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.

Guide to Passover, 2017

Click here to download the 2017 Rabbinical Assembly Pesah Guide, containing helpful information regarding kashrut for Passover.

Pesah Schedule 2017

Sun., April 9 after dark (about 9:00 p.m.) - Bedikat Hametz (Search for Hametz)
Mon., April 10, 7:30 a.m. Minyan and Siyyum Bekhorim
(Conclusion of Fast of the Firstborn)
11:03 a.m. No eating hametz after this time
12:24 p.m. Bi’ur hametz (Destruction of hametz) by this time
8:00 p.m. Candlelighting and first Seder
Tue., April 11, 9:30 a.m. Yom Tov services
1st day Pesah after 9:02 p.m.Candlelighting* and Second Seder
Wed., April 12, 9:30 a.m.Yom Tov services
2nd day Pesah9:03 p.m.Havdalah**
Thurs., Apr. 13, 7:00 a.m.Minyan
Fri., Apr. 14, 7:00 p.m. (early); 8:05 p.m. (latest) Shabbat Candlelighting
Sat., Apr. 15, 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Services
(with Pesah additions, including Hallel and Song of Songs )
9:06 p.m. Havdalah
Sun., Apr. 16, 8:07 p.m. Yom Tov Candlelighting
Mon., Apr. 17, 9:30 a.m.Yom Tov services
7th day Pesah after 9:09 p.m. Yom Tov Candlelighting*
Tue., Apr. 18, 9:30 a.m.Yom Tov services
8th day Pesah 9:10 p.m.Havdalah,** end of Pesah
9:30 p.m.hametz will be repurchased by this time.
*From a flame lit before the beginning of Yom Tov.
**Havdalah is made over a cup of wine only (omit the blessings over the candle and spices).

Selling Hametz and home hospitality

Click here to download a .pdf
NOTE:  If possible, all hametz -- foods not acceptable during Pesah, or materials containing such unacceptable food -- should be destroyed or given away before the holiday begins.  Should this be impossible, the hametz may be stored in such a way that we are sure not to use it during the holiday and its actual ownership is transferred to a non-Jew until the holiday ends.  Please return this completed form to Congregation Ahavas Israel by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 10.
I/We, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi David J.B. Krishef to act in my/our behalf to sell all hametz possessed by me/us -- knowingly or unknowingly -- as defined by Torah and rabbinic law, and to lease all places wherein hametz owned may be found.  I/we hereby affix my/our signature on this _____ day of _______, in the year 2017.
Name (printed):______________________________Address:_____________________________________
It is customary to make a donation to a Ma’ot Hittim fund at the time of mekhirat hametz to help others fulfill the mitzvah of Pesah.
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If you are able to host guests, please complete this form and return it to the office.
We are prepared with pleasure to host [    ] (number) guests for our first seder on Monday, April 10.
We are prepared with pleasure to host [    ] (number) guests for our second seder on Tuesday, April 11.
Name:________________________________ Email:_____________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________________ Phone:____________________________
Please describe your level of kashrut for Pesah:________________________________________________
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Home Hospitality:
One of the central lines in the Haggadah is kol dikhfin, yeitei v’yeikhol.  “All who are hungry, let them come and eat.”  Every year we have requests for hospitality.  PLEASE make room for one or more guests at your Seder, and help us ensure that each member, potential member, or guest in our community has a warm home in which to spend the Sedarim. You can find a “Home Hospitality” form in the Voice or can download it from AhavasIsraelGR.org.
If you would like to be hosted at a Seder, please complete this form and return it to the office.
I/We [    ] (number of guests) would enjoy home hospitality for the first Seder on Monday, April 10.
I/We [    ] (number of guests) would enjoy home hospitality for the second Seder on Tuesday, April 11.
Name:________________________________ Email:_____________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________________ Phone:____________________________
Additional comments/special dietary restrictions
(e.g., vegetarian)___________________________________________________________________________

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.


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.

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.

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 


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.

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