For 6th grade girls and moms. Free for CAS members/BCDS families
Man Up Bar Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen will continue 2/9 & 2/23 at 9:15 am.
For 6th/7th grade boys and dads.
A light breakfast will be served.
Free for CAS members.
Saturday night, 3/15
Purim Concert with
Cantor Bokow and the Bagles
10 or 613?
Why did G-d give the Jewish people so many commandments? The Torah links parshat Yitro to Mishpatim to signify the divinity of all laws. The idea is best expressed by the following note of history: In the 1960's, the Danish architect Arne Jacobson designed a new college campus in Oxford. Not content with designing the building, he went on to design the cutlery and crockery to be used in the dining hall, and supervised the planting of every shrub in the college garden. When asked why, he replied in the words of another architect, Mies van der Rohe: "God is in the details." So too in Judaism. G-d is in the details.
Why Us? Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security
*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. Watch Rabbi Cohen's 2013 video on the importance of attending the AIPAC conference here.
CAS Jewish Arts Weekend
THIS 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
The restaurant remains under the kosher supervision of the Orthodox Union.
At Seudah Shlishit, following 4:40 pm mincha
The Search for God on the Fringe- Baruch Sterman
Baruch Sterman holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia and a doctorate in physics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his day job is in the telecommunications industry in Israel. His real passion, however, is for putting the cutting-edge tools of science to work in solving an ancient scriptural riddle. Baruch's wife and co-author, Judy Taubes Sterman, is both a yoga instructor and a teacher of biblical studies, and the couple live in Efrat with their 7 children. Together, they created The Rarest Blue, which details the fascinating account of searching for the losttekhelet dye.
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 26, February 2, 9 & 16, March 2, 9 & 30 and 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?
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.
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.
JCC SARA WALKER NURSERY SCHOOL MODERN PARENTING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS-January 30, 7pm at Temple Sinai. Speakers include: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Cultivating Courage in Your Kids, Betsy Stone - Self-Esteem-Do Our Kids Really Need It?, Jennifer Sabbah - The Well Balanced Child, Jeff DeTeso - Developing Independent and Problem Solving Children, Kids in Crisis - Keeping Kids Safe, Alisa Rhodie - Greatest Hits for Positive Parenting.
FILM: HOME OF THE BRAVE: WHEN SOUTHBURY SAID NO TO THE NAZIS-Sunday, February 9, 1:30 pm, Stamford JCC, Vine Rd. and Newfield Ave. Panel discussion: Rabbi Eric Polokoff, B'nai Israel of Southbury; Rev. Shannon Wall, current Pastor of South Britain Congregational Church UCC; Ed Edelson, First Selectman of Southbury; and Scott Sniffen, director/film maker of the documentary. For information, contact Marcie Schoenfeld (203) 359-9148 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Arts and Film Festival.
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.
THE PITY OF IT ALL, A HISTORY OF JEWS IN GERMANY, 1743-1933 BY AMOS ELON- Wednesday, February 19, 10 am, Stamford JCC. Presenter: Gene Schwartz. Populated with Jewish writers and philosophers, starting with Moses Mendelssohn, the story explores their lives and their roles in the political currents of the period. For more information contact email@example.com or Marcie at (203) 359-9148. Sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.
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 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.