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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Rishon, 22 Elul 5776

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

"A RICH BLEND" of the Greatest Piano Classics featuring Pianist, Christopher Tavernier...Sunday, September 25, 2 pm at pay pal logothe Flat Rock Playhouse Theater, Downtown Hendersonville. Tickets are $35.00 each. Click on the PayPal button to purchase your tickets today! (Hint: if you do not have a PayPal account-check in as a guest...important to print the receipt from PayPal or record your receipt number--your ticket will be at Will Call in the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.)


 Rabbi Jackson PhotoSeptember in a synagogue often means only one thing…the High Holy Days are just around the corner, if not already upon us. This year, the chaggim start at the beginning of October, which indicates that this month of September, corresponds to the Jewish month of Elul. This magical and mystical month in our calendar affords us the opportunity to get ready for the hopeful spiritual transformation of the High Holy Days. Such transformation can seem like a daunting task for those who are unprepared, and for those prepared. Our tradition recognizes this difficulty and gives us the month of Elul to help. One of the activities and symbols which mark this month is the sounding of the shofar each day. We can think of that blast like an alarm clock. And for thirty days, we hit the snooze button. Come October 2, we can no longer hit the snooze button. On Rosh Hashanah, during our morning services, we will hear the sound of the shofar one hundred times! A poem from the new machzor, High Holy Day prayer book, which brings together the individual and the community with the sounds and emotions of the shofar:

Blessed are we, blessed our gathering as we open our hearts to the voice of the shofar. Happy are we who hear its call to return— the sacred trumpet of t’shuvah. Blessed are we held close by an ancient sound that echoes l’dor vador— from generation to generation. Happy are we, rising to the joyful cry of a new year. Blessed are we who hear in these blasts of sound the voice of community. Happy are we who know its embrace, its season of celebration, its quest for connection and purpose. Holy is this gift of community, blessed the act of belonging.

May we feel called to change—ourselves, our community, our world. We may do so by introspection of ourselves. By engaging at all levels with each other in our synagogue. By participating in the food drive, volunteering, any way we feel pulled to affect change. May this month of Elul provide us with the gift of focus and lead us gently into the chaggim, the High Holy Days.

Warmly and with many blessings,

Rabbi Rachael Jackson



Dr. Linda PerkelAugust culminated with the highly successful 2nd Mountain Jewish Festival. There are special thanks that need to go out to those that were the driving force behind the event; Carol Leaman, Event Chair, Sherry Harris, and Bonnie Cooper. Beyond these three individuals are the scores of individuals who have worked for months to make this event a success; all the cooks and bakers, those that set up the building, arranged transportation, repaired and beautified the synagogue, made signs, wrapped silverware, sold our wares, counted our heads, no job too big or too small. And, what about those in the community who have lent a hand with food stored in freezers all across town and friends of members who arranged a refrigerated truck for us. The list goes on and on. I watched the work go on for so many months and am amazed at what we, a small congregation, are doing. We have come together for a common cause to make our synagogue stronger - stronger financially and stronger as a community. I find myself wondering what it is that makes us come together with such strength to accomplish such a major project. We as Jews are accustomed to volunteering. The first volunteers were the Israelites who built the Mishkan, desert sanctuary. Following God’s words, Moses said to the Israelites, “Let all among you who are skilled come and make all that Adonai has commanded” and “everyone who excelled in ability and everyone whose spirit moved him came until their efforts had been more than enough for all the tasks to be done” (Exodus25:8;35:10:22;36:7). We certainly did that and more over these many months. In organizational life, there is often frustration and not being able to find those willing and eager to help. I like to think that we are able to come together to accomplish our goals because we realize that, as a group, we understand the need to support and sustain our congregation. But in our case, I think there is more to it. I believe that here at Agudas Israel, we share a unique bond; a bond of belonging and friendship, an esprit de corps. It is this bond that moves us to work for the greater good. And, beyond that, we have fun together! I wish I had some special way to thank each of you individually for the gifts you bring us, the gift of your time and expertise, your enthusiasm and willingness to participate. Your engagement helps to shape and nurture the synagogue and the future of the community. Your ongoing commitment helps to assure the continuation of a dynamic congregation that will continue to fulfill its mission as the center of Jewish life in Henderson County.


Dr. Linda Perkel, President

Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for June by clicking Chai Lites September 2016

See what books we have in the Agudas Israel Library for you to check out by clicking here: AGUDAS ISRAEL LIBRARY

See photos of our Mountain Jewish Festival from August 21, 2016 by clicking here: Mountain Jewish Festival photos 2016.

See photos from our Annual Sisterhood Fashion Show, August 2, 2016 by clicking here: Sisterhood Fashion Show 2016

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Flat Rock Playhouse Theatre Piano Concert

“Great Piano Classics” at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Main Street in Hendersonville... Individual tickets cost $35.00, pay pal logowhich includes a glass of wine and lite refreshm
ents... OPTIONS TO PURCHASE TICKETS: click on the PayPal logo to buy your tickets online or contact the Agudas Israel Congregation Office (828-693-9838) or Hendersonville Visitors Center (201 South Main Street) Come join us for a delightful afternoon. (Hint: if you do not have a PayPal account-check in as a guest...important to print the receipt from PayPal or record your receipt number--your ticket will be at Will Call in the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.) Click here to hear a sampling of this very talented young man.

honey jar
Want to spread the sweetness of the New Year? Agudas
Israel Sisterhood will make it easy for you to do just that! Send a jar of Rosh Hashanah honey for only $15 (including shipping) with just a few simple steps: ORDER TODAY TO GUARANTEE ARRIVAL BEFORE ROSH HASHANAH...Simply click here to order a jar of honey.

team up to clean up logoMONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 11am - Time to Get Our Home ready for the High Holy Days - Join Brotherhood and Sisterhood for the annual clean-up.  Contact Bonnie Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 901 233 9465. Sandwiches will be served by Sisterhood.


MARCH 1-8, 2017 - TRIP TO ISRAEL - "ABRAHAM'S LEGACY TOUR", led by Rabbi Phil Bentley and Talia Goldman.  Click here for more information: Trip to Israel Flier (deadline to register is September 15, 2016)

THE HOLOCAUST, Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning, Wednesday, September 28, Ocotber 5, 19, 26, 1-3pm - A 4 Session Course on The Holocaust, will be presented by Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning at Blue Ridge Community College. BRCC Member Fee: $50, Non-Member Fee: $70...What are the lessons of the Holocaust? How did an extreme radical, anti-Semitic political party gain control of a culturally advanced European nation and lead it into the most horrific World War in history?  This course will focus on the causes, acts and effects of the WWII Jewish holocaust offering directions for current and future national and international policies. Ari Landau, the Presenter, is a second generation survivor of the Nazi death camps. His father survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen. You can get much more information at:, or by calling:828.694.1740.

ANNUAL FOOD ROSH HASHANAH/YOM KIPPUR FOOD DRIVE - Grocery Bags will be available Oct. 2-4 at the temple. Please donate canned goods and bulk items to IAM.  This is Tikun Olam and would be greatly appreciated.  Bags can be dropped off October 12, Yom Kippur.  Items such as rice beans, soups, vegetables, meats, etc.  Please check dates for freshness of items. Contact Barbara Gittleman 828 329 2839 or Deanna Warshauer 828 808 3117 for information.  

 "LET THERE BE LIGHT" Join the excitment and participate in this Cost Saving Project for Agudas Israel. Help us save money and energy by contributing to the "LET THERE BE LIGHT" project. $18 will buy 3 energy efficient LED light bulbs, $36=6, $54=9, and $72 will buy a dozen.Send in with your check and indicate on your check that it is for this project.

MEMBERSHIP: lf you would like information about joining our wonderful congregation, please contact our Membership Chair, Barbara Gittleman. by calling the Agudas office.

GIFT CARDS:  The funds raised by the Gift Card Program go into theSisterhood Building Beautification Fund. If you would like to order gift cards for contact Carol Leaman: 828.693.0145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Helps support our fundraising efforts to keep Agudas Israel alive!

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES - Check the pamphlet with the schedule of classes that will take place throughout the year.  There are a wide variety of subjects and skills that you may be interested in.  See the dates and make sure you register before the deadlines.  Click here for COURSE BROCHURE for classes.

MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL - To see photos from this year's event click here: See Photo album of this fabulous day!

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BOOKPLATES FOR OUR SIDDURS Bookplates are now ready to be inserted into our siddur, Mishkan T'filah. The bookplates can be purchases for $36 each, "In honor of" or "In memory of". Send your order with payment to Susan LaRue in the Agudas Israel office. There are only 100 books available and we expect them to sell out quickly

 PHOTOS ARE ON THE WEBSITE! Mazel Tov to the Chairs and volunteers on great events and a jobs well-done. See the Special Event section for photos from our latest special events at Agudas Israel (or click here)! (Please wait a few seconds for them to download.)

Hebrew Classes -Wednesdays, Arthur Lebowitz, resident language scholar will teach beginning and intermediate Hebrew.  6:30-7:30 Beginning Hebrew followed by Intermediate at 7:30-8:30 pm.  To register contact Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838

Upcoming Events


09.25.2016 9:30 am - 11:30 am


09.25.2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


09.26.2016 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


09.26.2016 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


09.28.2016 10:30 am - 2:30 pm


09.28.2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


09.29.2016 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


09.29.2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm