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rabbiFor those of you who may be considering a visit or move to the Augusta area, we invite you to join with us as we walk together in search of meaning and spiritual fulfillment in our lives. Come and help us make the AYS family into a true “covenant community” – a place where individuals are valued and respected, where we share our joys and heartaches together freely, celebrate the milestones of our Jewish calendar and our lives together, teach our children and grandchildren (and ourselves!) of the beauty and value of Jewish traditions, and work together to make Jewish life, and life in the larger community more fulfilling for all.”

The Rabbi’s Voice, There is a story of an angry reader who stormed into the newspaper office demanding to see the person who wrote the obituary column. He was referring to a young reporter to whom he showed the column which included his own obituary. He yelled, “As you can see, I am very much alive. I demand a retraction!” The reporter replied, “I never retract a story, but I’ll tell you what I will do. I will put you in the birth column next issue and give you a fresh start!” Judaism places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of getting a fresh start. Each Saturday night, for example, as we conclude the observance of Shabbat, we include a special prayer that we might begin the next week in peace and tranquility. The first day of each new Hebrew month is celebrated as a semi-holiday, with a special plea that G-d fill the new month with every form of happiness and blessing. As we embark on the year 2018, and the older I get, the better I understand that it’s really up to each of us. As it says in the Talmud, “Who is rich? One who is satisfied with their portion in life.” Are we waiting for something special before we change our ways? Are we waiting for some big payday? What will we tell ourselves when our time has come? I should have spent more time at my job? I should have made more money? I should have been more supportive of the synagogue? I should have spent more time with my family? No one sets our priorities but us, and as long as we do it now, it will never be too late for a fresh start. Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2018,

A Message From Our President, Wow! What an experience! Six members of the AYS Board of Governors attended the United Synagogues for Conservative Judaism (USCJ) Conference (at our own expense) in Atlanta December 3-5, 2017. Rabbi Sirull, Susan Steinberg, Jennifer Wood, Fred Daitch, Steven Nathan and I participated in a wide variety of informational sessions where we heard presentations from lay leadership, rabbis and passionate congregants. Each of these individuals presented information which gave insight as to how we may invigorate, encourage and inspire each other to take our congregation to the next level. You may have already heard that synagogue affiliation is down across the country; but, this is part of a larger trend in which younger individuals and families are not affiliating with organizations. There are Jewish congregations, however, that are examining their strengths; building on those strengths; and, in doing so marketing themselves effectively to increase their memberships. We learned about successful programs which we may want to offer in our congregation. We learned that there are 1.3 million conservative Jews in North America. Some Jews are unaffiliated, but share our values. We can invite them to join us, and as they do, we can enhance each other’s lives. I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy Joel Chasnoff, the comedian who performed for us on December 11, 2017. His casual comedy kept the crowd laughing for an hour! Thank you to Rabbi and the Miller Series of the Mind Committee for bringing this opportunity to our congregation. Another thank you to Meryl Edwards and Susan Steinberg and their able-bodied assistants for a wonderful dessert reception! We “Tip Our Kippah” to Rabbi Sirull and the Miller Series of the Mind Committee, as well as Meryl Edwards, Susan Steinberg and their dessert reception assistants. Thank you all for a hilarious and delicious evenin



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Adas Yeshurun Synagogue 935 Johns Road

Augusta, Georgia 30904

Phone 706-733-9491

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