Selihot Program, September 24

Saturday, September 24 - Selihot

Selihot program - 9:30 p.m., followed by the Selihot service at about 11:30 p.m.

Join us to watch “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren as a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through the eyes of the team commanding the drone, the team piloting the drone, and the team on the ground, we engage in almost real-time struggles over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Kever Avot cemetery visit


Sunday, October 2, 11:00 a.m.

It is customary to visit the graves of parents and other relatives around Rosh Hashanah and recite a memorial prayer. Rabbi Krishef and Cantor Stuart will be available to say personal memorial prayers at the graves of your loved ones.

11:00 a.m., Ahavas Israel cemetery

11:30 a.m., Greenwood cemetery

Shiva Asar B'Tammuz-

The Fast of the 17th 
of Tammuz, a minor sunrise to sundown fast commemorating the breaching of the city walls of Jerusalem, takes place July 24.

Helping Refugees

In response to Rabbi Krishef’s Rosh Hashanah sermon on the Syrian refugee crisis, Karen Libman asked her daughter Michelle Kachman, who works for Lutheran Social services, what we as a congregation could do to help. On Shabbat morning, November 21, Troy Howley, volunteer coordinator, will share information about how we might co-sponsor a newly arrived family.

Each year, close to 700 refugees from all over the world are resettled in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. Refugees are people who are forced out of their homeland by violence, persecution, or torture. Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is in need of volunteers who can assist us in welcoming and walking alongside new refugees as they attempt to start a new life here in our city. All volunteers can expect ongoing training and communication from our local office in order to meet your needs.

Co-sponsors play a key role in the successful resettlement of newly arrived refugees in the United States. By providing a warm welcome, basic needs and practical help, co-sponsors see that the newcomers become self-sufficient and independent as quickly as possible. Co-sponsorship occurs in various ways by helping to meet the practical and emotional needs of the newly arrived refugee family. It is a commitment to welcome the stranger by providing assistance with the sometimes-overwhelming process of cultural adjustment and resettlement. It is not only primarily a matter of financial commitment, but rather of time and energy that often brings life-changing friendships and a greater understanding of uprooted people around the world.

Junior Congregation

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Junior Congregation, Saturday


Junior Congregation is about a creating a community in which you look forward to hanging out and having fun with your friends while learning and doing prayer, studying and arguing about Torah, and reinforcing Hebrew skills.

For more information about Junior Congregation, please contact Liz Samrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Study Groups

Rabbi Krishef’s study groups:

• Thursday Tanakh study, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Schuler Books and Music, 28th St. (either in the back of the store or in the café). We are studying the book of I Samuel. Exciting narrative! Intrigue! Politics! Backstabbing! Join us.

• Jewish mysticism/Zohar study group, Mondays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Ahavas Israel library. We are reading through Daniel Matt’s translation and commentary of the Zohar. Currently, we are finishing Parashat Hayyei Sarah.

Betzalel Art Group

BETZALEL ART GROUP, Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., room #1

Join the fun at the Betzalel Art Group and be inspired by others as you work on your own projects. Bring your fiber art project or oil painting or any other art or craft you enjoy doing. Everyone is welcome. This is an open and flexible group, so come as your schedule allows.

For more information, please contact Pat Weller, 453-2954 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Family Promise

We will provide meals and support to our partner congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E, on Tuesday and Thursday, September 13 and 15. Please help - we need volunteers to bring part of a meal, participate in organizing children’s activities, and stay overnight at the church. If you have any questions about the program, contact Mort Hoffman, 616-949-6088 or 616-361-2738.

Delving Into Our History

With the help of Peg Finkelstein from the Temple Emanuel Archives, significant progress has been made on Ahavas Israel's Gen and Jack Finkelstein Archives, generously funded by Mort and Peg Finkelstein and Raleigh Finkelstein in memory of their parents. Contributions to the Gen and Jack Archive Fund provide continued support. The committee is working at the synagogue Wednesday mornings from 10AM until noon.  If you are interested in being a part of this important project, please contact Toby Weiner Dolinka at 949-6528.
If you have materials (especially photographs) that would be valuable for the archives, please contact Toby.
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