Minyan is a Participatory Event It’s great to feel needed. It’s great to feel wanted. There is a place you can come to where you will feel needed and wanted. It’s the Daily Minyan. Morning and Night. Seven days a week. There is, however, one thing to consider. You can’t call it in. You can’t Skype or Facetime. You must participate. In person. So, come early, come often, and Help Keep Our Minyan Strong!
Selichot This Saturday Night/Sunday Morning we begin saying Selichot. It is the custom to meet right after the middle of the night to say Selichot as early as possible on the first day. We will be gathering at 12:15 am on Saturday Night/Sunday Morning for refreshments and a short Drasha, followed by Selicot at 12:45 am. Please join us and show your support for OUR shul.
Pre Mincha Shiur Please join us at 5:30 pm for Rabbi Moldovan’s Shabbat shiur, followed by Mincha at approximately 6:15 pm. Come early and join in the interesting discussion.
Daily Selichot Starting Monday, September 26 until Yom Kippur, we will be starting Shacharis services on Sunday through Friday fifteen (15) minutes earlier than usual to allow time for Selichot. Please try to join us as often as possible.
Tzedaka for Yomim Noraim and Sukkot The Rabbi will be collecting money to distribute for Rosh Hashonah and Sukkot.
High Holiday Honors and Seats are Waiting for You The month of Tishri is fast approaching and that means preparations for the High Holidays at Ahavath Achim are in full swing. Information packets have been sent by email and we ask that you return your requests for seats, Honors, the Memorial Book, and the Greetings Page ASAP. We have a new source for Lulav & Etrog this year and we know you will be pleased with the high quality items you will receive. Please place your order directly with Arnell in the office. We realize we are working on a very tight time schedule so we ask you to respond as quickly as possible. For your convenience, we have posted a full seating chart in the shul office. You can call Arnell (203-372-6529) or send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase an Aliyah or any of the other special Holiday Honors is a unique and meaningful way to share the holiday. If you wish to purchase an Honor anonymously, it can easily be arranged. Please speak directly to either Stu Serkin or Dr. Peter Tuckel to arrange for Honors. We look forward to sharing the coming Yom Tov with everyone here at Congregation Ahavath.
Please remember that, as we begin the New Year, all past financial obligations need to be fully paid or a schedule for payments has been arranged. Strict confidentiality in all financial arrangements is guaranteed. No one is denied participation in our shul due to finances.
Sunday Morning Ladies Class The inaugural Sunday morning event was a huge success. The next class will be on Sunday October 9 at 10:15am. Would you like to host this event? Please contact Sharon Risch or Rabbi Moldovan if you are interested in hosting.
Jewish Senior Servies I have been asked by members of the shul about the Kashrus in the new Jewish Senior Services facility. Unfortunately, I still cannot recommend the Kashrus until the recommendations of the independant expert's report are implemented.
Yahrtzeit Plaques Update As the sale of our property is moving along, we wish to update you on the plans for the disposition of the individual yahrtzeit plaques. This method has been presented to the Board at its last meeting and was approved as the most expeditious, sensitive and dignified manner in which to respond to people’s requests for reclaiming a yahrtzeit plaque. The following information will be placed in the shul weekly newsletter, beginning forthwith, for many weekly editions. It will also be posted on the Beit Medrash bulletin board and in the glass case in the front hall. Individual letters will also be sent to those families that have made yahrtzeit contributions this past year.1. Anyone who wishes to claim a yahrtzeit plaque(s), please call or email the office to advise us of your intent.
2. Once we know how many people wish to remove their plague(s) we will know if all the Memorial Tablets need to be taken down from the shul walls. It will be a difficult and costly job by a qualified contractor and we do not wish to take them all down if it isn’t necessary.
3. If you come in to pick up the plaque yourself there will only be a minimum charge of $5.00 towards covering the expenses involved in removing the Tablets from the walls. If the Tablet is not taken down, there is no charge.
4. If you wish us to mail the plaque to you, there will be a charge of $18 per plaque. This is to cover the costs of shipping and handling (the plaque is quite heavy and requires special packing).
We will be taking pictures of the Memorial Tablets and Memorial Windows, to be retained as permanent records. We are planning to install a modern, digital history that will be on display in the new shul, showing all the memorial plaques and memorial windows, with the possibility of future additions.
It would be very helpful to know if you are interested in getting your plaque(s) returned. Please call or email the office if you will want to do this. Please keep in mind that we will not begin this initiative until after we receive Town approval for the new occupancy for our property and final approval of the sale of our property.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to the opportunity to making the plaques available to those who want to claim them.
- Have Your Volunteered for Eruv Training? To learn the Halachic and practical aspects of Eruv checking, please register with Rabbi Moldovan as soon as possible. Training will begin shortly as we need to complete this before the winter weather sets in. You can reach Rabbi Moldovan by calling his cell phone (203-906-6296).
Welcome to Congregation Ahavath Achim
Congregation Ahavath Achim is a warm, suburban, Modern Orthodox synagogue, affiliated with the Orthodox Union. We are located in scenic Fairfield, Connecticut, just one hour from New York City, with easy access via either the Merritt Parkway or I-95, Amtrak or MetroNorth. A short drive will bring you to nearby beaches, marinas, parks, historical sites, nature centers and museums. We experience the changing seasons of a New England town but also enjoy all the conveniences of being within easy commuter distance of New York. Visitors to our community are always welcome!