One family will host and provide the main course, challah and drinks, and the other families will bring side dishes and dessert. Couples and families of similar backgrounds will be grouped together. If you would like to participate as either a guest or a host, please email Laura Tobin by January 5 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Roast & Toast of Rabbi Walk has been postponed.
Stay tuned for the new date!
What's in a name? From Judaism's perspective, a great deal. Our Hebrew name reflects our true essence.
The Sages teach that the Jews were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of retaining their Hebrew names. In fact, the Hebrew word for the second book of the Torah that we begin this weekend is Shemot, Names. Do you know your Hebrew name? What does it signify? Why did your parents give you this name? How can it reveal your mission?
If you would like to explore these questions, please be in touch. In my years in the rabbinate, I discovered that allegiance to your Hebrew name serves as a moral anchor and spiritual compass throughout life.
Second Shabbat of every month: Understanding Prayer
Explore the meaning behind Shabbat morning prayers, the
structure of services, and gain more comfort with the service.
10:30-11 am, led by clergy. Starts January 11.
Help Us Help You!
As the year 2013 comes to a close, please remember that CAS is here for you year-round. Please remember to support CAS with your end-of-year donations.
Dues, pledges and donations need to be received by CAS no later than December 31 in order for you to receive a charitable receipt for the tax year.
Mazal Tov to:
Claudia & Terry Brenner on Mia's Bat Mitzvah
Sarah Poland and youth chairs Kate Rich and Rina Marlowe for organizing the Chanukah Children's Book Drive, which garnered more than 200 books for Read to Grow!
Sheila Romanowitz on the birth of a grandson, Harlow Sean Dolan, born to Avra & Seamus Dolan
Joyce & Barry Chavkin on the birth of a grandson, born to Chana Rivka & Dovid Chavkin. Mazal tov to Uncle Marc & Aunt Anat, too!
Nesiah Tovah to: to:
Rachel Wolfe, who is making aliyah this week and joining the IDF
Howard Wolfe, on the death of his beloved aunt, Janice Wolfe
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Warren Bein, Ethan Green, Daniel Kraus, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin
Prayer for the United States
Moshe's Mandate Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Wise Guys Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
What's in a Name? Rabbi David Walk
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Misha Guy & Tatiana Kunik on the yahrtzeits of Misha's father Yosef Guy (Yosef ben Moshe) and mother Yulia Shapiro (Yulia bat Leb) and the anniversary of Rachelle's Bat Mitzvah; Danielle and Howard Wolfe in honor of Rachel's making aliyah this coming Monday and joining the IDF
Claudia & Terry Brenner in honor of Mia's Bat Mitzvah
Barbara & Larry Miller on the yahrtzeit of Sylvia Miller (Shaindel bat Yosef)
Sunday, Wednesday 7:45 am, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 am
Sunday, Wednesday 7:15/8:30 am, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:30/7:30 am
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 4 - BROOKLYN NETS Game - on sale NOW online-4 seats left.
Jan 11 - Grades 8-12, come and enjoy a VIP elegant black and white cocktail party with a hypnosis show and comedy entertainment! RSVP here!
Jan 12 - Loaves of Love-Girls' Morning Out at Chabad
Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton
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
Shmuel Refael ben Chana, 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.
CARMEL ACADEMY PARLOR MEETING-Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, at the home of Bonnie & Emanuel Citron, 7 Mulberry Lane, Cos Cob. Meet with Carmel's Head of School, Nora Anderson, and Carmel parents in a relaxed and informal setting. To schedule a private tour, and to RSVP for the parlor meeting, please contact Director of Admissions Daneet Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (203) 983-3503.
JHS PROGRAM: THE LAST SIXTY YEARS OF REFORM JUDAISM, A VERY PERSONAL ODYSSEY-Sunday, January 12, 1:30 pm (nosh 1 pm.) Stamford JCC. Speaker: Dr. Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email email@example.com
JHS BOOK TALK-Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton-Wednesday, January 22, 10 am. JHS Library at the JCC. A vivid picture of Jewish Life in 3rd century Babylon, featuring the compelling heroine, Hisdadukh, who paints the tumultuous life of this ancient time and place Presenter: Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro.. 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
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 email@example.com.