PURIM ON ZOOM!!!

ZOOMPA  BOOMPA  PURIM
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28 @ 10:00AM

* Matanot L’Evyonim-Gifts for the Poor
* Megillah Reading / Purim Shpiel
* Mishloach Manot-Portions for Our Friends/Family
* Seudat Simchah-Festive Meal

DETAILS VIA EMAIL REGARDING JUST HOW WE’RE GOING TO PULL THIS OFF-BUT WE WILL NOT LET THE CONSTRAINTS OF OUR TIME GET IN THE WAY OF OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION

The Hotel Neversink – February 27 Book Discussion

There’s still time to get reading before we gather for our monthly book discussion on Saturday evening, February 27th at 6:30 PM for Havdalah and a book discussion.

Here’s more about this very intriguing novel.  See what you think.  Email us at jewishtaunton@gmail.com for Zoom information.

THE HOTEL NEVERSINK BY ADAM O’FALLON PRICE
“A gripping, atmospheric, heart-breaking, almost-ghost story. Not since Stephen King’s Overlook has a hotel hiding a secret been brought to such vivid life.” -Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State   Thirty-one years after workers first broke ground, the magnificent Hotel Neversink in the Catskills finally opens to the public. Then a young boy disappears.  This mysterious vanishing-and the ones that follow-will brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose purchase of the hotel in 1931 set a haunting legacy into motion. His daughter Jeanie sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher’s grandchildren grapple with the family’s heritage in their own ways: Len fights to keep the failing, dilapidated hotel alive, and Alice sets out to finally uncover the murderer’s identity. Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members-a matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others, the book is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam O’Fallon-Price details one man’s struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.

We’re Still on Zoom

Join us for Zoompa Boompa Purim on Sunday, February 28th at 10am

It’s been almost a year and we’re still gathering on Zoom for religious school, Shabbat morning services and holiday celebrations.

If you would like to connect with us via Zoom, please be in touch with via our email – jewishtaunton@gmail.com – and we’ll help you get on board.

Upcoming celebrations include Zoompa Boompa Purim on Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 AM and our Annual Community Seder on Sunday, March 28th at 5:00 PM.

Our regular, weekly Shabbat morning services are at 9:00 AM and last for about one hour and 15 minutes.

See you soon !!!!

ZOOM HANUKKAH

HANUKKAH CONNECTIONS / CELEBRATING TOGETHER

Six Evenings of Hanukkah Celebrations – Drop In and Enjoy

6:00-7:00 PM Each Night – Saturday December 12 to Thursday December 17

For both the young and the young at heart.  Join Rabbi Heath, friends and family for an hour of Hanukkah music, books, recipes and a virtual dreidel game. Come for the entire hour or drop in when you’re available.  Extended friends and family are welcome. Email jewishtaunton@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Each night we’ll have Hanukkah blessings and songs, two children’s books, along with a recipe swap.  Finally, we’ll play a game of virtual dreidel!

  • Saturday, December 12 – Havdalah, books: “Is It Hanukkah Yet?” and “The Hanukkah Hop,” share your festive beverage recipe
  • Sunday, December 13 – books: “Biscuit’s Hanukkah” and “The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes,” share your latke recipe
  • Monday, December 14 – books: “Elmo’s Little Dreidel” and “Meet the Latkes,” share your kugel recipe
  • Tuesday, December 15 – books: “I Spy Hanukkah” and “Hanukkah Bear,” share your doughnut recipe
  • Wednesday, December 16 –books: “Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah” and “Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles,” share your cookie recipe
  • Thursday, December 17 – books: “The Best Hanukkah Ever” and “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins,” share your holiday appetizers recipe

DONATIONS

DONATIONS TO CONGREGATION AGUDATH ACHIM
For further information on contributions to the Congregation, call the office at (508) 822-3230 (mornings).
IN MEMORY / HONOR / APPRECIATION OF SOMEONE or A MAZEL TOV
Make your check payable to CONGREGATION AGUDATH ACHIM
Mail your check to CONGREGATIONN AGUDATH ACHIM, P.O. BOX 826, TAUNTON, MA 02780
THANK YOU !!!

2020/5781 Rosh Hashanah Morning Services with Rabbi Heath & Cantor Burton via Zoom

Rabbi Heath looks forward to being with you once again for High Holy Day services. We’ll make the best of the Zoom platform as we celebrate the Jewish New Year 5781. Cantor Burton will also be with us, from her home in Minneapolis.

We encourage you to set up your Zoom space as a special place from which to worship with us. You don’t need any prayer books, but ritual objects associated specifically with Rosh Hashanah or more generally with Judaism can help make the experience more meaningful.

Rosh Hashanah Services are Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20th beginning at 9:00am. Invitations have been emailed and more information can be found on our private Facebook page by going to the following links:

Shana tova,
Michael Peckman

*NOTE: If the link above doesn’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just email us here and we will make sure that you get the Zoom instructions to join us!

Thank You Rabbi Heath! Shavuot/Shabbat Morning Service & Religious School Celebration

Please join us online for a very special Shavuot/Shabbat morning service & Religious School Celebration on Saturday, May 30th at 10am. What makes this Shabbat even more special is that it will be the last Shabbat service that Rabbi Heath will be presiding over before retiring this Sunday! Because this Shabbat is also the Festival of Shavuot, we will study from the Torah portion designated for the festival and not the one in our week-by-week order.

If Shavuot, Shabbat and Rabbi Heath weren’t enough, we will be honoring all of our Religious School Students, teens and teachers as the school year comes to an end. Don’t miss this exciting and very special morning at Congregation Agudath Achim!

Thank you Rabbi Heath for over 18 years of service to our congregation and community. On behalf of everyone in the congregation I wish you the best of luck in retirement and hoping for a safe and exciting journey to your new home and next chapter in your life. Enjoy those grand babies!! You will be missed!

After the service we’ll remain online for maybe 15 minutes so people can chat and converse. This “virtual Kiddush” continues to be a success. Feel free to have your own wine or grape juice and challah (or other bread) available as we do the blessings.

ADDITIONAL INFO FOR SHABBAT SERVICES:
The virtual Shabbat Services continue again this week (Saturday, May 30) with the the Morning Shavuot/Shabbat Service at 10am (lasting about 30 minutes) followed by a religious school celebration honoring our students, teens and teachers. Please consider joining us as we all work together and try to add a bit of normalcy in an otherwise crazy time! At this point, you should have received an email with information on how to connect to our services or if you are on our private Facebook page you should have received an Invite to an Event for each service with a Zoom Link to the Service in the event.

While Zoom is best used with a laptop or computer, it can also be used with a smart phone for video or even a flip phone if you just want to call in to listen. Whatever your technological abilities we can find a way to help you connect to our services. If you haven’t received an invitation or are not on Facebook please send an email to Mike Peckman and I’d be glad to help you out (don’t forget to tell me who you are in the message in case you are not in my contacts).

Chag Sameach & ShabbatShalom,
Mike

*NOTE: If the links above don’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just text me!

Online Shabbat Service Honoring the Rubin’s / Welcoming Michael Peckman

Please join us online for the second of our two Shabbat morning services this coming Saturday, April 16th at 10am. Our regular siddur – the “green book” will be visible on screen, so you do not need to have one of your own at home.

After the service we’ll remain online for maybe 15 minutes so people can chat and converse. This “virtual Kiddush” continues to be a success. Feel free to have your own wine or grape juice and challah (or other bread) available as we do the blessings.

SPECIAL NOTES:
We will be honoring the Rubin’s for their many years of service to the congregation as this year they retired from the board.

We will be welcoming Michael Peckman “to the tribe” as he will have completed his conversion this week.

David and Phyllis will have a virtual Aliyah as will Mike and Gail.

ADDITIONAL INFO FOR SHABBAT SERVICES:
The virtual Shabbat Services continue again this week (Saturday, April 16) with the Children’s Shabbat Service at 9am (lasting about 30 minutes) and the Morning Shabbat Service at 10am (lasting about an hour). Please consider joining us as we all work together and try to add a bit of normalcy in an otherwise crazy time! At this point, you should have received an email with information on how to connect to our services or if you are on our private Facebook page you should have received an Invite to an Event for each service with a Zoom Link to the Service in the event.

While Zoom is best used with a laptop or computer, it can also be used with a smart phone for video or even a flip phone if you just want to call in to listen. Whatever your technological abilities we can find a way to help you connect to our services. If you haven’t received an invitation or are not on Facebook please send an email to Mike Peckman and I’d be glad to help you out (don’t forget to tell me who you are in the message in case you are not in my contacts).

Shalom,
Mike

*NOTE: If the links above don’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just text me!

Join us online for a Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Memorial Day Service

This evening, Monday, April 20, at 7:00 PM, we will gather online using Zoom for a Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah Memorial Service to honor those who perished in the Holocaust and those who perished in the struggle against the Holocaust. Our siddur will be available online as it is during Shabbat services. It would be appropriate for you to have a small candle available (if safely possible) for this service.

Shalom,
Mike Peckman

*NOTE: If the link above doesn’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just email us here and we will make sure that you get the Zoom instructions to join us!

Join Us for our VIRTUAL, ONLINE First Night of Passover Seder on Wed, April 8 @ 6pm

Our weekly online services using Zoom have been a tremendous success with 12 participants at today’s 9am Children’s Shabbat Service and over 26 participants (most with video) at today’s 10am Morning Shabbat Services. It even included Carol calling in from Florida, so don’t let any distance keep you from attending any of our virtual services! We’d love to see you or at least hear your voice as we pray together virtually! We are all in each other’s living rooms for services and will get through these trying times together as a community! Folks have asked and YES, we will be holding 9am and 10am Shabbat services via Zoom each week moving forward for as long as we need to. Check back here and on our private community Facebook page for continued links and to join us in the future.

So with that being said we are excited to announce that we will be holding a Virtual, Online First Night of Passover Community Seder on Wednesday, April 8 starting at 6pm (arrive at 5:45pm to iron out any technical issues). All of the seder details and what you need to celebrate with us should have been sent to you via email or is available on our private Facebook event page titled Virtual, Online First Night of Passover Community Seder. There is a handy Passover Seder checklist that you can use to prepare for the Seder or if you prefer, sit back, put your feet up and just bring your matzah, Manischewitz, Gefilte Fish and whatever you’d like to celebrate with. Rabbi Heath will lead the Seder and provide the virtual Haggadah for us to follow along with.

We look forward to having you join us for our virtual, online First Night of Passover Community Seder. The more the merrier. See you on Zoom next Wednesday!

“Chag Pesach Sameach!” (Happy Passover Holiday)
— Mike Peckman

*NOTE: If the links above don’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just email me here!