Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, May 16, 2019



Friday, May 17   6:00 pm Religious & Hebrew School Appreciation Service
Glen Mutchnick will conduct service
Friday, May 24   6:00 pm Confirmation Shabbat Service
Confirmands: David Brown & Sam Sternberg
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
Saturday, May 15 9:30 am Shabbat Breakfast
10:30 am Shabbat Morning 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 May, 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

Arianna Barton
RuthAnn Cohn
Ryan Diamond
Tracy Jackson
Murry Mutchnick
Corley Nease
Barry Rosenberg
Mark Segal

  • For the month of May, Rabbi Kosovske will be at Temple from Thursday, May 23 thru Saturday, June 1, 2019 and then again on Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 16.  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.

  • Congratulations to our 2019 Confirmation Class!  You are invited to attend the Shavuot Confirmation with a special oneg following the service.   The Confirmation service will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  This year’s Confirmands are:

David Caleb Brown
Samuel Arthur Sternberg

  • Calling all Breakfast Cooks!  Saturday, May 25, there will be a Shabbat Breakfast and Service at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively.  Kitchen cooks will meet in the Temple kitchen at 8:30 a.m.

  • Unveiling of Albert Klein at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at the Temple Beth-El Cemetery (2300 West Cervantes Street, Pensacola, FL). 

  • Mark Your Calendar & Save This Date!  The Temple’s Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.  All members will be receiving more information as soon as it becomes available.

  • Things Happen & Events Change – Stay Informed by checking the Temple calendar and by reading your weekly Chai Notes (emailed every Thursday afternoon and also on the Temple website).  Both can be accessed under the tabs “Current Events” and “Temple Calendar” on the Temple’s website at


  • There will be a Religious School & Hebrew School Appreciation Service on Friday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m.    Both Religious School & Hebrew School are out of session until registration in the Fall.  The Registration date will be announced once it is determined.

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for May 22 at 5:30 p.m. – The weekly Torah portion is Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34; Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14, which will be discussed.


The Rabbi

“Under Construction”

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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