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Shabbat Services with Rabbi Scott, 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 6726 Center Road, Traverse City. Our first official Shabbat Service with Rabbi Scott. Let's make this a warm welcoming service and oneg so don't forget to bring a treat to share. 


Adult Education: 10 am at the TC Jewish Community Center, 3143 Logan Valley Road. Meet with Rabbi Scott for study and discussion of format for the coming year. 

Havdallah: place and time to be announced. 


Shabbat Services with Rabbi Scott, 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 6726 Center Road, Traverse City. 

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Is it difficult for you to attend services and/or events? 

We would like to: 

    Arrange a ride to services if you can't drive. 

    Tell you about parking, stairs, railings, and bathroom access. 

    Arrange a comfortable place for you to sit if standard chairs don't work. 

    Help with opening doors, carrying parcels, shedding coats--- 

    Every service you attend, or short term. 

    Do something we haven't thought of that would make a difference to you. 

Please call us at 231-929-4330 or email

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Schedule of Events for November 2013

  • 7:30 pm Please put Saturday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum meeting room on your calendar.  This is a not to be missed opportunity to participate in an interactive program for our two congregations with Jack Segal on
    "Israel and Palestine: Is Peace Possible in a Sea of Instability?" 
    Those of you who are familiar with Jack's teaching know that you ordinarily have to register and pay tuition to NMC. But on November 2, we'll have him all to ourselves!  And we'll have a chance to share some Jewish perspectives on this continually challenging subject.
    Jack is currently co-chairman with his wife, Karen, of the International Affairs Forum, which brings speakers throughout the year to NMC’s Milliken Auditorium.  Jack made 40 trips to Afghanistan as Chief Political Adviser to the NATO Commander and had a hand in shaping NATO policy throughout the Afghanistan conflict.  He also served in the Clinton White House.  Working as a team just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jack and Karen established the first U. S. diplomatic mission in central Russia.  They both also had a front row seat for Saddam’s SCUD missile attacks while Jack served as senior U.S. adviser on political / military issues in Israel and the Palestine territories during the Gulf War and Karen, as a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, pursued a study of US/Israeli strategic cooperation.
    We look forward to seeing you Saturday, November 2 and please bring snacks to share!

Jack Segal is a retired senior adviser to the NATO commander. He now presents classes and the International Affairs Forum at NMC. Jack is extremely knowledgeable about the Middle East and is highly skilled at encouraging audience interaction with a great sense of humor. 

Friday, November 22:
  • 7:00 pm Shabbat Service including Robert Rehak, Unitarian Universalist. Center 6726 Center Road, Traverse City
During the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the usual D'var Torah will be replaced by some thoughts from Robert Rehak, Cultural Attaché at the Czech Embassy in Washington DC. After the service and during oneg, Mr. Rehak will continue speaking with the Jewish communityabout History and Legends of Jews from Prague, including in detail about Jewishmysticism and the Golem legend.

Dr. Rehak is a scholar of biblical history and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is proficient in four languages (Czech, English, Hebrew, Russian) and competent in Arabic. He was President of the Society of Christians and Jews in the Czech Republic from 2000-2005 and thereafter served as Cultural and Press Attaché at the Czech Embassy in Israel.

Please bring a snack to share for oneg!

Saturday, November 23:
  • 10:00 am  Torah & Hebrew Study at the Jewish Community Center, 3143 Logan Valley Road, TC
  • 11:30 am  Adult Study at theJewish Community Center, 3143 Logan Valley Road, TC. Topic: Finding our Theologies in Jewish Prayer.
  • 6:00 pm  Spirituality Havurah meeting at the Jewish CommunityCenter, 3143 Logan Valley Road, TC
  • 8:00 pm   NEW!!  We are starting a congregant-initiated conversation group on issues of navigating, making sense of and making space for different practices (Jewish and otherwise) in our homes.  We'll get together once a month to eat, talk, share, and support.  Below, please find a description, written by the group organizer:
    You are invited to join a Support Group for both Temples whose goal is to bring together couples where one person has a different perspective on the Jewish religion from the other.
    Examples could include: where one person is Jewish and the other is not; where although both are Jewish, one chooses not to participate; or where members are seeking fellowship with others in similar circumstances.
    The first meeting will be at 8pm Saturday November 23rd at Marshall Persky's home 
    Contact Marshall to discuss or sign-up:
    Marshall's contact information: 773.251.8685 or

Sunday, November 24:
  • 10:00 am Religious School at theJewish Community Center, 3143 Logan Valley Road, TC

Schedule of Events for December 2013

Sunday, December 1:

  • 4:00 pm Chanukkah Party at The Little Fleet, 448 East Front St,Traverse City.
Fun for all ages! Gary and Allison Jonas will be hosting us for this private party. 

Hanukkah Party!

Please join us to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights! All are welcome!

Where: The Little Fleet, 448 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI

Date: Sunday, Dec. 1st

Time: 4pm to 6pm

$20 ticket (kids 0 through 12 free)

Traditional Holiday Fare, Open Bar, Live Music, Party Favors

RSVPs and questions may be directed to Allison Jonas at


Would you like to pay in advance? Are you unable to attend
but you would like to make a donation to the Traverse City Jewish Community?

Would you like to sponsor someone who might wish to attend and might have financial difficulties?

Checks payable and addressed to Congregation Ahavat Shalom may be sent in advance to

3143 Logan Valley Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684

or you can pay at the door.

Net proceeds will be shared equally by Congregations Ahavat Shalom and Beth El. 

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy a good party!

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh is the celebration of the new moon, central to the Jewish calendar and to women. We explore Jewish women's issues such as personal spirituality, ritual and celebration, share our "oys and joys," and we nosh. An article by Ruth Berger Goldston and Merle Feld describes a Rosh Chodesh group ‘a very special experience of community…a unique opportunity to lead and be led, to grow and to experiment, to learn and to teach, to struggle and to celebrate with our sisters.’ We hope that you'll want to help us grow this special group in our community. We look forward to getting to know you better. 

Our coordinators are Lisa Robitchek ( or 409-0039) and Megan Shapiro ( or 421-1531).

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