Rabbi Eichenholtz’s Message:
When I first started my rabbinic work, while I was still a student, my mother told me, when you get a lovely thank you card, or a good article make sure to save them. This was strange because we aren’t really a saving type family when it comes to stuff; we don’t have albums and school projects saved in the basement or displayed in the living room and I don’t remember the refrigerator being adorned by my childhood artwork. I certainly remember that she gave me this advice but it didn’t click until later when a mentor said: “Keep those things, because some days will be hard and you’ll need to be reminded about why and how you do this work”. Ahhhh, keep it not because of the past, keep it because it will help my future. Now that’s advice I can take.
Fast forward a few years, and a few pulpits later and many great minds alike. This sentiment is shared by artist Irene Helitzer. She has created the Good Deeds, Ma’asim Tovim Jar, a place to collect those things that we have done to improve our lives, our community and the world around us. I am grateful that she choose to share her art with me and I in turn get to share it with you.
So now you’re all thinking, look at the Rabbi’s vanity project, a jar on her desk, just to make her feel better. Honestly it’s not a bad idea but that’s generally what the chocolate on the desk is for (help yourself). This jar has a much more important purpose.
Its task is to help us build and build up our kehilah, our community. Pirkei Avot teaches Mitzvah goreret mitzvah מִּצְוָה גּוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה one mitzvah leads to another. Originally this text was about commandments, often Jewish ritual acts, but we also use mitzvah in our lives to talk about the good deeds that we do, the acts of living kindness from one to another, and to our world. Philanthropist and author Danny Siegel used to make this distinction when pluralizing the word mitzvah. Mitzvot (Hebrew plural) are the commandments, these observances and practices that Pirkei Avot believes lead one into another, increasing Jewish religious living and leading ultimately the actor further away from transgression with every action. Mitzvahs (English plural) on the other had are those good deeds that we put into the world – lifting the actor and the recipient up. Those deeds that create a ripple effect of positive impact leading one to another.
On my desk you will see this “good deeds” jar and a notepad that reads: Mitzvah goreret mitzvah מִּצְוָה גּוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה one mitzvah leads to another. Have you done a mitzvah? Did you see a mitzvah? Write it down on and slip it into the jar. On a regular basis we will share in our congregation the stories collected in the jar. A reminder of all the amazing work we do, big and small, on a daily basis. Through these stories we will get to know more about each other. We’ll hear from service goers here for Shabbat, and learners of all ages, religious school students and teachers, here during the week. Cherished distance members will share the mitzvahs in your community, e-mail submissions are acceptable. We’ll hear when someone is having a great day or was supported on a bad one. The jar is for all our congregants, so we can lift ourselves up, improve our community and inspire each other’s actions.
May the mizvot and the mitzvahs we do lead to more of both. May we all be blessed as we approach the new year with ma’asim tovim, good deeds, and acts of loving kindness.
Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
Friday, Sept 6 – 6:51pm
Friday, Sept 13 – 6:39pm
Friday, Sept 20 – 6:26pm
Friday, Sept 27 – 6:14pm
Thursdays: 7:15am Morning Minyan
Fridays: 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:30 am
The office will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day, and on Monday, September 30 for Rosh haShannah.
Please return your dues forms to the office by September 27th. We need to know what your pledge will be in order to plan our new fiscal year. It is very important to send in your form so that we know your intentions, even if you do not plan on paying immediately.
Thank you for your help!
J.C. Foster Religious School begins on Sunday, September 15th. Please return your enrollment forms to Debbie or SJ in the office. Thank you!
WELCOME TO CAA’s NEW MEMBERS!
We are pleased to have you. Thanks for joining us!
Welcome new Board Members!
Members-at-Large: Lauren Farb, Alicia Randall, and Steve Weedon. We would like to thank the following past board members: Nessa Cohen and Steve Levine for their dedication to Congregation Agudat Achim.
L’Shana Tova member books are here!
(art by Alexi)
Please stop by the office to collect your book.
The High Holidays are fast approaching!
We will be ordering our Lulav and Etrog for Sukkot at the end of the month.
If you would like for us to order a set for your household, please inform the office before Rosh haShannah (by Sept 27, please) Thank you!
If you will have guests for the High Holidays and need extra tickets, please contact the office. Tickets are $50 a seat for guests of members.
Scholar in Residence
We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Carol Glass will be our Scholar in Residence on Shabbat, November 8-9.
Look for more details at High Holiday services and in future mailings.
The Sentinel interviewed Rabbi Eichenholtz earlier this month.
A copy of the article is on the main bulletin board!
RUMMAGE SALE NOTICE:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note we are not taking book donations this year!*
Per the Security Committee, Congregation Agudat Achim will no longer be leaving its doors unlocked during SJ’s office hours.
Please ring doorbell to be buzzed in during the week. Thank you!
In praise of public transportation:
A good bus system makes for stronger communities.
Riding the bus lets you catch up on your reading, relax and enjoy the scenery, reduce traffic congestion, save gas, save the community, and save the planet!
**We have bus schedules available on the flyer shelf outside the office
—pick one up and try the bus!
Our sympathies and condolences are extended to:
The family of Ruth Poppel, who passed away on July 13th, 2019
Yahrzeits for September 2019
Sept 1-7: Louis Bolinsky, Rose Chitoff, Joseph Crocker, Grace Feinberg, Gladys Hirsh Finkelstein, Joan Gottsegen, Mr. Bernard Korn, Julius Perlstein, Oscar Rome, Adele Zibel
Sept 8-14 Max Alintuck, Harry Brodsky, Fannie Cohen, Jacob Austin Cohen, Herman Freed, Abraham Goldfarb, Pearl Hess, Philip Horwitch, Morris Kopelman, Gertrude Kreiger, A. Orin Leonard, Josephine Levin, Dorothy Ozer, Julia Rome, Hyman Sandrof, Charles Shapiro, Ruth Singer, Dorothy Susman, Mildred Zerinsky
Sept 15-21 Peter Aranson, Irwin Billet, Eddie Cohen, Eva Cohen, Meyer Cohen, Rose Cohen, Concetta DeCarolis, Marilyn Fields, Mordecai Goodstein, Peg Griffin, Sarah Hirsh, Abraham Klein, Etta Linsky, Morris Lowis, Ida Moos, Arthur Pariser, Bruce Plotnick, Frances Rottman Scharmett, Leo Shaevel, Anna Warren
Sept 22-30: Evelyn Baker, Lena Bass, Barbara Chaplin, Florence Chitoff, Michael Cohen, Irving Epstein, David Fisher, Elizabeth Isaacson Gould, Mollie Kaplan, Zara Leavitt, Herbert Nathan, Jacob Nathan, Pearl Cohen Sgan, Nancy Shane, H.H. Shuman, Esta Tarallo, Marian Wasserman, Sophie Weinbaum, Charles Wintrop
>> Monday, September 2: Office Closed for Labor Day
Thursday, September 5: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, September 6: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
>>Saturday, September 7: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Outreach Luncheon following services
welcoming Rabbi Eichenholtz
Monday, September 9: Exec Board 7:00pm
Board Meeting 7:30pm
Thursday, September 12: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, September 13: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, September 14: Shabbat Service 9:30am
>>Sunday, September 15: Religious School Begins
Thursday, September 19: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, September 20: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
>>Saturday, September 21: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Seliḥot service 8:00pm
Thursday, September 26: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, September 27: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, September 28: Shabbat Service 9:30am
>>Sunday, September 29: No Religious School
Kever Avot 9:00am, Fitchburg Jewish Cemetery
Rosh haShannah 6:00pm
>> Monday, September 30: Office Closed
Rosh haShannah Day 1 9:30am
Tot Chag 10:30am
Jr. Congregation 10:30am
Tashlikh following services