Rabbi Zehavi’s message:
The second night of Passover began the period of the ‘omer, seven weeks of counting until we reach the holiday of Shavu’ot. This diligent and dutiful ritual of tallying our days and weeks marks the link between the holiday on which we are liberated from slavery and that on which we enter into committed relationship with God.
The other transition that the counting of the ‘omer marks is the shift between the barley harvest (for animal feed) during Passover and the wheat harvest (for our bread) during Shavu’ot. This past Shabbat, I mentioned the fact that this is probably the most beautiful time in the Land of Israel and should be a period of abundance, as we watch next year’s grain come in. But it is also natural for us to be anxious, to worry about the quality and fate of the harvest we depend on. In that same way, our exhilaration at having left Egypt does not prevent the dread of not knowing where we are headed as we meander through the wilderness.
The CAA community and I are both in the midst of a similar in-between, an experience that, God willing, will bring abundance and growth but that is also tinged with loss and worry. I find this 49-day period of counting to be a helpful structure when navigating the ambivalence and anxiety of the in-between. As long as our point of departure is sound, as long as we are assured we have set our course in a direction that aligns with our commitments, what remains is for us to take next steps, one day after the other. Each step, each moment of counting, is an opportunity to affirm our faith in the process and to express appreciation for the small gifts along the way. It is a deep breath, a chance to let go of whatever nervousness has built up and replace it with hopeful and thankful anticipation.
This practice is theoretically simple, but it requires a spiritual muscle that can only be built gradually. Torah knows that the most important lessons require repetition and must be embodied, which might be why it established for us 49 deep breaths before every Shavu’ot.
When engage in this form of preparation, the destination, like the Holiday of the Giving of Torah, then designates a special kind of culmination, reflecting a depth of commitment cultivated over time and with intention and gratitude.
In blessing,
Rabbi Zehavi

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times  
Friday, May 3 – 7:28pm
Friday, May 10 – 7:35pm
Friday, May 17 – 7:43pm
                           Friday, May 24 – 7:49pm
                           Friday, May 31 – 7:55pm


Service Times:
Thursdays: 7:15 am Morning Minyan
Fridays: 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:30 am



Happy Birthday to:

Harrison Carter, Mia Clements, Abby Cohen,

Allyson Fisher, Brock Levine, Maxwell Mendelson,
                            Benjamin Stevens, Deryn Susman, and Jenna Susman!


COMMITTEE MEETINGS:  All are welcome!
Board Meeting May 13, 7:30pm
Worship Committee May 21, 7:00pm
Services on Friday, May 10th will be at 6:30pm for the Religious School’s Closing Exercises
***SJ would like to remind you of the bulletin board outside her office — 
check for info relevant to your interests, as she adds new items regularly!***


The annual Twin Cities Holocaust Observance, Y’om Ha Shoah,
will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 6:00 PM.
We welcome our speaker, Dr. Benjamin Lieberman,
professor of Economics, History and Political Science
at Fitchburg State University. A published author,
Dr. Lieberman’s topic will be “Lessons Learned
from the Holocaust”.
Additionally there will be a special memorial candle lighting
by direct descendants of Holocaust survivors and communal
candle lighting by all present. We invite you to join us.
Contact Sarah Jane in the office, 978-534-6121, for further information.
Adult Education
 “How Did We Get Here? The Emergence of Modern Judaism(s)”
Each Sunday in May, 9:00am in Rabbi Zehavi’s office
(End date of classes TBD)


The Joseph C. Foster Religious School cordially invites you to
Graduation and Closing Exercises
During Friday night services on Friday, May 10th at 6:30pm
Cameron DeFazio
Leia Randall
Graduation-Religious School
Oliver Stevens
Ian Susman
Graduation-High School
Evan Tall







The Board of Trustees invites you to join us
at Kiddush lunch following services on June 1st
when we celebrate the ordination of
Rabbi Yehoshua Zehavi.
Bless our teachers and their disciples and all who study Torah in this land and in all lands.
Let there be grace and kindness, compassion and love for them and for us all.
-Kaddish de Rabbanan



In accordance with Article Seven, Section I, 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 2nd, 2019 at 9:30am
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.
~Francine Farb, Secretary
Light refreshments will be served.
Please call or email the synagogue office to reserve.




Our sympathies and condolences are extended to:
The family of Andrew “Andy” Irving Rome who passed away April 29th, 2019


Yahrzeits for May 2019
May 1-4: Henri Falk, Brian Maxwell Krumholz, Allan Loeb, Harry Mishkin, Franz Moos, Bessie Malchman Reed, Anna Rosenbaum, Samuel Sager, Jacob Sarkin, Leo Sirvint
May 5-11: Ida Alintuck, David Bayard, Susan Byer, Louis Cerier, Henry Cohen, William Elkins, Molly Fine, Isaac Flaum, Esther Folman, Joseph Glickman, George Irwin Gould, Herman M. Leavitt, Jacob Ligom, Eric Maier, Isidor Meyer, Bernard Padonle, Ida Perlstein, Benjamin Primack, Louis Rubin, Simon Saperstein, Orion Silverman, Ida Slarskey, Celia Stone, Evelyn Striar, Louis Tater, Samuel Tater, Adolph Wiederlight, Sadie Zerinsky
May 12-18: Herbert Brenner, Sadie Burwick, Mary Cohn, Sidney Goldman, Fred Gordon, Goldie Grant, Ida Greenfeld, Martin Fisher, Harry Levine, Anne Lipton, Elizabeth Loitman, Leslie Lowey, Louis Novick, Lewis M. Perlstein, Minnie Rome, Louis Rudnick, Allan Sarafconn, Lillian Schanberg, Manning Emanuel Selvers, Joseph Sisitsky, Tillie Ungar, Harry Weinbaum, David Weisner, Harold Willner, Israel Zerinsky
May 19-25: Ruth Alpert, Harold Aronoff, Gabriel Bockstein, David Charney, Jacob Chatkis, Nina Cohen, Leo Dunn, Meyer Feingold, Max Gruber, Frieda Jacobs, Celia Jones, Philip Katz, Saul Krevoruck, Jacob Margolin, Jennie Possick, Abraham I. Rome, Fannie Fay Rubin, Arnold Sharpe, Hyman Sharpe, Ruth Lillian Simmons, Harry Tall, Maurice Tonkin, Steven Williams
May 26-31: Pauline Bloom, Ruth Boverick, Arthur Brodkin, Hyman Cohen, John Coleman, Cyril Farb, Joseph Finkelstein, Anna Gelfand, Beatrice Glickman, Harry Horwitch, Regina Jerus, Alexander Jones, Herbert Kahn, Morris Katz, Thomas Eliot Kline, Dora Kopelman, Harry Leo Lipkind, Philip Rubinstein, Philip Salney, Sara Schwartz, Annie Silverstein, Sarah Smith, Leon Sojcher, William Stone, Esther Orlov Student, Ida Wein, Lena Weinstein, David Lawrence Zomlefer


                           CALENDAR FOR MAY 2019
Thursday, May 2: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 3: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, May 4: Shabbat service 9:30am
Sunday, May 5: Adult Education Series  
                                   “How Did We Get Here? The Emergence of Modern Judaism(s)”
                                   in Rabbi Zehavi’s office 9:00am
                                   Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Service) 6:00pm
                                   with speaker Dr. Benjamin Leiberman
Thursday, May 9:  Morning Minyan 7:15am
                               Office closes early at 1:45pm
Friday, May 10:   Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30pm *note different time!
                                   Religious School Closing Exercisesall welcome!
Saturday, May 11:  Shabbat Service 9:30am
Sunday, May 12: Adult Education Series  
                                   “How Did We Get Here? The Emergence of Modern Judaism(s)”
                                   in Rabbi Zehavi’s office 9:00am
Monday, May 13: Exec Board meeting 7:00pm, Board Meeting 7:30pm
Thursday, May 16: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 17: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, May 18: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Sunday, May 19: Adult Education Series  
                                   “How Did We Get Here? The Emergence of Modern Judaism(s)”
                                   in Rabbi Zehavi’s office 9:00am
Monday, May 20: Annual Calendar meeting 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 21: Worship Committee meeting 7:00pm
Thursday, May 23: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 24: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, May 25: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Sunday, April 28: Adult Education Series  
                                      “How Did We Get Here? The Emergence of Modern Judaism(s)”
                                      in Rabbi Zehavi’s office 9:00am
Monday, May 27: Office Closed
Thursday, May 30: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, May 31: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


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