Welcome to Agudath Achim

Agudath Achim is a warm, welcoming, inclusive conservative congregation located close to the Midtown section of Little Rock, Arkansas. Individuals and families of all backgrounds and levels of observance are welcome. Our synagogue combines meaningful Shabbat services, traditional services on all Jewish holidays, education and fun social events to bring together a diverse group of members of all ages and backgrounds. Visit us. Call us. We are open and welcoming. See why Agudath Achim is more than a congregation. We’re a family.

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Volunteers for ​MEALS FOR STUDENTS​ Needed

While area schools are closed for the COVID-19 situation, a group of organizations are working together to provide meals for students and their families. So far, over ​74,000​ meals have beendistributed!They need volunteers to support this Meals for Students effort.​ While they understand theneed for social distancing at this time, they have implemented important health and safetyprotocols in the kitchen and meal packaging area. If you are healthy, between the ages of18-65, and would like to volunteer to package meals or serve on our distribution team, ​please let Susan Weinstein know ​at 501-240-3400 or ​Weinstein.sue@gmail.com Click the link below for more information and to volunteer Volunteers for MEALS FOR STUDENTS Needed

 

Census

Census Day has come and gone, but U.S. Census Bureau operations are still ongoing. Please complete your questionnaire today and help us spread the word that the #2020Census helps determine the distribution of billions of federal dollars and our representation in the Nation’s capital. As we take on the current challenges, we must remember an undercount could impact funding for hospital services, the number of new community health centers built, and the location of hospital facilities for the next decade. Make sure to tell your family and friends to complete to the census today at 2020CENSUS.GOVhttps://2020census.gov/. Can we count on you?

August 7th - 9th, 2020Parashat Ekev

Friday, Aug 7th
Shabbat Candle Lighting   7:49PM

Saturday, Aug 8th
Shabbat Services Cancelled
Havdalah (on Zoom) 9:00PM
Shabbat Ends   8:51PM

Sunday, Aug 2nd
Weekly Parasha Study with Rabbi Ben Freed (on Zoom)   11:00AM

President’s Message

Hello Friends,

Please check your regular mail for a letter from me sharing our plans for the approaching High Holidays. It contains much information and there will be more to come. In brief, we will be having services from Synagogue—notice I said ‘from’ and not ‘at’—beginning Saturday, August 29, and on through the High Holidays. They will be primarily livestreamed, but a small number of people will be in person to lead and allow this to happen.

As we lead up to Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, we spiritually prepare for the High Holiday season of reflection and repentance. As I listen to webinars, participate in Zooms and read what others are doing for this unusual year, one Jewish educator, Emily Holtzman, has offered for anyone to use her spiritual exercises as we grow into the best version of ourselves during this season. We have a sacred marathon ahead of us, so let’s prepare spiritually together since we have to be physically apart for now. Thank you, Emily, for allowing me to share your words.

I want to share with you a famous Hassidic story. Rav Zusha was lying on his deathbed surrounded by his disciples. He was crying and no one could comfort him. One student asked his Rav, “Why do you cry? You were almost as wise as Moses and as kind as Abraham.” Rav Zusha answered, “When I pass from this world and appear before the Gates of Heaven, “I am not afraid of being asked, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you as wise as Moses or as kind as Abraham,’ rather, After all, G-d already has a Moses. I am afraid, however, of being asked, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you Zusha?’ Why didn’t I fulfill my potential, why didn’t I follow the path that could have been mine?”

Let’s make the invisible in our lives, visible. We can face the suffering and the losses in our lives and turn towards them, embrace them, and allow them to move through us.

Create a physical list of actions or practices that you would like to incorporate into your daily routine. Put this lest somewhere you will see it every day (refrigerator, bathroom mirror, etc.). Choose at least one of these actions each day to engage in. Make sure they are things that nourish your soul. Let’s learn to create new habits that will strengthen us now and through the rest of this season.

Thank you everyone, for allowing me to be your president, and being with me on this journey.
Sue

Havdalah Service
Saturday Evenings at 9:00PM 
Join Agdath Achim for this lovey brief service each week.

Weekly Parasha Study
Sunday’s  at 11:00AM
Join Rabbi Ben Freed for a weekly Parasha study.
On Zoom.

Sip & Schmooze
Wednesday’s at 5:00PM
Let’s visit, catch up, sip your favorite beverage and have fun! Zoom with us!

Happy Anniversary
Aug 8th Mikhail & Marina Ivanovsky
Aug 11th – Victor & Esther Biton
Aug 14th – David & Kathy Bauman

Happy Birthday
Aug 8th – Cecile Schweig
Aug 9th – Marc Levin
Aug 12th – Rebecca Ivanovsky & Joshua Zent
Aug 13th – Susan Cohen
Aug 14th – Brook Besser & Jerry Sherman

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Av 18th – (Aug 8th) – Rose S Waldman
Av 19th – (Aug 9th) – Lily Schlosberg
Av 20th – (Aug 10th) – Sheldon Luber
Av 21st – (Aug 11th) – Anita Simon
Av 23rd – (Aug 13th) – Badra Mansour

Refuah Shleimah- wishing a speedy recovery to:
Irving Balto (Vizchok ben Chana),
Bruce Burpee, (Ben Tov ben Sarah),
Marvin Itzkowitz,, (Matis ben Reuven),
Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick (Rafael Yeshaya ben Chava),
Alan Nussbaum (Josef ben Shana Bala),
Richard Steppach (Michal ben Natan)
Rabbi Kalman Winnick (Kalman Ibn ben Devora),
Brian Zubkoff (Dov Ber Mordechai ben Gittel),
Nechie Kilimnick (Chaya Nechca bat Riva Leah),
Alina Kuperman (Elana bat Mira),
Arlene Margolis (Chana Esther bat Shaindel),
Judith Rosenblat (Yehudit bat Rut),
Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay (HaRav Shirah Rachel bat Batya),
Kim Smith