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Yom Rivii, 18 Elul 5775

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Message from Rabbi Rachael Jackson

 Shana Tovah umetukah. שָׁנָׁה טוֹבָׁה!


 Rabbi Jackson PhotoThis is a time of transition. Our seasons are transitioning from the fast-paced sum-mer to the more meandering autumn. Our congregation is transitioning with a new rabbi. Our Jewish calendar is transitioning into the High Holy Days, the yamim nora’im.
This month of September will be full of awe. We still have some time during the month of Elul to reflect on this past year. Early this month, on September 5, we will mark the start of the season with a Selichot service. The Bimah will transition from the usual red colors to the reflective white. This is such a visual cue to where we are in the calendar.
I would like to invite each of us to think about preparation. Think about all the work that went into the Mountain Jewish Festival. Think about all the work we put into celebrations. We pay attention to details such as guest lists, menus, decorations, and the like. Think about the last trip you made—reservations for car, airplane, hotels, activities scheduled, and restaurants chosen.
And now think about the High Holy Days. What preparations are we engaging in for them? Are we thinking about the guest list? Is God on it? Are we thinking about the food we bring for the break-the-fast? What about food for the soul? Are we thinking about what to wear? What about what to feel?
This is a time for t’shuva, t’filah, tzedakah—repentance, prayer, charity. We can, and ought to, prepare for each of these. T’shuva: repentance. Re-flect on who needs forgiveness—yourself, your family, your friends, your enemies, God. T’filah: prayer. Contemplate what you need to do to get ready to really be present during High Holy Day services and beyond. Tzedakah: charity. Consider who is need in the community and how we can each serve them best.
The High Holy Days are not a holiday. Rosh Hashanah is not like the secular New Year. We are given this gift and it is up to us to engage with it. I encourage us to not let perfection get in the way of the good as we go forward.

Friends, don’t be a perfectionsist.
Perfectionism is a curse, and a strain.
For you tremble les you miss the bulls-eye.
You are perfect if you let be.
Friend, don’t be afraid of mistakes.
Mistakes are not sins. Mistakes are ways of
doing something different, perhaps creatively
Friends, don’t be sorry for your mistakes.
Be proud of them. You had the courage to
give something of yourself.
[by Fritz Perls]

May this year be a year of goodness and sweetness. Shana Tovah umetukah. שָׁנָׁה טוֹבָׁה!
With many blessings for the new year,
Rabbi Rachael Jackson

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 President’s Message

Linda PerkelWe are in the season of reflection and renewal, and it seems logical that one follows the other.

As I re-flect, my reaction is, Wow! It is almost impossible to recount all that has transpired recently at Agudas Israel. For months now, a dedicated group of people have been working to make a dream become a reality. Under the leadership of Carol Leaman, Natalie Zitnick, Bonnie Cooper and Sherry Harris there was baking and cooking, ads sold, t-shirts designed, promotions sent out, signs made, volunteers enlisted, and a thousand other details handled to hold our first Mountain Jewish Festival here at Agudas Israel. We held our breaths, prayed, and hoped upon hope that people would show up. Who was going to eat all that food? Well they sure did come, 1500 of them. It was a day of hard work, joy, and celebration for the enormous effort on the part of so many people to make this inaugural event a success. I am in awe of this congregation and the communal effort put forth on its behalf. Although it seems inadequate, I can only offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

With all this to be happy about, we enter the time of renewal, the time to try and get things right. As a congregational family, I believe we are in a good place. We have a wonderful new Rabbi to guide us and a membership that seems to be filled with energy and commitment. But, there is always work to be done. Let us continue to strive to assure our doors are open to all who wish to enter. Let us welcome all who enter with friendship. Let those of you who are part of our family participate in positive ways, working on projects and in committees, contributing to our continued success. Let us continue to contribute to Tikkum Olam through food drives, volunteerism, and participating in Mitzvah Day. Above all, let us continue to come together as a community, sharing our strengths, resources and blessings.

Linda Perkel, President


The most up-to-date information:

SELICHOT SERVICE - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30pm - Wine and Cheese/Study session/Selichot service

LARKS BOOK CLUB -Wednesday, September 2, 4pm Slave and Sister, by Sabra Waldfogel. Come join us for a book discussion.  For more information contact Toby Linder - 828-692-0061

BROTHERHOOD  " Wine Down Wednesday" September 9, 2015 at 5:30pm-8pm - a wine tasking sponsored by Agudas Israel Brotherhood, at JUST VINO Wine Store and Bistro, Flat Rock. Reserve your tickets NOW for tastings of Eight (8) wines both red and white plus snacks and Hors D’oeuvres. Invite your family and friends. $15/PP. Checks payable to Agudas Israel BROTHERHOOD.

JFS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Wednesday, September 9, 11am  Volunteers needed for JFS.  Packing helpers and drivers.  For more information contact Ariella Fleet- 828-253-2900

BREAK-THE-FAST, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, immediately following the Yom Kippur Neiliah/Havdalah Service - Please make your reservations by September 16 by contacting Marilyn Rosen 828-290-5333, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and bring your dairy dish to the synagogue by Tuesday, September 22.

Click here to download flyer: Break the Fast 2015.

MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL - SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015 See Photo album of this fabulous day!!

HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE: For tickets, contact the Agudas office 828.693.9838

 HHDSchedule 2015

 MITZVAH DAY COLLECTIONS - We are now collecting toiletries for Mitzvah Day, scheduled next August 2016.  Please place all items in the box in the Kaplan room at Agudas.  We are collecting UNOPENED/NEW shampoo, conditioner, soap, combs, lotions, toothbrushes & toothpaste, etc. We need small sample sizes as well as regular sized item.   

 SHOPPING MADE EASY WITH AGUDAS ISRAEL GIFT CARDS...FOR THE MONTHS AUGUST-DECEMBER YOU CAN NOW USE YOUR CHARGE CARD (STILL GET YOUR MILES) AND PURCHASE GIFT CARDS TO SUPPORT AGUDAS ISRAEL. 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.


 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

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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 Susan at Agudas Israel's office, 828.693.9838