Religious Services, Rabbis
Friday evening: 7:30 p.m. followed by an oneg shabbat.
Saturday morning: 10 a.m. followed by a kiddush and lunch.
Yahrzeit Minyan can be arranged by contacting the Temple office in advance.
Friday evenings: 7:30 p.m. followed by an oneg shabbat.
Saturday mornings: 10 a.m. followed by a kiddush and lunch.
Yahrzeit Minyans can be arranged by contacting the Temple office in advance.
Temple B'nai Shalom is served by Rabbis David Nelson and Harvey Spivak, each of whom usually leads services on one Friday evening and Saturday morning each month, and on some holidays. Services are led by members of the congregation when we don't have a rabbi.
Rabbi David Nelson
Rabbi Nelson served Beth Shalom in Oak Park, Mich., for 36 years before his retirement, during which the congregation doubled in size. His wife, Alicia is now an active participant at Temple B’nai Shalom.
The Nelsons are parents of three children and six grandchildren. They own a summer/weekend home in Bridgman, near Benton Harbor, which serves as a place for them to stay on weekends when they are at Temple B’nai Shalom and as a retreat for family gatherings.
Rabbi Nelson has served on several boards, both Judaic and State of Michigan advisory committees, and has chaired the National Membership Committee for the Rabbinical Assembly of America. His career includes participating as a panelist on a weekly television program. His interests include the Detroit Tigers, dining with friends, traveling, and collecting Judaica and watches.
Rabbi Harvey Spivak
Rabbi Spivak was spiritual leader of Congregation of Moses, the Conservative synagogue in Kalamazoo, Mich., from 1988 until retiring in the summer of 2016. He is now rabbi emeritus.
Rabbi Spivak is a graduate of Cornell University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Besides being dedicated to Jewish life, he was a speech and theater major, got some experience working on a dairy farm and, as a result, went back to the university as a pre-veterinary student.
He said he's spent countless hours bird watching and played piano, flute and clarinet. Art has always been a special interest and he has enjoyed getting back into it since his retirement.
Rabbi Spivak and Natalie got married just before moving to Kalamazoo in 1988. They have two daughters: As of early 2017, when he started leading services here, Elana was studying art in Chicago and Talya was a second-year medical student at the University of Toledo.
Our small sanctuary, which is used for most of our services.