25/125 Ahavas Simcha Celebration May 31-June 2, 2019.

Congregation Ahavas Israel is holding a special two-fold celebration later this year to honor Rabbi David Krishef’s 25th anniversary as spiritual leader of Ahavas Israel and to also mark the125th anniversary of Ahavas Israel as a Kehillah Kedoshah (Holy Community) in Grand Rapids.
To commemorate these momentous events, we are organizing a community-wide 25/125 Celebration for May 31-June 2, 2019.

  • Friday, May 31, 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services
  • Shabbat morning, June 1, we will honor Rabbi Krishef with a gala luncheon following morning services. This will be open to the entire Grand Rapids Jewish community without charge. Shabbat activities will include a guest Rabbi and more.
  • Sunday afternoon, June 2, a festive celebration will be held “under the big top” in our own backyard. We will present opening ceremonies, a kosher barbeque food truck and entertainments. Admission will include a meal, and entertainment for adults and children. More information and invitations about the events will be forthcoming.

For further information you can contact Ed Miller at 616-293-6064 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shabbat Experience Dinner, Friday, March 29 at 6:15 p.m.

Kick off Spring Break by relaxing with some good food, good wine, and good friends, at Ahavas Israel. Please register and pay at https://events.eventzilla.net/e/cai-shabbat-experience--shabbat-dinner-2138726952 by March 22nd. $12/person, maximum $30/family.

The menu includes challah, Israeli style salads, chicken tagine (stew) with preserved lemons and olives (gluten free), chickpea and vegetable tagine (vegan/gluten free), rice, wine (red and white), chocolate and vanilla cake with berry sauce, gluten free cookies, and coffee.

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Limmud Michigan - Sunday, March 31

Limmud is a global movement that celebrates diverse Jewish thinking as an active and evolving conversaon: think globally, attend locally. The JCC of Metropolitan Detroit and Frankel Jewish Academy. For more information, see LimmudMichigan.org.

Limmud Michigan Outreach Flyer 2019-02

Torah Study Shabbat

Please join us for a Torah Study Shabbat/Abbreviated Shabbat service on the 4th Shabbat of the month. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. Torah study
  • 10:30 a.m. Service
  • 11:55 a.m. (approximately) Kiddush

Upcoming Torah study Shabbat services will be on February 23 and March 23. Mark your calendars!

Note: Because of Passover, the April Torah study/Abbreviated Shabbat services will be on April 13th.


OneTable is an organization dedicated to helping people in their 20’s and 30’s with no children, to slow down, unplug, join together, and have a meal together on Friday night. Sign up at OneTable.org to scroll through open dinners, or create and post your own. From a traditional Shabbat experience to a picnic or Karaoke Shabbat, OneTable will help you make it happen.

You will see dinners hosted by people in Rapids Rapids posted on OneTable.org. Sign up and meet some new people. Or create a OneTable account and register as a host. They’ll match you with a Shabbat Coach, provide you with ritual guides, a potluck organizing feature, recipes, playlists, Nourishment Credits, and more.

If you are not in the target demographic but know someone who is, please let them know to check out the web site.

Ahavas Israel and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids have teamed up to bring OneTable.org into Grand Rapids. Check out their FAQ page for all of the OneTable details. Need a bit more? Reach out Rabbi Krishef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Marisa Reed, Jewish Federation Grand Rapids (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Associate Director, National Community Expansion Sara Fatell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Study Groups

Rabbi Krishef’s study groups:

• Thursday Tanakh study, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Schuler Books and Music, 28th St. (either in the back of the store or in the café). We are studying the books of Kings. Exciting narrative! Intrigue! Politics! Backstabbing! Join us.

• Jewish mysticism/Zohar study group, Mondays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Ahavas Israel library. We are reading through Daniel Matt’s translation and commentary of the Zohar.

Betzalel Art Group

BETZALEL ART GROUP, Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., room #1

Join the fun at the Betzalel Art Group and be inspired by others as you work on your own projects. Bring your fiber art project or oil painting or any other art or craft you enjoy doing. Everyone is welcome. This is an open and flexible group, so come as your schedule allows.

For more information, please contact Pat Weller, 453-2954 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Delving Into Our History

With the help of Peg Finkelstein from the Temple Emanuel Archives, significant progress has been made on Ahavas Israel's Gen and Jack Finkelstein Archives, generously funded by Mort and Peg Finkelstein and Raleigh Finkelstein in memory of their parents. Contributions to the Gen and Jack Archive Fund provide continued support. The committee is working at the synagogue Wednesday mornings from 10AM until noon.  If you are interested in being a part of this important project, please contact Toby Weiner Dolinka at 949-6528.
If you have materials (especially photographs) that would be valuable for the archives, please contact Toby.

Family Promise

We provide meals and support to our partner congregation in the Family Promise shelter program, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E. Please help - we need volunteers to bring part of a meal and participate in organizing children’s activities. To help, contact Mort Hoffman, 616-949-6088 or 616-361-2738.

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