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  • Donate Online | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    AAC Donation Form To inquire about donating property, please contact Hannah See at hannah.see@jsbwjcc.org Donor First Name Donor Last Name Email Phone Type of Tribute In honor of In memory of On the occasion of In appreciation of On the Yahrzeit of For the synagogue fund for Description of Tribute (e.g. person being honored or remembered, event, synagogue fund, etc...) Would you like your donation to remain anonymous? Yes No Enter the amount you wish to pay: To make your gift go further, please increasing your gift by 3 percent to help cover transaction expenses. $ Billing Address Donate Thank you for your donation!

  • Third Place Events | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    AAC Third Place Events AAC is also about being your “third place.” “First place” is your home and being with those you live with. “Second place” is your workplace. “Third place” is where community is built, where you relax, see familiar faces and make new acquaintances. For AAC’s Third Place events, we meet either at the WJCC, a pub, or someone’s home, and mainly focus on more playful Jewish learning, light conversation, and good food and drink. As with all AAC events, everyone is welcome! Bring a friend! ​ Click on each icon to learn more! ​ ​ Poker and Parshah Torah on Tap Mifgash Game Day Poker and Parshah Each month on a Sunday evening from 7-9pm, we get together at the WJCC to play poker (mostly Texas Hold’em and all for fun), enjoy each other’s company, and pause during the play for some Torah study about the coming week’s Torah portion. At the end of the evening, we give our trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and First Out. ​ The cost of the event is $10, which covers refreshments and also contributes to Rabbi Pepperstone’s discretionary fund, which enables him to help people in need. We announce the date at the beginning of the month. Torah on Tap Each month, generally on a Thursday from 7-9pm, we meet at a local pub, bar or eatery, enjoy the local fare (we ask that in the spirit of Jewish dietary practice, we ask that everyone order dairy or vegetarian food), and engage in discussion about a topic of Jewish learning that is a little off the beaten path. We have discussed Jewish sources on beer, gambling, the afterlife, and the real reasons behind Hanukkah. We have met at the River City Brewery, Wichita Brewing Company, and Pour House ICT. We announce the date and location at the beginning of the month. Mifgash Each month, either on a Sunday or Thursday evening, we meet in someone’s home, relax in their living room or dining room, enjoy light refreshments, and engage in a topic that Rabbi Pepperstone and the host have developed together, based on the hosts’ interests. This past year, we have looked at why Yom Kippur is one of the most joyful days on the Jewish calendar, a kabbalistic take on Abraham and Lot’s relationship, and looked how we construct memories by looking at an AAC Video from our 90th anniversary celebration and Jewish sources. We have almost all of our hosts lined up for the Winter and Spring of 2022. If you would like to host a Mifgash evening at your home, contact Rabbi Pepperstone! Game Day Each month, we meet on a Sunday afternoon for three hours to spend time together playing games - Board games, card games and any kind of games! We have a small game library for you to find something to play, or you can bring games to teach, share and play. We enjoy a few hours of game play, light refreshments and the company of others around the tables. Future Third Space Events If you have an idea for a Third Space event or a venue we should check out, contact Rabbi Pepperstone

  • Holidays | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    WELCOME TO A YEAR OF Jewish Celebrations! From the Passover Seder table to the Ten Commandments, from the blasts of the Shofar to the joy of Sukkot, from the lights of Hanukkah to the chanting of the Megillah, holiday celebrations are times rich with community, learning and traditions. They create a rich tapestry each year, and connect us to each other, our common past and our shared future. Each section below describes how that time of the Jewish calendar is celebrated at AAC and in the WIchita Jewish Community. Below each section is a link to the website My Jewish Learning , an outstanding pluralist website for learning more about Jewish living. Scroll Down High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) Sukkot Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Hanukkah Tu Bishvat Purim Passover ​Counting the Omer Yom HaShoah Yom HaZikaron Yom Ha'atzmaut Yom Yerushalayim Shavuot Tisha B'Av (and minor fast days) Chodesh Elul High Holidays A Time of Renewal AAC celebrates Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur all at the WJCC. Lead by Rabbi Pepperstone and Cantor Pepperstone, our High Holiday services provide times of reflection, renewal and celebration. Contact the AAC office for more information about attending our High Holiday services. Sukkot A Time of Joy Cantor Pepperstone will be leading all of AAC's services for the first two days of Sukkot, and Shabbat during Sukkot. We have at least one communal meal in the Sukkah, as well as making the WJCC Sukkah available for people to come and enjoy a meal throughout all of Sukkot. Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah A Time of Endings Cantor Pepperstone will lead services for Shemini Atzeret, which include Geshem, the prayer for rain at the beginning of Musaf, as well as the Yizkor services. For Simchat Torah, we will take our our Torah scrolls, and sing and dance with them, as we conclude reading the Torah and begin again with Breisheet. Read More read more Read More read more Read More read more Hanukkah A Time of Miracles Join AAC for Shabbat and Sunday morning services during Hanukkah. Each year, we also have one or more communal Hanukkah celebrations. The details for upcoming Hanukkah celebrations this year will be announced in the Shofar bulletin and our weekly Hebrew Happenings emails. Tu Bishvat A Time of Growth We mark the end of Winter and beginning of Spring with a Tu Bishvat seder, celebrating the cycles of creation, our connection to and stewardship of the earth . In 2021, AAC and CE held a joint Tu Bishvat Seder. Look at our weekly email and newsletter for details on this year's celebration. Purim A Time of Courage On Purim, we chant the full Megillah (Scroll of Esther), celebrate with a Purim party, and participate in the community Purim Carnival. We also provide opportunities for Mishlaoch Manot (Sending gifts of food to others) and Matanot La'evyonim (gifts to the less fortunate ). Read More read more Read More read more Read More read more Passover A Time of Freedom Cantor Pepperstone leads AAC's services for the first, second, seventh and eighth day of Passover, as well as Shabbat during Passover. We hold a communal seder each year, usually on the First Night (but sometimes on the Second Night). We also can help you sell your chametz before Passover, and help with locating kosher food for Passover. Counting the Omer A Time of Anticipation Between Passover and Shavuot , we count 49 days. We count each day when we meet during this time, and Rabbi Pepperstone also creates a daily reflection, which comes by email to encourage everyone to mark this time from Passover to Shavuot, the time of Receiving the Torah. Shavuot A Time of Receiving For Shavuot, we begin the festival with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an evening of learning from our sacred texts. Cantor Pepperstone leads AAC's services for both days of Shavuot, which includes the chanting of Akdamut and reading the Ten Commandments on the first day, and the chanting of Ruth and the Yizkor service on the second day. Read More read more Read More read more Read More read more Yom HaShoah A Time of Mourning Yom HaShoah uGevurah is the Jewish day to remembering those who died during the Holocaust, which is Shoah (catastrophe) in Hebrew. This day also recall those who fought and resisted during World War II, whether it was taking up arms against the Nazis, helping to save lives at the risk of their own, or even just celebrating the Jewish holidays, supporting each other or telling jokes during one of the darkest periods in our history. The Wichita Jewish Community marks this day on the calendar with a communal commemoration, often with the lighting of candles, prayers and poems, and a guest speaker. Yom Hazikaron A Time of Remembering Yom Hazikaron is the Israeli Day of Remembrance for those who fought in Israel's wars since 1948, and for all victims of terror as well. In Israel, this day is marked with national and local ceremonies at all of Israel's military cemeteries, including Mount Hertzel in Jerusalem, Israel's national cemetery. In the Wichita Jewish Community, we often note this day as a prelude to Yom Ha'atzmaut, which comes right after Yom Hazikaron. Yom Ha'atzmaut A Time of Celebration Yom Ha'atzmaut is the Israeli Independence Day celebration, which commemorates the declaration of the founding of the State of Israel in May of 1948. In Israel, the day is marked with nationwide celebrations and festivities. The Wichita Jewish Community marks this occasion together as an entire community in different way each year. Read More read more Read More read more Read More read more Yom Yerushalayim A Time of Reunification Yom Yerushalayim marks the day on the Jewish calendar when the Six Day War ended and all of the Jerusalem was under Israeli auspices. In Israel, the flag of Jerusalem is displayed all over, and there are festivities and special events in Jerusalem. AAC plans to mark this date in 2022 with a special service, based on the emerging liturgy in Israel. Tisha B'Av A Time of Grief The Jewish calendar includes a series of fast days commemorating the events that lead to the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The 10th of Tevet (right after Hanukkah) marks the beginning of the Babylonian siege on Jerusalem. The 17th of Tammuz (in early summer) marks the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem. The 9th of Av (mid-summer) marks the day of Jerusalem and the Temple's destruction, and is the only full day fast in this set of days. Tzom Gedaliah, the Fast of Gedaliah (observed on the day after Rosh Hashanah) marks the assignation of the Judean governor by Jewish zealots. We mark these fast days abstaining from eating and drinking, and special Fast Day services. Tisha B'Av includes the chanting of Eichah/Lamentations and Kinot/Song of Lament. Chodesh Elul A Time of Turning Beginning right after Tisha B'Av in the summer, there is a slow turn towards the High Holidays, which picks up in earnest during the month of Elul. During this month, leading up to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, there is a focus on reflecting on the past year, and a (re)turning back towards God. Each morning the shofar is blown to wake us up to this process, helping us get ready for the New Year. Read More read more Read More read more Read More read more

  • JSBWJCC Grand Opening Ceremony | AAC Website

    Joan S. Beren Wichita Jewish Community Center (JSBWJCC) Grand Opening Ceremony Click below to watch videos from the JSBWJCC Grand Opening that are also hosted on the AAC YouTube Channel

  • CONNECT WITH US | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    C Weekly Email>> Monthly Newsletter>> Become a Member>> Facebook>> Calendar>> We'd love to hear from you! Contact our Office Name Email Message Submit Thanks for submitting! Become a Member To become a member of AAC ​ fill out our application ​ ​ and contact us if you have any questions ​ Connect with AAC on Facebook Our Monthly Newsletter: The Shofar View our monthly issue of The Shofar: ​ The Current Issue of the Shofar ​ We distribute the Shofar via email every month. You can subscribe to all of our email in our Subscribe form.

  • Joan S. Beren Jewish Community School | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    The Joan S. Beren Jewish Community School Give your child the gift of a Jewish education Donate Our Educational Mission Educating our children about Judaism is one of the most important functions of our community. A strong Jewish education is critical to encouraging our children's love and understanding of Judaism, allowing them the ability to make Jewish life decisions as they grow older, and ensuring that they remain committed to a Jewish life. The Joan S. Beren Jewish Community School (JBJCS) is a joint effort of the two Jewish congregations in Wichita, Ahavath Achim Congregation and Congregation Emanu-El, to provide a broad and comprehensive Jewish education for our children from pre-K through 9th grade. ​ Our Curriculum The JBJCS curriculum includes the study of holidays, prayer, theology, Bible, Hebrew language, Israel, and various aspects of contemporary Jewish life including Jewish thought, values, history, music, and culture. With financial support from the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation, JBJCS is led by a full-time education director and overseen by a committee comprised of members appointed by the boards of both congregations. ​ The school meets on Sunday mornings for Judaic studies and both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for Hebrew. The Joan S. Beren Jewish Community School is a fun, warm, inviting place for our children to learn and to grow as Jews. Our Leadership Jamie Smartt, JBJCS Education Director thewjcs@gmail.com ​

  • Volunteer Your Time | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Volunteer Your Time Volunteers hold a community together. Volunteering connects you to your community and makes it a better place. Currently we have congregants volunteering in the kitchen, participating in services, hosting group events, and helping with set-up and tear down of activities. Where do you fit in? Do you have something different you can offer? We will be stronger with you. Kiddush lunches are a tradition at AAC. We gather for food and conversation after Shabbat Services Saturday morning which is a great way to connect with our community. Consider preparing or sponsoring one of these lunches. ​

  • Give As You Purchase | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Give As You Purchase Support Congregation Ahavath Achim while you do your regular shopping! AmazonSmile Dillon's Community Rewards How to Add AAC as Your AmazonSmile Charity AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. However, in order for the donations to reach Congregation Ahavath Achim, you must make your purchase at smile.amazon.com or enable AmazonSmile on your Amazon mobile app. ​ Here’s how: ​ On Amazon Mobile App Turn on AmazonSmile on your Amazon Mobile App by tapping ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Then tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ On Desktop Browser ​ Step 1. Visit amazon.com and sign in. Under the main menu with the three bars in the top left corner, choose AmazonSmile. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Step 2. In the top right, click change charity. Search up "Hebrew Congregation Foundation Inc" ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ How to Add Ahavath Achim Congregation as Your Dillon's Community Rewards Charity On Desktop Browser ​ Step 1. Create a digital account A digital account is needed to participate in Dillon's Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward the organization you choose. ​ Step 2. Link your Card to an organization. 1. Sign in to your digital account. 2. Search for "Hebrew Congregation of Wichita" 3. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”. ​

  • Adult Education | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Adult Education Ahavath Achim Congregation offers a range of opportunities for every level of learning, ranging from Rabbi Pepperstone's weekly column on the Torah portion of the week, his Shabbat morning teaching, Sunday morning learning after minyan, and Wednesday evening classes. Cantor Pepperstone offers one-on-one and small group learning to help people learn to lead a service, chant Torah or Haftarah, or take their skills up a notch or two. ​ We also offer our Third Place events, where we meet up around town or in people's homes and engage in Torah study on a range of topics in more informal settings. Course topics typically include Jewish history, in-depth Torah study, introduction to Judaism, and the Jewish liturgy. Courses are open to anyone in Greater Wichita and free to members of Ahavath Achim Congregation . It would be hard to imagine a more enriching educational experience. Foundations of Jewish Life Do you want to learn more about Jewish life in a more holistic, multi-faceted and integrated way? Do you have questions about big ideas in Judaism, Jewish practice, Jewish history, Hebrew Bible, the Jewish lifecycle, and any topic on your mind? This course is for both the person new to Jewish learning and for the experienced learner as well. This course began in Fall, and you can jump in any time! We would love to learn with you! ​ Contact rabbipepperstone@gmail.com for more info. Learn with Cantor Pepperstone By appointment Cantor Pepperstone is offering one-on-one and small group teaching and coaching for anyone interested in: ​ learning how to chant Torah, Haftarah or other sacred texts, leading part or all of a service, working on Siddur Hebrew, strengthening one's ability to lead a service. Cantor Pepperstone brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role. Help us to invest in our community with a donation towards your own class or someone else’s. Suggested contributions are $5-$75 per class, or sponsor a learner for a month for $250. If you would be interested in any or all of the above, please reach out to her directly (cantorpepperstone@gmail.com ) or Ellen Beren (ellenberen@gmail.com ). Sunday Morning Sessions @AAC On Sunday mornings, we move from the Shalom Sanctuary into the Social Hall for breakfast and learning. Rabbi Pepperstone has offered several different series of topics over the past two years, including an in-depth look at the commandments, understanding the Jewish prayer book, and a fresh take at electricity on Shabbat. Now Rabbi Pepperstone is doing a series based on the book T he Bible With and Without Jesus , by Marc Brettler and AJ Levine, who explore what the Bible says on its own terms, and how it has been interpreted both in Jewish and Christian communities. This series will run through Winter. READ MORE >> CONTACT US >>