Shabbat Nachamu and ESPN; I know the connection seems counterintuitive. However, this week's recipient of the ESPY award for best moment in sports highlights the dynamics of comfort. With the saddest day of the year behind us, this Shabbat offers a window not only into G-d's promise of comfort but our emulation of his attribute in our lives. How do we provide comfort? It is not only in times of mourning. Comfort means providing heartfelt light in the midst of darkness. Take a moment to view this video of the Cornhusker football team giving comfort to seven year old cancer survivor Jack Hoffman. At their spring training game, Jack ran the ball for a 67 yard touchdown. Whether in a stadium, synagogue or G-d forbid, house of shiva, we are G-d's angels to instill hope in despair and reveal more of HIs light and love in the world.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
This Shabbat, July 20, 2013, 4 pm
Young Couples Shabbat dessert at the Shabbas /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 pareve items 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 email@example.com
Men's Club Pre-Flick BBQ
This Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 pm
$8 Men's Club members/$12 non-members
hamburgers, hot dogs, salmon burgers and salads!
The Yankles (2009), 7:30 pm with Rabbi Walk!
The Rosh Yeshiva (rabbinical dean) of an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva decides that the school should have a baseball team to compete in the college league. Elliot (Michael Buster), one of the students with a background in minor league baseball, is able to convince Charlie Jones (Brian Wimmer), a former major league player who had been imprisoned as a result of DUI convictions--and now has to perform almost 200 hours of community service--to coach the team. As he coaches the team, he gives the players "a new measure of skill and confidence," as they help him regain his self-respect. (Wikipedia)
I am not sure if any of you have taken a peek at the shul's Harvest Now Garden lately but if you haven't seen it for yourself, it is doing beautifully! We are coming close to being able to harvest some veggies and be able to deliver the produce to the Lower Fairfield County Food Bank. In the meantime, the plants need more room to thrive but the weeds are getting in the way. I hope many of you can join us for a weeding party! I am calling for two, one-hour work sessions this Sunday: one at 9:30 am and another at 5 pm to accommodate everyone's schedules. Come dressed ready for gardening. If you have any gardening gloves, trowels, and buckets, please bring them, that will be helpful but not necessary if you don't have these supplies. Because the garden is getting full and the plants have spread themselves out, we have to unfortunately discourage young children from coming to help, in order to protect the plants from being trampled on. Spread the word and bring with you any friends or family that want to help.
Hope to see you Sunday! Meredith Cohen, Chesed Chair
Join the CAS Trip to Israel
November 3 - 13, 2013 with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
Open house Sunday, 7/28, 1 pm, at the home of Lorraine & David Kweskin
7 Lumanor Drive, Stamford
Come meet those who have already signed up,
as well as those who are thinking of signing up!
Learn more about this exciting trip - great for first timers and veterans.
Click hereto view the CAS Israel Tour Connection website. This trip is open to the entire community.
Mazal Tov to:
The Gordon and Schuster families on Ben's aufruf and on the upcoming marriage of Aliza and Ben
Cheryl Frydman and Gloria Green on the upcoming marriage of Dr. Alexandra Frydman to Avram Flamm
Caryl & Mel Goldstein on David's recent Bar Mitzvah shidrug
Neda Khaghan & Robert Yaghoubian on Gabriel receiving an aliyah on the occasion of his becoming a Bar Mitzvah
the family of Tobias Weiss, president of CAS from 1962-65, on his recent passing
Beverly Stein, on the death of her beloved grandmother, Ruth Lasher
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Daniel Gordon, Judd Love, Burt Rubin, Jared Yaghoubian
A Cross Creator Rabbi David Walk
Perek on the Patio
Perek 4 Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
Optical Illusions Rabbi David Walk
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Marc & Sherry Silver commemorating the yahrtzeit of Marc's father,
Joseph ob"m, Yosef Zev ben Nachum
Meryl & David Gordon in honor of the upcoming marriage of Eliza to Benjamin Schuster; Neda Khaghan & Robert Yaghoubian in honor of Gabriel becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Nimrod and Rachel Dayan in memory of Nimrod's father, Moshe Dayan a"h
Adult Education Committee, Thursday, August 8, 8:15-9:15 pm. Chairs: Toby Schaffer and Jeff Cahn Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAS Summer Classes
Rabbi Walk: (all at CAS)
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
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr. Cong. continue all summer long.
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. Includes a BBQ! If you know any families who are considering a move to Stamford, please encourage them to get in touch with Miriam Sperber at email@example.com, and she will provide them with all of the information.
LIFE TRANSITIONS-Wednesdays at 11:30 am. 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 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
Penina Esther bat Devorah, Avraham ben Chana, Mila bat Frida, Perel bat Chaya,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.