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Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, November 16, 2017


Friday, November 17   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, November 24   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Sarah Hochhauser will participate
Oneg supper to follow
Saturday, November 25  10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Hochhauser
Luncheon after service


Upcoming Events


  • The Temple Book Club is scheduled to meet on Sunday, November 19th at 1:00 p.m.   The book to be discuss is Great House by Nicole Krauss.


  • On Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., we have an unprecedented opportunity to meet in person with Eli Shaviro, Mayor of Ariel, and Avi Zimmerman, Director of the Ariel Foundation,  They will also bring a couple of dancers and vocalists with them. This is a fascinating chance to meet with the leaders of our Mobile Sister City in Israel, which is seen by some as a paradigm of what modern Israel can accomplish and by others as a West Bank settlement preventing peace negotiations.  Especially in light of the physical attack this morning at Western Wall on Rabbi Richard Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, we think that this event will be highly timely and fascinating, if controversial.


  • Bakers and Shoppers Needed!  A wonderful event will occur on Saturday, November 25 – the Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Hochhauser.  Our congregation family can help make this event warm and welcoming by following a splendid Temple tradition of providing sweets and desserts for Friday’s Oneg Shabbat on November 24 and the Bat Mitzvah luncheon on Saturday, November 25.  If you are able participate and drop off items at Temple on that Friday afternoon, please email or call Susie Fox .  Together, we will help make Sarah’s special weekend delicious!  Susie Fox (228-219-5662; snfoxos@cableone.net).


  • On Sunday, December 3rd, at 1:00 p.m., we will have the second part of our Veterans Day program.  After a light luncheon, Dr. Sheldon Kushner, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and a former US Army surgeon, will address us.  His talk is entitled “Understanding the Vietnam War Through the Experiences of a Surgeon”, as it is portrayed in the book, “Trauma and Tenacity in Vietnam: A Surgeon’s Story,” by Dr. Mary Jane Ingui.


  • Getting ready for Hanukkah!  There is already a host of folks signed up for kitchen duty with the dynamic duo, the Rose brothers, but we could still use more help in the social hall with waiters, wine pourers, and official latke tasters.  Please RSVP to either Larry Miller or Priscilla Gold-Darby to coordinate.


  • 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 (9:00 a.m.) and Religious School (10:00 a.m.) is scheduled for Sunday, December 3rd..


  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22nd at 5:30 p.m.