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Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, January 10, 2018



Friday, January 11 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Nate Ginsberg will conduct service
Friday, January 18 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Jack Friedlander 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 January, 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
Bruce Glover
Chuck McKay
Steve Muhlfelder
Pearl Sandifer
Margaret & Mark Segal
Patricia Silverman
Katherine Willingham

  • The 2019 Mobile Jewish Film Festival Has Begun!  The full schedule and information can be accessed through the MAJF’s website here.

  • Rabbi Kosovske’s next visit is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 thru Sunday, February 3, 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 still reachable via telephone and/or email.  If you need him at all, feel free to call Susie in the Temple Office for his contact information.

  • DELI AND A MOVIESaturday night, January 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Prepared by Power Chef Duo Barry Buckstein, formerly of Hello Deli and Larry Miller.  This meal of knishettes, potato salad, corned beef on Jewish Rye, half sours, and cookies costs $21.00 for students and seniors or $23 for people who don’t have a Medicare card.  Your movie ticket is included in the price.  The film, “Humor Me”, starring Elliot Gould and Jemaine Clement is very, very funny as we view the paradox of the son needing his father’s approval and the father needing his son! Reserve your deli meal and ticket by Wednesday, January 16.   Barry and Larry would like your help in the kitchen, call Larry at 251-648-0401.

  • Kitchen help  is also needed for the deli lunch which will be served after the 175th Anniversary Shabbat Service on Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Larry Miller or the Temple Office to sign up.

  • Look forward to two great events in 2019!   The Jewish Film Festival from January 10-27, 2019 and the Temple’s 175th on Friday, February 2 and Saturday morning, February 3.  All of our events are so much easier for us to plan if we get early RSVPs from you.  I know its sometimes hard to make a decision.  So we just put it off and then we forget about it. We all do that sometimes and of course, we never want to turn anyone away, but when we know how many places to set and how much food to buy we are so much happier!!  – Priscilla Gold-Darby

  • Call for bakers for the Temple’s 175th Anniversary.  Now is the time to bake and freeze.  We are showcasing our members’ traditional desserts at the Friday night oneg on February 2, as we “Celebrate the Future and Remember the Past” through food.  Please send us your recipe for the gift booklet we are printing for the event.

  • The Sisterhood is offering three cooking workshops to pass on the culinary traditions of the Temple.  The workshops will be held at each individual’s home.  RSVP by calling the Temple if you would like to attend.  Questions?  Call Priscilla at 251-454-1924

Workshops begin at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 16
Mandelbrot (Mandel bread) with Joyce Toubiana

Tuesday, January 22
Cheese straws with Amy Friedlander

To beautify the Temple for the 175th, for Tu B’Shevat,
or for your home, flowers and fruit trees are available through
the SAT Sisterhood & Men’s Club website

  • The Religious School’s Tu B’Shevat seder and planting is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  To beautify the Temple grounds for this planting and/or the 175th Anniversary Event, in memory of someone loved, or for at home, you can purchase daffodils, paper whites, fruit, or citrus trees through the Men’s Club & Sisterhood’s store online here or by contacting Larry Miller for more information.

  • Mark your calendars for February 1-2, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) when we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Springhill Avenue Temple!  There will be a special Oneg after the Shabbat Service on Friday and the Saturday Morning Shabbat will be followed by a deli luncheon.   RSVP required by Wednesday, January 30.  Both Shabbat services are at the regular times of 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively.

  • 175th Anniversary BBQ Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m.  the Men’s Club invites you to a filet mignon & grilled fish dinner Super Bowl Sunday on the River with a big screen TV.  Your hosts are Jonathan Fratkin & Gail Chadwick, 5020 River Trace, Theodore, AL 36582-2527.  $15 for members; $30 non-members.  For planning purposes, RSVPs are needed and required by Wednesday, January 30 – filet mignons cooked to order.  Contact Larry Miller 251-648-0401 or the Temple Office 478-0415.


  • The next session of the Religious School and Hebrew School is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2019.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for January 9 at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Exodus 13:17 – 17:16; Haftarah: Judges 4:4 – 5:31, 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.


Contact Us

1769 Springhill Avenue
Mobile, Alabama 36607
(251) 478-0415
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