Congregation Agudat Achim

Over 120 years of commitment to Conservative Judaism


Reyut, the heart of Women's Network, is a committee working to create a truly caring congregation. It is made up of volunteers who provide:

  • Transportation when needed to medical appointments, to services and to synagogue activities.
  • Meals following funerals and on other needed occasions.
  • Hospital visits.
  • Homebound visits on holidays and as requested.
  • Nursing home visits.
  • Holiday celebrations for the developmentally disabled.
  • Rosh Hashanah and Purim packages to homebound seniors.
  • Support requests for members as needed, (after consulting with Rabbi Lichtenfeld to ensure
  • they can be done responsibly).

For more information or to request a service, please contact the Agudat Achim office and leave a message for Linda Birnby.

Faith Community Nursing Program


Faith Community Nursing is an arm of Reyut. The mission of this Program is to support members of our Congregation through life's transitions while growing spiritually.

Our volunteers provide health education, personal health counselors, referral agents and liaisons, health advocates and developers of support groups for populations across the life-span. All information is kept strictly confidential. Ongoing programs include "Cooking for One" classes and the Healthy Weight Group. For more information, please contact Ellin Friedman:

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM)
We serve lunches to children and youth ages 18 and under during a week in the summer, under the auspices of SICM. For more information, please contact Ruth Fraster

Hearts and Hummus

Hearts and Hummus is our annual community service project, traditionally done for Ellis Hospital. Heart-shaped pillows are sewn and stuffed to be given to the cardiac patients following their open heart surgery.

Synagogue Assistance

Women's Network provides funding for special projects and items that are not funded through the general budget. We support USY and Kadima programs, the Religious School, and the synagogue at large.