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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Chamishi, 25 Adar 5777

The Center for Jewish Living in Henderson County!

The most up-to-date information:


Tot Shabbat FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 6:30 PM TOT SHABBAT WITH SONG LEADER PENNY WHITE. Join us for our first Tot Shabbat. This is open to the entire Hendersonville Community. (The next one will be Friday, April 28th.) 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

Matzah Ball Chicken Soup for Passover...Back by popular request...Order deadline Friday, March 24, Pick-up Friday, March 31Attached is the flier to pre-order ?Questions? Email Karen Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Enjoy! {VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED...We will be cooking soup and matzah balls Sunday/Monday March 26-27...if you are interested in working with us, contact Karen Murray}

Friday, March 31, 6:30pm - Bat Mitzvah of Charlotte Bailey Schwartz  - Please join us when Charlotte will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. Everyone is invited to join our family at our Simcha on this wonderful occasion. There will be an Oneg with celebration and Klezmer music to follow

THE CONGREAGIONAL PASSOVER SEDER-TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 5:30 PM AT AGUDAS ISRAEL Enjoy a catered Passover meal and Service with your Congregational Family. Chick here for the flyer and reservation information. THE ABSOLUTE RESERVATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 4TH.

yomhashoahSUNDAY, APRIL 23, 7PM - YOM HASHOAH PROGRAM AND SERVICE - In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dr. Walter Ziffer, author of “Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for God”,will be speaking at Agudas Israel Synagogue,followed by a book signing. The evening will also include a remembrance service. Light refreshments will be served.

 STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE: chick here to download survey

Front page February 2017 STRATEGIC PLANNING

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:

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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

Throughout each month, we have many occasions on which to come together. March is no different. From our Shabbat services to our adult education sessions, from the Brotherhood to the Sisterhood, from groups to games, there is always a way to make synagogue a part of your life. This month we have an additional reason to come to synagogue: PURIM! We will join as a community on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30pm for a bit of revelry, levity, hilarity, and just some plain-old-fun. As we highly encouraged last year, we will again highly encourage everyone to come in costume. Last year we spoke about masks and that we can sometimes be our truest selves when we are theoretically anonymous. This year, we can explore the possibility of being, or at least dressing like, someone else. Stemming from medieval times, there has been a custom to dress like your opposite gender—men with dresses and women with neckties. In addition to being potentially hilarious, this act can also give each of us a little insight into another. What is it like to be in a dress? How does it feel to wear a necktie? How do other people perceive me when I look a certain way? Costumes give us the freedom to explore a range of emotions and have varied experiences that might not otherwise exist. I believe we can then take that experience and hopefully extrapolate to our daily living. We can be more cognizant regarding our treatment of other people, often based solely upon appearances. Costumes can encourage empathy—something we can all use more of. I hope to see you all in costume when we come together to celebrate Purim.

And now, for a bit of humor: Top Ten Rejected Purim Shpeil Titles

10. The Megillah Files

 9. Mr. Haman's Neighborhood

8. Lethal Haman

7. Sleepless in Shushan

6. You've Got Scroll

5. My Best Friend's Wedding: A Shushan Story

4. Morderocky V

3. Shushan Don't Bother Me

2. The Queens of King (Ahasuerus) And the Number

1 Rejected Purim Shpeil Title is: Hangin' with Mr. Haman


Rabbi Rachael Jackson


Dr. Linda Perkel

As March arrives we think of Purim and hope for spring. I love the springtime because everyday there is evidence of new beginnings; from the forsythia, to the daffodils, to the tulips, on and on it goes. Of course, this year, spring may be a little confused. The daffodils were blooming in February and winter was a mild pussycat. At Agudas Israel there is no confusion. We will celebrate Purim, one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar while at the same time remembering that this holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Persia. Joy and reflection, it happens over and over. This is who we are. So as we approach springtime, I so appreciate our ability to move forward, working hard to see that our synagogue is secure both in the present and in the future. Our strategic planning program is progressing and will require significant reflection before a meaningful plan can be achieved. While doing this, we have such a good time together, sharing meals, schmoozing at onegs, cooking chicken soup, celebrating b’nai mitzvahs. This is our joy. Wishing you all a springtime of joyful beginnings. 


Dr. Linda Perkel, President


Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for March by clicking Chai Lites March 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


03.23.2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


03.25.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


03.26.2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am


03.29.2017 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


03.30.2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


03.30.2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


03.31.2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm