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AGUDAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION

505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

828.693.9838

Yom Rivii, 9 Sivan 5775

Welcome to our Synagogue!

Menorah AGUDAS front name sign 2-small Agudas Israel front

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

 President’s Message

 

Linda PerkelAs we catch our breath and relax after the preparation and participation in our Pass-over celebrations, we look ahead at the month of May, which is marked by the festival of Shavuot. Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Si-nai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, be-gan as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the begin-ning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Is-raelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Je-rusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, educa-tion, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life (reformjudaism.org). There are many traditions associated with Shavuot and many lessons to be learned. One of my favorite traditions is the reading
of the Book of Ruth. The ancient rabbis said that the Book of Ruth was written to teach us a lesson in gemilut chasadim, acts of loving-kindness. (see Ruth Rabbah 2:15).


At Agudas Israel on almost a daily basis we see evidence of “acts of loving kindness”. In particular, on Shabbat evening, May 15, we will recognize specific loving acts and offerings to the temple. We will, on that evening, dedicate the new curtains for our Aron Kodesh, the new cover for the Amud, and our newly turned Torah handles. Without the gener-ous contributions of talent and dollars by members and friends of our congregation, these beautiful en-hancements to our sanctuary would not have been possible. Join us on this special evening as we honor those who have honored us with their gifts. May, these generous and loving deeds serve as an inspira-tion and lesson for each of us.

Shalom
Linda Perkel, President

 

The most up-to-date information:

 MITZVAH DAY IS JUNE 7, 2015--SIGN UP NOW!

 The third annual Mitzvah Day will be held on Sunday, June 7th. If you have not yet registered to work on a project there are still many jobs to be done. Please contact Linda Reihs or Bonnie Cooper to sign up. Bring your items for collections to the synagogue before Mitzvah Day or that morning. (Registration forms have been mailed to you-you can also download )

 Reminder: Special Shabbat service on Friday, June 5, 7:30 pm to honor the volunteers and a Kick-off breakfast on Sunday, June 7, 9:30am.

We are looking forward to working with you on this great day of giving back to the community of Henderson County. All members of Agudas Israel Congregation, their family and friends, who want to be part of this important day, are encouraged to participate. On this day as we will join hands in our commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of our imperfect world. What a wonderful feeling to know that, together, we can make it all happen. Special thanks to all of the volunteers who spent many hours baking and working on these projects.


MITZVAH DAY COLLECTIONS

We are collecting for: Mainstay Women’s Shelter, IAM, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Only Hope WNC-Hendersonville, PACE (PACE=Program of all-inclusive care for elderly, part of CarePartners), Books For Good, Inc., and the Blue Ridge Humane Society. These agencies  have requested the items listed below. Please place them in the specially marked boxes, found in the Kaplan Room.

Items Needed:

  • UNOPENED hotel size Toiletries (shampoo, lotion, soap, new combs, note pads, greeting cards, pens or pencils, etc.) for Rescue Mission, Mainstay, Only Hope WNC, IAM
  • NEW Toothbrushes & Toothpaste for amenity bags for Rescue Mission, Mainstay, Only Hope WNC, IAM
  • Dry Dog & Cat Food, Blankets, Towels, Pet supplies* for Humane Society
  • Diapers & Baby Wipes (all sizes) for Mainstay
  • Feminine Products, cosmetic bags, and unopened cosmetics for Mainstay
  • Manicure supplies for Mainstay and PACE
  • Healthy snacks: shelf stable-individual servings of raisins, granola bars, fruit cups, fruit chews, non-sugar individual cereal boxes, 100% Juice boxes for Mainstay and Only Hope WNC children
  • Food Bank requests: creamy peanut butter, CANNED tuna, meals (no pork or shellfish), fruits, chunky soups, 100% juice for IAM
  • School Supplies and Art Supplies (construction paper, crayons, jewelry beads) for Only Hope WNC and PACE
  • Costume Jewelry and accessories in good condition for Dress for Success for Mainstay residents
  • Books for Literacy program in good condition for Books for Good, Inc.

TULIPS-DAFFODILS-IRISES -ARMARYLLIS

Tulip Red Dixie Glory    Daffodils William the Silent       Iris Professor Blauw    Armaryllis Blossom Peacock         [ Just a sampling of the beautiful bulbs offered]       

The Bloomin' Buddies - Agudas Israel Sisterhood Ladies are selling bulbs!

Agudas Israel Sisterhood is thrilled to be able to offer you premium flower bulbs directly from Holland that produce magnificent flowers. Watch for the yellow envelope to come in the mail with a full color brochure and order form.
(Brochure is shown here in four pages-click on the number to see them: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Ordering is Easy to Do:
1.Select the items you want and check them off on the order form – no later than July 1, 2015;
2.Total your order and make check payable to Agudas Israel Sisterhood and return in the enclosed envelope.
3.Your bulbs will be delivered to Agudas beginning of October and you will be notified to pick them up.
4.If you winter in Florida, you might wish to select an Amaryllis to be sent to you for $10 shipping or choose to send one as a gift to a family member or friend, or choose bulbs to beautify Agudas Israel. They make great gifts.
Questions? Contact Bonnie Cooper, 828.435.0979

 

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015sisterhood fashion show


 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015

MJF logo with Hendersonville

 Order your T-shirt with matching hat today by clicking here!

A Community Event for Everyone!

Featuring:

Traditional Jewish Food! How We Celebrate! Holiday Crafts! Music!

Click here to see information flyer!

 


 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 


 

mah jongg mania logoMAHJ MANIA

Sunday, August 9, 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) Click here for more information.  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 page...you do not have to have a facebook account to view our page....see photos...LIKE US...the most up-to-date information: https://www.facebook.com/agudas.israel

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.  


 

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.

BROTHERHOOD & SISTERHOOD JOINED TOGETHER ON SUNDAY JULY 6TH TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY, FATHER'S DAY, AND INDEPENDANCE DAY.  See photos by clicking here.

 
SHOPPING MADE EASY WITH AGUDAS ISRAEL GIFT CARDS

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 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.)

 


 

 

 

Upcoming Events

May
28

05.28.2015 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

May
28

05.28.2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May
31

05.31.2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jun
1

06.01.2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Jun
4

06.04.2015 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Jun
4

06.04.2015 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jun
4

06.04.2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jun
4

06.04.2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm