It is not uncommon to read the ingredients or caloric content of food before consumption. We look for healthy options (most of the time). Yet, Rabbi Isaac Luria reminds us of another way to truly unlock the power of food to provide nourishment for the body and soul. Based on the verse in the week's portion of Eikev, "Man does not live by bread alone but by the word of G-d, " he derives that the recitation of blessings before we eat actually enhances the ability of the food, originally created by the Almighty, to sustain us. Take a moment to review the blessings: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/90551/jewish/Texts-of-Blessings-Before-Eating.htmPause before you eat. Thank G-d and discover the true potential in every bite. (Of course, you should also recite the blessings after eating!)
MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST-Sunday, August 11, 9:30-10:30 am. Chair: Mitchell Bell Info: email@example.com
CHESED COMMITTEE MEETING-Sunday, August 11, 10:00-11:00 am (Men's club attendees-please join us after your meeting!) Chair: Meredith Cohen. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
LECTURE BY RABBI JOSEPH EHRENKRANZ-Monday, August 19, 7:30 pm, From the Talmudic Sages: Essentials and Essence of Judaism. Sponsored by Faye, Renee and Marc Manger in memory of Stephen Manger.
OPEN HOUSE SHABBAT AT CAS-August 31. Invite your friends to spend a Shabbat at Agudath Sholom. Services Saturday morning 9 am, our stellar youth program starts at 10:30. Join us for kiddush at 11:30 and learn more about how CAS is right for you. If you are interested in joining a family for Shabbat lunch or seek more info about CAS, please be in touch with our membership chair Ethan Green: email@example.com or Rabbi Cohen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, here's your chance to host some 12- and 13-year-olds who are beneficiaries of that Israeli charity. A delegation of 44 children, each of whom has lost a parent in military, police or firefighting units in Israel, have been attending a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin for the last few weeks, as they prepare for the communal bar/bat mitzvah they will be celebrating with Israel's top brass on September 16 in the Old City. These 24 girls and 20 boys and their dozen chaperones will soon be going home the long way -- through Chicago, Stamford and Montreal - and are in need of housing in our community from Thursday evening, August 8(around 6 pm) through Sunday morning, August 11.
Because the group is sightseeing in Manhattan all day Friday and leaving for Canada early Sunday, there is hardly any time on the ground here for host families to entertain the children, other than Friday night and Saturday. But we know you will make the most of every minute, and you can count on a backyard dessert and swim party at the Bodurtha home after Shabbat Saturday night for all host families and their charges to make things easier. (Main Event has promised to cater.)
Please consider taking a group of children. Families who stepped up last year really had a remarkable experience, as did the children, one reason why Stamford is back as a host city this year.
Because these VIP's are first-time travellers, the charity asks volunteering families to accept groups of 4 or more.
We would also be especially grateful to hear from volunteers who speak Arabic, since 4 of the children are Druze. They can get by in Hebrew, but would obviously feel far more at home among us if they were able to converse in a language that they were more comfortable speaking.
Wednesday: Meditation - 9:00 am cancelled this week
Thursday: Guide to the Siddur- 9:00 am cancelled this week
Thursday: Masechet Megilla - 1 hour before mincha cancelled this week
Friday: Taste of Torah - 8:15 am
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr.Cong. continue all summer long.
We wish the following people a Refuah Sheleima. Please have them in your prayers:
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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.
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