G-d willing, Diane and I will be leading a CAS mission to Israel this Sunday. Some of the participants have never been to Israel. Seeing the country through their eyes always awakens appreciation for the gift of our homeland. G-d willing, the trip will be fantastic. In this week's Torah portion, when Isaac wants to leave Israel, G-d enjoins him to stay and reminds him of the eternal promise of the land.
We will be spending a couple of days in the North visiting Tzafat and the Golan while based in Kibbutz Lavi, almost a week in Jerusalem visiting the old and new, a day in Tel Aviv, a couple of days in the South, and concluding the trip at Masada. We will also be studying with Rabbi David Aaron at Isralight and learning about cutting edge cancer research at Tel Aviv University. One of the highlights will also be spending time with many of our CAS students who are in Israel this year whom we will host for dinner this coming Thursday.
G-d willing, we will go in peace and return in peace. If you are not joining us this week, start planning on your next visit. Save the date of February 1st for our Yakar Shabbat whose theme this year is Israel and consider joining our delegation to AIPAC in support of Israel in March.
May we be blessed to always remain appreciative of the gift of Israel and do our utmost to see the full redemption of our homeland speedily and in our days.
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!
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. Rabbi Cohen is in Israel
The Depth of Genesis 9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.Cancelled this week. Rabbi Cohen is in Israel
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms noon-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.Cancelled this week. Rabbi Cohen is in Israel
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 IN 2 WEEKS!
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.
Taste of Torah. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Cancelled this week. Rabbi Cohen is in Israel
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
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)-Back of Simcha Room 10:30 am
No Jr. Teen Chat This Week
Teen Minyan at Young Israel 9:30 am
Mazal Tov to Nathan Haron on his Bar Mitzvah!
Mazal Tov to Ryan Meiteles on his Bar Mitzvah!
Jr. Cong. Double Nekudot and Nekudot sale this Shabbat
This Sunday-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
If you or your teens have not been receiving the special Teen emails, contact email@example.com.
Next Shabbat - Teen Minyan. Check the CAS calendar for all the Teen Minyan dates.
Next Shabbat - B'nai Mitzvah Club Make-Your-Own-Pizza-From-Scratch-and-Game-Night. 6-8:30 pm.
Nov 16 - Teen Minyan
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
Shmuel Lev ben Malka, Geula Tova bat Chana, Reuven Yonah Halevi ben Nachama Hadassa,
Rachel bat Malkah, Sarah bat Etta Zisel, Noam Aryeh ben Leia Michal, Dovid Levi ben Gittel, Perel Etka bat Sara, Rachel Yonina bat Leah Raizel, Idan Yarden ben Esther, Geri bat Esther, Devorah bat Chana, Aviva bat Etta
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.
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!
FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM-Sunday night, November 3, Young Israel of Stamford. Light dinner at 6 pm and class begins at 6:15 pm. Rabbi Itiel Oron: Is and Should Jewish Law Be Different in the State of Israel? National Considerations in Halakhic Discourse. Free and open to the community.
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
CARMEL ACADEMY PARLOR MEETING-Wednesday, November 13, 7:00-8:30 pm, at the home of Lisa and Jeff Manheim, Stamford, CT. Learn about the Carmel Academy difference! Meet with Carmel's Head of School, Nora Anderson, and Carmel parents in a relaxed and informal setting. For more information, to RSVP, and to obtain the address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 983-3503
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.
BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL AUCTION 2013-Sunday, November 17th, 5:30-9:00 pm, Temple Beth-El, Stamford. Game On! Master of Ceremonies, Alan Kalter. Come on down for games, prizes behind every door and so much more! For more information, contact Eve Nachman 203-329-2186 ext. 1341 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESCHOOL HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS-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
SUPER SUNDAY-Sunday, December 8, JCC. United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. Chaired by Rachel and Doctor Nimrod Dayan.
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