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!

Online Children’s & Morning Shabbat Services with Rabbi Heath via Zoom

For the past two weeks we’ve been holding a virtual Children’s Shabbat Service and a separate virtual Morning Shabbat Service online with Rabbi Heath. Two weeks ago we experimented with Facebook Live and it was ok but a little tough for some. Last week we used Zoom for both the Children’s Shabbat Service and Morning Shabbat Service. It worked very well and all those in attendance were happy with the service and felt it was a great alternative to in person morning services in light of our current stay at home restrictions.

The virtual Shabbat Services continue again this week (Saturday, April 4) 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).

Shabbat 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!

EVERYTHING CANCELLED THROUGH MARCH 31

Good morning everyone – it shouldn’t surprise you that we have chosen to cancel all services, school sessions, social events and programs through March 31st.

 The search committee will work to reschedule Shabbat morning services with our rabbinic candidates for April.

 Information about the Sisterhood event in Middleboro on March 25th is not yet available.  An email will be sent when more information is known.

 The office will remain open normal hours, 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.

 This traditional saying can encourage us – Hazak, Hazka, v’Nithazeik – may we go from strength to strength.

 Shalom, Board of Directions, Congregation Agudath Achim

Rabbinic Candidates to Lead Services in March

The search committee invites members of the congregation to attend services on Shabbat mornings March 14, 21, and 28.  Each morning a different rabbinic candidate will be our guest teacher and service leader.

Mazel Tov! We Will Miss You!! Rabbi Heath Retires in 2020

Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath is retiring at the end of May 2020 from her beloved Agudath Achim, after seventeen years serving our community.  She will leave behind a small, vibrant, committed congregation of learners and  spiritual seekers.   Agudath Achim is especially committed to engaging each and every member, no matter the religious background.  The membership is deeply respectful of difference and welcomes everyone.

A search committe for a new spiritual leader – rabbi or cantor – is underway.

Click here for a detailed position description.

Qualified, interested candidates should contact Mija Almeida, search committee member and past chairperson of our board of directors, at mbalmeida @ aol.com

From Fall Into Winter

It’s been quite a fall, the start of religious school, the round of holy days – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah – and now we’ve passed Thanksgiving, the first snows have begun and Hanukkah is around the corner.

Now’s a good time to recheck the calendar for the year and catch up on not only our regular schedule but our special programs.

While special programs are often outlined at the beginning of the year, new ideas for our members bring new opportunities to socialize, learn, and “do good”.