Congregational Life

When do I light Shabbat candles, what’s happening this Shabbat, how can I get involved, what holidays are coming up? On this page, you will find information, announcements, and other important updates relevant to our congregation.

Shabbat and Holidays



Community Projects

Weekly eVoice

Congregational News

Wrestling with Questions

Sunday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Jim and Sheryl Siegel, 2107 Robinson Road SE

If you are a regular attendee at a Shabbat service, what compels you to do so? Is it a sense of responsibility to God, attachment to a tradition, or search for a community?

Ahavas Israel’s Book Group – August

Thursday, August 10
“The Best Place on Earth,” by Ayelet Tsabar

2015 Sami Rohr Prize winner Ayelet Tsabari deftly applies the influences of her American short story contemporaries to a collection of narratives from that other country of immigrants.

Be a Mitzvah-Cook!

We’re gathering on July 16 at 11:00 a.m. to prepare meals to freeze and deliver to individuals or families in need, who have been ill, have had a child, have experienced a loss, etc. Contact Rabbi Krishef to be a part of the mitzvah crew, or 616-949-2840.


Saturdays June 17, July 15 and August 12 following services.
Congregation Ahavas Israel

Enjoy a light Shabbat lunch. Contact Rabbi Krishef if you are able to help him prepare the lunch.

From the President

As we look forward to warm summer days, I’m reminded that our biggest fundraiser of the year has just kicked off. That is the Cadillac of Raffles. I strongly encourage everyone to purchase a minimum of one ticket. If a ticket has not been sent to you, don’t worry, you can still get in on … Read more

Save the Date: Cadillac of Raffles and Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Congregation Ahavas Israel

Come for the ice cream social and raffle and stay for our Annual Meeting!


Mondays, June 13 and July 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Congregation Ahavas Israel

Join Rabbi Krishef for dinner, conversation and learning. Menus to be announced.

Ahavas Israel’s Book Group – May

Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Join by Zoom

“Beneath a Scarlet Sky,” by Mark T. Sullivan


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. 

Spiritual Checkup

Make sure your spiritual life is in good health. Call or email Rabbi Krishef to schedule yours.