Welcome to the Ames Jewish Congregation
AJC is a community that honors our Jewish traditions, applies our Jewish faith to today’s life, and works toward continuation of the Jewish people.
We warmly welcome anyone and everyone who would like to join us at one or more of our services.
Given the ongoing pandemic and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of our community, we are cautiously moving forward with in-person events. Many will be offered both in-person and via Zoom. Please check back closer to an event for updates about in-person vs. Zoom events.  If you need a Zoom link to attend any of these services, please contact us at least 24 hours before the service at ajciowa@gmail.com.
 

Upcoming Events

  1. 09 Dec

    Shabbat service

    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. 10 Dec

    Torah study (Zoom only)

    10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  3. 13 Jan

    Shabbat service

    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. 14 Jan

    Torah study

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

 

 

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Community and Tzedakah at Hanukkah: An Interview with Authors Joelle Reizes and Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler

Community and Tzedakah at Hanukkah: An Interview with Authors Joelle Reizes and Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler jemerman December 8, 2022

One of the biggest challenges parents can face during Hanukkah is helping their children see that it is a distinct holiday, rather than just a "Jewish Christmas." We sat down with co-authors Joelle Reizes (she/her) and Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler (he/him) to talk about all things Hanukkah.

Measuring Demons in a Post-Pandemic World

Measuring Demons in a Post-Pandemic World jemerman December 8, 2022

I spent months hiding inside my home after Covid-19 was declared a global health emergency. During that time, the Talmudic description of evil spirits resonated with me. It was certainly how I felt, surrounded by invisible threats just outside my door. Since I am a children's author, I channeled these fears into a picture book featuring a supernatural spirit.

Beyond Sufganiyot and Latkes: 6 Delicious Recipes to Add Some Sephardic Flavor to Your Table

Beyond Sufganiyot and Latkes: 6 Delicious Recipes to Add Some Sephardic Flavor to Your Table jemerman December 7, 2022

As Hanukkah is deeply entwined with food, especially fried food, we've found some delicious Sephardic recipes to add to your celebration, sourced with permission from Hélène Jawhara Piñer's cookbook, Sephardi: Cooking the History.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Jewish Man

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Jewish Man jemerman November 29, 2022

Two films from acclaimed Jewish filmmakers have debuted during award season this year, each taking semi-autobiographical looks at troubled childhoods. Each picture delivers award-worthy performances from many well-known actors, including Anthony Hopkins and Michelle Williams as sure bets to score Oscar nominations.