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Upcoming Events

Tish b'Av- August 4,5


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:

      Monday night, August 4, at 9:00 p.m., for Ma’ariv and the reading of the Biblical book of Eikha (Lamentations);

      Tuesday morning, August 5, 7:00 a.m., for morning minyan with special inclusions for Tisha B’Av.  (Fast ends -- 9:02 p.m.)

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 on July 15.

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) on the third Shabbat of each month

-- June 20, July 18 and August 15 at 7:00 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:45 p.m.
To sponsor a happy hour ($54), contact the synagogue office.

Adult Jewish Learning

Adult Jewish Learning tree of knowledge


Monthly Adult Jewish Learning on Sunday mornings, co-sponsored by Ahavas Israel, Temple Emanuel, and the United Jewish School. All sessions begin with bagels and coffee at 10:00 a.m.

  • April 27 - Jewish Food Ethics
  • May 18 - Shavuot: A 1/2 hour presentation on the holiday, followed by a lesson in making blintzes
Family Promise

We will next provide meals and support to our partner congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church (2700 Fulton St. E) on Tuesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 15. If you would like to bring part of a meal, organize activities, stay overnight at the church, or if you have questions about the program, please contact Mort Hoffman, 616-949-6088 or 616-361-2738.

Future Sanctuary Shabbat speakers/programs

Rabbi Krishef is having trouble finding speakers for the Sanctuary Shabbat speaker series. If you would like to see the series continue, please contact him with suggestions for speakers or perhaps volunteer to be a speaker.

  • April 5 - open. (Dr. Madelon Krissoff’s presentation, “Wellness - What is it, and How Do You Get It?” is postponed to a later date)
  • May 3 - Marisa Krishef and the Shir Shalom Choir
  • June 7 - Joanna Bojsen
  • July 5 - Paula Bojsen “Forgiveness - the Key to Healing and Spiritual Growth”
  • August 2 - Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director, Lifeshield

    Operation Lifeshield is an emergency campaign to save innocent lives by providing Israel's threatened communities with the protected air raid shelters they so desperately need.

    Every donation of every amount goes to placing strong, steel-reinforced, pre-cast concrete fortified shelters in public areas, such as schools, kindergartens, parks and senior citizen centers. The shelters are above-ground, fully-accessible structures, and meet the strictest standards of the IDF Home Front Command. Lifeshield shelters are transported by truck, and can be re-located to meet changing security needs.


  • September 6 - open


  • October 4 - Dr. Jeremiah Cataldo, GVSU, “The Role of Law and Restoration of the Land in Formation of Group Identity”


  • November 1 - Rich Karelse, Life Heritage Funeral Homes, “The meaning of the Flag Folds as Presentated at a Veteran’s Funeral.”


Please contact Rabbi Krishef, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Study Groups


Isaiah Study group, Zohar Study group, Mishnah Study group, and Biblical Hebrew (Genesis) reading group

For more information, see the Adult Education page.

JTS iTunes U

altThe Jewish Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the launch of the JTS iTunes U

site. The site, accessible via Apple’s iTunes, makes public lectures, Torah commentaries, and select JTS courses available for free streaming and downloading.

 The JTS iTunes U site features a wide variety of content.

 The weekly Torah commentary podcasts are easy to find and subscribe to, as are recordings of public JTS lectures and events, such as the popular series of Library Book Talks that feature JTS faculty and other distinguished authors discussing their latest books.

 Collections of lectures detailing issues in contemporary Jewish philosophy, theology, and ethics highlight how JTS scholarship engages with the challenges of the 21st century.

 In the near future, full courses—complete with course materials—will be made available, providing access to JTS’s world-class faculty and high-level Jewish learning.

The JTS iTunes U site can be visited via iTunes at:

Betzalel Art Group


BETZALEL ART GROUP, Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 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 Barb Christiaans, 531-1151 or This e-mail 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.