Welcome to Congregation Agudas Achim
Congregation Agudas Achim (CAA) is a group of people who come together in Austin, Texas, to connect with one another, feed their Jewish souls and connect with Hashem. Living in a dynamic, fast-growing city, we come from many places and bring our many talents and traditions. We cherish a connection with authentic tradition, prayer, and Jewish practice that is best represented by the Conservative Movement. We welcome newcomers; we honor our roots. We have grown by 150 families in the past two years and now number more than 650. We are led by Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe, our Spiritual Leader, who has been part of our family for 14 years. We are headed toward our Centennial in 2014. Come and be a part of our congregation.
A fundamental aspect of being Jewish is the sense of community, so for us to mingle is second nature. Mingle is your gate into a broader community and your invitation to help build community.
The Social Action Committee provides a set of activities that involves our membership, including our children, in personal acts of loving kindness. We visit the sick, comfort mourners, make sure people in our community have enough to eat. We also help serve the larger Austin community by supporting schools in need, refugee families and helping the homeless. We thank those who work on Christmas Day protecting and serving the community by bringing them cookies and our gratitude. If you would like to take a leadership role or participate in upcoming projects, please contact the event’s chair. For general information about the Social Action Committee, contact Cindy Zieve at (512) 401-8435 or email@example.com.
With Spring and Summer and our Kabbalat Service beginning at 7:30 we have exciting changes. Hachnasat Orchim is pleased to announce our second bi-monthly community dinners before Kabbalat Shabbat services at CAA!
The first Friday of the month, this Friday, May we'll offer a dairy potluck dinner before services, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The third Friday of the month, we'll offer a Community Shabbat dinner also beginning at 6:15 p.m.
All other weeks, following services, we'll have enhanced onegs. To host dinners please contact Karen Chanon at Karenchanon@aol.com and onegs contact Connie Scharff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you join us!
ATX Chavurah is a group of young adults (both members and “friends” of CAA) who come together for monthly “Shapotlucks” and holiday celebrations, share Jewish learning, and support our broader community. We are a diverse group of singles, couples, and families who define “young” as: if you feel young! For more information please contact, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin at email@example.com.
United Synagogue Youth is open to all Jewish youth grades 9 to 12 and Kadima is for grades 6 to 8. At Congregation Agudas Achim, our focus is on REC (Religious, Educational and Cultural) programs and SATO (Social Action / Tikun Olam) programs. We have several regional conventions each year. Our region consists of chapters from Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Oklahoma City, and New Orleans. We typically have two USY events per month and one Kadima event per month for all kids to get together and enjoy each other’s company.
For more information on either of these groups, please contact: USY/Kadima Advisor, Rebecca Hellman at AAUSY18@gmail.com.
Congregation Agudas Achim sponsors Boy Scout Troop 28, a part of the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 28 is Ausitn's only Jewish Troop (although open to all Scouts). We meet Sundays at 2:30pm - 4pm at the Jewish Community Center of Austin. Our Troop strives for two patrol meetings a month, one general troop meeting, and one campout a month where the Scouts can work on Merit Badge and Advancement. We are always looking for new opportunities for our scouts to do primitive camping (backpacking) and other exciting events.
We also do service projects as a troop and individually (as each Scout works through his ranks). We are always looking for more service projects. We recognize our Scouts achievements with Courts of Honor held three or four times a year. Scouting is about helping our boys grow and mature as they become young men. See our website http://www.t28austin.org/web/
Cub Scouts is an amazing learning and leadership program for boys in 1st through 5th grade. Pack 36 is the only specifically Jewish Cub Scout Pack in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to serve the Jewish Community by providing a quality fun, active, family-oriented program that emphasizes enjoyment of traditional cub scout activities, with a commitment to maintain core Jewish values and experiences.
Cub Scout Pack 36 is sponsored by the Jewish Community Association of Austin.
Pack Meetings are held once a month on Sunday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm. Den Meetings are held once a month; the schedule is determined by the den parents. See our website, here.
Sisterhood -- The Sisterhood provides a collective presence, voice and strength in at Congregation Agudas Achim. As an extended family, women of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to become involved in our many cultural, religious, educational and social activities. We develop and initiate programs and projects, which will benefit our congregation, our community, and our Sisterhood. Sisterhood Agudas Achim is a member of the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism. Our mission is to strengthen and unite the women of our congregation and support them in mutual efforts, to understand and perpetuate Conservative Judaism in the home, synagogue, and community and to reinforce our bonds with Israel and Jews worldwide.
Brotherhood -- The Brotherhood exists as an auxiliary of Congregation Agudas Achim to create a bond of friendship among the men of the congregation and strengthen ties among Jewish men in the community. For fun and in service to the community, we build the Sukkah, put on the Kosher Chili Cookoff, promote blood drives and assemble weekly for Sunday bicycle rides. We are open to male members of Congregation Agudas Achim, and males 18 years of age and over who are members of the household of a member of the Congregation. Jewish males 18 years of age and over not affiliated with Congregation Agudas Achim are also welcome. For more information, contact Jamie Cohen at Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-809-9772.
HAZAK--Our program for those 55 and over has gained national attention. These underlying goals are kept in mind when planning programs: make new friends, renew old friendships, and enrich synagogue life. HAZAK programs have been varied, and the response has been remarkably enthusiastic. Over 100 members of CAA have joined the HAZAK chapter. Programs adhere to the “three E’s”: entertainment, education, and of course eating.
HAZAK members have enjoyed bus trips to the McNay Museum in San Antonio and the Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg; dinner gatherings, educational programs including brunch in the Sukkah with a talk by Rabbi Kobrin, rebbes’ tisches, beer tasting with Dr. Harvey Rabin, participation in the CAA History Project, stories from our WW2 veterans, inter-generational gatherings, dinner dances celebrating the anniversaries of HAZAK, fielding a team for the Kosher Chili Cook-off, and our famous “Latkes and Vodkas” annual Hanukkah party with music and good food. Our “Pray and Stay” is a traditional Friday night services, speaker and Onegs have been well-attended.
Events planned for 2013 include a trip to the Toyota manufacturing Plant in San Antonio, participation in the annual Kosher Chili Cook off, our fifth anniversary celebration and much more.To join one spouse must be 55 or over and be a member of CAA.
For more information or to join HAZAK, contact: Earle Sherrod at email@example.com. Annual dues are $19.