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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Sheini, 5 Tishri 5778

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

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matzah ball soupORDER YOUR MATZAH BALL SOUP FROM THE SISTERHOOD BALABUSTA COOKERS...We are preparing Matzah Ball soup for your High Holy Days Dinner. Click here to download the order form.


Everyone is invited to attend the Break-the-Fast on Saturday, September 30, immediately following the final very long shofar blast of tekiah gedolah on Yom Kippur evening (approximately 6:30 pm) There is no charge for this “feast”, however, reservations are required. As much as we would like to, will not be able to accomodate walk-ins.

Everyone is asked to please bring a dairy dish or salad (egg/tuna, etc.) or dessert for eight people. Your dish should be labeled indicating type of food. If waming is required, please note temperature and length of time.Even if you do not fast, join your fellow congregants for a L’shanah Tovah and a nosh.

If you cannot respond to the evite you received, contact the Agudas Israel office, Bonnie Cooper, or Teri Nadler-Thorz to make your reservation, let us know how many people are in your party and what you will be bringing.

Please bring your dish to Agudas Friday, September 29 between 10am and noon; No food may be delievered in the evening of Kol Nidre or on Yom Kippur day.


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FOLLOW THE TORAH and PLANT A TREE IN ISRAEL IN HONOR OF OR IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE. Click here to download the donation form.

Tot Shabbat

FIRST FRIDAYS, 6pm Join us for Tot Shabbat and Pizza with Rabbi Jackson and Song Leader, Penny White on September 1st! 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.

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

  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

We all make mistakes. We lie, we betray friends, we hurt those we love. We are selfish, we envy others, we are self-righteous and unforgiving. We are fallible. We are human.  

But acknowledging our imperfection doesn’t absolve us of responsibility. There is no excuse for not trying to live up to the best in ourselves. Being human means that we are capable of reflection, or introspection, of regret, or contrition. Being human means that we are capable of change and of growth. We can repair what we have shattered; we can seek to heal what we have broken; we can do everything in our power to revive what we have destroyed.  

God has faith in us; God knows the goodness that lies dormant within us. The question is, do we have the courage to live up to our highest potential? {by Rabbi Naomi Levy} As we go through the Days of Awe, the Yamin Noraim, this month, we are called to look deep within ourselves. My favorite analogy for evaluating ourselves is that of an archer and their target. An archer loads up their bow with an arrow, gets in the correct stance, steadies their hand, peers down to the target, and releases. Sometimes, on rare occasions, the arrow hits the bullseye. More often than not, however, the arrow misses the mark.  

So too with us. We miss the mark. We miss the mark in relationships, in limiting gossip, in giving tzedakah, in many ways. And just like the archer, we are able to get back to the starting line and try again.  

From Selichot to Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur to Sukkot, we are given the time in the Jewish calendar to really examine our targets. I encourage each of us to take full advantage of this time (and beyond if you so choose). The cost is minimal and the reward is great.  

I wish for us all a year of blessings, a year of health, a year of goodness, and a year of peace.

L’shanah Tovah! Rabbi Rachael Jackson



Dr. Linda Perkel

In September our thoughts turn to the High Holy Days. The mood of the Jewish New Year is a mix of reflection on the year that has just ended, hope for the year that’s begun, gratitude for the goodness in our lives, and general celebration. After we celebrate the Jewish New Year, we gather together again for the Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. “Atonement” means acknowledging our misdeeds during the past year, looking for opportunities to apologize or make things right and asking God for forgiveness and a fresh start.  

Several years ago, in a message at this time of the year, our Past President, Paul Vanek, wrote of our opportunities for a “Do Over”, opportunities to get things right. His thoughts reflect mine and are worth revisiting.

  • It is a chance to set aside the trivial and embrace the meaningful, even spiritual.
  • It is a chance to increase your well of knowledge in a most meaningful way.
  • It is a chance to replenish your soul by embracing the concept of Tikkun Olam during the year but especially on Mitzvah Day.
  • It is a chance to participate in the planning and decision-making of our temple.
  • It is a chance to become a part of the Agudas Israel community and participate in its success. Were we able to do any of these, it would be a good thing. I wish you all a sweet, healthy and happy new year. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for the amazing opportunity to serve as President of this fantastic synagogue community. It is truly an honor.

L’Shana Tovah

Dr. Linda Perkel, President

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

Upcoming Events

09.27.2017 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Elder Club
09.28.2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
09.29.2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kol Nidre
09.30.2017 10:00 am - 12:20 pm
Yom Kippur Morning service
09.30.2017 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Yom Kippur study session
09.30.2017 4:45 pm - 6:35 pm
Yom Kippur Afternoon/N'ialh
10.02.2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Sisterhood Board Meeting
10.04.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Caring Committee Mtg