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AGUDAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION

505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

828.693.9838

Yom Shishi, 30 Tishri 5778

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

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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, next one is December first at 6pm Join us for Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Jackson and Song Leader, Penny White! 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:  http://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20170318/tot-shabbat.


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 PhotoOctober is a time of transition. For us, this year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have just ended, and we are spiritually raw.

And our tradition knows that. Which is why we have two additional holidays on the heels of the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe). They are Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

Sukkot is a beautiful week-long celebration of nature and the harvest. Most of us are far removed from the agricultural life-style, so this gives us an excuse to reconnect. We hang gourds from the sukkah, we eat foods which are newly harvested, including squashes. We made pumpkin-spice cool before it became the ubiquitous symbol of autumn. I hope we will all be able to come together to enjoy the holiday and each other’s company in our sukkah.

There is another holiday in October which highlights the squash family too…Halloween! It is not a Jewish holiday, no doubt about that. There is even a debate over whether or not Jews should participate in the holiday. If you want to know more, come to our Wednesday Lunch'n Learn.

on Oct 25. But I want to share that Sukkot and Halloween have something in common, other than pumpkins: on both, we welcome people, even strangers, to our homes in a joyous way.

As Rabbi Ed Feinstein, of Valley Beth Shalom in Los Angeles said, “On Halloween, we open our homes to one another. On Halloween, we come out from behind solid-core doors and dead-bolt locks and electronic burglar alarms. The doorbell is met, not with a gruff ‘Who’s there?’ and a suspicious eye in the peep-hole, but with a smile and sweets. On Halloween, and only on Halloween, we pretend we are a neighborhood again ... families from disparate back - grounds who share common civic values, making life together in a common space. If only once a year, I want my kids to see what it’s like when fear subsides, and people trust one another enough to open their doors.”

Wishing you all a beautiful month and a healthy and good new year.

Warmly,

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


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dr. Linda Perkel

For the past several months a committee has been developing a long range plan for Agudas Israel. We have been brainstorming, getting input from others, and working to create a plan that will help to successfully sustain us for the future. However, one troubling question keeps emerging? For whom are we sustaining the synagogue? The research clearly indicates that fewer and fewer individuals, regardless of their faith, are affiliating with religious institutions. We have genuine concerns about what can be done with the declining Jewish population in America and possibly in our own community, the financial struggles of many congregations, including ours, congregations with few young people, including ours. We ask the question, who are we saving the synagogue for? My response; we must be optimistic. It’s probably true that Jews are born pessimists, but I think there is reason for hope. As I look around our congregation now, in its 95th year, I think about how different it must be today than it was for those who founded our congregation. It is probably different than it was 20 years ago. And even in the relatively short time that I have been a member of Agudas Israel, it is different. A new study by Duke University found that while 20% of all Americans say they don’t belong to any religious group, 92% of American’s still profess a faith in God.

 Rabbi Victor Urecki posits “many are finding religion lacking because they are not prepared to accept an outlook that says pray and God intervenes, nor that religion is simply gathering to unite in support of causes”. I suggest then, that we strive to find ways in which the synagogue is relevant and meaningful for those that follow us. We need to recognize that the Agudas Israel of the future will likely not look like the Agudas Israel of today. However, I do believe there will be those that come after us. Even though we are often born pessimists, Judaism, as a faith and way of life, encourages optimism. The Jewish world, despite all the challenges, has remarkably rebuilt itself over the last seventy-five years in a way that is almost miraculous. Surely we can be optimistic that Agudas Israel will continue to build and to thrive.

Shalom, 

Dr. Linda Perkel, President

 

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


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OUR MISSION AND VISIONS

 

 

 

 

VISION STATEMENT 

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

MISSION STATEMENT

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

20Oct
10.20.2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Services by Rabbi Rachael Jackson
21Oct
10.21.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Torah Study
25Oct
10.25.2017 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Elder Club
25Oct
10.25.2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch n' Learn
26Oct
10.26.2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Forward
27Oct
10.27.2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Services/ D Lavine & B Cooper Oneg-Brotherhood
28Oct
10.28.2017
Building Closed
29Oct