The reunion between Joseph and his father and brothers is heartwarming in this week's Torah portion of Vayigash. However, the tragedy is that for over twenty years the family was broken.
How did the fraternal division start? I am confident that when they were children they played with each other and got along as friends. The Torah records this story to highlight the primacy and fragility of the Jewish people. As a nation, unfortunately, we face external enemies and we cannot afford to allow our communities and people to fracture. Every Jew is responsible for the next and we are one regardless of background or age.
One of the hallmarks of Agudath Sholom is our engagement in the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and all over the world. In this spirit, I urge everyone to support our Jewish Federation's Super Sunday effort this Sunday. Visit the JCC to volunteer or answer the call. As a shul, when we support each other and our communal institutions, we all benefit.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
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)
Mike's Center Cafe & Bakery at the JCC is now open on Saturday nights! Mike's will open each week one hour after the end of Shabbat and will close when the JCC closes at 9 pm. For information, please call 203-321-0051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mazal Tov to:
Sheila & Steven Trabish on Sabrina's Bat Mitzvah
Senator Joseph & Hadassah Lieberman on the birth of a baby boy, Meir Nechamya, to Hani & Daniel Lowenstein
Ilyse & Dean Schuckman on the birth of a baby girl to Kira & Evan Schuckman
Yasher Koach to:
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan, chairs of this year's UJF Super Sunday. Please click here for more information.
Staying Connected-Slonimer Torah Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Yoni & Stephen Neirman on the third yahrtzeit of Yoni's father, Daniel Stevens;
Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz and Ethan Green in memory of their beloved father and grandfather Neal Chassen on his 20th yahrtzeit;
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Richard Schwartz, in thanks to G-d for his recovery, and in memory of his grandfather, Rabbi Moses Kalonymous Skinder (haRav Moshe Kalonymous ben haRav Tzvi haCohen,) his mother Helen (Nehama Hadassah bat haRav Moshe Kalonymous haCohen,) his father Saul (Yisrael Avraham ben Moshe haLevi) and his brother, Gabe (Gavriel Chaim ben Yisrael Avraham haLevi)
Sheila & Steven Trabish in honor of Sabrina's Bat Mitzvah; Susan & Len Mark on the yahrtzeit of Len's father, Isadore
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday 7:15/8:30 am, Monday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am
Sunday-Thursday 4:15 pm, Friday 4:00 pm (early due to Asarah B'Tevet)
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 email@example.com. 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, contact email@example.com.
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:
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
Baila Bat Esther, Tzvia Rivkah Bat Hinda, Yehuda ben Shirley, Natalie Chana Chaya Bat Aviva, Naomi Devorah bat Mindel,
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.
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
BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL PARLOR MEETING-Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm at the home of Jessica & Levi Dulitz, 6 Revonah Circle, Stamford. Meet with CAS parents Heidi & Evan Bernstein, Laura & Seth Tobin and Meredith & David Cohen as well as Head of School Jackie Herman, educational leadership, and a middle school student. To RSVP or for more information, please contact: Joanne Karow, Director of Admissions at email@example.com or (203)329-2186 ext: 1310
THE MYSTIQUE OF MARRIAGE: AN EVENING OF INSPIRATION WITH MRS. RIVKAH SLONIM-Sunday, December 15, 7:30 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, One First Stamford Place, Stamford. Light refreshments will be served. Come be fascinated by unique insights into marriage. Explore the world of communication, respect, trust, intimacy and many other fundamental ingredients in a healthy marriage. Join us as we tap into 5000 years of experience and tools. Rivkah Slonim, an internationally known lecturer and activist, addresses the intersection of traditional Jewish observance and contemporary life with a special focus on Jewish marriage. Slonim is the editor of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology. Slonim and her husband have lived in Binghamton, NY, since 1985 and serve the Jewish students of Binghamton University. For more information or to RSVP, call 203 329-0015 x414.
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.
AIPAC-EXTENDING THE BASE; PRO-ISRAEL ACTIVISM BEYOND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY-Thursday, December 19, 7 pm, Temple Sholom, 300 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Featuring Labriah Lee, AIPAC's Northeast Region Outreach Director,who coordinates AIPAC's outreach program to minority leaders in the Northeast Region. Dessert will be served. RSVP to Alice Schoen at 203-542-7165 or 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
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Just arrived: Emanuel menorahs and mezuzahs from Israel!
Sunday: 9-11 am | Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 12-2 pm