with Michal Smart resumes this Sunday at 5:30 pm at CAS
for 6th grade girls and moms
Free for CAS members/BCDS families
Unity of Purpose or Purpose of Unity?
In the Torah portion of Yitro, Rashi contrasts the unity of the Jewish people and the unity of the Egyptians. At Sinai, the nation stood as one people with one heart. The Egyptians pursued the Jews with one heart as one nation.
What is the different in the descriptions? They reflect two kinds of unity. The Egyptians united for the purpose of self-aggrandizement. The Jews united for a higher common purpose. Throughout history, our people coalesced around our shared commitment to Torah, Israel and the People.
In this spirit, I want to share a recent important development in our commitment to Torah. Please take a moment to read a statement from the RCA about a historic agreement between the American Rabbinate and the Chief Rabbinate in Israel.
Second, join us for a Shabbat dedicated to Israel at our AIPAC Yakar Shabbat, and finally, our theme for this year's annual dinner is Unity in Community. We are blessed with phenomenal chairs and honorees. We look forward to a wonderful celebration and would be honored by your support and participation.
May we always stand united as a community and nation devoted to Torah and Israel.
Why Us? Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security
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As an alternative to the AIPAC Dinner, 1st-4th graders may attend the Jr. Congregation Shabbaton which will run concurrently. Drop off your children at the Shabbaton, attend services and the AIPAC Dinner, and pick them up by 8:30. Please register your children for the Jr. Congregation 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.
CAS Jewish Arts Weekend
NEXT Saturday Evening, January 25, 7:30 p.m.
Envisioning Esther: The Art and History of Illustrated Megillot
Presentation by: Sharon Liberman Mintz,
Senior Consultant for Judaica at Sotheby's
Curator of Jewish Art, Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary
Sponsored in memory of Dr. Henry Fogelman by his daughter Peggy Fogelman,
Director of Collections, The Morgan Library Museum
Mazal Tov to
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen on Adam's Bar Mitzvah
the 2014 recipients of the AIPAC Teen Fellowships: Abigail Berk, Harry Block, Adina Cohen, Elisheva Cohen, Noah Frydman, Yoni Israel, Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas, Jonah Listokin, Andrew Pitkoff and Brad Waldstreicher. Thank you to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for supporting the AIPAC fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman. We are also grateful to Sandy & Michael Kamen for supporting additional Teen Fellows this year.
Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas for winning a 2013 National Jewish Book Award for Kaddish: Women's Voices. They will receive the Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award in the category of Contemporary Life and Jewish Practice on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at the Center for Jewish History.
Joe Gold, inaugural recipient of the Chai Award, to be presented at the CAS Annual Festive Dinner Dance on March 23
Laura Tobin for organizing the Young Couples/Families Lunch this Shabbat in which fifteen families are participating. Thank you to the host families: Jessica & Levi Dulitz, Stephanie & Perry Friedman, Julia Klein & Avi Freedberg and Emily & Michael Wirgin.
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Shacharit Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Musaf Adam Cohen
Torah Readers Adam Cohen, Michael Berg, Judd Love
Usher Vicki Hershman Prayer for the United States Anne Peskin
Experience Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Shiur God's Tenth
Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi Yuval Sinai
The Question of the Year Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Sherri & Allen Rosenthal in honor of their grandchildren
Hayden Miriam (Miriam Bracha) and her soon-to-be-named twin brother
Rachel & Ephaim Cohen in honor of Adam's Bar Mitzvah
Rachel & Ephaim Cohen in honor of Adam's Bar Mitzvah
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday - Friday 7:00 am
Sunday 7:15/8:30 am, Monday 6:30/8:30 am, Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am
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 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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
Aviva bat Etta, 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.
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 at (203) 322-7900.
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. 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.