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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shishi, 5 Av 5777

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

The most up-to-date information:

Tot Shabbat

FIRST FRIDAYS, 6pm, AUGUST 4TH & SEPTEMBER 1STJoin us for Tot Shabbat and Pizza with Rabbi Jackson and Song Leader, Penny White on August 4th and September 1st! This is open to the entire Community. Tot Shabbat is an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with our children, teach them to love Judaism, and help them know Agudas Israel as a second home. Experience a service especially created for our youngest members (ages 7 and under) and a chance to get to know other families in our community. See the article in the Times-News by going to:


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 IS OUR FIFTH ANNUAL MITZVAH DAY! If you have not yet registered to work on a project, please complete the registration form (see below) and return it to the Agudas office.   For your convenience, forms are also available in the office. Reminder: Kick-off breakfast on Sunday, August 20, 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. Chairs: Natalie Zitnick and Karen Murray Click here for the 2017 Application...SIGN UP NOW!

FOLLOW THE TORAH and PLANT A TREE IN ISRAEL IN HONOR OF OR IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE. Click here to download the donation form.


BIMAH HONORS: This is an open invitation....Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special even by having Friday night Bimah Honors. Please call Marilyn Rosen at 828-290-5333 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Join the excitment and participate in this Cost Saving Project for Agudas Israel. Help us save money and energy by contributing to the "LET THERE BE LIGHT" project. $18 will buy 3 energy efficient LED light bulbs, $36=6, $54=9, and $72 will buy a dozen.Send in with your check and indicate on your check that it is for this project.

MEMBERSHIP: lf you would like information about joining our wonderful congregation, please contact our Membership Chair, Barbara Gittleman. by calling the Agudas office.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES - Check the pamphlet with the schedule of classes that will take place throughout the year.  There are a wide variety of subjects and skills that you may be interested in.  See the dates and make sure you register before the deadlines.  Click here for COURSE BROCHURE for classes.

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.

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 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 -  To register contact Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838.


Rabbi Jackson Photo

What an amazing year it has been! I have now been with our community for two incredible years and feel at home here. As I look at the coming year, as I begin to prepare for the Days of Awe, and, as I continue to get to know each of you, I would like to share the following. It appeared a number of years ago in a congregational bulletin. My colleagues and I have been unable to identify its author [nonetheless, thank you to Rabbi Fred Greene for exposing me to it. I also amended the gendered language to make it a little easier to read]. I hope it shares another insight into my hopes for our relationship in the years to come…

What does a rabbi really want? She wants people whose lives are rooted in convictions, to whom our heritage is precious, to whom God is a reality, to whom holiness is a goal, to whom the Sabbath is a joy, to whom compassion is a standard, to whom the best possible Jewish education is a necessity, to whom Judaism is a way of living and a way of thinking for themselves and for their children.

What a rabbi really wants is to have a synagogue that is worthy of its name. One that is both physically and spiritually inspiring. One that has in it not only fine furnishings and good architecture but also the presence of God, the sound of Torah, and the spirit of friendship. It must be a place in which love and devotion are invested as well as dollars, a place in which friendships have deepened and people have matured, in which joy and strength and solace and direction can be obtained.

What a rabbi really wants to have are open minds and open hearts that will respond to her and to Torah. She does not need to have sycophants who will agree with whatever she says, but she needs people who know how to disagree in love and how to give and take criticism with kindness. She wants to be with her people in their time of joy and in their time of trouble so that she can help them find a divine dimension in both. A rabbi may need many things in order to be happy; like all human beings she needs health, enjoyment and a good home life....

What a rabbi really wants to have are people who will understand that she is not a superman/superwoman, nor is she a non-person. She wants people who will realize that she cannot pray for them or study for them or do anything for them, but that she can do a great many things with them.

What a rabbi really wants is to be able to stand up before God at the end of her days and say: “Master of the Universe, these are the people whom you have entrusted unto me. They are good people. They are loyal to Your Torah. They try to keep Your commandments. They try to live by Your light. They are just and kind and good, and I love them.” I pray that this coming year is a good one. That we work together to deepen our relationships, one to the other. That we work together to strengthen our already strong congregation. That we work together to lift up our spirits.

With many blessings, Rabbi Rachael Jackson



Dr. Linda Perkel

As we start our new fiscal year at Agudas Israel, it seems a good time to focus on our goals for this year. Our long range planning committee is working to transform the newly defined vision and mission statement into strategic goals and objectives. As I’ve said before, this will enable the Board to make decisions that are consistent with our aims and are the best utilization of our resources. This month, and in subsequent months, you will see information from the strategic planning committee. It will be noticeable under our strategic planning logo and is intended to keep each and every one of you informed of our progress. As we move forward we hope to get many of you involved and certainly will appreciate your feedback.

Regarding the coming year, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to offer a warm, welcoming and caring environment for all who enter our synagogue. Beyond that and pending the completion of the strategic planning process, these are goals I have established for the coming year:

Finance: Continue to explore ways to strengthen our financial base with dues, donations and fundraising activities. Achieve 100% recommitment of the Presidents Club and attract new members. The Presidents Club plays a significant role in reducing operational deficits of the synagogue. Create a +1 culture, a culture where those of us who can, pay dues plus whatever we can. Enroll more individuals in our Legacy Program which will serve to help to secure the future for the next generations. Explore fun and profitable fundraising activities.

 Membership: Work with the membership committee to develop strategies for increasing membership and supporting and sustaining our current members. Assure a proactive strategy for those who visit or contact our congregation to identify how we can meet their needs in the Jewish community. Continue social activities that enhance our sense of community and camaraderie. I am delighted that Phyllis Bentley has agreed to take on the Social Committee and I hope some of you will assist her in this effort.

Ritual: Work with Rabbi Jackson and Cya Ashley, our new committee chair to continue to enhance our spiritual events. In addition to the new Machzorim for the High Holy Days, I am hoping that we can gender financial support for visual technology that will enhance our Shabbat services.

Tikkun Olam – increase our activities in the community to support our philosophy in “repairing the world”.

Communication: I want to continue to work to ensure that information is shared with the congregation in a transparent and timely manner. Bonnie Cooper does a great job with our website but she needs help with both the website and someone to keep our Facebook page up to date. Please let me know if you are interested.

 I need someone to take on the job of Oneg Chair. Not as daunting a job as it sounds. Talk to me.

I need a new publicity chair. Let me know if you are interested in taking this on.

Our Caring Committee, Security Committee and House Committee do a great job and I will continue to support their efforts on our behalf.

As always, there is a lot to be done here at Agudas Israel. I know that I can count on so many of you to support us in ways that are meaningful to you.

Shalom. Dr. Linda Perkel, President


Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for July by clicking Chai Lites July 2017

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“Agudas Israel is a center for Jewish living in Henderson County and beyond, inclusive of all aspects of worship, learning, community, and culture.”


Agudas Israel is a warm, welcoming diverse congregation located in Henderson County, NC. That inspires our members to a love of God, Torah and Israel. It is a center for all Jewish people who seek to develop and enhance their lives through worship, learning, community involvement, culture and social interaction. We are committed to keeping our Jewish heritage intact for present and future generations.

Rabbi Jackson's High Holy Days Sermons 5777 (Chick here to read all four sermons from this year's services)

See what books we have in the Agudas Israel Library for you to check out by clicking here: AGUDAS ISRAEL LIBRARY

See photos of our Mountain Jewish Festival from August 21, 2016 by clicking here: Mountain Jewish Festival photos 2016.

See photos from our Annual Sisterhood Fashion Show, August 2, 2016 by clicking here: Sisterhood Fashion Show 2016

Upcoming Events

07.29.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Torah Study
07.30.2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting
08.01.2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adult Ed
08.02.2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Caring Committee Mtg
08.02.2017 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Elder Club
08.02.2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch n' Learn
08.02.2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ritual Comm Mtg