Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, July 11, 2019



**Friday, July 12   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening  Service
Howard Silverman will conduct service
**Friday, July 19 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Nate Ginsberg will conduct service

**For security purposes effective July 12, the east entrance to the Temple (adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank) will be the only unlocked access for Shabbat Services.

Upcoming Events

  • 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 ( or 251-478-0415).  This list will be cleared at the end of each month.

  • Rabbi Kosovske’s March 2020 Sha’arai Shomayim trip to Israel is very much an alive item.  A wonderful itinerary has been set up and will, in addition to some great touring, allow us to experience Purim in Israel, something never to be missed!  At this point, we are only awaiting pricing from our tour company, and we will have that shortly.  And then, during Rabbi Kosovske’s visit to Mobile at the end of this month, we will hold an informational session.  Stay tuned!

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be at Temple from Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, August 3 and again on Thursday, August 22 through Saturday, August 31Currently, Rabbi is out of the country until July 21 and contact is sporadic, so please send your message through the Temple Office, if communication is necessary.  Otherwise, 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 Springhill Avenue Temple Committees are an important part of our membership.  If you would like to join one or make sure that you are on one, please contact the Temple Office for our current committee list.  More members are especially needed for our Kesher Committee. 

  • Men’s Club Meeting Announcement – There will be a meeting of the Men’s Club immediately following the Shabbat Service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27.  This will be a short planning session.  You do not need to be a member to attend.

  • Challah Baking Class on Wednesday, July 31 from 9:00-12:00 noon.  Join Rabbi Kosovske in making challah dough and onion pletzel.  Also, learn beginner and advanced braiding techniques with Barry Fox.  The venue is Leslie & Larry Miller’s kitchen, please RSVP if you would like to come!


  • 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 Torah Study is Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Numbers 25:10 – 30:1; Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21 22:2 – 25:9, 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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1769 Springhill Avenue
Mobile, Alabama 36607
(251) 478-0415
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