We invite you to participate in our services:

  • Be an Usher.  Download a copy of the Usher Guide here.
  • Be a Gabbai.  This requires a bit of Hebrew fluency.  Download a copy of the Gabbai instructions here.
  • Read Torah.  We'd love for you to take an aliyah as often as you wish.  You may sign up on our Torah reading schedule, which can be found online here.
  • Lead services.  We'd love to hear you doven!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on the schedule.
  • Come regularly.  Our services are traditional, with a great deal of chanting and singing in Hebrew.  We want you to be comfortable and participate.  To that end, we have published a Guide to our services, called “Tefillah Tidbits,“ available online here, or available in a downloadable Booklet here or a  Fullsize version here.

Ahavas Israel prepared a three CD set by Cantor Stuart Rapaport entitled Shabbat@Ahavas Israel, containing all of the Shabbat evening and morning prayers including all those described in this booklet. Mp3 files from any part of the service are available by request. Contact Rabbi Krishef for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-949-2840.

As you listen to Cantor Stuart Rapaport, follow along in your Siddur Sim Shalom or read the booklet notes on the Shabbat prayers. PDF files of the CD booklets can be downloaded using the following links: Volume #1 and #2 Booklet and Volume #3 Booklet.


Volume 1 - Shaharit for Shabbat

Birkhot Hashahar (Morning Blessings)
Pesukei D'Zimra (Verses of Praise)
Shaharit service
Shema and its blessings

Volume 2 - Torah Service/Musaf for Shabbat

Torah Service
Musaf Service
Conclusion to the Shabbat Morning Service

Volume 3 - Friday evening and Home Shabbat prayers

Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming of Shabbat)
Ma'ariv - Shabbat evening service
Home Shabbat prayers
-Candle blessings
-Shalom Aleikhem
-Children's blessings
-Kiddush for Shabbat evening
-Netilat Yadayim/Hamotzi
-Birkat Hamazon (Grace after meals)
-Kiddush for Shabbat lunch

Sample tracks from Shabbat @ Ahavas Israel:
  • El Adon - Volume 1 Track 16:  Download
  • Amidah (beginning) - Volume 1 Track 26:  Download
  • Shalom Aleikhem - Volume 3 Track 27:  Download
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