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January 26, 2018: THE ERUV IS UP

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 March 2018

  • LOCATION FOR MARCH SHABBAT MINYAN The minyan will continue davening at the home of Harvey & Sharon Risch, 255 Sky Top Terrace, Fairfield throughout the month of March.Times for the minyan can be found on the March calendar.  We send a warm shout of thanks to the Risch Family for hosting our minyan every Shabbat throughout the month of January & February.  Harvey and Sharon, Eric and Evan, have welcomed the minyan into their home with gracious hospitality and we want to express our thanks and deep appreciation for their thoughtfulness.  Theirs has been a true act of kindness towards the shul which has enabled our minyan to continue throughout the frigid January and February.

  • Pre-Mincha Shabbat Shiur  Rabbi Moldovan will give the pre-Mincha shiur immediately following Kiddush and Mincha will follow the rabbi’s class. Please remember to return for Ma’ariv 15 minutes after Shabbat ends to ensure that there is a minyan.

  • Yasher Koach to Renee Mizrahi for organizing the entire event and to volunteers, Debra Lozanov and Goldie Librach, who helped to decorate and set up the room so festively (see photos). Todah Rabbah to Jay Epstein and Rabbi Robinson for use of the facility and to Stacey Mintz, Arlene Jutkowitz and Jay Dimand, who helped with various pre-dinner arrangements. It was a fun social evening, with a delicious Chinese meal  accompanied by Purim gift bags that were given out to all the guests.  We look forward to celebrating together again next Purim in our own new building (I”YH).

  • Scholar in Residence this Shabbat, March 3  This Shabbat, Rabbi Dovid Samson will be visiting Congregation Ahavath Achim. Rabbi Samson is a close student of Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook. Rabbi Samson lives in Jerusalem where he is currently the principle of YTA, a school for Americans who make Aliyah and their children don’t fit into regular Israeli schools. He has also built many schools for children at risk. Rabbi Samson will be accompanied by his son who is an active member of the Israeli Defense Forces. You will not want to miss this special Shabbat and have the opportunity to meet, hear and speak with Rabbi Samson.

  • Class on Preparing for Pesach  Rabbi Moldovan will give a class this Motzei Shabbos at 8:30 pm at the home of Steve and Debra Lozanov, 3404 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. The topic is "Preparing for Pesach Cleaning." If you have any questions, this will be a good opportunity to learn and ask questions of the rabbi. It would be very helpful if you would either call or email Rabbi Moldovan and let him know you are planning to attend.

  • Book Talks sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County Wednesday, March 21st at 10:30 AM at the Stamford JCC. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Justice by Cathleen Small. Presented by Dr. Judith Katz. Learn about Ginsburg’s historic rulings on the Supreme Court.

  • The Maccabeats Return on Sunday, April 8th at the United Jewish Center in Danbury at 3pm, celebrating the 70th Birthday of the State of Israel. The Maccabeats are an “a capella” group from Yeshiva University singing Hebrew, Yiddish, and International music. For more information you can contact Barry Abrams at the Center: (mobile/text) 203-722-1745/email at abramsb@hotmail.com or www:brownpapertickets.com/event/3330624.

  • Daylight Savings Time returns March 11th.  Note that the Shabbat schedule changes on March 17th, due to the return to Daylight Savings Time. Mincha returns to the late afternoon followed by the Rabbi’s class and Seudah Shelishit with Mincha and Havdalah following.

  • Lunch & Learn Series: Stories of Jewish Resistance. Fairfield University (exact location TBD. From the Maccabees and their fight against Hellenistic oppressors, to Crypto-Jews who secretly practiced Judaism in medieval Spain, to Jewish Partisan forces in Nazi Occupied Europe, to protests by Jewish Progressive Millennials today, the course will focus on religious, military, literary and political forms of Jewish resistance over the past 2,000 years.   Fridays, 8 sessions: Feb. 9-April 20, 2018. 12;30-1;45pm. Fee: $150 (includes sourcebook of class readings).  Co-sponsored by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy and Fairfield University Bennet Center of Jewish Studies. Taught by Ellen M. Umansky, PhD.

  • Applications for Operation Fuel and heating assistance are available in Social Services at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, CT  06824. Operation Fuel and the heating assistance programs help households pay for their winter heating bills and are based on income eligibility.  “Many Fairfield residents, seniors and families struggle with the high cost of heating their homes, especially in the winter season. The frigid temperatures in recent days make it critical that residents know to call Fairfield Social Services for help. Click here to read more.

  • Book Buddies Needed
    Read with Elementary School Students: The Blackham school in Bridgeport has only 12% of its students reading at grade level. For more information, please contact bookbuddies@jewishphilanthropyct.org or visit the website books2connect.org or phone: (203) 659-3602.
  • Have and Extra Coat in your Closet?  Bring donations of new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens for adults and children to Schoke JFS, 4200 Park Ave., Suite 300, Bridgeport, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM. For information contact Rebekah Kanefsky, 203-921-4161/rkanefsky@ctjfs.org

  • 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 email:sshulman@jseniors.org for exact service times.












Upcoming Events

Wed Mar 21 @10:30AM - 05:00PM
Book Talks
Fri Mar 23 @12:30PM - 01:45PM
Lunch & Learn Series: Stories of Jewish Resistance
Fri Mar 30 @12:30PM - 01:45PM
Lunch & Learn Series: Stories of Jewish Resistance
Fri Apr 06 @12:30PM - 01:45PM
Lunch & Learn Series: Stories of Jewish Resistance
Sun Apr 08 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
The Maccabeats
Fri Apr 13 @12:30PM - 01:45PM
Lunch & Learn Series: Stories of Jewish Resistance
Fri Apr 20 @12:30PM - 01:45PM
Lunch & Learn Series: Stories of Jewish Resistance

We are located at:

92 Montauk St
Fairfield, CT 06825

And can be reached by:

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

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