Pre Mincha Shiur Please join us for Rabbi Moldovan’s Shabbat shiur, followed by Mincha. The topic of this week’s pre-mincha class will be “The Most Complicated Note of the Shofar – the Shevarim.” Come early and join in the interesting discussion.
Daily Selichot Starting Monday, September 26 until Yom Kippur, we will be starting Shacharis services on Sunday through Friday fifteen (15) minutes earlier than usual to allow time for Selichot. Please try to join us as often as possible.
Tzedaka for Yomim Noraim and Sukkot The Rabbi will be collecting money to distribute for Rosh Hashonah and Sukkot. Please contact the Rabbi if you wish to participate in this Mitzvah.
High Holiday Seats and Honors Are Still Available Please contact the office to purchase seats. Please speak directly to either Stu Serkin or Dr. Peter Tuckel to arrange for Honors. We look forward to sharing the coming Yom Tov with everyone here at Congregation Ahavath Achim.
Please remember that, as we begin the New Year, all past financial obligations need to be fully paid or a schedule for payments has been arranged. Strict confidentiality in all financial arrangements is guaranteed. No one is denied participation in our shul due to finances.
Next Rosh Chodesh Women’s Learning Program The next Women’s Learning Program is in the planning stage for Sunday, October 9th at 10:15 AM. A volunteer is needed to host this session in her home. The last session was very helpful in preparing for the holidays. Please email or call the office so that we can continue this program and rotate hosting in difference residences.
Men’s Sunday Breakfast ‘n Learn On Sunday, October 9th, we will be holding a light breakfast following 8:30 AM Shacharit services, with a discussion led by Rabbi Moldovan. The topic will be, “Waving a Chicken Over my Head for the Sake of Repentence Really Seems Like Witchcraft.”
Yahrtzeit Plaques Update As the sale of our property is moving along, we wish to update you on the plans for the disposition of the individual yahrtzeit plaques. This method has been presented to the Board at its last meeting and was approved as the most expeditious, sensitive and dignified manner in which to respond to people’s requests for reclaiming a yahrtzeit plaque. The following information will be placed in the shul weekly newsletter, beginning forthwith, for many weekly editions. It will also be posted on the Beit Medrash bulletin board and in the glass case in the front hall. Individual letters will also be sent to those families that have made yahrtzeit contributions this past year.1. Anyone who wishes to claim a yahrtzeit plaque(s), please call or email the office to advise us of your intent.
2. Once we know how many people wish to remove their plague(s) we will know if all the Memorial Tablets need to be taken down from the shul walls. It will be a difficult and costly job by a qualified contractor and we do not wish to take them all down if it isn’t necessary.
3. If you come in to pick up the plaque yourself there will only be a minimum charge of $5.00 towards covering the expenses involved in removing the Tablets from the walls. If the Tablet is not taken down, there is no charge.
4. If you wish us to mail the plaque to you, there will be a charge of $18 per plaque. This is to cover the costs of shipping and handling (the plaque is quite heavy and requires special packing).
We will be taking pictures of the Memorial Tablets and Memorial Windows, to be retained as permanent records. We are planning to install a modern, digital history that will be on display in the new shul, showing all the memorial plaques and memorial windows, with the possibility of future additions.
It would be very helpful to know if you are interested in getting your plaque(s) returned. Please call or email the office if you will want to do this. Please keep in mind that we will not begin this initiative until after we receive Town approval for the new occupancy for our property and final approval of the sale of our property.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to the opportunity to making the plaques available to those who want to claim them.
- Have Your Volunteered for Eruv Training? To learn the Halachic and practical aspects of Eruv checking, please register with Rabbi Moldovan as soon as possible. Training will begin shortly as we need to complete this before the winter weather sets in. You can reach Rabbi Moldovan by calling his cell phone (203-906-6296).
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!