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 July 24.

Helping Refugees

In response to Rabbi Krishef’s Rosh Hashanah sermon on the Syrian refugee crisis, Karen Libman asked her daughter Michelle Kachman, who works for Lutheran Social services, what we as a congregation could do to help. On Shabbat morning, November 21, Troy Howley, volunteer coordinator, will share information about how we might co-sponsor a newly arrived family.

Each year, close to 700 refugees from all over the world are resettled in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. Refugees are people who are forced out of their homeland by violence, persecution, or torture. Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is in need of volunteers who can assist us in welcoming and walking alongside new refugees as they attempt to start a new life here in our city. All volunteers can expect ongoing training and communication from our local office in order to meet your needs.

Co-sponsors play a key role in the successful resettlement of newly arrived refugees in the United States. By providing a warm welcome, basic needs and practical help, co-sponsors see that the newcomers become self-sufficient and independent as quickly as possible. Co-sponsorship occurs in various ways by helping to meet the practical and emotional needs of the newly arrived refugee family. It is a commitment to welcome the stranger by providing assistance with the sometimes-overwhelming process of cultural adjustment and resettlement. It is not only primarily a matter of financial commitment, but rather of time and energy that often brings life-changing friendships and a greater understanding of uprooted people around the world.

Junior Congregation

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Junior Congregation, Saturday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.

Come in costume to celebrate a Junior Congregation Purim on Saturday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. Be sure to come back on Wednesday night, March 24, for the real Purim.

JCong will meet on Saturday, March 19, April 16, and May 21.

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 book of I Samuel. 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. Currently, we are finishing Parashat Hayyei Sarah.

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..

Family Promise

We will be providing meals and support to our partner congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E, on Tuesday and Thursday, June 7 and 9.
Please help - we need volunteers to bring part of a meal, participate in organizing children's activities, and staying overnight at the church.

If you hace any questions about the program, please contact Mort Hoffman 616-949-6088 or 616-361-2738.



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.
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