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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shishi, 3 Shevat 5778

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

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 French connection feb 3





game day feb 19


movie trivia Feb 25


 Balabusta bakers          Nom com Sunday



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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:

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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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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

As the New Year begins I want to update you all on the progress we are making on our Long Range Planning initiative. Under the leadership of Bill Lavine and Alan Cooper, we have been working on this plan for just about a year now. As you may remember, we began with a congregational survey. We collated the results to identify issues and concerns important to you, our congregational family. We conducted a SWOT analysis, focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of our synagogue at this present time.

Using all the information we had at hand, we have formulated a vision and mission statement and identified focus areas where we will direct our attention. The focus areas are; Ritual, Life Long Learning, Financial, Social Interaction, and Internal Operations. So far, we have developed goals and objectives for the focus areas of Financial and Ritual. Our work continues to develop goals and objectives for the remaining focus areas. We plan to display a story board for you all to visualize the progress we have made.

Once the committee completes the goals and objectives for the 5 focus areas, the hard work will begin. We will need committees and task forces in place to develop the strategies needed to accomplish our goals. This is where we will need your help. See what areas are of interest to you, where you have some knowledge or expertise, and let us know that you want to help.

We are hoping to have all focus areas completed by spring. I am absolutely thrilled by the progress we are making. The main reason that we are in such a good position to create a strategic plan is because, in fact, Agudas Israel is in a good place. The plan will then serve to focus our attention on what areas we need to strengthen and allow us to engage in better decision making for the congregation.

I must again thank the Planning Committee; Bill Lavine, Alan Cooper, Mike Beckerman, Sam Gess, Nancy Weintraub, Bonnie Cooper, Richard Tanker, and Bernie Linder, for their hard work and commitment to this endeavor.

Peter and I wish each of you a healthy, joyous, and peaceful New Year.


Dr. Linda Perkel, President

Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for Januray by clicking Chai Lites January 2018

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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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