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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, October 11, 2018



Friday, October 12   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Steve Muhlfelder will conduct service
Friday, October 19   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service


Upcoming Events

  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of October, 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

Mark & Margaret Segal

  • LAST CHANCE FOR DINNER RESERVATIONS!  The Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference (SJHS) is all set and will take place from October 26-28, 2018.  The Friday Shabbat Service on October 26 at the Temple will begin a few minutes earlier than usual at 5:45 p.m.  This is due to the dinner and presentations planned for after the service.

The dinner will be catered by Naman’s and tickets are $40 payable by check to GCCHHRE (Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education) and sent to Don Berry at 1323 Dauphin St., Mobile 36604.  For food planning purposes, Dr. Meola must have the reservation numbers BY FRIDAY (tomorrow), OCTOBER 12.  So, please if you are planning to attend, please secure your reservation today!  Call the GCCHHRE at 251-455-3592 or email Don Berry at or

For those interested in attending the entire conference, you will need to register at:  You will also need to register for membership in the SJHS, as only members can attend (it is $36 for the year).  For more about this year’s conference, see:

  • The Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue and the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust & Human Rights (GCCHHRE) present a lecture by Rabbi Polak, “Elie Wiesel – The Day After the Holocaust”, Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m., at Corpus Christi Catholic Church Adult Education Room.

  • Wednesday, October 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Rabbi Polak will conduct a Torah Study, “The Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22)” at the Satori Coffee House.  If interested in this and/or Rabbi Polak’s other events (, please reserve space by contacting Don Berry, Chair of Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue Program, at

  • Our monthly birthday and anniversary celebration for October is scheduled for next Friday, October 19.  David Rose has signed on to bake his famous CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE for the event.  The only requirements for attending are being a celebrant and/or loving chocolate cheesecake!

  • The Blessing of the Animals on the Avenue in memory of Helen Small will be held this year on Sunday, October 21 at 11:15 a.m.  The service will be officiated by her brother, Glen Mutchnick  Bring your beloved family pets for their yearly blessing!  All dogs should be on leashes and cats and other critters contained in carriers to prevent any accidental mishaps.  Please come and let us share together the memory of Helen Small.

  • Volunteers Are Needed for the 2018 Mobile International Festival – November 14-17.  Your help is needed in setting up and manning the Israeli booth during the festival.  This year’s venue is at the the Mobile Fairgrounds on Cody Road.  Volunteers can help with the western wall, answer questions, talk about Israeli customs & traditions, pass out free literature, stamp student passports, and write names in Hebrew.  There are six (6) different shifts beginning with the afternoon setup on Wednesday afternoon, November 14th and ending with the 4:30 p.m. afternoon take down on Saturday, November 17.  Kathy at MAJF can fill you in on the shift times.  So please, if you have just a few hours to volunteer, email Kathy ( and/or call or text Kathy at 251-680-7979.

  • The Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference (SJHS) is all set and will take place from October 26-28, 2018.  Out-of-town guests will stay at the Admiral Hotel.  Events will take place at Spring Hill College, the University of South Alabama (USA), and at the hotel.  For those interested in attending the entire conference, you need to register at: will also need to register for membership in the SJHS, as only members can attend (it is $36 for the year).  If you are only interested in attending the Friday night dinner at the Temple, you can register directly with the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education by contacting Don Berry (  The cost is $40 per person and you can pay directly by check.  FYI, the only way to guarantee a spot for dinner on Friday night is by registering for the entire conference.  Conference attendees automatically get preference for dinner, as we will have a cap on total guests (approx. 170-180) due to space issues.  For more about this year’s conference, see:

  • Mark your calendars for February 1-2, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) when we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Springhill Avenue Temple!


  • The next Religious School and Hebrew School at the Temple is scheduled for Sunday, October 14.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for October 17, at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Genesis 12:1 – 17:27; Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16, which will be discussed.


The Rabbi

“Under Construction”

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.


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
(251) 478-0170 Fax

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The Temple Bulletin - June 2013

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