Ahavas Israel Reading Group

Mark your calendar for our next book discussion group on Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. We’re reading “Waking Lions,” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen.

Eitan Green is a respected neurosurgeon who has been forced by a professional dispute to relocate from Tel Aviv to Beersheba, a desert town where dust is everywhere, “a thin white layer, like the icing on a birthday cake no one wants.” Speeding through a remote area in his S.U.V. late one night, he hits an Eritrean man walking by the roadside. And when he decides that the victim is beyond help, he impulsively flees the scene.

“Waking Lions” offers a commentary on privilege and otherness, challenging readers to confront their own blind spots and preconceptions. The themes of visibility and invisibility, of the power dynamics between the observed and the observer, run throughout the narrative.

Please contact Sandy Freed for more information at 616-540-2030, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Creating Shabbat Community - Creating Adult Shabbat Tables (CAST)

We all have a role to play in creating a vibrant Jewish community for the next generation. Are you an individual or couple in your mid-forties and up, with adult children (or no children)? Would you like to meet other individuals or couples in the community for Shabbat dinner? We want to facilitate meet-ups among this segment of the adult population and encourage sharing of Shabbat tables -- we want to Create Adult Shabbat Tables (CAST). Please contact Rabbi Krishef to add your name to the CAST list.

Onetable.org

OneTable is an organization dedicated to helping people in their 20’s and 30’s with no children, to slow down, unplug, join together, and have a meal together on Friday night. Sign up at OneTable.org to scroll through open dinners, or create and post your own. From a traditional Shabbat experience to a picnic or Karaoke Shabbat, OneTable will help you make it happen.

You will see dinners hosted by people in Rapids Rapids posted on OneTable.org. Sign up and meet some new people. Or create a OneTable account and register as a host. They’ll match you with a Shabbat Coach, provide you with ritual guides, a potluck organizing feature, recipes, playlists, Nourishment Credits, and more.

If you are not in the target demographic but know someone who is, please let them know to check out the web site.

Ahavas Israel and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids have teamed up to bring OneTable.org into Grand Rapids. Check out their FAQ page for all of the OneTable details. Need a bit more? Reach out Rabbi Krishef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Marisa Reed, Jewish Federation Grand Rapids (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Associate Director, National Community Expansion Sara Fatell at 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 books of Kings. 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.

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 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.

Family Promise

We provide meals and support to our partner congregation in the Family Promise shelter program, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E. Please help - we need volunteers to bring part of a meal and participate in organizing children’s activities. To help, contact Mort Hoffman, 616-949-6088 or 616-361-2738.

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