- 3 Weeks and Counting: Rosh Hashana is a short 3 weeks away. Are you ready? Have you reviewed this past year, looking for areas to improve? We can help. Attend a minyan once a week, twice a week, or more. This will help you prepare for the new year and will Help Make Our Minyan Strong!
- PRE-MINCHA SHIUR: The regular pre – mincha shiur by Rabbi Ephraim Meth will continue this Shabbat.
- Ad Journal and Gala Luncheon Huge Success: The 2015 Ad Journal, honoring Renee and Shalom Mizrahi, was presented at the Annual Gala Journal Luncheon Event this past Sunday to a large crowd gathered to honor Shalom and Renee. We are so glad and honored that Fairfield First Selectman, Michael Tetreau was able to attend and speak to the honorees and guests. Mr. Tetreau also presented Shalom and Renee, with a Town of Fairfield Declaration naming Sunday, August 23, 2015 as Shalom and Renee Mizrahi Day. President Barbara Tuckel introduced our honorees with a small summary of all their volunteer efforts and accomplishments. Rabbi Ephraim Meth also spoke briefly on their accomplishments and presented the honorees with a plague citing their 25 years of service and a congregation gift of a art mezuzah designed by well-known artist/sculptor Gary Rosenblatt. It was an exciting afternoon and we look forward to celebrating together again at next year’s event. The journal was designed by Susan Klein, ably assisted by Mom, Sara Klein and was distributed to the luncheon guests. Additional copies are available in the synagogue office. Out of town advertisers will receive a copy in the mail.
- Thank You: Our deepest appreciation and thanks to the wonderful volunteer Journal committee. Although a small committee, they did a very large job with fabulous results. Thank you Sara Klein, Susan Klein, Diana Rich, Elaine Schiller, Barbara Tuckel, and Arnell providing office support. Kol Ha-Kavod for a job well done.
- Rabbi Search Update: We were most fortunate that Rabbi Jeremy Moldovan was able to visit with our congregation and daven with us last weekend. Everyone had an opportunity to meet and speak with him personally at Services, Kiddush and Afternoon Tea on Shabbat and Sunday at the Journal luncheon. The Rabbinic Search Committee has recommended to the Congregation to offer a two-year contract to Rabbi Moldovan for the position of part-time rabbi, beginning after Succot.
- Community Events: Community BBQ at Congregation Beth El on Sunday, August 30th. Admission is Free with two items of food for the Food Pantry.
- High Holidays Information: As previously announced the sale of seats and honors is in full swing and the holidays are just a few short weeks away. Terry Augenbraun is working on seat sales and Peter Tuckel on Honors. Please contact these gentlemen to confirm your seats and honors as soon as possible. Please remember that finances are never a barrier to davening with us at Ahavath Achim. Call the office and you can be assured of the strictest confidentiality.
- Don’t forget to include your New Year Greeting on the new, decorated New Year Greetings Page. All income is being dedicated to the very important and needed repairs to the Eruv. Arnell is working diligently on the Memorial Book. Please contact her with your listing updates and any changes. We look forward to everyone joining in prayer together, especially during this month of Elul and the Yomim Noraim for the Peace and Safety of Israel, for the United States and for the entire world.
- Iran Debate Information: As the debate progresses in Congress over whether or not to support the Iran nuclear deal, the same discussion is taking place in Jewish communities around the country. Although synagogues are not political advocacy organizations, given that the Iran nuclear deal will deeply affect Israel and the Jewish community. We believe it is incumbent on us to include the information received from our national and local organizations on the shul web site. Ellen Rothwax keeps the web site very well updated. Please check often for current messages and links to the Orthodox Union and the Jewish Federation messages. The Orthodox Union believes the Iran deal is far from the “Good Deal” that we advocated for with Congress and does not close off the pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act gives Congress 60 days to review the details of the deal and vote to approve or disapprove of its participation in lifting sanctions against Tehran. Check the shul web site for the Orthodox Union link or go directly to their web site. The forms to reach your U.S. Representative and Senators are easily available and even easier to complete. The time is short and your voice is critical.