Important Rosh Hashanah Notice!

In order to offer in-person Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services safely, we are requiring you to register. We need to know who is coming from your household, and how many. This will enable us to prepare enough socially distanced seating in the sanctuary and, if necessary, in the social hall.

If you are coming in person only, we will have books set aside for you in plastic bags with your names on them. You will use the same book on both days of the holiday.

If you are staying home and participating virtually or if you will be in person for some services and at home for others, we’ll set aside books for you to pick up and use at home. If you come to the synagogue, please bring your book with you. The books will be numbered and checked out and in by name and number.

If you have not already filled out the online registration form, please do so at or contact the office by September 4.

High Holiday Schedule, 5781 (2020)

High Holiday Schedule, 5781 (2020)

Rosh Hashanah

Friday night, September 18, Erev Rosh Hashanah

Candlelighting 7:27 p.m.
Ma’ariv 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, Rosh Hashanah, 1st day

Shaharit 10:00 a.m.
*Candlelighting after 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, September 20, Rosh Hashanah, 2nd day

Shaharit 10:00 a.m.Drive-In Shofar Service 3:00 (Synagogue parking lot)

You may remain in your car or gather in socially distanced groups outside. Please stay at least 18 feet away from the Shofar.

Tashlikh service 4:30 (Aquinas College campus)

Weather permitting, we’ll meet at the Aquinas campus pond south of the student center (#10 on the map). Parking at the Gatehouse lot (#11 on the map) or the Albertus Magnus parking lot (#13 on the map). 

Sunday, September 20, **Havdalah 8:23 p.m.

 Tashlikh map

Sunday, September 13, 10:15 a.m. - Sukkah Building

Please come help us build our synagogue sukkah. In case of severe weather, we’ll postpone until September 27.

Sunday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. - Kever Avot and Yizkor service, Ahavas Israel cemetery

It is customary to visit the graves of parents and other relatives at the season of the Yamim Nora’im, Days of Awe, and recite a memorial prayer. This year, we’ll gather to recite a full Yizkor memorial service in place of the one we normally include in our Yom Kippur services. The service will be at the top of the driveway where it meets the circle. Please reserve the parking spaces on the asphalt at the beginning of the circle for those with limited mobility. Afterward the service, Rabbi Krishef and Cantor Stuart will be available to say personal memorial prayers at the graves of your loved ones. When we are finished, Rabbi Krishef and Cantor Stuart will go to Greenwood for those who wish to say memorial prayers at graves there.

Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 27, Erev Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre 7:00 p.m.

Candlelighting 7:11 p.m.

Monday, September 28, Yom Kippur

Shaharit 10:00 a.m.

The Synagogue will be open all day on Yom Kippur. We invite you to come by during the break between services, between 2:00 and 6:00, for a Moment of personal prayer in Front of the Ark.

Minha/Ne’ilah 6:00 p.m.
Ma’ariv/Havdalah 8:09 p.m.

Sukkot Services

Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, Sukkot -  Shaharit 10:30 a.m.

Followed by Kiddush (wine/grape juice only) in the Sukkah

Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah services

Saturday, October 10, Shemini Atzeret - Shaharit, including Yizkor 10:30 a.m.

Saturday night, October 10, Simhat Torah evening - Ma'ariv 7:45 p.m.

Is it possible to celebrate Torah with masks and socially distant dancing and singing? To dance seven circuits with seven Torah scrolls, one per hakafa? We think so! Please join us to help make the minyan.

Sunday, October 22, Simhat Torah - Shaharit 10:30 a.m.

Ahavas Israel Reading Group

Our next book discussion will be Thursday, November 12, to discuss Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South by Sue Eisenfeld

Nonfiction. The idea that Jews could be Confederates was unthinkable. Eisenfeld planned a series of road trips to a variety of historic sites in the South. Eisenfeld demonstrates that conforming to the dominant culture meant survival and prosperity for southern Jews. In Selma, Eisenfeld discovers Jews who did not care for the interference of northern Jews, since it often threatened their sense of security.

Also mark your calendars for future Book Group reads:

Wednesday, February 17 - A Rabbi’s Daughter,” by Avigail Graetz

A semi- autobiographical story of three generations of strong women.

Thursday, May 20 - Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb by David Kushner

Nonfiction. A multilayered tale of public policy, personal desire for a better life, McCarthyism, and Communist Party support for civil rights.

Wednesday, August 18 - by Nathan Englander

A son refuses to say Kaddish for his recently departed father.

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 are meeting online. See the synagogue calendar or contact the rabbi for the zoom link. We hope to begin meeting in person sometime this summer, but we’ll maintain the zoom link until the coronavirus danger has completely passed.

• 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.

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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