The laws of kashrut highlight the second half of Parshat Shmini.
Observance of these rituals represents our unconditional commitment toG-d. It is true there are benefits to kashrut both social and spiritual, but fundamentally this touchstone is categorized as a chok -a mitzvah beyond human understanding - suprarational. One of the underappreciated yet significant areas of kashrut relates to insects.
Fruits and vegetables are subject to insect infestation and require checking and cleaning prior to consumption. In the months ahead, we hope to host an expert in this area to educate us. In the interim, please visit the OU website to learn more about this mitzvah of kashrut and to download a free Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Chart.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The shul is contemplating adding an early Friday night minyan at 6:10 PM
through June. If you are interested, please contact Simeon Wohlberg at
Sharon & Michael Feldstein and Tova on the birth of their new granddaughter and niece to Hillary & Yosef Feldstein
Nesiah Tovah to:
Jon Maron who is leaving on the Carmel Academy 8th grade trip to Israel
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Robbie Bernstein, Ethan Green
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish Law
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospitality Packages
The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Bernstein and Niedober Families in honor of Robbie and Elie's milestone birthdays
Shira and Gloria Green in honor of Ethan's 30th Bar Mitzvah anniversary
Sunday 7:45 am
Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
Sunday 7:15/8:30 am
Monday-Tuesday, Friday 6:30/7:30 am
Wednesday, Thursday 6:20/7:30 am
Weekday Mincha Please note that Young Israel has a Sunday 5:45 early mincha to allow attendance at the Yom HaShoah 7pm program at Beth El
Sunday-Thursday 7:15 pm
Candles Next Friday
Israel Bonds and Congregation Agudath Sholom invite you to an evening with
ON BURNING GROUND: A SON'S MEMOIR This THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 8 pm FREE
On Burning Ground is the true tale of one desperate and brilliant man's journey of survival. The story traces how at the height of World War II, Joseph Skakun, a devout blond-haired European rabbinical student adopted multiple religious and ethnic identities, including those of a Christian and a Muslim, in order to survive. The story culminates with his entry as a volunteer recruit into Hitler's Waffen-SS, the most feared and fearsome of Hitler's fighting divisions. On Burning Ground is a brave and revelatory tale of a son's father who risked it all, and through his amazing odyssey, was keenly aware of the price of such deceits. The author Michael Skakun is a writer, journalist, translator and memorist, as well as a public affairs consultant. Born in Jaffa, he has lived his entire life in the United States. He has served as an editor and columnist for various metropolitan weeklies and was a special consultant to the US Holocaust Memorial Council.
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms: Tuesdays, noon (lunch served)
Taste of Torah: Fridays, 8:15 am
Rabbi David Walk
Sunday Bible from the Beginning
Monday Weekly Parsha at BCDS
Monday Hilchot Bishul B'Shabbat
Tuesday Mystical Minhagim
Thursday Talmud, Megillah
MAZAL TOV to Jessica Ostroff on her Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat!
Teen Minyan at 9:30 AM for 7-12 graders. Please join me in wishing Josh Munkhatzlacha rabba as he embarks on a new chapter in his life with an incredible opportunity to study at the Talmudic University of Florida. We wish him tremendous success in his studies and will miss him dearly.
We would like to thank, in advance, Rabbi Parhi, who will be leading Teen Minyan for the duration of this school year.
BRING US YOUR DIRTY CARS TO CLEAN
THIS SUNDAY APRIL 7TH 11 AM to 3 PM AT AGUDATH SHOLOM
Sydney and Lilah Steinberg and I and our friends at BiCultural and Agudath Sholom are organizing a carwash at Agudath Sholom to raise money for the organization that supports the children who have lost parents in the line of duty in Israel, Widows and Orphans of the IDF. As you may know, this charity takes care of 5,000 families who have lost someone fighting fires, doing police work or serving in the military. Every penny will go to the charity! So please, have your parents drive their cars to the synagogue that Sunday and give the kids a chance to get the winter grime off your car for a good cause. They will have you in and out, and it will only cost $10 for the outside, $18 if you want the inside tidied up, too.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THE MEANTIME TO MAKES POSTERS AND SPREAD THE WORD (INCLUDING BUGGING MOM AND DAD TO DRIVE THEIR CARS THROUGH THE SYNAGOGUE THAT DAY) AND, OF COURSE, TO HELP WASH ALL THE CARS ON APRIL 7th!!!!
Sydney and I will be celebrating our own bar and bat mitzvahs this June at Agudath Sholom. So you would be helping both of us show our love of Israel by helping on April 7.
From: Liam Bodurtha
SPECIAL CONTEST FOR YOM YERUSHALAYIM:
CAS is pleased to have your child participate in an Art & Essay Contest on the topic:
"Why I Love Jerusalem." We wish to help celebrate our beloved Jerusalem, and the 65th Birthday of the modern state of Israel.
Children through Grade 3 will be invited to submit a picture of Jerusalem, in any media. This includes drawing, painting and collage. They can work from photos and pictures of Jerusalem.
The older children will be invited to submit an essay titled "Why I Love Jerusalem." It must be between 200 & 500 words. They are encouraged to use any resource to learn about Jerusalem.
All submissions will be viewed and read by judges who will not know the identity of the children who submitted the work.
There will also be an objective rating system that all the judges will use in determining the winners.
We are offering the prizes of 2 Yankees or Mets tickets for each winner in each age category.
The deadline for all entries is Friday, April 26th.
The winning entries will be announced on Yom Yerushalayim - Wed., May 8th.
Thank you for your cooperation with this fun and meaningful project! We encourage your discussion of why you love Jerusalem with your child, but of course, the actual work must be his/hers.
Coming Soon- A Jam-Packed April:
13- PJ Library @ TOT SHABBAT - we welcome Danielle Alexander to share a special Shabbat morning Story Time with our Tots!
20 - Stamford Roadshow Weekend! Sr. Teens, it's back, with another great dinner with friends and AWESOME Teen Seudat Shlishit and musical Havdalah!
20-Teen Minyan at 9:30 AM for 7-12 graders
Jr. TEEN ONEG
28 - Lag B'Omer Community Fun Festival
Fairfield County's only Jewish T-Ball/Baseball League needs your registration!
Opening Day is April 21st. Registration deadline is April 14th.
All games are played on Sundays in Stamford at Newfield Elementary School (345 Pepper Ridge Rd). The league is open to boys and girls Pre-K through Grade 8 living in lower Fairfield County, CT (and Westchester County, NY).
We have 4 divisions: Intro to T-Ball is for Pre-Kindergarten kids (minimum age 4 by May 1); T-Ball is for Kindergarten and Grade 1; Minors is for Grades 2 thru Grade 4; Majors is for Grades 5 thru Grade 8
Y-Monday, April 8th in support of David Kweskin's 10 week effort to raise the most money in CT to win the annual "Man of the Year" contest. 100% of donations go to the Society.
LUNCH AND LEARN WITH RABBI MENACHEM LEIBTAG-Tuesday, April 9th, at Kosh. What's So Holy About the Holy Land: A Yom Ha'atzma'ut Presentation. Lunch at 12:30, shiur at 1pm. Order what you wish for lunch, and pay Kosh directly, but reservations are a must. Please RSVP to Michael Feldstein.
SYLVIA PLOTKIN MEMORIAL MAH JONGG TOURNAMENT-Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 am-3 pm. $36.Click here to register online by March 20 or pick up a registration form at the JCC. For more information, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203.487.0983 email@example.com
"JEWS WITHOUT MONEY" by Michael Gold; presenter: Penny Wolff-Wednesday, April 17, JCC Stamford 10 am. The story of Jewish life in the Lower East Side of NYC circa 1920's in all its teaming anguish, where Jewish immigrants lived and struggled to survive. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at (203) 359 9138. JHS April book talk.
AN EVENING WITH JFS-Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm. Honoring JFS 34th Annual Mitzvah Award recipients Rhonda Ginsberg and Laurence Sheinman and Young Leadership Award honoree Rebecca Isenstein. Dinner and annual auction at Temple Beth El, Stamford. For more information, please contact Iris Morrison at 203-921-4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXPLORE ISRAEL: A COMMUNITY YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION AND CONCERT BY MAGEVET-Sunday, April 21,
1-4 pm. Come together as a community to welcome the JCC Tzahal Shalom officers and celebrate Israel's 65th birthday. Travel across Israel - experience the land, the culture, the food, and the people with a Yom Ha'Atzmaut festival for all ages. Then enjoy a performance by Yale University's a capella choir, Magevet. A festival of fun activities for all ages will run from 1-3 pm, followed by the concert from 3-4 pm. $5 for festival only; $10 concert ticket only; $12 combination ticket. Register online at www.stamfordjcc.orgor call the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more info, please contact Tal Benshahar at 203.487.0961 or email@example.com
COLLEGE-GETTING THERE FROM HERE-Thursday, April 25th , 6:00-8:00 pm. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will introduce experts in financing a college education. Jewish Family Service, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Refreshments. Free admission. To reserve a seat at this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
TZAHAL SHALOM: COCKTAILS & COMEDY-Thursday, April 25, 7:30-9:30 pm. Share some laughs with your friends, toast our visiting IDF officers and support the JCC Tzahal Shalom Program as comedienne Cory Kahaney takes the JCC stage. Cory has been featured on Late Night with David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, The View, HBO and many others. $50 in advance; $60 at the door; $500 to reserve a table for 10; $750 to reserve a premium table for 10. Register online at www.stamfordjcc.org or call the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more info, contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or email@example.com
"JEWS AND BASEBALL": speaker Peter Ephross, Editor of "Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words"-Sunday, April 28th, Temple Beth El, Roxbury Road, Stamford. Refreshments, 9:30 am. Program, 10 am. 2 Mets tickets with parking will be offered as a door prize/raffle. Free. All are welcome. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfield at (203) 359-9148. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.
JOB & CAREER FAIR-Monday, May 13, 2013, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Job Seekers can meet representatives/hiring managers from prominent Fairfield County businesses. Other assistance available for job seekers. Co-sponsored by JFS Employment & Training at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich.Click here to register. For more info, contact JFS at 203-921-4161 ext. 125
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ADL LAUNCHES MAJOR CENTENNIAL YEAR PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Imagine A World Without Hate which encourages individuals to stand up and speak out against prejudice and bigotry. View this 80 second video that imagines the contributions that victims of high-profile hate crimes might have made to society had their lives not been brutally cut short by racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism. Set to John Lennon's iconic song "Imagine," the video includes Anne Frank, Yitzhak Rabin, Daniel Pearl and others, by imagining their impact on society had they survived into the present day.