An usher's responsibilities include greeting people as they enter into the sanctuary, answering any questions, and standing by the door to minimize interruptions at critical times of the davening so that people can focus on the Tefillah. The doors should be kept closed during the Torah Reading, the Rabbi's sermon, Yizkor on Yom Kippur and the announcements. Please RSVP to Elisheva Kilner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support our 7:58 late minyan today
Get ready for Judgement Day.
This is not a movie advertisement. but a reminder that this Tuesday we begin the month of Elul. G-d willing, we will all be in shul celebrating the New Year but the road to success lies in preparation. We begin to sound the shofar and use the next 30 days to get ready.
Rabbeinu Yitchak Abohav writes in Menoras HaMeor:
Any intelligent person who is scheduled for trial before a mortal king will surely spend sleepless nights and days preparing his case. He will seek the advice of every knowledgeable person he knows who can help him prepare his case. He will go to great lengths to attain a favorable verdict, even if all that is at stake is but a small part of his fortune, and he faces no personal risk.
Should he not do so as well when brought to judgment before the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy Blessed One, when not only he, but his children and his fortune all hang in the balance?
attend a class, listen to a podcast or develop your own personal mission statement. Rosh Hashana is a Day of Judgement but also a time when G-d is more accessible than the rest of the year. Seize the time to refresh your connection to G-d, your family and community.
Wishing you and your families a year inscribed in the Book of Life,
A wonderful opportunity to meet and greet our new Chazzan!
Then join us at theWelcome Tea for
Cantor Bokow, 5:30-7:30 pm
at the home of Kori & Bill Meyers
If you haven't confirmed your Yizkor Book entries or High Holiday seats, please do so.
Mazal Tov to:
the Tobin and Blumenthal families on the naming of Julia Isabel Tobin
Todd Sharinn, center and Assistant Coach of the USA Masters (over age 40) Ice Hockey Team on their gold medal in the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. A further mazal tov on the silver medal win of the USA Juniors Ice Hockey Team, for which Todd served as Associate Head Coach!
Cantor Rafael Bokow as he begins serving as cantor of Congregation Agudath Sholom!
Noah Green, Jacob Rastegar, Hannah Soifer, Jared Yaghoubian and Ephraim Zucker who are competing in the JCC Macccabi Games
Kori & Bill Meyers for hosting the Shabbat Tea for Cantor Bokow
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Shake or Punch: In Your Hands Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Perek on the Patio
Perek 6 Rabbi David Walk
Celebrating the completion of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch-Concise Code of Jewish Law Elisheva Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
in honor of Julia Isabel Tobin by her grandparents Harvey & Susie Blumenthal and Stuart & Faye Tobin; joined by Ron & Stephanie Osher on the first yahrtzeit of Ron's father Joseph
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen in memory of Diane's mother Ruth Jacobs, Rivka bat Nachum
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
HOST ISRAELI VIPS THURSDAY AUGUST 8 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 11.
Help us welcome a very special group of Israeli children who have paid a big price personally for our collective ability to count on the State of Israel. Each one has lost a parent in the line of duty, protecting Israel. The nonprofit that looks out for them, IDF Widows and Orphans Organization, will be sending us a group of 44 twelve and thirteen-year-olds and a dozen chaperones Thursday evening, August 8 (around 6 pm) through Sunday morning, August 11. They require housing and meals in groups of 4 or more. Families who hosted up last year had a remarkable experience, as did the children, one reason why Stamford is back as a host city this year! Since 4 of the children are Druze, Arabic-speaking hosts are especially welcome!
There will be a a backyard dessert and swim party at the Bodurtha home after Shabbat Saturday night for all host families and their charges, catered by Main Event.
Thursday: Masechet Megilla - 1 hour before mincha Rabbi Cohen:
Friday: Taste of Torah - 8:15 am
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr. Cong. continue all summer long.
Introducing a new feature-meet the leaders of our various youth groups!
Meet Our Fabulous Leaders
this week's featured leaders:
Zach Kfare - Junior Congregation Leader
Hi! I'm Zach. I was born and raised in Stamford, CT. I am an alumnus of Bi-Cultural Day School and Westchester Hebrew High School. I attended Yeshivat Lev HaTorah in Israel for a year and a half where I gained inspiration and increased my knowledge in Judaic studies. I am currently enrolled in Yeshiva University majoring in business. I attended Camp Stone for many years and was very involved in the Friendship Circle during high school. In addition, I was a youth leader at the Young Israel of Stamford and have worked at Camp Gan Israel in Greenwich as a head counselor and bus monitor. I enjoy playing basketball, hanging out with friends, eating pizza, and of course, studying Torah. I am excited to be working at Agudath Sholom this year and getting to know the children of Junior Congregation. I look forward to having lots of fun and learning together.
Morah Abby Berk
This fall, I will be a senior at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. During the year, I play for my school's indoor soccer team and have been captain for the past two years. Also, I volunteer at the Friendship Circle a couple of Sundays every month, where I work with a girl who has special needs. This past year, I took an art class in Hebrew calligraphy and continue to work on my skills over the summer. I love spending time with kids and can't wait to spend another great year with Junior Congregation!
Morah Adina Cohen
My name is Adina Cohen and I am an upcoming senior at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School For Girls. I love soccer, science and hanging out with friends. I am looking forward to another fun year with Junior Congregation.
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.
CAMOS (Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford)-This 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.
MA'AYANOT YESHIVA HS YOM IYUN-Tzom Gedalia, Sunday, September 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the school (1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck). The Yom Iyun will begin with a shiur by keynote speaker Rabbi Yaakov Blau on the topicEveryone for Themselves? The Role of the Shleach Tzibbur on Rosh Hashana, followed by additional shiurim by members of
the Ma'ayanot faculty. Men and women are welcome.
SPIN-A-THON FUND RAISER FOR CANCER RESEARCH-Sunday, September 8th at the JCC. Spin with Israeli Tom Peled who will stop in Stamford in his biking odyssey from Toronto to DC in memory of his dad who perished of cancer. Spin 1, 2 or 3 hours. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All funds to Israel Cancer Research Fund. Fun for a serious purpose. For info: David Kweskin at firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 321-1006.
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 email@example.com
WOMEN'S BEREAVEMENT GROUP-Wednesday mornings at JFS, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Gather to explore thoughts and feelings about grief in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, physical and spiritual support. Members will not only receive support and understanding for themselves but will also learn to provide the same to others. For more information, contact Rosemarie Delia at 203-921-4161 ext. 123 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org