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.
As the Olympic opening ceremony begins in Sochi, all nations don their national colors and commentators opine on the styles. Each person represents a country and mission. What is the function of clothing in Judaism?
R. Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-88) notes in an essay on the bigdei kehunah, the topic of Parshat Tetzaveh, that clothing not only impacts the person wearing it, but impacts those who see the person wearing the clothing. It represents our values and mission. In essence, there is no "business casual" in the Temple. What do we wear on Shabbat that distinguishes our dress from during the week? What do we wear to shul to signify the sanctity of the space? Regardless of where we are, how do we project our values and mission as a light unto the nations and an inspiration for our children?
On another note, please join me this Thursday at the JCC for an enlightening and stimulating lunch and conversation with cancer researcher Dr. Osnat Ashur Fabian. We met her on our Israel mission and her story and message are heartwarming and trailblazing.
Finally, if you have not yet made plans to join over 40 CAS members in Washington DC for AIPAC's Policy Conference on March 2-4, arguably the three most important days of the year for American-Israeli relations, please consider doing so. Click here to register for the AIPAC Conference and use code "PC14CAS" to save $100 off your registration if you sign up by February 9th. Here is my video on what it is like to attend.
Rabbi Chaim Marder is the Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of White Plains. He is a former VP and current member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. He is Chair of the Department of Practical Rabbinics at Yeshiva Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School.
PURIM SCHEDULE 5774
Saturday Night 3/15
Maariv: 7:36 pm Shabbat Ends: 7:41
No Purim preparations before this time
Megillah Reading in Sanctuary for community: 8:15
Women Reading Megillah for Women in Chapel: 8:15 pm
Late Megillah Reading in Chapel: 9:30 pm
9:30 Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow & The Bagles
(Bob Abrams, Tzvi Bernstein, Sid Nachman)
Sunday Morning 3/16
Shacharit: 7 am followed by 7:30 am Megillah/ Daf Yomi
8 am followed by 8:30 am Megillah
Purim Seudah Brunch:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm featuring
Cookie Monster, Top Hamantaschen Chef Contest and iPad Raffle
Mazal Tov to
Sherri & Allen Rosenthal on the engagement of their son Jason to Sharon Sussman, daughter of Marlene Sussman of Baltimore. Mazal Tov also to Lauren, Joe, Hayden and Dylan Zalis.
Jean Niedober and Irwin Niedober on the engagement of their son David (DJ) to Eve G. Miller, daughter of Jayne & Barry Miller of Riverdale. Mazal Tov also to grandmother Marilyn Niedober.
Ruhama & Yuval Sinai on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal Tov also to siblings Yosef, Tzipi, Noa, Yedidya & Moshe.
Thank You to:
all of the volunteers who helped prepare the Annual Dinner invitations for mailing. Please check the mail for your invitation. If you did not receive your invitation, please call the shul office so that we can send you one.
Rabbi Jeiger for the great Jr. Congregation Shabbaton last Shabbat. More than 50 kids participated!
the BCDS 6th Grade Shabbaton
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Ba'al Tefilah Chazzan Rafael Bokow
SermonIn Awe Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Readers Matt Jelen,
Daniel Jubas, Burt Rubin, Joseph Rubin, Marty Rubin, Simcha Rubin and Josh Sperber
Usher Mitchell Bell
Prayer for the United States Rhoda Freedberg
Code of Jewish Law Ari Lieberman
Shiur Jewish Biomedical Law Prof. Yuval Sinai
Daf Yomi Rabbi Jeff Cahn
Seudah Shlishit Siyum on Yoma
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
the Michelson family, in commemoration of the second yahrtzeit of Stanley Michelson, Shalom ben Tzvi
Rhoda Freedberg, in observance of the 30th yahrtzeit of her father, Shaul ben Moshe
Expert in Jewish bioethics and faculty member at SAR Academy
For men and women!
Halacha as a Dynamic Process
Next Session in 2 weeks
Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity
Future Sessions: Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making
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-NO CLASS
9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk
Dvar Yom B'Yomo-NO CLASS
12:20 pm BCDS-Rabbi David Walk
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah-NO CLASS
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Walk's classes will not meet 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
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
ADULT EDUCATION SURVEY
Make your interests known! Our congregation has been specially selected to participate in the first ever national pilot study that directly asks Orthodox adults to share their views about adult education. Your opinions are important whether or not you actually take or are currently engaged in any courses. Ellen Cohn is conducting this research for her doctoral dissertation at Yeshiva University. The survey will also enable us to learn more about our congregants and to better meet your needs. The survey, which is totally anonymous, takes between 10 to 15 minutes.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Please click the link below to take the survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ellen directly at EllenSCohn@gmail.com.
Mini Minyan (Age 3- Grade 1)-Youth Classroom 10:30 am
Jr. Congregation (Grades 2-4)-*SIMCHA ROOM* 10:30 am
5th Grade BMC will be assisting in Jr. Cong-*SIMCHA ROOM* 10:30 am with Ellie Zucker
6th Grade BMC not attending the BCDS Shabbaton are invited to join Teen Minyan in the Chapel!
Teen Minyan (Grades 8-12)-*CHAPEL* 10:00 am with the Sperbers
This Week: Welcome to the BCDS 6th Grade Shabbaton
5th Graders-we need your help at Jr. Cong this week! (Upstairs in the Simcha Room)
6th Graders not on the BCDS Shabbaton-please join us at Teen Minyan!
Teen Minyan in the CHAPEL at 10 am
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
PARTNERS IN TORAH
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.
Member Shoshana Munk who attends UMass Amherst, is raising money for the Jewish National Fund through their Alternative Spring Break in Israel Program. If you would like to contribute, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM WITH MICHAEL FELDSTEIN-Sunday night, February 9, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. Rabbi Hayyim Herschensohn: The Greatest Torah Giant You've Never Heard Of. Light dinner at 6 pm followed by lecture. Free and open to the community.
WOMEN'S SHIUR ON HILCHOT SHABBAT (THE LAWS OF COOKING ON SHABBAT)- Wednesday, 2/12, 8 pm, Attar residence, 196 Fifth St. Taught by Rabbi Reiss of Bais Binyomin. Part 1 of 3.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
JEWISH DAY SCHOOL FAIR-Sunday, April 6, 12-2 pm. Beth El Synagogue, 1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle. For more info, contact Pam Goldstein at email@example.com or 914.328.7001
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.