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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, April 18, 2019



Friday, April 19   6:00 pm Congregational Passover Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Saturday, April 20   9:30 am Yom Tov Shabbat Breakfast
Matzo Brei with salami & eggs
10:30 am Yom Tov Shabbat Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Friday, April 26 6:00 pm Yom Tov & Shabbat Service w/Yizkor
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service


Upcoming Events

  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of April, please contact Susie at the Temple Office ( or 251-478-0415). Springhill Avenue Temple will clear this list at the end of each month.

Our prayer for healing this month includes

Murry Mutchnick
Corley Nease
Aaron Phol

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be at Temple from Thursday, April 18 thru Sunday, April 28, 2019.  Please remember, that Rabbi is always reachable via telephone and/or email should you need him.  Feel free to call Susie in the Temple Office and she will give you his contact information.

  • The monthly Saturday Morning Shabbat Breakfast is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m.  Kitchen opens at 8:30 a.m. with Rabbi Kosovske.  Breakfast will consist of Matzo Brei with salami and eggs.  All are welcome to come learn and assist in making this traditional Passover breakfast.  RSVPs are needed.  Please let Larry Miller or Rabbi know.

  • Luncheon with the Rabbi – Passover Passes Over – A luncheon with the Rabbi is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. at Ralph & Kacoo’s The Seafood Restaurant on the Causeway.  Private Room – Dutch Treat – RSVP to the Temple Office – 251-478-0415.

  • Historic Walking Tour Scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m.  Richard Rose has once again graciously volunteered to lead a historical walk of Mobile, which will include this history of the early Mobile Jews.  The walk is approximately 3 miles, will begin at Fort Conde, and should be finished no later than 3:30 p.m.  Please wear walking shoes and you may want to bring some bottled water.  Contact Richard Rose or the Temple Office if you would like to participate.

  • Save the Date – Sunday April 28, 5:00 p.m. @ Temple!  2019 Scholar-In-Residence Program – “Examples of Musical Development and Influence in Reform Judaism” – Under the direction of Terry Maddox, M.M., a Massed Choir, along with guest artists, will share a program and lecture of examples of choral works reflective of the various changes that have influenced both worship and social culture.  This journey will travel from the Baroque period, to the advent of the Reform Movement, and into the influence of pop, Broadway, and jazz upon Jewish musical literature. The Massed choir will be composed primarily of members of the Mobile’s Vocal Arts Choral Society, along with members from Biloxi, Mississippi’s “Gloria In Excelsis” Choral Society, and members of the choir of Touro Synagogue, New Orleans.  Dinner will be served after the program.  $10 per person for program & dinner.  Pay in advance or at the door.  For planning purposes RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED BY FRIDAY, APRIL 26.  To RSVP, please call the Temple Office – 478-0415. The following sponsors (in alphabetical order) have helped to make this event possible: Gail & Jonathan Fratkin, Aleta & Ted Greenspan, Alicia & Michael Pereira, Bettina & Steve Prager, and Melanie & Bill Susman.  We are grateful for their generosity.

  • The 2019 Gulf Coast Shoah Commemoration will be held at the Ahavas Chesed Synagogue this year and is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to view student writings and art.  Call to Remembrance by Glenn Mutchnick in honor of Harry and Kela Zarembo.


  • The next session of the Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, at the regular times.   

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for April 24 at 5:30 p.m. with Rabbi Kosovske.


The Rabbi

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Thank you for your patience.




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Religious & Hebrew School




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1988P3-1Sha’arai Shomayim Cemetery, located on Owen Street in Mobile, consists of fifteen acres. A long driveway leads to the cemetery proper, which is surrounded by century-old live oaks and a nineteenth century ornamental cast iron fence. The gate features an archway with the congregation name in metal Hebrew letters. Paved lanes allow each access throughout the cemetery and a cast iron gazebo sits in the center. The graves themselves are oriented east west. There are some spectacular family plots with stone revetments and finely carved markers. A number of mausolea are located on the grounds.

The first interment took place December 28, 1876. This was Israel I. Jones, one of Mobile’s most prominent early Jewish citizens and president of the congregation for thirty years. The funeral was attended by a multitude of friends. Members of a local fire company and Masonic fraternity led the procession.

It should be noted that the current cemetery is our newest cemetery. The Temple’s original cemetery was located in Magnolia Cemetery and was almost completely filled by 1875.

Please see below for more pictures of the cemetery:

Sisterhood/Men's Club


tn_sis men's brunch 008The Springhill Avenue Temple Sisterhood is a multi-generational group of women interested in strengthening our connection to Judaism through sponsoring events for the entire membership.

With a rich history of tradition, the sisterhood has been and continues to be the fundamental source of Temple life. All holiday, family dinners and Onegs are organized and run by Sisterhood volunteers. We support the youth of the congregation by donations to SHAFTY, NFTY and UAHC camps as well as gifts for B’nai Mitvah and holiday packages to our college students. Sisterhood supports the Temple financially by raising funds refurbishments,for kitchen renovations and office and library equipment, social hall furnishings and religious needs.

Sisterhood helps to furnish and stock inventory for the Temple Gift Shop, which proceeds help to fund aforementioned charitable events.

All congregants are encouraged and welcome to become sisterhood members. Feel free to call the Temple office at 478-0415 for contact information.

You can pay your dues, make donations, purchase fruit trees, flowers and/or whatever is currently being offered via the Sisterhood/Men’s Club store.


Men’s Club

tn_sis men's brunch 006The Springhill Avenue Temple Men’s Club is a vital part of the Congregation Sha’arai Shomayim community. We are men that are interested in supporting our families, our community, our fellow congregants and the youth that will shape our future. All this is accomplished by our connection to Judaism.

The Men’s Club supports the Congregation through a variety of annual mitzvah projects. We organize various “work days” to help members of the community whether it is storm cleanup or general repairs and renovations. The Men’s Club volunteers make hundreds of Latkes every year for the annual Hanukkah party as well as erect the Sukkah used by the congregation and religious school.

We also meet socially to strengthen our members’ connection to Judaism and to the Congregation.

Watch the bulletin and be sure to join us at the next Men’s Club meeting! Feel free to call the Temple office at 478-0415 for contact information.

Our Judaica Shop

tn-101_0411Welcome to the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Judaica items help bring Jewish ritual alive within our homes and in our community. If you need a mezuzah for a new home or a gift for an upcoming simcha, visit our fully stocked shop of unique and affordable Judaica items.

The Gift Shop is managed by Amy Friedlander and Judy Aronson and there is a wide variety of unique and distinctive items in stock and they can also special order individual items. From traditional to contemporary – educational to whimsical – hand crafted to bulk – there is something for everyone.

Getting married, having a baby, or celebrating a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah? These life cycle events require a celebration! Many celebrations include receiving many lovely gifts. Make it easy for family and friends to choose the perfect gift by registering at your Temple Gift Shop.

The next time you need that special gift, stop by your Temple gift shop. Please call the Temple office for store hours.


Contact Us

1769 Springhill Avenue
Mobile, Alabama 36607
(251) 478-0415
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The Temple Bulletin - June 2013

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