Brown Bag Torah Study with the Rabbi will meet the following Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27

        at 12:00 noon.


        Wednesday Morning Torah Study will meet March 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.


                Wednesday, Mar. 1, Sunday, Mar. 5                     No Hebrew School or Religious School.

                Wednesday, Mar. 8                                4:00 p.m.                 Hebrew School

                Thursday, Mar. 9                 10:30 a.m.                 Temple/Synagogue Book Group.

                Friday, Mar. 10                      5:45 p.m.                 Purim Shabbat Service, Dinner and Carnival featuring

                                                                                                The Not-Ready-For-Purim-Players in “The Good, The

                                                                                                Bad and The Oy Vey!”

                Saturday, Mar. 11                 10:30 a.m.                 Shabbat Morning Service.

                Sunday, Mar. 12                     2:00 p.m.                 Unveiling for Michael Pearlman.

                Thursday, Mar. 16                 6:00 p.m.                 Temple Men’s Club “Poker Night.”

                Friday, Mar. 17                      5:45 p.m.                 Shabbat Worship.  Honoring Mr. Bob Zietz

                                                                                                and baby naming Brittany and Jacob Loeser.

                Sunday, Mar. 26            11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Sisterhood Meeting and Mah Jongg Game Day.

                Tuesday, Mar. 28                  12:00 p.m.                Luncheon and Birthday Bingo at the Temple.

Sunday, April 2                     10:30 a.m.                Adult Education with the Rabbi.

Friday, March 3                    5:45 p.m. Shabbat Worship.  Anat Gov-Ary will conduct the


Friday, March 10                  5:45 p.m. Purim Shabbat Service, Dinner and Carnival featuring the

                                                                                                Not-Ready-For-Purim-Players in “The Good, The Bad,

                                                                                                and the Oy Vey!”

Saturday, March 11          10:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning worship.

Friday, March 17                  5:45 p.m. Shabbat Worship.  We will be honoring Bob Zietz for his

                                                                                service and have the baby naming of Brittany and Jacob


Friday, March 24                  5:45 p.m. Shabbat Worship.  “Who Is A Jew?”

Friday, March 31                  5:45 p.m. Shabbat Worship.  Munich.”                          


·         Note special time or service      




                Donald M. Kunstadt, Rabbi                                               Michael Holberg, Second Vice-President

Stanley E. Small, President                                 Maury Friedlander, Treasurer

Randy Fry, First Vice-President                                         Jenny Rich, Secretary











                                                                                                                                                    Exod. 25:1-27:19

                                                                                                                                 Haftarah – 1 Kings 5:26-6:13



From the Rabbi:


The weekend of March 10 will be an exciting and fun filled one at Temple.  The Not-Ready-For-Purim-Players will present a re-telling of the Purim Shpiel set in the old West.  The Good, the Bad, and the Oy Vey!  Dinner and Puirm Bingo will follow the service.  It will be a Purim you will not want to miss on Friday night.  On Sunday we will have our Purim Carnival, which is always a highlight for our Religious School year. 


We have to wonder about the amazing staying power of the ancient festival of Purim.  Many scholars believe that the story of Purim cannot be historically accurate.  They explain the ancient Persians would never make a non-Persian like Esther the queen, and there are no such historical records to this effect, even though the Persians kept extensive records. 


I believe Purim has been so long remembered and celebrated because even if the events as recorded did not exactly happen as the Megillah teaches, similar events have happened and are happening even today.  The President of modern Iran is not so very different from the Haman of the Megillah.  He seems focused on, among other things, denying the Holocaust and attacking Israel.  The tensions, hatred, and warfare from Biblical times are not so dissimilar from today. 


Iran and Iraq were historic enemies.  After the Babylonians (Iraq) exiled the Jews in 586 BCE, it was the Persian King Cyrus more than one hundred years later who allowed the Jews to return to Palestine. This Persian King looked kindly upon the people of ancient Judah.  Three hundred years before King Cyrus the Greater, Assyrian Kingdom, which included the area of modern Iran, destroyed the Kingdom of Israel! 


Now who does Israel face to its East and South?  None other than the Palestinian people who have voted in democratic elections for Hamas leadership.  Surprisingly, the largest supporter of Hamas is the modern state of Iran! 


It is a tangled web of intrigue, ethnic warfare, and hatred.  Unfortunately, Israel seems to be the target of much of the hatred. 


Purim remains popular and relevant because the essential message of the story has never changed in 2500 years.  Some hateful people from Persia were and are out to get the Jews.  Whether Haman or a modern Iranian President, both have had hate in their hearts.  Both have used the classic tactic of scapegoating the Jews to strengthen their own political power.  We respond through this annual celebration. Judaism is still here and getting better all the time.  Join us in celebration. 


Rabbi Donald M. Kunstadt



The next issue of the bulletin will be dated

APRIL 7, 2006

The information deadline for that issue is

MARCH 15, 2006

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Something missing?  Misspelled?

If you notice errors or omissions in the bulletin,

please call and let us know.

If no one tells us, we can’t make corrections!


March Music Schedule

March 3 – The Aldes

March 10 – The Aldes

March 17 – Quartet/Moser

March 24 – Vol. Choir/Moser

March 31 – Quartet/Moses




From The President:


Dear Friends,


A lot of people have worked hard to make our Temple a beautiful place of worship.  We are now able to see the culmination of these efforts.  Soon, we will have new flooring and our roof will be finished.  The only thing missing is your presence even more often!  Join us to hear our wonderful Rabbi and our beautiful Choir. 


Please join us during the month of March for Purim.  The 10th of March will be the Family Service, Dinner and Carnival.  Also, on March 17, we will be honoring Mr. Bob Zietz for his 25 years of service to our Temple. 


Our Men’s Club will have another “Poker Night” on the 16th of March.  If you missed the first one you really missed a good time!  Please show your support! 


The Tu B’Shevat Seder was a big success and the TYG Convention was enjoyed by all.  Thanks to everyone who helped with these events. 


Please note that our Bulletin will be going through changes.  We will be printing our own bulletin starting the month of April.  Please excuse our growing pains!


See you in Temple.


Stanley E. Small






Pinch Hitters – In listing the participants Frank Anderson’s name was inadvertently omitted.  Thank you Frank.


Sisterhood News – The organizers of the Scholar-In-Residence were Frances Mutchnick and Doris Claire Stein.  Thank you, ladies.


Birthdays – Benjamin Gans Holberg’s birthday is March 30, 2006.  Jay Altmayer II’s birthday was February 13, 2006.





Please Join Us On Friday, March 17, 2006, at 5:45 p.m., as we will be honoring Mr. Bob Zietz for his 25 years of service as archivist as well as introducing Mrs. Susan Thomas as our current archivist.  Please come to show your appreciation for what Mr. Zietz accomplished during this time.  We will be making a special award presentation to Mr. Zietz.





Not-Ready-For-Purim- Players

Presents A Retelling Of The Purim Shpiel Set In The Old West:

“The Good, The Bad and The Oy Vey!”
Get out your groggers as a cast of talented congregants kick up their boot-heels for a rip-roaring good time!



Leisure Club

March 14 – 12:00 Noon - Bilotti’s Italian Cafe at the Loop.


March 2812: 00 Noon – Luncheon and Birthday Bingo at the Springhill Avenue Temple.


For information or reservations please call Marilyn Davidson at (call Temple office for number).







The Springhill Avenue Temple would like to thank:


Drs. John and Kathleen Webster for the beautiful trees and shrubs for our yard.


Mrs. Mimi Holberg for the lovely silver trays, antique silver ladle, antique hand painted serving tray, and the chafing dish.


Mrs. Donna Carr for the Spode China Challah plate and round plate.


Welcome New Members!

Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Soloman

(Call temple office for address)




I Have A New Address!

Mrs. Jean Marx

(call temple office for address)




Mobile Area Jewish Federation


We are looking for an administrative assistant.  The position is part time.  Anyone who is interested in this position, please leave a message at the Federation Office 343-7197.  






New Prayer Books!!!

New Prayer books will be purchased by the Temple.  Those of you who would like to dedicate a book in honor of or in memory of someone can do so for $35.00.  5 books or more can be purchased for $30.00 each.  

We would like to thank the persons who have already ordered new prayerbooks:


*In Memory of Minnie and Abraham Miller

*In Memory of Mollie and Jack Gurwitch

*In Memory of Frieda Lewis – Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Miller


Mrs. Maude Patterson


To order these books, please contact Nate Ginsberg as soon as possible at (call Temple office for number).  Thank you. 






Will You Have a Graduate This Year?

The Springhill Avenue Temple would like to honor all of this year’s graduates with a special congratulations in the bulletin.  Please call the Temple office at 478-0415 with the name of your graduate and what school he or she will be graduating from.





“Matches” by Alan Kaufman is the book to be discussed at the Temple/Synagogue Book Club on Thursday morning, March 9, 2006, at 10:30 a.m., in the Springhill Avenue Temple Library.  Hadassah Magazine said, “Matches is a riveting, visceral and thinly veiled autobiographical account of author-poet Alan Kaufman’s experiences as a combat infantry soldier in a series of tours with the Israeli Defense Forces.”  The author, Alan Kaufman, a bi-national Israeli and American citizen, served, like the novel’s protagonist, as a combat infantry soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces.  He also covered the Middle East conflict as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and Partisan Review.  Anat Gov-Ari will help the group discus the book and share some of her experiences in the Israeli Army.  “Matches” can be ordered in paperback on online.  If you have any questions or need a ride, please call Judy Aronson at (call Temple office for number).






In Honor of the 90th Birthday of

Jean Marx


Mrs. Phyllis Feibelman

Mrs. Reita Franco

Mrs. Maud Patterson

Mr. & Mrs. Roland Fry, Sr.

Rabbi & Mrs. Irving Bloom


In Honor of the 75th Birthday of

Dolores Loeb


Dr. & Mrs. Nate Ginsberg

Mrs. Betty Diemar

Rabbi & Mrs. Irving Bloom


In appreciation and giving thanks for everyone who helped our family after Hurricane Katrina


Dr. & Mrs. Steven Zimmerman


In Honor of David Rose receiving the Vice-Presidential Award for the United States Post Office


Dr. & Mrs. Nate Ginsberg


Rabbi’s Appreciation Fund


Mrs. Camille Baer

Mrs. Jane Schear Richards

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hill


In Memory of Sally Zell


Mr. & Mrs. William Kahn



In Memory of Susan Schear Sparks


Mr. & Mrs. Milton Klein

Mrs. Phyllis Feibelman

Mrs. Ralph Holberg, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Dwain Luce

Mrs. Jane Schear Richards

Rabbi & Mrs. Irving Bloom


In Memory of Thelma Bailen

(Sister of Jerome Goldman)


Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Goldman


In Memory of Frieda Lewis


Mr. & Mrs. Fabien Eyal

Dr. & Mrs. Nate Ginsberg

Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Cocco

Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Sartinano

Mr. & Mrs. Jay Ross

Mr. Barry Haiman


In Memory of Judge Alan Oboler


Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Laden


In Memory of those we do not

 know by name





Members of the Springhill Avenue

Temple would like to extend their sympathies to the family of


Thelma Bailen


Sister of Jerry (Janice) Goldman




Michael Pearlman

Sunday, March 12, 2006

2:00 p.m.

Springhill Avenue Temple



It is a true Mitzvah to honor those whose memory we hold dear by attending services on the Shabbat Yahrzeit (year’s time) and joining your congregation in reciting Kaddish.


March 3


Robert Fuller, Isador Barkin, Edward M. Franco, Elizabeth Lyner, Frank Nyman, Rose Saks, Isadore Prince, Emma Schornstein, Lawrence E. Fetterman.


March 10


Sam Edelbaum, David Millet, Dr. Milton Leigh, Albert Metzger, Rose Carlie, Rose Lubel, Sadie Robinton Lorene Frankel, Jules Stern, Melvin Kranz, Salomon Friedman, Lillian Holberg, Lena Lerner, Annette Loeb.


March 17


Gladys Fried, Sol Kahn, Jacob M. Buchman, Abe Lewis, Florence Millstein, Sam Millstein, Henna Aronson, Jean Jacobs, Rosa Kahn, Joseph Magnes, Sylvia Raymon Fleisher, Maurice Garb, Harry Davidson, Sol Stern.


March 24


Janette Gardberg, Florence Kaplan Bloom, Catherine Papouchado, Herman Vogel, Abe Hyman, Richard Mintz, Sarah Weiss.





March 31


Ruth Kern, Jack Carlie, Allen C. Nadler, Lena Lerner, Gussie Axelrod, Sophie Yassem, Melvin Bauer, Frederick H. Vogel.