As the High Holy Days season approaches, and we begin to once again renew our Jewish commitment, it gives me great pleasure to reach out to you and share with you some of the exciting programs and services that have been taking place in your shul.
With our commitment to prayer, Torah study, and chessed, Congregation Ahavath Achim continues to serve as a beacon of Jewish values, lighting up the entire southern Connecticut region.
With thanks to the Almighty, our daily minyan continues to remain vibrant and strong. We meet daily for Shacharit morning services on the campus of Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue in Bridgeport. If you do not already join us for services, please consider doing so. We meet at 6:45 on weekday mornings, 8 a.m. on Sundays, and 9:30 on Shabbat mornings. Additionally, we continue to hold afternoon and evening Shabbat services at the Risch residence, 255 Sky Top Terrace, Fairfield. We are very grateful to the Risch family for continuing to host our Friday night and Saturday night services.
In addition, our congregation continues to provide meaningful Torah study opportunities, for both the beginner as well as the adept scholar. We have a Talmud class in the shul on Tuesday mornings following services, as well as a Tanach (Hebrew Bible) class on Friday mornings following services. We meet together to study on Shabbat afternoons, either before Mincha or after Mincha, depending on the season. Additionally, we have one-on-one Torah study opportunities that are available, so please be in touch with me if there is a specific topic that you are interested in studying and are looking for a "chavruta" with which to study.
Finally, this past year saw the occurrence of numerous successful social programs in our shul, most notably our festive Purim dinner, as well as our informative Sunday morning brunch lecture. We look forward to bringing you additional programming over the course of the following year.
It is a great privilege for me to serve as the rabbi of this historic congregation. I look forward to serving you in the future, and to seeing you in the shul this High Holy Day season as we beseech the Almighty together for life, happiness, health, sustenance, and forgiveness.
Wishing you a joyous and sweet new year,
Rabbi Peretz Robinson