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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Sheini, 4 Adar 5778

AGUDAS ISRAEL ANNOUNCES A NEW SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY PHYLLIS BENTLEY. The first event will be a Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner on Friday, July 21, 2017, following the 5:30pm Shabbat Service. Click here for the flier and reservation information.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 SISTERHOOD HOSTED CONGREGATIONAL CHANUKAH DINNER - The Sisterhood of Agudas Israel sponsored a free Chanukah Dinner for all synagoue members following the early Shabbat service. This event, chaired by Teri Nadler-Thorz consisted of a sit-down family style dinner including roasted chicken, potato latkes, and all of the fixings, plus a decadent chocolate fountain! 

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“Great Piano Classics”
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Chair: Carol Leaman...Guidebook Ad Sales: Sherry Harris...Publicity and Guidebook Layout & Design: Bonnie Cooper

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SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA: Friday, March 4, 2016 - Over 80 people celebrated Shabbat together with service, music by song leader Penny White and a delicious dinner.

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 Our second annal Mitzvah Day was another great success. Remember to collect the following items for the next Mitzvah Day. We will be collectiong for our agencies: CHAIRS LINDA BONNIE

  • UNOPENED hotel size Toiletries (shampoo, lotion, soap, new combs, note pads, greeting cards, pens or pencils, etc.) for Rescue Mission, Mainstay, Only Hope WNC, IAM
  • NEW Toothbrushes & Toothpaste* for amenity bags for Rescue Mission, Mainstay, Only Hope WNC, IAM
  • Dry Dog & Cat Food, Blankets, Towels, Pet supplies* for Humane Society
  • Diapers & Baby Wipes (all sizes) for Mainstay
  • Feminine Products, cosmetic bags, and unopened cosmetics for Mainstay
  • Manicure supplies for Mainstay and PACE
  • Healthy snacks: shelf stable-individual servings of raisins, granola bars, fruit cups, fruit chews, non-sugar individual cereal boxes, 100% Juice boxes for Mainstay and Only Hope WNC children
  • Food Bank requests: creamy peanut butter, CANNED tuna, meals (no pork or shellfish), fruits, chunky soups, 100% juice for IAM
  • School Supplies and Art Supplies (construction paper, crayons, jewelry beads) for Only Hope WNC and PACE
  • Costume Jewelry and accessories in good condition for Dress for Success for Mainstay residents
  • Books for Literacy program in good condition for Books for Good, Inc.


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 The first annual Mountain Jewish Festival was a great success! Over 1,500 people from the surrounding communities attended. Everyone enjoyed the delicious foods, live music, holiday crafts, video of the History of the Jewish people in  Hendersonville, meeting Rabbi Rachael Jackson, and learning about the traditions and holidays. The Judaica Boutique and Book Sale were also a big success. Over 85 Agudas Israel members volunteered to work on this event. We raised the awareness of our congregation in the community.

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Agudas Israel taking part in Shabbat Across America - Friday, March 13, 2015

Read the article from the Hendersonville Times News.



One of the greatest events in Asheville, North Carolina is the HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival! This year it will take place on Sunday-Oct 19 and for the third year in a row; Agudas Israel will be in the thick of it again with our own expanded booth 

From 11am to 4pm in Pack Square in historic down-town Asheville, you can experience lots of great traditional Jewish Food, (OMG -it’s like you have been transformed back to Brooklyn!) , Israeli dancing, crafts, a Kids Zone, Klezmer music and lots more. Every Jewish organization in the Asheville area and surround-ing states will be represented with many providing interactive educational opportunities to learn more about our Jewish heri-tage and culture.

This is one of the best events of the year- you do not want to miss it! E-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we will have a rotating schedule so that all of us can experience the food and shopping! See you there, Dr. Teri Nadler-Thorz – Chair for HardLox


Carol and_Barbara_croppedRUMMAGE SALE On Sunday, September 29, 2013, Agudas Israel held it's first rummage sale. Members cleaned out their closets, garages, attics, basements, and storage lockers...and we had lots to sell. The customers were happy with the very organized and beautifully set up sale chaired by Carol Leaman,Teddi Segal, Barbara Gittleman, and Natalie Zitnick. The special scarecrow was our very own Teri Nadler-Thorz. A very large group of volunteers worked hard the weeks before catagorizing and pricing the merchandise, others worked on the set up and take down, as well as as sales associates offering suggestions and help to customers .

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On Friday, October 11, 2013, Agudas Israel's Membership Committe sponsored it's "Fall Fling" Shabbat dinner honoring the new members who joined Agudas Israel since Yom Kippur 2012. The Congregation was invited to meet and welcome these new members. Suzanne Snyder and Judi Goloff were the chairs of the event. Lana Waltzer took charge of the delicious catered Shabbat dinner. Teddi Segal, Frema Sokoloff, and Bonnie Cooper did the centerpieces, decorations, and table set upsLanaImg2013-10-11 0112011 SW



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Sid PrakinIn honor of Veteran's Day, Dr. Judi Berson Levinson presented a slide show onthe war years in Miami Beach on Thursday, November 7th at Agudas Israel. The entire community was invited. "Nearly 500,000 troops passed through the most beautiful boot camp in america, including Clark Gable and our own Sid Prakin, of blessed memory, then 96 years old. Miami Beach played a significant role in WWII." To read the magazine article click here: Read more...

In honor of New Year's and Tu B'shvat, there was luncheon for the congregation. Homemade soups as well as delicious desserts.

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xmas chinese dinner 2013Our own chinese chef, Rabbi Cohen with the assistance of Teri and Michael Thorz and expert chopping of Mike Beckerman, cooked up a fabulous meal for the congregation on Christmas day, along with a movie to complete the perfect way to spend time with your congregational family.

Memories of a Jewish Christmas Day: Past and Present
by Dr. Teri Nadler-Thorz

As a young girl in Brooklyn, I remember Christmas Day being quite thrilling because it was that rare occasion my Father was home from work.
The night before Christmas Day, it was Dad's loving tradition to take down and un-box our Lionel train set that was safely hidden at the back of the closet in our extremely small apartment. He meticulously managed, without making a sound, to reattach all the trains and various parts to recreate this amazing world of miniature trees, people and pretend snow. At first light, we awoke to the first sound of the chugging of the sleepy trains on their newly awoken tracks. Our screams of delight far surpassed the sound of the first train whistle.
Later that day, in spite of our passionate protests, we were unhappily pulled away from our pretend world to have a Jewish Christmas Day Dinner with our extended family of 30. I will always remember the first moment I opened the door to my Aunt Sara's huge apartment and was met with that familiar aroma of old world Jewish nourishment. That cell memory will forever be known as love, family, happiness and security.
At 13 we moved to Long Island and our extended family seemed very far away. We joined a synagogue and it was the first time we were exposed to what was called a Jewish Christmas. Their sisterhood rented out an entire movie theater for our congregants, and even secured the huge back room of one of our favorite Chinese restaurants with a fixed menu. I remember thinking it was like a Bar Mitzvah.
It is now Christmas Day, Dec 25th, 2013 and we are living and loving Hendersonville, NC. I will be approaching 63 this July 2nd and Mikey will be approaching 71 on July 3rd. Agudas Israel has become a very important part of our present extended family and we are enjoying all the new and wonderful memories that we are making here.
For a second year in a row Mikey and I have had the pleasure of helping Rabbi Phil make a full Chinese Dinner for our congregation as part of his Christmas Day of Chinese Food and a Movie.
If you have not had the pleasure of his culinary Chinese delights, you are truly missing a fabulous experience. Like any good restaurant, the personality of the Chef is obvious and on Dec. 25th at Agudas Israel there was no exception.
While most Rabbis take a two week vacation with their family to the Bahamas during this down time, our Rabbi Phil does quite the opposite. He and Mikey spent the day prior shopping at various stores to secure unique and delicious spices and foods to prepare this amazing feast.
The night before, Mike Beckerman, Mikey and I chopped the vegetables to great music well into evening.
The next morning, under Rabbi Phil's tutelage, Mikey and I made fresh home made egg drop soup, stir fry chicken with vegetables, Mongolian steak stir fry with vegetables, fried rice, and this year we made "sushi rolls" They were amazing!
Ask Harry Paly who tasted them for the first time: "just show me how to eat them and I only want one to start with." After his first bite, his eyes lit up and I proceeded to give him four more. He thanked me on the way out again and wanted to know when the next time was! He loved them!!
After lunch, we watched "Blazing Saddles" and laughed again as if we were watching it for the first time. It was such a wonderful afternoon, that Mikey and I promised Rabbi Phil that we will be his partners in this project with him for as long as he wishes.
For 2014, we do not need to rent a move theater or the back room of a Chinese restaurant because we have it all here at Agudas Israel: a caring Rabbi who is also an amazing chef, congregants who love cooking with him and a congregation who are invited to share in this special and unique tradition (and love to eat!) And we are very proud that each year's profit (this year was around $125.00) will be donated to the Interfaith Assistance it is a win/win for everyone!
So circle the date and come join us later this year ..........And while we are eating, we can share our fondest memories of how we spent Christmas Day growing up.
I look forward to hearing all your endearing stories.


IMG 2683On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, The Pampered Chef came to Agudas Israel for a Sisterhood program. The entire congregation was invited. Pampered Chef products were demonstrated and wine and choclates were served. This was a very enjoyable evening for all. The Agudas Israel kitchen benefited from the gifts from Pampered Chef.

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On Friday, August 8Women of Valour, 7pm we honored three very deserving woman in our congregation who have devoted much time and energy to making Agudas Israel a better place, and because of them we are. There was a beautiful Shabbat service to honor Natalie Zitnick, Carol Leaman, and Randye Unsell led by Teddi's daughter Patti. Click here for more photos. Teddi and Patti








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