one-time events

Shabbat Kavanah Committee meeting

Monday, February 4th at 7:30 pm at Agudas Achim
Shabbat Kavanah is a new initiative at Agudas Achim to make leading and participating in Shabbat morning services more inspiring for more people.
Once a month, Rabbi Levine is providing an opportunity for us to experiment with innovations in the service.  While retaining our core values of being traditional, egalitarian, participatory and friendly, we are excited to try:
* innovative approaches to singing,
* a different format for the service,
* learning how to create/find meaning in the liturgy, and
* a more purposeful atmosphere for prayer.
Some of these changes will work well, and may even become part of our regular services.  Other changes will flop, which we’ll drop and then move on.
Regardless of the changes, we are still planning to break for lunch around 11:30 and will maintain our current standards of Shabbat observance (e.g., no musical instruments).  With support from Rabbi Levine and the Executive Committee, the Kavanah Committee will decide which innovations to try out and, eventually, which to keep.  Committee members include Kenny Steinman (chair), Reuven Clein, Laura Clubok, Adam Davis, Eva Fried, Rabbi Ilan Schwartz, Annie Shmookler, Stephanie Wapner and Leah Weintraub.
We are eager to hear from all Agudas members!  Committee meetings are open to all congregants.
The nest Shabbat Kavanah will be held on February 23rd. For more information,

Lunch w/the Rabbi

Tuesday, February 12 at 11:45 am 
The program will begin with lunch at 11:45 am and continue with Rabbi Levine discussing What About Cremation? from 12-1 pm.
Although the lunch is free, RSVPs must be in by Thursday, February 7th! No Exceptions! Confirm your reservation at  (  . 
If you would like to co-sponsor or sponsor February’s Lunch w/the Rabbi, please contact Bobbie at 614-237-2747, ext. 22 or  (  .

Shem Tov Award Scholarship Brunch

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Annual Scholarship Brunch will now be honoring a deserving member who regularly goes above and beyond in terms of volunteering their time for Agudas Achim.

The individual being honored will receive the Shem Tov Award, which literally means an award for somebody who has a “good name” in the community because of their good works.

This year’s honoree is Steve Shkolnik! Watch your mailboxes for the Shem Tov Award Scholarship Brunch invitations!

Proceeds from the Scholarship Brunch are used for scholarships for Agudas Achim youth to participate in Jewish summer experiences and educational programs for all ages at Agudas Achim. Host committee, sponsorship and individual seats are available. Contact Bobbie for more information at 614-237-2747 x22, or  (  

Ecumenical Bible Study w/Rabbi Levine

Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 pm at Agudas Achim
Join congregations from across Central Ohio in a scripture study of biblical texts related to justice. They’ll discuss how congregations can fight against injustice using the model of Nehemiah.
BREAD is a 22 year old Franklin County Justice Ministry organization that provides congregations with a powerful vehicle to meet the justice mandate and address serious community problems.
Email Jessica  (   or call the shul office at 614-237-2747 to get on BREAD’s email list. For more information, please call the BREAD office at 614-220-9363.

Demystifying Davenning – New Class Taught by Leah Weintraub

Beginning February 9th from 9:15-10:00 am in the conference room (and continuing every 2nd Shabbat of the month until June)

Leah Weintraub is teaching this class about davenning and the service. The goal is to help people feel more comfortable in services in general and the Shabbat service in particular. The class will focus on the Shabbat morning service, because it is the most familiar service. The class will discuss the structure of the service, the meanings of some key prayers, choreography, and halacha vs. minhag. The class will compare the Shabbat morning service to other services (Shabbat mincha, Yom Tov morning, weekday).

Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.   


Brotherhood Bowling

The Brotherhood invites all to attend a fun-filled Sunday “Bowling” event, January 27, 1-4 p.m. at Gahanna Lanes, 215 W. Johnstown Road.
The cost is $5/person or $10/family. Checks, cash or credit card info must be in by January 22. For more information, call Bobbie at 614-237-2747, ext. 22 or email  (  .

Friday night Shabbat dinner

January 25 at 5:45 pm – OPEN TO EVERYONE!
On the menu: challah, chicken, rice, kugel, salad, and dessert
An interactive Tu b’Shevat seder will be held throughout the meal.
Members: $10/adult; $5/child (10 & under); $25/family cap
Non-members: $15/adult; $7.50/child (10 & under); no family cap
Your payment is your RSVP! Please respond by January 18th to Naomi  (   and specify if a vegetarian meal is needed.