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.
From the AJC: The American Studies Association (ASA) recently voted in favor of an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Please add your name to the letter of thanks AJC will forward to each and every American university president who speaks out to deplore this attempt to pervert the important principle of academic freedom in order to vilify Israel. Read more here.
Sunday, January 12, 1:00-2:30 pm
Community Tu B'Shevat celebration at the
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
$5 per person 3 and up
includes admission to all SMNC exhibits
Do you communicate with God? When was the last time you communicated with yourself?
Ideally, prayer is an opportunity for both forms of communication. However, we often live by the clock and race to finish in time. For what? I am not sure.
The first mitzvah given by God to the Jewish nation was the sanctification of the new moon. It is a mitzvah rooted in time. The first step in exercising freedom is optimizing our time. In 2014, we are physically free but are we spiritually enslaved? Do we sanctify our prayers, Shabbat and potential for holiness in every moment?
Join me this Shabbat morning at 8:30 an for our once-a-month meditative prayer experience. It may be the most important thirty minutes of your week.
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.
All CAS classes resume this week! Please note that Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday noon Parsha class will meet at BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm.
CAS Cholent Challenge This Week!
Featuring cholent by Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Walk, Cantor Bokow and Ari Lieberman!
Mazal Tov to:
Rabbi David & Rivka Walk and Debbie Walk on the brit milah of Shmuel Yosef, born to Rachel & Micha-el Weinstein
Lauren & Joe Zalis on the birth of a son and a daughter. Mazal Tov also to grandparents Sherri & Allen Rosenthal! The shalom zachar will take place Friday night at 8 pm at the Zalis home.
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Torah Reader Jay Jubas |
Teen Minyan Torah Readers Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas, Marty Rubin, Josh Sperber
Transmission Experts Rabbi David Walk
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Shery & Barry Hertzberg on the occasion of Barry's father's yahrtzeit
Rivka & Rabbi David Walk with heartfelt Hakarat Hatov, gratitude, to Bingo, Sisterhood, and all of CAS for the renovations to the Parish House
Veronica Reich on the conclusion of the shloshim of her cousin Peter Steinreich, Avrohom Ben Yaakov
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)-Social Hall 10:30 am
Teen Minyan (Grades 7-12)-Simcha Room 9:30 am
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! Register here.
Jan 12 - Loaves of Love - Girls Morning Out at Chabad - "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree" with Mrs. Leah Shemtov. Register here.
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. Register here. First 50 to sign up get an awesome free prize!
For her Bat Mitzvah project, Rina Marlowe is collecting new or gently used Shabbos or party clothing to give to the children at Bet Ha' yeled, Amit's foster home for disadvantaged youth in Gilo, Jerusalem. Please hang your donations in the wardrobe in the back of the coatroom.
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 This Sunday
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:
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?
Pesach ben Elsa, Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel, Shmuel Refael ben Chana, Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Rivka, Rochel bat Marianna,
Rav Aharon ben Bluma (HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein), Naomi Devorah bat Mindel, Rachel bat Malkah,
Dovid Levi ben Gittel, Perel Etka bat Sara, 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 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.
FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM WITH ELANA STEIN HAIN, COMMUNITY SCHOLAR, LINCOLN SQUARE SYNAGOGUE-The Case of the Blue Tallit: Formalism and Maximalism in Jewish Law. Sunday night, January 26, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. Light dinner at 6 pm followed by lecture. Free and open to the community.
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.