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 2nd Shabbat) - 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 (approximately)
  • Torah Study Shabbat, Second Shabbat of the Month
    • Torah Study - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30
    • Service - 10:30 a.m. - noon (approximately)
  • Kabbalat Shabbat, third Friday of the month - June, July and August                                                                                 
  • 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.

Shabbat Candlelighting and Havdalah Times

 

Date

Earliest Candlelighting Latest Candlelighting Havdalah
       
Shemini Atzeret       
       
 October 11  -  6:50 p.m.   -
 October 12  After 7:47 p.m.*  -  -
 October 13/14  -  6:46 p.m.*  7:45 p.m.
 October 20/21  6:35 p.m.    7:34 p.m.
October 27/28 6:25 p.m.   7:23 p.m.
November 3/4 6:15 p.m.   7:14 p.m.
November 10/11 5:07 p.m.   6:06 p.m.
November 17/18 5:00 p.m.   5:59 p.m.
November 24/25 4:55 p.m.   5:54 p.m.
December 1/2 4:51 p.m.   5:51 p.m.
       
       
       
 
*We do not kindle new flames (such as by striking a match) on Yom Tov. Therefore, on the second day of Yom Tov or on Shabbat following Yom Tov, light candles from a pre-existing flame, such from a match lit by a Yahrtzeit candle or other flame lit before the beginning of Yom Tov.
 
Weekly Service times:
Shabbat mornings - 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday mornings, 7:30 a.m.; Thursday mornings - 7:15 a.m.
See the High Holiday/Yom Tov page for the service schedule.
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 9:00 a.m.

Friday night services are here!!

Have you been asking for a Friday evening service? We listened!

We are beginning with a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service on the first Shabbat of the month at 6:00 p.m., starting November 3. If you have abeen wishing for such a service, please come to support it. If you have never welcomed Shabbat with Kabbalat Shabbat, a service deeply rooted in the mystical tradition, please join us to learn about it. From November to September, the time will remain although the event or style of the program will change.

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 regular Shabbat Kiddush or $72 for a Sanctuary Shabbat Kiddush (first Shabbat of the month) 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.

Candles

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.

Kosher Challah

challah-breadThe Wealthy Street bakery has opened a second location, known as the Hall Street Bakery. Both locations are now under supervision for a limited number of bread products.

The following breads are kosher and parve:

Challah, Vegan Challah, French, Country White, Sourdough, Focaccia.

The bread slicer is used for dairy, parve, and non-kosher breads, and cannot be cleaned in between. Therefore, sliced bread is not under kosher supervision.

Kohen/Levi Policy

Kohen/Levi Policy:
The Religious Life Committee has revised its Kohen/Levi aliyah policy.
The majority of rabbinic opinions say that the requirement to give the first aliyah to a Kohen and the second aliyah to a Levi is Rabbinic, not Biblical, in origin. The justification for reserving these aliyot for Kohen/Levi was Mipnei darchei shalom, for the sake of community peace. Its purpose was to give proper respect to a group of people who had a great deal of responsibility and honor in Biblical times, but lost much of it following the destruction of the Temple.

Mipnei darchei shalom is a sociological norm and as such it changes with time and circumstances.  In certain congregations and situations the limitations and restrictions created by maintaining the Kohen, Levi, yisrael procedure, tend to interfere with communal harmony, rather than add to it.  Where a Rabbi feels that a congregation or service would better be served by calling people up to the Torah as rishon, sheni, shlishi, it is entirely permissible to do so.

 Therefore, the Religious Life Committee has adopted the following practice:

  • The first two Aliyot (rishon and shayni) Aliyot may be offered to any Jew of post Bar/Bat Mitzvah age even if a Kohen or Levi is present. Non Kohen/Levi honorees may be reassured that this is “kosher.”
  • If a Kohen or Levi is offered an aliyah and will accept only if called up in the customary position this request will be honored. Their names will be so designated in the usher book. Otherwise a Kohen or Levi may take any aliyah.
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