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”.

Welcome Fall, Welcome All

Our site is updated for 5780 / September 2019 – June 2020.  Feel free to catch up with what’s new – even if you’re a long-time member.

If you have questions, be sure to be in touch by calling the office (mornings) and speaking to our office administrator Lori McCloud or by emailing us at jewishtaunton@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing students and parents (grandparents, too) at religious school.

There are many fall holiday experiences that are intergenerational and a wonderful time for all to gather.

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah are – amazingly, once again – just around the corner.

Welcome fall, welcome all.  Welcome or welcome back !!