Welcoming Communities of Faith

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Organization Profile

Agudas Israel Synagogue (Reform)*
505 Glasgow Lane
Hendersonville North Carolina28739
Denomination: Jewish (Reformed)
Agudas Israel is the center for Jewish Living and the only synagogue in Henderson County & is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.

MISSION: Agudas Israel is a warm, welcoming diverse congregation, located in Henderson County, NC. One that inspires our members to a love of God, Torah and Israel. It is a center for all Jewish people who seek to develop and embrace their lives through worship, learning, community involvement, culture and social interaction. We are committed to keeping our Jewish heritage intact for present and future generations.
VISION: Agudas Israel is a center for Jewish living in Henderson County and beyond, inclusive of all aspects of worship, learning, community, and culture.

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We have a lot of wonderful, welcoming organizations in Western North Carolina.  

Our pilot version of this database focuses on a few types of organizations (e.g., communities of faith).  However, our plan is to expand its features to accommodate a wide variety of organizations and businesses. 

  • Welcoming Groups: Groups that invite members who share some a common interest or need.  Examples: support and empowerment groups, shared interest groups, sports teams.
  • Welcoming Community Services: For organizations that provide specific support services.  Designed to hep users to locate providers of specific support service.
  • Welcoming Organizations: A general listing intended to include everything from employers and merchants to churches and schools.

Our intent is that organizations and groups maintain their own listing. However, to help things along, we have pre-populated some pages with listings.  If you find a listing for your organization and want to assume control of it, you need to complete two steps:

  1. Register on this website.  Where possible, do so with an email associated with the organization listed. (We need to confirm that you are authorized.)
  2. Send an email to [email protected] from your registered email address.  Tell us the listing you want us to transfer to you and let us know your role in the organization.  


To keep this resource useful, we ask everyone to abide by the following.  Click on an item for more detail.

Only one person (other than us) can edit a listing for an organization.  If you need us to transfer control of a listing to someone else, do this in two steps:

  1. Make sure that they register on the site.  It is best if they use an email associated with your organization.
  2. Send an email to [email protected] requesting that we transfer control of a listing from one user to another.  Give both user names and emails.

Please code your listing to help our community find organizations that target them.  

We will remove a listing if there is sufficient evidence that the organization in question operates in a way that is incompatible with its posted listing or our focus on fostering a welcoming community. 

We welcome modest donations and immodest endowments. If active users and directory listers kick in a little something each year, we think that we can sustain and build this virtual center for the community.

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User's Guides - Welcoming Groups

  • Prepare. There is no save-and-resume button. But you can return to edit an event.
  • Categories. Select at least one category in each group:
    • Event Type
    • Target Audience – who you designed event for
    • Welcoming Pages – where to publish the event
  • Venues / Organizers.  Enter the name of the organizer (your group) and the location (venue).
    • If it is already in the database, the calendar will populate your event with relevant contact and location information.
    • If you have to add a new organizer or venue, please fill in all the fields.  It will help others.
  • Online Events. Select “Online Event” as your Venue.
  • Recurring Events. Powerful, but a little confusing the first time:
    • To enter a meeting on the same date each month (e.g., the 5th), select “on the same day”.
    • To enter a meeting on the same day and/or week (e.g., 1st Monday), select “on a different day”.

Relevant to our local LGBTQ and allied communities.

This includes western North Carolina and nearby communities in contiguous states (e.g., eastern Tennessee, northwestern South Carolina, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia. It also includes groups based outside the region that have a local presence.

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This includes language and visuals that are considered hateful, threatening or inappropriately graphic.  Bear in mind that this site is accessible to minors.

No content that poses a threat to people’s privacy or to copyright laws.

Do not share names, photos or contact information without appropriate authorization or consent. 

No embedded funding appeals and links.

Why?  We don’t allow these because we don’t have the resources to monitor such links. You are welcome to link to pages on your site that include these. 

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Email: [email protected]

MailPO Box 2044, Asheville NC 28802-2044

Packages: 33 Coxe Avenue, Unit 2044, Asheville NC 28801 (note different zip code).

Phone: 828-423-0655 (via Google Voice)


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