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A New Year is upon us, at least according to the Gregorian calendar. There are resolutions which abound. There are advertisements for free gym member-ships and nutritionists to help tell us what we already know. There are a myriad of commercials encouraging us to clean our houses and organize our spaces.

But where are the notices for our emotional or spiritual growth? Where do we go to make real change? Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (aka “Velveteen Rabbi”) wrote a poem talking about just that and I would like to share it with you. It’s titled “Transplant”:

God says: face facts. The old year is ending. You’ve outgrown it.

The flowerpot that used to be home isn’t big enough anymore. Once it was spacious. Now your roots push uncomfortably against the walls.

It's time to stop contorting yourself to fit inside a story that's too small for who you can become.

God whacks the bottom of your pot, sends you flying.

Once you're pried from the old year your roots will ache, shocked by open air. You'll wonder whether you could have stopped growing.

But one morning you'll wake, realize you've stretched in ways you never knew you hadn't done before.

The sun will feel like a benediction, like grace. You can't help turning and re-turning toward the light, toward becoming.

And wait 'til you see what dazzling flowers you'll discover springing from your fingertips: your life renewed, beginning again.

As we sit in our warm houses looking at the bare trees, wondering if the bulbs we planted will bloom, I hope we are also able to look into ourselves and see our ability for growth.

May this January, this New Year, bring renewal, rejuvenation, and rejoicing.

With prayers for abounding blessings,

Shalom 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

It is hard to believe, but January is almost over. This year started with ice, snow, and very cold weather. Despite the elements, Agudas Israel rolled on. We celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of Noah Jennings. As have all our B’nai Mitzvahs, Noah inspired us with the results of his hard work and his thoughtful words. For Martin Luther King Day we had an excellent turnout for MLK Day On, an interfaith day of service commemorating the civil rights leader. Lunch and learn continues to be a congregation favorite and Tuesday night sessions, Engage Israel is well received. Sam Gess is working feverishly to assure that our “French Connection” concert on February 3 is a success and the Balabusta bakers are gearing up for Hamentashen in time for Purim. We were also delighted to welcome our new members, Jeremiah and Lauren Mattysse and Lynn Berman Lewis and Jeffrey Lewis.

So much for January being one of our quiet months. The vision statement developed by the Strategic Planning Committee and approved by the Board of Directors reads “Agudas Israel is a center for Jewish living in Henderson County and beyond, inclusive of all aspects of worship, learning, community and culture.” As we look at the ongoing activity in the Synagogue, it is clear to me that we, the congregation and sup-porters of Agudas Israel, live this vision at all times. We are blessed to be a part of this small but vibrant, committed community.


Dr. Linda Perkel, President


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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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