Apart from the blizzard, this is a very special Shabbat, as you can see from the various titles above. Not only is it the Shabbat before Rosh Chodeh (Adar commences with the recitation of maariv Saturday night) but it is also Shabbat Shekalim, a commemoration of the very first tax levied upon the Jewish people, both as a way to finance the Mishkan, and, since the same amount was contributed by rich and poor alike, as a way of indirectly counting the Jewish people.
Of course, if Rosh Chodesh Adar is motzei Shabbat, that means that Purim is only 2 weeks away! Liat Karsch and Vered Links have done a fabulous job planning this year's PURIM SEUDAH AND FAMILY GAME NIGHT (details on back page.) Please sign up immediately after Shabbat so we can send fewer email reminders!
Purim brings to mind our youth. The ongoing vitality of a shul can be measured by the involvement of its younger members. Although the Junior Congregation Shabbaton and the BMC wings night have been postponed, any children who were scheduled to participate in the Youth Shabbat services either by davening or delivering divrei Torah, are still welcome to do so. We also hope to give a rousing nesiah tovah to Rabbi Walk, Rabbi Israel, Sima Broza, the B'not Sheirut Roni & Daniella, and most of all, the 18 eighth grade members of our congregation who are embarking on the BCDS Israel Experience 2013 this week!
Finally, make plans to attend next week's Yakar Shabbat. There will be Carlebach-style davening Friday night and both minyanim will join together at 10 am for a special breakfast Kiddush (and I do mean special!) followed by your choice of four speakers on varied Purim topics (see back for details.) Mishenichnas Adar!
Stay safe and warm,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Our eruv has been inspected prior to Shabbat - as it is every Shabbat-and was found usable and whole. Due to the great work of the eruv committee under the leadership of Arthur Smith, our eruv is very resilient and has shown time and time again that it withstands all kinds of wind, rains and other natural phenomena. After Sandy, which carried with it much stronger winds (gusts and sustained), there was barely any damage to the eruv infrastructure. Although the eruv is usable this Shabbat , please proceed with caution. While I always encourage synagogue attendance, please know that personal safety takes precedence. I hope to see you in shul only if you are not in any way placing yourself in danger by coming.
I hope you will join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference March 3-5.
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Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
Zahavah bat Chaya Sara
Shmuel ben Miriam
Michal Fraida bat Yita Shandel
Rachel Adina bat Batya
Yoel Yehudah Hersh ben Miryam Z'lata
Yosef Fishel ben Miryam Z'lata
Aliza bat Masha
Channa Feigel bat Esther Tov
Adele bat Sonia
Shalom Shmuel ben Gedalia
Adela Yocheved bat Shulamis
Shemuel Simcah ben Channah
Dovid Levi ben Gittel Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel Refael Ephraim ben Sima Sara bat Etta Zissel
Sarah Rivkah bat Mindelle:
Please visit hereto join "Shema B'Kola: Psalms for Sara"
for Sara Lamm Dratch, who is battling lung cancer.
Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel:
At her parents request, please recite psalm 46 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer. The text is here.
Nesiah Tovah To
The BCDS 8th graders who are traveling to Israel: Simone Finkelstein, Amelia Friedman, Noah Green, Daniel Hanna, Ari Israel, Gedaliah Koehler, Charlotte Kriftcher, Sam Meyers, Simone Nachman, Marianna Najman-Franks, Adina Passy, Joseph Rubin, Hannah Soifer, Alexa Vogel, Leah Voytovich, Danielle Wolfe, Jared Yaghoubian & Ephraim Zucker accompanied by Rabbi David Israel, Rabbi David Walk, Sima Broza, and the B'not Sheirut, Roni Zusman & Daniella Finkelstein
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Daniel Alexander, Jacob Cohen, Jake Goldstein, Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas,Max Mailman, Jay Jubas, Larry Rubin
Seudat Shlishit-Rabbi David Walk
Can We Naaseh if We Don't Nishma?
Code of Jewish Law
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
The Michelson family in commemoration of the first yahrtzeit of Stanley Michelson
The Executive Committee in honor of our youth!
Sunday 7:45 am
Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday 7:00/8:30 am
Monday 6:20/7:30 am
Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am
Sunday-Thursday 5:10 pm
Next Friday Candles
Come sleet, come snow, Purim is around the corner;
MAN UP- This Sunday, February 10 & March 10, for fathers/male mentors & pre-Bnai mitzvah boys.
RABBIS' PANEL: JEWISH ETHICS, JEWISH LEADERSHIP & LIFECYCLE-Tuesday, February 12, 12-1 pm at Temple Sholom. Join Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Hurvitz from Temple Sholom and Rabbi Sklarz from Greenwich Reform Synagogue for a lively discussion on Jewish Ethics, Leadership and Lifecycle. Hear the differing perspectives from the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform points of view. Lunch will be provided. For more info or to RSVP, contact Alice Schoen at (203) 542-7165.
SISTERHOOD SEMINAR-Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30-Come-listen-learn about estate planning with Amy Breslow and Veronica Reich.
Yakar Shabbat - February 15-16
Join as we create an inspiring Shabbat with song and study, following the model of the Yakar synagogue in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Akiva & Mrs. Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Mrs.Dena Block
Friday Night: Carlebach Style Davening
Shabbat morning: Minyanim at 8 am and 8:45 am Breakfast Kiddush at 10:00 am | Musaf at 11:15 am
Breakout learning sessions at 10:30 am devoted to the theme of Purim:
Not Your Typical Yom Tov: A Halakhic Analysis of the Nature of Purim
A Biblical Analysis of Drinking on Purim
Silent Thanksgiving: The Omission of Hallel on Purim
Mishloach Manot: The Jewish Version of Trick or Treating?
TRIP TO YU SEFORIM SALE-Saturday, February 16,7:30 pm meet at shul parking lot and leave as a group. Short shiur at YU by Gershon Alpert followed by shopping/browsing for books.
Young Couples/Families Sephardic Shabbat Lunch: $25 adults, $10kids' meal for 3-12
(separate programming will be provided for the children while Elissa Stein, MA, LMFT, LPC speaks on The Marital Dance: Keeping in Step with Your Partner for the Long Haul)
HOST A TABLE
Share the Spirit of Shabbat! On March 1, join with thousands of Jews in celebration of Shabbat Across America. We are looking for 10-15 families/couples to serve as hosts that evening at CAS. The idea is to "host" a table and recruit either unaffiliated or marginally affiliated Jews to join you at your table for an enriching Shabbat evening experience. The evening promises to be tasty and memorable. If you have questions or interest regarding hosting, please contact Kate Cik at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEN'S CLUB PASSOVER FAIR-Sunday, March 10, 10am-2pm. Wine tasting, vendors, and new this year - Make your own shmurah matzah! Plus, our famous Men's Club chili and delicacies. Fun for the whole family!
MEN'S CLUB "SEDER" at KOSH
Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 pm. $50, includes 4 different beers, 3 course meal, and an opportunity to enhance your family seder. Rabbis Cohen & Walk will be sharing haggadah insights and we hope others will share what makes their seders meaningful.
INSIDE THE UNITED NATIONS, ISRAEL, IRAN AND BEYOND... Tuesday, March 19, 7:30pm. Featuring Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations and Ambassador Aaron Jacob, Associate Director of International Affairs at AJC and Israel's former Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Co-Sponsored by Temple Sholom of Greenwich. This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot at www.ajc.org/westchester/insideun or by calling 914-948-5585
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Classes
8:15-9:00 am Power of the Prophets
9:00-9:45 am Modern Jewish Thinkers
12:00-1:00 pm Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms
Friday 8:15-8:45 am Parsha
8:45-9:15 am Daf Yomi Shiur
Rabbi David Walk's Classes
Sunday Bible from the Beginning
Monday Weekly Parsha at BCDS
Monday Hilchot Bishul B'Shabbat
No further classes until the BCDS trip returns from Israel
Bar Mitzvah Families
Man Up: For fathers/male mentors & pre-Bnai Mitzvah boys
This Sunday morning 9:30-10:30 am February 10 & March 10
Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bnei Mitzvah fathers/male mentors and boys to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man. Final bonus session is dinner at Kosh!
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.
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFORIM SALE -February 3rd-March 3rd. A portion of the proceeds to benefit a Jewish library damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave
HASSIDIC COURTS PHOTO EXHIBIT- Sunday, February 3, JCC, Free. Information here.
THE BALANCE BETWEEN SAFETY AND SELF-PROTECTION: GUNS AND VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY AND CULTURE-Monday, Feb 11 @ 8:30pm, YI. Marc Passy - United States Navy (ret.) and gun owner and Captain Brian McElligot, Stamford Police Department will speak.
REBBETZIN HOLLY PAVLOV SHIUR- for women of the community. Hosted by Robin Milstein Monday, March 4. Light dinner at 7pm, shiur to begin at 7:30pm. Rebbetzin Pavlov is the Director of She'arim College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and author of "Mirrors of our Lives: Reflections of Women in Tanach" and "Water from the Well: Reflections of a Jew at the End of History". Shiur Topic: "Beginnings of Desire: Adam and Chava in the Garden of Eden"
Our conscience tells us one thing. Our desire tells us another. This conflict began with the first man and woman in their encounter with the snake, and we struggle with it until today.
BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER-Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:00 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, honoring CAS members Elisheva Kilner & Sarah Boxer
MITZVAH BASKETS-Bring Tzedakah to every Simcha by adding beautifully decorated baskets for the Bima, tables or guests for B'nai Mitzvot and other special occasions. Donations are tax deductable and support JFS Programs. Call Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161, ext. 128 email@example.com for information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED -"DO A MITZVAH"-Volunteers are needed for various activities such as visiting the infirmed, driving to events or appointments, secretarial work and just companionship . Project ideas and suggestions for other mitzvah recipient projects are welcomed. Call Isrella Knopf at 203-921-4161 X 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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