As a fourth-generation member of our synagogue, Ahavas Israel has always been a very important part of my life. From Hebrew School through bar mitzvah, from participation in USY locally and regionally, and now as an adult, I have served on many different committees.
My wife Paula and I raised three wonderful children at Ahavas, starting with their baby Naming/Brit Milah, their Bnai Mitzvahs, Lindsay and Danielle having their Weddings at Ahavas, and Sam having his Aufruf at Ahavas. This has given us such joy and Nachas over the years. Together we raised our three children at shul and impressed on them the importance of active synagogue life.
I have served on the Board of Trustees for over 35 years, including 4 years as President. It has been my honor to serve for many years on the Hevra Kaddisha (burial society) committee and now serve as its chair. I also have served for many years on the Cemetery committee and now am the chair of this committee as well. Currently, I serve as Chair of the 25/125 Celebration Committee.
We are planning a very special community-wide celebration at the end of May, beginning of June. Rabbi Krishef has been leading our congregation for 25 years, and our congregation will be celebrating 125 years as a Kehillah Kedoshah (holy community) in Grand Rapids. Please save the weekend of May 31st – June 2nd as it promises to be a weekend to remember. We will have a very special Shabbat morning service followed by a luncheon. On Sunday will be a festive community celebration “under the big top” in our own backyard. We will present opening ceremonies at 11 am sharp, a Klezmer band, a Glatt kosher food truck, and kids’ entertainment. If you have not made your reservations, please do so today.
Ahavas Israel has been the center of my life for so long, but I could not have done it without the support of my loving wife Paula.
As much as I’ve given to Ahavas Israel over the years, it has given me so much more in return. I highly recommend for all of you to get involved in the richness that our synagogue life has to offer you. You will be highly rewarded through your participation.
Ahavas Israel Board Member