Do you carry the Torah or does the Torah carry you? Is your relationship to Torah a kiss or embrace? As I shared last Shabbat, each of us, regardless of our background or age, must find our personal connection to Torah study. But it is not enough to touch our faith artificially, but to hug with devotion. As we enter Shabbat following Shavuot, make a pledge to learn Torah. It is our life and, as we proclaimed when growing up in Atlanta, the Torah is "the real thing" and "the pause that refreshes."
If you would like me to develop a personalized Torah study plan for you, please be in touch.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
If you have not yet filled out the surveys on our two cantorial applicants,please click here
The Cantorial Search Committee:
Adrienne Alexander, Dina Berger, Michael Feldstein, Steven Frenkel, Ethan Green, Daniel Kraus, Elliot Neumann, Dean Schuckman, Rachel Seligson, and Royce Wolfsohn
Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00
Dessert Reception and Lecture with
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik
of Yeshiva University and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
The Founding Fathers at the Chupah
$36 per person | Proceeds to benefit the Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah
Sunday, June 9: Jr. Congregation Barbecue Bash at the Sperbers' house, 500 Newfield Avenue.
Sunday, June 22: Youth Seudah Shlishit
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:
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Boruch ben Polina,, Avraham HaLevi ben Shoshana, Natalie Chana Chaya bat Aviva,
Rivka bat Rose, 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.
RABBI SHLOMO RISKIN- Sunday, May 19, 9:30 am, at the Lewis Home, 67 East Lane.
BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER-Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, honoring CAS members Elisheva Kilner & Sarah Boxer
JFS BOOK TALK-Indignation by Philip Roth. Wednesday, May 22, 10 am, Stamford JCC. Set during the Korean War, the book's narrator, 19 year old son of a kosher butcher, has to deal with an overprotective father, fear of going to war, and growing up. Presenter: Sondra Melzer. Free, open to all. Last book talk of year.For further info, Marcie Schoenfeld @ 203-359-9148
LET THE EARTH TEACH YOU TORAH-Wednesdays, May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19. 9:30 -11:00 am at the JCC with Michal Smart. What does Judaism teach us about how to live in the material world? The essence of Judaism is the principle called mitaldesh hol, making the secular sacred. The class is a discussion about how to make that a reality. $45 or free for J.E.E.P. Pass Holders
SOLOMON'S WISDOM: THE SHORT BUT EVENTFUL LIFE OF SALOMON MAIMON:IF KANT HAD BEEN JEWISH
-with Yale Professor Paul Franks. May 22nd, 8:00 pm in the Temple Sinai Library. $10/Included in series price/Free w/ J.E.E.P. Pass
HAND IN HAND-(Yad B'Yad) a division of the JCC's O-la-mi camp, offers a unique summer program for rising 3rd-6th graders with communication-spectrum disorders, including: high-functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and individuals with sensory motor integration challenges. The mission of this(two sessions) three-week program is to improve each child's ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with peers, and to build a solid foundation for making and keeping friends within a relaxed, fun, and creative environment.Scholarship assistance available.Click here for more info or contact Dinushka De Silva at 203.487.0946 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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. Monies raised by the concert will go to support Beit Singer, in our collective sister community of Afula/Gilboa. Beit Singer manages and operates various frameworks to care for at-risk children and youth in the area of the Galilee and the northern valleys. Bet Singer works to develop individual therapeutic programs for each child according to his/her needs, while integrating the child as much as possible in the community and strengthening the child's ties with his/her family. Beit Singer strives to return children to their family home. For a $500 sponsorship, help the children of Beit Singer while you receive 4 prime concert tickets and the chance to attend a limited-access, closed session with Eli Groner, Israel's Minister of Economic Affairs, at the Westport Country Playhouse before the concert. Program of the Partnership of Greater Fairfield County UJA/ 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.
NEW ZIONIST COMMUNITY IN MIGDAL HAEMEK, ISRAEL-Presentation, Sunday, May 26, 8:30 pm, at the Parhi's, 255 Strawberry Hill Ave, Unit C11. Dr. Simcha Asaf Leibovic, -Representative of the WZO Executive in North America will speak about Givat Hashaked, which is looking to absorb families with Anglo-Saxon backgrounds and provide them with benefits, support and employment opportunities. Please watch this presentation.
-Tuesday, May 28th - doors open at 7:00 pm, performance starts at 7:30 pm, a student directed performance: "Heartbeats: A Night of Song, Dance and Connection." The performance will take place at Ma'ayanot(1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck.) Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Save a Child's Heart (SACH), an Israeli-based international humanitarian project whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please email email@example.com.
CELEBRATING EVERYTHING JEWISH
-Sunday, June 9, 4 pm, Temple Beth El. The Jewish Historical Society will honor Rabbi Mark Golub, President of Shalom TV, recipient of the 2013 JHS Heritage Award for the creation of a National Jewish TV Network. Remarks by David Harris, Executive Director of the AJC. Reception. $36 per person. RSVP before 6/1 to firstname.lastname@example.org
RABBI ADAM MINTZ-four-part series at the Young Israel of Stamford, 8:30 pm each evening. June 26 - The History of Jewish Theology: Must a Jew Believe Anything?; July 2 - Reward and Punishment: How Does It Work?; July 10 - The Messiah: Who is He and What Will He Accomplish?; July 17 - Resurrection of the Dead: Will It Really Take Place and How Will It Happen? Free and open to the public.
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