Speaker Shabbat programs

  • July 11 (instead of July 4) - Kenneth Waltzer, Contemporary Anti-Semitism

    Dr. Waltzer is a professor emeritus of history in James Madison College at Michigan State University. He will speak briefly during the service lead an extended discussion following a light congregational lunch. No charge.

Pre-Shabbat Happy Hour/ Kabbalat Shabbat

The religious Life committee is hosting Pre-Shabbat Family Happy Hours (hors d’euvres and snacks wine, beer, and soft drinks) once a month this summer -- July 17 and August 28 at 7:00 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:45 p.m.  To sponsor a happy hour ($54), contact the synagogue office.

Learner's Minyan

Increase your comfort, participation in, and appreciation of our services. 
Rabbi Krishef will unlock the secrets to understanding the Shabbat morning service!

July 18, and August 15, 10:15 a.m.

Tisha B'Av

Tisha b’Av -- A day of Lamentations, mourning, and fasting for the destruction of the Temple and subsequent exiles of the Jewish people.  Join us on:

      Saturday night, July 25, at 10:00 p.m., for Ma’ariv and the reading of the Biblical book of Eikha (Lamentations);

      Sunday morning, July 26, 9:00 a.m., for morning minyan with special inclusions for Tisha B’Av.  (Fast ends -- 9:13 p.m.)

Family Promise

We will be providing meals and support to our partner congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E, on Tuesday and Thursday, September 8 and 10. 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 or Diane Baum (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Junior Congregation

thumbs up shabbatJCong will resume meeting in the fall.

Junior Congregation is led by Marisa Krishef or Marni Vyn, meeting on the third Shabbat of the month at 11:00 a.m. in classroom 6. Come join us! For more information contact Marisa Krishef at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 459-4627.

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..

Delving Into Our History

With the help of Peg Finkelstein and Barbara Robinson from the Temple Emanuel Archives, significant progress has been made on the Ahavas Israel Archives.  The project was generously funded by Mort and Peg Finkelstein and Raleigh Finkelstein in memory of their parents. Contributions to the Gen and Jack Archive Fund provides 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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