The season is a time to reflect on the past year, rekindle relationships with G-d and each other and offer our prayers for the coming year. Our tradition teaches us the value of repentance, prayer and tzedaka in assuring a year of blessing. I encourage you to spend some private time over the next 48 hours in self - introspection. Lasting change is difficult but occurs one step a time.
You will be receiving the Yom Kippur appeal letter. Your gift is an investment in yourself and community. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Finally, let us sanctify our time of prayer. I read recently about a Jew, Franz Rosenzweig, who was on the verge of leaving his faith but was so moved by the spirit of the service his soul was restored. How would people view our service? Are we connecting to G-d or our neighbor? Allow the davening to penetrate your soul and lift your heart. Now is the time and CAS is the place.
May G-d answer all of our desires for the good and grant our families and community a sweet new year of growth, health and success.
Note: All net cash proceeds will benefit the Kosher Food Pantry and extra food will be delivered to a local shelter
EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF SUKKOT
at the largest Sukkah in Fairfield County (ours!)
SUNDAY EVENING, October 16 5 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner at 5:15 pm, Show at 6:15 pm
Enjoy a fun-filled evening of mystery with renowned magician Kenny B who has received rave reviews from all across the country. Followed by a delicious family friendly Italian style meat dinner. Vegetarian option available.
PLEASE JOIN THE ANNUAL CAS HIGH HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE Last year, the Stamford Jewish Community donated 12,000 lbs of food to Person-to-Person for this worthy cause. We collected 300 bags - help us exceed that amount this year as the need is greater. For 20 years, the drive helps the efforts of Person-to-Person, a worthy charity offering financial support, emergency food and clothing assistance, summer programs, and college scholarship aid - all to help families break the cycle of poverty. This year, the need is greater than ever. Pick up a bag and a shopping list in the CAS lobby, fill it with canned goods, pasta, etc. and return to CAS by October 11. Info or questions? Contact CAS Food Drive Chairs Claudia & Herbie Rimerman - 203 - 569 -9625. Interested in contributing to P2P's other worthy programs? Click www.p2pdarien.org to learn more.
HELP US ON THE HOLIDAYS - BE AN USHER Please help us by taking an hour on the holidays to usher. Contact Elisheva Kilner email@example.com confirm a time.
CAS DECORUM Policy for our kids is easy - "In Shul or In Groups." Please help us maintain decorum by making sure you child is either sitting in synagogue or participating in one of our Youth Groups. During Kiddush, please make sure that your child is enjoying themselves in the Simcha Room or Social Hall - not taking food to the stairways, outside, hallway, Chapel, or Sanctuary.
BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM-Matan program by Michal Smart for 6th grade girls begins late October. Contact Dierdre in the office for info.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE ANNUAL DINNER save the date for the Congregation Agudath Sholom Annual Dinner Dance, Sunday, March 18th.
HOLD NOVEMBER 20 FOR ANNUAL CANTOR'S CONCERT This year, Cantor Wollheim will host Stephen Glass, music director of Cong. Sha'ar Hashomayim of Montreal, Canada. Details to follow.
OU SAFETY NOTE The upcoming holiday season includes three 3-day periods in which stoves cannot be turned off. If you have a gas stove and leave it on, be aware of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Based on recent incidents of CO poisoning, the OU advises: make sure your stove is well vented, your CO detector works, call the Fire Department if the alarm goes off, and use electric appliances instead of the gas stove.
CAS Youth Department
WOW! WHAT A CAS YOUTH DEPARTMENT LINE-UP
TEEN MINYAN Oct 1 9:30 am- For 7-12 Grades in the social hall Jr. TEEN ONEG Oct 1, for 6-8 Grades. Sr. TEEN PAINTBALLING TRIP!!! Sun Oct. 9, Grades 9-12 are going to Yankee Paintball in Oxford for a day of crazy fun! We depart CAS at 12PM and return 5PM. Price: CAS Members $45 Non-members $50 includes gear rental, paint, and admission. Please Note The Jr. Teen Paintballing trip rescheduled to 11/6 TEEN MINYAN Oct 22 9:30 am - For 7-12 Grades in the social hall HERSHEY PARK TRIP!!! Monday, Oct 17, for Grades 9-12. More details to follow. SIMCHAT TORAH Celebrate Friday night at 8:30 Grades 6-12! TEEN MINYAN Oct 22 9:30 AM - For 7-12 Grades in the social hall 12th GRADE "SHACK" SHABBATON Oct 28-30. Join 50+ teens and amazing advisors in a 5-story cabin in The Berkshires as we create our own incredible NCSY Shabbat experience - exciting sports, delicious meals, toasted marshmallows, and much more!More info at newengland.ncsy.org
HOP ALONG ON THE ANNUAL SUKKAH HOP
Shabbat Chol Hamoed-October 15, 3:30-5:30 pm
Tot Shabbat / Mini Minyan: Meet at Shul Sukkah.Parents must accompany their children
Jr. Cong. Hop: Meet at the Attar's Sukkah. Parent pickup will be at Rabbi Cohen's Sukkah
Jr. Teen Hop: Meet at the corner of Revonah Circle.Parent pickup will be at Rabbi Cohen's Sukkah
NEW! CAFÉ STAM at the JCC The Vaad Hakashrus of Fairfield County is thrilled to announce that Avi Abikzer and Genadeen Caterers opened Cafe Stam (milk/pareve) at the Stamford JCC. We are delighted to welcome Café Stam and look forward to a long and fruitful (and delicious) relationship.
RITUALS OF RENEWAL-Friday, October 7 11:00 am Dr. Mitchell Flaum, will compare rituals of renewal in different cultures and discuss how Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are observed. At Atria Stamford, 77 Third Street. For more information, contact Dr. Flaum at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -- Tuesdays 7:30 -8:30 pm until 11/22. Women seeking support while experiencing divorce meet to discuss stress with Melanie Rago in the Westport JFS office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. Fee is $20/person/session. Info: Melanie Rago at 203-454-4992 or email@example.com
"FINDING YOUR FOCUS" -- PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DIAGNOSED WITH ADD/ADHD. Wednesday Afternoons. New JFS program. Services include psychiatric evaluation, review of previous evaluations, family assessment, on-going support, and medication management. Treatment is provided by Lee Combrinck-Graham, M.D. and qualifies for insurance reimbursement. Info: Eve Moskowitz, at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS WEDNESDAYS-4 -5 pm. At the Atria in Stamford, 77 Third Street A bi-monthly support group open to those coping with the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Dr. Mitchell Flaum at 203-921-4161 or email email@example.com. FRIDAYS -10:30 -11:30 am. At the JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Info: Eve Moskowitz at 921-4161 ext. 122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE'S 2011 DANIEL R. GINSBERG HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECEPTION Wednesday, November 9
BCDS FAMILY TRIP TO ISRAEL-FEBRUARY 11-24, 2012. Contact Bob Abrams at or email@example.com. 203-329-2186 ext. 1311
CARMEL ACADEMY - OCTOBER 30 Meet leaders, teachers and tour our classrooms. Lower School/Grade K-3 begins at 11am with free kids activities by PJ Library of Greenwich and JCC Greenwich showing Shalom Sesame. Upper School/Grade 4-8 begins at 2pm. There will be a science demonstration, children are encouraged to attend. Info: Joanne Karow, email Joanne.Karow@carmelacademy.com or 203-983-3503
WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL-NOVEMBER 2 For prospective 9th graders and transfer students on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm, at WHHS, 856 Orienta Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10538. Light dinner served. RSVP: OpenHouse@whhsny.org or 914.698.0806 ext.308.
BI -CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL- NOVEMBER 6 Early Childhood and Grades 1 - 8. Be part of our Family and Join our Success! Sunday, November 6. 10:00 a.m. Babysitting Available R.S.V.P. - firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call Bob Abrams at 203-329-2186 ext. 1311