with Rabbi Daniel Cohen at CAS continues next Sunday, 2/9 at 9:15 am & concludes 2/23.
For 6th/7th grade boys & dads.
A light breakfast will be served.
Matan Bat Mitzvah Class
with Michal Smart at CAS
meets this Sunday at 5:30 pm.
For 6th grade girls and moms.
Are you in the land of Israel or is the land of Israel in you? The answers are not mutually exclusive, but highlight a message in this week's Torah portion as well as explain the significance of our Yakar AIPAC Shabbat. What was the role of the Tabernacle, the mishkan, the central spiritual center of the Jewish people?
Nachmanides explains that the Mishkan embodies a portable Mt. Sinai experience. The ongoing engagement with the Tabernacle awakens the eternal echoes of Sinai and the Revelation in our lives. In a similar spirit, wherever we live in the world, Israel must remain in the forefront of our hearts, minds and actions. We are particularly proud of our Stamford youth who are now serving in the IDF.
I am thrilled that this year's Yakar theme is Israel and am honored to welcome Sharon Goldman, Elana Lichtenstein and Allison Pilcowitz from AIPAC. There is much to learn and even more to do in support of Israel. If you are not yet planning on going to Washington DC for AIPAC's Policy Conference, please consider joining us March 2-4 for the three most important days of the year for American Israel relations. Please click here to register for the AIPAC Conference and here for my video on the importance of attending the AIPAC conference.
Also, be on the lookout at our 10 am joint kiddush for two information tables, one devoted to AIPAC and the other for the Halachic Organ Donor Society, a timely topic for the parsha of Terumah. Please click here to watch a moving HODS video.
Pam Ehrenkranz & Matt Greenberg and Yair Zur on the engagement of their daughter Gabriella Zur to Raviv Jackier, son of Orit & Phil Jackier of Staten Island
Harry and Penny Block, Jay Haendler, Daniel and Jay Jubas, and Andrew Pitkoff who are running for Chai Lifeline. There is still time to contribute in their honor here. We wish them a good journey to Miami and a speedy and healthy run!
Dr. Sharon Goldman, Elana Lichtenstein and Allison Pilcowitz of AIPAC
The Jr. Congregation Shabbaton participants who will lead parts of tefillah & deliver Divrei Torah to the congregation
Tzeitchem L'Shalom to
the BCDS 8th graders who are traveling to Israel: Joshua Appel, Carly Barocas, Sarah Jane Bennett, Liam Bodurtha, Tamar Cohen, Judy Fogel, Naomi Fogel, Rachelle Guy, Eitan Karsch, Dayne Katz, Gabriella Lieberman, Emma Listokin, Tamara Mintz, Jessica Ostroff, Emma Rich, Daniel Seligson, Talia Shapiro, Elizabeth Shavrick, Sarah Smart, Claudia Tanner, Gabriel Yaghoubian and Steven Yudell accompanied by Rabbi David Israel, Rivka & Rabbi David Walk, Kate Frommer & Peretz Cik, and the B'not Sheirut, Inbar and Yafit
Thank You to
Marguerite Neuhaus and Susan Silvers for chairing last week's Jewish Arts Weekend
Veronica Reich for chairing our Yakar/AIPAC Shabbat
Albert Lilienfeld on the death of his beloved mother, Helen Lilienfeld
Martin Michlin on the death of his beloved sister, Barbara Lynn Michlin
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Ba'al Tefilah Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Sam Goldstein, Matt Greenberg, Judd Love, Shaked Parhi, Richard Schwartz
Yakar Speakers Dr. Sharon Goldman
Elana Lichtenstein Prof. Yuval Sinai Rabbi David Walk
The Progressive Case for Israel
Jews as Lobbyists: A Historical & Biblical Analysis Can Israel be Jewish and Democratic? Homeward Bound: Aliyah in the Age of the Ingathering of the Exiles
Usher Elisheva Kilner
Prayer for the United States Aviva Maller
Daf YomiRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Code of Jewish Law Ari Lieberman
Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security Dr. Sharon Goldman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Anonymous, in appreciation to AIPAC and in honor of the CAS delegation to AIPAC in Washington, DC
Save The Date! Shabbat, 3/7-8:Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
CAS FIFTH ANNUAL WOMAN SCHOLAR SERIES
Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman
Marta d'Atra Kehilat Orach Eliezer
Expert in Jewish bioethics and faculty member at SAR Academy
For men and women!
Halacha as a Dynamic Process
February 5 -Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity
February 26 - Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making
March 26 - Halakhic Perspectives on Bioethical Decision Making - Issues in Fertility
This expanded series is made possible through the generosity of Barbara & Ron Ashkenas
in memory of Edward & Evelyn Weinberger
Bible from the Beginning
9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk
Dvar Yom B'Yomo
12:20 pm BCDS-Rabbi David Walk
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah-NO CLASS
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Starting Monday night, Rabbi Walk's
classes will be on hiatus until March
Power of the Prophets: Kings II
8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Depth of Genesis
9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms
noon-Rabbi Daniel Cohen at
BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm-NO CLASS
Prayer Primer-NO CLASS
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Halacha as a Dynamic Process
7:30 pm-Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman
January 29, February 5 & 26,
Talmud Bavli-Masechet Megilla-NO CLASS
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Taste of Torah
8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
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)-by the elevator 10:30 am with Mrs. Michal Smart and Ellie Zucker
Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 7-8)-Daf Yomi Room 9:30 am with the Sperbers
This Week: Jr. Cong. Shabbaton
Feb 8-Next Teen Minyan
Feb 9-BMC -grades 5-6 special event
Feb 22-Teen Minyan
Feb 28-March 1 - Onegs - Jr. Cong. and BMC
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:
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 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 remaining 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.
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.
CAMP GAN FAMILY FUN DAY AND CAMP OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, February 9, 3:00-5:00 pm, Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Camp Site Tours *Hot Dog BBQ and Cotton Candy* Fun Bus - Fitness Fun*Soccer and Basketball Clinics* Animal Show* Camp Crafts*Roast Marshmallows on the Campfire! Come see what our camp is all about! Free community event. All are welcome. Please RSVP at campgan.com.
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.
AN EVENING WITH JFS - Sunday, March 30, 5:30 pm, Temple Beth El. Young Leadership Award: Adam Batkin.
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.