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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shabbat, 30 Sivan 5777

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

The most up-to-date information:

Matzah Ball Chicken Soup - just a few are still availabe...Call today! ?Questions? Email Karen Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Enjoy! 

Tot Shabbat



FIRST FRIDAYS, 6:30 PM TOT SHABBATJoin us for our first Tot Shabbat. This is open to the entire Hendersonville 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:

ADULT LEARNING WITH RABBI SANDY MARCUS AT LUNCH & LEARN-WEDNESDAYS, NOON-1:30pm: We are delighted to announce that our very own Rabbi Sandy Marcus will be teaching two more classes...Please join us for this series: THE  JEWISH PEOPLE:  UNITY AND DIVERSITY

Wednesday, June 28 - “Conflicting Ideologies” -  Sectarianism and abandonment of Judaism from the Second Temple period through the middle ages.
Wednesday, July 12 - “Movements NOT Sects”  - The development of diverse expressions of Jewish identity in the present day, including Reform, Conservatism, Reconstructionism, Modern Orthodoxy, Humanistic Judaism, Jewish Renewal and Ipse Dixit.

Front page July 2017 Fashion ShowANNUAL SISTERHOOD FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON AT THE HENDERSONVILLE COUNTRY CLUB, TUESDAY, JULY 25, 11AM Click here for invitation and reservations 





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

Summertime! A time of year for which we have all been waiting. The new Bearfootin’ bears have been revealed on Main Street, Rhythm and Brews is back, and most days, the sun is warming the grass. And while we are engaging in activities around town, I want to encourage us to also remember Shabbat. I do not only mean coming to services at Agudas, but also what Shabbat can mean. It is the marker of the week. It differentiates the everyday from the sacred. It is a time for us to be intentional. Kavvanah, the Hebrew word for intention, is often used as a counter to keva, the Hebrew word for fixed. The idea that the act we are doing is with full intention, full present-ness. While these words are frequently used to describe prayer, I believe they can describe our Shabbat practices, as well as our daily ones. For example, pausing before eating in order to take a moment to appreciate what it took for the food to be in front of you,   or hesitating a moment when stepping outside to feel the humidity, the temperature, the smell of the air. While walking downtown, looking at people in the eyes to see one another can add to our humanity.


We can take the same ideas for Shabbat kavvanah. Perhaps we will take the time to kindle the Shabbat candlesticks. Perhaps we will take the time to go for an extended walk around the park. Perhaps we will not rush when we are on the phone with a long distance friend. Perhaps we will just be. These moments of kavvanah can create a sense of people hood. Our hope is that we take these instances and translate them to actions of humanness. This is captured in the poem: “With a Kiss” by Danny Siegel:

It is the little acts, positioned in the day, that make us: the kissing of the fallen book which doesn’t feel; not using the chumash , the Talmud, as a thing to lean on for other words; be they poetry books or tax forms (they take no precedence, watch where you lean); not mistaking a pushka for a paperweight; kissing (again) the mezuzah as we pass through or pass from (both passages ordained, be cognizant); the covering of the challah till the time, wine blessed, tasted, hands washed, is right; the kissing (again) of tzitzit; the kissing of the Torah scrolls when they are marched by, the kissing (yet again), before closing, of the siddur.

From these, justice, and menschlichkeit. Lifting the fallen back we may, just may someday lift the fallen neighbor, the stranger, who feels, with a kiss.

May this month bring us closer to lifting up one another.

With many blessings for moments of kavvanah,

Rabbi Rachael Jackson




Dr. Linda Perkel


June brings summer, a full complement of our congregants, endings and beginnings. At Agudas Israel, June marks the end of our fiscal year. It is a time to look back and reflect on what we accomplished during the year. I will try to touch on the highlights. This past year, our fundraising began with a wondrously successful Mountain Jewish Festival. This set the stage for what was to come. Our cooking and baking was so well received that the balabustas have continued to bake and cook for fun and profit. In September, we put on a well received and profitable concert featuring pianist Christopher Tavernier. Finally, in January we were entertained by Amici Music’s Jewish Jazz program.

Our Membership Committee had a busy year. Under their leadership we enjoyed Trivia Night, Wine and Cheese Social, and Bring a Friend Shabbat. Upcoming is our New Member Recognition Shabbat. The committee is also working on a new membership packet and we have a template for a beautiful new membership brochure.

Under the auspices of our Caring Committee, those of our members who are ill and or isolated have been visited, received holiday gifts, offered follow up from our congregational nurse, and generally been watched over. The Caring Committee is also responsible for working with families who have suffered a loss, offering comfort and providing assistance with bereavement arrangements. Nurse Judy works with the Caring Committee and also has provided wellness programs for the congregation.

The Ritual Committee has been very busy. Our Jewish year began with beautiful High Holy Day services where we were introduced to the new Machzors available. I am delighted to say that we received generous donations that allowed us to purchase these books in time for the next High Holy Days. We ended Yom Kippur as a community at Break the Fast. What else? We celebrated Sukkot under our beautiful new pergola, enjoyed a delicious Chanukah dinner complements of Sisterhood, heard the story of Purim a la Dr. Seuss (what a hoot!), indulged in a delicious Chocolate Seder and held a wonderful Congregational Seder.

Coming up! A Cheesecake Bakeoff to celebrate Shavuot. Yom Hashoah brought us Walter Ziffer who shared his experience as a Holocaust survivor. Our work for Tikkun Olam began with Mitzvah Day. Once again we had almost 100 people participate. More than 10 agencies received the fruits of our labor, whether painting, cleaning, building, providing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cookies baked and given to our police and firemen. To more fully engage in social action and at the recommendation of our Mitzvah Day chairpersons and with the support of the board, we have initiated a Mitzvah Opportunity of the Month program. We feature agencies each month that are looking for volunteers to support their work. As part of this endeavor we participated in MLK: A Day on: A day of Service, enlisted volunteers for feed the kids and IAM. Keep your eye out for projects that may interest you.

There is so much more…

Jewish Family Services began a satellite program for their Elder Club that meets each Wednesday. Rabbi Jackson has adult education programs on Tuesday nights, Lunch n’ Learn on Wednesdays, and Torah study on alternating Saturdays. Come and join her. Her classes are packed as we all enjoy her engaging and informative classes. Our speaker series continues. Its intent is to more fully inform us of the resources within our community. We heard from the CEO of St. Gerard’s House, Pisgah Legal Services, and most recently from Police Chief Bobbie Trotter. You will notice a few new things within Agudas Israel. We have enhanced security cameras to further improve our safety. We have an electronic directory for your use. All you have to do is download an APP. We now have Shabbat siddurs thanks to another generous donation. These are smaller than the original books and easier to handle.

Finally, we have embarked on a long-range, strategic planning initiative. Our aim is to clarify our Mission and Vision, establish objectives and strategies that will enable us to make decisions that are in the best interest of the congregation. You all received the member survey. That information has been collated and the results are helping to drive our thinking. A Strategic Planning Committee has been at work and has developed a Mission and Vision statement. We will present this at the annual meeting. There is still much work to be done and I am hoping and looking forward to your feedback and participation as we move forward in this effort. I am sure I have left things out. We have been so busy. The most important thing to know is that none of this could have been done without the help of each of you. Your being a member, working on a committee, spearheading a project, giving us ideas, making a donation; all of these things enable us to do what we do. You each bring us a special gift and I am so thankful for every one of you. Together we will continue to succeed and continue in our commitment to assure that Agudas Israel’s future is secure.

Shalom, Dr. Linda Perkel, President


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


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


06.24.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


06.25.2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am


06.28.2017 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


06.28.2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


06.29.2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


06.29.2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


06.30.2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


07.01.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm