with Chazzan Bokow Sunday morning, March 2nd after 8:30 minyan from 9:15-10 am. For boys of Bar Mitzvah age, whether they've already had their Bar Mitzvah or it's coming up. Men of all ages and mothers of Bar Mitzvah boys are also welcome!
Matan Bat Mitzvah Class
with Michal Smart at CAS
meets this Sunday at 5:30 pm
and March 2,9,30 and April 6
For 6th grade girls and moms.
Man Up Bar Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen at CAS
concludes Sunday, 2/23 at 9:15 am
For 6th/7th grade boys & dads.
A light breakfast will be served.
We have incomplete data on many of our member children. Please take a moment to
click here and fill out your children's information.
You need not include adult children who have their own membership at CAS or another synagogue, but please include those of college/grad school age.
Tefillin without reservations will be checked only if time allows.
What can we learn from the snow about God? Isaiah compares the white to purity and forgiveness. In fact, when we can atone for our errors, it leads to happiness. Rav Tzadok explains that the word kasheleg (like snow) in numerology equals the word simcha (joy). Yet, snow conveys a downside of life. Rav Tzadok also notes that the word sheleg (snow) in numerology equals forgetfulness, shikchah. Snow falls fresh and clean and by the end of the day it may be muddy and dirty. Like life, we often forget our ideals and dreams through the ebb and flow of life. Our challenge is to maintain our faith and aspirations. Further, each snowflake is unique and reflectsour special purpose and mission. Finally, snow expresses God's compassion and kindness as King David states, "He who gives snow like fleece." As Rabbi Avigdor Miller explains, wool offers insulation just as snow blankets the soil to protect the roots and seeds from freezing temperatures.
What does snow signify to you in a spiritual sense?
As we celebrate Shabbat this week, reflect on the beauty and blessings of all and any of the Almighty's creations.
Important Message - Please keep Rabbi Ehrenkranz in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks ahead. His Hebrew name is Rav Yosef Yehuda ben Leah. I will be leaving for Israel Saturday night for a few days to spend some time with him. If you would like to reach out to Rabbi Ehrenkranz, please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. God willing, we will hear good news in the days ahead.
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.
The Nominating Committee is accepting recommendations for potential board candidates. If you are interested, or know of committed shul members who would like to take on leadership roles, contribute their personal and professional skills, and represent the interests of their fellow members on the board, we would like to hear your suggestions. Please submit names by Sunday, February 16 to any member of the Nominating Committee, including:
It has been a rough winter, with a tremendous amount of snow having fallen in the last 2 days and potentially more on the way. We are working with our snow removal contractor to keep the shul walkways and parking lot as clear as possible.
There is a severe shortage of salt in our area which is impacting both the town and our snow removal contractor.
While we are doing everything we can, please help us.
1. Please use caution when walking to shul, and when entering the building.
2. If possible, please do not park in the shul lot over Shabbos to facilitate clearing any snow that may fall on Shabbos.
Thank you for your cooperation
Navaratna is scheduled to reopen next week. Please call to confirm opening date: (203) 348-1070
Rav Yosef Yehuda ben Leah (Rabbi Joe Ehrenkranz), HaRav Dovid Eliyahu ben Avrina, 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
PURIM SCHEDULE 5774
Saturday Night 3/15
Maariv: 7:36 pm Shabbat Ends: 7:41
No Purim preparations before this time
Megillah Reading for community in Sanctuary : 8:15 pm
Women Reading Megillah for Women in Chapel: 8:15pm
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
8:30 am followed by 9 am Megillah
Purim Seudah Brunch:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm: blintze souffle with fruit toppings, Caesar salad, challah french toast, assorted gourmet quiches, bagels, lox and spreads; For the kids: mac & cheese, vegetables & dip and brownies
*iPad Raffle * Hugs from Cookie Monster * Kids will create mishloach manot packages for seniors *Teens & adults will compete forTop Hamantaschen Chef
CAS Annual Festive Dinner
Sunday evening, March 23, 2014, 5:00-9:30 pm
Celebrating Unity in Community
Guests of Honor: Rachel & Jay Jubas
Chai Award: Joe Gold
Community Service Award Recipients: Stephanie & Bob Sherman
Young Leadership Award Recipients: Meredith & David Cohen
Stella & Isaac Cohen and Rachel & Nimrod Dayan, Dinner Chairs
Claudia & Howard Rimerman and Diane & Elliot Sloyer, Journal Chairs
Helene & Harvey Kaminski and Gayle & Howard Rothman, Honorary Chairs
Eli Freedberg on the death of his beloved grandmother, Mary Muszel, Miriam bat Sossel
Shabbat Topics and Participants
Ba'al Tefilah Chazzan Rafael Bokow
SermonStubbornness Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Jay Jubas, Hyman Schaffer
Usher Vicki Herschman
Prayer for the United States Sheila Romanowitz
Code of Jewish Law Ari Lieberman
Shiur Law and Morality Pt 1 Prof. Yuval Sinai
Seudah Shlishit Makom Kavua: Set Seating in Shul? Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund
Marilyn Niedober in thankfulness for her first great-grandchild, Ariella Rosalyn, born to Jessica & Elie Niedober; the engagement of her grandson David (formerly DJ) to Eve Miller of Riverdale; and for Elie Niedober passing the CPA exam
the Fanwick family commemorating the second yahrtzeit of Dr. Ernest Fanwick, Yehaskel ben Yakov v' Shaindel
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
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
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)-Chapel 10:30 am
BMC (Grades 5-6)-Social Hall 10:30 am with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker
Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 7-8)-Daf Yomi Room 10:30 am with the Sperbers
Feb 22 & March 1-Teen Minyan
Feb 28 & March 1 - Onegs - Jr. Cong. and BMC & Jr. Cong. Nekudot Sale
March 8-Mini Minyan: Breakfast with your Morahs
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?
CAS is offering a free mezuzah and home visit to postthis sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com by 3/1.
THE MESSIANIC CONCEPT: WHO, WHAT, WHEN AND WHY?-with Rabbi Motty Berger of AISH. Sunday night, February 23, 8 pm, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. Presented by YI of Stamford and SCOR, a project of Yeshiva Bais Binyomin. Sponsored by Anna & Paul Felix. Free and open to the community.
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.
HOLOCAUST CHILD SURVIVORS OF CONNECTICUT-Monday, March 3, 2 pm, Westport Public Library, Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs of the Simon Wiesenthal Center will speak about worldwide anti-semitism and what is being done about it. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 203-323-1798 or e-mailing Agnes Vertes at email@example.com. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and the Westport Public Library.
WOMEN'S SHIUR ON HILCHOT SHABBAT (THE LAWS OF COOKING ON SHABBAT)- Parts 2 & 3, Wednesdays, tbd 8 pm, Attar residence, 196 Fifth St. Taught by Rabbi Reiss of Bais Binyomin.
JFS COLLEGE AHEAD!-Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Stamford JCC 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Panel of deans of admissions from Roger Williams University (RI), Elon University (NC), Indiana University (IN), Lynn University (FL) to discuss all aspects of the college admission process. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant is moderator. Open to the entire community at no cost. For more information, contact JFS at 203-921-4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
IDF ORPHANS TO VISIT STAMFORD-Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17
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).
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP-Wednesday, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm at the Stamford office of Jewish Family Service, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor Are you searching for a safe haven to explore your thoughts and feelings about grief? JFS can provide a protected environment that provides emotional, physical, and spiritual support. Facilitator: Rosemarie Delia For information, contact Rosemarie Delia: (203) 921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.