Welcome to the Agudas Achim Congregation!

In May 2013, we opened our beautiful new building. Originally, the synagogue was a Gold’s Gym, but it was gutted and rebuilt to meet the needs of our diverse Jewish community. It is the only new synagogue built in Iowa in recent history. As other, older congregations fade, the vibrancy of the Iowa City area resulted in growing needs that could only be met in a new building.

But a synagogue is more than a new building, school, or a set of programs. Our synagogue members come from all over the world with different Jewish traditions and practices. We are open to all of these expressions. We belong to both the Reform and Conservative movements and our services reflect that dual affiliation. If you don’t find a particular activity that you feel speaks to you, please let us know, and we will try and find a way to make it happen.

If you are interested in becoming a member or just want more information call us at (319)337-3813 or email John Wertz (Administrator) at; or Rabbi Hugenholtz at

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