Weekly Service Times

Ahavas-Israel-chapelServices are held every Shabbat and on all Festivals.  Join us for a warm, participatory service that includes a great deal of singing.

  • Shabbat mornings (Saturdays, except for the 4th Shabbat) - 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 (approximately)
  • Torah Study Shabbat, Fourth Shabbat of the Month
    • Torah Study - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30
    • Service - 10:30 a.m. - noon (approximately)
    • The schedule is:
      • 9:30 a.m. Torah service in the lobby
      • 10:30 a.m. Service
      • 11:55 a.m. Kiddush
  • Weekday Service times:

    • Wednesday mornings, 7:30 a.m.
    • Thursday mornings - 7:15 a.m.
    • Rosh Hodesh and Hol Hamoed, Wed. and Thurs. minyan begin 15 minutes earlier than the above times.
    • National Holidays, Wed. and Thurs. minyan begin at 9:00 a.m

High Holidays Schedule

Click here to download a complete High Holiday schedule.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday night, September 29, Erev Rosh Hashanah

Candlelighting 7:11 p.m.  Ma’ariv 7:15 p.m.

Monday, September 30, Rosh Hashanah, 1st day

Shaharit 9:00 a.m.

After the service, please join us for Kiddush in the social hall, followed by a short Tashlikh ceremony (weather permitting) at 2896 Michigan NE (Parking available next door at the First Protestant Reformed Church, 2800 Michigan NE).

Minha 7:15 p.m.  Ma’ariv 8:00 p.m.  *Candlelighting after 8:07 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1, Rosh Hashanah, 2nd day

Shaharit 9:00 a.m.  After the service, please join us for Kiddush in the social hall.

Minha 7:15 p.m.  Ma’ariv 8:05 p.m.  **Havdalah 8:05 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2

Tzom Gedalia is a minor (sunrise to sundown) fast day, in memory of the last (Babylonian appointed) Jewish governor of Judea, assassinated by a Jew who thought cooperation with the Babylonians was treasonous.

Minyan, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 3

Minyan 7:15 a.m.

Sunday, October 6, 10:15 a.m. - Sukkah Building

Please come help us build our Synagogue Sukkah. In case of severe weather, we’ll postpone until October 13.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 8, Erev Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre 6:30 p.m.  Candlelighting 6:53 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9, Yom Kippur

Shaharit 9:00 a.m.  Study session 4:45 p.m.  Minha/Ne’ilah 5:45 p.m.

Ma’ariv/Havdalah 7:51 p.m.

Please join us for a Congregation break-fast following the conclusion of Yom Kippur.

Click here for the Congregational Break-fast reservation form.


Sunday night, October 13, Sukkot - Potluck Festive Dinner

Come at 5:00 to help decorate the Sukkah, and stay for Sukkot services and a potluck dairy dinner. Bring a dairy or parve soup, appetizer, casserole, or other treat. RSVP and sign up at signupgenius.com.

Candlelighting 6:44 p.m.

Monday, October 14, Sukkot

Shaharit 9:30 a.m.

*Candlelighting after 7:43 p.m.

Tuesday, October 15, Sukkot

Shaharit 9:30 a.m.

**Havdalah 7:41 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 16 and 17

Hol Hamoed Sukkot

Minyan 7:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 19

Shabbat Hol Hamo’ed Sukkot - Chili Tasting cook-off

Shaharit 9:30 a.m.

Chili lunch in the Sukkah 12:00 p.m.

Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah

Sunday night, October 20, erev Shemini Atzeret

Candlelighting 6:33 p.m.

Monday, October 21, Shemini Atzeret

Shaharit, including Yizkor 9:30 a.m.

We have invited members of the Grand Rapids Police Department to Kiddush, to thank them for their keeping an eye on our property and responding to our requests for special event coverage. Please join us to greet and thank them!

Monday night, October 21, Erev Simhat Torah

*Candlelighting after 7:31 p.m.

Ma’ariv with Hakafot 7:15 p.m. (dancing with Torahs)

Please join the congregation on Simhat Torah evening for a Simhat Torah celebration.

Tuesday, October 22, Simhat Torah

Shaharit with Hakafot 9:30 a.m.

**Havdalah 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Krishef’s Sabbatical preparation

I am preparing for a three month Sabbatical from November 4 of this year until February 3, 2020. It looks like I have an opportunity to do some work on the intersection between the business community and the faith community. It is both a local project and a national project. More details to follow next month!

The Religious Life Committee and I are looking for volunteers to share Divre Torah and lead the monthly Shabbat Torah study. A d’var Torah should be about 12 minutes. The Torah study should be a 50 minute interactive session. If you would like my help, contact me prior to November and I can share resources and give tips, or give feedback on what you’ve written or prepared. To sign up, contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-949-2840) or go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1akhLglgeGsuICPyT0aWjPhnOmhGUcmk65wMrPOXn7AY/edit#gid=0 or http://tinyurl.com/CAITorahSignup.

Order your Lulav and Etrog

Blessing and shaking the Lulav and Etrog are the Jewish way to thank God for the blessings of the earth and its bountiful harvest.  It is a mitzvah to own a lulav and etrog, and shake it each day of Sukkot (except for Shabbat) in all six directions around us to remind us that God’s presence encompasses our entire lives.  This mitzvah is an integral part of the celebration of Sukkot, which begins this year on Sunday night, October 13.

  • Basic set $30.00
  • Standard set $36.00
  • Muvhar (choice) $45.00

Order through the Synagogue office.  Payment must accompany order, and be received by noon on Friday, September 27. -- No exceptions.

Tot Shabbat/Young Junior Congregation

We are seeking a Tot Shabbat/Junior Congregation leader for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. please contact Rabbi Krishef, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-949-2840.

Requested: Occasional Minyan Help

Requested: Occasional Minyan help. The Wednesday minyan has nine regulars and is looking for (at least) one person willing to make a weekly commitment to help make the minyan. Might you consider trying it for a month and see what it’s like? Those who are saying Kaddish will be grateful.
Alternatively, are you willing to get a text or a phone call on a Tuesday or Wednesday night if we know that we are one or two short of a minyan? The weekday minyan services are looking for people who are willing to come to minyan when needed, even as few as 1-2 times a year. Please contact Rabbi Krishef to add your name to the emergency minyan call list.

Underwrite a Kiddush

Celebrate a simha or honor a loved one by underwriting a standard Shabbat kiddush or Sanctuary Shabbat kiddush. Cost is $54 for a Shabbat Kiddush paid to Congregation Ahavas Israel. Underwriting will be acknowledged in the weekly Shabbat announcements.  Please remember that no special food requests are permitted.  However, you may provide a certified kosher cake to mark the occasion.  Reserve your date by calling the synagogue office. Additional questions should be directed to Karen Reifler, 975-9577.


As a service to our members, stop by Ahavas Israel for your Yahrtzeit, Havdalah, Shabbat, and Chanukkah Menorahcandle needs.
Candles are located on the  self-service cart next to the office. Help yourself to what you need, and leave a donation in the envelopes provided.

Religious Life Committee ChaiLights

If you have any ideas or concerns for our congregational life, please feel free to share with any member of the Religious Life Committee: Rabbi David Krishef, Karen Reifler, Ed Miller, and Allyson Strauss.

Also, we are always looking to expand our pool of Haftarah readers, Ushers, and Gabba'im. If interested in knowing what this entails, please speak to Rabbi or Religious Life co-chairs, David Reifler and Elisabeth Rosewall.

Electric Shabbat candles

Thank you to Lynda Werba Bar for donating a set of electric Shabbat candles to the synagogue. If you will be in the hospital or at a Rehabilitation facility over Shabbat and you would like to borrow the candles, please contact the office. Lynda also donated a set to Spectrum - Butterworth Hospital - contact the Chaplain’s office to borrow the candles for Shabbat.
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