Shabbat Lunch and Pirke Avot

If we resume Shabbat services in May, please join us for a light lunch on May 16 and 23, prepared by master Israeli caterer Michal Ravid, along with study and conversation about Pirke Avot.

Pirke Avot is a tractate of Mishnah presenting a variety of ethical teachings from the first two centuries of the common era.

Note: There will be no early Torah study and abbreviated service in May.

Save The Date for The Festival of Shavuot May 28-30

Mark your calendar for a potluck dinner and a series of Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session, on Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.

Shavuot Yom Tov services - Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 9:30 a.m.

Friday - Torah Reading - “The 10 Commandments”

Saturday - Service includes the Yizkor Memorial service. Also on Saturday we welcome guest Cantor Nina Fine who will lead the service and introduce us to some new melodies.

The Festival of Shavuot

If we resue services by the end of May ....

Mark your calendar for a potluck dinner and a series of Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session, on Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m. Sign up for a main dish, a side, or a salad using signup genius here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A45A9AB2DA31-shavuot

Shavuot Yom Tov services - Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 9:30 a.m.

Friday - Torah Reading - “The 10 Commandments”

Saturday - Service includes the Yizkor Memorial service. Also on Saturday we welcome guest Cantor Nina Fine who will lead the service and introduce us to some new melodies.

Ahavas Israel Reading Group

Our next meeting of the Ahavas Israel Book group will be Monday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. We’ll be discussing, “The Last Watchman of Old Cairo” by Michael David Lukas.
A college student receives a mysterious package that ignites a historical investigation that exposes incredible aspects of his family history and its ties to the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. Winner of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. 

~Contact Rabbi Krishef for information to connect via zoom.

Also mark your calendars for Monday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. for our discussion of  “The Book of Israela” by Rena Blumenthal.

Jerusalem, 2002: the height of the second intifada. Kobi Benami is a middle-aged psychologist whose life is in shambles. His wife has thrown him out for his casual philandering; his daughter refuses to speak to him; and the new clinic director has placed him on probation for his indifferent work habits. As Kobi becomes ensnared in a surreal encounter with the anthropomorphized story of ancient Israel, he is forced to confront his own dysfunctional life patterns, his family’s tragic past, and the endless war that rages around him. 

Please contact Sandy Freed for more information at 616-540-2030, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival
Goes Virtual for 2020 AND Goes Live to June 2021 
 
LIVE 2021
The usual outdoor Festival will be POSTPONED to June 13, 2021 (yes, 613).
4 stages, art fair, Kosher food fair, family activities and community hugs will all be part of it.
There is great hope that we will soon find relief from the horrifying impact of COVID-19. We all know that sometime in the month or months ahead some level of "normalcy" will return to our homes, streets, businesses and communal gatherings and events. However, those of us who produce the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicagoland and the longest running Jewish festival in America cannot imagine that we will be gathering at the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival on June 7, 2020. 
 
The Festival thrives on our community coming together: singing, eating, buying art, dancing and talking together. It includes hugs and catching up with friends as we share Jewish culture. None of this will likely be appropriate in early June.  So please put these new Festival events in your calendar:
 
VIRTUAL 2020
On June 7, 2020 at 4:00 we will share 40 Years of the Festival. A virtual Greater Chicago Jewish Festival with great performances from the past 20 Festivals! AND new performances from David Broza and other acts that were planned for this year.
Go to JewishFestival.org on June 7 at 4:00 and click on the Virtual Festival button.

Chicago Jewish Festival2020

Creating Shabbat Community - Creating Adult Shabbat Tables (CAST)

We all have a role to play in creating a vibrant Jewish community for the next generation. Are you an individual or couple in your mid-forties and up, with adult children (or no children)? Would you like to meet other individuals or couples in the community for Shabbat dinner? We want to facilitate meet-ups among this segment of the adult population and encourage sharing of Shabbat tables -- we want to Create Adult Shabbat Tables (CAST). Please contact Rabbi Krishef to add your name to the CAST list.

Onetable.org

OneTable is an organization dedicated to helping people in their 20’s and 30’s with no children, to slow down, unplug, join together, and have a meal together on Friday night. Sign up at OneTable.org to scroll through open dinners, or create and post your own. From a traditional Shabbat experience to a picnic or Karaoke Shabbat, OneTable will help you make it happen.

You will see dinners hosted by people in Rapids Rapids posted on OneTable.org. Sign up and meet some new people. Or create a OneTable account and register as a host. They’ll match you with a Shabbat Coach, provide you with ritual guides, a potluck organizing feature, recipes, playlists, Nourishment Credits, and more.

If you are not in the target demographic but know someone who is, please let them know to check out the web site.

Ahavas Israel and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids have teamed up to bring OneTable.org into Grand Rapids. Check out their FAQ page for all of the OneTable details. Need a bit more? Reach out Rabbi Krishef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Marisa Reed, Jewish Federation Grand Rapids (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Associate Director, National Community Expansion Sara Fatell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Study Groups

Rabbi Krishef’s study groups are meeting online. See the synagogue calendar or contact the rabbi for the zoom link. We hope to begin meeting in person sometime this summer, but we’ll maintain the zoom link until the coronavirus danger has completely passed.


• 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 books of Kings. 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.

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..

Shiva Asar B’Tammuz

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 Thursday, July 9.

Delving Into Our History

With the help of Peg Finkelstein from the Temple Emanuel Archives, significant progress has been made on Ahavas Israel's Gen and Jack Finkelstein Archives, generously funded by Mort and Peg Finkelstein and Raleigh Finkelstein in memory of their parents. Contributions to the Gen and Jack Archive Fund provide continued support. The committee is working at the synagogue Wednesday mornings from 10AM until noon.  If you are interested in being a part of this important project, please contact Toby Weiner Dolinka at 949-6528.
 
If you have materials (especially photographs) that would be valuable for the archives, please contact Toby.

Family Promise

We provide meals and support to our partner congregation in the Family Promise shelter program, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E. Please help - we need volunteers to bring part of a meal and participate in organizing children’s activities. To help, contact Mort Hoffman, 616-949-6088 or 616-361-2738.

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