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 February 17-24, 2017

  • Minyan for Guests: Frequently we get guests at our Minyan. People passing through can find us on a variety of smart-phone apps. But for this to work, we need to be able to ensure a Minyan. Please come to Minyan (morning and/or evening) to ensure we have a Minyan for our members and for guests passing through. Show up. Sign up (there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board). Come early, come often, and Help Keep Our Minyan Strong!

  • Early Shabbat Mincha: Immediately after Kiddush, we will have a short Shiur by Rabbi Moldovan. The topic is "Woman Rabbis - Orthodox or Not?" (at approximately 12:00 pm), followed by Mincha (at 12:35 pm). We will return about 15 minutes after Shabbat ends (at 6:13 pm) for Ma’ariv (at 6:28 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 Shabbos Seudah:  The seudah this Shabbos was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the great Shabbos meal and spending a festival with the community. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event.
  • February Women’s Rosh Chodesh Get-Together:  The third installment of our highly successful Rosh Chodesh Women's Learning Program will take place on Sunday, February 26th at 10:15 am. at the home of Sharon & Harvey Risch, 255 Sky Top Terrace, Fairfield.” Who was the real Vashti?” will be the discussion topic; an intriguing topic for our times.  Come join us to gear up for Purim.The Four Mitzvot of Purim:  As we have just enjoyed a special Tu B”Shevat celebration, we begin to plan  for the next Congregation celebration.  Purim is fast approaching and Rabbi Moldovan is seeking volunteers to help plan a very special Purim Seudah for us all.  Please call (203-906-6296) or email ( the Rabbi directly to volunteer your help.

  • The Four Mitzvot of Purim:  As we have just enjoyed a special Tu B”Shevat celebration, we begin to plan  for the next Congregation celebration.  Purim is fast approaching and Rabbi Moldovan is seeking volunteers to help plan a very special Purim Seudah for us all.  Please call (203-906-6296) or email ( the Rabbi directly to volunteer your help.The Seudah is one of the four special Mitzvot of Purim and we hope to make this year’s Seudah a truly special event.  A brief summary of the four mitzvot follow:          
    • Matanot L'evyonim – Money for those in need.  Rabbi Moldovan will be collecting money to be distributed on Purim to worthy recipients. Please give your contribution directly to the Rabbi or to Arnell in the office at the earliest time for fellow needy Jews can enjoy Purim.
    • Megillah – Come to shul Motzei Shabbat, March 11th, 6:45 PM and Sunday morning, March 12th for Shacharit and Megillah readings.  Bring friends and family to hear the Story of Esther read by our own Rabbi Moldovan.

    • Mishloach Manot – Renee Mizrahi is chairing the Mishloach Manot project again this year.  You must complete the list and request form that Renee has prepared.  You will also receive this in the mail.  Return to the office with your check.

    • Purim Seudah -  This year we invite you to join in the Congregation’s Purim seudah being planned for Sunday, March 12th.  (see below).

  • Eruv Maintenance Information This note is to remind everyone that as we begin the new fiscal year, the 2017 Membership statements have been mailed.  The annual $25 Eruv Assessment included with the dues statement goes directly towards maintenance of our Fairfield community Eruv, which is an important benefit for the entire Jewish community. Whatever your level of membership, please remember to include this very minimal amount of $25 when paying your dues.  If you still haven't paid for 2016, please do include it with this year's payment. This past year there were a number of maintenance issues that needed to be addressed that necessitated considerable costs. Even if you personally don’t rely on the Eruv, many in the community do. With each family contributing just this small amount ($25) to the Eruv Fund, our community Eruv has been maintained at minimal expense to each of us with great benefit to everyone. Thank you in advance for your attention and consideration. Ritual Committee, Congregation Ahavath Achim

  • Lunch and Learn with Israeli Qes Efraim Zion-Lawi – February 28 at FJP  Special opportunity to learn with Qes Efraim Zion-Lawi at the office of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy (4200 Park Ave., Suite 300) on Tuesday, February 28 at 12 Noon.  The first Israeli-born qes (traditional spiritual leader in the Ethiopian Jewish community), Qes Efraim will provide insight into Ethiopian Jewish life and ritual and the challenges and success of the Ethiopian community in Israel.

  • Tefillin and Mezuzos Rabbi Moldovan is a trained Sofer and is available to check Tefillin or Mezuzos if required. Please contact the Rabbi directly on 203 906-6296.

  • 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 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,

  • 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.For details and registration, contact Lilach or Hillit at

  • 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 for exact service times.

We are located at:

1571 Stratfield Road
Fairfield, CT 06825

And can be reached by:

Phone: 203-372-6529

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