- SHAVUOT CELEBRATION BEGINS WITH DINNER: Vegetarian or Omnivore, your palate will be experiencing delicious tastes as we begin our Shavuot celebration at 9:15 pm on Saturday night, with a meal especially prepared for you by Dr. David Jutkowitz and Debra Lozanov. You will need to make your reservation - $12.50 per person - no later than Monday, May 18th. Pre-paid reservations are required, So get your reservation and check in to Arnell right away. New topics and formats are being planned for this year's Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Male and Female presenters. Interacttive lectures, panels, discussions with light refreshments available between sessions, from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am. Topics will include "Honoring Parents in Old Age and Death" and "Rabbi Lichtenstein's Legacy for Modern Orthodox." Click here for the SHABBAT & SHAVUOT SCHEDULE. You don't want to miss this exciting Shavuot as we inaugurate our celebration of Matan Torah.
- This year Memorial Day coincides with the traditional Shavuot Yizkor day, Sunday, May 25, 2015. To mark this event, the Orthodox Union (OU) has issued a resolution to mark and honor the veterans of America's wars. In agreement with the OU Resolution, Congregation Ahavath Achim invites Jewish veterans of America’s Wars and their family members to participate in Shavuot-Yizkor (Memorial) services. The invitation is for synagogue members and non-members alike.Please call the synagogue office (203-372-6529) as soon as possible with the names of servicemen you wish to have included in the Memorial Service and families you would like to be invited to Yizkor services. Click Here to learn more.
- Summer Schedule Has Begun: From May 1 until the Fall, mincha will be at 7:00 pm every Friday evening. This change is made each Spring to enable everyone to have Shabbat dinner at a reasonable hour on Friday nights.
- Tag Sale Thank You: Berkowitz Hall was full of busy shoppers this past Sunday, resulting in another successful Tag Sale under the dynamic leadership of Renee Mizrahi, who put in innumerable hours collecting, cleaning, sorting, pricing, "shlepping." and staffing the sale. Grateful thanks go to the wonderful group of volunteers who worked with Renee preparing the merchandise and who spent many hours on Sunday working in Berkowitz Hall during the sale. Thank you very much Hedy and Terry Augenbraun, Lee and Bernard Dickens, Jay Dimand, Randy Dimand, Julie Fischer, Jacob Fried, Amiel and Rebecca Goldberg, Leah and Zoltan Guttman, Arlene Jutkowitz, Susan Klein, Mai Koike, Sara and Andrew Klein, Goldie Librach, Elaine Schiller, Fran Sinay and Barbara Tuckel.
- Congregation Annual Meeting - Sunday, June 7th: The annual congregational meeting will take place on Sunday, June 7th at 9:45 AM in Zimmer Hall. The agenda includes annual reports by the co-presidents, various synagogue committee reports, and nominations. Members in good standing are invited to participate in the business before the Congregation.
- The next meeting of the Journal Planning Committee is scheduled for Tuesday evening, June 2 at 6:30 pm in the shul library. Now is the time to join in this all important fund-raising event honoring two very special men. A great deal of work is involved in putting together a successful journal. In addition to soliciting ads, we need creative ideas to design a new Journal. We will need typists, readers, checkers, and telephone solicitors. There is a job for everyone. Our goal is to raise $35,000 this year, and we can succeed, but only if you do your share to support AhavathAchim. Show up at the meeting on Tuesday evening. We'll be looking for you.
- Our Congregation will be hosting Rabbi Yair Silverstein from Chicago, a candidate for the position of part-time rabbi on June 5-6, Shabbat ParshaBeha'alotheka. Rabbi Silverstein will be accompanied by his wife and infant daughter. Everyone is invited to join with us for all the weekend activities, beginning with Friday night Kabbalah Shabbos. Rabbi Silverstein will lein, present a Drasha at Shabbat morning davening and a D'var Torah at seudahshelishit. There will be a welcome kiddush and afternoon tea during which time you will have the opportunity to mix and chat. We look forward to a warm and large welcome for Rabbi and Mrs. Silverstein. Please let the Gabbaim know if you would like to have an aliyah on that Shabbat.
- Update from our partners on the ground in Nepal: Emek Medical Center of Afula, Israel, our longtime beneficiary, is on the forefront of Israel's medical team in Nepal. Through your donations, FJP has raised more than $5,100 for rescue and recovery in the wake of the tragedy in Nepal. Your critical help is still needed and appreciated.
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