If you will be in the hospital or at a Rehabilitation facility over Shabbat and you would like to borrow the candles, please contact the office. Lynda also donated a set to Spectrum - Butterworth Hospital - contact the Chaplain’s office to borrow the candles for Shabbat.

Kosher Challah

challah-breadThe Wealthy Street bakery has opened a second location, known as the Hall Street Bakery. Both locations are now under supervision for a limited number of bread products.

The following breads are kosher and parve:

Challah, Vegan Challah, French, Country White, Sourdough, Focaccia.

The bread slicer is used for dairy, parve, and non-kosher breads, and cannot be cleaned in between. Therefore, sliced bread is not under kosher supervision.

Kohen/Levi Policy

Kohen/Levi Policy:
The Religious Life Committee has revised its Kohen/Levi aliyah policy.
The majority of rabbinic opinions say that the requirement to give the first aliyah to a Kohen and the second aliyah to a Levi is Rabbinic, not Biblical, in origin. The justification for reserving these aliyot for Kohen/Levi was Mipnei darchei shalom, for the sake of community peace. Its purpose was to give proper respect to a group of people who had a great deal of responsibility and honor in Biblical times, but lost much of it following the destruction of the Temple.

Mipnei darchei shalom is a sociological norm and as such it changes with time and circumstances.  In certain congregations and situations the limitations and restrictions created by maintaining the Kohen, Levi, yisrael procedure, tend to interfere with communal harmony, rather than add to it.  Where a Rabbi feels that a congregation or service would better be served by calling people up to the Torah as rishon, sheni, shlishi, it is entirely permissible to do so.

 Therefore, the Religious Life Committee has adopted the following practice:

  • The first two Aliyot (rishon and shayni) Aliyot may be offered to any Jew of post Bar/Bat Mitzvah age even if a Kohen or Levi is present. Non Kohen/Levi honorees may be reassured that this is “kosher.”
  • If a Kohen or Levi is offered an aliyah and will accept only if called up in the customary position this request will be honored. Their names will be so designated in the usher book. Otherwise a Kohen or Levi may take any aliyah.

Shabbat Candlelighting and Havdalah Times



Latest Candlelighting Havdalah
July 26-27 8:40 p.m. 9:46 p.m.
August 2-3 8:33 p.m. 9:37 p.m.
August 9-10 8:24 p.m. 9:27 p.m.
August 16-17 8:14 p.m. 9:15 p.m.
August 23-24 8:03 p.m. 9:04 p.m.
August 30-31 8:04 p.m. 9:02 p.m.
September 6-7 7:52 p.m. 8:50 p.m.
September 13-14 7:39 p.m. 8:38 p.m.
September 20-21 7:27 p.m. 8:25 p.m.
September 27-28 7:14 p.m. 8:13 p.m.
September 29 Erev Rosh Hashanah 7:11 p.m.  
September 30 Rosh Hashanah after 8:07 p.m.  
October 1 end of Rosh Hashanah   8:05 p.m.

Participating in our Services

We'd love you to participate in our services:

  • Be an Usher.  Download a copy of the Usher Guide here.
  • Be a Gabbai.  This requires a bit of Hebrew fluency.  Download a copy of the Gabbai instructions here.
  • Read Torah.  We'd love for you to take an aliyah as often as you wish.  You may sign up on our Torah reading schedule, which can be found online here.
  • Lead services.  We'd love to hear you doven!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on the schedule.
  • Come regularly.  Our services are traditional, with a great deal of chanting and singing in Hebrew.  We want you to be comfortable and participate.  To that end, we have published a Guide to our services, called “Tefillah Tidbits,“ available online here, or available in a downloadable Booklet here or a  Fullsize version here.

Ahavas Israel prepared a three CD setby Cantor Stuart Rapaport entitled Shabbat@Ahavas Israel, containing all of the Shabbat evening and morning prayers including all those described in this booklet. Mp3 files from any part of the service are available by request. Contact Rabbi Krishef for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-949-2840.

As you listen to Cantor Stuart Rapaport, follow along in your Siddur Sim Shalom or read the booklet notes on the Shabbat prayers. PDF files of the CD booklets can be downloaded using the following links: Volume #1 and #2 Booklet and Volume #3 Booklet.


Volume 1 - Shaharit for Shabbat

Birkhot Hashahar (Morning Blessings)
Pesukei D'Zimra (Verses of Praise)
Shaharit service
Shema and its blessings

Volume 2 - Torah Service/Musaf for Shabbat

Torah Service
Musaf Service
Conclusion to the Shabbat Morning Service

Volume 3 - Friday evening and Home Shabbat prayers

Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming of Shabbat)
Ma'ariv - Shabbat evening service
Home Shabbat prayers
-Candle blessings
-Shalom Aleikhem
-Children's blessings
-Kiddush for Shabbat evening
-Netilat Yadayim/Hamotzi
-Birkat Hamazon (Grace after meals)
-Kiddush for Shabbat lunch


Sample tracks from Shabbat @ Ahavas Israel:
  • El Adon - Volume 1 Track 16:  Download {s5_mp3}http://ahavasisraelgr.org/images/stories/1-16_El_Adon_1.mp3{/s5_mp3}
  • Amidah (beginning) - Volume 1 Track 26:  Download {s5_mp3}http://ahavasisraelgr.org/images/stories/1-26_Avot.mp3{/s5_mp3}
  • Shalom Aleikhem - Volume 3 Track 27:  Download {s5_mp3}http://ahavasisraelgr.org/images/stories/3-27_Shalom_Aleikhem.mp3{/s5_mp3}


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