Every holiday illuminates a pathway for spiritual development and serves as a touchstone to our past and anchor for our future. We experienced the fall festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot and recently celebrated Chanukah. In a few days, we will journey through the New Year of the Trees, the 15th of Shevat. What is its message and meaning for the modern world? Join me for a few days of discovery and personal growth.
Beginning on the 12th of Shevat and culminating with the 15th of Shevat, we will explore four dimensions for growth. The themes will be:
Why Us? Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security
The Junior Congregation Shabbaton will run concurrently with the AIPAC Dinner! Drop your 1-4 graders off at the Shabbaton, attend services and the dinner, and pick them up at 8:30! Register for the Jr. Cong. Shabbaton here.
The annual AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement. The 2014 conference will be held March 2-4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Please join us by registering here.
Cookbook author Jennifer Abadi is compiling a Sephardic/Middle Eastern Passover Cookbook. She has interviewed individuals from more than 12 countries about their traditions and memories. She is looking to interview members of the Algerian, Bulgarian, Ethiopian, Indian (not Baghdadi), Iranian, Italian, Tunisian and Spanish/ Portuguese/Gibraltar communities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mazal Tov to
Margie & Bob Abrams on Lily's Bat Mitzvah. Mazal Tov also to grandparents Rita Edelston, Harold Abrams and Dorisanne & Jack Wasserman.
Lauren & Joe Zalis on the naming of their baby girl this Shabbat. Mazal Tov to grandparents Sherri & Allen Rosenthal.
Dr. Naomi Hersh and Bernard Shapiro on the engagement of their daughter Rebecca Sarah Shapiro to Rabbi Jeremy Brunn Ruberg, son of Miriam Brunn Ruberg & Rabbi Archie Ruberg of Norfolk, VA.
Jessica & Elie Niedober on the birth of a baby girl. Mazal Tov to great-grandmother Marilyn Niedober, as well as to grandparents Jean Niedober and Irwin Niedober and Sherry & Bennet Kfare.
Sherri Rosenthal and Lauren Zalis on the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother, Miriam Weinstein
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Prayer for the United States Margie Abrams
Usher Mitchell Bell
Torah Readers Bob Abrams, Michael Berg
Teen Minyan Torah Readers Daniel Jubas, Marty Rubin
Living Inspired Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Musaf Shmoneh Esreh Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi David Bessaleli
Siyum on Tractate Rosh Hashana Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Michael & Debbie Berg on the anniversary of Mike's Bar Mitzvah
Rita Edelston and Dorisanne & Jack Wasserman in honor of Lily's Bat Mitzvah, joined by Lauren & Joe Zalis in honor of their daughter's naming
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen on the 25th yahrtzeit of the Rabbi's mother, Sara Malka bas Aharon Avraham Halevi
Save The Date! Shabbat, 3/7-8:Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder
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)-Daf Yomi Room 10:30 am or join Teen Minyan this week!
Teen Minyan (Grades 7-12)-Simcha Room 9:30 am
Mazal Tov to Lily Abrams on her Bat Mitzvah!
Mazal Tov to Jr. Cong. leader Zach Kfare on his new niece!
Teen Minyanin theSimcha Roomat 9:30-BMC is invited to join!
B'nai Mitzvah Club - is invited to join Teen Minyan at 9:30; those who do not want to join can still meet in the Daf Yomi room at 10:30 with Ellie Zucker!
Grades 8-12, come and enjoy a cocktail party with a hypnosis show and comedy entertainment! Register here.
Loaves of Love - POSTPONED
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 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. All sessions will meet at CAS.
The sessions will be held on Sunday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on the following dates:
January 19 & 26, February 2, 9 & 16,March 2, 9 & 30, 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?
HaRav Avraham David ben Toba Leah, 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.
PRETEEN/ TEEN TRAVEL CAMP FOR 5-10 GRADERS CGI ON THE GO OPEN HOUSE-Thursday night, Jan. 16, 8 pm at the Jacobsen home, 64 Robinson Drive, Stamford (off Pepper Ridge.) Meet with CGI Director Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger. Learn about camp late nights, over nights, 3 day trip, community service and so much more. Info: 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 203-359-914
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT-Saturday, January 25, 7:30 pm, Sunday, January 26, 11 am and 2:30 pm. Stamford JCC. Performed by the Center Women. Call the JCC to reserve seats.
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.
LIMMUD NY 2014 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE- Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17, Hilton Stamford Hotel. Rabbi Cohen will be speaking. Click here for more information.
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.