The Agudas Achim and Ezrath Jewish congregations combined in 2003 to form Congregation Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel. Temple Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel also offers programs for men and women and holds Shabbat geared towards children and families.
This fall and winter we are embarking on our combined adult education series exploring aspects of modern Israel. So far we have lined up a former Israeli soldier – former Rock Star & Local Businessman Shalom Zilber, Archaeologist & Registered Tour guide Dr. David Gurevich, Technologist & Former Kibbutznik David Dolev of MIT, & more great speakers to come.
Why is it important to talk and learn about Israel? In my Yom Kippur sermon I spoke about the need to support Israel in a time of great peril and sadness. The latest round of the Gaza war caused the deaths of many, many Israelis and caused Israel great damage to its standing in the world. It is depressing that Israel is penalized for defending itself when its enemies “don't fight fair” hiding behind women and children, in hospitals and mosques.
Showing our brothers and sisters that we care about them, that we are committed to the survival of the Jewish State, is vital to them, especially at times of crisis and conflict.
But that is not the only reason we should learn about Israel, support Israel, or even visit Israel. Israel is one of the world's most creative and productive countries. It is a center for the arts – a hotbed of creativity in music, literature, social science and countless other areas. Israel is a scientific powerhouse. It is rich in history – some of the earliest known civilizations left their mark there. Israel is rich in pre-historic sites – including one of the oldest sites with evidence of human use of fire (arguably one of the greatest technological achievements in human history) at the B'not Yaakov Bridge in the Galil.
As centers of Jewish life, Israel and America share the role of inspirational centers of the Jewish world – and the electric sparks that fly between the two poles of Jewish life – North America and Eretz Yisrael illuminate our religious and cultural expression.
Israel is the birthplace of our people, and it is a big part of our future.
Let us all do our part to keep that hope alive, so that our people can live free and unfettered, and ultimately in peace in the land of Israel, and so that Israel and its people can contribute the gifts of its hearts and minds and hands to the betterment of the world.
Rabbi David Kudan
Holiday services will be conducted by Rabbi David Kudan, accompanied by Sexton Wayne Freedman and Cantorial Soloist Phyllis Werlin, as well as lay leaders of the Congregation. Click Services for further information on our regular services and our special holiday services.
Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel 245 Bryant Street Malden, MA 02148