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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, February 14, 2019




Friday, February 15   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Friday, February 22   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
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 February, 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

Arianna Barton
Shirley Boyd
Jan Friedlander
Steve Muhlfelder
Murry Mutchnick
Alton Sack
Margaret & Mark Segal
Patricia Silverman
Steve Zimmerman

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be back at Temple on Thursday, February 14 thru Sunday, February 24, 2019.  So as to avoid any confusion, please contact Susie at the Temple office for scheduling of dates and times with the Rabbi during his stays.  Also, on the dates that Rabbi is not here, he is always reachable via telephone and/or email.  If you need him at all, feel free to call Susie in the Temple Office and she will give you his contact information.

  • Photographs from the Temple’s 175th Anniversary Events are accessible via this link.  Photos are courtesy of Dianna Kubat.  Also, a video of the 175th Anniversary will be available from the videographer very soon.  The longer video will be made available for purchase on a flash drive for $25.  You can view a short preview version here.

  • Come up on the Bimah!  Would you like to conduct a Friday night Shabbat service but don’t feel that you quite know how?  Or if you already do know how, would you like to learn an easier way to lead?  Well, in either case, look no farther!  Rabbi Kosovske is giving a short workshop on everything you need to know to be one of our Shabbat service leaders.  The date?  Monday evening, February 18.  The time?  7:00 p.m., immediately following the Board meeting.  The place?  The Temple Library.  Remember, with Rabbi Kosovske’s workshop, it won’t be as difficult as you might think.  This is your big chance!

  • Torah Study 2-for-1!  – On Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Kosovske’s daughter, Rabbi Riqi (pronounced Ricky) Kosovske of Beit Ahavah, The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northamptom, MA, will be in town to visit with her dad and will assist him with the regular weekly Torah Study on February 20.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be teaching the Wisdom of Challah – Learn how to bake challah with your Rabbi on Friday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Bilnis will be served.  Class will be held in Leslie and Larry’ Miller’s wonderful kitchen.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to sign up.  Please call either the Temple Office or Leslie and Larry Miller.

  • A Social Justice Committee Meeting is is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 4:45 p.m., in the Temple Library.  Our goals are to pick at least four causes related to social justice that we would like to support in 2019 as a Temple.  You are encouraged to bring ideas of the causes you feel passionately about and concrete ideas of action steps we can accomplish in 2019.  Please invite anyone you think might be interested.  A call-in number can be provided if you are unable to join in person.  Let me know your availability via email or phone and we look forward to a great meeting!  Cindy Bloom ( or 251-404-6192).  Thank you in advance for your commitment to justice in our community.

  • Dr. Jodi Magness in partnership with the Pensacola Jewish Federation will speak on “More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee”.  This talk will explore the excavation findings, including the discoveries made last summer.  Reception from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center, 117 East Government Street, Pensacola, Sunday, February 17.

And on Monday, February 18, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., there will be a luncheon and lecture by Dr. Magness – “What Makes Jerulsalem So Special” at Temple Beth-El, 800 North Palafox St, Pensacola.  Lunch is $10 at the door, please RSVP to loganschilling@ by February 13 as seating is limited.

  • Our 2019 Scholar-in-Residence Program previously scheduled for Saturday, April 27 has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Terry Maddox, this year’s Scholar-In-Residence,  will direct “The Mobile Vocal Arts”, a musical program that will re-create the vocal tapestry of Jewish music with variations in warp and weave throughout the passage of time.


  • The next session of the Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, at the regular times. 

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for February 20 at 5:30 p.m. – The weekly Torah portion is Exodus 30:11 – 34:35; Haftarah: I Kings 18:1 – 18:39, which will be discussed.


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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