Bulletin/Current Events

Chai Notes

Springhill Avenue Temple’s Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, February 20, 2020


**Friday, February 21 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service
with chocolate oneg
**Friday, February 28 6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service
February Birthday & Anniversary Blessing
Rabbi Kosovske will conduct service

**Please join us in fellowship at the oneg in the Social Hall following services.

Upcoming Events

  • Mi Shebeirach: In Our Prayers – If you or someone you know would like to be listed for the month of February, please contact Susie at the Temple Office ( or 251-478-0415).  This list will be cleared at the end of each month.

Stephen Black
Pam Fisher
Coach Howard
Janet Kramer
Mark Segal

  • Rabbi Kosovske is currently at Temple until Sunday, March 1.  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.

  • Recently, the Temple received a very nice letter from the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries thanking us for the contribution made by our Level 2 Religious School class (6-8 yr. olds).  With the assistance of their teacher, Aleta Greenspan, they bought and donated much needed pantry items to benefit Grace’s House of Hope.  Grace’s House of Hope teaches single mothers how to live responsible financial lives and how to restructure their lifestyles to live, work, and properly take care of their dependent children.  You can click on this link to view their letter.

  • On Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m., the Trialogue: Muslims, Jews, and Christians Together will present “Three Rabbis: Similarities and Contrasts”.  The three Rabbis are:  Rabbi Howard Kosovske (Reform), Rabbi Steve Silberman (Conservative), and Rabbi Yosef Goldwasser (Chasidic).  The venue is at Spring Hill College, LeBlanc Conference Room, 2nd Floor Barter Student Center.

  • Springhill Avenue Temple invites you to a production of “An Alphabet of Soldiers” on Sunday, March 1, 4:00 pm.  These works were originally commissioned by Music of Remembrance (MOR), an organization that fills a unique role throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music.  With concert performances, educational programs, recordings, and commissions of new works by some of today’s leading composers, MOR honors those of all backgrounds who found the strength to create even in the face of suffering, and those who had the courage to speak out against cruelty.  This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Springhill Avenue Temple and Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education in conjunction with “BESA – A Code of Honor: Albanian Muslims Who Saved Jews During World War II” at Mobile Museum of Art January 16-May 31, 2020.  Please use this link for a more complete and detailed description of this event – the history, the production, and the performers.

  • Historical Walking Tour – Richard Rose has once again graciously volunteered to lead a historical walking tour of Mobile, which will include the history of the early Mobile Jews.  The walk (approximately 2-3 miles) will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Fort Conde and should be finished no later than 3:30 p.m.  Please wear walking shoes and you may want to bring a bottle of water.  The tour is limited to 20 people.  So please RSVP to Susie at the Temple – 478-0415.


  • The next Religious School session is Sunday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Rabbi Kosovske’s next Torah Study is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Religious & Hebrew School




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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.