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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shishi, 8 AdarI 5775

Welcome to our Synagogue!

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The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!


rabbi phil cohen-croppedEverything good I learned about being human I learned from my dog


1. Be happy every morning and show it to the world. My dog always greets me every morning with her tail wag-ging and with an enthusiasm that re-peats itself every day, day in and day out. Not only is she wildly happy, some of it rubs off on me. Seeing her happy makes me happy, and, however grumpy I might wish to be, I am far less so because of this daily canine welcome. But you don’t have to be a canine to greet the day with verve. 

2. When one of your people comes home, whether from an absence of one year or one day, jump all over them and show them how happy you are to see them. 

3. Love your people with unqualified love. No matter what happened yesterday, whether she got yelled at for something, or someone acciden-tally stepped on one of her paws, or if she had an unpleasant visit to the vet—whatever, my dog never fails to give me her affection after-wards. She always lets the unhappiness of the day dissipate and her usual joie de vivre returns. Sometimes it’s good to lose a bit of your long term memory. 

4. Be happy to see whoever comes through your door. My dog will run and jump all over my guests, whether they want it or not. You need not replicate canine behavior to that extent, but you get the point. 

5. Be affectionate to everyone. I tell people who meet my dog for the first time that, based on my dog’s behavior, she already likes my guest more than she likes me. 

6. Always eat what’s put in front of you and with gusto and never complain. 

7. Drink plenty of water daily, and don’t be afraid to slurp it. 

8. Exercise three times daily. Well, maybe not that much. My dog intuitively knows that she needs to get outside, get fresh air, and be in the world. Her person-ality changes for the better. 

9. When you go outdoors, go with some-one. It makes the walk a happier experience. 

10. Before you go outdoors, stretch. 

11. When you go outdoors, happily greet your neighbors. All of them. 

12. Play passionately. Whether it’s with a rubber bone, an old tennis ball, or some more complex item, chase it, catch it, and chew it—and always have fun with it. Let it absorb your attention and don’t let it defeat you. Chew that tennis ball until it’s a useless piece of rubber. 

13. Always take your medicine. Okay, I have to give it to her, but she always takes it, right on time. 

14. It’s okay to bark sometimes. Not too often, but occasionally it’s critical to make some noise when things need to happen. But don’t bark too often. It can get annoying. 

15. It’s okay to howl sometimes. Your people may not know exactly what you’re trying to say, but they’ll love hearing you say it anyway. 

16. Let your people scratch you on your head, behind your ears, on your back and, occasionally, on your belly. It’s okay to receive affection, espe-cially if you’re willing to reciprocate. 

 17. Sleep well, and don’t feel embarrassed to nap, especially in the sun. Find a comfortable chair or couch or one of each. Occasionally, you might even want to sleep under the bed. 

18. Loyalty is a virtue. No matter how disappointing we may believe we are to the world, our dogs al-ways stay by our sides. 

19. And to reverse this, I repeat for you what I first saw written on the side of a garbage truck and have seen variations in several places. It’s a dog owner’s prayer. Dear God. Please help me be-come the person my dog thinks I am. And we can, by following what our dogs teach us. 

20. Enough said.

 - Rabbi Philip Cohen, Ph.D.



 President’s Message

Linda Perkel

With 2014 almost a memory, I would like to take this op-portunity to thank all of you for your ongoing commitment to, and support of, Agudas Israel as well as your support of me. For the past 6 months as president I have been sustained by your expressions of good will and encouragement. 

It seems that at the end of each year, we reflect on the past and look to the future. We wish for less of the “bad” things and more of the “good” things. Our resolutions often include 1. Lose weight, 2. Eat healthy, 3. Smile more (be less grumpy), 4. Care for the environment. The list goes on. 

This year, 2015, we will be experiencing change at Agudas Israel. In light of those changes I have some suggestions for resolutions that may help each of us as we move through the coming year. 

Keep an open mind 

Communicate openly with the Board of Directors 

Treat each other with respect 

Trust that the best interests of the synagogue 

are being served 

Keep a sense of humor. Laughter is good for the soul 

It is Peter’s and my wish that we all experience health, hap-piness, prosperity and peace in 2015. 


Dr. Linda Perkel 







The most up-to-date information:

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30pm - CHAG PURIM! Come and hear the reading of the Book of Esther. Tradition dictates that when we hear Haman’s name we make as much noise as possible
to drown out his name! This year at Agudas Israel, the Ritual Committee is asking everyone to bring boxes of uncooked macaroni and cheese to use as groggers. We will then donate all the boxes of macaroni and cheese to Interfaith Assistance Ministries.

Friday, March 15, 5:30pm - "Shabbat Across America" Catered Shabbat dinner immediately following Shabbat Service. Member $35 adult, $17 child 6-10, child under 6 free; Guests/non-member $40, $20 child 6-10, child under 6 free. Your check is your reservation, deadline is February 27. Click here to download the reservation form.

Saturday, April 4,  - Congregational Passover Seder at Agudas Israel Catered Passover Seder. Member $40 adult, $20 child 6-10, child under 6 free; Guests/non-member $45, $22 child 6-10, child under 6 free. Your check is your reservation, deadline March 23. Click here to download the reservation form.

Thursday, April 9,  - Women's Passover Seder at Agudas Israel Catered Passover Seder. Member/Guests $40 adult, $20 child 6-10, child under 6 free. Your check is your reservation, deadline March 23.Click here to download the reservation form.


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.  or call Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838


SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015




Agudas Israel Congregation presents it's first


Tidbits of our Foods and Traditions

A Community Event for Everyone! Food! Traditions! Music!

Crafts! Holiday Celebrations!

Information flyer coming soon!




Sunday, August 9th 9:30am-3:30pm.

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) Additonal details will follow.  Please join our sisters at CBHT and help make this event a huge success! Contact Carol Gillen for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 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:

Bookmark this page and refer to it often for up-to-the minute program details/changes/and photos of latest events.

Volunteers are needed for coordinating Onegs, Managing the Calendar, Hunger Coalition and Chai Lites.  


 B'NOT MITZVAH SERVICE was held on August 22-23, 2014

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We are so proud of our B'not Mitzvah class (as pictured here): Adele Groban, Teri Nadler-Thorz, Linda Reihs, Linda Sauter, and Linda Perkel. They all did a terrific job with their D'vor Torahs and leading both the Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. Mazel Tov!

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.



Use gift cards for all of your holiday gift giving (hairdresser, mail carrier, teachers, housekeepers, etc) Come into the synagogue with your check 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.


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


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.)





Upcoming Events


02.27.2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


02.27.2015 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


02.28.2015 9:30 am - 10:30 am


02.28.2015 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


03.01.2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


03.03.2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


03.04.2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am


03.04.2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm