Come join the fun-we're looking for some new faces to help us. Bingo is one of the easiest ways to help our Shul. It takes place most Monday nights (except Jewish and national holidays) from about 5:30 to 9:45; we can accommodate your schedule.
Callers are especially needed.
So please do a mitzvah and join our small group of dedicated workers.
Why do we cover the challah on Shabbat when reciting kiddush? You may have heard that is it so we do not embarrass the bread since according to Jewish law, the blessing for the challah should precede the blessing for wine.
Does the challah feel the shame? What is the message for us? The end of the secular year and the parsha ofVa'era evoke feelings of reflection on the topic of gratitude or "Hakarat Hatov." The happiest people are the ones who live with this attitude.
Join me on Shabbat morning following musaf for an interactive presentation on the Jewish roots and relevance of this timeless Jewish ideal.
A relaxed evening of Jewish, Israeli and Mexican music
Saturday night, February 8, 8:00 pm
$10 per person, seating is limited
For reservations, click here | Don't delay, book your seats today!
Shabbat Lunch - January 18, 2014.
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.
CAS Cholent Challenge Next Week!
Featuring cholent by veterans Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Walk and Ari Lieberman
and new participants Cantor Bokow, Saul Skolnick, and Maureen Pollack
Help Us Help You!
Please remember that 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:
Barbara & Larry Novack on the Bat Mitzvah last Shabbat of their granddaughter Samantha Jessica, daughter ofRobin Novack Nack & Irwin Nack
Rabbi David & Rivka Walk and Debbie Walk on the birth of a grandson, born to Rachel & Micha-el Weinstein of Tekoa, Israel, who are on Shlichut in Cleveland, OH. Mazal Tov also to siblings Hallel Shira, Kaveh, Yiska Sarah, Rivka Tiferet and Raaya Leah
Rabbi David & Rivka Walk and Debbie Walk on the Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat of Hallel Shira, daughter of Rachel & Micha-el Weinstein. Hallel Shira is the Walks' eldest grandchild.
Kol Hakavod to:
Mitchell Bell, the CAS Men's Club and all the volunteers who served dinner December 25 at Pacific House and on Thanksgiving to Stamford EMS. Click here to read Agudath Sholom Brings Christmas Dinner to Pacific House in the Stamford Advocate.
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Bob Abrams, Ethan Green, Ted Listokin, Judd Love, Shakked Parhi
Prayer for the United States
Cultivating Gratitude Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Coffee & Commentary
Redemption of Captives in Exchange for the Release of Terrorists Professor Yuval Sinai
Code of Jewish Law
Honoring Parents and Spouse: a Personal Story of Gratitude Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Dr. Murray Engel, in memory of his mother, Hannah Menczel Engel, and also in memory of her relatives murdered during the Shoah:
her parents, Alter & Sarah Menczel, her siblings Shmuel and Miriam Menczel,
her in-laws, Moses & Gusta Engel, and their children Lotte and Shmuel Engel
Anonymous, in honor of Rad's 13 years of dedicated service to CAS
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.
COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS
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?
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
Bible from the Beginning. 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk. Will resume January 5.
Dvar Yom B'Yomo. 12:20 pm (BCDS)-Rabbi David Walk. Will resume January 6.
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. Will resume January 6.
Power of the Prophets. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Will resume on January 7.
The Depth of Genesis. 9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Will resume on January 7.
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms. noon-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Will resume on January 7, at BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm
Prayer Primer. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. Will resume on January 7.
Halacha as a Dynamic Process. 7:30 pm-Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman. January 15, 22, 29 and February 5 & 26.
Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. Will resume January 2.
Taste of Torah. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen Will resume in January.
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)-Simcha Room 10:30 am
No Jr. Teen Chat or Teen Minyan this week
Jan 4 - BROOKLYN NETS Game - on sale NOW online-2 seats left.
Jan 11 - Grades 5-6 BMC is invited to join Teen Minyan for a special Shabbat morning experience!
Jan 11 - Grades 8-12 come and enjoy a VIP elegant black and white cocktail party with a hypnosis show and comedy entertainment!
Jan 12 - Loaves of Love - Girls Morning Out at Chabad - "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree" with Mrs. Leah Shemtov.
Jan 18 - Movin' On Up Shabbat! "Graduation" for all children aging out of their groups..if you have any questions, please see Rabbi Jeiger!
Jan 25 - Tot Shabbat - Breakfast with your Morahs - 10 am (early start)! Don't miss this special breakfast treats and bonding time with your Morahs Irene, Debbie and Simone!
Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton- much more info to follow..Including first 50 to sign up get an awesome free prize!
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: Begins Next Week
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:
We will be starting this list anew in January; please email hereto include names.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.