Rabbi Zehavi’s Message…

On the upcoming holiday of Shavu’ot (5/20), we celebrate the wheat harvest, first fruits, and the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai. Preparing to receive revelation is not a simple matter. The People of Israel spent three days spiritually and physically readying themselves. Even with that preparation, and after all of the miraculous encounters they had already experienced with God, when the sounds came forth from the mountaintop they were too scared to listen. They sent Moses in their place.

This might be one of the reasons we spend seven entire weeks preparing for Shavu’ot after the beginning of Passover, counting the 49 days of the ‘omer. We keep reminding ourselves of what’s ahead, attuning ourselves to the approaching experience of revelation. But what will prepare us to be able to listen? What will give us the ability to hear what there is for us to hear and know what their is for us to know in our moments of revelation this year?

At the Tikkun Lel Shavu’ot this year, we will playfully engage in a variety of intuitive practices that will open us to listening to the “still, small voice.” (I Kings 19:12) Please consider joining us:

Tikkun Lel Shavu’ot ~ Evening of Intuitive Practice
7:00pm Saturday, May 19 at the Zehavi residence (225 Arlington St.)
• Light meal with singing and a teaching
• Meditation
• Havdalah
• Journaling
• Intuitive painting
Please RSVP by 5/16 if you plan to join us.
The tikkun will be our preparation for a community-wide day of learning on Sunday morning, May 20. The theme will be “Generation to Generation: Receiving Our Heritage.”

Shavu’ot Day of Learning
Sunday, May 20 in the Sanctuary and Social Hall
• 9:00am – Morning service (led with the religious school students), Hallel, The Book of Ruth
• 10:00am – Refreshments and 1st learning session
• Kids – Songs of Torah
• Adults – The Modern Jewish Movements: How did we get here?
• 10:30am – 2nd learning session
• Kids and adults – Traditional Jewish cooking + How to make “Kosher” pickles (in kitchen). Please RSVP by 5/16 so that we have enough supplies for everyone.
• Adults – Community exploration of the Book of Ruth
• 11:00am – Torah Reading (The 10 Commandments), Musaf
• Conclude with a festive meal

I look forward to deepening our connection to the chain that takes us back to Sinai. May we merit to listen to the voice that called to our ancestors and continues to speak to us today.

In blessing,
Rabbi Zehavi


Mazel Tov to:
Ken and Nancy Hanson on the birth of their grandson, Liev Ross Hanson on March 13. Liev is the son of Jeremy and Sarah Hanson.

Service Times:
Fridays: 6:30pm
Saturdays: 9:30am
Thursdays: 7:15 Morning Minyan

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
Friday, May 4 – 7:20pm
Friday, May 11 – 7:37pm
Friday, May 18 – 7:44pm
Friday, May 25 – 7:51pm


Musical Friday Night – 6:30pm – May 4

This will be our last musical service of the year. We hope you can make it!
Come and experience a special Kabbalat Shabbat service, as Ashira leads us
in her beautiful melodies with harp and piano. The service will take place in the sanctuary.
No potluck dinner this month

Family Friday Night – 6:30pm – May 11
Join us for a song-filled and kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service together with the
religious school graduation ceremony! Ashira will lead us with guitar and piano.
The service will take place in the sanctuary.
No potluck dinner this month.

Shabbat Service 9:30 a.m.
Tot Shabbat Service 10:30 a.m.


Saturday, May 12

Following services please join us for a special luncheon in honor of:

Milton Kline

Sponsored by the Fisher Family

The Joseph C. Foster Religious School cordially invites you to
Graduation and Closing Exercises
During Friday Night Services on
Friday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Owen Clements
Erez Cohen
Maxwell Mendelson

Graduation – Religious School
Callia Arum
Adam Camerer
Cassie Cohen
Shayna Zibel

Graduation – High School
Leah Bateman
Harrison Carter
Norman Tall


In accordance with Article Seven, Section 1, of the By-Laws, notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Congregation Agudat Achim, Leominster, MA, will be held in the synagogue’s social hall on:

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting will be:
1. To present reports of the officers and various committees.
2. To elect officers and board members.
3. To act on any other matters of Old and New Business, Good
and Welfare that may be appropriate to the meeting.

Rachel Carter, Secretary

Light refreshments will be served. Please call or e-mail the synagogue office to reserve.

Thursday, May 3: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 4: Musical Friday Night Service 6:30pm – No pot luck dinner
Saturday, May 5: Explanatory Shabbat Service 9:30am
Sunday, May 6: Retirement party for Debbie Campbell noon – 2:00pm
Monday, May 7: Exec. Board Mtg. 7:00pm; Board Mtg. 7:30pm
Thursday, May 10: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 11: Family Shabbat Service & religious school graduation 6:30pm
Saturday, May 12: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Tot Shabbat Service 10:30am
Luncheon in honor of Milton Kline following services
Thursday, May 17: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 18: Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:30pm
Saturday, May 19: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Tikkun Lel Shavu’ot 7:00pm Evening of Intuitive Practice at
Zehavi residence. Please R.S.V.P.
Sunday, May 20: Shavu’ot Service and Community Day of Learning 9:00 – 12:00
Monday, May 21: Shavuot – office closed
Thursday, May 24: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 25: Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:30pm
Saturday, May 26: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day – office closed
Thursday, May 31: Morning Minyan 7:15am

Yahrzeits for May 2018

May 1 – 5: Meyer Feingold, Jennie Possick, Ruth Simmons, Ruth Alpert, Abraham Rome, Frieda Jacobs, Celia Jones, Philip Katz, Harry Tall, David Charney, Nina Cohen, Saul Krevoruck, Jacob Margolin, Arnold Sharpe, Steven Williams, Jacob Chatkis, Fannie Fay Rubin, Maurice Tonkin

May 6 – 12: Philip Salny, Morris Katz, Sara Schwartz, Leon Sojcher, William Stone, Esther Student, Ida Wein, Pauline Bloom, Arthur Brodkin, Harry Horwitch, Sarah Smith, Joseph Finkelstein, Alexander Jones, Thomas Eliot Kline, Cyril Farb, Harry Lipkind, David Zomlefer, Beatrice Glickman, Regina Jerus, Herbert Kahn, Lena Weinstein, Ruth Boverick, Hyman Cohen, John Coleman, Anna Gelfand, Dora Kopelman, Philip Rubinstein, Annie Silverstein

May 13 – 19: Rebecca Candelmo, Alberta Feldman, David Press, Helen Kline, Elaine Gardner, William Cerier, Milton Resnick, Samuel Slome, Hyman Weiskott, Ruth Schwartz, Joseph Silberberg

May 20 – 26: Sydney Levine, Abraham Scharmett, Randi Weizer, Bernard Framowitz, Pepi Framowitz, Samuel Gelfand, Irwin Levine, Abraham Ashkenas, Morris Nissenbaum, A.I. Rome, Isaac Rosenberg, Richard Schack, Laurel Slotow, Leon Rome, Lester Rome, Ida Winthrop, Gertrude Schwartz, Irvin Chaplin, Ralph Epstein, Melvin Kahn, Ben Katz, Jacob Parnes, Maxwell Treewater

May 27 – 31: Lisa Buzanoski, Rose Ensler, Naomi Hirschfield, Benjamin Willner, Ruth Borofsky, Rebecca Frankel, Harriet Spitaleri, Miriam Berstein, Louis Forgelman, Samuel Grand, Blanche Shapiro, Sadie Britton, George F. Joseph, Etta Rosen


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