Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, September 14, 2017


Friday, September 15   6:00 p.m. Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, September 16   7:00 p.m. Selichot Service
with the Congregational Choir
Wednesday, September 20   7:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Thursday, September 21   9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Children’s Service
Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, September 22   6:00 p.m. Shabbat Evening Service
Sunday, September 24   2:00 p.m. Cemetery Memorial Service


Upcoming Events

  • Janet Pape, a cantorial soloist, will be joining Congregation Sha’arai  Shomayim for this year’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  She is a resident of Paris, France. Please give her a warm, Deep South welcome to Alabama, and to our city of Mobile.  She has already obtained housing through some of our members, but please feel free to invite her to dinner or any other activity during her stay.  Ms. Pape’s contact information can be obtained through Barry Silverman.

  • Members of the Healing Profession – Those of our congregation who are members of the healing profession will be asked to stand during the Erev Rosh Hashanah service on September 19th.  Rabbi Kaplan will make this request as we recite the Mi Shebeirach prayer.  Please join those who rise if you are dedicated to helping others through hard times, in the broadest sense, and healing them.

  • Rosh Hashanah Morning ServiceOn the morning of Rosh Hashanah, a group will be invited to the bimah during the Torah Service.  Those people who have celebrated a joyous event during the past year will make Aliyah.  As a group, they will say the blessings before and after the Torah reading.  Together they will then recite a special prayer extolling their joyous event.  Hagbah and Torah dressing will follow, and the scrolls will be returned to the Ark.

  • Calling all Bakers!!Please help make our New Year even sweeter by bringing in baked goods for our annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg Wednesday, September 20th.  We welcome all baked goods, crackers and dips, cheeses, breads, and fruit.  You may drop off your goodies any time during the week of September 20th or bring your goodies with you to Services.  This event is highly anticipated by all of our members and we thank you in advance for helping to continue this beautiful Springhill Avenue Temple tradition.

  • Springhill Avenue Temple’s Break-the-Fast is Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Please stay after the Yom Kippur Service for Break-the-Fast.  There is no charge for members of the Temple.  Non-members will be charged $10.00.  Also, please RSVP to 478-0415 by Wednesday, September 27th.

  • We want to do something special for this High Holy Day season to bring the Jewish tradition into your homes.  We have had very enjoyable discussions on the new prayer book with the Eastern Shore and Western Shore Study Groups.  We would like to ask for some congregants living in Mobile to invite a few friends over and to have a fun social event with an opportunity to look through the Mishkan Hanefesh during the ten-day period of the High Holy Days.  Please contact Rabbi Kaplan or the Temple Office to make the simple arrangements and we will be ready to go.

  • We would like to offer the opportunity to families who would like to invite the Rabbi and the Temple President to visit them in their homes during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to do a short ceremony of either a joyous or a solemn nature:  1) Tachlich, which involves throwing small pieces of bread into a small body of water, or 2) to have yahrzeit candle lighting ceremony in memory of a loved one.  Both of these are traditional practices during the Days of Awe.  Please contact the Rabbi or the Temple Office for more information.



  • The next Hebrew School (9:00 a.m.) and Religious School (9:45 a.m.) are scheduled for Sunday, September 17th.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30 p.m.