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All Synagogue Activities Moved to Zoom for January

Greetings,

Due to the surging numbers of Covid cases and the ongoing prevalence of the Omicron variant, the Board of Directors has voted to move all synagogue activities to a virtual format, with the exception of the religious school. These measures will remain in place through January 31, 2022 and will be reviewed at the next Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The health an safety of our community is paramount in the actions of our board and as much as we all want to worship together as a community in our beautiful sanctuary it is a time for caution. There will be additional information forthcoming in the coming weeks as the situation evolves.

Stay well,
Congregation Agudath Achim Board of Directors

CHICK HELFAND’s 100th BIRTHDAY SHABBAT SERVICE

The Helfands at our Centennial Celebration.

SERVICES WILL START AT 9:45 AM THIS WEEK (12/18/2021) FOR US TO CELEBRATE CHICK HELFAND’S 100TH BIRTHDAY!

Then services go back to 9 AM for the following weeks.

Just to assure anyone who has questions, we are having live services this Shabbat and any subsequent Shabbats unless there is an announcement indicating otherwise. Looking forward to seeing you at synagogue on Saturday.

Masks are mandatory in the synagogue!

Please join us for in person services this Saturday morning at 9:45 AM or on Zoom if you are not comfortable attending in person (Zoom Link was emailed).

Please RSVP if you are attending to Mike Novick (mikenovick1 @ gmail.com) or Mija Almeida (mijaba65 @ gmail.com). There will be a sign in book when you arrive for services.

Latkes Are Back and On Sale Now!

Potato Latkes

The Religious School Latke Fundraiser is back!!

We are excited to once again be able to offer our wonderful kosher latkes for sale as a Religious School Fundraiser.

24 latkes in a box (frozen): $10.00 per box

Quick turnaround time on orders!
ORDERS ARE DUE by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. ​

More information to come re:
ORDER PICKUP at the JCH the week of November 29th.

Please email the information on the pdf below to Stacey Gay at office@tauntonshul.com ASAP. Please put LATKE ORDER in the subject line.

Name: _____________________________________________​

Phone:_____________________

Email: _________________

​I would like ____________boxes x $10.00 per box = $ _________________

Also, you may drop off the form at the Jewish Community House (Lori’s office) or mail form with your check payable to Congregation Agudath Achim to:
Congregation Agudath Achim
P.O. Box 826
Taunton, MA 02780

5782 High Holy Days

  • Monday, September 6 7 PM-8:00 PM, Erev Rosh Hashanah, Live & Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 7 9 AM-12 PM, Rosh Hashanah Day 1, (Tashlich to Follow) Live & Zoom
  • Wednesday, September 8 9 AM–11 AM, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Live & Zoom
  • Wednesday, September 15 6 PM-8:30 PM, Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre), Live & Zoom
  • Thursday, September 16 9 AM, Yom Kippur, Live & Zoom
  • Thursday, September 16 12 NOON, Yizkor, Live & Zoom
  • Thursday, September 16 4 PM, Afternoon Service, Live & Zoom
  • Thursday, September 16 6 PM, Ne’ilah Concluding Service (Followed by Havdalah), Live & Zoom
  • Thursday, September 16 7 PM, Break-the-Fast, Live Only

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.

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

WE’RE BACK!!!

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.

Shalom,
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!

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

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

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.