We are now booking B'nai Mitzvot for 2016/17. Please call the office to reserve your date.
It is fitting that we read the parsha of Chayei Sara a few weeks before Election Day and a day before a mayoral event at our shul. Two words spoken by Avraham thousands of years ago define our interface with the world. He introduces himself as a stranger and resident among the people.
Rabbi Soloveitchik explains that Avraham is affirming his unique identity and mission. He is a stranger who professes ethical monotheism and abides by the Torah. Yet, he also affirms his obligation to be a citizen of the world and engage and elevate society.
Voting in elections is an imperative that stems from our mission as Jews to make a difference in the world. In this spirit, we invite you to our mayoral event on Sunday morning at 10 am at Agudath Sholom. May we continue to be embody the values and vision of Avraham. Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
This Sunday, 10/27, at 10 am, CAS Men's Club, Sisterhood and
TBE Men's Club Stamford Mayoral Forum
Featuring all 4 candidates: Mike Fedele, David Martin, Kathleen Murphy & John Zito.
The format will allow exciting discussion with plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. This is the time to learn where each candidate stands on our issues. Find out who will do what before you vote.
This new class will meet every other week for 4 weeks (10/31, 11/14, 11/28 and 12/12) and will discuss the following topics: Mindful Eating; The Kosher Kitchen; Blessings;Oreos, Gatorade and Keeping Kosher in 2013
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 Sunday, 10/27: Mayoral Forum, 10 am
This Wednesday, 10/30: Senior Luncheon, 12-2 pm
This Wednesday, 10/30: Jewish Arts & Film Festival,
Betrayed & Gilad Shalit: The Interview 7 pm
11/3-13: CAS Trip to Israel with Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Looking for a few good men and women to be a mentor for Partners in Torah: http://www.partnersintorah.org/. 30 minutes can change a life. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for Partners in Torah or might consider this wonderful mitzvah, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen.
An important role 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.
WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM
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.
TEEN ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIPS FOR ISRAEL
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
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. 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 email@example.com
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.
Bible from the Beginning. 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk.
Dvar Yom B'Yomo. 12:20 pm (BCDS)-Rabbi David Walk.
Beginning Hebrew 7:30 pm- Ben-Zion Soifer.
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.
Power of the Prophets. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.Cancelled this week.
The Depth of Genesis 9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms. 12:00 pm-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
Prayer Primer 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.
Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.
*Back to Basics-The Joys of Kosher Living* STARTS THIS WEEK!
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.
CAS is offering a free mezuzah and home visit to postthis sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please sign your child up for groups again even if you already have in past years. We will be following new safety protocols and as such we need you to sign up your children here.
Tot Shabbat (Toddlers-Age 3)-Library 10:30 am
Mini Minyan (Age 3- Grade 1)-Youth Classroom 10:30 am
Jr. Congregation (Grades 2-4)-Chapel 10:30 am
B'nai Mitzvah Club (Grades 5-6)-Cantor's Office 10:30 am
Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 7-8)-Daf Yomi Room 10:30 am
Mazal Tov to Gabriel Yaghoubian on his Bar Mitzvah!
If you or your teens have not been receiving the special Teen emails, contact email@example.com.
Nov 1-2 - NCSY Teen Roadshow - full Shbbat of programming.. contact Josh & Miriam Sperber for more info.
Nov 2- Jr. Cong. Double Nekudot and Nekudot sale ShabbatNew time!
Sunday, November 3-CHOPPED ALL-STARS TEEN CHALLENGE - Do you have what it takes to create a three course meal using mandatory basket ingredients? Only 7 SPOTS AVAILABLE. 4:30-6:30 pm.SIGN UP HERE
Nov 9, 16 -Teen Minyan. Check the CAS calendar for all the Teen Minyan dates
Nov 9 - B'nai Mitzvah Club Make-Your-Own-Pizza-From-Scratch-and-Game-Night. 6-8:30 pm.
Nov 23 - Special Chanukah themed groups & Pre-Chanukah event w/Supermarket Sweep & Movie Night at CAS. Sign up here.
Jan 4 - BROOKLYN NETS Game - limited number of tickets on sale NOW online.
Jan 31 -Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton- much more info to follow.
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger
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
Simcha bat Bayah, Pinchas Shimon ben Clarel, Rachel bat Malka, Shlomo ben Hanina, Naomi Devorah bat Mindel, 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, 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.
MIKE'S CENTER CAFÉ & BAKERY AT THE JCC-Located inside the Stamford JCC, serving a variety of pizza, calzones, sandwiches and salads. For those who arrive in the morning, a variety of bagel breakfasts and assorted coffee and teas are waiting for you. Catering is also available, with a variety of platters, including sandwiches, wraps, smoked fish, sushi, cheese, egg & tuna salads, etc., plus pastries and custom cakes. All dairy products are Cholov & Pas Yisroel and all baked goods are parve. Phone # 203-321-0051 | Mike's Cell # 203-528-7382 | email@example.com.
October Special - Order any 18" pizza during October 2013 and when you mention SKAC (Stamford Kosher Activists Committee,) receive a coupon good for a full size Shabbat Challah for only $1.95 (reg. $4.00) !
16 HANDLES- 219 Bedford Street in downtown Stamford. Erik Mallon was born and bred here in Stamford, and along with his wife Lisa, opened 16 Handles 13 months ago, providing customers with a variety of frozen yogurt and toppings. No sugar and sorbet (no milk) varieties are also available. Hosting of private parties and functions, including catering, is available upon request. Also available: cakes, yogurt sandwiches and during the winter months, enjoy hot chocolate and warmed desserts. Phone # 203-817-0707 | Stamford@16handles.com.
October Special - Receive a $1.00 discount with any frozen yogurt purchase, when you mention SKAC (Stamford Kosher Activists Committee,) through Thursday - Oct. 31.
12TH JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY-Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, November 3. Highlights of the Festival include important Israeli films such as Melting Away, Gilad Shalit: The Interview, Betrayed, To Be Like Avi, White Panther, and a special feature, Festival Shorts. Not to be missed is our Israeli Jazz Café featuring Roy Assaf and his incredible jazz trio. The Festival will close with the acclaimed film, Nicky's Family which has received enormous media coverage, soon to be featured on 60 Minutes. This inspiring story has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 30 awards, including 14 audience awards from U.S. film festivals. For tickets or more information, visit www.jewishartsandfilm.org or www.stamfordjcc.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, 10 am-12 pm. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-329-2186. Please visit us at www.bcds.org
CAMP GAN ISRAEL OF GREENWICH FAMILY FUN DAY-Sunday, October 27, 3-5 pm. Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Ave, Greenwich. Come see what our camp is all about. Free community event, all welcome! Rain or shine. Camp site tours, BBQ and cotton candy, archery, sports clinics, crafts, campfire, animal show, & more! Campgan.com 203-629-9059.
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-Wednesday, October 30 & Thursday, November 21, 1:30 pm. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAN YELADIM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, November 3 for children 2-5 years. 9:45-10:45 am (9:45-10:30 for parent-accompanied classroom activities and 10:30-10:45 for snack and Q & A.) Sibling programming provided (ages 6 and up.) 770 High Ridge Road, Stamford CT. RSVP's appreciated to email@example.com but walk-ins welcome!
TWO JEWS, THREE SHULS: INDIVIDUALITY AND CONFORMITY IN HALAKHA: OHR TORAH STONE LUNCH & LEARN WITH SALLY MAYER-Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12 pm/lunch, 12:30 pm/presentation. JCC of Stamford, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Bring your own lunch...or order at Mike's Cafe. Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2ND ANNUAL SAUL COHEN - JFS LECTURE: INSIDE THE JEWISH FAMILY: RECONCILING COMMITMENTS AND TRANSGRESSIONS-Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 pm.The Gen Re Auditorium at UCONN Stamford.Dessert reception to follow.Guest Speaker: Esther Perel.A pre-lecture cocktail hour for Jewish Twenties & Thirties will be held at 6:00 pm in the UCONN Conference Center Atrium. For more information, please click here or call JFS at 203-921-4161
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 email@example.com 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. Speaker: Sarah Lew Miller, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email
HOW TO DISCUSS THE PARSHA WITH YOUR KIDS AT THE SHABBAT TABLE-Sunday, November 10, 6 pm, Young Israel of Stamford. Featuring master Tanach teacher Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Make your weekly Shabbat table discussions about the Torah portion more meaningful and educational for your children...and for yourselves! Learn age-appropriate tips from a Jewish educator who has being teaching the parsha to others for more than 30 years. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to improve your ability to connect with your children around Torah learning.
ISRAEL ADVOCACY AND CONFRONTING MEDIA BIAS: EFFECTIVE USE OF TRADITIONAL AND NEW SOCIAL MEDIA-Sunday, November 17, 10 am-12 pm, JCC of New Haven. 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT. Featuring Sarit Catz, Director of International Letter Writing, CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) * Do you want to learn more about anti-Israel bias in the media and what you can do to confront it? * This program will show you how to do so, including traditional letters as well as easy and powerful new media methods (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, online commenting, etc.) Open to the public-free brunch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com