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Ahavas Israel Grand Rapids, MI


Congregation Ahavas Israel welcomes all persons who wish to explore a spiritual path using Traditional Jewish practice in an egalitarian Jewish setting.


Over a century of traditional Judaism in Grand Rapids




Mission Statement of Congregation Ahavas Israel:

Congregation Ahavas Israel creates a vibrant egalitarian Conservative Jewish community helping each individual follow his/her spiritual path using traditional Jewish practice.

Vision Statement:

To create connections between individuals in our Jewish community through religious, educational, and social programs that attract participation of all our members.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism


Congregation Ahavas Israel

2727 Michigan NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 949-2840
Fax:   (616) 949-6929
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Gemilut Hasadim @ God's Kitchen

gd kitchen   

Gemilut Hasadim @ God’s Kitchen: Ahavas Israel has been volunteering at God's Kitchen (303 South Division), making sandwiches every 2nd and 5th Sunday of the month for at least 20 years. The crew of volunteers, however, is diminishing. Please help us continue to feed those who are hungry.  Contact Theresa De Jager, 1-248-871-7485; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. P1040038 - Copy 2

Shmooz and Shmear


Shabbat Morning Schmooze 'n Shmear

Hosts Laurie Williams and the De Jager family along with the Religious Life Committee invite you to come to shul just a little bit early to enjoy coffee and a bagel before coming into the service.  Breakfast will be available from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Located in the Meeting Room or the Library - look for the sign :)


happy Faces!Congregation Ahavas Israel welcomes all persons who wish to explore a spiritual path using Traditional Jewish practice in an egalitarian Conservative Jewish setting.

It is Ahavas Israel's membership policy, whether you are unaffiliated or currently a member of another institution, to welcome you and thank you for your membership and participation at Ahavas Israel.

It is Ahavas Israel's dues policy to ask you to set your own level of yearly dues.  We'll talk to you about the actual cost of running the synagogue and encourage you to take that into account, but the final decision as to your dues offering is yours.

Interested in learning more about us or becoming a part of our community? You can download an informational brochure here, and you can download a membership application for an individual here, and for a household here. For more information, please contact the chair of our membership committee, Diane Rayor.

The story of Ahavas Israel:

At Congregation Ahavas Israel, we are committed to welcoming and providing community support to all persons seeking a spiritual path using traditional Jewish practice in a Happy Faces!modern, egalitarian Conservative Jewish setting. Ahavas Israel offers a warm and friendly Shabbat experience, as well as diverse religious and social activities for families and adults, including Torah study, Junior Congregation, art workshops, and a community garden. Ahavas is fortunate to have an active, thoughtful Rabbi with a great teaching manner and a mensch of a Hazzan/Cantor with a wonderful, engaging voice and a down-to-earth sense of humor. Children ages two through high school participate in an active, joint Conservative-Reform United Jewish School that has an excellent curriculum and high retention rates. Rabbi Krishef also offers special activities (including Hebrew enrichment) for Ahavas Israel children attending the religious school. A diverse group of people in business, professions, and academics from a wide variety of backgrounds enriches our congregational life. We understand that each person’s path to Jewish engagement is different, depending upon one's education, age, sexual orientation, family structure, and socio-economic status among other factors. Allow us to welcome you into our family.
For a more detailed history of Ahavas Israel, see the About Us page.

Upcoming Events

Pesach VI (CH''M)

UJS Religious School
04/20/2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Candle lighting
04/20/2014 08:12 PM - 08:30 PM

Pesach VII

Pesah morning service
04/21/2014 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Calendar Overview

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