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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!

High Holidays 5778 – September 2017

Seating - This year, our High Holiday Services will be held at the American Legion building at Owen Fish park on Stratfield Road. We have rented the space from September 1-October 31, with option to continue through November and December. Due to the temporary nature of this year’s location, there will be NO CHARGE for High Holiday seating. Everyone is invited to join us for High Holiday Services but you must reserve in advance by calling or emailing the office. All seating must be reserved so we know how many to prepare for this year’s services. We welcome everyone but reservations are absolutely necessary.

Holiday Honors – Aliyot, Maftir, etc. – Holiday Honors will not be sold this year, also due to the temporary nature of our location. The Congregation wishes to honor the people who join with us in attending our Holiday services. Again, seat reservations are necessary so we will know whom will be in attendance and be able to share the Yom Tov with an Honor.

Yizkor Memorial Book – Will be published as in the past. Please contact Arnell as soon as possible to be sure your Memorial names are properly listed. As in previous years, the cost is $5 per name or $75 for unlimited number of names.

New Year Greetings Page - listing is $18 and is the perfect way to send your Holiday greetings to family and friends while eliminating the bother of shopping for cards, writing out addresses and postage costs.
Please print out the exact way you would like your family name to be listed (Sample: John & Mary Doe; Mr. & Mrs. John Doe; The Doe Family)
Please submit all your information and check to cover the Yiskor Memorial book and the New Year Greetings by calling Arnell at 203-372-6529 or by email to the office; office@ahavathachim.org

Thank You in advance.

  • Tuesday, July 11th, Begins the Three Weeks Leading to Tish’a B’Av  Starting with the Fast of Tammuz on Tuesday, July 11th, we begin “The Three Weeks” leading up to Tish’a B’Av, commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as many tragedies throughout our history. Let’s help turn Tish’a B’Av from a day of mourning to a day of celebration. Make the commitment to attend at least one Minyan a week. Let the Gabbaim know they can count on you for the Minyan.
    Show up! Come early! Come often! Keep Our Minyan Strong!
    Fast of Tammuz Schedule:

    • Fast Begins: 4:18 am

    • Shacharis: 6:30 am

    • Mincha: 7:55 am

    • Ma’ariv: 8:35 am

    • Fast Ends: 9:08 am (42 min after sunset)

  • Journal Update Have you brought in your ads for our Journal? If not, hurry up and send or bring it into the office. Days fly by and before you know it, July 21st the last day for ads and Brunch reservations will be upon you. Don’t wait. Sit down now and write your ad. Then go out and solicit as many as you can from others. Remember, it is for Ahavath Achim and to keep us healthy.

  • Kudos to our Sunday Clean-up Volunteers Warmest thanks to Jay Dimand, Goldie Librach, Stacey Mintz, Sharon Risch and her son, Evan, who answered our call for clean-up help on last Sunday morning. Packing and moving boxes of books, leftover tag sale items and debris from the Hillel Annex area and Berkowitz Hall took up our Sunday morning and we are very, very grateful for their dedication to a difficult and dirty job. Books are being taken to Pequot Library, goods are being donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and debris has been discarded in the shul’s trash bin. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers.

  • Second Sunday Clean-up Campaign on July 9 Won’t you come next Sunday morning and help us to finish the job of clearing Berkowitz Hall. A couple of hours on Sunday morning and we can have the place broom clean. Call Sara Klein (203-374-9365) or Elaine Schiller (203-218-3121) and let us know you are coming to help – 10 AM to Noon - coffee, cold drinks, cookies provided.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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    1571 Stratfield Road
    Fairfield, CT 06825

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