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Fruits and vegetables are subject to insect infestation and require checking and cleaning prior to consumption. Please visit the
OU website to learn more about this mitzvah of kashrut and to download a free Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Chart.
Introducing the first Stamford commUNITY youth choir
for boys and girls ages 6-11
Come join choir musical director Yoni Israel to hear more about the
Stamford Synagogue Serenade
A choir informational session will be held
this Shabbat, April 27th, 5:30 pm
under the canopy at the Strawberry Hill entrance of the Shabbos Park
Light refreshments and candy
We are honored to host Rabbi Weil this Shabbat in Stamford. Agudath
Sholom values our enduring partnership with the OU. Rabbi Weil's erudition and passion for Torah and Am Yisrael will be an inspiring opportunity to enrich our congregation and broaden and deepen their appreciation of the significant role of the OU in our shul and the American Jewish community.
This Sunday we celebrate Lag B'Omer. One of the historical roots of the day emerges from the tragic death of the students of Rabbi Akiva. On Lag B'Omer the plague stopped. On this day, we ponder the cause of their death and its message. The midrash attributes their demise to "Tzarut Ayin" a narrow vision. They did not want to share their Torah with the community. They studied for self aggrandizement
and not to spread the word of G-d. We cannot understand the ways of G-d but we can strive to grow from a experience. In this spirit, Lag B'omer is a day to cultivate a Lev Tov - a good heart, a sense of community. We rise or fall together
I am gratified this year by the spirit of kehilla in Stamford. Many community organizations are partnering in a Lag B'Omer event. Hope to see you there. May this event and the day be a positive sign for increasing the bonds of unity in our midst.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Halachic Note: One of the restrictions of mourning during Sefirahis refraining from haircuts until Lag B'Omer. However, the halacha teaches that this year we may take a haircut for the honor of Shabbat on Friday since Lag B'Omer occurs on a Sunday. For more information and questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen.
Agudath Sholom welcomes
Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive VP of the Orthodox Union, this Shabbat
He will speak on the following topics:
11 am Drasha:Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional: The Challenges of Family Life in the Orthodox Community
12 :15 pm Post-Kiddush Talk: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Opportunities in Light of the Dramatic Shift in Jewish Demographics
6:20 pm Shiur: The Event That Irrevocably Changed the Destiny
of Ashkenazic Jewry
Seudat Shlishit Talk: The Crisis of Orthodox Affordability: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
CAS Trip to Israel November 3 - 13, 2013
Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tour Connection
for an informational session at CAS:
ThisSunday, April 28th at 9 am
Perfect for first-timers and veterans,
this trip will span the breadth of Israel both ancient and modern:
visiting new discoveries, learning, and participating in social action opportunities to deepen and enrich your experience with Torah
and the land and people of Israel.
Deadline to register: May 19
Optional - Eilat/Petra Extension Available
Click here to view the CAS Israel Tour Connection website
Click here to let Rabbi Cohen know of your interest (no commitment!)
This trip is open to the entire community.
Stamford Lag B'Omer CommUNITY Celebration
THIS Sunday, April 28th · 5:00-7:30PM
At the Stamford JCC Ball Field · 1035 Newfield Avenue
(family softball, frisbee, football)
SPORTS AND FAMILY FUN
FOOD FOR SALE BY KOSH
Youth Art & Essay Contest for Yom Yerushalayim celebrating the 65th birthday of the modern State of Israel
Topic: Why I Love Jerusalem
For K - 8th graders |Two divisions - top entry in each category wins 2 Yankees or Mets tickets
Youth Art Contest for Yom Yerushalayim (K - 3rd grade)
Submit a picture of Jerusalem, in any media. This includes drawing, painting and collage. You can work from photos and pictures of Jerusalem
Essay Contest for Yom Yerushalayim (4th -8th grade)
Submit a 200-500 word essay titled "Why I Love Jerusalem." You are encouraged to use any resource to learn about Jerusalem
Deadline for both contests is Monday, April 29
Please submit entries to the office. Submissions will be judged anonymously and objectively
We will display artwork in shul and winning essays will be posted on our website!
The winning entries will be announced on Yom Yerushalayim - Wednesday, May 8th
Next Shabbat-Women's Tefilla Group
10:00 am in the Heyman Chapel
Elijah the Prophet - come follow his journey, now until Shavuot
Power of the Prophets with Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tuesdays, 8:15 am
Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union
Major Netanel, Lieutenant Ella and Lieutenant Menachem of the Israel Defense Forces who are being hosted by the Vogel, Stein/Listokin and Smart families as part of the JCC Tzahal Shalom program
Mazal Tov to:
Adam Tisser, recipient of the Jewish War Veterans of Stamford's college scholarship
Rhonda & Avi Greif, President of the Stamford Kosher Action Committee, on Jensen's Bar Mitzvah
BCDS on the E2K Team winning first place in The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education International Math Competition. Mazal Tov to CAS team members Liam B., Sarah Jane B., Ari I., Gedalia K., Emma R., Joseph R., Daniel S., Sara S., and Leah V.
Lee Miller, on the death of her beloved mother, Glenys Tarlow
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Daniel Jubas, Henry Rascoff
Drasha Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional: The Challenges of Family Life in the Orthodox Community
Rabbi Steven Weil
Post-Kiddush Talk The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Opportunities in Light of the Dramatic Shift in Jewish Demographics
Rabbi Steven Weil
Shiur The Event That Irrevocably Changed the Destiny of Ashkenazic Jewry
Rabbi Steven Weil
Seudat Shlishit The Crisis of Orthodox Affordability: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
Rabbi Steven Weil
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospitality Packages
Belle Miller in honor of Shira & Ethan Green on being honored at the annual dinner;
Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz and Ethan Green
in memory of Sandy Green on his 11th yahrtzeit (Iyyar 18);
The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Steven Frenkel "in recognition of Kenny, the Knicks, Bennett and Bill for all that they have done for me over the past 6 months"
Sanctuary Kiddush (meat)
Ploni Almoni in honor of Lag B'Omer
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday 7:15/8:30 am, Monday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am
Sunday-Thursday 7:40 pm
Candles Next Friday
There's still time to sign up for...
the CAS Annual Festive Dinner
Sunday evening, May 5, 2013, 5-9:30 pm
Guests of Honor:
Elissa & Dr. Philip Klapper |
Community Service Award: Ronni Bass
Young Leadership Award: Shira & Ethan Green
The Dinner Chairs thank all the participants who have signed up so far!
Rosh Yeshiva Joseph and GwendolynStraus Professor of Talmud at RIETS and Instructor of Bible at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University
All night learning for Adults & Youth
All night learning for Adults & Youth
Tuesday night-Wednesday Morning, May 14-15,
11:30 pm: Origin of the Oral Law: What Was Given at Sinai?
12:30 am: Copyright Law in Halacha
Wednesday, May 15, Morning Sermon-Reasons for the Commandments
Report from your co-presidents Anne Peskin and Marge Abrams
Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00
Mikvah Event with
Rabbi Dr.Meir Y. Soloveichik of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
The Founding Fathers at the Chupah
Rabbi Cohen's Class This Week
Tuesday: Power of the Prophets(now with Elijah!) 8:15 am Tuesday: Modern Jewish Thinkers 9:00 am Tuesday: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigmsnoon (lunch served)
Friday: Taste of Torah 8:15 am
Rabbi Walk's Classes This Week
Sunday Bible from the Beginning
Monday Weekly Parsha at BCDS
Tuesday Mystical Minhagim
Thursday Talmud, Megilla
On April 11th, Agudath Sholom commemorated Yom HaShoah with a very interesting program that featured author Michael Skakun whose book "On Burning Ground" told of his father's odyssey of survival during the Holocaust. The evening was sponsored by Israel Bonds' Westchester and Southern Connecticut Office.
Investing in Israel Bonds not only provides a great opportunity for personally partnering with the people of and the State of Israel in a significant and vital way, and also provides the opportunity for obtaining a security that offers a competitive rate of return in today's market. The bonds are also backed by a more than 60 year record of dependability and a perfect repayment history. Further, it is an investment that enables the development of every aspect of Israel's economy including advances in high-tech, clean-tech, and biotech. As we just finished celebrating Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut, we encourage you to show your support for Israel and its economic growth.
One of the best ways to show your solidarity with Israel is to buy Israel bonds. If you have not yet invested in 2013, please contact our Israel Bonds representative, Cynthia Blustein, at 914-713-9003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For current rates and prospectuses or to buy a bond online, visitwww.israelbonds.com .
A PILLOW FOR A SOLDIER
Standing Together, an Israeli charity, is working towards making Israeli soldiers more comfortable by giving them
travel pillows for their use when going to and from base, visiting family, and even spending Shabbat on base.
In total there about 156,000 active soldiers and 50,000 new soldiers enter each year.
Our goal is 37,500 pillows in 30 days! With this campaign, we are also having a raffle.
For each donation of $100 or $10/month you will be entered into a raffle:
Grand Prize: Trip to Israel for 2!
5 - 1st Prizes: 2 Free Travel Pillows
10 - 2nd Prizes: 1 Free Travel Pillow
Donation of $5,000 or $400/month: Invited to give pillows to 200 soldiers
*Donation of $25,000 or $4000/month: VIP Day Tour - including: giving pillows to soldiers and meeting
higher level army officials
*The Grand Prize will be offered if we reach at least 1/3 of our goal.
The "Pillow for a Soldier" campaign is important because the pillows provide physical support
and are a reminder that others around the world care and appreciate them.
No Teen Minyan or Jr. Teen Chat this week - Mazal Tov to Jensen Greif on his Bar Mitzvah!
NEW CHILDREN'S CHOIR (AGES 6-11) THIS SHABBAT -The Stamford Synagogue Serenade - join our choir and perform once a month on Shabbat Mevorchim at both Agudath Sholom and the Young Israel. For more info, join Yoni Israel at the Shabbat Park on Shabbat from 5:30-6:30 pm.
April 28 - Lag B'Omer CommUNITY Fun Festival at the JCC- 5-7:30 pm FREE EVENT! Food by KOSH available for purchase.
Coming Soon- A Jam Packed May:
10-BIG SIBLING/LITTLE SIBLING FRIDAY AFTERNOON OUT - Friday, May 10th, 2013, right after school until 3:30pm
11-TEEN MINYAN AND...
JR. CONG. DOUBLE NEKUDOT & NEKUDOT SALE WEEK1 14-15-SHAVUOT ALL NIGHT LEARNING PROGRAMS
31-TOT KABBALAT SHABBAT with the PJ Library
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
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
Gidon Menachem ben Batsheva, Avraham HaLevi ben Shoshana, Natalie Chana Chaya Bat Aviva, Rivka bat Rose,
Marina bat Valentina, Chaim Yisroel ben Gittel Malka
Yocheved Chana bat Leah Osne, Zechariya Eliyahu ben Ayelet Naomi, Meyer Leib ben Shayna Reisel, Shemuel Simcah ben Channah,
Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel, Refael Ephraim ben Sima, Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel: At her parents request, please recite psalm 47 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer.The text is here.
Please Support our Community Mikvah
Have you joined the Mayim League?
Support our community's Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah
Donations of $500 and above include immersion for the year for yourself or a designated woman
"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.
OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION-Sunday, April 28th, 12-3 pm, Westhill High School, 125 Roxbury Rd, Stamford, CT In memory of those who are no longer with us, the community is invited to join grades 9 - 12 in an Out of the Darkness walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Walk with J-Serve to prevent suicide. Teens can receive community service credit for participating. Registration fee for participation is $18 and includes the walk, a shirt, and lunch. Additional donations are encouraged.Click here to register online, or call the JCC welcome desk at203.322.7900. For more information contact Louis Lasko at 203.487.0970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: There will be a Tennis Court Dedication in memory of Stephanie Becker at 12:30 at Westhill High School during registration. All are welcome to attend. Sponsored in partnership with: BBYO, BBYO Connect, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Friendship Circle, Jewish Student Connection, Kulanu, SoSTY, Stamford Jewish Community Center, StephanieBeckerFund.com, Temple Beth El Teens, Westhill High School, Young Israel.
MEGILLAT RUT-The Ma'ayanot Adult Education Committee is proud to present a weekly shiur given
by Mrs. Leah Herzog, Tanakh teacher at Ma'ayanot. The series of five shiurim will take place on Wednesdays at 11:35 a.m. at Ma'ayanot (1650 Palisade Ave., Teaneck). The series continuesthrough May 8th. All are welcome.
THE ROLE OF THE RABBI IN ADVOCATING FOR AGUNOT: A PANEL DISCUSSION-Tuesday, May 7, 2012, 7:45 pm, Young Israel of the Upper West Side, 210 W 91st Street. Featuring Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, RCA President, Rabbi Jeremy Stern, Director of Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, Dr. David Pelcovitz, Psychologist, an Agunah
JOB & CAREER FAIR-Monday, May 13, 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, 5:00 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, honoring CAS members Elisheva Kilner & Sarah Boxer
ISRAEL@65-Sunday, May 26, 2 pm, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport. Shop our shuk: browse through an array of Israeli crafts and food. 5 pm, celebrate with The Shuk, an Israeli and Jewish musical experience. For tickets, click here. For more information, call: (203) 226-8197. Program of the Partnership of Greater Fairfield CountyUJA/ Federation of Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk, The Jewish Federation of Greater Danbury, CT and Putnam County, NY, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut.
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 email@example.com
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.