We’re Back in Person at the Synagogue for Shabbat Services on July 24th.


Saturday Morning Shabbat Services In Person at Temple!

Please join us for our first fully in-person Shabbat service (in 14 months!) this Saturday, July 24th, at 9 AM.

We are so excited to finally be able to open our doors to all of you. We look forward to seeing you in the synagogue.

We will continue to offer virtual services via Zoom (see email or our private Facebook page for links) as many Shabbat’s as we can, depending on our tech support availability.

If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to wear a face mask unless you prefer to do so. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask. If you forget your mask, we will have some available. We will not be asking for verification of vaccination, but hope that you will protect those around you and wear a mask if not vaccinated.

Please RSVP to Mija Almeida to give us a rough idea of how many will be attending services.

Mija Almeida
President, Congregation Agudath Achim

We are still gathering on Zoom for Shabbat morning services but there is light at the end of the tunnel for in person services!

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Our spiritual leader, Colman Reaboi, will be leading our Shabbat morning services LIVE from the synagogue beginning at 9am on Saturday and broadcasting via Zoom. If you would like to connect with us via Zoom, please be in touch with us via our email – jewishtaunton@gmail.com – and we’ll help you get on board.

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

See you soon as our in person services at the synagogue are scheduled to resume on July 24th!!!!

Shavuot: Preparing to Receive Torah

Join us on Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2021, for late afternoon Torah learning, ending with candle lighting for the Festival of Shavuot and a brief Maariv/Evening service.

Our study time begins at 4:00 PM.  We’ll spend about 20 minutes on each of the Asseret HaDibrot/Ten Commandments, then conclude by 8:00 PM.  

The afternoon/early evening is organized so that you can participate the entire time or drop in when it’s convenient for you. There will be occasional brief comfort breaks.

To learn more about Shavuot, please visit Shavuot 101 | My Jewish Learning

We will, of course, still be on Zoom.  Please contact the office at jewishtaunton@gmail.com to get the appropriate link/password information.

Here’s a complete schedule.

4:00 PMIntro / Asert HaDibrot – Ten Statements / Dairy Nosh
4:20 PMDiber 1 / Do Not Covet – Seeing Your Life as a Gift
4:40 PMDiber 2 / False Witness – The Power of Speech
5:00 PMDiber 3 / Do Not Steal – Priceless Possessions
5:20 PMDiber 4 / Do Not Commit Adulty – When Loyalty is Challenged
5:40 PMDiber 5 / Do Not Murder – Nurture Life
6:00 PMDiber 6 / Honor Your Parents – A Dynamic Relationship
6:20 PMDiber 7 / Shabbat – Sanctified Time
6:40 PMDiber 8 / The Name in Vain – Respect What is Sacred
7:00 PMDiber 9 / Do Not Have Any Other Gods – Lies About Power
7:20 PMDiber 10 / I Am the Lord Your God – A Call to Kindness
7:40 PMCandles/Maariv – Brief Evening Festival Service



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


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.

“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 !!!!



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


For further information on contributions to the Congregation, call the office at (508) 822-3230 (mornings).
Make your check payable to CONGREGATION AGUDATH ACHIM

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.

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,

*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!