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Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, February 14, 2019




Friday, February 15   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Friday, February 22   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service


Upcoming Events

  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of February, please contact Susie at the Temple Office (secretary@springhillavenuetemple.com or 251-478-0415). Springhill Avenue Temple will clear this list at the end of each month.

Our prayer for healing this month includes

Arianna Barton
Shirley Boyd
Jan Friedlander
Steve Muhlfelder
Murry Mutchnick
Alton Sack
Margaret & Mark Segal
Patricia Silverman
Steve Zimmerman

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be back at Temple on Thursday, February 14 thru Sunday, February 24, 2019.  So as to avoid any confusion, please contact Susie at the Temple office for scheduling of dates and times with the Rabbi during his stays.  Also, on the dates that Rabbi is not here, he is always reachable via telephone and/or email.  If you need him at all, feel free to call Susie in the Temple Office and she will give you his contact information.

  • Photographs from the Temple’s 175th Anniversary Events are accessible via this link.  Photos are courtesy of Dianna Kubat.  Also, a video of the 175th Anniversary will be available from the videographer very soon.  The longer video will be made available for purchase on a flash drive for $25.  You can view a short preview version here.

  • Come up on the Bimah!  Would you like to conduct a Friday night Shabbat service but don’t feel that you quite know how?  Or if you already do know how, would you like to learn an easier way to lead?  Well, in either case, look no farther!  Rabbi Kosovske is giving a short workshop on everything you need to know to be one of our Shabbat service leaders.  The date?  Monday evening, February 18.  The time?  7:00 p.m., immediately following the Board meeting.  The place?  The Temple Library.  Remember, with Rabbi Kosovske’s workshop, it won’t be as difficult as you might think.  This is your big chance!

  • Torah Study 2-for-1!  – On Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Kosovske’s daughter, Rabbi Riqi (pronounced Ricky) Kosovske of Beit Ahavah, The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northamptom, MA, will be in town to visit with her dad and will assist him with the regular weekly Torah Study on February 20.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be teaching the Wisdom of Challah – Learn how to bake challah with your Rabbi on Friday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Bilnis will be served.  Class will be held in Leslie and Larry’ Miller’s wonderful kitchen.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to sign up.  Please call either the Temple Office or Leslie and Larry Miller.

  • A Social Justice Committee Meeting is is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 4:45 p.m., in the Temple Library.  Our goals are to pick at least four causes related to social justice that we would like to support in 2019 as a Temple.  You are encouraged to bring ideas of the causes you feel passionately about and concrete ideas of action steps we can accomplish in 2019.  Please invite anyone you think might be interested.  A call-in number can be provided if you are unable to join in person.  Let me know your availability via email or phone and we look forward to a great meeting!  Cindy Bloom (cbloom@feedingthegulfcoast.org or 251-404-6192).  Thank you in advance for your commitment to justice in our community.

  • Dr. Jodi Magness in partnership with the Pensacola Jewish Federation will speak on “More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee”.  This talk will explore the excavation findings, including the discoveries made last summer.  Reception from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center, 117 East Government Street, Pensacola, Sunday, February 17.

And on Monday, February 18, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., there will be a luncheon and lecture by Dr. Magness – “What Makes Jerulsalem So Special” at Temple Beth-El, 800 North Palafox St, Pensacola.  Lunch is $10 at the door, please RSVP to loganschilling@ yahoo.com by February 13 as seating is limited.

  • Our 2019 Scholar-in-Residence Program previously scheduled for Saturday, April 27 has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Terry Maddox, this year’s Scholar-In-Residence,  will direct “The Mobile Vocal Arts”, a musical program that will re-create the vocal tapestry of Jewish music with variations in warp and weave throughout the passage of time.


  • The next session of the Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, at the regular times. 

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for February 20 at 5:30 p.m. – The weekly Torah portion is Exodus 30:11 – 34:35; Haftarah: I Kings 18:1 – 18:39, which will be discussed.