What are the first words recited when we begin to daven? According to Rabbi Isaac Luria, we affirm the mitzvah of loving our neighbors as ourselves. What is the rationale? Is not prayer an expression of our love of G-d? Perhaps the tradition offers a stark reminder of the dignity and decorum required during tefillah. Imagine how it would feel if someone spoke with a friend while we recited kaddish for a parent or prayed for the speedy recovery of a child? Imagine how it would feel if our son was reading the Torah and others were oblivious? It is difficult for us to truly perceive G-d's presence in the room but we do see our friends and community.
May we possess the courage to be silent during the "pauses' in prayer and G-d willing, unlock new reservoirs of concentration in our Tefillah.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Good luck to Stanley Block, Saul Feit and Leah Miller who are running this weekend in the ING Miami Marathon for Chai-Lifeline in memory of Natan Warmflash.
Please note: to increase the dignity of the kiddush, the side doors to the Social Hall will not be opened until the congregants in the main sanctuary have entered following services
SHABBAT - February 11 4 PM What the Dead Sea Scrolls Can Tell Us About the Torah, Professor James Kugel from Harvard University
SHABBAT, February 18 - Rabbi Paysach Krohn, "Tefila: Making the Connection" Seudat shlishi talk (between mincha and maariv at approximately 5PM) - "The I Generation (iPod, iPhone, and iPad): From Self-Involvement to Self-Improvement"
Chevra Kadisha Dinner, March 1, 6 pm Shabbat Special guest speaker: Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Director of the Orthodox Union. Look for invitations in your mailbox soon. For more information, please contact Phyllis Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shabbat Across America, March 2, Friday night, Elana Stein Hain, dinner catering by KOSH. click here to sign up!
Purim is Around the Corner!
Wednesday & Thursday March 7 - 8: Purim night, performance by Shlock Rock! Fun for all!
Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM at CAS with Yehuda Gross
Yudi Gross is AIPAC's Northeast Regional Synagogue Initiative Director. In this role, Yudi works with synagogues throughout the Northeast providing them with the tools and resources needed to promote a deeper understanding of the U.S. -Israel relationship
Join us for a five class series on the five Megillot. Each class will analyze one Megillah's religious themes, literary structures, philosophical elements and methodologies, as well as an overview and comparison of the books as a whole. Ms. Miriam Krupka has taught Tanakh/Biblical Studies for six years at the Ramaz Upper School.
Women and men are welcome to attend
Dates: February 22 and 29, and on March 14, 21 and 28 at 8 P.M.
The charge for the five part series is $50 per person and $75 per couple.
March 7 Purim - Kids Style more info coming soon...
March 8 Purim Community Seudah-more info coming soon...
Reserve the Date: May 18-19: YOUTH SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE/FUNDRAISER WEEKEND - TAMIR GOODMAN "THE JEWISH JORDAN" ... more info to follow
Check back often..and see our new testimonials section on our website youth.cas-stamford.org 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 email@example.com
Results from the First Annual Havdalah Hoops Father/Son 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
The event started at 6:30 with a Havdalah ceremony performed by Steven Cohen. The teams played against other father/son teams at the JCC. The tournament included 37 players in 9 teams representing 13 families. Each team played 4 games to determine seeding; each game was played to 11 points. After all 9 teams played their 4 games, we held a playoff-style game where the top seeds played the bottom seeds. Two teams remained after the playoff- the Frenkel/Wohlberg team vs. the Yaghoubian family. The Frenkel/Wohlberg family won the championship game 11-0 and took home the championship! We look forward to holding the tournament as an annual event!
LET US KNOW! We strive at CAS to support our members in time of need. If you know of someone is who is ill, please reach out to Rabbi Cohen via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, alerting our clergy and Chesed committee to offer comfort and assistance. Together, we can insure CAS's role as a community of caring. Thank you very much!
CAS DECORUM The policy for our kids is easy - "In shul or in groups." Please help us maintain decorum. Make sure you child is either sitting in synagogue or participating in our Youth Groups. Make sure that your child enjoys Kiddush in the Simcha Room or Social Hall.
JUST GET SWABBED Sunday, February 5 from 10am - 2pmJoin Justin Wexler in his Bar Mitzvah project to organize a bone manor donor drive to find matches for cancer patients. Become a Lifesaver! Join the drive at the Stamford JCC. Check it out at www.getswabbed.org or donate atwww.dkmsamericas.org/donate code JWC 001. Help out with this life-saving project!
MENS CLUB BREAKFAST MEETING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 9:30 am Please come to meeting (plenty of time to get ready for superbowl) and help plan some great activities for spring! Agenda open for any ideas, and we will start "networking" concept - where members (especially new ones) can introduce themselves, businesses, or any needs.This is to increase the welcome and bonding of our members way beyond that of cholent cooking. We will plan the Passover fair on March 26, Sunday 10am-2pm - gift vendors, wine tasting and family fun.
JOIN THE TRIP TO THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFORIM SALE SATURDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 11, 7:30 pm. The largest annual Jewish book sale in America. www.theseforimsale.com. Caravans leave CAS at 7:30 PM. Light dinner, visit from Rosh Yeshivah, and shopping. We plan return by 11 PM. Info, if you can drive or need a ride, sign up at www.cas-stamford.org.
ANNOUNCING THE CAS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING GROUP -members helping members. Help us mine the rich intellectual resources of our CAS community to help members build their professional networks, negotiate career transition and grow their businesses. First meeting on Sunday, February 12 10am at CAS. Info: Howard Rimerman email@example.com.
NEW AND POTENTIAL MEMBER BRUNCH, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 11 am at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. Get to know our CAS family and learn more about ways to get engaged with our growing and dynamic community! Info: Ethan Green, CAS Membership Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rabbi Cohen (email@example.com) To sign up click here.
MALT ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 9 am Get ready for the next Men's Adult Learning Trip to Jerusalem - November 25-December 2. Learn more about this wonderful opportunity on Sunday morning, Info: Tzvi Bernstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rabbi Cohen (email@example.com)
NJOP DINNER FEBRUARY 13 honoring Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen and Senator Joseph and Hadassah Lieberman. Click here to sign up! . If you would like to attend, please contact Rabbi Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAS Sisterhood News
We are excited to announce 2 new books for reading with our BookClub in 2012
The first is : THE MAN IN THE WHITE SHARKSKIN SUIT by Lucette Lagnado
The second will be: SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman (Reading in April)
For more information contact Diane Cohen at email@example.com We will meet at Dinah Miller's home-154 Pepper Ridge #5
During this season of light and rededication, take a moment and support our community's Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah by joining the Mayim League 2011-12. With your dedication and support, the mikvah will be a source of renewal and rejuvenation to sustain and enrich our community.
Please consider one of the following annual categories of support:
Appointments at the women's mikvah can be scheduled by contacting Shery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-964-1928, at least 24 hours in advance.
FORTIES, FIFTIES & FOOTBALL-Sunday, February 5, 4-6 pm. Jewish singles will gather for a Super Bowl tailgate party at Butterfield 8 Lounge in Stamford. The gathering will include hors d'oeuvres, appetizer buffet and kosher appetizers upon request. The event will be subsidized - cost $18 per person if purchased before Friday, February 3. $25 per person at the door. Contact Leah Schechter, JFS Singles Outreach Coordinator at LSchechter@ctjfs.orgor 203-921-4161or info: www.ctjewishsingles.com
JEWISH TWENTIES AND THIRTIES (JTT) - Thursdays beginning January 12, 6- 6:50 pm at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Join local rabbis, educators and community leaders for a discussion of the weekly Torah portion and enjoy dinner from Café Stam at Taste and Torah. Stamford Bureau of Jewish Education program funded and in collaboration with Jewish Twenties and Thirties (JTT), a JFS program. Open to the entire community. $8/class, includes dinner from Café Stam. RSVP to Leah Schechter at email@example.com. or Elisse Passy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VETERAN'S SUPPORT GROUP- beginning January 2012. Topics: transitioning back into civilian life, re-building relationships and overcoming post traumatic stress disorder. Info: contact Melanie Rago at 631-355-1120 or email@example.com
"FINDING YOUR FOCUS" -- PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DIAGNOSED WITH ADD/ADHD. Wednesday Afternoons. Services include psychiatric evaluation and review, family assessment, support, and medication management. Treatment by Lee Combrinck-Graham, M.D. and qualifies for insurance reimbursement. Info: Eve Moskowitz, at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UJF BUREAU OF JEWISH EDUCATION first annual community read/ intergenerational discussion of Holocaust-related issues leading up to Holocaust Remembrance Day. A Lucky Child, a memoir by a child Auschwitz survivor. Commmunity-wide book discussions will be held in March. Info about the book: amzn.to/communityread. To find out how to participate - Elise Passy at email@example.com
NEW, Sundays 5-6 PM at the JCC Stamford Young Ambassadors to Israel with Danielle and Guests. This class will prepare YOU to become Israel advocates and to activate the Jewish community in response to the growing anti-Israel discourse. The class enables you to understand the complexities of the Arab-Israel conflict through critical thinking, historical accuracy, moral decision-making, and activism. For more information about Kulanu contact, Danielle Alexander, at 203-321-1373 x 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Kulanu website www.kulanustamford.org
ADL EVENT Monday, February 6, 7:30 pm Award-winning Spanish-Portuguese journalist and Middle East correspondent Henrique Cymerman to address Israel at the Crossroads of a New Middle East at the Stamford JCC. Admission is free but RSVP is required to Linda Cardillo at email@example.com or (203) 288-6500, ext. 302.
JCC POLAND & ISRAEL TRIP INFO MEETING, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 7PM Unique and meaningful trip for adults to Poland and Israel. Info session Sunday, 2/12 at 7 pm or Tuesday, 2/28 at 7:30 p.m. at a private home in Stamford. Info: Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.