Our next meeting of the Ahavas Israel Book group will be Monday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. We’ll be discussing, “The Last Watchman of Old Cairo” by Michael David Lukas.
A college student receives a mysterious package that ignites a historical investigation that exposes incredible aspects of his family history and its ties to the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. Winner of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Also mark your calendars for Monday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. for our discussion of “The Book of Israela” by Rena Blumenthal.
Jerusalem, 2002: the height of the second intifada. Kobi Benami is a middle-aged psychologist whose life is in shambles. His wife has thrown him out for his casual philandering; his daughter refuses to speak to him; and the new clinic director has placed him on probation for his indifferent work habits. As Kobi becomes ensnared in a surreal encounter with the anthropomorphized story of ancient Israel, he is forced to confront his own dysfunctional life patterns, his family’s tragic past, and the endless war that rages around him.
Mark your calendar for a potluck dinner and a series of Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session, on Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Shavuot Yom Tov services - Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 9:30 a.m.
Friday - Torah Reading - “The 10 Commandments”
Saturday - Service includes the Yizkor Memorial service. Also on Saturday we welcome guest Cantor Nina Fine who will lead the service and introduce us to some new melodies.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.