Father/Son Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam 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.
Download the Benjamin and Rose Berger Chanukah To-Go ® 5774here.
Join us at the Atria, 77 3rd Street, Monday, December 2, 3:45 - 4:15 pm for Chanukah candlelighting.
The four cups of wine, the reading of the Megillah and lighting the Chanukah candles signify the three times during the year when we "publicize a miracle." Yet, why, with Chanukah lights alone, are we forbidden from personally benefiting from them as reflected in the words of the prayer Hanerot Hallalu? Unlike Passover and Purim, where the mitzvot are within a home or synagogue, the Chanukah lights must be at the entranceway to a house. The prime purpose is not publicizing within our private community, but to the public. Therefore, we are forbidden from using the lights in order to emphasize our responsibility to find ways during Chanukah to spread this light, not for our own purpose, but for the world. Spreading the holiness is our role and our destiny. Wishing you and your families a Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom,
Enhanced by Fannie Stevens in memory of her husband, Daniel
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Chanukah Children's Book Drive!
What you can give: new or gently used children's books for infants and children through 8th grade.
To whom you are giving: pediatric care centers, childcare centers, schools and other programs through Read to Grow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting early literacy in partnership with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.
Where to drop off: Lobby of Agudath Sholom (301 Strawberry Hill avenue)
When you can drop off: Friday, November 22-Sunday, December 8
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.
CAS Free Mezuzah Campaign in Fairfield County, CT
Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes | Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah?
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: email@example.com
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 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.
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.
The Depth of Genesis 9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms noon-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* December 5, 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
Jan 12 - Loaves of Love-Girls' Morning Out at Chabad
Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton- much more info to follow.
If you or your teens have not been receiving the special Teen emails, contact email@example.com.
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
Tzvia Rivkah Bat Hinda, Yehuda ben Shirley, Natalie Chana Chaya Bat Aviva, Naomi Devorah bat Mindel,
Pinchas Shimon ben Klarel, Zahava bat Chaya Sara, Shmuel Lev ben Malka, Geula Tova bat Chana, 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.
INSTALLATION OF BEIT CHAVERIM SYNAGOGUE OF WESTPORT/NORWALK'S NEW RABBI AND SPIRITUAL LEADER GREG WALL-Saturday night, November 30, 8:30 pm, in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Rabbi Wall is a critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer who has appeared on stage around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Rabbi Wall will perform with some of his long-time collaborators from New York's Downtown music scene, including the Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band, Later Prophets, and Zion80. For tickets, call the Beit Chaverim office at 203-227-3333. THE RACE TO COLLEGE-Monday, 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. SUPER SUNDAY VOLUNTEERS-Super Sunday is coming! Join other CAS volunteers on December 8nd at the JCC in Stamford. Click here for more info or to volunteer. Chaired by Rachel and Doctor Nimrod Dayan. L'CHAIM! YANKEL'S TAVERN: JEW'S, LIQUOR, AND LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF POLAND-Sunday, December 8, 10:30 am (nosh 10 am) Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford. Speaker: Author Glenn Dynner, PhD, Professor at Sarah Lawrence, Scholar of East European Jewry with a focus on the social history of Hasidism and the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment.) For information, contact Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE OPEN HOUSE IN STAMFORD-At the home of the Haron Family, Sunday, December 8, 5 pm. For more information, including the address of the event or to RSVP please contact CYJ Sprout Lake at 917-595-1500 or
WEEKLY SHIUR SERIES ON PARSHA AND PARSHANUT: AN ANALYSIS OF BIBLICAL COMMENTARIES IN LIGHT OF THE WEEKLY PARSHA-given by Rabbi Yaakov Blau, Talmud Chair at Ma'ayanot. This series will meet on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. beginning December 3rd and continuing through January 7th. For more information or to sponsor a shiur, please contact Pam Ennis at email@example.com or 201-833-4307, ext. 265. MA'AYANOT YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL'S ANNUAL DAY OF STUDY IN THE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES-Wednesday, December 25th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, at Ma'ayanot (1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck). The program will begin with a keynote address by Rabbi Dr. Ephriam Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law, Yeshiva University, on the topic The Surprising Intellectualism of Medieval Ashkenazic Jewry and its Religious and Societal Roots. The keynote address will be followed by sessions in advanced topics in the liberal arts and sciences taught by members of Ma'ayanot's esteemed faculty. All are welcome. For more information please contact Pam Ennis at 201-833-4307, ext. 265. JHS BOOK TALK: THE IMPOSTER BRIDE, BY NANCY RICHLER -Wednesday, December 18, 10 am. Stamford JCC, Newfield Avenue and Vine Road. Presenter: Judy Katz. A young woman refugee arrives in Montreal in 1945 to marry a man she has never met. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148. 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
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