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

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.

Junior Congregation meets on the second shabbat of each month, coinciding with the Torah study Shabbat abbreviated ervice, at 10:30 a.m.

 For more information about Junior Congregation, please contact Marni Vyn 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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