Archive for June 2013

Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, April 19, 2018


Friday, April 19   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, April 27   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 April, 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
Alan Schneider
Albert Klein
Mark Segal
Judy Cherniak
Lynne Kushner
Donna Mackin

  • Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler will perform with the Mobile Symphony on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 pm.  Menahem Pressler at 94 is still playing around the world.  He is a Holocaust survivor.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone 251-432-2010 or at the box office at 257 Dauphin Street, downtown.

  • The next Springhill Avenue Temple Book Club Meeting will be held in the Temple Library at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  The book to be discussed is The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1982), which is available on Amazon.  The stories to be discussed are:  “Gimpel the Fool”, “Yentl the Yehiva Boy”, “Zeidlus the Pope”, “The Last Demon”, “The Seance”, “The Slaughterer”, “A Day in Coney Island”, and “Brother Beetle”.

  • From March 2 – July 1, 2018, The Mobile Museum of Art will present the No Child’s Play exhibition from the American Society for Yad Vashem.  this event is sponsored in part by the MAJF, Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, Spring Avenue Temple, and many, many others.  In addition, Dr. Marlene W. Yaholom will be on hand for a discussion and Yom Hashoah on Sunday, April 22 from 3:00-5:00 pm. while this exhibition is at the museum.  Free for members of the museum and regular admission for non-members.

  • You are invited to join us and the Religious School for a special service and practice the tradition of Genizah, the burial of old prayer books at our Sha’arai Shomayim Cemetery on Sunday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m., Owen Street.  Genizah means “reserved” or “hidden” in Hebrew.  Traditionally, it is a place where Jews store sacred documents when they fall out of use.  Most synagogues clean out their Genizot (plural of Genizah) every few years by burying the contents in a Jewish cemetery as a sign of reverence and respect.

  • On Sunday, April 29, 12:30 p.m., the Springhill Avenue Temple’s Sunday’s Lunch & Lecture Series presents Dr. Harvey Joanning of Fairhope, Emeritus Professor of Human Development and the Family, Iowa State University.  After our lunch of sandwiches, he will present his scientific study, “The Brain in Love, The Neurology of Intimate Behavior.”

  • Murphy High School Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame will posthumously induct Dr. Joseph Miller and Dr. Carol Berkin on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m. The event will be held on  the campus of Murphy High School in the Lois Jean Delaney Auditorium.


  • The next Hebrew School and Religious School is scheduled for Sunday, April 22.

  • The Wednesday Night Torah Study is postponed until Wednesday, May 2. 


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.


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Mobile, Alabama 36607
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The Temple Bulletin - June 2013

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