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  • 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. PP TOT Mifgash Game day Future Third Space Events If you have an idea for a Third Space event or a venue we should check out, contact Rabbi Pepperstone

  • Sponsor a Kiddush | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Sponsor a Kiddush Please consider participating as a sponsor of a Kiddush or as a volunteer in the kitchen to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and any other happy events in your family, or maybe just to make Kiddush extra special.

  • Services | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Shabbat and Festival Services AAC holds regular Shabbat, Festival and Sunday morning services that are open to the public. Our services in an egalitarian environment emphasize familiar melodies and community involvement. Friday evening services are typically held every other Friday evening. ​ At this time, we are holding all Friday evening services over Zoom, and also have a Zoom option for Shabbat and Festival morning services. If you would like the Zoom link to our services, please contact the AAC office at office@aacwichita.org . ​ Please join us for our services and a kiddush lunch when you are in in Wichita! Please contact us to learn more about our service times. Find Us We would love to have you join us for our Shabbat or Sunday services, whether you are a long-time resident of the area or just in town for a few days. Everyone is welcome at AAC! This Week Services will be held at regular hours

  • 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

  • AAC Inclusion Policy | AAC Website

    Ahavath Achim Congregation's Inclusion Statement Ahavath Achim Congregation welcomes all Jews, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. ​ In alignment with our values, vision, and mission, Ahavath Achim Congregation is a welcoming community that embraces a diversity of life experiences and Jewish journeys, and fosters connections, communication, and support among our members. ​ We welcome all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, as full participants in all religious practices and in communal life of the congregation. We invite LGBTQ+ people, whether single or as a couple, with or without children, to join our community as members. Jewish LGBTQ+ members are encouraged to sanctify lifecycle moments, such as birth/covenant ceremonies, b’nai mitzvah, and weddings with our community, and to celebrate milestones in their lives, including anniversaries, by being called to the Torah for an aliyah. ​

  • 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 High Holidays sukkot Shmini Atzeret 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 hannukah Tu Bishvat Purim 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 passover coutingtheomer shavuot 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. Yom HaShoah Yom Hazikaron Yom Ha'atzmaut 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. Yom Yerushalayim Tisha B'Av Chodesh Elul Read More read more Read More read more Read More read more

  • Living Waters | AAC Website

    Dipping in Living Waters Dipping into Living Waters is an invitation to everyone to learn and ask questions about the rich and vibrant world of Judaism. ​ This six-week course offers an introduction to Jewish beliefs, practices, and traditions, from the ancient origins of Judaism to the diverse expressions of contemporary Jewish life. ​ Whether you are simply curious about Judaism or seeking to deepen your understanding of Jewish beliefs and practices, Dipping into Living Waters offers a supportive and welcoming environment for all learners from all faiths, philosophies, and backgrounds. ​ We will meet on Monday evenings (June 5, 19, July 3, 10, 17, 31 with August 7 as an alternate date) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Joan S Beren Wichita Jewish Community Center. We will be offering a Zoom option upon request. ​ There is no charge for the course, but voluntary donations will be welcome . ​ If you have question about this course or would like to sign up, please fill out the form below. The deadline for signing up is June 4, 2023. Ahavath Achim Congregation 1850 North Woodlawn Street Wichita, KS 67208 Contact the AAC office: 316-685-1339 Contact Rabbi Pepperstone: rabbipepperstone@gmail.com First Name Last Name Email Message Send Thanks for looking into Dipping in Living Waters!

  • COVID Policies | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Ahavath Achim's COVID Policies ​ Currently, AAC does not require masks at any event, service or meeting. We do provide masks and hand sanitizer in the JSB WJCC lobby. ​ AAC Services and Classes and Zoom Since May 1, we no longer holding all ser vices over Zoom. For now, we only use Zoom for Friday evening services, (which still take place every other week) and for Sunday morning minyan, and for other occasions on a case by case basis. ​ AAC Classes and meetings will still be either both in-p erson and on Zoom or just Zoom. All other events wil l be in-person only. ​ To receive emails with Zoom links, please contact Hannah See at hannah.see@jsbwjcc.org or subscribe our weekly emails to receive regular updates and zoom links. AAC's COVID protocols are (as of December 2021) ​ Please, be kind. Coming back together has been both joyous and anxiety provoking. It is so important at in-person events to be kind and considerate to each other, and make everyone feel welcome. Everyone is Welcome! We encourage everyone to join us in-person, and all who are not ready to attend an in-person service to join us over Zoom. As of now, people joining on Zoom will count in the minyan. Vaccinations and Masks. We are requiring everyone to wear a mask over their mouth and nose at all services, whether you are fully vaccinated or not. We do have disposable masks available in the lobby of the WJCC in case someone needs one. People who are leading a service or speaking from the bima do have the option to remove their mask when leading. Rabbi and Cantor Pepperstone will be leading services without masks, and are regularly testing for COVID to ensure that this remains a safe practice. Illness. As always, if you are feeling ill, please stay and home and consider joining us over Zoom. ​ Seating. People may sit where ever they feel comfortable, either together or socially distanced. We want to be sensitive to people with different levels of comfort in communal settings. If you want to sit next to someone who is sitting apart from others, be sure to ask first. Revisions. We will re-visit this protocol on a regular basis.

  • 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 >>

  • Chesed | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Chesed Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Lovingkindness is one of the core values that we strive to embody at AAC. Every act of kindness matters. ​ If you or someone you know in the congregation is hospitalized, ill, feeling lonely or isolated, please contact either Laura King, Steve Zacker, or Rabbi Pepperstone. ​ They will work together to coordinate how we can best help out. (We will treat your information with discretion, and only share it with those who need it.) At the same time, if you can make a phone call to someone, pay someone an in-person visit, offer someone a ride, run an errand, or make a meal for someone, let us know that you are willing and able to help out in those ways. Congregations can be measured in many ways, some physical and some non-physical. What matters more is not a congregation that has large numbers, but that has a large caring heart. Contact Laura King Contact Steve Zacker Contact Rabbi Pepperstone Gemilut Chasadim / Acts of Lovingkindness Make a phone call Calling a member who is feeling lonely or is unable to get out and about is a simple way to let someone know that they matter and that you and the community care about them. ​ Consider calling someone on a regular basis. Make a Home Visit Consider calling someone who is at home either for chronic or acute reasons, and making a time to visit them at home. Just having someone to talk to face to face can brighten their day, and you just need your loving, listening ear. ​ Run an Errand For people who have a hard time running errands, consider being available to run an errand for someone, or to drive them to a medical or other kind of appointment. Ubers and Lyfts are useful, but are often an expense people cannot afford. ​ Bring someone a meal Whether it is home-made or take-out, consider providing someone a meal either when they are ill or experiencing the loss of a loved one. At times, the congregation will coordinate this on a larger scale when needed. Take our Chesed Survey

  • Become A Member | Ahavath Achim Congregation Wichita

    Become an AAC Member To become an AAC Member, please feel free to fill out the online form below. If you prefer to print your application, click on the PDF icon below and mail to Ahavath Achim Congregation, 1850 N Woodlawn, Wichita, KS 67208 or to scan and email to hannah.see@jsbwjcc.org . Click here to fill out the form to become an out-of-town member. out of town

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