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Rabbi Eichenholtz’s Message:

 

Hanukkah the holidays of Macabee, miracles, and light. As we prepare to celebrate Hanukkah this year we will especially focus on the mitzvah of pirsumi nessa – publicizing the miracle. We will gather from our homes, on Zoom, each night of Hanukkah to light candles, tell stories, share traditions and celebrate together. Even in this year many of our Hanukkah traditions will be the same, many of us will tell

 

the Hanukkah story, to someone else, we will light candles in the window, we will play dreidel, some of us may even put up Hanukkah decorations as another way to share the miracles of the holiday.

 

So we have a handle on how we share the story of Hanukkah, but how do we share our stories with each other and publicize the miracles in our individual lives? The synagogue has a long tradition as being the centralized place of Jewish community. From its earliest times, even in the bible, the religious center was also a place of congregation, of social services, of community, of society. This was true in the middle ages and in the shtetls of Eastern Europe; in our times it’s harder. We live in a society where we are lucky enough to integrate into the society around us, we aren’t restricted to our religious community to fulfill all of our communal needs. Needs for companionship, needs to help, needs for spiritual and personal growth. 

 

Our synagogues are just one part, even if a very important part, of our lives. So the question is, how do we keep connected and share our stories, when we aren’t living lives centered around the synagogue? When even our synagogue lives are disconnected by pandemic? Over the past months we have been making changes to our bulletin and we will continue to do so. We are encouraging new uses of our Facebook Page and groups, and we continue to gather before and after services at our Zoom oneg and kiddush to catch up and share. 

 

Our bulletin features our new congregant corner. Roberta Gordenstein has been sharing stories of our congregants, their histories and their lives. Her work has connected us in old and new ways. Each month we highlight a mitzvah hero, but we need your submission, we need to know what stories you are seeing and participating in. So fill out a postcard, send an e-mail, leave a voice mail, tell us the amazing stories of miracles in your lives. Rabbi Eichenholtz and the Chesed Committee are working on a new section of our bulletin where we can focus on the needs in our community and how we can help one another. 

 

On Facebook we have a growingly active page and have just launched two features. One, a group for conversation, is place to share and to listen. Mostly unmoderated, I hope it will expand our greetings at shul and allow us to continue to the conversation when we’re not together at shul. And finally we are now able to do Facebook fundraising. Think of us for your birthday fundraisers, and keep an eye out for our eight nights of Hanukkah fundraiser coming up.

 

Hanukkah is about publicizing the miracle, let us all rededicate ourselves to sharing our stories, and our miracles. 

 

 

 –Rabbi Eichenholtz

 

 

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Shabbat Candle Lighting Times   

Friday, Dec   4 – 3:53pm        

Friday, Dec 11 – 3:53pm

Friday, Dec 18 – 3:55pm

                            Friday, Dec 25 – 3:59pm

 

Service Times:

**Services online or over phone**

  • Thursday Morning Minyan time change for December and January: We will be holding morning minyan at 7:15am or 8:30am on alternating weeks (see below)
  • Friday Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Service 9:30am

Thursday Morning Minyan Schedule:

Dec 3: 8:30am

Dec 10: 7:15am

Dec 17: 8:30am

Dec 24: 7:15am

Dec 31: 8:30am

Jan 7: 7:15am

Jan 14: 8:30am

Jan 21: 7:15am

Jan 28: 8:30am

 

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If you need to make an appointment to speak to Rabbi Eichenholtz, please contact the office via phone or email to make an appointment. While the offices are closed to face-to-face meetings, Rabbi Eichenholtz is still available for consults over the phone.

 

978-534-6121     office@agudat-achim.org

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The office will be closed:

Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, Dec 25

 

No Religious School:

Sunday Dec 27 or Tuesday, Dec 29

 

Committee Meetings:

Board Meeting: Mon, Dec 14 7:30pm

 

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DECEMBER’S MITZVAH HERO

Marc Tieger

 

From the Ma’asim Tovim Jar:

This month our Ma’asim Tovim submission honors Marc Tieger, for his continual dedication to helping with our services. We especially want to recognize his efforts in leading our recent Veterans’ service. Thank you Marc, for your care and your thoughtful presence.

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We need your submissions to the Ma’asim Tovim jar!

Did you notice someone doing something awesome? Is there a community member who deserves recognition for being great?

You may send in submissions anonymously on the postcards included in your HIgh Holiday boxes or by using the “message us” link on our website.

Or you can just email or call SJ in the office! Thanks!

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In these times of physical distancing, please make sure the CAA community knows how we can be of service.  Contact the office or the Rabbi.

 

We wish everyone good health:

Here are some of the best ways to keep our community safe from coronavirus:

  • Please stay home when you can
  • Please wear a mask which covers your nose and mouth whenever you are  in public spaces to protect yourself and others
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when outside or at grocery store, etc
  • Wash your hands often, for 30 seconds, with soap
  • If you visit with friends and family, visiting outside is safer than inside!
  • Stay calm, stay in touch, stay safe!

 

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Reminder: If you feel unsafe at home, help is available.

Journey to Safety is 1-781-647-JFCS (5327) –a program of Jewish Family and Children Services – Boston.

National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 –also available by text and internet chat on their website.  

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Lots of new changes to our Facebook Page!

 

It’s official! We are on facebook for donations.

 

Like our 

Congregation Agudat Achim Facebook Page – to find out all about upcoming events and items of interest 

 

Join our 

Congregant Conversation Group – to keep in touch with each other

 

Or create your own fundraiser for CAA!

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   Friday Mornings in December:

Torah Study and Cooking over Zoom

 

Pirkei Avot 3:17 says

” Where there is no bread, there is no Torah; where there is no Torah, there is no bread. “

 

Join Rabbis Eve Eichenholtz and Rabbi Aviva Fellman for Torah and Cooking on Fridays.

 

Login to Congregation Beth Israel’s Zoom for Rabbi Fellman’s Parsha Study at 10:00am,

then log into CAA’s new community meeting room immediately following (around 11:00am) to continue with Congregation Agudat Achim as Rabbi Eichenholtz gets us ready for Hanukkah with olive oil cakes.

 

Please note that these Zoom events are NOT at the regular CAA Zoom link!

If you would like the links to join these events, please contact SJ at office@agudat-achim.org ahead of time!

You will need to log out of the Torah Study meeting and then log into the Cooking meeting if you plan to attend both. Cooking will begin at approximately 11am, immediately after the Torah Study concludes.

 

Recipes:

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/lemon-olive-oil-cake-and-other-creative-ways-to-use-oil-this-hanukkah/

 

Almond Olive Oil Cake

https://jamiegeller.com/recipes/almond-and-olive-oil-cake/

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CAA Zoom Events:

Thursdays: morning minyan, alternating 7:15am or 8:30am

Friday mornings: Baking w Rabbi Eichenholtz, 11:00am (separate zoom link)

Friday evenings: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00pm

Saturday mornings: Shavuot Service, 9:30am

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Community Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, Dec 13th at 11:30am over Zoom

All are welcome!

There will be Hanukkah menorah lighting, singing, storytelling, games, and more!

We hope you can join us!!

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Can we celebrate Hanukkah with you?

 

We are looking for 8 hosts to invite the Congregation to spend Hanukkah with you at home (or wherever you will be). 

 

We will join you over Zoom, for candle lighting and/or whatever makes hanukkah night special in your house. Maybe it’s candle lighting, or making latkes, or playing dreidel or telling a Hanukkah story, or anything else.

 

If you are willing to “host” a night of Hanukkah and share your traditions with the congregation, please reply to this e-mail with what date you want and what times work best for you.

Available dates:

Thursday December 10th

Friday December 11th

Saturday December 12th

Sunday December 13th

Monday December 14th

Tuesday December 15th

Thursday December 17th

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Congregant’s Corner

Welcome to our Congregant’s Corner feature! The purpose of these brief sketches is to highlight members of our Agudat Achim community so that we may all get to know each other a little better. If you’d like to suggest someone else to spotlight, please contact me at 603 899-2221 or gordensteinr@elms.edu. I appreciate your feedback.  –Roberta Gordenstein

 

Dave Fisher grew up in Central Massachusetts. His father came from New Jersey to start his own business and established the family in New England. Dave was born in Worcester and then moved to Clinton shortly afterwards. He has lived in Sterling since 1973 and has seen it change from a small farming community of 2200 to a slightly larger town of 9000 or so. He loves the farmers’ markets and the vestiges of small-town living.

 

Dave’s Jewish background was always based on the Conservative movement. He attended Hebrew School at Agudat Achim and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah here. Like many teens, he drifted away from religion, but the older he gets, the more he appreciates it and sees it as a way to put some perspective on everyday life and the conflicts of living during a pandemic.

Dave loves his job and works very hard at it, running a wire and cable company founded by his father. They build custom products for elevators, hoists, cranes and many other types of machinery. The factory employs 109 workers and runs 24/7. To him, his employees are like family and they all work together for a common goal.

 

Dave has held numerous positions at the shul, including board member, Building Committee, Security Committee and President. He is currently the Treasurer of the congregation. In addition, he always steps up generously with donations and services when they are needed.

Dave is actively involved with his family, wife Susan and daughters, Madelyn and Allyson, who are in high school. He supports their activities, such as the volleyball team and the speech team. It’s clear talking with Dave that he is very personally involved with them. In addition, he enjoys golf, boating at their home in New Hampshire, playing cards and chess, shooting pool and occasional weight-lifting. His other love is antique and classic cars. It’s hard to imagine how he finds time for all these events! There is an intense feeling of commitment to everything Dave is involved with. Whatever he does, he gives 100%! 

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Yahrzeits for December 2020

 

Dec 1 – 5

Nathan Aaron Feinberg, Anne Grossman, Ruth Levin, Rebecca Marshall, H. Peter Solomon, Edith Brenner, Wallace Weinbaum, Bertha Nissenbaum, Jack Herman, Ida Weisner, Louis Feingold, Joseph Muller, Harry Rice, Howard Rome

 

Dec 6 – 12

Robert Drury, Harry Berger, Marjorie Brodkin, Benjamin Goldberg, Adeline Heimberg, Samuel Skurnick, Bessie Goldberg, Helga “Sunnie” Epstein, Sidney Feinberg, June Gill, Bella Holzer, Jacob Borowsky, Abraham W. Britton, Sylvia Gaynor, Felice Lubin, Rosalyn Malin, Hilda Epstein, Rebecca Grand, Sophie Katzen, Peter Tobin, Nettie Vigoda, Dora Coplon, Nada Grossman, Robert Salny, Sadie Shubert

 

Dec 13 – 19

Sarah Bockstein, Clara Charney, Bessie Dunn, Klein Frankel, Harry McCrensky, Ida Chitoff, Ida Dorfman, Charles Fay, Frank Sarkin, Harry Wexler, Jean Finestone, Esther Foster, Sabina Foster, Seleck Feivel Kalin, Stephen Kay, Bertha Kniager, Rebecca Rosenberg, Anne Schreter, Susan Winthrop, Isaac Chitoff, Rose Claman, Adele Forgelman Dreyfus, Joseph Friedson, Esther Goodstein, Morris Portnoy, Philip Witzky, Albert Aranson, Arthur Marshall, Louise Muller, Lewis Florence, Samuel Salny, Allen C. Silberberg, Isadore Solomon, John J. Meyer

 

Dec 20 – 31

Lena Penan, Max Wolf, Bert Cohen, William Cohen, Bannie Gordon, Dora Grobstein, Deborah Kahn, Edward Szysyko, Jack Wexler, Herman Alpert, David Goldberg, Carl Irwin Moscowitz, Rose Vinick Sisitsky, David Abraham, Ethel Aronofsky, Michael Cohen, Rae Silberberg, Louis Winthrop, Madeline Woolf, Norbert Rosenbaum, Annie Winthrop, Libbie Malchman, Carol Frymerman, Andrew Student, Katie Latinik, Louis Ensler, Sarah Braune, Margot Dreifuss, Barney Brodsky, Leo Dreifuss, Abram Lew, Lillian Penan, Natalie Rome, Cecil Schatz

 

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CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2020

**events are still remote via Zoom**

                                  

Thursday, Dec 3: Morning Minyan via Zoom 8:30am

 

Friday, Dec 4: Zoom Parsha Study 10:00am

Zoom Cooking Class following Parsha Study

Kabbalat Shabbat via Zoom 6:00pm

 

Saturday, Dec 5: Shabbat Services via Zoom 9:30am

 

>>Thursday, Dec 10: Morning Minyan via Zoom 7:15am (early time this week)

Community-hosted Zoom Hanukkah evenings begin

 

Friday, Dec 11: Zoom Parsha Study 10:00am

Zoom Cooking Class following Parsha Study

Kabbalat Shabbat via Zoom 6:00pm

 

Saturday, Dec 12: Shabbat Services via Zoom 9:30am 

 

>>Sunday, Dec 13: Community Hanukkah Celebration over Zoom 11:30am all welcome!

 

>>Monday, Dec 14: Board meeting 7:30pm

 

>>Thursday, Dec 17: Morning Minyan via Zoom 8:30am

Final night of Community-hosted Zoom Hanukkah evenings

 

Friday, Dec 18: Zoom Parsha Study 10:00am

Zoom Cooking Class following Parsha Study

Kabbalat Shabbat via Zoom 6:00pm

 

Saturday, Dec 19: Shabbat Services via Zoom 9:30am

 

>>Monday, Dec 21: Office closed this week

 

>>Thursday, Dec 24: Morning Minyan via Zoom 7:15am (early time this week)

 

Friday, Dec 25: Zoom Parsha Study 10:00am

Zoom Cooking Class following Parsha Study

Kabbalat Shabbat via Zoom 6:00pm

                                                     

Saturday, Dec 26: Shabbat Services via Zoom 9:30am 

 

>>Sunday, Dec 27: No Religious School

 

>>Tuesday, Dec 29: No Religious School

 

Thursday, Dec 31: Morning Minyan via Zoom 8:30am

 

**Services will remain available via phone and online. We will let you know when more services become available in person. Thank you for your patience and adaptability!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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