Keeping the faith throughout the COVID-19 crisis

Celebrate Shabbat with us

February 12, 2021  @ 7:30 pm

Congregation Agudas Achim will celebrate Shabbat via zoom on Friday, February 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a social time and 7:30 p.m. for services. An oneg with music by Ira & Julia Levin will follow “downstairs”.

For the link to our services and programs, please email:


Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday January 17 @3 pm via zoom.

All are invited to attend


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Welcome to Congregation Agudas Achim

We welcome you to our website. It is intended to be a source of information about Agudas Achim for members and visitors. We are a Reform congregation with a traditional soul located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York. Agudas Achim means “gathering of brothers and sisters”. It was named over 100 years ago and still applies.

Our members are diverse in their approaches to Judaism and geographic location

Our hope is to facilitate the spiritual and intellectual growth of our members. Rabbi Pomerantz challenges us to gain new insights into ourselves and our faith. Our Cantorial team of Ira and Julia Levin inspires us with both their spiritual and musical talents.

Agudas Achim provides all the essentials of a Jewish community. You will discover this by exploring the contents of the website. We are especially proud of the high quality learning experience we are able to provide our children because of our excellent and loving teachers. We conduct monthly Shabbat services on the first or second Friday. Special programming to enrich our community are conducted periodically. Please view our calendar for the dates of our specific events.

Our door is open wide to interfaith families and those who are searching regardless of background or belief. You are invited to visit our historic synagogue and experience our growing, friendly community.



Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights, began on December 10. For Jewish people, this holiday celebrates the victory of a small group of dedicated soldiers, the Maccabees, over a tyrant king and his armies, intent on suppressing their human rights and forcing them to worship Greek gods. The Maccabees were able to retake the Temple in Jerusalem from the king’s soldiers but needed to find a way to reconsecrate the synagogue ruins by keeping a menorah (a seven-armed candelabra) lit constantly. They found a vessel that contained a small amount of oil with which to relight the menorah and although hopeful, they realized it would likely only burn for one night. The miracle was that it burned for eight nights.

Modern celebrations often include families deciding upon how to meet the Jewish mandate of “tikkun olam” or “repair the world” in the coming year, whether the decision is to help locally or globally in some way. Families will light a 9-candleholder candelabra called a hanukkiah. Gifts are usually exchanged amongst families and friends. It is also traditional to eat foods fried in oil, such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (Hebrew for jelly doughnuts) to celebrate the oil found in the Temple. Even though we won’t be frying up latkes like we usually do in our social hall before in-person services, please enjoy some festive foods at home! Check out for fabulous Hanukkah recipes and more information about Hanukkah.


In order to minimize in-person contact, we asking those who wish to make a donation to our local food pantry to make a monetary donation instead of a donation of food. However large or small, your food dollars will help those families in our community who are in need.  Thank you.

Please add “FOOD PANTRY” to the additional notes on the donation form.


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