Value the power of speech. Words build or destroy. This message underscores the Parsha of Balak. Why does G-d need to put words into Bilaam's mouth? G-d can protect the Jewish people from any curses he utters against them. Perhaps to teach us the lesson never to underestimate the value of our words. Once spoken, they exist, resonate and impact others. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote: "Life and death are in the hands of the tongue." As we approach the three weeks of mourning for the Temples in Jerusalem, consider each word. Do we bless or do we curse? Do we elevate or do we destroy? One harsh or kind word can change a life.
The Annual Meeting is open to all members in good standing of
Congregation Agudath Sholom.
Join the CAS Trip to Israel
November 3 - 13, 2013
with Rabbi and Diane Cohen
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
Click hereto view the CAS Israel Tour Connection website
Click hereto let Rabbi Cohen know of your interest
This trip is open to the entire community.
Mazal Tov to:
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz on Dayne's Bar Mitzvah
Arlene & Irwin Ettinger on the B'nai Mitzvah of grandchildren Jason and Matthew Hochberg last Shabbat
Michal Smart on being appointed Director of Judaic Studies at Bi-Cultural Day School
Sophie Handler on being a co-winner of the Helen S. and Isadore Mark Teen Leadership Award from UJF
Joe Zalis on receiving the Harvey A. Peltz Young Leadership Award from UJF
Melissa Bildner, Rachel Dayan, Eli Freedberg, Kimberly Lax, Saiid Rastegar, Burt Rubin, Kim Schweber and all the 2013 Fellows of the Behrend Institute for Leadership
Yospa Lieberman on the Rabbi Abraham z"l and Yospa Lieberman Award for Excellence in Jewish Education
Lenore & Michael Cooper on the upcoming marriage of their son Dr. Adam Cooper to Alison Fisher, daughter of Richard and Susan Fisher of Rochester Hills, MI
Norine & Dov Steinmetz on the recent aufruf of their son Perry Jared and his upcoming marriage to Rachel Elissa Davis, daughter of Barbara Davis
Tarynn Katz and her parents, Ari & Rica Lieberman, on her Shabbat Kallah and upcoming marriage to Avromi Dier. Mazal Tov to Chani & Aharon Dier of Brooklyn, and to the extended Lieberman and Dier families.
Rachel & Harold Terk on the birth of a baby girl to Alyssa Terk & Denis Jablonka. Mazal Tov also to big brother Isaac.
the family of Morton Berger
the family of Eleanor Scher
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night D'var Torah
Dayne Katz, Sam Goldstein, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Bar Mitzvah Speech
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
dedicated to Esther Levy, z"l, beloved mother of Rica Lieberman, on the completion of the shloshim Ari Lieberman
Code of Jewish Law
A Briefing on Strategic Positions in Israel Dr. Efraim Inbar
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Belle Miller, and Lisa, Abbey and Neile on the 9th yahrtzeit of their husband and father Arthur Miller; Mr. & Mrs. David Kaplan in memory of Ziporah Freedberg;
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Robert Indyk in observance of the 50th yahrtzeit of his father Sidney Indyk, as well as the celebrations of Ari and Hofit's first anniversary, Shoshana's graduating magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, and his own milestone birthday
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz in honor of Dayne's Bar Mitzvah;
enhanced by Anne Peskin and her children, Carin, Lee, and Lisa, commemorating the 3rd Yahrzeit of Bernard Peskin, Berel Avram ben Moshe
Pearl Zelma commemorating the first yahrtzeit of her father, Rudy Dresdner
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday 7:15/8:30 am, Monday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday,Thursday 8:20 pm
17th of Tammuz
Tuesday: fast begins 3:33 am, mincha 8:05 pm, fast ends 9:07 pm
Candles Next Friday
CAS Summer Classes
Rabbi Walk: (all at CAS) Starting this Week
Sunday: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15-10:00 am
Monday: Parsha - noon
Tuesday: Psalms - 9:00 am
Wednesday: Meditation - 9:00 am
Thursday: Guide to the Siddur - 9:00 am
Thursday: Masechet Megilla - 1 hour before mincha
Friday: Taste of Torah - 8:15 am
Special Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Cohen, July 9, noon, at Temple Sholom, Greenwich
Rabbi Cohen's Classes This Week
Tuesday: Power of the Prophets
Friday: Taste of Torah
Summer Flicks with Rabbi Walk
Join Rabbi Walk at CAS for these features.
Showtimes 7:30 pm Wednesdays. No charge!
July 3-Sarah's Key(description from Wikipedia):
Sarah's Key follows an American journalist's present-day investigation into the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of Jews in German-occupied Paris in 1942. It tells the story of young girl Sarah's experiences during and after these events, illustrating the participation of the French bureaucracy while also showing how other French citizens hid and protected Sarah from Vichy France authorities. The film alternates between Sarah's life in 1942 and the journalist researching the story in 2009.
Shabbat, July 20, 2013, 4 pm-The Young Couples Committee is hosting Shabbat dessert at the Shabbas Park/Belltown Park. Please join us with store-bought desserts or snacks. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket along with your desserts or snacks. All food will be shared amongst the group, so be sure that the items you have purchased have the proper kosher hechsher or that baked goods/ desserts are from kosher bakeries. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Tobin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mazal Tov to Dayne on his Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat -Year end AWARDS AFTERNOON program - 4:15-6:00 pm featuring:
o Afternoon Groups with your favorite leaders
o Nekudot YEAR END AUCTION.. bring all of your NEKUDOT!
o Adult Lecture: Our very own Kate Cik, Psy.D. Child Psychologist-"Emotion Regulation: Helping kids to develop control over their feelings and improve frustration tolerance - no more meltdowns"
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr.Cong. all summer long. All other groups - see you in September!
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
Dov ben Malka, Pinchas ben Leeba, Zahava bat Chaya Sara, Boruch ben Polina, 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.
THE MIKE MILE-Sunday Morning, June 23, 2013 at High Ridge Park in Stamford, Family 1 mile walk/run to support research for CIDP, a rare autoimmune disorder that has afflicted Michael Rothman. For more information, please visit the website at www.michaelcidp.com for information on CIDP. To sign up directly for The Mike Mile you can go to http://themikemile.eventbrite.com
CAMOS (Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford)-Sunday, August 4th, noon. Annual Summer Sunday in Stamford program. It's a great way to visit the community in a relaxed way, and meet other like minded families who already live in the Stamford community. If you know any families who are considering a move to Stamford, please encourage them to get in touch with Miriam Sperber firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will provide them with all of the information.
LIFE TRANSITIONS-Wednesdays at 11:30 am beginning June 19. Ongoing support group for the unemployed at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The focus of the group is to provide a forum to discuss and explore the concerns and issues related to job loss and to find alternative solutions for career satisfaction. The group is a collaborative effort between JFS Counseling and Employment & Training Departments. To register or for more information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at email@example.com