Holocaust program

On March 15th at 7:00 p.m., the GVSU Hillel is hosting a speaker, co-sponsored by Ahavas Israel, Magda Brown, for a program titled 'Light in the Dark: A Survivors Story of the Holocaust”. More information about Magda can be found on her web site, http://magdabrown.com/speaker/ The program will be taking place at Grand Valley's Kirkhof Center in the Grand River Room and is free for everyone to attend. 
 Magda Brown

Celebrate Purim!

Celebrate Purim!
Saturday night, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
The Religious Life committee celebrates Purim with food and drink following the megillah reading. Come one, come all - this is a celebration for young children and older adults alike!
Also that evening will be OUR ANNUAL PURIMSPEIL, written by Diane Baum. If you can read a line of English, you qualify to be an Ahavas Israel player. One read-through, on Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m. Contact Diane Baum, 248-9109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Sunday, March 12
9:30 a.m. — morning Purim service with Megillah reading

Save the Date: Limmud Michigan 2017, A Day of Jewish Learning

Save the Date:
Limmud Michigan 2017: A Day of Jewish Learning
To register online, please go to http://www.limmudmichigan.org/register. If you’d like to register by mail, you can send a check for $18/person before March 1, $36 on or after March 1 to:
Sunday, March 19th, 2017, 10am to 5pm, at the beautiful new Student Center at Wayne State University. Transportation, convenient parking and a kosher lunch & snacks will be in ample supply!
Limmud Michigan is a volunteer run festival and celebration of Jewish thought, culture, learning, teaching and fun! Dedicated to the Jewish experience and exploration in all its variety, Limmud is committed to harnessing the energy of people from across the Jewish community.
Limmud Michigan is:
·        Pluralistic
·        Focused on choice (there were approximately 50 presentations at last year’s event)
·        All volunteer (including all of the presenters)
·        Diverse geographically, with participation from throughout Michigan

Fundraising News - Parking Lot Reconstruction

So far, we have raised $65,000 of the approximately $110,000 we need to completely rebuild the parking lot. We are grateful to Craig Lamm ($5,000), Buddy and Judy Joseph ($10,000) and an anonymous third donor, ($50,000) for getting us started. Can you help us move closer to our goal? 

Please Contact Paula Bojsen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Save the Date: March 3-5, 2017, Scholar in Residence

Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg.                     David-Seidenberg-medium

Rabbi Seidenberg is the author of Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World  (Cambridge, 2015) and the creator of neohasid.org. He teaches text, music/dance, ecology, and the environment. He is one of the world's foremost scholars on Judaism and ecology.

Rabbi Seidenberg's  teaching empowers leaners to become creators of Judaism through deep study and communion with texts and tradition. He brings not only expertise in science and texts, but also engagement with spirit, embodiment, and ritual. His personal practice includes a focus on the "shamanic" dimension of rituals and religious practices like Shabbat and Sukkot.

Friday night, Temple Emanuel. He'll work with Rabbi Schadick on a Tsfat Shabbat experience, merging a typical Reform service with niggunim, melodies, some teaching, and maybe even some dancing!

Shabbat morning, Ahavas Israel. Possible d'var Torah, giving a preview of the afternoon session.
Following the service and a light lunch, he'll speak about Kabbalah and the Exuberance of Life.

Sunday morning,Temple Emanuel. Following bagels (beginning at 10:00), he'll speak about The Embodied Earth and sign his book, which will be available for sale.




Tot shabbat /Young Junior Congregation


Tot shabbat/ Young Junior Congregation meets on the second Shabbat of each month, coinciding with the Torah study Shabbat abbreviated service, at 10:30 a.m. Please let Marni Vyn know that you are coming- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next month, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 11. And next April 8.

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..

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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