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?

July 31st - August 2nd, 2020Shabbat Nachamu - Parashat Va'etchanan

Friday, July 31st
Shabbat Candle Lighting   7:55PM

Saturday, Aug 1st
Shabbat Services Cancelled
Havdalah (on Zoom) 9:00PM
Shabbat Ends   8:58PM

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

President’s Message
Hello everyone,

Hope all are staying well and wearing your mask! Our COVID numbers are definitely not going in the right direction here in central AR, so please stay safe.

We had begun a Visioning Task Force to have a process to see where our Synagogue community was going in the future, but then COVID came. This Task Force made good progress, but the next steps don’t seem to be feasible right now. Rather than not do this correctly, we are putting this on hold until it is safer to meet in person and continue. Thank you to those on the Task Force that have worked so hard. This can be restarted at a later time.

We are continuing to work on beginning religious services remotely. There are folks surveying our members as to their willingness to join a religious service so I hope everyone will answer the phone call and give us their input. I continue to research how to make this happen both technically and religiously, so we will see what is possible.

• 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.

Respectfully,
Sue Weinstein, President

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 Birthday
Aug 3rd – Jillian Deininger
Aug 4th – Alan Sherman & Eric Steven Simon
Aug 5th – Max Asher Kirsch, Carol Mendel & Sharona Niksefat
Aug 6th – Marinetta Dicker
Aug 7th – William Lulky

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Av 11th – (Aug 1st) – Sophie Cohn
Av 12th – (Aug 2nd) – Mary Silberg
Av 13th – (Aug 3rd) – Elsie Rhein
Av 14th – (Aug 4th) – Phyllis Treitman & Mary Zubkoff

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