Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, September 20, 2018



Friday, September 21   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, September 28   6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service


Upcoming Events

  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of September, 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

Freda Pessa Bot Fayga
Efrayim ben Frida
Mark & Margaret Segal

  • Sukkot Festival this year will take place on Erev Sukkot, Sunday, September 23, in conjunction with the Ahavas Chesed Synagogue.   Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 5:30 p.m.  To help offset the expenses, the cost is $5 per person over the age of 7.

  • “Feeding the Gulf Coast” (formerly known as the Bay Area Food Bank) – The Springhill Avenue Temple Social Action Committee will hold another food drive this year during the High Holy Days.  Each family will be given a grocery bag at the conclusion of the Rosh Hashanah services.  The barrels are situated throughout the Temple for your food donations and will be picked up on Thursday, September 27.  Please do not drop off anything after that date.  Thank you.

  • The Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference (SJHS) is all set and will take place from October 26-28, 2018.  Out-of-town guests will stay at the Admiral Hotel.  Events will take place at Spring Hill College, the University of South Alabama (USA), and at the hotel.  For those interested in attending the entire conference, you need to register at: will also need to register for membership in the SJHS, as only members can attend (it is $36 for the year).  If you are only interested in attending the Friday night dinner at the Temple, you can register directly with the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education by contacting Don Berry (  The cost is $40 per person and you can pay directly by check.  FYI, the only way to guarantee a spot for dinner on Friday night is by registering for the entire conference.  Conference attendees automatically get preference for dinner, as we will have a cap on total guests (approx. 170-180) due to space issues.  For more about this year’s conference, see:

  • Mark your calendars for February 1-2, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) when we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Springhill Avenue Temple!


  • The next Religious School and Hebrew School at the Temple is scheduled for Sunday, September 30.  Hope to see you all at the Sukkot celebration at the shul on Sunday, September 23.  Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m!

  • The next Wednesday Torah Study is scheduled for September 26, at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot – Intermediate Days of Sukkot Holidays – Exodus 33:12–34:26 and 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.


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
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