Category Archives: Congregation Agudath Achim

Colleyville:  Trying to Find Answers

Join Cantor Reaboi for an open discussion about the hostage situation last weekend at a Reform Synagogue in Colleyville, TX.  Let’s seek answers, look to the future, and find solace in each other’s company.

Saturday, January 22nd at 7pm on Zoom

Zoom Login: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88675928440?pwd=UkRVTEtmTDJHVzY4Yk8vZ3Z2bUpidz09

Meeting ID: 886 7592 8440

It’s Menorah Madness!

A Hanukkah Celebration, Featuring “The Aleph Beats”

Bring your Chanukah Menorahs to Services and fill the Sanctuary with the lights of Hanukkah!!! Songs, stories and gelt- OH MY!!!!

Prize for the most AWESOME Hanukkiah!

Sunday, December 5th at 4:00pm

Winner of the 2020 Jewish Collegiate KOLedge A Cappella Competition, The Alef Beats of Brown and RISD have been singing up and down the East Coast since our inception in 2005. The Beats sing in all styles and formats, including Israeli and American pop/rock, old country Yiddish melodies, showtunes, and arrangements of modern Hebrew liturgical songs. The Beats come from all over – our all-gender membership roster includes those from as far away as Malaysia, and as close to home as the Providence suburbs. Concentrations within the group vary as well, from Computer Science to Furniture Design. Through it all, the Beats are brought together by our goofy personalities, our love of music, and a healthy appreciation for Jewish values and tradition.

www.thealefbeats.wixsite.com/home

Selichot Evening Service

This Saturday evening marks the ten days before Erev Rosh Hashana. Please join Cantor Reaboi as we officially begin the High Holy Day season with penitential prayers, called Selichot. Here’s is the schedule:

  •  8:00 PM – Saying goodbye to Shabbat with Havdalah
  •  8:15 PM – Schmooze and a snack
  •  8:30 PM– Lecture:  “The Music of the Jewish High Holy Days” 
  • 9:30 PM–  Selichot Service
  • 10:00PM- Tekiah Gedola– The Shofar is blown and the HHDs begin!

NOTE:  This service was originally intended to be live. But Cantor Reaboi will conduct the program through Zoom.

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!

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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

ZOOM HANUKKAH

HANUKKAH CONNECTIONS / CELEBRATING TOGETHER

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

DONATIONS

DONATIONS TO CONGREGATION AGUDATH ACHIM
For further information on contributions to the Congregation, call the office at (508) 822-3230 (mornings).
IN MEMORY / HONOR / APPRECIATION OF SOMEONE or A MAZEL TOV
Make your check payable to CONGREGATION AGUDATH ACHIM
Mail your check to CONGREGATIONN AGUDATH ACHIM, P.O. BOX 826, TAUNTON, MA 02780
THANK YOU !!!

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!