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Yom Sheini, 3 Heshvan 5778

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

On behalf of the Members and Board of Congregation Agudas Achim, I would like to welcome you to our website.

We are a small congregation located in the northern end of Sullivan County, NY. Historically we were the last community in the famous Catskill Mountains’ “borscht belt.” Today we have a special congregation with a unique identity.

Our membership is very diverse both geographically and in background.

Agudas Achim thrives because of its accepting attitude and the warmth of our membership. Our doors are open because our hearts are open. Members are encouraged to share their experiences and skills as we work together to nurture our community. Like most small congregations we are dependent on a giving spirit which gets the work done. Our goal is to provide the essentials of Jewish life in a haimishe environment.

In the late 1960's, our congregation was essentially dormant. The few members wondered if we would survive. Today we are around 60 families strong. Providing for the need our families with children have created renewed enthusiasm and purpose. Our more senior members enrich our congregation as we reap the benefits of their experience and wisdom. We regularly attract new congregants as members encourage their friends to join. Our friendliness and quality of our worship services entices visitors to become members of our synagogue family. Many members do not live locally most of the year, yet however distant they continue to provide essential support. Our  board and spiritual leaders share a vision of humble service to God and our people.

As you look through the website you will find information about our activities, history and historic synagogue. We are very proud our community. It is committed to the principles of Reform Judaism with a strong respect for tradition. With guidance from Rabbi Pomerantz, we see ourselves as a growing congregation, willing to change to meet our future needs. The commitment we made during the summer of 2005, to preserve and restore our historic synagogue building, reflects our belief that future generations of Jews will find a spiritual home in Livingston Manor It is our responsibility to pass on the heritage we have received.

It is our hope you, and everyone who finds this website, will find a way to celebrate with us. May your life be blessed with simcha.

B’shalom,

Bob Freedman
Agudas Achim Congregation President