Message from the Rabbi:

Dear Congregation Agudat Achim Community:

 

This week has been uncertain for our congregation as we navigate the aftermath of unprecedented flooding, both as a synagogue and in our own spaces.

Our synagogue had significant water in the basement and as a safety measure the power must remain off until everything dries and may be assessed and inspected.

We are therefore going to be holding our Rosh HaShanah services in two locations in Worcester. We are grateful to the Worcester JCC and the Jewish Healthcare Center for giving us a physical home and the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. for providing the equipment for our Zoom home.

Cantor Rebecca Carl and I look forward to leading you in our services (see the schedule and locations below), with our lay leaders, our congregants and community members, our books, our honors, our Torahs, and our traditions. If you have received an email or phone call about your honor, we hope you can still join us, in person or via Zoom (link and login info below).

At this time we are do not yet know where will be for Yom Kippur, we will be together for our services as we continue to welcome in this New Year.

Rabbi Eve Eichenholtz

 

Statement from Congregation Agudat Achim:

 

Leominster has experienced rainfall and floods of historic proportions, which have affected many families in our community. We are currently working to assess and repair damage in our basement caused by the immense water. We are thankful for the hardworking contractors who are working around the clock to help us, and we will keep you posted on the status of our building. 

Behind the scenes, Rabbi, board members, volunteers, and the office are working tirelessly to ensure that all details are covered, and services run smoothly.

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate changes in our holiday plans. The support we have received from our community and other synagogues has been wonderful, and we are grateful for all the phone calls and emails that we have received.

While there is never a good time for such an event, this is particularly difficult for us as we approach the High Holidays. This is as true for us as individuals as a congregation as a whole. If you are struggling or have been negatively affected by the storm please let us know, there are offers of help.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the High Holiday season and thank you for your continued support.

HIGH HOLIDAY LOCATION CHANGE

Please note the new locations for services:

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, September 15th, 6:30pm
Jewish Healthcare Center – Chapel
629 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609
** Please park either in the garage, or at the JCC. Those who need handicap or close parking may use the visitor spots. We hope to
respect the residents’ visitors coming at the New Year by leaving as many visitors’ spots open as possible.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Saturday, September 16th, 9:00am
JCC auditorium
633 Salisbury St
Worcester, MA 01609
***Handicap Parking is the upper parking lot, follow the sign to ECC pick-up parking. There is a ramp to the main entrance or two small
steps directly into the auditorium.

Children’s programing @ JCC: Saturday, September 16th @11:30am
Sababa Rosh Hashanah will be in the JCC Kids’ Room at 11:30am
*Children’s programs are on the second floor of the JCC. Please follow
the signs.

Junior Congregation will be in the Senior Lounge at 11:30am

Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Sunday, September 17th, 9:00am
Jewish Healthcare Center – Chapel
629 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609

On Sunday children of all ages are welcome in our services and there is an anteroom for a break, we will have our usual collection of books,
holidays toys and crafts, but there is not a second room at the JHC. All are encouraged to join us in the chapel for services

** Please park either in the garage, or at the JCC. Those who need handicap or close parking may use the visitor spots and we want to
respect the residents’ visitors coming at the New Year by leaving as many of those spots open as possible.

Join us via Zoom

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday Sept 15, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Saturday, Sept 16, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Sunday, Sept 17, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92956695821?pwd=ZW15R0w4SlU3OFJ1UlI0Mm1sTHRpdz09

Meeting ID: 929 5669 5821
Passcode: 5784
Join by phone:
+1 305 224 1968 US

Want to Borrow a Machzor?

 

Need to pick up a Machzor (gray prayerbook for the high holidays) to follow our services while attending via Zoom?

Please contact Alicia Randall via email bulletin@agudat-achim.org or phone (781) 526-1710 to arrange a pickup.

L’SHANA TOVA BOOK / DEADLINE

We are still taking submissions to and orders for physical L’Shanah Tovah Books.

Deadline Friday, September 15th

Thank you for your understanding, patience and flexibility during this time. The office and building is currently closed due to the building’s current condition, however, we are operating remotely. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact tina@agudat-achim.org.

We are answering emails and voicemails as quickly as possible at this time.

If you need immediate response or this is an emergency please text Rabbi Eichenholtz (978)728-9728.
Rabbi Eichenholtz’s ability to answer everyone depends on all of us being disciplined in determining what is or isn’t an urgent or
emergency matter.

We appreciate your support. Donations are greatly appreciated during this time.

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