Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, May 6, 2021


Friday, May 7
  6:15 pm Shabbat Evening Service via Zoom
Rabbi John Kaplan will conduct service
from our sanctuary
Saturday, May 8
10:30 am Q&A Session with the United Methodist Church
of Fairhope Confirmation Class with
Rabbi John Kaplan
Friday, May 14
 6:15 pm Shabbat Evening Service via Zoom
Rabbi Natan Trief will conduct service from Atlanta

New Zoom Instructions for attending all Shabbat Services and eventsGo to or your zoom app and click on the “Join a meeting” tab.  When asked for the Meeting ID, type in 854 4567 6977 and click “Join”.  You will then be asked for a password.  After entering the password, click continue.  You will then be in the meeting.  Make sure your video and microphone are on before services begin so you can talk with friends.  Just before services, please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE.  If you are calling in, please dial 1-301-715-8592.

YOU MUST HAVE THE PASSWORD TO ATTEND:  If you do not have the password, have forgotten the password, or are having trouble connecting via Zoom, please contact Nate Ginsberg (251-463-4845; or Howard Silverman (251-605-8832;

Upcoming Events

  • PLEASE NOTE – EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2021The Zoom meeting ID and password for attending all Temple services and events was changed.  An email was sent out to the membership on Friday, March 26, with these new Zoom sign-in instructions.  If for some reason you did not receive the email, you may contact the Temple Office (251-478-0415), Howard Silverman (251-605-8832), or Nate Ginsberg (251-463-4845).

  • Starting May 21, the Temple will open for in-person Shabbat services.  The Shabbat services will also continue to be accessible via Zoom.  The Religious Practices Committee has provided specific instructions for those attending in-service Shabbat Services, which can be found in the Temple’s May Bulletin on page 4.  They have also been posted on the Temple’s Facebook page and can also be accessed here.
  • Hana’s Suitcase 90th Anniversary Web Event The Kokoro-Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center will host this online event on Sunday, May 16, 8:00 pm CST.  Laura Brady (Hana’s niece) will share incredible stories behind precious artifacts from the family archive, while reflecting on the past 20 years she has spent with her father George Brady, an Auschwitz survivor.  For reporting purposes to the Alabama Holocaust Commission, please let Don Berry know if you plan to participate ( (no personal information will be stored.)  This event is free, but you do need to register.  Click here to register.
  • The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans will have a “soft opening” on Thursday, May 27, and during the summer days that follow as a “preview” period with limited capacities.  The Grand Opening will be celebrated the weekend of October 2 and 3.  More information can be found on their website
  • The Mobile Area Jewish Film Festival Committee is starting the process to select films for our 2022 event.  If you would like to be considered for the Film Festival Committee, please contact
  • Springhill Avenue Temple is now on YouTube where you can watch past services and events.  On your computer, go to, search for Springhill Avenue Temple and there you are!  You will have to signup for a YouTube account, if you do not already have one.  To find the Temple’s videos faster try searching the words “Springhill Avenue Temple” using quotes around the Temple name.
  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of May, please contact Susie at the Temple Office ( or 251-478-0415).  This list will be cleared at the end of each month.

Mollie Adams
Paul Bradly
Mac David
Harold Fink
Eli Kromirs
Robin Mayer
Murry Mutchnick
Mark Segal


  • Sunday, May 16, is the last session for Religious School & Confirmation Class.  A picnic is planned at the Temple from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
  • A Torah Study with Rabbi John Kaplan has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.