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Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Rivii, 20 Av 5776

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

"A RICH BLEND" of the Greatest Piano Classics featuring Pianist, Christopher Tavernier...Sunday, September 25, 2 pm at pay pal logothe Flat Rock Playhouse Theater, Downtown Hendersonville. Tickets are $35.00 each. Click on the PayPal button to purchase your tickets today!


 Rabbi Jackson Photo August at Agudas Israel is an incredibly busy month: Sister-hood Fashion Show (Aug 2), Coffee and Dessert (Aug 3), Sisterhood Installation Shabbat (Aug 12), an outdoor Shabbat service (Aug 19), and, of course, Mountain Jewish Festival (Aug 21). And, this year, Tisha b’Av (Aug 13). I am sure you will hear about these other events elsewhere in this issue of the Chai Lites, and therefore I would like to touch on the meaning of Tisha b’Av.

Not only does this date, the ninth of Av, commemorate the destruction of the First Temple, the Second Temple, and other calamities in Jewish history, but it also represents the start of the High Holy Day season. This date comes exactly seven weeks before Rosh Hashanah, a time meant for reflection and renewal. In a book by Rabbi Alan Lew, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, he says this of Tisha b’Av:

[It] is the moment of turning, the moment we turn away from denial and begin to face exile and alienation as they manifest themselves in our own lives—in our alienation and estrangement from God, in our alienation from ourselves and from others. Teshuva—turning, repentance—is the gesture by which we seek to heal this alienation and to find at-one-ment: to connect to God, to reconcile with others, and to anchor our-selves in the ground of our actual circumstances, so that it is this reality that shapes our actions and not just the habitual and unconscious momentum of our lives.

In between all the festivities, and there are many, we should each take some time to reflect about our true reality. We should take the time to look at the relationships in our lives and see that we are bring-ing meaningfulness to them. We should take the time to look into ourselves and slowly start the internal conversation of turning, of teshuva. For all the other conversations we will have in the coming month, and we will have plenty, I hope that this can be among them.

May you have an enjoyable and meaningful month!

With blessings, bivracha

Rabbi Rachael Jackson



Dr. Linda PerkelJuly brought together a new Board of Directors for Agudas Israel Congregation. We gathered together for our first meeting in the sanctuary in order to re-mind ourselves of the meaning of the work we will be doing. We acknowledge, first and foremost, our job is to keep our place secure as our Jewish home and assure that our congregation will be there for the generations that follow us.
I feel very positive about the coming year. We are energized by the new members coming into our con-gregation, by the programs and activities ongoing and planned, and by our Rabbi who inspires us in so many ways.
All that we do, all that we accomplish, is done by you, our members. The way that occurs is through the work of the committees. Committees are the life-blood of the congregation. Our current committees include Membership, Ritual, Caring, Security, House, and Fundraising. I encourage you to consider your own interests and expertise, and to see which committee is the best fit for you. If you have any questions or ideas please don’t hesitate to speak with me. Committee participation is a bond that keeps us together, fosters relationships, and ultimately helps us accomplish our goals.
Dr. Linda Perkel, President

Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for June by clicking Chai Lites August 2016


The most up-to-date information:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1pm - BROTHERHOOD END OF SUMMER - LABOR DAY BBQ - Enjoy Good Food (Hamburgers & Hot Dogs), Good Friends, and Good Times at this end of summer BBQ at Agudas Israel. $18pp non-member and $15pp Brotherhood Member and family - Call the Agudas office for reservations (by August 22)...send in your check to AI Brotherhood-marked for BBQ.

“Great Piano Classics” at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Main Street in Hendersonville... Individual tickets cost $35.00, pay pal logowhich includes a glass of wine and lite refreshm
ents... OPTIONS TO PURCHASE TICKETS: click on the PayPal logo to buy your tickets online or contact the Agudas Israel Congregation Office (828-693-9838) or Hendersonville Visitors Center (201 South Main Street) Come join us for a delightful afternoon.


SISTERHOOD ROSH HASHANAH HONEY PROGRAM - Want to spread the sweetness of the New Year? Agudas Israel Sisterhood will make it easy for you to do just that! Send a jar of Rosh Hashanah honey for only $15 (including shipping) with just a few simple steps: ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 TO GUARANTEE ARRIVAL BEFORE ROSH HASHANAH...Simply click here to order a jar of honey.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2pm - SISTERHOOD PRIVATE WINERY TOUR AND WINE TASTING: Join Sisterhood for a special private Winery Tour with Wine Tasting (along with a Hard Cider) and light snacks at St. Paul's Winery (just a few miles off Four Season’s Highway at 588 Chestnut Gap Road). The cost will be $15 for non-members and discounted price of $10 for all Sisterhood members...payment to be made to me upon arrival. Everyone is invited. We will meet at the Winery. Please RSVP to Joan Kershner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call her at: 828 243 2929. Join the fun...we hope to see you there.

MARCH 1-8, 2017 - TRIP TO ISRAEL - "ABRAHAM'S LEGACY TOUR", led by Rabbi Phil Bentley and Talia Goldman.  Click here for more information: Trip to Israel Flier (deadline to register is September 15, 2016)

THE HOLOCAUST, Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning, Wednesday, September 28, Ocotber 5, 19, 26, 1-3pm - A 4 Session Course on The Holocaust, will be presented by Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning at Blue Ridge Community College. BRCC Member Fee: $50, Non-Member Fee: $70...What are the lessons of the Holocaust? How did an extreme radical, anti-Semitic political party gain control of a culturally advanced European nation and lead it into the most horrific World War in history?  This course will focus on the causes, acts and effects of the WWII Jewish holocaust offering directions for current and future national and international policies. Ari Landau, the Presenter, is a second generation survivor of the Nazi death camps. His father survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen. You can get much more information at:, or by calling:828.694.1740.

 "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.

GIFT CARDS:  The funds raised by the Gift Card Program go into theSisterhood Building Beautification Fund. If you would like to order gift cards for contact Carol Leaman: 828.693.0145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Helps support our fundraising efforts to keep Agudas Israel alive!

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.

MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL - To see photos from 2015's event click here: See Photo album of this fabulous day!

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 -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 Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838

Upcoming Events


08.25.2016 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


08.25.2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


08.26.2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


08.27.2016 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


08.28.2016 9:30 am - 11:00 am


08.31.2016 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


08.31.2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


09.01.2016 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm