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AGUDAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION

505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

828.693.9838

Yom Shishi, 1 Sivan 5777

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

The most up-to-date information:

 


Matzah Ball Chicken Soup still availale...Call today! ?Questions? Email Karen Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Enjoy! 


THURSDAY, MAY 18, TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER - The entire congregation is invited to join Sisterhood for lunch (on your own) plus a tour of TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER ...RSVP to Joan Kershner 828-243-2929.


FRIDAY, MAY 19, 7:30pm - BRING A FRIEND SHABBAT and "Bring a Friend Oneg" sponsored by your Membership Committee. All congregants and their friends are welcome.


SUNDAY, MAY 28 - Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ sponsored by BROTHERHOOD

Pavillion @Mills River Park 12:30 PM-4:30 PM - BBQ catered by MoJo’s BBQ- brisket, chicken and 3 sides. (124 Town Center Dr, Mills River, NC 28759) Please bring dessert to share. Members: $18.00/Non-Members:$20.00 Checks Payable to Agudas Israel Brotherhood...No Walk-Ins ...RSVP by May 19th Office Click here for BBQ flier


TUESDAY, MAY 30, 7pm - Celebrate Shavuot with a Cheesecake Bake-off! Shavuot commemorates the revelation of the Torah by God, and more importantly, the acceptance of the Torah by Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai, 49 days after the Exodus from Egypt. It has become the custom to eat dairy on Shavuot symbolizing “the land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8) that was promised to the Israelites. We will celebrate Shavuot on Tuesday, May 30th at 7pm with study and a “cheesecake bake-off”. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite cheesecake (or your interpretation of it) to share. Please deliver your delicious cheesecake to Agudas that day before 3pm.


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HOLLAND FLOWER BULBS: The Bloomin’ Buddies have mailed to you (in a bright yellow envelope) your Holland Bulb order for Spring 2018…order deadline to receive the bonus gift is June 1 (they are shipped to us in October). This year’s bulbs were gorgeous. If you do not have a garden, consider purchasing them as a gift. Additional order forms (to share with your family, friends and neighbors) can be picked up in the office.


Tot Shabbat

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 {FIRST FRIDAYS}, 6:30 PM TOT SHABBAT WITH SONG LEADER PENNY WHITEJoin us for our first Tot Shabbat. This is open to the entire Hendersonville Community. Tot Shabbat is an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with our children, teach them to love Judaism, and help them know Agudas Israel as a second home. Experience a service especially created for our youngest members (ages 7 and under) and a chance to get to know other families in our community. See the article in the Times-News by going to:  http://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20170318/tot-shabbat.


SAVE THESE DATES:

AGUDAS ISRAEL ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, SUNDAY JUNE 18, 10AM

ANNUAL SISTERHOOD FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON AT THE HENDERSONVILLE COUNTRY CLUB, TUESDAY, JULY 25, 11AM Click here for reservation information

WOMAN OF VALOR HONORING TOBY LINDER, FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 7:30 SHABBAT SERVICE.


HUNGER WALK TO BENEFIT THE HENDERSON COUNTY HUNGER COALITION - MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017


STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE: chick here to download survey

Front page February 2017 STRATEGIC PLANNING


BIMAH HONORS: This is an open invitation....Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special even by having Friday night Bimah Honors. Please call Marilyn Rosen at 828-290-5333 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 "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.


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.


Agudas Israel has a Facebook Page ...We are keeping up with the current times.  Please take the time to check out our page...you do not have to have a facebook account to view our page....see photos...LIKE US...the most up-to-date information: https://www.facebook.com/agudas.israel

  Bookmark this page and refer to it often for up-to-the minute program details/changes/and photos of latest events.


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 -  To register contact Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838.


 

 

 

 


Rabbi Jackson Photo

A few weeks ago, I was able to attend a rabbinic conference in Atlanta. There were over 500 Reform Rabbis in a single room; from those ordained in 1952 to 2017. We represented congregations of 30 families and 3000 families. We were from large metropolitan cities and small rural towns. We were there to study, pray, eat, engage, and connect with one another and the Reform movement at large. I learned from experts in their fields. We discussed the Jewish views of physician aided dying. We talked about the role of Mitzvot in a halachically-open movement. In vulnerable sessions, we discussed what it means to have spiritual courage. We heard a dialogue between an Arab (Ali Abu Awwad) and a Jew (Hanan Schlesinger) both living in the West Bank in Israel. As a cohort, we bussed over to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. We talked about the bible and how and why it still captures us today. I share this with you, not just so you know what I experienced. But, I share these snippets of activity to show how visible, varied, and vibrant our movement is. Depending who you ask, there are around 2 million Reform Jews in America. Given that we have around 160 people at Agudas Israel, it might be hard to recognize that we are part of a much, much larger community. We can learn from, and teach to, these other communities. In order to be most successful at that, we must first know ourselves. We must know what Agudas Israel stands for now, and what we want to strive for in the future. That is all part of the strategic plan currently in the works. Even more though, in order to realize that we are part of a larger community, we must first realize we are part of this community. The summer months are soon upon us and we have many events for each of us to attend. Perhaps we can take a note from the unofficial USPS creed: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” That no matter what weather, or other events, or engagements exist, we will be at our appointed community, here at Agudas Israel. I hope that we all have a sense of pride and ownership. A sense of connection and comfort. A sense of doing and of being. That, truly, Agudas Israel, is our home away from home.

B’shalom,

Rabbi Rachael Jackson


 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dr. Linda Perkel

April is coming to a close and I can sense the changes that appear with spring. The beautiful blooming flowers (although a little weird after our warm winter) and an increase in traffic in downtown Hendersonville. At Agudas Israel the signs of spring and summer are the many calendar activities and the return of our members from their hiatus in the warmth if Florida. I love the renewed energy that comes with the sunshine and the people. We welcome them with open arms. I am looking forward to the many upcoming activities planned. Check your calendars, Chai Lites, and website to learn about the trip to the Tryon Equestrian Center, the Memorial Day BBQ, our wine and cheese social, Mitzvah Day, and more surprises to come. It will be a busy summer. Of course I have to acknowledge the gift of all the hard work provided by you, our members, who make this happen. You are truly the gift for all seasons. 

Shalom,

Dr. Linda Perkel, President

 

Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for March by clicking Chai Lites May 2017


 

Rabbi Jackson's High Holy Days Sermons 5777 (Chick here to read all four sermons from this year's services)

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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