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January 2019-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 January 2019

  • Mazel Tov to:
     Sara Klein on the birth of a great granddaughter on Dec. 21, Drs. Emerald Lin and Jonathan Kirschner are the parents, Gwenn and Bruce Kirschner, the grandparents.

     Lee & Bernard Dickens on the birth of twin great-grandsons.  The double bris was on Thursday, December 20.  Proud Parents are Jason and Amanda Aronow.

  • Baruch Dayan Emet

    • Congregation Ahavath Achim is deeply saddened by the recent loss, after a long illness, of Andrew M. Klein, z”l, one of our longest serving members, and a founding family member.  He is survived by his wife, Sara Klein, children, Susan Klein, Gwenn  Kirschner and Alan Klein, grandchildren, Michele, Robert, Jonathan, Greta, Eli, Kaye, and Laura and great-grandchildren  Jack, Vivian, Callen, and Aiden  “Andy” was a dedicated and active member of our shul, volunteering in many different capacities.  He served on the synagogue Board member for many years with great distinction, as well as being President of the United Young Men’s Hebrew Association.  “Andy” will be sorely missed.   May the Family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    • With great sadness we advise you of the passing of Rabbi Moshe Epstein, z”l, former rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim in Bridgeport, after a long, debilitating illness.  Rabbi Epstein was a pillar of the local Jewish community, sharing his learning and guidance in all areas of Halacha and Yiddishkeit with deep concern for our community.  Rabbi Epstein authored a well-regarded Tahara Manual that became an important practical guide for the Chevra Kadisha.  He was the rabbinic guide for the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield for many years, also over-seeing the Home’s Kashruth. We  send our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Roz Epstein, and to the all children and grandchildren and all the extended Epstein family.  May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    • With sadness we advise you of the recent death of  Dr. Joel Allen’s brother, Rabbi Daniel Allen, z”l, at age 69.  Rabbi Allen was a noted pro-Israel activist and one of the leading experts on American Jewish philanthropy and its impact on Israeli society. Rabbi Allen had served as Executive Director of ARZA, the Reform movement’s Zionist association.  He was the rabbi of the Emory University Hillel  Rabbi Allen had also served as the CEO of the Greater Hartford Jewish federation for two years until 2003, and as CEO of American Friends of Magen David Adom for nearly six years until 2009.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Lou (Frishberg) Allen; his children Sarah, Rabbi Uri (Sari) and Noah (Rena); four grandchildren; and his mother Annie Allen of Jerusalem. He is also survived by his siblings Dr. Joel Allen (Debbie), Dr. Miriam Kluska (Avram) and Rabbi Morris Allen (Dr. Phyllis Gorin).

  • Tell Your community story on the Common Threads blog. . .Won’t you share your unique family story of the immigrant families who founded a small shul in Bridgeport that grew to become the modern Orthodox shul of Ahavath Achim. Common Threads, the Federation’s yearlong exploration of our diverse Jewish ancestry and heritage has created a blog where these special stories are shared with the wider Fairfield Jewish community. Tell your family story and share the heritage of Ahavath Achim. To submit to the Common Threads blog, email your story and at least one photo to commonthreads@jewishphilanthropyct.org.

  • Eruv Update-The Eruv is up.

  • 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.

 

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We are located at:

92 Montauk St
Fairfield, CT 06825

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

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