Archive for June 2013

Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, December 6, 2018



Friday, December 7   6:00 pm Religious School Hanukkah Service
Rabbi Kosovske & Glen Mutchnick
will conduct service
Friday, December 14   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 December, 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

Ariana Barton
Patricia Silverman
Chuck McKay
Mary Lou Malcolm
Gary Alidor

  • Rabbi Kosovske has taught us that on Shabbat, unlike the on rest of the days of the week, we say hamotzi (the blessing recited over bread) not over a piece of bread but, rather, only over a whole loaf.  Therefore, now, when motzi is recited at the end of our Shabbat services, you will see a small whole challah being held.  While the “loaf” you see will be small, it will be full.  May that serve as a wish for our lives too, that, like that challah, our lives always will have a fullness.

  • Rabbi Kosovske will depart this Saturday, December 8, and his next visit is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 thru Sunday, February 3, 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 Don’t Forget!  Tomorrow night, Friday, December 7, 2018, the Springhill Avenue Temple is doing our Traditional Friday Shabbat Hanukkah Service with our Religious School students.  Rabbi Kosovske will be here to conduct the service with the help of Glen Mutchnick and our students will perform their Hanukkah skit during the service.  Dinner will include the delicious, famous potato latkes by David and Richard Rose.  For planning purposes, please RSVP – thank you!  The Temple Gift Shop will be open!

  • The Joint Hanukkah Celebration was a great success!  And it would not have been possible without all the helpers.  Thank you to everyone for your help and part in this endeavor.

    A big thank you to:

    Judy Aronson, Stan Chassin, Harvey & Sandra Gandler, Barry Bukstein, Iris Ginsberg, Priscilla Gold-Darby, Nathan & Dana Handmacher, Josh & Danielle Isen, Rabbi Howard Kosovske & Janet, David & Veronica Meola, Larry Miller, James Perry, Mike & Alicia Pereira, Amy Friedlander, Rabbi Steve Silberman, Patricia Silverman, Adam Tolpin, Barry Silverman, Eileen Susman, Susie & Barry Fox, Alicia, Bernie & Barbara Malkov, Jonathan Fratkin, Cindy & Ben Bloom, Katie Webster, Rachel Nease, Sarah Sternberg, Michelle Touchton, Steve Katz, Mehrdad Vaghefi, Venetia Bond, Alicia Pettway, and Melissa Bunn.

    The excess pizzas were sent to the two congregations’ closest first responders.  The Mobile Fire Department Fire Houses at Ashland Place and Regency/Airport Boulevard. –   from Larry Miller, Barry Bukstein & Priscilla Gold-Darby

  • December 15 is the deadline to be included in the Temple Bulletin Special Celebratory Edition for our 175th Anniversary!  If you or your company would like to send congratulatory, remembrance, and/or well wishes, several options with pricing are available and were published in the December Temple Bulletin or you can view them hereYou will need to supply camera ready artwork, photos, and/or copy for publication.  This is a great way to contribute and be a part of the Temple’s 175th anniversary.  Questions?  Call the Temple Office – 478-0415.

  • The Religious School’s Tu B’Shevat seder and planting is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  To beautify the Temple grounds for the 175th Anniversary Event or for at home, you can purchase daffodils, paper whites, fruit, or citrus trees through the Men’s Club & Sisterhood’s store online here or by contacting Larry Miller for more information.

  • Israel Experience Scholarships, are available from your Federation for high school aged children in organized, educational, and cultural programs in Israel.  Application deadline is December 31, 2018.  Contact Kathy 490-4872 or email for scholarship application and policy.

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

  • The next session of the Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for tomorrow night, Friday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m., when we will practice the Hanukkah skit before services.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for December 12 at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Genesis 44:18 – 47:27; Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15 – 37:28, which will be discussed.


The Rabbi

“Under Construction”

Thank you for your patience.




Download (2018-Membership-Application-Form.pdf, PDF)

Religious & Hebrew School




rel school


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
(251) 478-0170 Fax

E-mail Finance Contact
E-mail Admin Contact

View Larger Map

The Temple Bulletin - June 2013

Download (June-Bulletin-2013.pdf, PDF)