Synagogue Kitchen Orientation

Ahavas Israel holds a fairly strict standard of Kashrut for our kitchens, but even for those who do not keep kosher in their own homes, it is not hard to learn. Paula Miller is leading a “kitchen orientation” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14. Please contact Paula Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 245-9227 if you plan to attend or if you have any questions.

Interested in Reading Psalms for Spiritual Development and Meditation Reflection?

Join Rabbi Krishef on Mondays, 7:00, beginning October 19.
We’ll read and study one or two Psalms a week. Students will be encouraged to choose a passage and write a brief reflection to be shared in class the following week.

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 starting 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.

Eight Qualities of Presence


Each person has the power to affect the energy of the group just through the quality of their presence. This year we will explore 8 middot of presence which, when working well together, create a vibrant spiritual community. Music and Mussar are the practices we will use to aid us in this exploration.

Time: 7-8 pm

Dates: Last Monday of the Month: Oct 26, November 30

Contact: Barb Christiaans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Where: 640 Ariebill SW, Wyoming MI 49509

Directions: Take Clyde Park to Ariebill St (South of 36th and north of 44th). Turn
east onto Ariebill.

Holiday Service Schedule

Holiday service schedule:

Monday, October 5, Shemini Atzeret
Shaharit, including Yizkor - 9:30 a.m.

Monday night, October 5, Erev Simhat Torah
Ma’ariv with Hakafot (dancing and singing) - 7:45 p.m.
Please join the congregation on Simhat Torah evening for a Simhat Torah celebration.

Tuesday, October 6, Simhat Torah
Shaharit with Hakafot - 9:30 a.m.

Shabbat Torah study, beginning about 30 minutes after the Shabbat service ends (led by David Reifler):
October 10 - Bereishit
November 7 - Chayei Sarah
December 12 - Mikkeitz/Shabbat Hanukkah

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.

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.

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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