This past week was a phenomenal gathering of AIPAC's Policy Conference filled with many moving moments. I am always inspired by the diversity of the thousands of people. Regardless of ethnicity, age of faith, the enduring bond between Israel and America unlocks a common spirit of solidarity. The conference began with a sequence "I am AIPAC" which captured the motto and mission of the gathering. Our own Senator Joe Lieberman was featured. I urge you to visit the AIPAC website www.aipac.org to view more videos form the conference and also sign up now for next year's delegation. G-d willing, our crew from CAS will continue to grow. As noted in the very first worlds of Parshat Vayikra, each of of us has a calling and a unique purpose. We are born into this generation and time for a reason. In my mind, one of the most critical roles we can can play is insuring the future of the state and people of Israel.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
click here to watch the AIPAC video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OroQDUKZQes
PLEASE NOTE: FRIDAY NIGHT DAVENING WILL BE CARLEBACH-STYLE.
THIS SHABBAS! SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA A Shabbat of Learning with Rabbi Chaim Marder FRIDAY, March 7 Services at 5:38 p.m. Dinner at 6:45 pm. Evening presentation at 8:00 pm: The Eruv Paradigm-Creating Community
SATURDAY, March 8 Joint Minyan at 8:45 am Shabbat morning sermon at 11:00 am Seize the Moment: Lessons from the Book of Esther Shabbat afternoon shiur 5:15 pm during seudah shlishit: Mordechai: Noble Hero or Reckless Troublemaker?
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.
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Sunday-Wednesday: 6:40 PM, Thursday: 6:30 PM
Candles next Friday
Daylight Time Begins
Rabbi Chaim & Suzie Marder on the engagement of their daughter Shira to Jason Saibel of West Orange, NJ
Thanks To This Weeks Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
The Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund & Mrs. Myrna Levin
David & Lorraine Kweskin in memory of Lorraine's grandmother, Ida Plotkin and Sandy and Zane Zaritsky in memory of Sandy's mother Anne Teitelbaum, Chana Bat Yosef
Cantor Rafael Bokow on the death of his beloved grandmother, Rebbetzin Malka Volpo of Rishon Letzion.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi Marder: Seize the Moment: Lessons from the Book of Esther
Prayer for USA
Code of Jewish Law
Rabbi Marder: Mordechai: Noble Hero or Reckless Troublemaker?
Usher: Laura Tobin
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
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MAN UP BAR MITZVAH CLASS Extra session added! with Rabbi Daniel Cohen meets Sunday, March 9 at 9:15 am For 6th/7th grade boys & dads. A light breakfast will be served.
PURIM SCHEDULE @ CAS SATURDAY NIGHT, 3/15 Maariv: 7:36 pm Shabbat Ends: 7:41 pm No Purim preparations before this time
Megillah Reading in Sanctuary for community: 8:15 pm Women Reading Megillah for Women in chapel: 8:15 pm Tot Shabbat style Megillah reading in library: 8:15 pm Late Megillah Reading in Chapel: 9:30 pm FREE 9:30 pm Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow & the Bagles
Sunday Morning, 3/16 Shacharit: 7 am followed by 7:30 Megillah and Daf Yomi 8:30 am followed by 9 am Megillah 10:30 am-12:30 pm Purim Seudah Brunch
JOIN US FOR TWO GREAT EVENTS AT 613 FOR MARCH MADNESS
Guys Night Out Thursday evening, March 20th 7 PM until closing - featuring surprise half time show.
Couples Night, Thursday Night March 27th - 7:30 PM
Special Menu..Look for more Info. Visit 613 www.613restaurant.com for more info 613 - 108 Prospect Street, Stamford, CT 06902
CAS FIFTH ANNUAL WOMAN SCHOLAR SERIES Wednesdays at 7:30 pm 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 Future Sessions: Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity 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
Join Us for the
Sisterhood Book Club
Sunday, March 30, 10:30
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. This is also one of the most beautifully written books you'll ever read.
Location: The Abrams Home, 62 Pepper Ridge Rd., Stamford
Free babysitting (reservations requested) during the program:
SAVE THE DATE Sisterhood's Annual Meeting and Celebration May 4, 2014
UPCOMING CAS EVENTS - Click to learn more/sign up
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 Tefillah 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
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 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Halacha as a Dynamic Process 7:30 pm-Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman
Talmud Bavli-Masechet Megilla 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Taste of Torah 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Sisterhood Gift Shop
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP This Week: Sunday 9 - 11 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 - 2 pm
SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB Sunday, March 30, 10:30 The Book Thief
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! Men's Club Annual Passover Fair
HELP THE CHILDREN-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.
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? Share this video link: www.congregationagudathsholom.org/mezuzah.html CAS is offering a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen: email@example.com
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.
NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Director of Synagogue Operations Saul Skolnick, Membership Chair Ethan Green or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Callers are especially needed. So please do a mitzvah and join our small group of dedicated workers. Contact Roz @ email@example.com or call the shul at 203-358-2200.
March 8, 2014
It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for babies through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.
PARENTS & YELADIM:
In this week's Torah Portion, God tells Moses the procedures the Jewish people must follow if they commit a sin. And if:
"... the entire assembly of Israel shall err ... the elders ... shall lean their hands upon the head of the bull before God..." (Lev. 4:13-15)
If the Jewish nation as a whole commits a sin, the atonement for their actions falls primarily on their leaders. Why is it that the leaders have to make amends for a sin that they never committed? The reason is that oftentimes people in a position of authority believe that one set of ethics applies to them, while there's another set of rules for those that they're leading. But God tells us that if leaders feel this way, they miss the mark of what it means to be a leader.
In the real world, those in any "organization" will always follow the example of those who are in charge. Children pick up all the habits - good and bad - of their parents, employees pick up the behavior of their bosses, and the Jewish people followed the example of those who led them. And when the Jewish people erred, God knew that their behavior was a direct result of the actions being done by those who were leading them. If the people sinned, it was in large part due to the environment that was created by the elders that allowed the sin to foster.
In our own lives, we all play some sort of leadership role. And the behavior of those we lead will always be a direct result of our own behavior. If a child answers the telephone and is told by his parent who is standing right next to him to tell the caller he isn't home, the child then internalizes this behavior. So when the parent tells this child the following week that he or she should never tell a lie, the child now faces a serious internal conflict. On one hand, he wants to listen to his parent. But, on the other hand he also wants to emulate the actions of his parent whom he respects. Does he listen to what he says, or do as he does?
God tells us that people will usually follow actions they see over the words they hear - and this is why the elders had to bring an atonement when the Jewish people committed a sin. God tells us that the reason the people sinned was that the breeding ground for the negative behavior already existed.
People will follow what you do over what you say. If you want to instill a certain type of behavior in others, then create the environment for it to happen. Not by declarations, but by embracing and living the desired behavior yourself.
Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat Tables:
1.How is the Olah consumed?
2.One of the sacrifices has the same name as something we daven. What is it?
3.Name one circumstance when one would give a Korban Chatat.??*(Double nekudot question!!)
4.What does the word Vayikra mean?
5.Why did people give a Korban Mincha? *(Double nekudot question!!)
Please come to Rabbi Jeiger or Zach Kfare and get 2 nekudot (or 4 for the bonus question) if you can tell us about your family discussion of any of these questions or the d'var torah.
Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov Corner
Thank you to Sharon Rubin for working so hard on all of our Youth Programs, emails, blasts, announcements, etc.. over the last many months.We will miss all your help and hard work!
Thank you to Morah Sara Malka for running the Mini Minyan breakfast with Morahs this Shabbat.
Mini Minyan - Breakfast w/ your Morah 10 am - see you there!
Jr. Cong. Parents: Zach is teaching Anim Zemirot to the entire group- and many of your children are joining each week to lead in the Main Sanctuary.We are also working on teaching those who already know Anim Zemirot, the Mizmor L'david prayer.Please let me know if your child is interested in learning this or any other new prayer and we will help arrange for that!Thanks so much for your partnership in making Shabbat morning groups so meaningful for our youth!
Jr. Cong. will meet in the Chapel at 10:30
B'nai Mitzvah Club- will meet in the back of the Social Hall with at 10:30 with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker.
Jr Teen Chat - will meet in the Daf Yomi Room at 10:30 with the Sperbers!
We are looking for homes to host Shabbat afternoon onegs for Jr Cong and BMC over the next few months.If you would like to offer to host please let us know.
March 15- 8:15 pm Purim Night Kids Program with Rachel Bahar and Jonathan Cahr
After reading - join us to make Mishloach Manot baskets.
Purim Day - join us at the Atria 1:30-2:30 to deliver the baskets.
Coming Soon - Grades 4-5 Special event... keep on the lookout... J
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
FCCJBL REGISTRATION is now Open for the 2014 Season! Ages 4-14. Fairfield County Connecticut Jewish Baseball League. Please register on-line @ www.fccjbl.org
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.
WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL DINNER-Thursday, March 20. Stanley Block, Philip Steinmetz, & Yishai Walk will be recognized for their service in the IDF.
MUSIC OF THE YIDDISH THEATER: ZEESE! SONGS FROM SECOND AVENUE-Sunday, March 23, 10:30 am (nosh 10 am) , Temple Beth El. Featured performers: Doris & Elliot Weiss. Free and open to the public. For more information contact email@example.com. Sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.
REBBETZIN HOLLY PAVLOV SHIUR-for women of the community. Hosted by Robin Milstein. Tuesday, April 4. Light dinner at 7pm, shiur to begin at 7:30pm. Rebbetzin Pavlov is the Director of She'arim College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and author of "Mirrors of our Lives: Reflections of Women in Tanach" and "Water from the Well: Reflections of a Jew at the End of History". Shiur Topic: An Outpouring of Blessing: When you love someone, you see their chain, their inner beauty, and that gives you the ability to ignore their faults. So it is in our relationship with Hashem. Milstein Residence: 200 Fifth Street Stamford. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-661-1796.
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).
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.
UCONN CENTER FOR JUDAIC & MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES Following are our sponsored lectures in the LUNCH & LEARN SERIES, (Thursdays, 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM): March 27th - The Herbert and Sarah M. Gibor Lecture: "Black Revolution and the Israeli Model: John A. Williams' Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light (1969)" with Dr. Gregory Pierrot, UConn-Stamford April 3rd - The Nina and Norman Lotstein Lecture: "Reflections on Philip Roth and Nemesis, his Farewell to Writing" with Dr. Sondra Melzer, UConn-Stamford and Sacred Heart University May 1st - The Saul Kwartin Memorial Lecture: "The Afterlife of a Biblical Figure: King Saul in Hebraic and English Literary Traditions" with Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy, UConn-Stamford We will also have a special Yom HaShoah Lecture, "Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Women and Families in Nazi Germany," with Dr. Marion Kaplan of NYU on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. (free to the community). You may also register by contacting us at email@example.com or (203) 251-9525.
AN EVENING WITH JFS on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm, Join us for this annual celebration of community. The evening will include Mitzvah and Young Leadership Award presentations, dinner and auction at Temple Beth El, Stamford. For more information, please contact Iris Morrison at 203-921-4161 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFS PASSOVER DELIVERY PROGRAM: Sunday, April 6th at 10:30 am Volunteers are needed to meet at the Stamford JCC to bag the Passover food collections and deliver to families in the Stamford Area. For details and to help, please contact: Rita Halpert at email@example.com or Rebekah Kanefsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 pm in Westport For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be restarting a support group in the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11. The fee will be $10 per session. You must register to attend by contacting Alexa Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 203-979-0325. At the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer Street, Suite 602, a Divorce Support Group will be held on Mondays, 7:45-8:45 pm, facilitated by Kathy Anderson. To enroll, contact Kathy at 201-921-4161, ext. 121 or email@example.com
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.
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 email@example.com