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Rabbi Aura Ahuvia, Br. Al Mascia, Chazzan Steve Klaper of Song and Spirit Institute for Peace and congregant Jan Laurencelle light the Havdalah candle.
Rabbi Aura Ahuvia, Br. Al Mascia, Chazzan Steve Klaper of Song and Spirit Institute for Peace and congregant Jan Laurencelle light the Havdalah candle.

Double-Chai

Congregation Shir Tikvah celebrates 36 years.

Judy Greenwald Contributing Writer
Photos by Eli Shapiro

Congregation Shir Tikvah (CST) in Troy, the metro area’s only Reform-Renewal synagogue, celebrated its 36th (double chai) anniversary recently with a two-day gala themed “CST: Now and Forever.”

Karen Sage, longtime congregant and one of the event organizers, noted the festivities began on Friday, Nov. 9, with a special service led by Rabbi Aura Ahuvia and Rabbi Emeritus Arnie Sleutelberg.

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia and Rabbi Emeritus Arnie Sleutelberg celebrate Shir Tikvah’s 36 years at a Nov. 9-10 anniversary gala in Troy.Eli Shapiro

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia and Rabbi Emeritus Arnie Sleutelberg celebrate Shir Tikvah’s 36 years at a Nov. 9-10 anniversary gala in Troy.

Highlights included Board President Rich Spitzer and numerous past presidents parading around the sanctuary with the Torah scroll, the introduction of a new siddur, reading of proclamations from the Oakland County Commissioner and the city of Troy, and the telling of CST’s formation by two Troy-area moms in a parking lot, a favorite moment of the evening.

The celebration continued Saturday evening, Nov. 10, with a Havdalah service, a strolling dinner, a photo booth to capture memories, and singing and dancing.

“So many folks came up to me on Saturday to say what a wonderful time they were having,” Sage said. “It was great to see everyone dressed for the occasion — lots of ‘sparkles!’”

Sage said the celebration will continue at noon on Sunday, Dec. 9, with a “Double Chai-nukah” party, and a fun run/walk (3.6k) is scheduled for the spring.

“What makes us special is teamwork, cherishing each other and spiritual vitality,” Reb Aura said. “There’s an excitement, a sense of warmth and connection that happens when our prayer lives, volunteer lives and social interactions are infused with joy and pride. That’s what I value about serving CST and why I look forward to building our future together.”

JUDY GREENWALD

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