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Friday, March 23, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

www.cas-stamford.orgCongregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
TzavShabbat HaGadolMarch 24, 20188 Nisan 5778
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Mincha6:00 PM
6:56 PM
Candle Lighting6:51 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:56 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:57 AM
Daf Yomi6:00 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:00 PM
Shabbat HaGadol Drasha6:00 PM
Mincha6:50 PM
Maariv7:48 PM
Shabbat Ends7:53 PM
Havdalah7:53 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Matzahs and Blankets

What does Matzah symbolize? Is it a symbol of freedom or slavery?

On the one hand, matzah is called the bread of affliction, lechem oni, the food of slaves. On the other hand, later in the seder, we refer to matzah as the bread of freedom that our ancestors ate in haste upon leaving Egypt.

How does affliction turn to freedom?

The answer is up to us. We can transform the matzah from bread of slavery to bread of freedom when we share it with others.

The following story shared by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, about his meeting with one of the great Rabbis of our time encapsulates this perspective on life.

Howard Schultz was in Israel a number of years ago with a group of businessmen and had the opportunity to meet Rabbi Noson Tzvi Finkel, of blessed memory, the head of Mir Yeshiva. They entered the Rabbi's study and sat down at the table. The Rabbi, who had Parkinson's, banged on the table and asked them, "Who can tell me what the lesson of the Holocaust is?" One person responded, "We will never, ever forget?" He called on another person who offered the answer: "We will never, ever again be a victim or bystander."

The rabbi said, "You guys just don't get it. Okay, gentlemen, let me tell you the essence of the human spirit.

"As you know, during the Holocaust, the people were transported in the worst possible, inhumane way by rail car. They thought they were going to a work camp. We all know they were going to a death camp.

After hours and hours in this inhumane corral with no light, no bathroom, cold, they arrived at the camps. The doors were swung wide open, and they were blinded by the light. Men were separated from women, mothers from daughters, fathers from sons. They went off to the bunkers to sleep.

As they went into the area to sleep, only one person was given a blanket for every six. The person who received the blanket, when he went to bed, had to decide - Am I going to push the blanket to the five other people who did not get one, or am I going to pull it toward myself to stay warm?'"

And Rabbi Finkel said, "It was during this defining moment that we learned the power of the human spirit, because we pushed the blanket to five others."

And with that, he stood up and said, "Take your blanket. Take it back to America and push it to five other people."

The essence of transforming matzah from bread of slavery into bread of freedom occurs when we share our matzah with others. For this reason, we begin the seder by inviting guests. When we are affluent, we tend to forget others. The Jewish approach is always to give to others through such mitzvoth as Tzedakah and hospitality. Before Pesach, we are all obligated to give money to Maot Chitim, the Passover fund to insure everyone can celebrate.

Being a Jew means not living for oneself but living for others. Being a Jew means expanding the self to include one's family, community and the Jewish people. This is the essence of true freedom and the timeless calling of Pesach.

Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  Rabbi Bernie and Shirley Fox who are our Scholars for this Shabbat. Please note there will be an early 6 PM minyan Friday night in addition to the 7 PM minyan to enable people to attend the Friday night Oneg at 9 PM at the Siscovick home on Overbrook Drive. Thank you to Talia and Jon Siscovick for their sponsorship of this weekend of learning.
Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Bernie Fox & Shirley Fox
  • Shabbat Night Oneg, 9:00 PM Home of Jon and Talia Siscovick Rabbi Bernie Fox & Shirley Fox: Who is Coming to the Seder?  Early in the seder we recite Ha Lachma Anya. This ancient portion of the Hagadah includes a seemingly belated invitation to all those who are in need.  Is this a proforma pronouncement or does it have real meaning?
  • Shabbat Morning Gemara Shiur, 10:30 AM Rabbi Bernie Fox: Is it Pesach or Chag HaMatzot?  We all realize that chametz is prohibited on Pesach.  Actually, the Torah level prohibition begins on the 14th of Nisan.  We will explore the gemara's discussion of this prohibition.  Through this discussion we will discover why the festival that we call Pesach the Torah refers to as Chag HaMatzot.
  • Seudat Shlishit 7:10 PM Rabbi Bernie Fox: Shabbat, Recalling Creation or the Exodus?  The Torah provides two explanations for the mitzvah of Shabbat.  It recalls creation and it recalls our redemption from Egypt.  What is the relationship between these two events and how are both commemorated through observance of Shabbat?
Note We have 2 boxes of Shatzer Matzah left!  They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Call Kim in the office to purchase.
CAS has a NO NUTS policy  for all food served to our Congregation! If you are working with a caterer to plan a kiddush please make sure to let them know that none of the food can contain nuts (or peanuts) of any kind. Please feel free to reach out to Matt Feinberg in the office with any questions.
Download  the Benjamin and Rose Berger Pesach To-Go 5778 from Yeshiva University -
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
10:30 shiurRabbi Bernie Fox : Is it Pesach or Chag HaMatzot?
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter: Outsourcing and Insourcing- Where do we Stand?
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Shabbat HaGadol DrashaRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Redemption of Speech: A Timely and Timeless Passover Challenge
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Bernie Fox: Shabbat: Recalling Creatio or the Exodus?
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:00 PM, Friday 1:40 PM/7:04 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday6:59 PM
FridayErev Pesach
  • to Gayle Bell on the passing of her father, Irving Dembling. Minyanim will be held at the Bell home - Sunday 8 AM and 655 PM and Monday 7 AM
  • to Howard Wolfe on the passing of his father, Marvin
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Ann & Alex Goldblum; Lorraine & Mort Bauman; Ellen Goldblum Borker; and Karen & Jon Malkin on being honored at the JCC of Stamford Annual Gala this weekend.
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
CAS Annual Dinner2018
CAS Annual Dinner 2018
  • Mazal Tov to Simeon and Sharon Wohlberg, Roz Mangot, Jessica and Adam Furmansky and Rick Redniss on their well deserved honors! (photo: Regina Madwed)
  • Yasher Koach to our dinner chairs Stephanie and Josh Bilenker, Liat and Benjy Karsch and Rachel Dayan, Jodi Hadge, Matt Feinberg and everyone who made this year's dinner such a success!
  • Thank you to all who supported the dinner and Congregation Agudath Sholom
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushThe Greenfeld Family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the Stamford community for its warm welcome and hospitality over the past few months with special thanks to Rabbi Cohen and the Karsch and Attar families. We will be back often!
Teen KiddushKori and Bill Meyers in honor of our children all being home
Chapel KiddushBruce and Rose Newman in commemoration of Bruce's mother, Rita (Liebe Raisal) Newman's, yahrzeit
Sanctuary KiddushDavid and Indra Liebskind in honor of the publication of Aaron Liebskind's book the "Yellow Star" and the memory of his grandfather Paul Liebskind
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Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus
Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Teens
CAS Teens: NCSY Roadshow Schedule, This Shabbat
We are looking forward to a great weekend with our advisors who are coming in to enhance this Shabbos for our teens!
  • Friday Night:
    • 6:45 Davening at Young Israel of Stamford
    • Approximately 7:45 Free dinner for all teens, taking place in Young Israel
    • 8:45-10 Oneg and dessert in the Bayit Youth House in Young Israel
  • Shabbos Morning
    • 9:30 Teen Minyan, followed by teen kiddush and learning opportunities with advisors
    • 5-6:50 Teen Oneg at 91 Colonial Rd, Unit 1
    • 5:15-5:45 Haggadah Highlights with Rabbi Cohen
    • 5:45-6:50 Oneg games and programs
    • 6:50-7:10 Mincha
    • 7:10-8 Seudat Shlishit at 91 Colonial Rd, Unit 1
  • Motzei Shabbat
    • 8:30-10 "Jew-Q" game show and contest for all teens. @CAS
Get Ready for Pesach!
Pre Passover Classes with Rabbi Cohen
  • Shabbat Hagadol Drasha, Shabbat March 24 at 6:00 PM
Pre Passover Class with Rabbi Zweiter
  • The Prophets of Passover - Wednesday, March 28 at 9:30 AM
  • Video Insights - 8 Days of brief "spots" on the Customs, Laws and Story of Passover (with Rabbis Cohen and Zweiter)
  • Seder Prep and Our Commitment to You - A Message from Rabbi Cohen: Thank God, we offer a wonderful array of classes to prepare for Pesach. However, if you cannot attend and would like a one-on-one Seder prep session whether you are leading or for new insights and ideas, please let me know via email. Either I, or Rabbis Zweiter will set a time to meet before the holidays. Please also listen to the podcasts on our Pesach website. Looking forward, God wiling, to a wonderful and uplifting Pesach season.
  • Important Mikvah Announcement We ask that any women who need appointments on the first two seder nights to please make appointments via email or the answering machine by Wednesday, March 28th. This is the only way to insure the message will be received and an attendant will be present. Thank you very much for your consideration.
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Kashering Utensils for Pesach
CAS Kashering Schedule: Sunday - 9:15 - 11:00 AM and 8 - 9:30 PM and Tuesday evening 8 -9 PM For more information, please contact Rabbi Cohen or visit our website at, or
If you plan on bringing items to CAS to be kashered, please follow these guidelines:
  1. Items should be completely cleaned beforehand.
  2. Items should not be used for at least 24 hours before kashering.
  3. Items with crevices or ridges that crumbs can get into (e.g. handles screwed onto many pots) may not be kashered by placing in boiling water. They can be kashered by cleaning and placing them into a self-cleaning oven cycle. If you have a question about a certain item, please feel free to ask Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.
Here are a few helpful reminders.
  • Metal Utensils that have been used for cooking, serving or eating hot chametz may be kashered by cleaning them thoroughly, waiting twenty-four (24) hours and then immersing them, one by one, into a Kosher for Pesach pot of water which has been heated and is maintaining a rolling boil when the vessel is immersed. Please note: we do not kasher pans coated with Teflon.
    Utensils undergoing the kashering process may not touch each other on the way into the pot. In other words, if a set of flatware is being kashered for Pesach, one cannot take all the knives, forks and spoons and put them in the boiling water together. They should be placed into the boiling water one by one. Please watch out for utensils that are rusty or difficult to clean properly. Even silverware made of two parts (a handle and a blade, for instance) should most often not be kashered.
    Ashkenazim do not kasher Glass Utensils for Pesach. Arcolac, Pyrex, Duralex & Corelle should be treated as glass for kashering purposes. Plastic Utensils are not kashered.
  • Refrigerators and Freezers All parts of refrigerators and freezers must be thoroughly cleaned and washed, including storage bins. The shelves do not need to be covered.
  • Microwave ovens Microwaves are difficult to kasher as they are generally made with plastic on the inside. Fortunately, many do not heat up the oven walls enough to cause a real concern. Clean the microwave and do not use it for 24 hours. Boil a cup of water in the microwave until the chamber fills with steam and the water overflows from the cup. If the oven is burning hot, the microwave should not be used for Pesach. The glass plate should be covered with saran wrap.
  • Stovetop Gas - The stovetop surface and grates should be cleaned well and not used for 24 hours. The stovetop surface should be covered with foil and the grates can be replaced or burned out in an oven at 550 degrees for one hour. Electric The stovetop surface should be cleaned well and covered with foil. The burners should be turned on until they glow red.
  • Convection Oven If the convection oven has the self-cleaning feature, it will be sufficient to also kasher the fan. If there is no self-cleaning feature, the entire oven including the fan, while it is circulating, must be sprayed with a caustic cleaner and cleaned well. The oven should then be kashered by turning it on to the 550°F setting for forty minutes.
  • Granite & Stainless steel sinks can be kashered with the following method. Clean the sink thoroughly. Hot water should not be used or poured in the sink for twenty-four (24) hours prior to kashering. It is recommended that the hot shut-off valve under the sink be turned off twenty-four (24) hours before kashering. Kashering is accomplished by pouring boiling hot water from a Pesach kettle/pot over every part of the stainless steel sink. The poured water must touch every part of the sink, including the drain and the spout of the water faucet. It is likely that the kashering kettle will need to be refilled a few times before the kashering can be completed. Granite and Formica countertops may be koshered by cleaning and pouring boiling hot water over them. (irui) For more information contact Rabbi Cohen or visit our Pesach website at
Passover Schedule
CAS Passover Schedule

Shabbat, March 24

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Shabbat Hagadol Drasha 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 25

Kashering 9:15 AM/8:00 PM

Monday, March 26

Sixth Annual MENS Seder 7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 27

Kashering 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 28

Passover Seder Guest Host

Rabbi Oran Zweiter: The Prophets of Passover 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 29

Search for Chametz - after 7:57 PM

Friday, March 30

Erev Pesach

Shacharit 6:30 AM/7:30 AM

Siyum of First Born 7:10 AM

Last time to eat chametz 10:52 AM

Communal burning at CAS 11:00 AM

Last time to annul & burn chametz 11:55 AM

Early Mincha 1:40 PM

Candle Lighting 6:59 PM

Mincha 7:04 PM

Earliest time to start seder 7:58 PM

Shabbat, March 31


Shacharit 8:00 AM/9:00 AM

Mincha 7:05 PM

Candles not before 7:59 PM

Earliest time to start seder 7:59 PM

Sunday, April 1

Passover Day 2, Omer 1

Shacharit 8:00 AM/9:00 AM

Mincha 7:10 PM

Yom Tov Ends 8:00 PM

Monday, April 2

Passover Day 3, Omer 2

Shacharit 6:20 AM/7:30 AM

Rabbi Cohen - Open Office Hours 8:30 AM

Rabbi Zweiter - Open Office Hours 2:00 PM

Mincha 7:10 PM

Tuesday, April 3

Passover Day 4, Omer 3

Shacharit 6:20 AM/7:30 AM

Rabbi Zweiter - Open Office Hours 9:00 AM

Rabbi Cohen - Open Office Hours 3:00 PM

Toddler Time Playgroup 3:30 PM

Mincha 7:10 PM

Wednesday, April 4

Passover Day 5, Omer 4

Shacharit 6:20 AM/7:30 AM

Rabbi Zweiter - Open Office Hours 9:00 AM

Mincha 7:10 PM

Thursday, April 5

Passover Day 6, Omer 5

Shacharit 6:20 AM/7:30 AM

Candles 7:05 PM

Candle Lighting 7:05 PM

Mincha 7:10 PM

Friday, April 6

Passover Day 7, Omer 6

Shacharit 8:00 AM/8:45 AM

Rabbi Cohen - Open Office Hours @ Starbucks on Summer Street 9:30 AM

Mincha 7:00 PM

Candles 7:06 PM

Shabbat, April 7

Passover Day 8, Omer 7

Shacharit 7:45 AM/8:45 AM

Yizkor (Sanctuary) 10:15 AM

Mincha 7:05 PM

Neilat Ha Chag 7:25 PM

Yom Tov Ends 8:08 PM

Havdalah 8:08 PM

Earliest time to eat Chametz (if sold through CAS) 8:45 PM

New Class
Young Families Shiur for Men with Rabbi Zweiter
Join the best shiur in Stamford!
Once again, join the best shiur in Stamford!
This Sunday night (3/25) at 8 PM we will learn halachot and ideas related to the seder.
The shiur will meet at the Felix home - 26 Chester Street
Torah will be provided.
Sushi will be provided.
But this week is BYOB!
See you there!!
Sign Up For These Events
Roadshow Celebration for Am Yisrael
   Friday, March 23 - 6:45 PM
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Neshama & Chill
   Shabbat, March 24 - 5:00 PM
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Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Bernie Fox and Shirley Fox
   Shabbat, March 24
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Jew-Q Become a Legend
   Shabbat, March 24 - 8:30 PM
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Sixth Annual MENS Seder
   Monday, March 26 - 7:00 PM
Sign Up →
Passover Seder Guest Host
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CAS 5778 Passover Site
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CAS Womens Book Club
   Thursday, April 12 - 8:00 PM
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Scholar in Residence Weekend with Israeli Scholars Rabbi Assaf and Leora Bednarsh
   Shabbat, April 14
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Ice Cream Sundae Bar & Bat Mitzvah Orientation
   Tuesday, April 17 - 8:00 PM
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CAS Scholar-In-Residence Series: Dr Rivka Press Schwartz
   Wednesday, April 25 - 8:00 PM
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CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
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CAS Young Families
Young Families/Couples Oneg in the Shabbos Park  Shabbat, April 28. Come join us in the park on Shabbat (weather permitting) at 4 pm for an oneg. Rain date will be May 5th. Please bring a parve snack or dessert to share!

Young Families/Couples Potluck Lunch Shabbat, May 12, 1 PM, We are looking for families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts as requested by the host. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the CAS community!

Save the Dates: Sunday, June 10th, Young Couples Night Out! and Tuesday, June 26th, Ladies Night Out!

Toddler Time Playgroup  Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Jessica Furmansky

New Mom's Group - Mommy and Me  Bring your baby and come meet other moms at CAS. The first Monday of each month, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM. For Babies birth through 1. This is a free group open to the community. Info: contact Melissa Litwak at
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours Open Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Monday, March 26, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, March 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Monday, March 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Tuesday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of March 25
MondayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Kol Dodi Dofek - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: The Tanach Club - The Haggadah - 1:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Book of Ezra - Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depths of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: The Prophets of Passover - 9:30 AM
Adult Education Program
Save the Dates for our CAS Upcoming Scholars in Residence and Special Classes
Rabbi Assaf and Leora Bednarsh April 13-14
Rabbi Mark Wildes April 27-28
Woman Scholar Series with Rivka Schwartz April 2018
Shavuot Scholar in Residence. Rabbi Noam and Shiffy Friedman
Rabbi Elan Adler June 23-24
CAS Announcements
  • GET INVOLVED & DO GOOD! Chesed opportunities coming up: Delivering Stamford Hospital Shabbat packages, working with JFS to run Passover food drive, Helping to tend the CAS garden that donates loads of produce to lower Fairfield county food bank . For more info, contact Shira Nerenberg, or Alisa Weisser at
  • JOIN OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM When someone new moves to town, we inform our hospitality team, who are thrilled to welcome them for a Shabbat meal. If you would like to be part of our hospitality team who are committed to hosting five new families a year, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or our membership chair, Rachel Kaimowitz ( If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you!
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE Thank you to all of our volunteers on our healing visits team. The healing visits team is a group of men and women in our shul who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. Lift people's sprits and make a difference. You can offer as much or as little time as you have for each person is world unto themselves are your warmth lights up their day. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every MONDAY at 6:00 PM


Open on Thursday & Sunday from 10 am - noon

Come see our fabulous Pesach selection!

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

Community Announcements
  • UJF SCHOLARSHIPS High school students are invited to apply for UJFs scholarship award contests, the Helen S. and Isadore Mark Teen Leadership Award (grades 10-11) and the Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest (grades 10-12). More information is available on the UJF website at
  • UJF HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION Please join United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien for a community-wide Holocaust commemoration on April 11 at 7:00pm Temple Sinai, cosponsored by the Stamford Board of Rabbis. Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Righteous Gentile who risked her life to save the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust, will speak about her mothers legacy, and the power of one person to change the world, even in the face of hate and violence. We will also be honoring Holocaust survivors in our community during a candle-lighting remembrance ceremony. The event is Co-Chaired by Barbara Webski and Sherry Steiner.
  • UJF PRESENTS SPRING ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES! Join us at 12:30pm April 11, 18, 25 and 2 for courses on 20th century Jewish history taught by Michael Feldstein, and on June 6, 13, 20 and 27 for courses on the history of Jewish denominations in the United States with Rabbi Oran Zweiter. For detailed course information and to register, visit or call Lauren Steinberg at 203-321-1373 extension 104.
  • SOOSH FOR PRE-PASSOVER Is your house ready for Passover? Too busy with Passover preparations to cook? No worries, make your week a SOOSH week. Join us at Soosh for dine in or takeout this week 3/25-3/29. See you at Soosh!
  • THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT is excited to have you celebrate with us at our 2018 Spring Gala. We will be celebrating the educational legacy of Rabbi Abraham, z"l, and Yospa Lieberman. As well, our Keter Shem Tov, community service, award will be presented to Ari and Rica Lieberman. The event is Sunday, April 15th starting at 11am at TBE Stamford. Help JHSC celebrate another successful year in the community! For more information, reach out to Sarah Rich: or 203-357-0850. Details at
  • STAMFORD YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE is pleased to announce that it will be running a spring soccer program for children 7 through 13 who are not able to participate in its Saturday recreation program. The program will run for 8 weeks at Scofield Magnet Middle School starting on Sunday, April 22 and ending on June 24. No sessions will be held on Sunday, May 20 because of Shavout or Memorial Day Weekend. For additional information, please contact Fred Wexler at
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING First Tuesday of the month, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, 9:45 - 11:15 am. No appointment necessary. Conducted by a registered nurse. Compliments of Visiting Nurse and Hospice. Free of charge. For more information contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP - Monday, April 30th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? The session will focus on memory and recall with practical support to help reach personal brain fitness goals. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. Optional lunch following the session $9 (under 60), $4 suggested (over 60). To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • LETS TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, Beginning March 15, every other week, 10:30 AM, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302-921-4161 or email at Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue.Contact Sheila Duggan at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Therapist at 203-921-4161 or at 10:30 AM, beginning September 8th at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Road, Stamford
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
  • Asher Lev ben Sara (V'akiva)
  • Avraham ben Batya
  • Benyamin Meir ben Slova
  • Benyamin ben Elishevah
  • David Yaakov ben Riesel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzhak Dovid ben Miriam Rivkah
  • Esther Shoshana bat Yeta Chava
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Ida bat Rivka
  • Michel Leib ben Rachel Leah
  • Moshe ben Faiga
  • Moshe ben Sasi vNadia
  • Perel Shaindel bat Fridel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sara Rivka bat Esther Blema
  • Shmuel Areyeh ben Hadassa
  • Yaakov ben Chaya
  • Yitchak Meir ben Rochel
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

LIPS product of the week  Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Kosher Advisories
Kosher Alerts  The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here

Kosher Advisory  Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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