The Agudas Achim Congregation website has been moved to the WordPress platform. We took the opportunity to introduce to you a new design. It is still work in progress until the end of this year.
Posts by Dave Middleton:
What does it mean to go ‘from yourself, from your homeland, the place of your birth and your father’s house?’ Surely, the Torah could have sufficed in saying ‘lech m’artz’cha el ha’aretz asher ar’echa’ – ‘go from your land to the land that I will show you.’ We normally assume that the Torah’s language is efficient and focused, so if the Torah uses a more expanded syntax, it means we are called to read the text very closely. In fact, we are going to read it so closely that we are going to only look at ‘lech lecha’.
That’s right: this is a sermon about two words. Two words.
Erev Rosh haShanah is a perfect time to contemplate beginnings and blessings, and endings, of course, as we bid goodbye to 5778 and welcome in 5779. For my family and myself, beginnings, blessings and endings have been intimately woven into our lives this past year. It is little over a year ago since we arrived and since I stood here on this bimah as your new Rabbi. This community has welcomed us open-heartedly in Iowa City. Your generosity, kindness, good humor and curiosity have been instrumental in the continued process of building our sacred relationship.
As we enter Agudas Achim’s second century, we want to do everything possible to ensure the long-term stability and vitality of an organized Jewish Community in the greater Iowa City area. To do so, we need to develop something that this congregation has never had before: a financial safety net in the form of a substantial endowment: the Second Century Fund.
For Kathy Jacobs, the decision to join Agudas Achim Congregation wasn’t really much of a decision. The Coralville, Iowa synagogue was the only one within miles of Iowa City when Jacobs and her late husband moved to the area in 1998. This also meant that it wasn’t necessarily her decision to join a synagogue that offers dual denominations.
Join Dr. Robert Cargill, Asst. Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, as he offers a six-lecture series beginning September 30 titled “The New Testament for Jews,” and introduces the Christian scriptures in their Jewish context for a Jewish audience.
Scattergood Hostel Rescued 185 Refugees from Nazism: A Visit and a Remembrance. Saturday September 29, 2018, 8:30- 9:30 p.m. Scattergood School, 1951 Delta Ave., West Branch, IA 52358