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Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, September 19, 2019


Friday, September 19 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Ben Bloom will conduct service
Friday, September 27 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening 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 August, please contact Susie at the Temple Office ( or 251-478-0415).  This list will be cleared at the end of each month.

Nathan Kahn
Corley Nease
Steven Renaud
Barry Rosenberg
Mark Segal

  • Rabbi Kosovske will be at Temple on Thursday, September 26 until Thursday, October 10 and then again on Thursday, October 17 until Sunday, October 27 .  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 Yizkor Memorial Service is Yom Kippur afternoon on Wednesday, October 9.  If you would like your loved ones names read aloud from the bema, please submit this information no later than Friday, October 4, either by emailing ( or calling the Temple Office (478-0415) with the names of those names you wish recited.

  • “Faith Amidst Despair: Echoes From Auschwitz” is Dr. Anthony Gard’s topic for his lecture scheduled for 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 26, Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College.  Dr. Gard is an authority on the system of mail used to hide the fate of victims in the Nazi concentration camps.  This talk addresses the treatment of Polish Catholics and Jews in Auchwitz using original letters and documents from the camp.  Sponsored by Christus – An Ecumenical Consortium of Bay Area Churches.  A $3 donation is requested from attendees who are not members.
  • Calling All Bakers!! – Please help make our New Year even sweeter by bringing in baked goods for our annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg on Sunday, September 29, 2019.  We welcome all baked goods, crackers and dips, cheeses, breads and fruit.  Please call Temple Office to sign up.  You may either drop off on Friday, September 27, or bring items with you to services on Sunday.

  • A Musical Meditation will begin right before the 2:30 p.m. Yom Kippur afternoon service (approx. 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 9).  It will feature our newest member of the Temple’s professional quartet, soprano Mollie Adams.  Mollie will be accompanied on piano by our Music Director, Christopher Powell.  MOLLIE ADAMS is a young soprano gaining a reputation for her “animated stage presence and vivacious and strong soprano voice”, cultivating a wide-ranging career of singing opera, oratorio, art song, and chamber music.  Ms. Adams has most recently been seen on the stage with Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, presenting early music works of Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach, among other performances and venues.
  • Temple Break-the-Fast – Join your congregants on Wednesday, October 9 immediately following the afternoon service for our Break-the-Fast dinner.   Please help make our dinner even sweeter by bringing in baked goods, crackers, dips, cheese, and fruit.  To RSVP and to sign-up, please contact Iris Ginsberg at 776-7866 or the Temple office during normal office hours (7:00-4:00 p.m. M-F).  You may either drop off on Wednesday, October 9 or bring your items with you to the dinner.  There is no charge for Temple members, but there will be a $10 charge for non-members.  Please RSVP by Saturday, October 6.



  • The next Religious School session is scheduled for Sunday, September 22 @ 10:00 a.m.

  • The next Torah Study will be on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly Torah portion is Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20; Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9.


Meet Our Rabbi

Rabbi Howard Kosovske is one of only a handful of rabbis in the world today who has led congregations on three continents.  And in his having served as a rabbi in many different situations, he has developed a unique, very eclectic style of rabbinate.

Rabbi Kosovske brings a veritable wealth of rabbinic experience to Springhill Avenue Temple, his sixth interim rabbinic position.  He has had a truly illustrious rabbinic career that has carried him far and wide.

Rabbi Kosovske’s focus is on people and people describe him as extremely caring.  In the course of his rabbinate, he has touched the lives literally of thousands of individuals, each of whom is extremely important to him.  He is equally at home interacting as a rabbi with someone on the street or in a living room as he is when he is speaking from the pulpit.  While he has served as an advisor to governors, mayors, and corporate presidents, he is most comfortable and fulfilled when he is interacting with people as they walk through the journey of life, whether that be in happy times or sad.

It is hard to label where Rabbi Kosovske comes from religiously, harder still to pin him down.  A scholar extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Jewish tradition, he brings elements from the far reaches of Judaism to his own observances.  Probably the best word to describe his religious style is “heimish,” or homey, with a very Jewish flavor.  And his worship services are always as involving and participatory and they are spiritually stirring.

An ordainee of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, the seminary awarded Rabbi Kosovske a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, in recognition of his distinguished service as a rabbi to the Jewish People.  He remains a continuing, growing student of the Jewish tradition, and as such he serves as a shining example of what it means to be enriched lifelong by our tradition.

Rabbi Kosovske is married to Janet Kramer, who is as personable and warm as he is.  He has two daughters, Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Ahavah in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Dr. Yonit Lea Kosovske, a performing harpsichordist who teaches at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  Finally, he has four wonderful grandchildren over whom he kvells non-stop.



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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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