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Our Featured Member synagogue for July-August 2007 is Ahavath Achim Synagogue, an Orthodox synagogue in New Bedford. We are pleased to recognize the shul in honor of its 115th anniversary.

Jews began arriving in New Bedford in the mid 1880's. The original Jews came from Vilna and the surrounding towns which ended with the suffix "Shok" (i.e. Stkelshok, Shnipishok, etc.). They prayed in people's homes until the synagogue opened in 1892 on Howland Street.

In September 1941, the synagogue moved to its present location at 385 County Street. This building, the former home of a Whaling Captain, was purchased in the late 1930's and remodeled into a functioning synagogue.

Ahavath Achim is an Orthodox congregation which offers many outreach programs to attract people. There is a monthly Shabbat Beginner's Service, Tuesday Lunch & Learn, Monday Talmud Class and a Jewish Education Program for pre Bar/Bat Mitzvot and for post Bar/Bat Mitzvot.

In addition, Ahavath Achim has Fall and Spring Scholar-In-Residence Shabbatot. Visitors enjoy coming to Ahavath Achim because the people are friendly and heimisch, and the programs are educational and enlightening.

Now in its 115th year, the Ahavath Achim Synagogue remains strong and active. We invite your participation.

For additional information, please call 508-994-1760.

385 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Clergy: Rabbi Barry David Hartman