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

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Volunteers for MEALS FOR STUDENTS Needed

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.GOV. Can we count on you?

July 3rd - 5th, 2020Chukat-Balak

Friday, July 3rd
Shabbat Candle Lighting   8:08PM

Saturday, July 4th
Shabbat Services Cancelled
Shabbat Ends   9:10PM

Sunday, July 5th
Weekly Parasha Study with Rabbi Ben Freed (on Zoom)   11:00AM

President’s Message
Hello everyone,

I hope everyone has a safe and healthy 4th of July this Shabbat. We always are concerned about fireworks safety this time of year, but now we have the added concern of COVID transmission. Wear your mask and keep 6 feet apart!!

I’m working on a plan to begin Shabbat services within the next few weeks. It will not be in person, as this isn’t safe for our congregants. But there are a number of options to do this electronically with our members being safe in their homes. I understand not everyone is comfortable with using electronics on Shabbat, or even using them at all! But COVID is going to go on a much longer time than we originally thought, so we must roll with the times and what is possible and available to do. I personally am willing to help anyone who is willing to learn how to participate electronically, as are many others. Once details are worked out, we will be sending more information.

We also are working on High Holiday services that, for sure, will not be totally in person this year. We will most likely do a hybrid, where a few people are present in person, socially distanced and wearing masks, and most davening at home. More to come later.

Wednesday evenings at 5 PM we do a social Sip & Schmooze. This is a Zoom and the same link is used every week. We’ve had so many friends join and welcome more. Folks no longer living in Little Rock are joining and it’s fun to see and share news.
Friday evenings there is a pre-Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Ben’s NYC congregation. Look for Rabbi Ben’s weekly message for that link.
Saturday evenings at 9 PM we’re doing a brief Havdalah service.
Sunday mornings at 11 AM, Rabbi Ben is leading a weekly Parasha study. Look for his weekly message for the link.

Sue Weinstein, President

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

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

Happy Anniversary
July 4th – Chuck & Jennifer Kaufman

Happy Birthday
July 5th – Sy Niksefat & Sue Weinstein
July 7th – David Butturff & Mike Geller
July 9th – Rabbi Gene Levy, Michael Margolis & Karen Shulman
July 10th – Brian Kaufman

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Tammuz 12th – (July 4th) – Mildred Filion
Tammuz 13th – (July 5th) – Esther Ehrenwerth Aronson Levin
Tammuz 17th – (July 9th) – David Knopping
Tammuz 18th – (July 10th) – Charles Cohen

Refuah Shleimah- wishing a speedy recovery to:
Irving Balto (Vizchok ben Chana),
Jerry Cohen (Yosef ben Leah),
Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick (Rafael Yeshaya ben Chava),
Alan Nussbaum (Josef ben Shana Bala),
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