Rabbi Moldovan’s Shabbat Shiur follows Mincha
Every Shabbat this month Rabbi Moldovan will give the Shabbat Shiur following Mincha. Please return for Mincha on time so that there is a minyan for Mincha and davening can proceed in a timely manner. Please remember to have Seudah Shelishit at home before returning for Mincha.
Eruv Update The eruv is currently being upgraded. This is a project that will last several weeks and will hopefully make the Eruv more durable. Rabbi Moldovan frequently has to make repairs to the Eruv before Shabbos in order to have it Kosher in time for Shabbos.
- High Holiday Update
The schedule for the High Holiday services is being developed by Dr. David Jutkowitz, Vice President of Ritual in collaboration with the Ritual Committee. Sorry to say we have not yet been able to secure the American Legion building for this year, but we are still working on it. However, with our small minyan, we should have sufficient space in our current venue on Sky Top Terrace if need be. All the particulars regarding holiday seating and Yom Tov Honors are currently being developed and will be sent to you in a special High Holiday email by August 1.
- Lulavim & Etrogim
We will be ordering Lulavim & Etrogim as in previous years. Complete prices and order information will be sent again by email within the next week. Please let us know no later than Tuesday, August 28th if you wish to purchase your Lulav and Etrog through the synagogue. We hope to keep the costs the same as last year; Standard $50, Superior $60, Premium $ 70. All orders must be in and prepaid by August 28, 2018. Orders can be emailed to email@example.com or call the office (203-372-6529) but no order is confirmed without payment. Your check confirms your order. Checks are payable to Cong. Ahavath Achim. Mail to 92 Montauk Street, Fairfield, CT 06825.
- Yahrzeit Donations
We extend grateful appreciation to the following families for their generous Yahrzeit contribution in memory of beloved family members. David Basch, in memory of brother Charles, William Gomberg, in memory of brother Robert, Myra Gondos, in memory of uncle
Alex Klein, Sheila Klein, in memory of husband Alex Klein, Roslyn Fishman, in memory of mother Rose Shor. May their memory be for a blessing.
- Nadvirna (Nadwana) Ukraine Jewish Cemetery Challenge Grant Update
The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative provided a (matching) grant for a project to save a 5,000 grave Jewish cemetery decimated in WWII. Fifteen thousand Euro (€15,000) had to be raised by August 1 to secure the grant money and complete the restoration. The project raised €5,000 in donations and needed an additional €10,000 in order to secure the grant money needed to rescue the cemetery. Thanks to the generous response of members Hedy & Terry Augenbraun, David Basch, Elaine & Martin Schiller, Barbara & Peter Tuckel, and Charles Zwecker, a check for $1175 was forwarded to the foundation spearheading this project. This was a true Mitvah Project, taken on and sheparded by a non-Jewish Peace Corp volunteer who would not stand by and allow a small Jewish cemetery to vanish forever. Kol Ha-kavod!
Are You on Time? Friday evening and Shabbat daytime davening times are set for the convenience of everyone in our community. Too often our services cannot begin on time because we lack a 10th man to complete our minyan. Your friends are in shul waiting to begin. Being on time Friday nights at 7 pm, Shabbat mornings at 9;15 am, and Shabbat afternoons shows you truly care. Your presence on time is valuable beyond measure. Please. . . commit yourself to keeping our Ahavath Achim minyan alive and well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
- 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:firstname.lastname@example.org for exact service times.