Members of our shul serve in the USAF and in the IDF. We are proud of
their commitment and sacrifice. In this week's parsha, as the Jews are
preparing to enter Israel, the nation stands ready to join the army and
Moshe seeks Yitro's strategic advice.
As we commemorated Yom Hazkiron for Israel's fallen soldiers a month ago, this Monday we honor the fallen soldiers who defended our country. In particular, on Shabbat morning, I will invoke the names of the Jewish members of the USAF who have been killed in action since September 11, 2001. May their memories be for a blessing and may the echo of their heroism find resonance in our lives. To learn more about ways to support the Jewish American troops, please visit
He will be available for conversation at kiddush on Shabbat
and at 6:45 pm tea Shabbat afternoon at the shul
Chazzan Rafael Bokov served as chazzan at the Netherlee, Clarkston & Queen's Park Hebrew Congregation (Glasgow, Scotland) for six years. Most recently, he has been chazzan for the High Holy Days at Ohav Shalom, Merrick, Long Island and at Young Israel of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. He has appeared at weddings and concerts in South Africa, Israel, Scotland, USA and Spain. Bokov is an accomplished and prolific composer, and he plays the piano, guitar and clarinet.
During his time in Scotland his duties included teaching B'nei Mitzvah, and assisting with weddings, funerals, sold-out fundraising concerts and other pastoral tasks.
Chazzan Bokov grew up in South Africa in a cantorial family and trained with some of the leading voice teachers, chazzanim and opera singers in his native country and the United Kingdom. He trained with South African tenor Dawie Couzyn and with English and Scottish opera veteran Edward Caswell. Bokov has been singing since the age of 7. He currently lives in NY and is pursuing a nursing degree.
If you have not yet filled out the surveys on our two previous cantorial applicants,please click here
Cantorial Search Committee: Adrienne Alexander, Dina Berger, Michael Feldstein, Steven Frenkel, Ethan Green, Daniel Kraus, Elliot Neumann, Dean Schuckman, Rachel Seligson, & 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
Mazal Tov to the Winners of the Yom Yerushalayim Contest, Art: PJ Jelen | Essay: Ari Israel
Mazal Tov also to Shalhevet Cohen, Shira Haron, Dayne Katz, Julianne Katz, Tina Reicin & Emily Seligson, who won honorable mention.
No Teen Minyan or Jr. Teen Chat this Shabbat
At Jr. Cong. come and hear Gilad Karsch read from the Torah while Isabel Sigman will be delivering a D'var Torah!! If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah please speak to Josh or Rabbi Jeiger.
May 31-June 1: NCSY ROADSHOW & Teen Minyan at the Young Israel of Stamford:
Kabbalat Shabbat and Carlos and Gabby's Dinner at YIS
Oneg at the YI Youth House
Teen Minyan at YIS
Third Meal at CAS
Bonfire and Musical Havdallah at the Passy home, 185 Toms Road
8th Graders Welcome!
Thursday, June 6: B'nai Mitzvah Ice Cream Sundae Orientation for parents and their children in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Please RSVP here
Sunday, June 9: Jr. Congregation year-end BBQ Bash at the Sperbers',500 Newfield Avenue
Saturday, June 22: Youth Seudah Shlishit and Awards
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Pinchas ben Leeba, Yidit Rut bat Chaya Leah, Ziv ben Vered, Devorah bat Leah, Shalom ben Hadassah, Fayga Bunya bat Pessia, Boruch ben Polina, Rav Yirmiyahu ben Zeisel, 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: please recite psalm 47 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer.The text is here.
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 email@example.com 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. 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 CT.
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.
THE TERRITORIES-HISTORY, ISSUES, POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS-June 9, 9:30 am, JCC. Mentioned regularly in the news, "the Territories" are a trigger point for most discussions about Israel. However, many Americans do not have a strong grasp of the history, and are only aware of what the media tells about what is happening on the ground. As a community deeply engaged in the discussion of Israel, it is imperative that we know the history, and are aware of the facts on the ground. Only then, should we discuss what can be done for the future. The Jewish Education and Engagement Project of the United Jewish Federation (UJF) and the JCC in partnership with Chavurat Aytz Chayim, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Hadassah, Selah, Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai and Young Israel will offer this program, conducted by Rabbi Stanley Davids and UJF's new CEO, Jim Cohen and will include ample time for discussion and questions.The program, which begins at 9:30 am, will include a light continental breakfast. To register for the program go to www.ujf.org/territories.aspx. The program is $15 in advance/$20 at the door ($7.50/$10 for J.E.E.P. Pass holders). For more information, contact Elise Passy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-321-1373 ext. 114
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 email@example.com
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