Rav Yosef Yehuda ben Leah (Rabbi Joe Ehrenkranz), Tovah Chaya bat Tzipporah, 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
Do we wait until the last minute to do a mitzvah? The Annual Dinner is a month away and the ad deadline is Wednesday, February 26th. Thank you to everyone who has pledged thus far.
Procrastination lurks in many spheres of our lives. Sometimes moments present themselves once in a lifetime. Judaism teaches a motto - do not let a mitzvah opportunity go to waste. Every moment is fragile. If we have a chance to invest in the eternal, do it now.
This week's Parsha of Vaykhel exemplifies this message. During the Tabernacle fundraising drive, the leaders of the Jewish people waited to see what the people would do. Their attitude was "We will fill in what is left." In the end, they waited too long, the quota was attained, and they missed out on this unique opportunity. Hence, the letter yud is missing from their names.
Agudath Sholom is our miniature Temple. We need everyone's support to insure the ongoing operations of our holy institution. It is your investment in your family, our community and future.
On another note, this Thursday night, Diane and I are blessed to be hosting one of my spiritual mentors, Rabbi David Aaron, founder of Isralight and noted kabbalist, speaker and author, at our home. We visited with him in November on our Israel tour. Please join us next Thursday evening at 9-10:15 pm at our home for a presentation on Living on Purpose: Why on Earth am I Here? (The evening is one of learning, with no solicitations.)
Please let me know by Tuesday if you are able to come by emailing me at
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.
Saturday Night 3/15 9:30 pm following 8:15 megillah readings
Purim Concert withCantor Bokow & The Bagles
Bob Abrams | Tzvi Bernstein | Sid Nachman
FREE and open to the community!
Sunday Morning 3/16 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Purim Seudah Brunch
*iPad Raffle * Hugs from Cookie Monster
* Kids will create mishloach manot packages for seniors
*Teens & adults will compete for Top Hamantaschen Chef
Menu: blintze soufflé with fruit toppings, Caesar salad, challah french toast, assorted gourmet quiches, bagels, lox and spreads;
For the kids: mac & cheese, vegetables & dip and brownies
$15 per adult/$10 per child 3 and up/$60 immed. family max
TEFILLIN INSTRUCTIONAL AND REFRESHER SEMINAR-with Chazzan Bokow Sunday morning, March 2 after 8:30 am 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!
SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Marge Abram's house. Led by Johanna Akyuz.
MEN'S CLUB PASSOVER FAIR-Sunday, April 6, 10 am-2 pm. Wine tasting, including wines from over the Green Line, vendors and make-your-own shmurah matzah! Fun for the whole family!
Sunday, 2/23: Tefillin/Mezuzzah checking with sofer/final Man Up
Shabbat, 3/1: Meditative Prayer Experience, 8:30-9 am
Sunday, 3/2: Tefillin Seminar with Chazan Bokow, 9:15-10 am
Friday night, 3/7: Carlebach-style davening
Shabbat, 3/7-8: Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder
Shabbat, 3/8: Understanding Prayer, 10:30-11 am
Saturday night, 3/9: Turn clocks ahead, 1 am - change batteries in smoke detectors
Saturday night, 3/15: Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow and the Bagles, 9:30 pm
Expert in Jewish bioethics and faculty member at SAR Academy
For men and women!
Halacha as a Dynamic Process
Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity
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
Teen Minyan (Grades 7-12)-Simcha Room 9:30 am
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
March 15-Purim Night Kids Program - more info to follow
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
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 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?
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: email@example.com
FREE Taglit-Birthright trips to israel registration is now open, for those 18-26. New! Those who participated on peer educational trips prior to turning 18 years of age are now welcome to apply. Click here for info and to apply. 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 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.
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.
THE FIRST MAGIC DECADE: INSIGHTS INTO YOUR CHILD'S FANTASTIC ELASTIC BRAIN FROM BIRTH TO 10 YEARS OLD-Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 pm, JCC.Nationally recognized educator and psychologist, JoAnn Deak Ph.D will speak. Amazing lecture for teachers and parents.
JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL - Thursday, March 6, 6-7 pm, JCC. Free screening of three award-winning student films written and directed by graduates of the film track at Ariel University in Israel that explore political, religious and class differences among Israeli students.
WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL DINNER-Thursday, March 20. Stanley Block, Philip Steinmetz, & Yishai Walk will be honored.
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.