Upcoming events at Agudas Achim

Shul Chanukah Party & Kids Movie Night

Saturday, December 8 at 6 pm

Havdalah, dinner, candle lighting, and a movie (TBA)!

Kids can come in their PJs! Chanukah giveaways!

On the menu: latkes, mac & cheese, salad and
Chanukah cookies.

Only $10/family! RSVP to the shul office by
December 3rd at 614-237-2747 or

Message from Rabbi Levine

Our sages tell us us that the Holy Temple in Jerusalem had two gates; one for those suffering loss and anguish. The people of Jerusalem would gather by that gate and offer words of kindness saying, “May the One who dwells in this house comfort you.” Today, we have our synagogues; places of holiness, that in times of hardship we may gather to bear our grief and console ourselves in mutual solidarity.

On this coming Shabbat morning, November 3, the Agudas Achim community will be gathering as we do each and every Shabbat. Some of us attend Shabbat services regularly and this Shabbat, in addition to our regular service, we will acknowledge the atrocity which occurred at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. While I know that some of us are not regular shul-goers, or may have made other plans for this Saturday, I’m asking that you change those plans. This Shabbat we should come together in solidarity as an Agudas Achim community. This is in line with the international #ShowUpForShabbat initiative.

In the wake of the tragedy, our leadership team led by Ari Goldberg, Executive Director, and Julie Saar, President, immediately set out to convene a task force consisting of the Executive Committee and staff to meet with the Columbus Jewish Community’s security consultant, Fred Bowditch, to re-examine our security protocols. This Shabbat, we will be joined by Bexley’s Chief of Police, Larry Rinehart, who will speak to us at the conclusion of services about what we are doing now and what we will be considering going forward to make sure we and our families are safe in our building. Chief Rinehart will also join us for Kiddush lunch to answer any questions or address any concerns individuals may have.

This Shabbat we will have two armed, uniformed police officers guarding the building, grounds, and atrium entrance. The doors will be locked from the outside, with access to the building using your key fobs at the parking lot door. If you do not yet have a fob, we will be able to greet you at the door and arrange for you to have a fob for future access. If you prefer not to use electronic devices on Shabbat, please notify me or Ari by Friday morning so that we may appropriately accommodate you. Locking our doors is important for our security. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please do not hesitate to contact Ari or me. Further adjustments to our security protocols are still under discussion and we will provide those details as they are finalized.

A number of the rabbis who are part of our Agudas community have graciously agreed to contribute their presence and lend a voice to helping us acknowledge and navigate these challenging times during services this Shabbat. They will be joining me on the bima to share passages from our tradition to help us regain our orientation and face this awful tragedy. Please join us.

As your spiritual leader I know this is a period of emotional turmoil for our community. Our Jewish tradition and our basic humanity tell us that coming together will always be part of the solution. Let that which binds us together continue to strengthen us, and may life and goodness prevail.

B’Yedidut (with friendship),

Rabbi Mitch Levine

Trip to Kokosing Nature Preserve

Lots of people personalize life cycle events such as their baby’s naming by adapting a ceremony found on the internet, or their wedding by having friends recite the sheva brachot (7 blessings), or by wearing a special tallis from Israel during prayer. One aspect of Jewish life which seems to be mostly still stuck in the one size fits all cookie cutter style of religious practice are the rituals around death and dying, burial and funerals. Is there a “Jewish” way to die? Can a funeral service be “spiritual”? What feelings and values should the design of a cemetery evoke? These questions and more will be addressed during the course of this year as part of the Lunch w/the Rabbi series.
We will begin with a special field trip to the Kokosing Nature Preserve on Sunday, November 11. The Kokosing Nature Preserve is a conservation burial ground located in the picturesque countryside of Gambier, Ohio. A project of the Philander Chase Conservancy, Kenyon College’s land trust, the preserve utilizes sustainable practices and efforts to offer people environmentally friendly burial options.
What you need to know:
$15/person includes transportation (on the Bexley Beat bus) and a box lunch. Meet in the shul parking lot at 9 am. If the weather allows, we will participate in a walking tour. Please wear appropriate shoes and seasonal clothing. We will return at approximately 2 pm.
Box lunch options (pick one)
Choice of egg salad, tuna salad, grilled chicken, sliced turkey, or hummus & roasted vegetable on wheat bread, wheat wrap or challah roll served with lettuce, tomatoes and red onion.
Each sandwich or wrap is served with potato chips or pretzels, a cookie, and a seasonal hand fruit.
Spaces are limited on the bus! RSVP no later than November 5th to  (   with your lunch choice.
For more information about the destination, visit

JoLT/Shabbat Project 614 Friday Night Dinner

Friday, October 26 at 5:45 PM
Please join the JoLT children for a Friday night Shabbat dinner in conjunction with Shabbat Project 614.
$25/Family cap
RSVP no later than October 19 to the shul office at 614-237-2747 or  (  .

Great Big Challah Bake (as part of Shabbat Project 614)

Thursday, October 25
7-9 pm at Columbus Torah Academy (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Please be our guest at the Agudas Achim table at the Great Big Challah Bake!
First come, first served! The first 10 people to email Naomi  (   by October 23rd are the 10 people able to attend (12 and older). Guests of Agudas Achim (who are confirmed with Naomi) DO NOT need to register.
Click here for more information on the Challah Bake and to purchase your own ticket(s).
Click here for more information on Shabbat Project 614.

Brotherhood’s Night Out with the Stars

Formerly Boys Night Out
Sponsored by the Agudas Achim Brotherhood
Wednesday, October 24 at 6 pm
Honoring Kathy & Jay Worly
Featuring comedian Basile
…and the very best in Brotherhood culinary arts.
A Night Out with the Stars is open to all!
Call Bobbie Shkolnik for more information at 614-237-2747 x22 or email Bobbie  (  .

Hoshanah Rabbah Extravaganza

Sunday, September 30 at 8:30 am

Hoshanah Rabbah is the 7th day of Sukkot, on which 7 circuits are made around the synagogue reciting a prayer with the refrain, “Hosha na!” (please save us!). Traditional beating of the willows at morning minyan followed by a full breakfast. Questions? Contact Ron Rudolph in the shul office, 614-237-2747.

Sukkah Hop

Saturday, September 29

4:00-6:00 pm

Contact Naomi at 614-237-2747 x17 or to get a map with addresses.