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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, January 4, 2017



Friday, January 5 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, January 12 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
with Congregational Choir
Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Frankel PhD will speak
after service – “When God Fought the Monster of the Sea –
Mythological Traditions and Their Transformation in the
Bible and Midrash”
Saturday, January 13 10:00 am
11:00 pm
Coffee & Doughnuts
Temple Anniversary Service with Congregational Choir
Temple Guests:  Temple Beth-El of Pensacola and
Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Frankel PhD will speak
(after lunch) at 1:30 pm – “What Really Happened in the
Garden of Eden”

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m., Jacobs Camp representatives will be at the Temple to give us a presentation about their Summer Camp Program.  Everyone is invited to come and learn about the fun and opportunity that Jacobs Camp offers to our Jewish community for our young children.


  • The next Temple Book Club Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 7, at 1:00 p.m.  The discussion will be on the book, The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks.


  • Rabbi David Frankel, PhD., is our Scholar-in-Residence for 2018 and is scheduled for January 10-14, 2018.  Dr. Frankel’s first lecture will be on Wednesday, January 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the Temple Library.  His topic will be “Who Really Wrote the Torah?”  According to the dominant view of Jewish tradition, Moses wrote the entire Torah from beginning to end at the verbal dictation of God himself.  Critical scholarship has shown that this position cannot be defended.  Who really authored the books of the Torah? The latest findings of historians have a surprising answer.  The 2018 Scholar-in-Residence is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Calvin Ennis.  Dr. and Mrs. Ennis are funding this wonderful speaker in memory of Dr. Ennis’ parents, Ralph and Faye Ennis. Additional funding provided by Aleta & Ted Greenspan and the Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue.


  • Rabbi Frankel’s program details can be found here.  It is also published in the 2018 January Temple Bulletin and a separate flyer will go out with more details.


  • The Mobile Jewish Film Festival starts Thursday, January 11!  The movie lineup with the movie trailers can be viewed on the MAJF website.  Order your tickets online or by calling the MAJF office at 343-7197.


  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of January, please contact Susie at the Temple Office ( or 251-478-0415).  If you would like to make a donation in honor of anyone on our Mi Shebeirach list, the Temple can accept all major credit cards (with no additional fee), please contact Susan Herring at 251-478-0415 or sherring@springhillavenuetemple.comSpringhill Avenue Temple will clear this this list at the end of each month.


  • The next Western Shore Torah Study is scheduled for Monday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn (formerly the Wingate Motel, exit 46c off I-10), D’Iberville, MS.  The topic will be “Tu B’Shevat, New Year of Trees, i.e., Arbor Day.”  Please bring a dish of your choice.  For questions and/or more information, please contact Dr. Cal Ennis.


  • The Mobile Area Jewish Federation will consider taking applications from local high school students for scholarship requests for their trip expenses to 2018 Israel.  The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.  Please submit the request in writing via email to


  • A Hebrew Study Group is being formed to study Hebrew under the leadership of Ms. Hava Laor. This is for beginning students who are interested in reading prayer book Hebrew.  The idea is that this basic Hebrew course would be part of a broader adult Bar Mitzvah program, which would proceed from basic Hebrew, to learning more about Judaism, and then doing an adult bar or bat mitzvah.  For more information you may contact Rabbi Kaplan or the Chairs of the Adult Education Committee (Jonathan Fratkin or Steve Muhlfelder).  You may also contact Ms. Hava Laor directly at or 732-261-8513.


  • Donations for the Cemetery FundBy now, you should have received a letter from the Cemetery Committee stating the need for funding in order to do some necessary upkeep and maintenance to the Springhill Avenue Temple Cemetery.  This will include topping and trimming the dead wood out of the oaks, removing some of the smaller trees, and grinding the stumps.  There is a lot of work to be done and it is necessary in order to protect the headstones and markers from falling limbs.  It will also make our beautiful trees healthier.  If you have not already done so, please consider sending a donation, however great or small, to the Springhill Avenue Temple Cemetery Fund.  Thank you!


  • Savannah Teen Weekend, January 19-21, 2018The Savannah Teen Weekend is made possible through support from the Savannah Jewish Federation.  Open to Jewish teens grades 8-12.  Make new Jewish friends from across the southeast.  Organized home hospitality – fun and transformative Jewish programming – Saturday dance and program – all meals included.  Cost $50.  For more info or contact Devra Silverman at 912-355-8111;


  • From the Men’s ClubJanuary is the month of Tu B’Shevat.  In preparation for our tree planting, we will be clearing off the overgrowth along the east side of the Temple driveway getting it ready for a new grove of fruit trees.  If you would like to donate a fruit tree, send in a donation for at least $35 per tree and to whom you want it to honor or be in memory of.  You can also help plant it on Tu B’Shevat with the Sunday School at the Tu B’Shevat seder.


  • “How the Bible Became Holy” is the new Torah Study Course being studied on Wednesday nights.  Using the book by Michael Satlow of the same name, discussions will focus on how ancient sources became the Bible that we know and love today.  Members are free and non-members $30.  Please purchase the book How the Bible Became Holy by Michael Satlow directly from Amazon or from your favorite bookseller. This is an Adult Education Committee initiative.  Join us for Wednesday night Torah Study!  Click here to view a lecture by the author of the book.




  • The next Hebrew School (9:00 a.m.) and Religious School (10:00 a.m.) is scheduled for Sunday, January 7.


  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for Wednesday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m.


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