Archive for June 2013

Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, June 14, 2018



Friday, June 15   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Pragers’ 30th Anniversary Blessing & Oneg
Friday, June 22 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Birthday Oneg


Upcoming Events

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

Judy Plecko
Lynn Kusher
Donna Mackin
Albert Klein

  • The Sisterhood Tikkun Olam Committee is calling all people interested in volunteering with Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Produce Program to attend a short Farm and Food Safety training next Tuesday at 5:30-6:30 at the main warehouse in Theodore.  To learn more about the Produce program, call Cindy Bloom 251-404-6192, or send her an email at or register here to attend the training.  Thank you in advance for your interest in “Repairing the World”.

  • Eastern Shore BBQ/Pool Party/Havdalah Service/Torah Study!  Saturday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. Carol and Steve Zimmerman will be your hosts for this fun and informative event.  Rabbi Kaplan will do the Torah Study, which will focus on “The Arrival at Mt. Sinai” (handouts will be available).  Kosher hot dogs, buns, and condiments will be provided.  BYOB.  Please sign up to bring other sides – potato salad, cole slaw, chips & dip, watermelon, dessert, etc.  To sign up and to RSVP, contact Carol Zimmerman by text or email to or 251-591-1113.

  • Happy Birthday to Us!  The Oneg Committee wants to celebrate our Temple’s family birthdays, so on the fourth Friday of every month, we will have a cake and sing.  How about that?  June Birthdays will be recognized on Friday, June 29.  Please come help us blow out the candles!

  • Men’s Club Pickle Party!  If you are a fan of Kosher dills, this is for you!  Join us before Shabbat Service on Friday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Temple kitchen.  We will be putting up Kosher dills.  Come learn this simple and easy process. We will provide all of the supplies for the class including two (2) quart jars of pickles to take home after the pickling process is complete.  Just bring $10.00!  If If you want more than two (2) quart jars, there will be a charge of $5.00 for each extra jar.  There will be another class after services, so if you miss the first class, stick around for this second one.  You must let us know by Monday, June 25, if you will be attending and how many jars you want, so we will be sure to have enough supplies.  Contact the Temple office, Larry Miller, or pay online here.

  • Saturday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m., Shabbat Breakfast – The Eastern Shore Havdalah Group will be assisting in the preparations for this Saturday Shabbat Breakfast.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to Carol Zimmerman, Larry Miller or the Temple office.  The monthly Saturday Morning Shabbat Service will follow the breakfast at 10:30 a.m.


  • Religious School and Hebrew School are currently out of session.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for July 11, at 5:30 p.m. continuing with the book, “A Life of Meaning.  Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path.”  The readings for this session are “Science and Faith”, p. 57, by Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman.

The Rabbi

Dana Evan KapBiopiclan is the Rabbi of the Springhill Avenue Temple. He has had an adventurous career in the United States, as well as abroad, including extensive experience in the South. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Rabbi of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica and, from 2001-2011, he led Temple B’nai Israel in Albany, Georgia.

Rabbi Kaplan has participated in a variety of cutting edge professional training programs. He was appointed a fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders Program sponsored by Clal, which has inspired him to see the rabbinate in the broadest possible terms. He was also fortunate to have been chosen as a STAR (Synagogue: Transformation and Renewal), Rabbi for the “From Good to Great” program, which works with early mid-career rabbis to help them develop their professional skills.

Rabbi with Religious School
He has rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. He also holds a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Professor Lloyd Gartner.

He is the author of The New Reform Judaism (Jewish Publication Society), as well as Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal (Columbia University Press), The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism (Cambridge University Press), American Reform Judaism: An Introduction (Rutgers University Press), Platforms and Prayer Books (Rowman and Littlefield), and Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism (Routledge).

In his spare time, he has enjoyed scuba diving with whale sharks, hiking through mountain ranges, biking up and down coasts and, of course, studying about Judaism. His new goal is to kayak throughout Southern Alabama.

Rabbi Kaplan was recently interviewed by Chad Petri of WKRG-TV regarding Hanukkah.  You can watch a video of that interview below.




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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
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The Temple Bulletin - June 2013

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