Baby It’s Cold Outside It’s getting colder outside, but the Minyan is warm and friendly. Come early, come often, and Help Keep Our Minyan Strong!
Shabbat Pre Mincha Shiur Rabbi Moldovan will give his Shabbat Shiur immediately following Kiddush (at approximately 11:45 am), followed by Mincha (at 12:15 pm). We will return about 15 minutes after Shabbat ends (at 5:06 pm) for Ma’ariv (at 5:21 pm). Please remember to recite “Baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l’chol” in order to end Shabbat before driving or doing other work that is prohibited on Shabbat.
Shabbat Kiddush will Honor Eric Risch Kiddush is being sponsored by the Congregation to honor Eric Risch for his service to the shul as Gabbai over the past year. Eric has shown tremendous dedication to our shul in his role as Gabbai. He has always been enthusiastic and has taken on the many responsibilities involved in this important job. Please come and join us for this Kiddush so that we can thank this special and deserving young man.
Ahavath Achim Winter Lecture Series A new 3-part series will begin on Motzei Shabbat, December 17th. The topic of the series will be "Why do bad things happen to good people?" We will investigate different approaches to this age-old question from classical sources. Everyone is invited to join in this discussion.
- Wednesday, December 21, 10:00 am - Book Event: The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol and presented by Bob Abrams at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County
Jewish Family Services Updated Volunteer Information: Please call or email Ellen Ashkins (203-365-6417 or Eashkins@jseniors.org) if you are interested in volunteering at JSS. There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to-one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care.
Judaic Studies at UConn A new major in Judaic Studies is now officially part of the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life curiculum. The Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies may be obtained in general or classical Judaic Studies. The general Judaic Studies major provides a broader perspective and includes a course concentration in the modern period. The classical track focuses on the pre-modern experience, especially in the biblical and rabbinic periods. Visit the UConn website for details and to download a plan of study form
Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far. Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two-day Hospice Volunteer Training Program. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services on Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Sunday, February 5th and February 12th from 9:00am-4:30pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing Alef-Tav Hebrew for Children, Weekly on Wednesdays: A new program from Israelis-in-CT in collaboration with The Israel House. This is a language program for children who understand or speak Hebrew. Classes will be taught by certified Israeli teachers and will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons, starting November 2. For details and registration, contact Lilach or Hillit at email@example.com.
Jewish Senior Services needs Minyan Menschen: JSS is in great need of men to help make the daily Minyan to help Residents say Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our Minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogue’s Minyans. Feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at (203) 396-1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org for exact service times.
Yahrtzeit Plaques-Closeout Date in December
As we approach the finalization of the plans to sell our current property and plan for our new venue, we wish to advise you that the last date for requesting your family's yahrtzeit plaques is Tuesday, December 6th.
Please see below for a reprint of the method to use in order to reclaim the plaques. It will be very helpful if you would please spread the word of this closing date, so that everyone will have the opportunity to make their request in time. Thank you for your cooperation.
1. Anyone who wishes to claim a yahrtzeit plaque(s), please call or email the office to advise us of your intent. Last date for requests is Tuesday, December 6.
2. Once we know how many people wish to take their plaque(s) we will be able to make arrangements for their removal from the Memorial Tablets.
3. If you come into the shul office to pick up the plaque(s) yourself, there will only be a minimum charge of $5.00 per plaque, towards covering the expenses involved in removing the plaques from the walls.
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.
Please keep in mind that we are still waiting for the Zoning Board's approval for the Assisted Living occupancy and won't move forward on this until it is received. We do expect it shortly. Thank you everyone for your help in this project.
Important Shul Property Committee Update Anyone wishing to have any shul item(s) that we will not be taking and using after we move to our new location must contact Sara Klein, Committee Chairperson or Barbara Tuckel, President to let them know what you are interested in having. Further, until our sale is absolutely finalized we are keeping all items together. Thank you everyone for your help and cooperation.
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!