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Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, November 8, 2018



Friday, November 9   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Howard Silverman will conduct service
Friday, November 16   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service


Upcoming Events

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

Our prayer for healing this month includes

Ariana Barton
Patricia Silverman

  • Film Screening:  “A City Without Jews” will be shown tonight, Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:00 pm, at the Mobile Museum of Art.  The film is a 1924 film based on the 1922 novel of the same title by Hugo Bettauer, an Austrian Jew.  This year is the 80th commemoration year of this horrific event.  There will be a 10 minute introduction before the 80-minute film screening followed by a Q&A session.  This event is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.  For more information –

  • All Veterans are invited!  This Sunday, November 11, the Religious School and Hebrew School will meet at the Springhill Avenue Temple Cemetery to honor our Jewish Veterans by setting flags at their grave sites.  The service will start at 10:30 a.m., veterans attending need to be at the cemetery 15 to 30 minutes earlier.

  • Be a Part of your Temple’s 175th Anniversary – You can order t-shirts, polos, or a stainless steel tumbler – all will carry the 175th Temple logo.  Order forms can be found in your November Temple Bulletin, outside the chapel at Temple, by calling the Temple Office or by clicking here.  Orders are due November 14.  Contact Diana Kubat at 405-249-5369 or

  • Volunteers Are Needed for the 2018 Mobile International Festival – November 14-17.  Your help is needed in setting up and manning the Israeli booth during the festival.  This year’s venue is at the the Mobile Fairgrounds on Cody Road.  Volunteers can help with the western wall, answer questions, talk about Israeli customs & traditions, pass out free literature, stamp student passports, and write names in Hebrew.  There are six (6) different shifts beginning with the afternoon setup on Wednesday afternoon, November 14th and ending with the 4:30 p.m. afternoon take down on Saturday, November 17.  Kathy at MAJF can fill you in on the shift times.  So please, if you have just a few hours to volunteer, email Kathy ( and/or call or text Kathy at 251-680-7979.

  • Ahavas Chesed is having a Gan Shalom Preschool Fundraiser by selling Carpe Diem Coffee for the holiday season!  $15 for regular or decaf Hanukkah & Christmas blends (ground coffee) in festive colored bags.  Please place your order by November 16 for pick-up by December 1 at the Synagogue Office.  To place your order contact Abby Kennedy (  Checks should be made out to Ahavas Chesed/Gan Shalom.

  • Save the Date!  Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., is the Joint Hanukkah Celebration with Ahavas Chesed Synagogue at the Springhill Avenue Temple.  Members of the shul, please RSVP to the synagogue & Temple members, please call the Temple Office by Monday, November 26 – $5 in advance or $15 at the door.  Please make checks payable to Springhill Avenue Temple Men’s Club.  Dinner, latkes, magic show, menorah lighting, and so much more!

  • Also Don’t Forget!  Friday, December 7, 2018, the Springhill Avenue Temple is doing our Traditional Friday Shabbat Hanukkah Service with our Religious School students.  Glen Mutchnick will conduct the service and our students will perform their Hanukkah skit during the service.  Dinner will include the delicious, famous potato latkes by David and Richard Rose.

  • Israel Experience Scholarships, are available from your Federation for high school aged children in organized, educational, and cultural programs in Israel.  Application deadline is December 31, 2018.  Contact Kathy 490-4872 or email for scholarship application and policy.

  • Mark your calendars for February 1-2, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) when we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Springhill Avenue Temple!


  • For Sunday, November 11, the Religious School and Hebrew School will meet at the Springhill Avenue Temple Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and will honor our Jewish Veterans by setting flags at their grave sites.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for November 14 at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Genesis 28:10 – 32:3; Haftarah: Hosea 12:13 – 14:10, which will be discussed.


The Rabbi

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Religious & Hebrew School




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1988P3-1Sha’arai Shomayim Cemetery, located on Owen Street in Mobile, consists of fifteen acres. A long driveway leads to the cemetery proper, which is surrounded by century-old live oaks and a nineteenth century ornamental cast iron fence. The gate features an archway with the congregation name in metal Hebrew letters. Paved lanes allow each access throughout the cemetery and a cast iron gazebo sits in the center. The graves themselves are oriented east west. There are some spectacular family plots with stone revetments and finely carved markers. A number of mausolea are located on the grounds.

The first interment took place December 28, 1876. This was Israel I. Jones, one of Mobile’s most prominent early Jewish citizens and president of the congregation for thirty years. The funeral was attended by a multitude of friends. Members of a local fire company and Masonic fraternity led the procession.

It should be noted that the current cemetery is our newest cemetery. The Temple’s original cemetery was located in Magnolia Cemetery and was almost completely filled by 1875.

Please see below for more pictures of the cemetery:

Sisterhood/Men's Club


tn_sis men's brunch 008The Springhill Avenue Temple Sisterhood is a multi-generational group of women interested in strengthening our connection to Judaism through sponsoring events for the entire membership.

With a rich history of tradition, the sisterhood has been and continues to be the fundamental source of Temple life. All holiday, family dinners and Onegs are organized and run by Sisterhood volunteers. We support the youth of the congregation by donations to SHAFTY, NFTY and UAHC camps as well as gifts for B’nai Mitvah and holiday packages to our college students. Sisterhood supports the Temple financially by raising funds refurbishments,for kitchen renovations and office and library equipment, social hall furnishings and religious needs.

Sisterhood helps to furnish and stock inventory for the Temple Gift Shop, which proceeds help to fund aforementioned charitable events.

All congregants are encouraged and welcome to become sisterhood members. Feel free to call the Temple office at 478-0415 for contact information.


Men’s Club

tn_sis men's brunch 006The Springhill Avenue Temple Men’s Club is a vital part of the Congregation Sha’arai Shomayim community. We are men that are interested in supporting our families, our community, our fellow congregants and the youth that will shape our future. All this is accomplished by our connection to Judaism.

The Men’s Club supports the Congregation through a variety of annual mitzvah projects. We organize various “work days” to help members of the community whether it is storm cleanup or general repairs and renovations. The Men’s Club volunteers make hundreds of Latkes every year for the annual Hanukkah party as well as erect the Sukkah used by the congregation and religious school.

We also meet socially to strengthen our members’ connection to Judaism and to the Congregation.

Watch the bulletin and be sure to join us at the next Men’s Club meeting! Feel free to call the Temple office at 478-0415 for contact information.

Our Judaica Shop

tn-101_0411Welcome to the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Judaica items help bring Jewish ritual alive within our homes and in our community. If you need a mezuzah for a new home or a gift for an upcoming simcha, visit our fully stocked shop of unique and affordable Judaica items.

The Gift Shop is managed by Amy Friedlander and Judy Aronson and there is a wide variety of unique and distinctive items in stock and they can also special order individual items. From traditional to contemporary – educational to whimsical – hand crafted to bulk – there is something for everyone.

Getting married, having a baby, or celebrating a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah? These life cycle events require a celebration! Many celebrations include receiving many lovely gifts. Make it easy for family and friends to choose the perfect gift by registering at your Temple Gift Shop.

The next time you need that special gift, stop by your Temple gift shop. Please call the Temple office for store hours.


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Mobile, Alabama 36607
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