Keeping the faith throughout the COVID-19 crisis

Celebrate Shabbat with us

June11, 2021  @ 7:30 pm

Congregation Agudas Achim will celebrate Shabbat via zoom on Friday, June 11, 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”.

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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.



From February 25-28, Agudas Achim presented a film by Joel Fendelman entitled “David: One Boy, Two Faiths”.  A conversation with Joel, the director/producer, took place via zoom on the 28th.  Members and guests had the opportunity to discuss the film, it’s content and spirit with the filmmaker. 

The Agudas Achim calendar is unlike any other as we celebrated Purim along with Shabbat on February 12.  Thanks to Rabbi Pomerantz and Ira & Julia Levin for giving us a Mardi Gras-dikke shabbos, and to Sarah Weber who helped the congregation join in the fun by sharing her screen.

Our Annual Meeting was held (with 16 zoom screens participating) on Sunday, January 17, 2021.  After an inspiring invocation by Rabbi Pomerantz, officers were re-elected to serve for another year and the budget for 2021 was presented, explained and passed.  President Judy Siegel thanked the Board and those who contributed to our successes in 2020.



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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