The office will be closed on Monday for Presidents' Day
Do You Like To Sing?
The Agudat Shir Choir, under the direction of our own Elliot Weiss, would like to invite anyone who enjoys singing to join us as we start an exciting new spring season.
Upcoming performances include Purim, Sunday, February 24th at the Atria and Tuesday, March 26th at the Agudath Sholom Community Seder. The Choir is open to anyone who wishes to have a good time while performing interesting and varied
musical works of our people. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at the synagogue from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. For more information, please contact Barbara Miller at 203-324-7452 or
Welcome to our Yakar speakers Rabbi Aaron & Mrs. Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Mrs. Dena Block. The schedule for tomorrow is below.
Purim is now just a week away. Please sign up for our seudah. The complete schedule for Ta'anit Esther and Purim can be found on the back page.
We are also excited to have Rabbi Shlomo Riskin joining us in two weeks for Shabbat Across America. We will have both the Friday night dinner and a Young couples/Families Shabbat Lunch, but we need a head count as soon as possible, so please register.
Finally, please go to the top left of the youth page of this bulletin to view the names of the teens who kept their commitments to the sanctuary minyan last week, despite the snow. The Junior Congregation Shabbaton has been rescheduled for March 15-16. Please register your children.
Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Yakar Shabbat - This Shabbat
Join as we create an inspiring Shabbat with song and study,
following the model of the Yakar synagogue in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Aaron & Mrs. Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Mrs. Dena Block
Friday Night: Carlebach-style davening following 5:14 mincha
Shabbat morning: Minyanim at 8 am and 8:40 am Breakfast Kiddush at 10:00 am
Breakout learning sessions at 10:30 am devoted to the theme of Purim:
Not Your Typical Yom Tov:
A Halachic 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?
Musaf at 11:15 am
We wish the following people a Refuah Sheleima.
Please have them in your prayers.
If you would like to add a name for this month, click here
Rachel Leah bat Chaya Rivka
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.
Thursday - Fast Of Esther
Fast starts: 5:30 AM
Shacharit: 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM
Mincha: 5:05 pm Fast Ends: 6:09 pm
Saturday Night - Purim
Maariv and Havdala: 6:14 pm
Main Sanctuary for Community: 6:45
Women Reading for Women in chapel: 6:45 pm Tot Shabbat Style Megillah Reading & Hamentaschen with
Rachel Bahar & Jonathan Cahr in library: 7-7:30 pm
Improv & Music with Jonathan Cahr: 8-9 pm
Late Megillah Reading: 9 pm
Sunday - PurimShacharit: 7/8:30 am followed by Megillah
Daf Yomi after early Megillah
Early Mincha: 3:45 pm
Regular Mincha and Maariv: 5:30 pm
Late Maariv: 7 pm
I hope you will join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference March 3-5.
Lillian & Sandy Shapiro on the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their grandson Elnatan Yaakov, son of Yitzie and Estie Shapiro, in Israel.
Rebecca & Evan Stulberger on the birth of a baby boy
Shira & Mitchell Zucker, on being honored as parents of the year by Westchester Hebrew High School
the 2013 recipients of the AIPAC Teen Fellowships: Aviva Attar, Harry Block, Stanley Block, Elisheva Cohen, Tamar Cohen, David Nachman and Zach Wohlberg. Thank you to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for supporting the AIPAC fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Daniel Alexander, Alan Poland
Rabbi & Mrs. Block, Rabbi & Mrs. Kraft
Various Purim Topics
Rabbi Aaron Kraft
Code of Jewish Law
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Gary & Rosalie Stone in memory of Carolyn A. Stone;
The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Yakar Kiddush (Dairy)
Stephanie & Perry Friedman in honor of the birth of their daughter Mikayla Belle (Michal Tamar.)
Mazel Tov to big brother Jack,
grandparents and great grandparents;
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut in commemoration of the yahrtzeits of his parents, Mabel & Samuel Schildkraut
Young Couples/Families Sephardic Shabbat Lunch: $25 adults, $10
kids' 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)
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
I would like to extend a big yasher koach to the teens who, despite the weather last Shabbat, kept their commitments to leining, leading davening, and delivering divrei Torah in the main sanctuary for the Youth Shabbat Not a single one was absent!
Their names are:
Leining: Daniel Alexander, Jacob Cohen, Jake Goldstein,
Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas & Max Mailman
Musaf: Jake Goldstein
Divrei Torah: Tamar Cohen, Noah Marlowe
Happy Birthday to Gabrielle Poland and Hannah Cohen-come celebrate with cupcakes at groups!
No Jr. Teen Chat or Teen Minyan this week; please encourage your children to participate in the Yakar Shabbat program or to attend the NCSY Road Show.
Jr. Teen Oneg-4 pm, Shabbat afternoon at the Leiberman's , 426 Strawberry Hill Ave, for grades 6-8.
Roadshow Comes Back To Stamford! Join us for a Chinese Dinner at Young Israel, followed by an oneg at the Young Israel Youth House, and see your favorite advisors as they return to Stamford once again! Contact Josh at JYoshiMunk@gmail.com for more info!
Sunday-Jr. Teen Snow Tubing: $35 members/$45 nonmembers. Sign up here.
2/23-PJ Library @ Mini Minyan: We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Purim Story Time with our Mini Minyaners!
2/23-Kids Purim Party/24-Family Purim Seudah
3/2-BMC 5th Grade Oneg at the Jubas home: 4-5 pm
3/9- PJ Library @ Tot Shabbat: We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Pre-Pesach Story Time with our Tots!
3/9-Saturday night BMC Wings at Kosh 7:30 pm free wings and soda for all BMC participants - please sign up at
3/15-16 JR. Cong Shabbaton (Take 2)
FREE GIFT TO ALL WHO ATTEND
Double Nekudot and Nekudot "Mega Sale" at end of Shabbaton
3/15 Last Comic Standing-High Schoolers - Come to the CAS Comedy Club, showing Friday Night, March 15, ONLY! Eat some great food, chill with friends, and laugh like crazy!
3/16 Teen Minyan
3/16 Bnai Mitzvah Luncheon for 5th Grade Girls and 6th Grade Boys
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.
Texting, Chatting, and That Thing We Used to Call a Relationship-Contains quotes by Michael Feldstein and Sandy Weiner! Clickhere
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFORIM SALE -Through March 3rd. A portion of the proceeds to benefit a Jewish library damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave
BCDS MIDDLE SCHOOL PIZZA & PREVIEW-Tuesday, February 26, 6:30pm at Bi-Cultural Day School Cafe, 2186 High Ridge Rd. Scholarships available for children transferring from public school. Contact Joanne Karow at 203-329-2186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ITZHAK PERLMAN-Thursday, February 28, 7:30 pm, Barclays Center. With Brooklyn-based Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, world-renowned tenor who has led the revival of Jewish liturgical music. Special discounted link. Special code: echoes or call 718.942.9662
THE HALACHIC ORGAN DONOR SOCIETY 5K and 10K-Sun, March 3, 10am in Central Park. Prizes include a free trip to Israel, an iPhone, and an iPad. For more info visit here. Learn more about organ donation & Jewish law at www.hods.org. Michael Feldstein is a board member of HODS, which educates Jews about organ donation and Jewish law.
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
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