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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!


Your Parents' and Grandparents' Trees Need Your Help!


The greatest firefighter mobilization since the 2010 Carmel Forest disaster took place on Friday, when a large fire near Beit Shemesh destroyed more than 370 acres of natural forest -- trees your parents and grandparents planted -- and much of the local wildlife was trapped in the flames and perished.

The fire's damage to the woodland is so severe it will take nature 20 years to recover.20 years is NOT our way. We need your help to change the black to green once again.

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More than a dozen firefighting planes -- planes acquired after the Carmel fire -- and 70 fire crews took part in the effort, including firefighters and rangers from Jewish National Fund.

Look at what we accomplished in Carmel. They said it couldn’t be done but they did not know Jewish National Fund. Help us do it again. Restore the Beit Shemesh forest.

Jewish National Fund is raising emergency funds to:

  •     Repair the vast ecological damage caused by the fires
  •     Replace depleted firefighting supplies
  •     Provide firefighters with much-needed equipment to battle future fires

The restoration may take many years, but your donation will have an immediate and long-lasting effect on the region.

    “We faced a huge fire on a grand scale. This was the biggest fire since the Carmel fire, in terms of order of battle ground crews and fire fighters firefighting planes."
    - Chief Shmuel Friedman, Acting Head of Operations Fire and Rescue Service Israel


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Announcements October 2 – 9 2015

Weekly Announcements

  • Shabbat Chol Ha-Moed: See the Sukkot schedule. Rabbi Meth will present the pre-mincha shiur at 5:15 pm
  • Break-the-Fast Raffle Winner News:  Evan Risch drew the winning ticket on Sunday morning and we are  happy to announce Rabbi Meth is the winner of a $50 Gift Certificate donated by 613 kosher restaurant.
  • Mixed Emotions:  We are all very proud and happy for Daniel Mizrahi, the newest Ahavath Achim teen graduate to be leaving Fairfield to join the Israel Defense Forces.  At the same time, we are filled with concern and pray for his safety as he prepares to serve among the Guardians of Israel.  Daniel will be leaving Fairfield in two weeks to begin pre-army training as part of the Garin Mahal program.  He is currently scheduled for formal induction into the IDF in December.  Daniel is the son of Shalom and Renee, brother to Eliana, grandson to Leah and Zoltan Guttman, with aunts, uncles and cousins close by.  To the entire family we send all our good wishes and prayers for his safe future and happy return.
  • Warmest Thank You:
    • To Mark and Mona Breiner for providing home hospitality for our Ba'al Tefillah and his family, including his wife and twin 7-year old daughters over Rosh Hashanah.
    • To Dr. David and Arlene Jutkowitz, Harvey and Sharon Risch and Diana Rich for hosting the family for different meals during Rosh Hashanah.
    • To Bernard Goldberg, who once again has erected our shul Sukkah, installed the lighting and made sure everything was ready for the holiday, all with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
    • To Shalom Mizrahi and Dr. David Jutkowitz for setting up the tables and fixing an area of schach that was a bit precarious on Sunday morning.
    • To Eric Risch for spending his Sunday morning putting up the decorations in the Sukkah.
    • To Rabbi Ephraim Meth and helpers (Jay Dimand, Joel Rothwax, Harvey Risch and sons Evan and Eric) for checking the lulavim in preparation for Sukkot.
    • To Doron and Tammy Loeser, who have sponsored kiddush on the first day of Sukkot in memory of their parents.  The Loesers have sponsored this kiddush for a number of years and we extend our most sincere appreciation for their commitment to this special mitzvah of remembrance for their parents every Sukkot.
  • Message from Barbara about Chabad Hakafos on Simchas Torah: This year Rabbi Landa was unable to locate another facility to celebrate Simchas Torah and he has approached me with a request to hold hakafos in their rented area. I discussed this request thoroughly with the Executive Committee, and we initially recommended holding joint hakafos in Zimmer Hall to Rabbi Landa. However, their hakafos are conducted somewhat differently and so, after some discussion, it was agreed Rabbi Landa will use the rental area and that we will coordinate joining together in the parking lot for the last several hakafos.
    While this issue had many facets to it and there were different opinions in the Executive Committee about how to resolve it, it is my sincere belief that on the eve of each group moving to a new facility it is more important to promote peace than stay with the strict letter of the rental contract. Please note that the chain will go up in the Ahavath Achim parking lot on Sunday afternoon and Rabbi Landa will publicize this to his members.
  • Message from Andrew Banoff, Senior Services (previously Jewish Home for the Elderly): As we approach this High Holiday Season, I am writing to wish you all a happy and healthy new year!! This will be the last year at The Jewish Home Campus on Jefferson Street – where we have been for 42 years. We are working to complete the building and to prepare for the move to the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus on Park Avenue in the Spring, 2016. This is the largest building project in the Jewish Community in many years – and we are fortunate to be blessed with a community that has embraced the idea of a multi-generational campus to serve not only those that will live here – but their families and the broader community as well. I ask you to keep us in your prayers as we move forward.

  • Car Needed: Here is a golden opportunity to get a nice tax donation credit. Please donate your used car to the shul, which will be used by the incoming part-time rabbi.

  • Kitchen Help Needed: Please call or email Elaine Schiller (203-372-2237 or to volunteer one Shabbat a month during December-April while I am in Florida. If you want to have kiddush on Shabbat during the winter volunteers are needed.Sukkah Available for Free: A wood sukkah is available for free. Please call Erica Cohen if you are interested.
  • Tag Sale News: The next Tag Sale must be re-scheduled to November. September and October will be filled with holidays, leaving too little time for completing a good sale. We are continuing to collect additional merchandise so keep the tag sale in mind.

Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 13 @ 8:00PM -
Thu Nov 12 @ 8:00PM -

We are located at:

1571 Stratfield Road
Fairfield, CT 06825

And can be reached by:

Phone: 203-372-6529

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