Save the dates

 
March 9-11
Scholar in Residence, Sam Glaser
More information to follow -- Musical dovening Temple Emanuel and Ahavas Israel on Friday and Saturday morning, teaching on Saturday afternoon, and a concert on Sunday morning! 
 
Sam Glaser's soulful music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities worldwide. He performs in an average of fifty cities a year and his energetic style and passionate delivery never fails ignite the spirit of audiences of all ages. Named one of the top ten Jewish artists in the US by Moment magazine, Glaser is equally comfortable behind a keyboard in intimate solo concerts, leading his top-notch band or headlining with full orchestra. While he typically performs in synagogues and Jewish Community Centers, he has appeared at such venues as L.A.'s Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheater, Staples Center and Dodger Stadium as well as on Broadway and at the White House. He has traveled the world over in concert, from Sydney to London to Hong Kong to Tel Aviv.
 
Sam’s best-selling Jewish CDs include The Songs We Sing, Hallel, Nigun/Voice of the Soul, Presence, The Bridge, A Day in the Life and the award-winning children's musical Kol Bamidbar. He was one of the first artists signed by Sony/JMG Records, a label dedicated to promoting Jewish music. Sam’s children’s CD Soap Soup won such awards as the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Parents Choice and the National Association of Parenting Publications. In addition to the twenty albums of his own compositions he has published four collections of lyrics and poetry, four musicals, three sheet music songbooks of his Jewish music and an SATB choral book. In his cutting-edge recording studio, Glaser Musicworks, he produces albums for a wide variety of recording artists and music for such networks as the WB, ESPN and PBS.
 
 
Join Congregation Ahavas Israel at Broadway Grand Rapids to see “The Bodyguard” on Sunday March 11, 2018. Tickets are $58.
 
This award-winning musical is the story of a former Secret Service Agent hired to protect a musical Superstar from a mysterious stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love! A breathtakingly romantic thriller, it features a host of numbers like Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, and one of the best selling songs of all time
– I Will Always Love You.
 
We’ll meet at the Synagogue at 4:30 pm for a pot-luck dinner.  The show starts at 6:30 pm.
 

Ahavas Israel Reading Group

 
Interested in starting a book group? Ahavas Israel will buy the first book for you and all members of your group.
 Contact Rabbi Krishef for more information.
 
 Contact Rabbi Krishef for more information.
 

Come celebrate purim with us!!

Celebrate Purim!
Wednesday night, February 28, 6:00 p.m.
The Religious Life committee celebrates Purim with food and drink following the megillah reading. Come one, come all - this is a celebration for young children and older adults alike!
 
Also that evening will be OUR ANNUAL PURIMSPEIL, written by Diane Baum. If you can read a line of English, you qualify to be an Ahavas Israel player. One read-through, on Sunday, February 25, 3:00 p.m. Contact Diane Baum, 248-9109 or 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..
 
Thursday, March 1
7:00 a.m. — morning Purim service with Megillah reading
 

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
 

Beit Midrash Dinners

The next Beit Midrash* dinner is Monday, January 22nd. Part social, part learning, Rabbi Krishef invites you to drop by the synagogue beginning at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and Torah. RSVP is required for dinner to Rabbi Krishef at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-949-2840.

After dinner, grab some books from the library - Torah, commentaries, Midrash, Mishnah, Talmud, Zohar or anything that strikes your fancy - and dive in. You might come with a study partner, you might find a partner who wants to learn with you once you arrive. Rabbi Krishef will be here to help you find something to study, help you if you get stuck, or maybe even be your Hevruta (study partner) for a bit.

There is no charge (donations to defray the cost will be gratefully accepted), but please let Rabbi Krishef know if you are coming so he can prepare enough food.

*A Beit Midrash is a “House of Study.” Along with Beit Tefillah, House of Prayer, and Beit Kenesset, House of Meeting, it is one of the three primary functions of a synagogue - study, prayer, and social activities.

Potluck Tu Bishvat Seder, January 30, 6:00 p.m.

Bring something dairy or vegetarian featuring fruit or one of the seven species of fruits and grains of the land of Israel from Deuteronomy 8:8, wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.
 
If the food needs to stay warm, please bring a warming tray. We’ll celebrate a brief Seder ceremony and enjoy the New Year for trees by focusing on the mystical properties of Biblical foods.

Israeli Wine Tasting January 27th

Wine! Cheese! Chocolate! Something for everybody!!

Congregation Ahavas Israel invites you to our next special community event, open to young adults (21-45) in the Jewish community:

An evening of Israeli Wine Tasting (paired with cheese and chocolate), with wine specialist Peter Eizel from Russo’s International Market on Saturday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m.

The cost is a suggested $10 donation per person or $18 per couple. We want to fill the synagogue with young Jewish singles and couples. If the cost is a barrier, send a private email to Rabbi Krishef. No one will be turned away.

Reservations are required by January 20, to Stephanie Jesin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 633-5309.


Tot shabbat /Young Junior Congregation

We are pleased that Marni Vyn will once again be leading Tot Shabbat/Junior Congregation services this year. The schedule will be:

  • Purim - February 24, 11:00 a.m. (Rehearse for Purim on Wednesday night, February 28. Come in costume!)
  • Shavuot - May 19, 11:00 a.m.

Please RSVP with Marni to let her know that you are coming (so she knows how to prepare). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 774-8644.

Save the date

Save the Date: Join Congregation Ahavas Israel at Broadway Grand Rapids to see “The Bodyguard” on Sunday March 11, 2018. Tickets are $58.
 
This award-winning musical is the story of a former Secret Service Agent hired to protect a musical Superstar from a mysterious stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love! A breathtakingly romantic thriller, it features a host of numbers like Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, and one of the best selling songs of all time
– I Will Always Love You.
 
We’ll meet at the Synagogue at 4:30 pm for a pot-luck dinner.  The show starts at 6:30 pm.
 
 

Conversational Hebrew course

Are you interested in serious conversational Hebrew?

Beginning Monday, January 8, 7:00 - 8:30, learn Conversational Hebrew with Michal Ravid. The ten week course, will cost $150 per student ($15 per session). Text books are not included. You can purchase the beginning text ($15.95 plus shipping) at this link:
 
 
There is a minimum enrollment of 6 students. Please enroll early by sending your name/email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Introduction to Judaism

Taught by Rabbi David Krishef

Beginning Monday, November 6, 7:00- 8:15 p.m. 

Cost:  $70/members and B’nai Noah affiliates, $95/non-members (includes the cost of the SourceBook)

A basic introduction to Jewish history, beliefs, rituals, holidays, and life cycle celebrations. Taught in partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of American Jewish University. The syllabus can be download here or call the office to have it emailed/mailed to you.

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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 book of I Samuel. 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. Currently, we are finishing Parashat Hayyei Sarah.

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