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Shul Closure Information:

Dearest Agudas Achim Family,

Our synagogue staff and leadership have been paying close attention to the rapid progression of events with the COVID-19 coronavirus. We have been in contact with JewishColumbus which created a Medical Advisory Committee comprised of local professionals to provide Columbus Jewish agencies and organizations with expert and professional guidance to navigate the difficult and complicated issues we are facing. Indeed, several of our own members are key participants on that committee.
Based on the urging of the Medical Advisory Committee, Governor DeWine’s proclamations, and community leadership input, we are following the expert recommendations that urge social distancing as one of the best ways we can avoid spreading the virus. We are sorry to report that the synagogue will be closed for at least the next three weeks for ALL services and public gatherings effective immediately. All Updates will be posted here.

 Letter to Congregation 3/13/2020


The appropriate health and hygiene protocols in the wake of the coronavirus have been very well publicized and Agudas Achim urges everyone to follow them.

What has been less discussed is that from the vantage point of mental health and crisis management, it is important to consider ‘trauma inoculation’ or steps that each of us can take to prevent our anxiety and worry from turning into fear and panic. Panic is infectious and can ripple through our families and create an atmosphere of dread, particularly among children. Please click on the following link for an article that addresses that concern, as well as how to talk to children about the coronavirus. This piece is from Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, Director of Interventions & Community Education at Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline. Since 1987, Chai Lifeline’s mission has been to restore the light of childhood to Jewish children whose innocence ended when cancer, life-threatening, or lifelong illness was diagnosed.

Letter from Shul President, Julie Saar

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Deborah Lipstadt, Rescheduled to  August 27, 2020 Doors open at 5:15pm

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Antisemitism: Here. Now.

August 27 @ 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Shabbat Times Columbus, Ohio, USA

  • Ta’anit Bechorot occurs on 
  • Erev Pesach occurs on 
  • Candle lighting: 
  • Pesach I occurs on 
  • Candle lighting: 
  • Pesach II occurs on 
  • Candle lighting: 
  • Pesach III (CH”M) occurs on 
  • Havdalah (42 min): 

All services and gatherings have been canceled until further notice.

Rabbi’s Message

Agudas Achim’s Core Values

Agudas Achim aspires to be a traditional, egalitarian, friendly and participatory congregation.

  • Traditional – seeking meaning in Jewish tradition, and building on that tradition to create meaning for ourselves. Our members are inspired by traditions that connect us with our congregation’s history and with other Jews around the world.

  • Egalitarian – supporting and encouraging our members, in all their diversity, to participate fully in synagogue life.

  • Friendly – welcoming each person who appears before us, whether a traveler at morning minyan, a non-Jewish family member, a homeless person at kiddush, etc. We are a warm, close-knit, child-friendly community.

  • Participatory – engaging members so every member contributes, everyone is needed and everyone feels valued. We recognize our differences create opportunities for, rather than barriers to participation.