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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, December 7, 2017




Friday, December 15   6:00 pm Hanukkah Family Service
With the Congregational Choir
Birthday Blessing for Harold Fink
Religious School Play –
“Hanukkah – The Miracle of the Candles”
Dinner to follow
Friday, December 22 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service


Upcoming Events

  • The Western Shore Torah Group will have their 3rd Annual Hanukkah Fest at the Ennis house on Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m.  The topic will be “From Oil in Lamps to Oil in Latkes”.  Fresh latkes and blintzes will be served.  Please also bring a dish.  For more information or questions contact Dr. Ennis.


  • The Family Hanukkah Dinner is on Friday, December 15, following the 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Service.  Adults $10; Children under 10 – $5.00.  Please make reservations by Wednesday, December 13, by calling or emailing the Temple Office.


  • The Eastern Shore Torah Study Group will have their Hanukkah party on Saturday, December 16, at 6:00 p.m. for Temple members and their families, and those interested in studying the Jewish faith.  Your hosts will be Kim and David Zimmerman.  Much is needed for the menu prep, so please contact Carol Zimmerman IN ADVANCE for more info and to RSVP.


  • The URJ is seeking exceptional fellowsJewV’Nation is a leadership development program for visionary Jewish leaders across North America.  The 2018 Jews of Color Leadership Cohort is a nine-month fellowship that supports up to 16 Jewish leaders of Color through professional development, networking opportunities, and the chance to work on one or more cohort-directed projects that build the field for Jewish leaders of Color in the Reform Movement and beyond.  If there is someone you believe would make a great candidate, please share this linkThe application deadline is January 5th, 2018.  More information is available at urj.org/jewvnation.


  • 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.


  • Rabbi David Frankel is our Scholar-in-Residence for 2018 – The Scholar-in-Residence Program is scheduled for January 10-14, 2018.   The Adult Education Committee is delighted to present these four days with Rabbi David Frankel.  Since 1992, Dr. Frankel has served as a senior lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institutes of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.  He did his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Professor Moshe Weinfeld.  His publications include: The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School and The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel.  Rabbi Frankel is an engaging speaker and a fascinating fellow.  He is American born, but has lived in Israel for more that 25 years and has many compelling stories to tell.  More program details to follow.


  • January 12 starts the Scholar-In-Residence weekend at the Temple!  We will also be hosting our sister congregation, Temple Beth-El from Pensacola, that weekend and are arranging a “Kosher” Seafood & Chicken Gumbo lunch.  If you want to learn how to make gumbo? rue?, and all that Louisiana stuff? come and help on Friday, January 12th.  RSVP to Larry Miller and get on the soul food train.


  • “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 and Religious School is scheduled for Friday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m., for the Hanukkah Family Service


  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m.