IMPORTANT ERUV NOTICE The Fairfield Eruv is currently down. The Rabbi is working on fixing it. The congregation will be informed of any progress.

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Welcome to Congregation Ahavath Achim

Congregation Ahavath Achim is a warm, suburban, Modern Orthodox synagogue, affiliated with the Orthodox Union. We are located in scenic Fairfield, Connecticut, just one hour from New York City, with easy access via either the Merritt Parkway or I-95, Amtrak or MetroNorth. A short drive will bring you to nearby beaches, marinas, parks, historical sites, nature centers and museums. We experience the changing seasons of a New England town but also enjoy all the conveniences of being within easy commuter distance of New York. Visitors to our community are always welcome!

Announcements January 13-20, 2017

  • Bundle Up for the Cold Outside – Open up for the Warm Inside: It has gotten very cold outside. So Bundle up good and stay healthy. If you want a place that can warm you outside and inside, try out Daily Minyan. Not only is the heat working, your spirit will be lifted being part of a minyan, and you can even get a hot cup of coffee after! What more incentive do you need? Show up. Sign up (there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board). Come early, come often, and Help Keep Our Minyan Strong!

  • Minyan Updates-Even with the snow and freezing cold weather this past Shabbat, we are so glad to report that our Shabbat minyan was again complete and on time.   We also need to keep working on the Friday night and weekday mornings.  Please remember that we will be glad to provide a ride if you need some help getting to the minyan on time.  Our warmest THANK YOU to all the men who have taken on this responsibility to ensure we have a reliable minyan for our community.

  • Early Shabbat Mincha: Immediately after Kiddush, we will have a short class by Rabbi Moldovan (at approximately 11:45 am), The topic for this week’s class is "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust - Cremation in Halachah?" followed by Mincha (at 12:25 pm). We will return about 15 minutes after Shabbat ends (at 5:30 pm) for Ma’ariv (at 5:45 pm). Please remember to recite “Baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l’chol” in order to end Shabbat before driving or doing other work that is prohibited on Shabbat.

  • Tu B'Shevat Shabbat Lunch – Shabbat, February 11-We will be celebrating this Tu B'Shevat with a catered Shabbat lunch in Zimmer Hall. Come celebrate the birthday of the trees with our community. Keep Saturday February 11th free for the event. Stay tuned for more information and RSVP details. Please call the Rabbi to volunteer and help plan this event.

  • February Women’s Rosh Chodesh Get-Together-Mark your calendar for Sunday morning, February 26, when we will have the third in our new Rosh Chodesh Women’s Learning Program.  Location and topic to be announced shortly.   Torah and Treats – A Winning Combination. Please call Sharon Risch to volunteer to host this event.

  • Winter Lecture Series Postponed by the Weather-We are very sorry to report that the Shabbat snow storm forced another postponement of the Rabbi’s new Winter Lecture Series.  He has decided to wait for more agreeable weather to begin the lecture series.  Watch the shul news for the new date and time.

  • Building Clean-up Campaign
    As the time for our move to a new location draws nearer, we face the very daunting task of clearing the building of items that are either no longer in use or obsolete and unusable.  Unless we do it ourselves, it will cost us big dollars $$$$$$ to hire a trash company.  We ask everyone to chip in and do a little by volunteering a couple of hours each week to come and help with bagging and disposing of obsolete, unusable items.  Call or email Sara Klein or Barbara Tuckel to let them know when you can help, starting now.  We also are planning "Sunday Trash Days," where we will provide music to work by and refreshments.  Specifics to follow shortly.  Let's save money and have fun while doing it.

  • Important Shul Property Committee Update  Anyone wishing to have any shul item(s) that we will not be taking and using after we move to our new location must contact Sara Klein, Committee Chairperson or Barbara Tuckel, President to let them know what you are interested in having. Further, until our sale is absolutely finalized we are keeping all items together.  Thank you everyone for your   help and cooperation.

  • Jewish Family Services Updated Volunteer Information: Please call or email Ellen Ashkins (203-365-6417 or Eashkins@jseniors.org) if you are interested in volunteering at JSS. There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to-one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care.

  • Judaic Studies at UConn A new major in Judaic Studies is now officially part of the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life curiculum. The Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies may be obtained in general or classical Judaic Studies. The general Judaic Studies major provides a broader perspective and includes a course concentration in the modern period. The classical track focuses on the pre-modern experience, especially in the biblical and rabbinic periods. Visit the UConn website for details and to download a plan of study form,

  • Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training  The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two-day Hospice Volunteer Training Program.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services on Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Sunday, February 5th and February 12th from 9:00am-4:30pm.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or eashkins@jseniors.org.

  • Introducing Alef-Tav Hebrew for Children, Weekly on Wednesdays: A new program from Israelis-in-CT in collaboration with The Israel House. This is a language program for children who understand or speak Hebrew. Classes will be taught by certified Israeli teachers and will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons, starting November 2. For details and registration, contact Lilach or Hillit at israelisinct@hotmail.com.

  • Jewish Senior Services needs Minyan Menschen: JSS is in great need of men to help make the daily Minyan to help Residents say Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our Minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogue’s Minyans. Feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at (203) 396-1001 or emai.sshulman@jseniors.org for exact service times.

Upcoming Events

Sat Feb 11 @12:00AM
Tu B'Shevat Shabbat Lunch

We are located at:

1571 Stratfield Road
Fairfield, CT 06825

And can be reached by:


Phone: 203-372-6529
Email: office@ahavathachim.org

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