Rabbi Zehavi’s message:
“Standing Again at Sinai” — That is the title of Judith Plaskow’s pivotal book on Jewish feminism and it’s the idea at the core of the holiday of Shavu’ot. We recall the experience of our ancestors as they stood at the foot of the quaking mountain and heard God’s voice calling them into covenant. And we consider again: Whose covenant is this? Who speaks for Torah?
Sinai was not a one-time event. According to a famous midrash, the souls of all future Jews, including converts, were present for the revelation. According to another version of the midrash, the souls of all of humanity came together. So, as we will read on Shavu’ot, when Ruth, a widow and Moabite, commits to make her former mother-in-law’s people and God her own, this human covenant-making resonates as an echo of Sinai. When others choose to join the Jewish people and enter our pact with God, they reenact Sinai. It is our privilege to accompany them.
The moment of Sinai pulls each individual in two different directions. From the top of the mountain resounds an otherworldly voice that we can barely comprehend. At the base of the mountain is the cacophony of the collective People of Israel, struggling to make sense of what we’ve just heard and how it should inform our life together. The haftarah, Ezekiel’s vision of the Heavenly Chariot, draws us to the ethereal. Ruth reminds us of the grounding of our covenant in the loving relationships between us.
Each year on Shavu’ot, we return to Sinai, in both of its aspects, as a community. We have the opportunity to newly ask ourselves ancient questions:
- Where do I stand in my commitment to this covenant?
- How can I attune myself to the voice that called my ancestors and continues to beckon?
- Who stands beside me?
- What do I owe to those who stand or desire to stand with me?
- Which human voices do I honor, or fail to honor, as we strive to make this commitment a lived reality?
Shavu’ot is a time to be drawn toward both heaven and earth, to attune ourselves to the voice of God as well as those of the many others — women and men, native-born Israelites and those who have joined, those at the table and those seeking their place — who can and must inform our understanding and embodiment of our collective charge.
May this be a time of bearing witness to each other and God, of renewed passion and dedication, and of appreciation for the great network of relationships that link us to each other and to that great moment when we stood together.
Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
Friday, June 7 – 8:00pm
Friday, June 14 – 8:04pm
Friday, June 21 – 8:06pm
Friday, June 28 – 8:07pm
Thursdays: 7:15am Morning Minyan
Fridays: 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:30 am
Happy Birthday to:
Jarrod Camerer, Oren Cohen,
Daniel Messing, Boaz Zehavi,
and Nadiv Zehavi!
All are welcome!
Annual Meeting June 2, 9:30am
SJ would like to remind you of the bulletin board outside her office—check for info relevant to your interests; new items added regularly!
Welcoming new grandchildren!
Mazel Tov to Shari & Mike Wilmot on the birth of their son, Asher Irving Wilmot, grandson of Jackie & Glen Davis and Chris & Tom Wilmot!
Mazel Tov to Ryna & Jason Lipkind on the birth of their great-granddaughter, Delilah Rowan Hirsch, daughter of Rebekah & Reuben Hirsch and granddaughter of Marcia & Howard Hirsch!
Mazel Tov to Susan Sussman & David Ammerman on the birth of their granddaughter, Lilliana Sylvia Foley!
Shavu’ot Festival Services
Join us for Shavu’ot festival services at 9am on Sunday, June 9.
Services will be followed by a communal lunch and open discussion.
The current adult ed. class has been considering the questions and tensions that the modern movements were created to answer. As we receive Torah again this Shavu’ot, we will consider what questions could give birth to the next expressions of Judaism and Jewishness. All are welcome to participate, regardless of whether you attended in previous class sessions.
JCC Spec Pond 2019 Season begins on June 29th
Please return your completed application and payment to SJ,
so she can get you your membership card!
You may also pick up a paper application from SJ in the office. Thank you!
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
CONGREGATION AGUDAT ACHIM
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
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:
- To present reports of the officers and various committees
- To elect officers and board members
- 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.
Yahrzeits for May 2019
June 1-8: Ruth Boverick, Rebecca Candelmo, William Cerier, Hyman Cohen, John Coleman, Alberta Feldman, Marie Flaherty, Elaine Gardner, Anna Gelfand, Helen Kline, Dora Kopelman, David Press, Milton Resnick, Philip Rubinstein, Ruth Schwartz, Joseph Silberberg, Annie Silverstein, Samuel Slome, Hyman Weiskott
June 9-15: Abraham Ashkenas, Irvin Chaplin, Ralph Epstein, Bernard Framowitz, Pepi Framowitz, Samuel Gelfand, Melvin Kahn, Ben Katz, Irwin F. Levine, Sydney Levine, Morris Nissenbaum, Jacob Parnes, A. I. Rome, Leon Rome, Lester Rome, Isaac Rosenberg, Richard Schack, Abraham Scharmett, Gertrude Schwartz, Laurel Slotow, Maxwell Treewater, Randi Weizer, Ida Winthrop
June 16-22: Miriam Bernstein, Beccie Bolinsky, Ruth Borofsky, Sadie Britton, Lisa Buzanoski, Rose Ensler, Louis Forgelman, Rebecca Frankel, Samuel Grand, Naomi Hirschfield, Samuel Horwitch, George F. Joseph, Calvin Kahn, Joshua David Kalin, Leyzer Kotlyar, Rebecca Ligom, Lillian Rome, Etta Rosen, Blanche Shapiro, Harriet Spitaleri, Benjamin Willner, Harris Winthrop, Harold Zibel
June 23-30: Jeannette Alt, Joan Augustine, Bessie Britton, Max Falk, Harry Flaum, Eva Friedman, Sarah Friedman, Merrill Garber, Bess Green, Paulina Green, Meyer Isserliss, Herbert Jones, Vivienne Jones, Samuel Kahn, Lillian Kay, Joseph Levin, Harry Levine, Zelda Lewis, Julius Lowy, Jennie Cline Mendelsohn, Miriam Rome, Fannie Sarah Sharpe, Lena Shuman, Estelle Tharler, Seymour Tharler, Jack Weiner, Gerald Wiederlight, Suzanne Winthrop
CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2019
>>Saturday, June 1: Shabbat service 9:30am
Luncheon in honor of Rabbi Zehavi’s ordination
following services—All welcome!
>>Sunday, June 2: Annual Meeting 9:30am
>>Thursday, June 6: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Office closing early 1:45pm
Friday, June 7: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, May 11: Shabbat Service 9:30am
**there will be no evening service**
>>Sunday, June 9: Shavu’ot Services w/ Yizkor in Chapel 9:00am
Communal lunch, learning, and discussion following services
—All are welcome!
>>Monday, June 10: Office Closed
Thursday, June 13: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, June 14: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, June 15: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Thursday, June 20: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, June 21: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, June 22: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Thursday, June 27: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, June 28: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, June 29: Shabbat Service 9:30am