Rabbi Eichenholtz’s Message:


Happy Summer!!!  At least for me it is an exciting summer.  By mid-July I will have moved into Leominster and officially joined Congregation Agudat Achim.  Einstein (my dog) and I are very excited to meet everyone and to get to know you and become a part of your community and your lives and invite you into ours. 


Sometimes there are rabbi’s sermons that stick with you for years and I certainly hope that will be true for at least one of mine, but currently I’m remembering one of my rabbi’s sermons from when I was in 5th grade.  He had just assumed the bimah of the congregation I grew up in and was facing all the usual transitional moments, how to be there for and with a community when, in reality, you don’t know each other yet.  And so, his sermon was all about the difference in becoming a community’s rabbi and a person’s rabbi.  As a communal leader he said, he wouldn’t truly be a person’s rabbi, at least not yet, not until he stood by their child at her bat mitzvah, or their family at graveside, or with the member in a hospital room.  Not until the congregant came into the office to share their greatest joys, and life’s most difficult moments.  It takes more than services and sermons to create that rabbinic relationship, it takes life.


In one day I’ll become the rabbi of your congregation, one day I won’t be there yet and the next I’ll have office hours (with unpacking etc. it may be a little more complex), I’ll stand at the amud on Shabbat and lead services, and deliver words of Torah.  But it will take something else, something different for me to be your rabbi.  It will take all of life’s moments, those highest highs and lowest lows, and everything in between.


But Judaism understands that emotional moments can bring on lasting relationships.  As I begin my tenure at Congregation Agudat Achim, I do so at the start of the period known as the three weeks.  This period between the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av is a period of communal mourning as we remember the siege of Jerusalem in ancient times.  We culminate three weeks of semi-mourning with the observance of Tisha B’Av, our communal day of communal mourning.  The trauma and grief of previous eras in Jewish life, binds us together as Jews in a connected community throughout time and place.  We know we are one, because we have lived a shared past, and we share a destiny. 


As we mark these communal moments, we do so while syncing our individual timelines, mine and yours. Congregation Agudat Achim’s and Rabbi Eichenholtz’s.  May we all be blessed by each other’s impact on our lives.


–Rabbi Eichenholtz



Shabbat Candle Lighting Times   


Friday, July   5  –  8:05pm

Friday, July 12  –  8:02pm

Friday, July 19  –  7:58pm

                           Friday, July 26  –  7:52pm


Friday, Aug   2  –  7:44pm 

Friday, Aug   9  –  7:35pm

Friday, Aug 16  –  7:25pm 

                            Friday, Aug 23  –  7:14pm

                            Friday, Aug 30  –  7:03pm


Service Times:

Thursdays: 7:15am Morning Minyan

Fridays: 6:00 pm

Saturdays: 9:30 am

**Morning Minyan on July 4th will be at 8:30am


The office will also be closed for vacation the week of August 19th through August 23rd


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!



A message from Rabbi Zehavi:


Dear Agudat Achim Community,

As my family transitions to the next phase of our journey, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you as rabbi for these past two years. This time has been filled with experiences and relationships that my family and I will continue to cherish for a long time to come. It has been a joy to learn, pray, celebrate, and grow together with you. I wish you blessing and success, individually and as a community. May the road ahead be filled with light and joy.

In blessing,

Rabbi Zehavi


Happy Birthday to: 

Daniel Alpert, Samuel Alpert, Callia Arum,

Leah Bateman, Owen Clements, Erez Cohen,

Gianna DeFazio, Isabella DeFazio, and Juliet Randall!


Community News!

Barbara and Arthur Rome are pleased to announce the engagement of

their son Jeffrey Rome to Natanya Cohen of Brookline!

A November wedding is planned.

Mazel Tov to the Rome family from CAA!


Mazel Tov to Dan & Gail Joseph on the birth of their granddaughter Talia, daughter of Sam & Emily Joseph!



Rabbi Eve Eichenholtz arrives this month!

Rabbi Eichenholtz’s first official Shabbat as our Rabbi

will be July 19-20

Her office hours will begin on Thursday, July 18th


Don’t miss the deadline…

L’Shana Tova listings

must be sent back to CAA by July 19th

If you prefer, call and speak to Sarah Jane at 978-534-6121 Thanks!


Please note:

Per the Security Committee, Congregation Agudat Achim will no longer be leaving its doors unlocked during SJ’s office hours.


Please ring doorbell (by the bricks to the right of the door) for access to the building during the week. Thank you!



Please do not drop off any items for the Rummage Sale

without first coordinating with Rachel Carter … She can be reached at 978-852-3536 or rachelalli@comcast.net 

*Please note we are not taking book donations this year!*


Our sympathies and condolences are extended to:

       The family of Ben-Ami Sussman who passed away on June 18th, 2019





Yahrzeits for July & August 2019


July 1-6:  Isadore Braune, David Cohen, Lessa Feingold, Ida Fine, Janet Goldman, Albert Greenfeld, Harry Greenfeld, Israel H. Joseph, Lillian Kander, Corrine Levin, Herman Medoff, Harry Benjamin Mendelsohn, Mary Ann Mendelson, Israel Rosenbloom, Sidney S. Shindler, May Wexler, Solomon Weinbaum, Rose Wolfson


July 7-13:  Sumner Alpert, Bessie Brodsky, Phillip Chitoff, Edward Eli Dunn, Mollie Fieger, Esther Flaum, Dorothy Gordenstein, Sarah Heimberg, Benjamin Hirsh, Sophia Krevoruck, Fay McCrensky, Morris Miller, Josef Monsberger, H. James Rome, Herbert James Rome, Marilyn Rosenbaum, Murray Shapiro, Aziz Shirazi, Sylvia Sidlower, Eli Silverman, Frank Silverman, Shirley Student, Benjamin Weiner


July 14-20:  Lester Alt, Sam Bernstein, Jennie C. Cerier, Charles Chernof, Milton Chernoff, George Cohn, John Coleman Jr., Ariah Lieb Freedman, Hannah Toibe Freedman, Lottie Jaffe, Michel Kurianski, Maurice Latinik, Morton Levine, Miriam Stevens Mendelsohn, Bernard Migdol, Sadie Nathan, Mildred Padonle, Peter Saul, Ingrid Schack, Gladys Schack, Esther Shapiro, Peter Sirvint, Edward Erwin Spanier, Sarah Stevens, Calvin Samuel Ungar, Edward David Wasserman, Simon Winthrop


July 21-31: Nicola P. Angelini, Lena Zelda Caplan, Lena Davis, David Goldberg, Nathan Goldstein, Hans Hess, Benjamin Jaffe, Fay Lazarowitz, Herman I. Levin, Doris Levine, Tena Lipkind, Abraham Possick, Rose Rosenbaum, Minnie Rosenberg, David Schwartz, Benjamin Smith, Grace Sterling, Herbert Tieger, Irwin & Margot Weinbaum, Phillip Weisberg, Maxwell P. Zide



August 1-3: Louis Alintuck, Herman Cofman, Minnie (Falk) Epstein, Irving Finestone, Lena Flaum, Gertrude Goldman, Bud Marcus, Abraham Ogowetsky, Rose Rebecca Primack, Klem Rubinstein, Judith Siel, Gladys Solomon, Sophie Szyszko, Leon Weiner


August 4-10: Harry Baylin, May Benson, Elizabeth Bernstein, Shirley Billet, Esther Brotheim, Israel Dansky, Jack Fashing, Martin Feldman, Lewis Green, Sara Kane, Herman Mand, Nathan Miller, Benjamin Novick, Phillip Rome, Morris Rosenberg, Dora Rothstein, Leah Rubin, Marcia Rubinstein, Fannie Sarkin, Seymour Silberberg, Deborah Steinberg, Alvan Tall, Alice Annie Wagner


August 11-17: Kenneth Alpert, Ida Brodsky, Herman Claman, Lena Cohen, Frank Gotthelf, Michael Green, Bella Gross, Goldie Kline, Betty Leonard, Celia Solomon, Edward Medoff, David Malchman, Sadye Rome Mason, Minnie Press, Margery Gould Rath, Lewis Rome, Lloyd Sager, Phyllis Sarafconn, Anne Tater, Rebecca Weiner


August 18-24: Herman Aronson, Hattie Casper, Valerie Cohen, Matther Faberman, Benjamin Fiegar, Ella Wieder Freilich, Max Garber, Morris Geiger, Dora Gibber, Robert Goldman, Paul Gross, Rabbi Harry Katzen, Julius Miller, William Miller, George Ross, Martha Sager, Molly Schatz, Hanna Schlosberg, Barry Stern, Samuel Stevens, Lee R. Uditsky, Helen Zide


August 25-31: Rachel Bever, Henrietta Cofman, William Garbose, Gladys Guethlen, Irwin Hirschfield, Harold Klein, Taube Long, John Macpherson, Belle Margolin, Harriette Rome, Iving Rome, Sarah Schwartzberg Joseph, Judy Stern, Martha Winthrop



                           CALENDAR FOR JULY 2019


>>Thursday, July 4:  Morning Minyan 8:30am **Note later time!**

                                Office closed


Friday, July 5:   Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm 

                            Office closed


Saturday, July 6:  Shabbat Service 9:30am


Thursday, July 11:  Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, July 12:  Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


Saturday, July 13:  Shabbat Service 9:30am


Thursday, July 18: Morning Minyan 7:15am

                                   Rabbi Eichenholtz’s first office day


Friday, July 19: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


Saturday, July 20:  Shabbat Service 9:30am


Thursday, July 25: Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, July 26: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


Saturday, July 27:  Shabbat Service 9:30am



                           CALENDAR FOR AUGUST 2019


Thursday, August 1:  Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, August 2:  Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm 


Saturday, August 3:  Shabbat Service 9:30am


Thursday, August 8:  Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, August 9:  Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


>>Saturday, August 10:  Shabbat Service 9:30am

                                   Tisha B’Av evening Service


Monday, August 12:  Exec Board 7:00pm

                                    Board Meeting 7:30pm             


Thursday, August 15: Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, August 16: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


Saturday, August 17:  Shabbat Service 9:30am


>>Monday, August 19: Office closed for vacation this week


Thursday, August 22: Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, August 23: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


Saturday, August 24:  Shabbat Service 9:30am


>>Monday, August 26: SJ back in Office


Thursday, August 29: Morning Minyan 7:15am


Friday, August 30: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm


Saturday, August 31:  Shabbat Service 9:30am



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