Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

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


**Friday, November 15   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
In honor of Charmein Moser
Rabbi Kosovske to conduct service
Special Oneg to follow
    Saturday, November 16   9:30 am
10:30 am
Shabbat Breakfast
Shabbat Morning Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
**Friday, November 22 6:00 pm Thanksgiving Shabbat Service
Rabbi Kosovske to conduct service
Special Oneg to follow

**Please join us in fellowship at the oneg in the Social Hall following services.

Upcoming Events

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

Iris Ginsberg
Iris Klein
Murry Mutchnick
Steven Renaud
Mark Segal

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be at Temple on Thursday, November 14 until Sunday, November 24 .  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.

  • On Friday, November 15, we will be honoring Charmin MoserFor more years than we can remember, Charmein has been the Director of the Congregational Choir at Springhill Avenue Temple.  She always went way beyond her job description, putting in untold hours and weeks in service to the Temple.  But now, Charmein has told us it’s time to retire.  We have begged, cajoled, and guilted her as much as we could, but she is really stepping down.  The Temple invites you and whomever you would like to bring to be our special guest.  The service begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a great oneg (celebration).  We really hope you can join us and help us show Charmein how much we love her.  If you need any more info, call Barry at 251-610-0628.

  • Springhill Avenue Temple’s Annual Pet Blessing – Sunday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. (during Religious School), we will have our Annual Pet Blessing.  This special ceremony is for all Springhill Avenue Temple pet owners of all ages!  Please bring your dogs, cats, goldfish, birds, iguanas, rabbits, gerbils, and any other pets you would like to have blessed.  Please also bring a leash for your dog and other equipment or cages for your pets so as to keep them safe.  The ceremony will be held on the Temple’s front lawn and everyone is invited. 
  •  A HavDeli!  A Havdalah experience, a deli dinner & a hilarious movie!  All for one low price of $12 per person (pay in advance or at the door).  On Saturday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Temple Social Hall, we will screen the movie, “Keeping Up with the Steins”.  For food planning purposes, please RSVP to the Temple Office.  Absolute deadline for RSVPs – Monday, November 18!

  • “THE POLITICS OF EXCLUSION – Antisemitism and Fascism in Germany and the United States, Then and Now” – Dr. Richard E. Frankel, Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will speak on this topic on November 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., to be held at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium, University of South Alabama.  This event is brought to you by the Mobile-Christian Jewish Dialogue, USA Department of History, Mobile Area Jewish Federation, and the Gulf Coast Holocaust Center.

  • Friday, November 22, we will have a Thanksgiving themed oneg with turkey, bite sized dressing, cranberry brie bites, sweet potato bars, mini baked potatoes, & pumpkin challah.  All homemade.

  • Level 2 Religious School Students are collecting pantry items for “Grace’s House of Hope”, their Hanukkah Giving Project.  Our congregation can help support our young students by donating the following items:  snacks, zip lock bags (all sizes), boxed dinners (hamburger helper), diapers and pull-ups; Dial bath soap, Lysol cleaner, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.  Donations will be collected through December 16, 2019.  Drop your items off at the Religious School Office or place them in the Level 2 Classroom.

  • For Your InformationThe monthly Temple Bulletin is published on our website on the first of every month and is always available for printing under the “Current Events” tab (both past and present issues).  You will also find the weekly Chai Notes there.  Bookmark it for future reference!  Please make sure we have your most accurate contact information (email and phone number) by calling or emailing the Temple office ( or 251-478-0415).


  • The next Religious School session is scheduled for Sunday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m., when we will have our annual Pet Blessing Service.

  • The next Torah Study with Rabbi Kosovske is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m.


Meet Our Rabbi

Rabbi Howard Kosovske is one of only a handful of rabbis in the world today who has led congregations on three continents.  And in his having served as a rabbi in many different situations, he has developed a unique, very eclectic style of rabbinate.

Rabbi Kosovske brings a veritable wealth of rabbinic experience to Springhill Avenue Temple, his sixth interim rabbinic position.  He has had a truly illustrious rabbinic career that has carried him far and wide.

Rabbi Kosovske’s focus is on people and people describe him as extremely caring.  In the course of his rabbinate, he has touched the lives literally of thousands of individuals, each of whom is extremely important to him.  He is equally at home interacting as a rabbi with someone on the street or in a living room as he is when he is speaking from the pulpit.  While he has served as an advisor to governors, mayors, and corporate presidents, he is most comfortable and fulfilled when he is interacting with people as they walk through the journey of life, whether that be in happy times or sad.

It is hard to label where Rabbi Kosovske comes from religiously, harder still to pin him down.  A scholar extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Jewish tradition, he brings elements from the far reaches of Judaism to his own observances.  Probably the best word to describe his religious style is “heimish,” or homey, with a very Jewish flavor.  And his worship services are always as involving and participatory and they are spiritually stirring.

An ordainee of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, the seminary awarded Rabbi Kosovske a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, in recognition of his distinguished service as a rabbi to the Jewish People.  He remains a continuing, growing student of the Jewish tradition, and as such he serves as a shining example of what it means to be enriched lifelong by our tradition.

Rabbi Kosovske is married to Janet Kramer, who is as personable and warm as he is.  He has two daughters, Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Ahavah in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Dr. Yonit Lea Kosovske, a performing harpsichordist who teaches at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  Finally, he has four wonderful grandchildren over whom he kvells non-stop.



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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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