Festival of Shavuot

The Festival of Shavuot - Tuesday evening, May 30 - Thursday, June 1
Please join us for our 23rd annual potluck dinner and Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session, “A Torah of Justice: A View from the Right, A View from the Left,” on Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Krishef home at 2021 Michigan Street.
 
If you would like to come to dinner, please contact Marisa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 459-4627) and let her know what you would like to bring. If you want to come for the study sessions only, no RSVP necessary (although feel free to contact Marisa if you want to bring some desert).
 
Schedule:
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - dinner
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Study session
9:00 - 9:45 p.m. candlelighting, ma’ariv, and dessert
9:45 - ? Study sessions
 
Shavuot Yom Tov services - Wednesday and Thursday, May 31 and June 1, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday - Torah Reading - “The 10 Commandments”
Thursday - Service includes the Yizkor Memorial service.

Confirmation

Please join us on Shabbat morning, June 3, to celebrate the Confirmation of Ben Alter and Michael Chambers. Our confirmands will speak about their journey from Bar Mitzvah to Confirmation: “How have I grown into my Jewish adulthood?”

Unveilings:

Agnes Mossman, Sunday, June 4, 11:00 am
Ann Wepman, Sunday, July 23, 11:30 am

Shoah in Fifty-Four Thousand Voices

When: Monday, June 5, 2017, 7pm.
Where: Ahavas Israel
 
Ferris State University has been gifted the Shoah Visual History Archive, consisting of over 54,000 full length testimonies of survivors and rescuers from the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the Rwanadan genocide of 1975, as well as the Cambodian, Guatemalan and Nanking genocides. What makes this collection so extraordinary is the technological miracle that allows students to search the entire 114,000 hours of documentary evidence for over 68,000 search terms. The Shoah Visual History Archive demonstrates the importance and power of modern technology to genocide study.
 
Dr. Barry Mehler, Chair of the Ferris Shoah Visual History Project, will demonstrate the workings of the archive and discuss its significance. He will also discuss the value of the 1000 plus interviews that are available to the public without a subscription.
 
In order for us to bring Dr. Mehler down to Grand Rapids, we need to know how many people are coming, so we need your RSVP to Rabbi Krishef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by noon on Monday, June 5.

Tot shabbat /Young Junior Congregation

The next Tot shabbat/ Young Junior Congregation service will be on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 p.m. Please let Marni Vyn know that you are coming- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summer Beit Midrash

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.
 
This summer, drop by the synagogue beginning at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and Torah. The dinner will be prepared by Rabbi Krishef. 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.
 
The Beit Midrash evenings will be on the last Mondays of the month -  June 26, July 24, and August 28. There is no charge (donations to defray the cost will be gratefully accepted), but please let us know if you are coming so we can prepare enough food. If you’d like to participate in the cooking or have any questions, contact Rabbi Krishef, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-2840.

Pre-Shabbat Family Happy Hour/Kabbalat Shabbat

The religious Life committee is hosting Pre-Shabbat Family Happy Hours (hors d’euvres and snacks wine, beer, and soft drinks) this summer on June 9 and July 14 at 7:00 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:45 p.m.  
To sponsor a happy hour ($54), contact the synagogue office.
 

The Jewish Experience

Would you like to know more or help teach others about what it means to be immersed in Jewish life? How does a Jew celebrate? Eat? Pray? How does the Jewish community experience the calendar year and the cycle of life?
 
Congregation Ahavas Israel is presenting an afternoon of learning, experiencing, and a little bit of eating in order to teach “The Jewish Experience,” on Sunday, July 30, 3:00 - 5:15 pm. There is no cost for the program, although free-will donations will be gratefully accepted. Over the two hour and 15 minute experience, you’ll be introduced to the traditional Jewish experience of Shabbat dinner, Prayer and Torah study, and Kosher cooking; and look at the Life Cycle and the calendar’s Holiday cycle through Jewish eyes.
 
Registration is limited to the first 90 participants, so don’t delay - sign up today. To register for the program, go to  http://events.eventzilla.net/e/the-jewish-experience-2138885201. To volunteer to help lead the program, contact Rabbi Krishef 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..
 
Questions? For more information, contact Rabbi Krishef.

Financial Management Course

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Financial Management Course at Ahavas Israel
Did you know that 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck? Or that 64% of Americans can’t cover a $1,000 emergency? This doesn’t have to be true for you! All you need is a practical plan for your money—and Financial Peace University IS that plan!
 
In nine easy-to-follow lessons, you’ll learn how to get out of debt, create a budget, make wise spending decisions, save for the future, and so much more!
 
Financial Peace University (FPU) is a 9 lesson, money-management course taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more. If you’d like to learn more about taking control of your money once and for all, check out the class details below:
  • Where:  Congregation  Ahavas Israel, 2727 Michigan St. NE
  • When: Tuesdays, beginning September 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Cost: $93 for materials. Subsidies are available from Ahavas Israel and the Jewish Federation.
  • Classes will meet every Tuesday for nine weeks.
For more information, please contact Paula Bojsen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). To register, please go to http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1041858

Shiva Asar B'Tammuz the 17th

The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, a minor sunrise to sundown fast commemorating the breaching of the city walls of Jerusalem, takes place on Tuesday, July 11.

Please join us for Tisha B'Av

Tisha b’Av -- A day of Lamentations, mourning, and fasting for the destruction of the Temple and subsequent exiles of the Jewish people. Join us on: 
Monday night, July 31, at 9:00 p.m., for Ma’ariv and the reading of the Biblical book of Eikha (Lamentations);
Tuesday morning, August 1, 7:00 a.m., for morning minyan with special inclusions for Tisha B’Av.  (Fast ends at approximately 9:00 p.m.)

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.

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..

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