The vision of Agudas Achim is to be a vibrant and inviting place for Jews. It is taking those things that already make our shul a wonderful place and adding others to enhance both our appeal and our congregational community. The goal is to be sensitive to the experience of being a Jew in modern times.
The following principles comprise our vision:
G’milut Hasadim/Acts of Compassion. G’milut hasadim are acts performed out of compassion or lovingkindness for others, such as bikkur cholim (visiting the sick), hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests), and nichum avilim (comforting mourners). In the synagogue of the 21st Century, we must care for each other.
Tefillah/Prayer. Tefillah (prayer) is our opportunity ‒ as individuals and as a community ‒ to communicate with God. We will continue to meet a wide range of individual and communal needs through traditional worship. We must also meet them by being open to change and by seeking opportunities to pray at new times and in new forms.
Torah. Torah is the source of our history, our tradition, and our practice. As a living document, Torah is renewed by the unique contribution of each individual. Agudas Achim must foster an environment in which each of us is encouraged to encounter Torah on a personal level.
Mishpachah/Family. Agudas Achim serves as a family for its members, providing a place of welcome, inclusion, and comfort to all, but especially to those whose families are distant. It should be a place where the family is valued and where each member can come and participate. Not only should it support the enrichment of a Jewish home, but also provide an alternative place for home rituals.
Tikkun Olam/Repair of the World. Tikkun Olam involves finding those things in our world that need to be healed and working to heal them. It is sometimes translated as “social action,” and includes the concepts of helping the poor and giving tzedakah (righteous giving). Agudas Achim must act to increase justice, fairness, and equity in the world.
Limud/Learning.Lifelong learning is an important Jewish value, encouraging continual intellectual and spiritual growth and ultimately helping each of us to grow closer to God and Torah. At Agudas Achim, there should be numerous formal and informal learning opportunities to allow a broad range of participation at all ages and levels. We must learn from our Rabbis, our teachers, and from one another.