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 and Bagels - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30
  • Service - 10:30 a.m. - noon (approximately)
  • Kabbalat Shabbat, third Friday of the month - June, July and August                                                                                 
  • Weekly Service times:
        Shabbat mornings - 9:30 a.m.
        Wednesday mornings, 7:30 a.m.; Thursday mornings - 7:15 a.m.

Making Choices Michigan

Making Choices Michigan
No one can predict when a sudden illness or accident may occur, leaving a person unable to make personal healthcare decisions. Currently, far too many people enter the last stage of life without ever having a conversation about their preferences for end-of-life care, documenting those preferences, and informing loved ones or a patient advocate of their desires. When you cannot speak for your self, the health system’s default is to provide every treatment available to extend life. The alternative is a reliable, documented plan called an Advance Directive.
 
When your wishes for care are known and have been honored, surviving family members experience significantly less anxiety, stress and depression. Thus, making your health care choices known is a gift that gives beyond one’s death.
 
Making Choices Michigan, established in 2010, is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit community collaborative committed to helping people determine their end-of-life preferences, documenting those preferences in an advance directive (AD), developing a system for storing and retrieving the AD, and educating the healthcare community to honor a person’s AD to ensure that end-of-life preferences are respected. Congregation Ahavas Israel is an active participant in an interfaith outreach program of Making Choices Michigan. For more information, please contact Making Choices Michigan at 421-4840 or Sandy Freed at 540-2030. There is no charge for this service which provides you with a legal, reliable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Living Will.
 

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.

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.

Candles

As a service to our members, stop by Ahavas Israel for your Yahrtzeit, Havdalah, Shabbat, and Chanukkah candle 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.

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.

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, Esther Katz, 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 

 

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