Upcoming events at Agudas Achim

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.

Dine Under the Stars in the Sukkah

Friday, September 28 – Dinner at 5:30 pm

$10/adult; $5/child; $25/family cap

RSVP by September 25 to 614-237-2747 or

After 9/25, all costs increase by $5, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Pizza in the Hut

Thursday, September 27

5:15-6:45 pm

Sponsored by the Agudas Achim Brotherhood. FREE!

Music by Ruvane.

RSVP to Naomi at 614-237-2747 x17 or by September 21 to secure your slice!

Selichot Program & Service

Prior to Selichot services on Saturday night, September 1 at 9:00 pm, we are screening the gripping documentary “The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea”. 


In 1943, four young Army chaplains joined 900 recruits who were headed for battle in Nazi-occupied Europe on the U.S.A.T. Dorchester. During the voyage, a torpedo from a German submarine ripped through the hull of the ship  In the scramble for lifeboats, four chaplains on board-…a Catholic priest, a rabbi, and two Protestant ministers- directed soldiers to safety. They also selflessly removed their own life vests and gave them to the soldiers, knowing they could not possibly survive without the flotation devices. They spent their last moments singing hymns and praying, arm-in-arm, as the ship disappeared beneath the waves. This event was the catalyst for Americans to embrace interfaith understanding. Until the Dorchester, there was no mention in print of Catholics, Protestants and Jews working together in this manner, especially in prayer.