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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shishi, 27 Kislev 5778

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

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Hebrew classes Oct 2017 hebrew class


2017 Chanukah Community Candle Lightingdec 18 sisterhood

dec 25 dinner movie



A gift from Agudas Sisterhood and Brotherhood.

Friday December 29th immediately following 5:30 PM Shabbat Services 

No charge for members Guest/Non-members $10.00


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Tot Shabbat

FIRST FRIDAYS, next one is December first at 6pm Join us for Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Jackson and Song Leader, Penny White and pizza! This is open to the entire 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:


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.


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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 -  To register contact Susan at Agudas Israel's office 828-693-9838



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Here we are again in December. This year, as frequently happens, the Jewish month Kislev coincides with December. Kislev is a month the holiday of Chanukkah happens (there is only one correct spelling: חנוכה

Look throughout this newsletter as well as on our website for all of our communal celebrations.

I wanted to focus on light and darkness, a common theme for this time of year. We light our lights, as do so many other cultures during this month so that we may try to overcome the darkness. However, I want to invite us to enjoy the dark. I want for us to recognize the gifts that darkness can bring.

The first is that we need something and its opposite to appreciate both. So, in order to appreciate light, we need darkness. Anyone who has spent time near the poles knows this feeling to the extreme. In the summer near the poles, there is near constant light. And in the winter, near constant dark. We do not have such extremes: winter solstice gives us 9:46hrs of sun, summer solstice gives us 14:33hrs of sun. But that near 5hr difference Agudas Chai Lites feels like a lot for us. Rather than focus on the craving of the sun and its light, let’s focus on the gifts of winter.

We slow down and take our time more, we linger. The smells of this time of year are potent—just a dash of cinnamon or cardamom or nutmeg is enough to fill a house for hours. The leaves have mostly fallen from the trees and most of us can see our neighbors more clearly. Most of those neighbors smile more too. We wrap ourselves up in comforting fabrics and feel snug, even intimate. Darkness is often accompanied by sleep which in turn is accompanied by dreams.

The month of Kislev is sometimes referred to as the “Month of Dreams”. This title is given because our parshiyot this month all take place in the Book of Genesis and of the ten dream sequences in the book, nine happen this month of Kislev! I wonder if it is coincidence that during the darkest days of winter, our Torah focuses on dreams.

Perhaps we too can focus on our dreams during the coming month. What do we envision for our Agudas Israel community? Where can we find improvement in ourselves? How can we engage deeper in our relationships?

What do you dream of? Feel free to see that rhetorically, or as an opportunity to come talk with me. Wishing us all a light-filled, dream-fulfilled December.


Rabbi Rachael Jackson 

Read Rabbi Jackson's High Holy Day messages for 5778: Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rosh Hashanah morning, Erev Yom Kippur sermon,Yom Kippur morning sermon


Dr. Linda Perkel

December arrives, signaling the end of the calendar year and the celebration of Chanukah. We remember that in 164 BCE, Jerusalem was recaptured by the Maccabees and the Temple purified; the event that gave birth to the holiday of Chanukah. In modern times as Chanukah approaches we experience visions of candles, latkes, donut holes, and gift giving.

At Agudas Israel we celebrate the holiday with all of these things. A Community Candle Lighting, Sisterhood’s Chanukah Luncheon, our Judaica shop Holiday Bazaar, and to end the year, a gift of a celebratory dinner for the entire congregation on December 29. Please check the calendar in this edition of your Chai Lites for the dates and times of these events.

As I think about all these events, I realize how thankful I am that we, as a congregational family, can gather together to celebrate. For me, the celebration is about family, friends, and all that we have to be grateful for. I hope that all of you will soak up the warmth of the Chanukah candles and enjoy a holiday season filled with love and laughter.


Dr. Linda Perkel, President

Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for December by clicking Chai Lites December 2017

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“Agudas Israel is a center for Jewish living in Henderson County and beyond, inclusive of all aspects of worship, learning, community, and culture.”


Agudas Israel is a warm, welcoming diverse congregation located in Henderson County, NC. That inspires our members to a love of God, Torah and Israel. It is a center for all Jewish people who seek to develop and enhance their lives through worship, learning, community involvement, culture and social interaction. We are committed to keeping our Jewish heritage intact for present and future generations.

Rabbi Jackson's High Holy Days Sermons 5777 (Chick here to read all four sermons from last 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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