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LIVING WATERS 2011-12
Four fun evenings for men and women in support of our Mikvah. First evening is Saturday 10/29 at 8pm in the home of Steven & Elise Cohen, 5 Boxwood Drive. Renowned mentalist Marc Salem will be entertaining & refreshments will be served.
For the fifth consecutive year, Agudath Sholom will be offering the Matan Bat Mitzvah learning program for girls within a year of bat mitzvah and their mothers.
The program will take place
Sunday mornings 9:30-11:00 a.m., begins on October 30
Fee is $175 for CAS members and $250 for non-members.
We are excited that Michal Smart will again be teaching the Matan program this year. If you have questions about the program please contact either: Michal Smart at 203-316-0233 firstname.lastname@example.org Rabbi Daniel Cohen at 203-358-2200 - email@example.com
You can also stop by the Shul office and ask Dierdre Jacobs for registration information.
SIMCHAS TORAH 5772
A special thank you to Howard Weiss & Barry Hertzberg for all your hard work in making our Annual Simchas Torah Luncheon so very special!
Thank you to all the sponsors & volunteers, without you it would not have happened.Thank you Rad & Carlos for helping set up and clean up and performing magic!
Thank you Cindy & Dierdre for all computer skills and correspondence help.
At the beginning of Parshat Noach, we meet an interesting character Noach. I say interesting, because although Hashem saves him and his entire family from the flood, there are numerous indications that he wasn't necessarily as righteous as we might think at first glance. Some commentaries point out that over the course of 120 years of building the ark, Noach was in many ways a failure, as he didn't even convince one person to repent from their evil ways. These commentaries compare him to Avraham, who "converted" many during his time and was therefore much more successful.
Although that is certainly one way of looking at Noach, I would like to look at the opposing view in Rashi and learn a practical lesson for all of our lives. Noach was alive in a time where EVERYONE and EVERYTHING around him was pure evil. Noach had temptation everywhere. Noach, however was able to fight against all of this temptation to do evil, and stick with his faith in Hashem. Now, if that's not the definition of a tzadik, I don't know what is!
Many times in life, there are people around us doing the wrong thing. Many times, these people are even try to get us to join them. Let us remember Noach and how he was able to stick to his morals and not join in the bad behavior. Even if its not the "cool" thing to do, lets avoid those traps and do what we know in our hearts is the right thing to do.
What an action packed Shabbat and Sunday we have in store:
We are excited to formally launch a new weekly program for "Jr. Teens" in grades 6-8 called JR TEEN CHAT!
Every shabbat morning, from 10:30-11:30 Jr Teens are invited to participate in this innovative new program. Our Jr Teens will meet withRobbie Bernsteinto study the weekly portion as well as some hand chosen age appropriate selections from the Talmud. There will also be ample time set aside for "shmoozin", chillin and noshin. This program is free of charge and is open to all Jr Teens! We look forward to seeing you there.
On weeks when we have Teen Minyan, the 7th and 8th graders will attend Teen Minyan as usual and the 6th will enjoy this program.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AJ DAYAN!!A special thank you to AJ's parents for their generous kiddush for Tot Shabbat and Jr. Congregation.
Speaking of Jr. Cong., after hearing the beautiful job that Ezra did last Shabbat, many of our group members have signed up to lain in the coming weeks. This shabbat,Jacob Okunwill be reading from Parshat Noach.. come and listen to him!
We are also so excited to officially open ourNikudot Storethis shabbat. All Jr. Cong. members please remember to bring all of your tickets so that you can "buy" prizes from our wonderful selection. Or you can save your tickets for larger prizes later in the year.
Critter Caravan invades CAS at 10:30 am!! You will have an incredible hands-on opportunity to meet and hold many different animals. Join the Critter Caravan crew for a full educational experience where you will learn about each animal and get to experience their beauty all in honor of Parshat Noach.
After the critters crawl out, join us for some special snacks and a cool sand art animal project.
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR 9th/10th Grade NCSY SHACK!!!!
Amazing retreat in the Berkshires, Dec. 2-4 with Jewish Teens from ALL OVER NEW ENGLAND! Sports, great food, AWESOME ADVISORS, an uplifting shabbat experience, and marshmallows over a campfire in the Inn's living room to the sound of the guitar! Just $139!
SIGN UP AT MYNCSY.COM BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - ONLY 8 SPOTS LEFT!!!
TEEN MINYAN SCHEDULE FOR NOV. - new and improved!
Teen Round Table Schmooze with Breakfast - 9:30 AM
Teen Minyan - 9:45 AM (Barchu)
-Nov 5 -Nov 19
SR. TEEN ONEG FRIDAY NIGHT NOV.18
JR. TEEN ONEG SHABBOS AFTERNOON NOV. 19
Tues. Nov. 8, Grades 6-8 are going, and Sun Nov. 20, Grades 9-12 are going to Yankee Paintball in Oxford for a day of crazy fun! We depart CAS at 11AM and return 5PM. Price - CAS Members $45, non-members $55, must pay in advance. (Can pay online.)
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
CAS ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS - SAVE THESE DATES! Sunday, December 4, 7pm - Dr. Jay Harris, Professor, Harvard University - Halacha Confronts Science and Shabbat, December 9-10 - Sephardic Weekend Celeberation with Rabbi Albert Gabbai,
Calling all Pre-Teen, Teens and even a few adults Join the Rabbi's Clean Dream Team to enhance the decor and dignity of our shul on Shabbat morning - For more info or to sign up, email Rabbi Cohen at email@example.com.
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.
MEN'S CLUB MEETING on Sunday, Oct 30 at 9:15am The agenda will include planning for the Men's Club Homeless Shelter Xmas Dinner, CPR class update, Minyan seating chairs, Elections, and Planning the Possible - Future event planning. All Men's club members and potential members are invited.
CAS IAP ACTION ALERT
Sign the SWC petition to UNESCO's
Director-General Protesting Vote Admitting 'Palestine" into UNESCO
October 25, 2011
UNESCO Director General
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) General Conference just opened in Paris, where it is scheduled to vote to admit 'Palestine' as a member.
Should 'Palestine' become a UNESCO member, it will surely seek to leverage its membership to gain international support to erase the history of the Jewish people in Eretz Israel and seek to have holy sites, like the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Joseph's tomb in Nablus, Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem, and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, declared as wholly Palestinian heritage sites.
The Palestinian gambit at UNESCO is but a stepping-stone of an ongoing campaign at various UN agencies for a state whose leaders openly refuse to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish State and deny the 3,000 year connection of our people to the Holy Land.We must not stand by silently!
The mission of IAP is to broaden and deepen the mobilization of our membership as advocates for Israel . Beyond financial support and visiting or living in Israel , the IAP recognizes we can play a role in history.
We are thrilled to be commemorating our 10th Anniversary year! We invite you to join us as we celebrate with a reception prior to Opening Night's film.
7:30 p.m. at the State Theater, Stamford
For this important anniversary year, we have an incredible line-up of Jewish cultural offerings. From Joshua Nelson, "The Prince of Kosher Gospel" to the long awaited theatrical performance of DAI (enough). From an opportunity for you and/or your family to create your own piece of art, an heirloom menorah, guided by the master hand of renowned artist and sculptor, Gary Rosenthal to a Sports Night where you will enjoy hot dogs, popcorn and beer with three sports authors, among them, Robert Lipsyte. From the comedic work of Avi Liberman to the insightful words of NBS news correspondent, Martin Fletcher - not to mention, the most poignant and entertaining films of the Jewish art world. There is something for everyone and then some!
In addition to the amazing schedule of offerings, we have a brand new website! Check us out at www.jewishartsandfilm.org for complete details of our 16-day festival of Jewish cultural arts.
You can also "like" us on facebook and follow us on Twitter. Don't forget to purchase your festival pass and it's never too late to become a sponsor.
Please note, there are two typos in the brochure. The 7:00 p.m. showing of Restoration on Sunday, October 30 will be held at The Garden Cinema in Norwalk . The 7:30 p.m. showing of A Jewish Girl in Shanghai on Wednesday, November 3 will be held at The State Cinema in Stamford.
A Community Celebration of Jewish Learning, Saturday Night, November 19 at 6:45 pm
at the Jewish Community Center
Join over 250 people in a mega community event of learning and socializing. Choose from over 25 sessions on Jewish ethics, philosophy, history, theology, literature, Talmud, parenting, cooking, meditation, yoga, and more.
A few of this year's Tapestry Classes...
Talking to Children About God"
"The Chosen: Blessing or Curse"
"Is Business just Business? The Jewish Ethics of Making Money"
"Why Didn't Yosef Phone Home?"
"How to Save A Life: Organ Donation and Jewish Law"
"The Midrash of Serach Bat Asher"
"Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin - A Review"
"Exploring Cuba: Its Once and Future Jews"
"Must Children Say Kaddish for Abusive Parents?"
"Israeli Music Video: A Glimpse into Israeli Culture and Politics"
"Portraits in Leadership: Timeless Tales for Inspired Living"
"Jesus in the Talmud
"Creating Jewish Harmony: When You March To Different Drummers - A Panel Discussion"
JFS COLLEGE COUNSELING Fall is the time to begin the college admission process. Early consultation for high school juniors and seniors with experienced JFS College Consultant. For fee and info, contact Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant at 203-921-4161 X109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -- Tuesdays 7:30 -8:30 pm until 11/22. Women seeking support while experiencing divorce meet to discuss stresses with Melanie Rago in the Westport JFS office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. $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. Services include psychiatric evaluation, review of previous evaluations, family assessment, on-going support, and medication management. Treatment by Lee Combrinck-Graham, M.D. and qualifies for insurance reimbursement. Info: Eve Moskowitz at
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS. Open to those coping with the loss of a loved one.WEDNESDAYS-4 to 5 pm. At the Atria in Stamford, 77 Third Street in Stamford. Bi-monthly support group open to those coping with the loss of a loved one. Info: Dr. Mitchell Flaum at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FRIDAYS -10:30 -11:30 AM. Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Info: Eve Moskowitz at 203-921-4161 ext. 122 or email@example.com
UJF SUPER SUNDAY - Hold the date! Sunday December 4
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). Please come visit us at CAFE STAM in the JCC for selections. Our phone number is 203-329-6626.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 203-329-2186 ext. 1311
SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES
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. - email@example.com. For more information, please call Bob Abrams at 203-329-2186 ext. 1311