Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, July 13, 2018
|Friday, July 13||6:00 pm||Shabbat Evening Service|
|Friday, July 20||6:00 pm||Shabbat Evening Service|
- Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of July, please contact Susie at the Temple Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-478-0415). Springhill Avenue Temple will clear this list at the end of each month.
Our prayer for healing this month includes
- The Temple Book Club will meet again on Sunday, July 15 at the Satori Coffee House (5460 Old Shell Road) at 1:00 p.m. The book to be discussed is The Brothers Ashkenazi by Israel J. Singer.The Angel Study Group will meet again on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Satori Coffee House on Old Shell Road, at 10:00 a.m.
- The Angel Study Group will meet again on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Satori Coffee House on Old Shell Road, at 10:00 a.m.
- The Center for Interreligious Understanding Presents the Next Trialogue – “Hospitality and Welcoming the Stranger” within the Abrahamic Faith Traditions on Thursday, July 19 at the First Baptist Church, 806 Government Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Following the Trialogue lunches will be assembled for distribution at McKimie Place. McKemie Place is a safe haven for homeless women and the only overnight shelter for single women in Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties.
- Don’t forget to check out Rabbi’s Blog – “Loneliness has the Same Effect as Smoking 15 Cigarettes a Day”. This link will also be published on Rabbi’s FaceBook page (Dana Kaplan), so be sure to send him a friend request! Rabbi’s webpage is www.danakaplan.com.
- Religious School and Hebrew School are currently out of session.
- The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for July 18, at 5:30 p.m. continuing with the book, “A Life of Meaning. Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path.”The readings for this session are “Worship and the Prayer Book”, p.335, by Rabbi Richard S. Sarason, PhD. and “Reform Liturgy: Then and Now”, p. 349, Rabbi Dalia Marx, PhD.
Dana Evan Kaplan is the Rabbi of the Springhill Avenue Temple. He has had an adventurous career in the United States, as well as abroad, including extensive experience in the South. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Rabbi of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica and, from 2001-2011, he led Temple B’nai Israel in Albany, Georgia.
Rabbi Kaplan has participated in a variety of cutting edge professional training programs. He was appointed a fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders Program sponsored by Clal, which has inspired him to see the rabbinate in the broadest possible terms. He was also fortunate to have been chosen as a STAR (Synagogue: Transformation and Renewal), Rabbi for the “From Good to Great” program, which works with early mid-career rabbis to help them develop their professional skills.
He has rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. He also holds a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Professor Lloyd Gartner.
He is the author of The New Reform Judaism (Jewish Publication Society), as well as Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal (Columbia University Press), The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism (Cambridge University Press), American Reform Judaism: An Introduction (Rutgers University Press), Platforms and Prayer Books (Rowman and Littlefield), and Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism (Routledge).
In his spare time, he has enjoyed scuba diving with whale sharks, hiking through mountain ranges, biking up and down coasts and, of course, studying about Judaism. His new goal is to kayak throughout Southern Alabama.
Rabbi Kaplan was recently interviewed by Chad Petri of WKRG-TV regarding Hanukkah. You can watch a video of that interview below.
CONGREGATION SHA’ARAI SHOMAYIM RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
WEBPAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Sha’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:
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.
The 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.
Welcome 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.