Sefirat Ha-omer, Counting the Omer

It is a mitzvah to count each day between Passover and Shavuot, a practice known as counting the omer, sefirat ha-omer. The omer was a sheaf of barley brought as an offering in anticipation of the new wheat and first fruits offering of Shavuot. You can download an omer-counting calendar here.

Cantor/Educator, March 2023

Dear United Jewish School Family,  Last month, students in the United Jewish School did all sorts of fun activities to teach them about honoring Tu Bishvat – the birthday for the trees!   In the 7th Grade, they looked at a text study about “shmita.” They studied in-depth the Torah portion of “B’shalach” — the Torah … Read more


Shabbat lunch, Saturday, May 20, following services Enjoy a light Shabbat lunch following services. Contact Rabbi Krishef if you are are able to help him prepare the lunch, either on Thursday evening or Friday, or 616-949-2840. Mark the following summer dates on your calendar for future lunches: June 17, July 15, August 12. 

The Festival of Shavuot

Thursday night, May 25, 6:30 p.m. Potluck Dinner and a variety of Torah study Please join us for our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session. Rabbi Krishef’s focus this year will be on the commentary of the 18th century Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdechev, a disciple of the Maggid of Mezerrich, who was himself the … Read more