I hope everyone experienced a joyous Chanukah. Likely for you as for me, the first night of Chanukah creates the most natural excitement. Nothing like the first night! Yet, our Sages understood a secret of life. Sustaining inspiration requires effort. We increase the lights each night to reflect this truth. Take a moment to meditate on the blessings of Shabbat and Chanukah and the light you experience in your life and home.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Chanukah Sameach!
The first joint minyan of the year on Shabbat morning will be December 29th at 8:45 AM
Please be advised that there is now a late maariv at 8:30 pm Monday-Thursday. If you can attend or for more info, contact Rabbi Walk.
Mazal Tov to...
Lisa & Morris Barocas, grandparents Sandy & Howard Burn, and great-grandmother Ruth Burn on Carly's Bat Mitzvah
Samantha Mann-Segal, 7 year old granddaughter of Mel & Ruth Aminoff, for winning two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal at the Victoria Multiples Competition for gymnastics in Melbourne, Australia
Senator Joseph Lieberman on his tribute at the JFACT Unity Concert in recognition of his decades of service to our country, our state and the CT Jewish community
Ron Nyman, on the death of his father, Morton Nyman
Susan Fine, Wendy Raab, Bobby Bass, & Gayle Boms on the death of their mother, Pearl Bass
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Jay Jubas, Judd Love, Burton Rubin, Ben Soifer
Cantor Arik Wollheim
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Can You See Like Yosef?
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Real Chanukah Story: War or Wick Code of Jewish Law
10:30 Ari Lieberman 3:20
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Gloria Green in loving memory of her father,
Neal Chassen, on his 19th yahrzeit;
The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Howard and Gayle Rothman, commemorating the
yahrtzeit of Howard's father, Harry Rothman, z"l
Matt Greenberg, commemorating the 2nd yahrzeit of his mother, Sheila Greenberg, a"h and
Dr. Alfred & Royce Wolfsohn, commemorating the yahrzeit of Alfred's father, George Wolfsohn
Toby Schaffer, commemorating the fifth yahrzeit
of her mother, Julia Macy, and
Hecky & Rochelle Attar commemorating the yahrzeit
of Hecky's father, Yitzchak Attar
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus in honor of Remy and Tany's half birthday
Sunday 7:45 am
Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday 7:15/8:30 am
Monday-Thursday 6:30/7:30 am
Sunday-Thursday 4:15 pm
Monday-Thursday 8:30 pm
Next Friday Candles
MY YIDDISHE CHANUKAH a musical celebration for the whole family(6 and up)
Sunday, December 16, 6:30 pm
at Temple Beth El in Stamford
Featuring Arik Wollheim and local Cantors Asa Fradkin, George Mordecai, Vicki Axe, Laura Berman, and Micah Morgovsky. The production is under the direction of Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddush Theatre Folksbiene. The performance stars Joanne Borts (currently on Broadway in the Tony-winning Best Musical, Once), Daniella Rabbani, Avi Fox Rosen, Dmitri "Zisl-Yeysef" Slepovitch, Brian Glassman, and Matt Temkin and is accompanied by a modern Klezmer band. The event is free and will be followed by post-performance noshing and schmoozing.
CAS Trip to Israel
November 3 - 13, 2013
Travel to Israel with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen on an Israel Mission exploring
highlights of Israel from ancient to modern times. Great trip for first timers.
See flier in shul for more details or go to: www.ITC.com.
Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tours for two informational sessions
about the CAS Israel Trip in November, 2013.
Sunday, January 13th at 9 am
Thursday, January 24th at 8 pm
Orientation for New and Seasoned Members-Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:30-9:00pm
Pacific House Homeless Shelter Dinner December 25
This year we are serving kosher food as some of the homeless may be Jewish. Any person can be suddenly down and out lately, even us. In addition to food, our goal is to improve their low spirits and we are looking for entertainment ideas, karaoke player, etc. Also, a small gift provides a nice lift so we are asking for gloves, hats, toiletries or funds to purchase them. Their response to such a small token is heartwarming for anyone.
Please help with your contributions, kosher food, or time for this mitzvah.
We will be having sign ups for one of 3 shifts; 11-12, 12-1, 1-2 for serving.
Anyone wishing to help out should provide either some food or gifts.
In the true spirit of a Light Unto the Nations, Israel Aid (www.israaid.org.il) volunteers are helping with restoration in Breezy Point. Agudath Sholom will join IsraAID on December 25th to help. It is a wonderful opportunity for chesed and connection to Am Yisrael. If you are interested in volunteering with CAS, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Classes:
Tuesday Morning Classes
Power of the Prophets 8:15 - 9:00 am | Modern Jewish Thinkers 9:00 - 9:45 am
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Friday Morning Classes
Torah Portion 8:15 -8:45 am | Daf Yomi Shiur 9:00-9:45 am
Rabbi David Walk's Classes
Sunday Bible from the Beginning
Monday Weekly Parsha at BCDS
Monday New Class @ CAS Hilchot Bishul B'Shabbat
The Laws of Cooking on Shabbat With Harav Mordechai Willig Shlit''a Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University, on tape with source material; Heyman Chapel
Tuesday Mystical Minhagim
Thursday Talmud, Megillah
CAS Women's Scholar Program:
Wednesdays: December 19, 2012 and January 2 & 9, 2013 at CAS 7:30 pm
WE WILL NOT HAVE early drop off this week for Tot Shabbaters & Mini Minyaners
At Jr. Cong.-Come and hear Max Dayan read from the Torah while Shira Haron and Julianne Katz will be delivering a D'var Torah!! If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah, please let us know.
Thank you to the Smart and Lieberman families for hosting onegs last Shabbat. If your family would like to host an oneg, let us know!
Thank you to Chemda Parhi, Daniella, Roni, Rabbi Walk, Shira Parhi, Shira Cohen, Vered Links, and Rebecca Sigman for helping to run our Chanukah Family Funfest this past Sunday
TEEN MINYAN at 9:30 AM in the Social Hall for 7-12th graders
TEEN MINYAN KIDDUSH sponsored by
Coming Soon- A Jam Packed January:
TEEN MINYAN Jan. 5 & 19 @ 9:30 am for grades 7-12
4- Freshman Night at CAS- Dinner & Oneg:If you are a 9th grader, this program is just for you!
Join us for a special, one-of-a-kind Shabbat Dinner at the Shul. Delicious food, lots of fun and hangin with the Freshman!
5- Tot Shabbat Oneg:First ever Tot Shabbat oneg! Parents, drop your kids off at Morah Miriam Sperber's Home for an hour of games, fun and nosh: all in the Shabbat spirit.
5- Jr. Teen Oneg: Let us know if you would like to host our Jr. Teen Oneg (Grades 6-8).
5 - Brooklyn Nets Game: Tickets are selling fast - please order yours before they run out! Our first visit to the Barclays Center promises to be a ton of fun! Join us for this fabulous night out.
12- PJ Library @ Tot Shabbat: We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Story Time with our Tots!
20- Pottery Event for BMC:Join our B'nai Mitzvah Club members at a special Sunday pottery event in Stamford. More details to follow.
21- MLK Jr. Teen NYC Trip:Join our annual JR. Teen MLK Trip - look forward to an action-packed day in New York !
26 -"Fruits in Groups" for Tu B'shvat:Special treats in Shabbat groups in honor of Tu B'shvat!
31- Feb 3 NCSY Winter Regional Shabbaton: Sign up online for this one-of-kind NCSY Shabbaton experience.
FROM GALUT TO HITGALUT WITH DR. HINDY NAJMAN-Wednesdays, January 16th, 23rd & 30th , 8 - 9 pm at the JCC. Dr. Najman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, explores the question of how the Jews responded to the destruction of the First Temple. Generously sponsored by Mike and Betsy Stone. Co-sponsored by CAS, the JCC, TBE, TS and YI.
NEXT WOMEN'S TEFILLAH GROUP-January 26th.
NEXT SISTERHOOD EVENT-February 12th, 7:30, Estate Planning.
SPONSOR THE KIDDUSH-Would you like to sponsor a Shabbat kiddush? Call the office and ask for Cindy, 203-358-2200!
LET US KNOW! We strive at CAS to support our members in time of need. If you know of someone who is ill, please reach out to Rabbi Cohen by email 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.
READ MEGILAT ESTHER ON PURIM -We're looking to enhance our Purim Day Megilah Reading (Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM) by having a group of capable young men who would lein the Megilah. For training and more info please contact Cantor Arik Wollheim.a..
TEEN ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIPS FOR ISRAEL
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
Be one of six teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 3-5, 2013 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel, and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation.
To be one of the six selected: Submit in a 500 word essay-"WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?" If you could lobby to the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by local and national panel of AIPAC supporters. Submit to Rabbi Cohen here by Friday, January 15, 2013
Open to 10th-12th graders from CAS. Sponsored by Stephanie and Bob Sherman in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberma. If you would like to enable more teens to attend AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, pleasecontact Rabbi Cohen.
We are excited to announce our honorees for the
Annual CAS Dinner Dance
Sunday evening, May 5th, 2013!
Guests of Honor:
Elissa and Dr. Philip Klapper
Community Service Award:
Young Leadership Award:
Shira and Ethan Green
Annual Dinner Chairpeople:
Claudia and Howard Rimerman
Diane and Elliot Sloyer
We wish them and their families a hearty Mazal Tov! Please mark the date and plan to join us as we celebrate our shul
and the accomplishments of our honorees.
JEWISH UNITY CONCERT & TRIBUTE TO SENATOR LIEBERMAN
Sunday, December 16 (8th day of Chanukah) at the Lyman Center for Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven. Doors open-3:30; concert-4:00 Featuring 8th Day and the Maccabeats. Tickets: (203) 392-6154 or jewishunityconcert.com
Sunday, 5pm at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway. Featuring: MC Bob Abrams, Marc Weiner, and many more.
JEWS AND COMIC BOOKS-Sun., December 16th, 1:30pm, Temple Sinai.
Featuring Arie Kaplan , writer, comedian and author of "From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books." Refreshments. Sponsored by JHS. Info, contact: email@example.com
THE MACCABIAH GAMES is holding a open house at the JCC Stamford, Monday, December 17 at 8:00 pm with Jed Margolis, Executive Director of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel. For more information go to www.maccabiusa.com or call 215-561-6900
HS DECEMBER BOOK TALK-Wednesday, December 19, 11am@Harry Bennett Library. Join us to discuss with facilitator Carroll Stenson the short story "The Conversion of the Jews" by Philip Roth. Call Marcie Schoenfeld 203-359-9148 Open to all.
JEWISH BIBLICAL THEMES BY THE OLD MASTERS WITH HELANE REINGOLD-
Jan. 2nd & 9th 10-11:00am at the JCC. The Old Masters helped shaped our vision of Jewish themes and Jewish texts. Review these paintings with the texts that inspired them.
Co-sponsored by the JHS. $45/free for J.E.E.P. pass holders.
ADL AWARD RECEPTION-Moved to Thursday, January 17th. The Anti-Defamation League
will hold its annual Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award Reception in Stamford. Rabbi David Israel will be honored at this event. For more information, please contact Janet Magid, Associate Development Director at (203) 288-6500 x313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH ARTS ALIVE-Sat. Jan. 19th 8pm at the JCC. Three vignettes written by Tamar Gershberg & performed by local actors, including Jonathan Cahr, David Kweskin & Janice Steinberg. Info: 203-595-6438 or email@example.com
JFS HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF FUND-JFS is ready to assist those in our community in need. Every dollar donated toward the JFS Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund will be matched up to $5000. For more info contact JFS 203-921-4161
JEWISH CLUBS AT STAMFORD HIGH SCHOOL AND WESTHILL HIGH SCHOOL- Stamford High School's club meets on Tuesdays at 2:15 PM in Room 925 and Westhill's club meets on Thursdays at 2:15 PM in Room 601. Clubs meet weekly! For more information contact Rebecca@myjsc.org
Happy Chanukah from Sisterhood
Marjorie Abrams, Janet Bein, and Anne Peskin co-presidents,
thank you all for your generous support in our first year