May Hayom 2020
Iyar - Sivan 5780
Information from the President
Good day fellow congregants.
Elise and I hope this message find everyone healthy and ready to come back to Agudath Achim synagogue physically. At this point we are still video streaming all services, classes, minyans, and lectures. We hope everyone understands that we are prepared to open our physical facilities on a moment’s notice-which has not yet happened.
Unfortunately, it is with regret that our major fundraiser scheduled for June has been cancelled due to coronavirus. It will be rescheduled later. On a positive note, I asked Motti to reach out to our member and CPA Steve Arkin to apply for the SBA Payment Protection Program. I have been notified that due to their wonderful collaboration, we have been approved for $59,400 which will NOT need to be repaid if used for salaries and salary related items. Great teamwork and my thanks to both Motti and Steve Arkin.
The nominating committee has been hard at work filling the vacancies on the Board and for the retiring officers. Information will be forthcoming very soon, and elections will be held somehow at the June Board and congregational meetings.
I want to thank those of us who called and inspired our home bound, sick, and unable to shop members and helping with their needs. I appreciate our Board and congregation members who partook in this fabulous activity-it was well received by those in need and appreciated by your President and leaders.
I hope to see everyone soon and JUST BE SAFE AND SMART
Victor Shernoff, President
From the desk of the Rabbi
Helping Us Help You
From the beginning of my time here, I have been teaching and focusing on the importance of building relationships—relationships with each other, relationships between the congregation and our membership, relationships between our community and the larger Savannah community, relationships between each of us and God, and so on. One of the key characteristics of a relationship is that it is reciprocal. It is most successful when it goes in both directions, each partner giving and taking equally from the other. While a lack of balance in a relationship where one partner takes more and gives less is natural in a relationship, it is not sustainable long-term. Eventually, the other partner feels as if they are not getting anything out of that relationship anymore and give up on it.
At the same time, this is precisely one of the things many of us are craving right now—relationship. We are unable to meet with friends for games or lunch dates, we are unable to invite people over for dinner, and in many cases, we’re not even able to see family that we are accustomed to visiting regularly. We miss those personal connections which are such important, meaningful, and healthy parts of our lives.
For our part, we as a synagogue have been trying to do our small part to assist. Our board of directors and staff have been working to keep in regular contact with every member of our congregation; we have been live streaming our daily
via Facebook Live to provide a space for prayer and comfort during this time (and, as of Friday night, May 1, will be live streaming Shabbat services via Zoom); our classes have all been moved to Zoom so that we can continue learning together; committee and board meetings are similarly moving to the same online platform to discuss synagogue affairs; our staff has begun working remotely to keep the synagogue running smoothly. We are doing what we can to be here for you—both now and in the future.
But as I mentioned earlier, we need you, as well. First, we need you to continue your support. That means both financially (as you are able during this period of uncertainty) and participation, attending our events. Second, we also need to hear what you need. If we are not providing something that you need, let us know so we can try to help; if we are providing things you don’t need, let us know that, too, so we can redirect our energy. We are here to be your support during this difficult time, but we need your help to make sure we’re providing the things you need.
The time will eventually come when this pandemic will pass. And in the meantime, we look forward to working—together, in relationship, with you—to do what we can to help you get through this.
Rabbi Steven Henkin
All synagogue activities
(including Sisterhood and Men's Club events)
have been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus.
We are maintaining Daily Services, via Facebook
To join us for Friday night and Shacharit morning services
please use Zoom and here's the Zoom link for Shabbat services.
Meeting ID: 870 3207 9194
Celebrate the giving of the Torah with us virtually! Please note all services will be held virtually, via Zoom except where otherwise noted.
Meeting ID: 875 4237 7991
Thursday, May 28--Erev Shavuot
We are in the midst of planning different options for a virtual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot to welcome the holiday. Please continue to check your email, enews,
and Facebook for more information as we get closer.
Friday, May 29--1st Day Shavuot
9 am Shaharit
6 pm Minhah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv
8:06 pm Candle Lighting
Shabbat, May 30--2nd Day Shavuot
9:45 am Shaharit
11:15 am Yizkor
9:07 pm Havdalah (via Facebook Live)
All of our regular classes will be held via Zoom, an online meeting platform.
If you'd like to join a class, please contact Rabbi Henkin for the class link.
As we move towards online
via Facebook Live, the Rabbinical Assembly has made PDF copies of the services available for those who may not have a
at home. If you would like to be able to pray with the text during our online services, please feel free to download the appropriate service and follow along during our virtual
Our site has been updated with PDFs of the Shabbat services for those who would like to follow along during our Zoom services.
As part of the Savannah Jewish Federation's mission to serve our community
while promoting social distancing, Rabbi Henkin is teaching a
weekly discussion class Mondays at 1 pm via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 546 765 791
(Please note, Zoom changed their settings this week and passwords are now mandatory so please use this new link)
Tuesday, May 5th
6:35 p.m. via Zoom
Here is the Zoom Meeting Information:
Meeting ID: 212 661 7884
If calling by phone, call (301)715-8592, when prompted, enter the meeting ID, 2126617884#, then dial 1#, and enter the password, 181818#.
If anyone has any questions, please let us know.
Hopefully all are healthy and keeping safe. Remember being home is not being stuck but safe.
Talmud Torah K'Neged Kulam - Torah Study for Everyone
Rabbinic Literature Study Group
(Thursday afternoons, 2:00-3:15 pm): Take a look into the rabbinic mind and how the rabbis interpret the Torah in this weekly class.
Skeptics Study Group
(second Thursday of every month, 11 a.m., hosted by Michael Konter): This group is for all of those who want to ask difficult questions about Judaism and/or seeking Jewish answers to the questions they have. Our next Skeptics class will be at
11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 14th
online via Zoom.
Rabbis of the Mishnah Class
will take a deep look into the Rabbis of the Mishnah; who they were and what they were thinking. Our next class will be held on
Wednesday, May 13th at 10:15 a.m. via Zoom.
Please contact Motti for class link or email
More classes coming soon, so stay tuned!
Have something you want to learn about but don't see a class about it?
Contact Rabbi Henkin at
or call the AA office.
All of our regular classes will be held
, an online meeting platform. If you'd like to join a class, please contact Rabbi Henkin for the class link.
Shalom School is now meeting Online!
all our students tune up on Sunday mornings for a session with their teacher and a group Tefilah.
A new learning opportunity for all of us and a great way to keep Jewish education going!
How do I Send a Mitzvah-Gram
During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Here are 3 simple steps to do this:
1 Print out the Mitzvah-Gram page from the MAY ISSUE of the HaYom newsletter with the list of members celebrating a birthday or anniversary in JUNE (also attached here).
2 Circle the names of all those people to whom you would like to send a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary greeting.
3 Mail your list, along with your
check made out to Agudath Achim Sisterhood
$.50 for each circled name)
to Barbara Abrams, 24 Raindrop Lane, Bluffton, S.C. 29909
In order for your greetings to be delivered in a timely manner, you need to turn in your JUNE Mitzvah-gram list before MAY 15th.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact me at
, or at (843) 705-3723 or (843) 290-3995.
Thanks to everyone for participating in this fundraising project.
Barbara Abrams, Chair
Gale Hirsh, Acting Sisterhood President
JUNE 2020 BIRTHDAYS
5 Aaron Tillinger
5 Arlene Wizwer
6 Daniel Berman
6 Brad Conner
6 Andrea Slutsky
7 Kevin Heyman
10 Josepha DeVaro
21 Barbara Pecknay
23 Harriet Meyerhoff
23 Ed L Wexler (ATL)
24 Kasey Berman
25 Rene Lehrberger
26 Fred Spector
28 Buddy Metzger
29 Jana Feiler
29 Freddie Harkavy
29 Barry Luskey
29 Phyllis Mintz
30 Linda Brill
30 Jeffrey Mayo
JUNE 2020 ANNIVERSARIES
4 Victor and Elise Shernoff
6 Nathan and Lisa Dayan
6 Martin and Laura Miller
11 Andrew and Leslie Walcoff
12 Tom and Ronnie Rosen
13 Richard and Linda Meier
15 Kenneth and Linda Hoffman
15 Jeffrey and Monique Mayo
17 Charles and Jacqueline Sitrin
20 Allan and Arlene Ratner
25 David and Gale Hirsh
7 David and Clare Kinsey
27 Jack and Bobbie Wolff
30 Stephen and Sally Greenberg
30 Barry and Debbie Luskey
Please indicate how you would like your greeting signed:
Barbara and Ellis Abrams
If we are missing your June birthday and/or anniversary, please contact
May 2020 Birthdays
2 Edward Cohen
2 Douglas Goldstein
5 Aileen Miller
7 Benjamin Mackowiak
7 Col. Ed Wexler
8 Cary Shoob
11 David Udinsky
12 AJ Haysman
12 Harriet Kulbersh
13 Gail Robinson
13 Linda Sacks
16 Richard Berkowitz
17 Helen Cranman
17 Sharon Sand
20 Nancy Tenenbaum
21 Walter Diamond
22 Ross Kaminsky
22 Mark Schwartz
23 Frances Middleberg
24 Lynn Reeves
24 Howard Slutsky
26 Solomon Zerden
27 Lisa Dayan
27 Alan Simon
28 Wendy Cohen
28 Maurice Middleberg
29 Marc Gordon
30 Jean Holstein
30 Nancy Isaacson