Archive for June 2013

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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, August 16, 2018



Friday, August 17 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Service conducted by Jonathan Fratkin
Friday, August 24 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 August, 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

Nancy Sternberg Goodman
Murry Mutchnick
Mark Segal

  • Friday Evening’s Oneg Shabbat – With the High Holy Days approaching in September, this is our month for contemplation and anticipation.  On each Friday night in August, we will celebrate Shabbat after Services with a Kiddish Oneg Lite.  Wine and challah, plus something sweet, will be in the foyer outside the Chapel.

  •  Choir Summer Workshop – Rehearsals for Selichot and the High Holy Days music will begin with a choir workshop at the Temple on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This will be a great opportunity to refresh our voices and hear about family events and summer vacations.

  •  There will be a Religious School Teachers’ Workshop on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by the Sisterhood.  Everyone is welcome to come and see what is going on with our Religious School.

  • Sundaes on Sunday! An Ice Cream Social is scheduled at 1:15 p.m. after the Teacher Workshop and right before the Rabbi Search Committee meeting at 2:00 p.m.  A summertime treat of ice cream sundaes with all the toppings!

  • The Rabbi Search Committee Invites You to attend their meeting scheduled at 2:00 p.m., August 19, in the Pollock Auditorium/Temple Social Hall.  You should have recently received a notice with a 3-question survey in the mail.  Please bring your responses with you to this very important meeting.  If you cannot attend, please email them to Maure Sternberg or Alan Goldberg.

  • Shana Tova!  New Year’s Greetings – There is still time to extend New Year’s Greetings to each other.  If you would like to have the names of your family members published in the September bulletin, please send a contribution made out to the Temple Sisterhood before Monday, August 20 and send to Mrs. Charles Brown, 3807 Claridge Road, Mobile 36608.  Your contribution will be used to support the various vital services that the Sisterhood provides for our Temple.

  • Rabbi Howard Kosovske will arrive in Mobile on  Wednesday, September 5 and will stay with us until Thursday, September 20Please include the Temple Office in any arrangements planned with/for Rabbi Kosovske during his stay, so as to avoid any confusion and/or double-bookings as far as lunch/dinner/entertainment invitations and Temple events.

  • Calling all Sisterhood Bakers!! – Please help make our New Year even sweeter by bringing in baked goods for our annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  We welcome all baked goods, crackers and dips, cheeses, breads and fruit.  Please call Temple Office or Priscilla Gold-Darby to sign up.  You may either drop off on Friday, September 7 or bring item with you to services on Sunday.

  • “Feeding the Gulf Coast” (formerly known as the Bay Area Food Bank) – The Springhill Avenue Temple Social Action Committee will hold another food drive this year during the High Holy Days.  Each family will be given a grocery bag at the conclusion of the Rosh Hashanah services.  Start collecting your non-perishables now, so you will be able to fill your bag.

  • Message from the Music Committee – Preparation for the High Holy Days is in full swing!  Cantorial soloist, Janet Pape, will be returning for the second year.  She is working with Music Director Christopher Powell and Charmein Moser to make sure our music will set the tone for a truly meaningful High Holy Days.  We are also pleased to announce that our cellist for Kol Nidre is Dr. Guo-Sheng Huang.  Dr. Huang is a member of the Mobile Symphony and professor of cello at the University of Mobile.

  • Cantor Janet Pape will be with us again for our High Holy Day services.  If you would like to show her some of our southern hospitality, please contact Barry Silverman (251-610-0628) to see where you can be of assistance.

  • The Men’s Club will provide ushers for the High Holy Day services to hand out books and meet and greet our fellow congregants and guests.  Boutineers will be provided for all ushers.  So, if you would like to help and be a friendly usher, please contact Larry Miller (251-648-0401) for a time that best suites you.

  • Volunteers are needed to help in changing the Torah covers to their Rosh Hashanah whites and in polishing the silver before the High Holy Days.  The changing of the Torah covers will take place at 7:00 p.m. before the Selichot Service at 8:00 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact either Larry Miller, Men’s Club President (251-648-0401) or Priscilla Gold-Darby, Sisterhood President (251-454-1924).


  • The first day of Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for Sunday, August 26.  There will be a breakfast at 9:45 a.m.  From 10:00 a.m. until noon, there will be games, a chance to socialize with your fellow students, meet with your teachers, and then lunch.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for August 22, at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion (Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19; Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10) 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
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The Temple Bulletin - June 2013

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