Rabbi Eichenholtz’s Message:
It’s time! That magical point of the year when I do the only truly secular thing I do all year. On December 31st, I’ll countdown, I’ll celebrate, I’ll toast (I probably won’t wear a silly hat or glasses or have a noise maker, its not Purim after all). As Jews we celebrated New Year’s back at Rosh Hashanah and just for kicks we’ll celebrate the New Year for Trees on Tu B’shvat, but it’s still New Years, and so we’ll do new years things. At Rosh Hashanah we resolved to live better lives, to make good on our promises to change and not to err in the ways that we did in the past year. We asked ourselves, others and God for forgiveness and we forgave. And now we’ll make more resolutions, we’ll eat right and go to the gym, make time for our families, learn a new skill, finish a project, clean out the closet, make our beds every day. Nothing specifically Jewish about New Year’s in January, nothing specifically Jewish about these commitments, so why is this the rabbi’s column for this month?
That’s just the point, even in the seemingly secular moments of our lives there is always a connection to who we are and what we do as Jews. We live by two calendars at all time, one Jewish and the other secular, as Jews we always straddle two worlds at the same time. So for every New Year’s resolution you make, I make one as well. You keep doing what you’re doing living your life to the absolute fullest and I’ll provide the Jewish framework. You want to eat right and go to the gym, I’ll be here to teach about Pikuah Nefesh (saving a soul) and kavod habriot (respect for God’s creations). You want to make more time for family or fight less with your siblings, I’m here to teach about shalom bayit (peace in the home). You want to reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle, I’ll teach about tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Whether we recognize it or now, whether we’ve learned it officially or not, our Jewish life is inextricable from our secular life, our Jewish values are the values we live out all of our day not only during the hours we are in the synagogue, or celebrating holidays or “being Jewish.” They are just who we are and how we act in this world. So let’s embrace that, let’s give ourselves a pat on the back for how much we are doing that is Jewish. In this time of year when it’s easy to be critical and think of all the resolutions we want to make, all the things we don’t yet do, let’s remember that our Judaism isn’t one of them, we’re already doing it just the way we should, we doing Jewish in the way that works for us.
P.S. If you want to use more Judaism to help with all your other resolutions, remember we’re always here to help make those connections and have learning, working, praying and playing opportunities at synagogue all the time.
Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
Friday, Jan 3 – 4:06pm
Friday, Jan 10 – 4:13pm
Friday, Jan 17 – 4:21pm
Friday, Jan 24 – 4:30pm
Friday, Jan 31 – 4:39pm
Thursdays: 7:15 am Morning Minyan
Fridays: 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:30 am
Office will be closed:
–Wednesday, Jan 1 for New Year’s
–Monday, Jan 20 for M.L. King Jr Day
No Religious School:
–Sun Jan 19
Board meeting: Mon, Jan 13, 7:30pm
Worship Committee: Tues, Jan 14 , 7:00pm
Looking to sponsor one of CAA’s events?
Now is your chance!!
We don’t yet have a sponsor for our Outreach Luncheon on Saturday, February 1st.
Please let SJ in the office know if you are interested!!
The Massachusetts deadline to sign up for health insurance via mahealthconnector.org is Jan 23, 2020
Magen David Adom has sent us a letter thanking the members of Congregation Agudat Achim for your generous donation to their efforts. Thank you for your generosity to our wider world!
Rabbi Office drop-in hours:
Monday afternoon & Thursday morning.
Appointments available Sunday morning, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Please contact SJ in the office to schedule your appointment!
JANUARY’S MITZVAH HERO
CAA’s Hebrew High School
From the Ma’asim Tovim Jar:
Thank you to the Hebrew High School for their hard work volunteering with Kylee’s Kare Kits to make sure the children in our community have food to eat over the school break!
New Bulletin Topic:
Nearby Jewish Events/Jewish Community Info!
Shaarei Zedek synagogue in Clinton
Is holding Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services the first Friday of every month!
Join them for dairy potluck at 6:00pm,
and service with musical instruments to follow at 7:15pm
Dates: February 7, March 6, April 3, and May 1
Join us for Community Learning!
What Are We Saying When We Pray?
Sundays January 5th and February 2nd at 10:00am
In this class, Rabbi Eichenholtz will lead us in navigating the prayers
from our weekly services. We will gain greater comfort and familiarity with the service
as we explore the emotions and deeper meaning behind our prayers.
All are welcome—open to all experience levels!
LEARN TO READ HEBREW!
Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level 1
Sundays January 12th and 26th at 10:00am
Join Rabbi Eichenholtz for a class in Level 1 Hebrew.
with Congregation Agudat Achim
Saturday, January 11th 5:30pm
Join together as we become Tzedakah stars!
Dairy/Vegetarian pot-luck dinner followed by Havdalah and Tzedakah projects and stories.
Come learn about the Jewish value of charity and helping others!
Hear a PJ library story, and make new friends.
Everyone will leave with their very own decorated tzedakah box!
Coffee & Internet Café!
Are you tired of waiting in your car
for your children to get out of Religious School?
Come hang out and have coffee with your fellow parents at the synagogue instead!
Join us in the double classroom (across from the President’s Room) at the end of the hall,
where we will have Keurig coffee and our new and improved wireless internet!
Enjoy company, coffee, or just come in to stay warm!
~starts this week when Religious School returns on Sunday~
Our Café is also our new Game Room!
On Tuesday evenings during Religious School (4:30-6:00)
We will be meeting to play (or learn!) Mah Jong
Come join us for a game—all adults welcome, all skill levels!
Bring your Mah Jong set, bring a friend, or just bring yourself!
Tot Shabbat Service
February 1, 10:30am
Calling all 0-7 year olds for a playful Shabbat morning program with songs, stories, snacks, and socializing!
Calling all Ladies:
Sunday, February 2nd at 3:00pm
The Women’s Auxillary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has invited
the women of Congregation Adugat Achim and the wider community
to join them in an Interfaith discussion on “Life After Death” here at our synagogue.
Dairy/vegetarian refreshments will be served
Women of all faiths are welcome!
Looking for volunteers!!
Do you love to ebay?
Do you live for archiving, history, and looking at old photos?
We need your help!
We have been cleaning out and organizing the book closet
and have found old electronics, artwork, photos,
and synagogue memorabilia
that needs to be sorted,
catalogued, and (in the case of electronics and perhaps some art) sold.
If you would like to volunteer to assist us with this project, contact SJ in the office!
Kylee’s Kare Kits Wrapping Party was a huge success!
Thanks to everyone who came to help wrap!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Community Hanukkah Party!
The J. C. Foster Religious school was pleased to welcome members of Shaarei Zedek and Temple Israel as well as the Agudat Achim community—thank you for joining us!
Thank you to the students of the J.C. Foster Religious school for their skits, songs, and instrumentals to entertain us all!!
Thank you to Morah Devorah, Rabbi Eichenholtz, and all of our teachers for helping the students put on a great show for us!
Thank you to Nessa Cohen for her delicious sufganiyot, Debbie Shirazi for the wonderful latkes!
Thank you to the Education Committee for their hard work in the kitchen. It was delicious…
Yahrzeits for January 2020
Jan 1-4: Herman Alpert, Bert Cohen, William Cohen, David Goldberg, Bannie Gordon, Dora Grobstein, Deborah Kahn, John J. Meyer, Carl Irwin Moscowitz, Lena Penan, Rose Vinick Sisitsky, Edward Szysyko, Jack Wexler, Max Wolf
Jan 5-11: David Abraham, Ethel Aronofsky, Michael Cohen, Louis Ensler, Carol Frymerman, Katie Latinik, Libbie Malchman, Norbert Rosenbaum, Rae Silberberg, Andrew Student, Annie Winthrop, Louis Winthrop, Madeline Woolf
Jan 12-18: Arthur Aronson, Max Bever, Sarah Braune, Barney Brodsky, Terry Davis, Helen Dietz, Leo Dreifuss, Margot Dreifuss, Harry Gibber, Minnie Hard, Lily Kubitsky, Abram Lew, Celia Meyer, Joseph Meyerson, Lillian Penan, Natalie Rome, Bertha Rudnick, Cecil Schatz, Simon Zibel
Jan 19-25: Beatrice Berkowitz, Ann Chernoff, Liba Sarah Cohen, Diane Christy, Elizabeth Forgelman, Eleanor Garber, Lillian Garston, Nathan Grossman, Felix Heimberg, Jules Jaffe, Eleanor Lustig, Rose Medoff, Marjorie Pariser, Samuel Resnick, Sylvia G. Rome, Samuel Rosin, Gertrude Saperstein, Fannie Charney Shuman, Yetta Silverman, Samuel Silverstein, Jennie Tankel, Lois Williams
Jan 26-31: Doris Braune, Mark Claman, Annie Cohen, Morris Dubinsky, Harry Gerber, Louis Gutman, Louis Jaffe, Etta Jacobson, Max Levine, Sonia Lew, Elliott Linsky, Rabbi Eric Lowenthal, David Lubin, Anita Messerman, Irving Novick, Sarah Pulda, Jay Rome, Miriam Rosenberg, Anne Sacks, Helen Salny, Henrietta Schear, Gussy Shack, Julia Weller, Dora Winthrop, Ida Witzky, Seymour Yalen
CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 2020
>>Wednesday, January 1: Office Closed
Thursday, January 2: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, January 3: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, January 4: Shabbat Service 9:30am
>>Sunday, January 5: Adult Continuing Education 10:00am
What Are We Saying When We Pray?
*Our new “Internet Café” is open!
Join us for coffee while your children are in Religious School every Sunday!
>>Tuesday, January 7: Join us for Mah Jong during Religious School (4:30pm)
Thursday, January 9: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, January 10: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
>>Saturday, January 11: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Becoming Tzedeka Stars! 5:30pm with PJ Library
Dairy/Vegetarian potluck dinner followed by
Havdalah, Tzedakah projects and stories
>>Sunday, January 12: Adult Continuing Education 10:00am
Learn to Read Hebrew!
>>Monday, January 13: Board Meeting 7:30pm
>>Tuesday, January 14: Worship Committee 7:00pm
Thursday, January 16: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, January 17: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, January 18: Shabbat Service 9:30am
>>Sunday, January 19: No Religious School
Adult Continuing Education 10:00am
>>Monday, January 20: Office Closed
Thursday, January 23: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, January 24: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
Saturday, January 25: Shabbat Service 9:30am
>>Sunday, January 26: Adult Continuing Education 10:00am
Learn to Read Hebrew!
Thursday, January 30: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, January 31: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
>>Saturday, February 1: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Tot Shabbat 10:30am
Outreach Luncheon to follow services All Welcome!
>>Sunday, February 2: Adult Continuing Education 10:00am
What Are We Saying When We Pray?
Women’s Interfaith Dialogue 3:00pm
Join the Women’s Auxiliary
of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community
for an interfaith discussion on “Life After Death”
Vegetarian/Dairy refreshments will be served
(This event is open to women only, please!)