Order you Lulav and Etrog


    Blessing and shaking the Lulav and Etrog are the Jewish way to thank God for the blessings of the earth and its bountiful harvest.  It is a mitzvah for each person to own a lulav and etrog, and shake it each day of Sukkot (except for Shabbat) in all six directions around us to remind us that God’s presence encompasses our entire lives.  This mitzvah is an integral part of the celebration of Sukkot, which begins this year on Sunday night, September 27. Buy one for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren!

Basic set                                  $30.00

Standard set                $36.00

Muvhar (choice)                      $45.00

Order through the Synagogue office.  Payment must accompany order, and be received by noon on Friday, September 11. -- No exceptions.

The Annual Pre High Holiday Picnic

The membership committee is hosting our annual pre High Holiday picnic on 
Sunday August 30, from 4 till 8 pm.

This year we are adding a scavenger hunt and fun games for all ages!!Picnic in the Park 0

Please bring your favorite dairy dish to pass.
Drinks, paper goods and plastic ware will be provided.

The picnic will be held at:

Riverside Park
2001 Monroe Ave.
Grand Rapids,49505
Go north of Ann St. on Monroe, to the second park entrance with the "Island Shelter" sign.
You can park in front of the picnic shelter near the pedestrian bridge, lagoon, and playground.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you there!!

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.

Family Promise

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.


Lael Whitney, Wednesday, September 2, 12 noon (Ahavas Israel cemetery)

Ida Weiner, Sunday, September 20, 1:00 pm (Ahavas Israel cemetery)

Junior Congregation

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Junior Congregation

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 will be led by Marisa Krishef or Marni Vyn, usually meeting on the third Shabbat of the month at 11:00 a.m. in classroom 6. Kids under 6 should come with a parent. We'll be learning new tunes and helping the grown-ups by leading end-of-service prayers in the sanctuary. Come join us!

In September, JCong will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 14 for Rosh Hashanah and Wednesday, September 23 for Yom Kippur.


In October, JCong will meet on Saturday, October 17, 11:00 a.m.

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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