CONGREGATION AGUDAS ACHIM
A Reconstructionist synagogue in Attleboro, Massachusetts
Welcome to Congregation Agudas Achim! We are a highly engaged and active Reconstructionist congregation in Attleboro, Massachusetts, where all are welcome. Our doors are open to unaffiliated and interfaith families, observant, progressive, “those who are just learning,” and to anyone wanting to explore Jewish identity and rituals.
Click here for the latest news from the synagogue reopening committee.
Join us online to connect to our community.
Welcoming Shabbat Together Zoom
Join Alan Wartenberg for a brief opportunity to connect and light candles together.
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Torah Study w/Rabbi Alex
Join Rabbi Alex for some familiar elements of the Shabbat morning service, along with Torah study. We will say a misheberach l'holim, a prayer for healing, as well as Mourners' Kaddish, as a part of this gathering.
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Hebrew School on Zoom
Links are sent to Hebrew School families separately by Saturday night.
Borrow or Purchase a Siddur for your Home
Starting January 22, we will experiment with not using slides for our Zoom Shabbat services. That means, we want you to have a siddur /prayerbook at home!
You can order a copy here from the Reconstructionist Press where it is currently on sale for $58.50. It can be a powerful experience to have a siddur that is yours, that you can spend time with, travel with, or flip through at your leisure.
CAA members have generously volunteered to coordinate the distribution of CAA siddurim for people to borrow for the remainder of our time doing virtual services. You can fill out this google form here to pick them up at the synagogue on 1/21, 1/22, 1/26, 1/31, or 2/7. If you cannot make it to the synagogue at either of these times, Naomi Roth will coordinate with you via email or phone to arrange a drop off date and time. If you’re having trouble with the form, you can contact Naomi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mark Your Calendar!
Kabbalistic Tu BiShvat: Thursday January 28, 7-8:30pm. Calling all eaters, writers, artists, thinkers, and dreamers!
Join AARC and Congregation Agudas Achim (CAA) for a mystical, arts-based exploration of the Jewish New Year for the Trees. Learn Kabbalistic history and text with Rabbi Ora and Rabbi Alex, participate in a creative process facilitated by Idelle Hammond-Sass and Carol Levin, and experience a guided eating meditation led by CAA member Molly Jacobs. Sign up here.
Bring some basic art supplies and a fruit that you can peel, like an orange, banana, or clementine!
Join Rabbi Alex for "Practice in Place" In the words of the morning blessings, we recognize the task of spiritual practice is to open our eyes, to free us from our obsessions, to keep us from falling into confusion, and when we do, to lift us up. It is to touch us with beauty and to strengthen our courage and our faith. It is to remind us of how miraculously our needs are being met as our steps are guided along our life’s path day to day.” --Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
In an ideal world, this teaching from R’ Weinberg would be reflected in our lives as individuals and as a community grounded in spiritual practice. Without being able to gather in-person, many of our usual sources of spiritual sustenance and grounding have been disrupted or altered at best. In this series, we will experiment in a sort of “Jewish practice lab.” Each week, we will learn about a particular Jewish practice--some ancient, some contemporary--and try it on for two weeks. In the following session, we will reflect on our experiences with the practice and then learn about a new one! By engaging in these practices, we will learn more about ourselves as spiritual beings and how we might nourish our souls through this time and beyond.
Dates: Sign up here
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