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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shlishi, 19 Av 5775

Welcome to our Synagogue!

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The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

Message from Rabbi Rachael Jackson


Full and Fulfilling


Rabbi Jackson PhotoWhat an incredible month it has been! I am aware that I said something similar last month and it continues to be true. I know I might inadvertently miss something because these months are full and fulfilling. Friday night services…let me just say that I do not think I could have felt more welcomed than I have been over the last few weeks. We had such beautiful music, delicious food, and fantastic participation by a great number of people. More than 125 people came out for my first service here at Agudas Israel and I was exceedingly honored. Last month we also started up Saturday morning services again, which were kicked off with your ideas. Keep a close eye on the calendar for the results of that conversation.
I have been privileged to meet with many of you individually. For those who I have not yet met personally, I extend an invitation to come by my office and say hello and share a bit of your story.
The Sisterhood fashion show, featuring Chico’s, was a marvelous event. It was sheer joy decorating flip-flops! I am sure you will hear more about it from the Sisterhood. The Brotherhood also met for an open house and I was thrilled to partake in bagels, conversation, and camaraderie. These groups do such good for our synagogue as a whole and for each one of us specifically. I hope you incorporate them into your synagogue experience.
I am sure each of us is mindful of the exciting event which will showcase Judaism and our synagogue: the Mountain Jewish Festival. This will be the perfect opportunity to engage with each other and with the greater community too. If the tidbits I have sampled on Wednesdays, when the Balabusteh bakers are busy in the kitchen, are any indication, the food is going to be divine. There will, of course, be opportunities for learning and you never know what you might pick up. It will be wonderful to see all of our members at-tend this important event for our community, for our synagogue, and for our heritage.
Last month we also commemorated Tisha B’Av. And this month of August will give us the Jewish month of Elul. Dare we mention that Elul ushers in the High Holy Days?! As we prepare for the Days of Awe, let us take a moment for reflection:
In the month of Elul, we uncover our secrets,
Examining them with a truthful heart,
Counting the pulse beats of our life,
The selfish pressures we apply and resist.
Call us to the consultation of our souls,
For You are a God of healing and mercy;
Call us to being without delay,
That Elul might draw us near to You.
[by Debbie Perlman, portion from Rosh Hodesh Elul]
I hope that August gives us the time to connect as a synagogue community and WNC community. It will give us the time to enjoy one another and summertime. It is both about reflecting and rejuvenation.
May this month be filled with blessings,
Rabbi Rachael Jackson
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 President’s Message

Linda PerkelAs July draws to a close, I am reflecting on what we have experienced as a congregation during this month. We welcomed and celebrated the arrival of Rabbi Jackson and we elected a new Board of Directors to serve the congregation. With a new Rabbi and newly elected board members, I think it is safe to say, that some changes will be on the horizon. Some of these changes may be small, some large; some may come quickly and some will occur over time. You may be thinking, our congregation is wonderful as it is, why do we have to change anything? Well, change is inevitable.

So how do we assure that Agudas Israel retains all that is good and at the same time best deal with the future? I think the answer lies in respect. It is so important that we respect each other, listen to each other’s ideas even when they differ from our own, ask questions and take our concerns directly to those who can make a difference; board members or Rabbi Jackson. Let us remember that we want Agudas Israel to not only meet our current wants and needs but we are charged with assuring the long term health of the synagogue for those who follow us.

Linda Perkel, President


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  SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015 11am to 3pm

The time you have all been waiting for is only two weeks be sure your calendar alarm is set for the MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL on Sunday, August 16, 11am to 3pm at the Agudas Israel Synagogue in Hendersonville. Traditional Jewish Foods will be available to sample and purchase, Live Music, Crafts for Families with kids, and much more...FREE ADMISSION. Food and Craft tickets available at the door (cash, check or charge accepted)

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Use gift cards for all of your holiday gift giving (hairdresser, mail carrier, teachers, housekeepers, etc) Come into the synagogue or contact Carol Leaman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See how you can help speed up this process with gift cards. Click here for the listing of participating stores and order form.

 mah jongg mania logoMAHJ MANIA Sunday, August 9, 9:00am-3:00pm

Hear Yee, Hear Yee, all  experienced Mah Jongg Players.  Get ready for a wonderful event. This fundaraiser will take play at Beth Ha Tehpila (CBHT) Click here for more information. 

August 15, 9am - 12pm - Volunteers Needed, Free Rein Center for Therapeutic Riding and Education 

 Free Rein Center for Therapeutic Riding and Education is gearing up for our fall classes, and we are seeking interested people for a wide variety of volun-teer opportunities. Free Rein is a not-for-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapy for people of all ages with a variety of special needs (autism, multiple sclerosis, etc.) THIS IS A REWARDING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. They are looking for volunteers to help with therapeutic riding classes and other activities. Volunteers will make a real im-pact. Orientation will be on August 15th, from 9 a.m. to noon. The classes run from September 8th through November 7th. If interested please call Michael at 828-884-2848 for questions or to sign up.

Monday, August 17, 12:30pm - SHELLYS JEWELERS  Sisterhood Meeting will be held at Shelleys Jewelers on Main Street.  The meeting will discuss the evolution and history of jewelry.  Please see the article in the newsletter by Joan Kirshner.  

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-8pm - BROTHERHOOD WINE TASTING 

Order your tickets now for the "WINE-DOWN WEDNESDAY" wine tasting event sponsored by Agudas Israel Brotherhood at JUST VINO Wine Store and Bistro in Flat Rock. Four wine distributers will be featuring 8 different varieties of fine red and white wines for your tasting pleasure. Snacks and hor d'oeuvres to complement the assortment of wines. Special discounts will be offered to our guests on wine purchases. Invite your family and friends. Cost is $15 per person (payable to Agudas Israel Brotherhood by September 1st-mail or bring your check to the Agudas office)

 2nd Annual 50/50 Fundraiser Raffle- $100/ticket - only 100 will be sold - Drawing December 7th, 2015

See Susan in office for tickets - Maximum Grand Prize is $5,000

Agudas Israel has a Facebook Page.  We are keeping up with the current times.  Please take the time to check out our do not have to have a facebook account to view our page....see photos...LIKE US...the most up-to-date information:

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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MAINSTAY- Mainstay is in need of volunteers.  The Purple Ribbon Thrift Store needs help.  Mainstay is an organization that helps women and their children get shelter from domestic violence. Please call 828.693.3840 and ask for April Hatch, volunteer coordinator.

BOOKPLATES FOR OUR SIDDURS Bookplates are now ready to be inserted into our siddur, Mishkan T'filah. The bookplates can be purchases for $36 each, "In honor of" or "In memory of". Send your order with payment to Susan LaRue in the Agudas Israel office. There are only 100 books available and we expect them to sell out quickly

PHOTOS ARE NOW ON THE WEBSITE! Mazel Tov to the Chairs and volunteers on great events and a jobs well-done. See the Special Event section for photos from our latest special events at Agudas Israel (or click here)! (Please wait a few seconds for them to download.)

Hebrew Classes -Wednesdays, Arthur Lebowitz, resident language scholar will teach beginning and intermediate Hebrew.  6:30-7:30 Beginning Hebrew followed by Intermediate at 7:30-8:30 pm.  To register contact Dr. Arthur Lebowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838

Upcoming Events


08.04.2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


08.05.2015 10:30 am - 11:30 am


08.05.2015 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


08.05.2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


08.06.2015 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


08.06.2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


08.07.2015 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


08.08.2015 10:30 am - 12:00 pm