Torah Study Shabbat - September 28

Please join us for a Torah Study Shabbat/Abbreviated Shabbat service on the 4th Shabbat of the month. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. Torah study
  • 10:30 a.m. Service
  • 11:55 a.m. (approximately) Kiddush

Future study dates are October 26 and November 23.

Beginning December 14, Torah study Shabbat will be on the second Shabbat of the month.

 

Onetable.org

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.

Ahavas Israel and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids have teamed up to bring OneTable.org into Grand Rapids. Check out their FAQ page for all of the OneTable details. Need a bit more? Reach out Rabbi Krishef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Marisa Reed, Jewish Federation Grand Rapids (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Associate Director, National Community Expansion Sara Fatell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ahavas Israel Reading Group

Our next book discussion will be on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss: 

Our next book selection is The Orchard by Yochi Brandes.
This spellbinding novel, which was a publishing sensation in Israel, tells the story of Rabbi Akiva and his contemporaries from the perspective of Akiva’s wife, the long-suffering Rachel. The novel offers a brilliant narrative solution to the story of the four sages who entered a metaphysical orchard and were terribly damaged by the experience, except for Rabbi Akiva…or so we think.
Yochi Brandes, one of Israel’s leading authors, takes on the literary challenge of novelizing key turning points in Jewish history. The Orchard seeks to understand the revolution that transformed Biblical Judaism into Rabbinic Judaism after the destruction of the Second Temple.
We believe that The Orchard can introduce modern Jews to the Yavneh period much as Milton Steinberg’s As a Driven Leaf did. It would be most enjoyable and valuable for synagogue book clubs, adult education classes, and religious schools.

Also put Thursday, February 13, 2020 (book to be determined) on your calendars.

Please contact Sandy Freed for more information at 616-540-2030, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 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

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.

Family Promise

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.

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