Pre-High Holiday Picnic

The membership committee is hosting our annual pre-High Holiday picnic on Sunday, September 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids, 49505.
•Please bring your favorite dairy dish to pass.
•Drinks, plates, napkins, and cutlery will be provided.
Go north of Ann St. on Monroe, to the second park entrance with the "Island Shelter" sign.
You can park right in front of the picnic shelter, near the pedestrian bridge, lagoon, and playground.

Fall Holiday Schedule 5778 (2017)

Saturday, September 16 - Selihot
Selihot program - 9:00 p.m., followed by the Selihot service (1/2 hour) at about midnight.
Liel Leibovitz of writes, “Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which tells the story of two 17th-century Portuguese Jesuits who travel to Japan to find their missing mentor and spread their imperiled faith in a land that bans it, may very well be among the greatest Jewish movies ever made. 
“Ignored, foolishly, by the Academy in this [past] year’s Oscars race, and celebrated, rightly, by Catholic commentators ( for being a pure and profound meditation on faith, the film is not only a masterwork but also one we Jews would do well to take seriously. That’s because the idea at the core of the film is the thick theological trunk both Jews and Catholics share, and with which both have wrestled for millennia: the problem of doubt.” Rated R for violence. 2 hours 41 minutes.
Rosh Hashana
Wednesday night, September 20, Erev Rosh Hashanah
Candlelighting 7:27 p.m.
Ma’ariv 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, Rosh Hashanah, 1st day
Shaharit 9:00 a.m.
Junior Congregation 11:30 a.m.
After the service, please join us for Kiddush in the social hall, followed by a short Tashlikh ceremony.
Minha 7:40 p.m.
Ma’ariv 8:20 p.m.
*Candlelighting after 8:21 p.m.
Friday, September 22, Rosh Hashanah, 2nd day
Shaharit 9:00 a.m.
After the service, please join us for Kiddush.
*Candlelighting earliest 6:24 p.m.; latest 7:23 p.m.
Minha 6:15 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 - Shabbat services, 9:30 a.m.
Havdalah 8:21 p.m.
Sunday, September 24 - minor fast day, Tzom Gedalia
Sunday, September 24, 10:15 a.m. - Sukkah Building
Please come help us build our Synagogue Sukkah.
Sunday, September 24 - Kever Avot cemetery visits
It is customary to visit the graves of parents and other relatives at the season of the Yamim Nora’im, Days of Awe, and recite a memorial prayer. Rabbi Krishef and Cantor Stuart will be available to say personal memorial prayers at the graves of your loved ones.
1:00 p.m., Ahavas Israel cemetery
1:30 p.m., Greenwood cemetery
Yom Kippur
Friday, September 29, Erev Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre 7:00 p.m.
Candlelighting 7:11 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, Yom Kippur
Shaharit 9:00 a.m.
Junior Congregation 11:30 a.m.
Study session 5:00 p.m.
Minha/Ne’ilah 6:00 p.m.
Ma’ariv/Havdalah 8:08 p.m.
Please join us for a Congregation break-fast following the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
Wednesday night, October 4, Sukkot
Candlelighting 7:02 p.m.
Thursday, October 5, Sukkot
Shaharit 9:30 a.m.
*Candlelighting after 7:56 p.m.
Friday, October 6, Sukkot
Shaharit 9:30 a.m.
*Candlelighting earliest 6:04 p.m.; latest 6:58 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 - Festival Shabbat services, 9:30 a.m.
Havdalah 7:57 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 1:00 p.m.
“Sukkah Hop” 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Watch your email or the Shabbat announcements for an update on the locations.
Wednesday, October 11, Hol Hamoed Sukkot
Minyan 7:00 a.m.
Shemini Atzeret
Wednesday night, October 11, erev Shemini Atzeret
Candlelighting 6:50 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, Shemini Atzeret
Shaharit, including Yizkor9:30 a.m.
Thursday night, October 12, Erev Simhat Torah
*Candlelighting after 7:47 p.m.
Ma’ariv with Hakafot 7:45 p.m.
(dancing with Torahs)
Please join the congregation on Simhat Torah evening for a Simhat Torah celebration.
Friday, October 13, Simhat Torah
Shaharit with Hakafot 9:30 a.m.
*Candlelighting 6:46 p.m.
*Use a 24 hour candle lit before the first night of a Festival to light on the 2nd night and on Shabbat.
OR you can download the schedule HERE 


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?”


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

Tot shabbat /Young Junior Congregation


Tot Shabbat/Young Junior Congregation

If you are interested in leading or attending Tot Shabbat/Junior Congregation services on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or monthly on Shabbat, please contact Rabbi Krishef, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-2840.

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 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 7:00 p.m.
•Cost: $93 for materials. Some subsidies are available. Contact Ahavas Israel or the Jewish Federation for details.
•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

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.

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