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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, March 21, 2019



Friday, March 22 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Max Lansky will participate
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Friday, March 23 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Bar Mitzvah of Max Lansky
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Friday, March 29 6:00 pm Religious School Purim Service
Glen Mutchnick 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 March, 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

Jay Altmayer
Kym Lewis
Murry Mutchnick
Steven Renaud
Elijah Sprague
Mel Sternberg
Odette Sternberg

  • Congratulations to our wonderful Musical Director, Christopher Powell!  He has been accepted to study composition at the Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris this summer as part of the European American Musical Alliance.  It is a very selective program, which will allow him to study with some of the best teachers anywhere.  We are proud of you, Christopher!

  • Did you know that singing can lower your stress level, improve your posture, and strengthen your immune system?  So, come join the healthiest group at Temple – the Congregational Choir.  It really is fun and the time commitment is only about 4 hours a month.  If interested, give Barry Silverman a call at 251-610-0628.

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be at Temple on Thursday, March 21 thru Saturday, March 23, 2019 for the Bar Mitzvah of Max Lansky.  Please remember, that Rabbi is always reachable via telephone and/or email should you need him.  Feel free to call Susie in the Temple Office and she will give you his contact information.

  • The weekend of March 22 is Max Lansky’s Bar Mitzvah – He will be on the bema Friday night and Saturday morning and it is our custom to bake something for the celebration.  This is our way of supporting the Lansky family and passing on love and tradition.  Drop your goodies in the kitchen before services and we will plate them for you.

  • The Social Action Committee has determined that recycling is a CAN DO project for the Temple.  Should we hire a company for pick-ups or can we do it ourselves???  This would involve taking discarded paper, plastic, tins, etc. to the city recycling center on Pinehill Drive which is now open 7 days a week.  Can parents help with this project while they wait for their kids during Religious School?  Will you sign up for a few weeks a year, once, monthly?  If you are willing to help with this project please come forward!  Call Susie at 478-0415 or Priscilla at 454 1924.

  • Let’s Level the Playing Field for the Hamantaschen Contest!  Use this link to incorporate these Hamantaschen baking tips to make sure you win the contest!  Start practicing now, add your favorite filling and bring your goodies to the Purim party!

  • Sunday, March 24, the MAJF will sponsor a city-wide Purim Party at the Springhill Avenue Temple from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  To RSVP call Kathy at MAJF (490-4872) or the Temple (478-0415).  AFTERNOON OF FUN FOR ALL AGES – Adult – Trivia – Bingo 3:30 p.m. – Mahjong – WINE AND BEER – Traditional & Kosher Style Snacks – KIDS – LOTS OF FUN, GAMES, CRAFTS, – Face Painting – Kids’ snacks.  Tickets purchased at door – Children $2.00 – Adults $10.00 (2 drinks & 2 Bingo). 

Looking Ahead
Mark your calendars & save these dates! 

  • “FROM SURVIVAL TO CELEBRATION” – On Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:00 pm. at Springhill Avenue Temple, Israeli-born pianist, Amir Katz, will play a selection of joyful music in remembrance of the lives of Alma and Anthony Fisher, founders and supporters of Mobile Chamber Music.  Alma was a survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp where many of Amir’s relatives perished.  This event is free and open to the public.  

Writer and journalist Roy Hoffman will talk about the Fishers and Don Berry of the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will speak about the lessons of the Holocaust. A reception is included.

This event is a collaborative project of Mobile Chamber Music, the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, and Springhill Avenue Temple.

  • Friday, April 5 will be a Sisterhood Shabbat Service – If you would like to participate, please call the Temple office as to whether you would like to read or sing for this particular evening Shabbat Service.

  • A trip to Israel led by your Rabbi Kosovske the beginning March 2020.  Please express your interest by calling Susie at the Temple by April 1.  NO COMMITMENT!  Just call if you think you might be interested.

  • First Night Congregational Passover Service and Seder – Friday, April 19 – 6:00 p.m. For planning purposes reservations will be required – Our seder will be catered by The Seder Team of Howard Silverman, Nate Ginsberg, David Rose, and Richard Rose and will feature a festive Passover meal.  $36 for members; $45 for non-members; children 13 & under free (menu details to follow).

  • Save the Date!  2019 Scholar-In-Residence Program -The Scholar-In-Residence program for 2019 will feature choirmaster Terry Maddox, Mobile Vocal Arts, parts of the Touro Synagogue choir (NOLA), and various soloists.  These performers will present an eclectic sampling of music, emphasizing the impact of Reform Jewish composers and lyricists in the history of Jewish music in the United States.  Sunday, April 28, at 5:00 pm. at Springhill Avenue Temple.


  • The next session of the Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, at the regular times. 

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for March 27 at 5:30 p.m. – The weekly Torah portion is Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47; Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-36:38, which will be discussed.


The Rabbi

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Thank you for your patience.




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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.

You can pay your dues, make donations, purchase fruit trees, flowers and/or whatever is currently being offered via the Sisterhood/Men’s Club store.


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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