Great Music for Passover

Your Passover seder may be over, but here are some wonderful new melodies to enjoy during this Passover season and to bring into next year . . . . in Jerusalem.  Celebrate!!!

Not your Hebrew school “Ma Nishtana” is it.

You may not get the entire orchestra around your seder table, but the music can inspire you and your guests.

“Dayeinu” is a love song between God and the Jewish people.

I “know the One” – do you?

Beautiful rendition of this Chava Alberstein classic.

Are we ready to “bring peace upon ourselves”?   This year – now !!!

 

NO SERVICES Until January 7 2017

Winter weather (Dec 17) and winter break (Dec 24, Dec 31) bring cancellation of Shabbat morning services.  We look forward to your being a part of our Shabbat morning minyan / worship community beginning afresh in January 2017 on Saturday morning the 7th at our synagogue, 36 Winthrop Street, Taunton.

You may park on the street or use the parking lot across the street at Winthrop Street Baptist Church.  The porch light (front door vs. side door down the driveway) will tell you where we’re worshiping – upstairs or down.  Our calendar entry will provide information.  We call the downstairs “the vestry”.

Shabbat shalom, have a wonderful Hanukkah and may 2017 be a good year for you (of course we’re part way through 5677 at this point – but who’s counting?!?)

Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

100 Voices: A Journey Home – Film Evening @ Helfand’s

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7:00 PM Tuesday December 20, 2016

100 Voices: A Journey Home is a compelling and moving musical documentary that uniquely tells the history of Jewish culture in Poland. It highlights the current resurgence of Jewish culture through the personal reflections and musical selections of a group of cantors and acclaimed composer Charles Fox (“Killing Me Softly”, “I Got A Name”, and many more) who made an important historical mission to the birthplace of cantorial music. The documentary will give generations the opportunity to learn about and re-embrace the Jewish culture that produced one of the most artistic and educated societies that once flourished in Europe. Above all, the film celebrates the resilience and the power of Jewish life, while telling the story of two peoples who shared intertwined cultures.

Please call the office on Monday or Tuesday (Dec 19 or 20) to get the Helfand’s number for your RSVP.

Dec 22 – Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – Taunton Green

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting on Taunton Green

Thursday December 22—Gather at 3:30 PM—Lighting at 4:00 PM

Followed by Hanukkah School Party at Synagogue Vestry at 4:10 PM

We’ll learn, sing songs, enjoy latkes, play games, complete a Hanukkah mitzvah project and enjoy one another’s company as we close out our 2016 school year ahead of winter break. We’ll send everyone off to wherever their winter break takes them.  What about you? Where will you be off to? Maybe a “stay-cation”. Celebrate!!!

P.S.  Yes, we know it’s a couple of evenings early, but we didn’t want to ask the town officials and Department of Public Works workers to come out on Christmas Eve, so it made sense to gather on our regular school afternoon to make the most of our celebration.

 

Shanah Tovah for 5777

All of us at Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House in Taunton, Massachusetts wish you a Shanah Tovah – a Good Year – 5777.  May it be a year of blessing and peace for you and for your loved ones – family and friends – and, indeed, for the entire world.

With peace – shalom – Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

Be Our Guest at Religious School This September

Religious School Begins Sept 8th – Visiting Families Welcome – No Strings Attached – Read More !!525922_388174244552288_1391013945_n

Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House of Taunton, MA invite children being reared Jewishly (1st through 5th grades) and their parents to attend our early fall Hebrew school/religious school classes and family holiday experiences at no charge. Come to one or come to all – try us out !!

  • Religious School – Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 PM – September 8, 15, 22, and 29 at The Jewish Community House, 133 High Street, Taunton
  • Family Rosh Hashanah Experience – Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM – September 25 at our synagogue, 36 Winthrop Street, Taunton – intergenerational: all ages welcome
  • Learn to Blow Shofar Workshop – Sunday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM – October 2 at our synagogue, 36 Winthrop Street – bring your own shofar, please
  • Religious School – Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM – October 9 at The Jewish Community House, 133 High Street, Taunton

In order for our teachers to know you’re coming and for us to assign a host family to greet you, please contact Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath in advance at jewishtaunton@gmail.com or by cell phone 781-956-8673.  Small class sizes, credentialed teachers (all with master’s degrees and many years experience), laptop language learning lab, teen Hebrew buddies, and host family assigned to each visiting family help make the Hebrew school/religious school at Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton so much different from “your father’s Hebrew school.”

Come explore the difference. Interfaith families welcome. There is no charge for these September get-acquainted classes. Attendance after the October 9th Sunday morning session requires formal enrollment, tuition and synagogue membership. We work hard to make your participation affordable.

We Celebrate Yom HaAtzma’ut / יום העצמאות

Israel’s 68th Day of Independence is today, May 12, 2016. Even though Yom HaAtzma’ut will be over tonight at sundown, we’ll be celebrating on Sunday morning at religious school, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., May 15th.

Nancy Marin will involve our students in Israeli dancing. Jessica Yarman will conclude her year-long Shabbat Rishona morning “Passport to Israel” learning program and Stacey Gay, likewise, with “Let’s Discover Israel”.

Parents are welcome to join us.  Our seventh graders – now deep into B’nai Mitzvah season – are no longer officially in school on Sunday mornings, but they are welcome to join us.

In addition, why not enjoy all or parts of the video below.  Even if your Hebrew is limited to non-existent, this just-uploaded, live-streaming video of the President of Israel’s nationally broadcast ceremony celebrating Israel’s 68th Independence Day will give you a flavor of Israeli national life. Towards the end, of course, will be the singing of the Israeli national anthem – HaTikvah – The Hope.

Yom HaAtzma’ut Sameach / Happy Independence Day / חג העצמאות שמח