Avraham and Sara represent the most universal Jewish figures in the Torah. They understood fundamentally the mission of the Jewish people to be blessings to the world. Through their kindness and spirit they seized opportunities to elevate the Divine image in mankind. The parsha of Lech Lecha serves as a reminder that our Torah observance is a means to sensitize us to our role of being ambassadors for
G-d in the world. In whatever profession and with whatever talents we possess, each of us is called to bring more light into the world. This mission extends beyond the Jewish people and to all humanity.
In that spirit, a week from this Friday will be Cindy Flynn's last day serving as office administrator at Agudath Sholom. She will be assuming a new position which will afford her more time with her family. We will miss her. Her professionalism and warmth, can-do attitude and attention to detail enhanced our shul greatly. To her credit, she intuitively sensed that her job was an extension of our holy mission to build a caring community.
We wish her well in her new journey and many blessings for her and her family. Please stop by the office this week or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you know, every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the dignity of the service. In an effort to create an even warmer environment, we are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. To find out more and sign up, contact Mitchell Bell at email@example.com
Agudath Young Couples Night Out Dessert and Movie This Saturday night, 8 pm.
Meet at 16 Handles , 219 Bedford Street, then walk to a nearby showing of Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and multiple Somali pirates.
A five-part series with Professor Smadar Rosensweig,
The Personalities in Sefer Shmuel
Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6 and 13, 7:30 pm
For women and men!
Smadar Rosensweig is a professor of Bible at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, as well as a professor of biblical studies at Allegra Franco Sephardic Women's Teachers College. Professor Rosensweig received masters' degrees in philosophy and arts from Columbia University.
This expanded series is made possible through the generosity of Barbara & Ron Ashkenas.
An important part of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue.We are asking for volunteers from our congregation willing to reach out to these members to offer an ear, identify areas of need, make a visit, or offer a ride to a doctor's appointment. Even small gestures mean a great deal and do not take much time. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are aware of any elderly or homebound shul members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
SENIORS LUNCHEON - OCTOBER 30
Join us on Wednesday, October 30 at CAS from 12-2 pm for lunch with good friends and entertainment.
In special appreciation for their efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.Men's Club is hard at work organizing CAS's yearly show of appreciation to our local first responders. A full Thanksgiving feast served to them at their station houses!
Volunteers are needed to help on Thursday, November 28:
Thursday Morning, 9:00 - 11:00 am: Prepare the Empire turkeys and trimmings in CAS's kitchen.
Midday : 11:25 am - Meet at CAS to pack up & transport all of the food to the first responders stations
Afternoon : 12:00 pm - Help serve a full Thanksgiving feast to our city's first responders.
Everyone is encouraged to come out & take part in this
genuine expression of appreciation to our local first responders!
For more info, contact Mitchell Bell: email@example.com
This Saturday, October 12: Agudath Young Couples Night Out Dessert and Movie, 8 pm
This Sunday, October 13: Men's Club Fall Breakfast Meeting, 9:30-10:30 am
This Wednesday, October 16: Smadar Rosensweig Lecture Series Begins, 7:30-9:30 pm
Next Sunday, October 20: Sisterhood Simcha Dancing Event, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Next Sunday, October 20: Scheinberg Lecture, 8 pm
Wednesday, October 30: Jewish Arts & Film Festival,
Betrayed & Gilad Shalit: The Interview 7 pm
Wednesday, 10/30: Senior Luncheon, 12-2 pm
11/3-13: CAS Trip to Israel with Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Shabbat, 11/9: Veterans' Recognition Shabbat
Thanksgiving: Men's Club Feast for Emergency Personnel
Sunday, 12/8: Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam and lunch in Brooklyn, 9 am-2 pm
Saturday, 12/21: Roast & Toast of Rabbi Walk
Sunday, 1/5: Matan begins; 1/19: Man Up begins
Save the date! The CAS Annual Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 23, 2014
Bible from the Beginning. 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk. In this ongoing survey of the Torah, we discuss issues in the Bible, verse by verse. Soon beginning Numbers, we will continue our leisurely journey through the Chumash during the year.
Dvar Yom B'Yomo. 12:20 pm (BCDS)-Rabbi David Walk. Take an in-depth look at one topical issue each week, either from the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming Jewish holiday.
*Beginning Hebrew* 7:30 pm- Ben-Zion Soifer.
Sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. Mondays, 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.
Power of the Prophets. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
Take a closer look at Jewish history you thought you knew. Explore the divided kingdom of Israel through an in-depth study of Kings 1. Plumb the nuances and themes of the text and gain modern messages.
*The Depth of Genesis* 9:00 am- Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
Join for an in depth study of the Book of Bereishit. Explore the roots of Creation, G-d's Plan for the Universe and the Mystery of the Garden of Eden. This text- based class is open to all backgrounds and will delve into the mutiples layers of meaning in the Torah.
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms. 12:00 pm-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Glean relevant life messages from the weekly Torah portion in this engaging and upbeat class. Get a spiritual and physical midday boost!
*Prayer Primer* 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.
The history, development and philosophy of the laws of Tefillah.
Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.This class focuses on the tractate that discusses the laws of Purim and of reading and writing Torah scrolls.
*Back to Basics-The Joys of Kosher Living* October 31, November 14, November 28 and December 12, 7:30 pm - Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Explore fundamentals of Judaism in an open and warm environment. Whatever your background, you will gain a deeper understanding of the timeless idea and practices within our faith. Topics will Include: Mindful Eating; The Kosher Kitchen; Blessings; Oreos, Gatorade and Keeping Kosher in 2013.
Be one of six teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 2-4, 2014 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation.
To be one of the six selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?" If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters. Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Sunday, December 1, 2014 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to 10th-12th graders from CAS. We are grateful to Stephanie and Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman. If you would like to enable more teens to attend AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, pleasecontact Rabbi Cohen.
Matan is a mother-daughter program for Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. Michal Smart has, once again, agreed to run the Matan program. This year, it will be run in conjunction with Bi-Cultural Day School. The first five sessions will be held at BCDS and the last five at Agudath Shalom.
The sessions will be held on Sunday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on the following dates:
January 5, 12, 19 & 26, February 2, 9 & 16, March 2, 9 & 30, (Makeup date: April 6.)
There will be no charge for Agudath members or for BCDS students. For members of the community there will be a $200 charge. To sign up, please click here:
Rabbi Cohen will lead three sessions for father and sons centered on B'nai Mitzvah responsibilities to self, family, community and the world .
Classes will be held at Agudath Shalom. There is no charge for members.
The sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15 am on the following dates:
The Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam and lunch in Brooklyn will be on Sunday, December 8th from 9 am-2 pm. Please bring money for lunch. There will also be an opportunity to purchase tefillin or other Judaica. If you can drive, please contact Rabbi Cohen.
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
Aviva bat Etta, Moshe Adam ben Rachel, Maryashe bat Maryashe, Penina Esther bat Devorah, Avraham ben Chana, Mila bat Frida, Perel bat Chaya, 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.
AGUNAH LECTURE-Saturday, October 12, Young Israel.
Rabbi Jeremy Stern, Executive Director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA)
will deliver a shiur entitled:
Breaking the Chain:
a Roadmap to Resolving the Plight of Agunot
during 5:45 seudah shlishit, following 5:15
mincha. Rabbi Stern will address the painful issue of recalcitrance, the need to give a get of one's free will, and historical attempts to prevent igun, preventing one's spouse from remarrying. He will also address the specific circumstances surrounding the Ohana case, as well as the due-diligence and investigations that ORA undertakes before accepting a case.
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE MITZVAH DAY-Sunday October 13, 10 am-1 pm, 770 High Ridge Rd, Stamford. More info:
JHS BOOK TALK: FDR AND THE JEWS BY RICHARD BREITMAN AND ALLAN J. LICHTMAN-Wednesday, October 16, 10 am. JHS Library at the JCC. Was FDR an anti-Semite or an astute politician in a tumultuous era in history? Presenter: Marilyn Schwartz. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email Elissa Kaplan at email@example.com
CARMEL ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 20, 10 am - 12 pm, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Children's activities provided by PJ Library. Come and meet our Head of School, kindergarten and 1st grade teachers. For more information and to RSVP, please contact our Director of Admissions, Daneet Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-983-3503. Check out our website at www.carmelacademy.com.
PRESCRIBING FOR A NATION; EXAMINING THE INTERPLAY OF ISRAELI HEALTH CARE & JEWISH LAW-Sunday, October 20, 9 am-3 pm. Medical Ethics Society Conference 2013. Wilf Campus. Go to http://yumedicalethics.com
ADL AWARD RECEPTION-Sunday, October 20. The Anti-Defamation League will hold its annual Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award Reception in Greenwich. Judith Altmann will be honored at this event. For more information, please contact Janet Magid, Associate Development Director at (203) 288-6500 x313 or email@example.com
2013 LOUIS J. KURIANSKY ANNUAL CONFERENCE-Tuesday, October 22, 7-9:00 pm. Scholar-in-Residence The Most Reverend Monsignor David M. Jaeger, Prelate Auditor of the Roman Rota and long-time liaison between the Vatican and Israel. Msgr. Jaeger's keynote, My Twenty Years Negotiating Between the Vatican and Israel: Lessons for Peace in the Land, will be followed by an interfaith discussion with local religious leaders (including Rabbi Hammerman from Temple Beth El) entitled, The Role of Religion in a Secular Society. There will be a preconference community reception and supper (Kosher) at 6:00 pm. $5 lecture/$20 lecture & supper. Free for local students, educators, and non-profit professionals, but advance registration required. More info: (203) 251-9525/0184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 27th, at 9:30 am (doors open at 9 am,) 2540 Amsterdam Ave on YU's Wilf Campus. More information, as well as the option to pre-register, can be found at www.yuhsb.org.
BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 27, 10am-12pm. Children's activities during program sponsored by PJ Library and supervised by kindergarten teachers. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joanne Karow, Director of Admissions: email@example.com or 203-329-2186. Please visit us at www.bcds.org
LOAVES OF LOVE MEGA CHALLAH BAKE-
Monday, October 28, 7 pm,
Stamford Plaza, 2701 Summer Street.
(Open to Women & Girls College Age and Above.)
Whether you have baked challah before or this is a first, help us reach our goal of getting 360 women together - to bake challah for your family as well as for those in need of a little extra love!
PRESCHOOL HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS-Come and experience the Carmel Academy difference with your preschooler at our interactive and hands-on series, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. For more information and to RSVP, please contact our Director of Admissions, Daneet Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-983-3503. Check out our website at www.carmelacademy.com.
WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm. 856 Orienta Ave, Mamaroneck. Info: Shari Levitan, Director of Admissions, (914) 698-0806 #308 or email@example.com.
THE RACE TO COLLEGE-Mondays, November 4. and December 2 at 5:30 pm. Pre-planning for college for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders and their parents conducted by Claire Friedlander, Jewish Family Service College Consultant at Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road, Stamford. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Claire Friedlander at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-921-4161.
JHS & JCC KRYSTALLNACHT PROGRAM; HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: STAMFORD WOMAN REMEMBERS ELUDING THE NAZIS
-Sunday, November 10, 1:30 pm. Stamford JCC. Was FDR an anti-Semite or an astute politician in a tumultuous era in history. Speaker: Sarah Lew Miller, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email
JHS BOOK TALK: ROAD TO VALOR: A TRUE STORY OF WWII ITALY, THE NAZIS, AND THE CYCLIST WHO INSPIRED A NATION BY AILI AND ANDRES MCCONNON
-Wednesday, November 20, 10 am. Atria, 77 Third Street, Stamford. Presenter: Frank Melzer. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email email@example.com.
LINKING GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH-Our 2nd Generation Group began in July 2012. We are a group of approximately fifty members ranging in age from 40 and up and we come from all over CT and Westchester County. Our monthly meetings take place in Westport, CT (usually at the UJA offices) every second Tuesday of the month. Spouses of 2G members as well as 3rd Generation often attend our general meetings. In our first year of existence, we have made great strides. In addition to creating our mission statement, "To honor the spirit and courage of our parents and those who perished or survived and rebuilt their lives. And to remember them and dedicate in their honor good works and healing deeds to benefit and enlighten future generations so the horrors of the Shoah will never be revisited upon humanity" we are also exploring and sharing the unique experiences, awareness, bonds, burdens, and responsibilities that come with being Children of Holocaust survivors. As we journey into our second year together, we realize even more how much great community depends on great conversation and that we are witnesses in ourselves to something far greater than ourselves.Please come and join us. For further contact information call: Ann Cohn at 203-762-0058 (home) or 203-984-6667 (cell)
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