Did the miracle happen thousands of years ago or are they happening today? Jews the world over recite the blessing of She'asah Nisim, offering gratitude for the miracles in those days and bazeman hazeh - in our days. What do these words signify?
We celebrate the defeat of Haman today but with an understanding that threats to the Jewish people loom in our time as well. Just as in the era of Purim the Jews moblized to insure God's salvation, so must we today.
We must speak out and stand tall against threats. Whether in Iran, Gaza or growing antisemitism, we cannot sit idly by. When nations support us despite pressure, we must thank them.
In this spirit, I want to thank our CT Senators and Congressmen Himes for supporting the letter in Congress detailing the key components of a final agreement with Iran. Visit AIPAC www.aipac.org for more info.
Also, please take a few moments to thank Norwegian Cruise Line for its strong stand against Tunisia's bigoted, anti-Israeli, and anti-Semitic disembarkment policy by calling their corporate office at (305) 436-4000. The government of Tunisia refused to allow Israeli nationals the right to disembark Norwegian Jade in the Port of La Goulette, Tunis on Sunday, March 9, 2014. In response to this discriminatory act, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it has cancelled all remaining calls to Tunisia and will not return.
The miracles occurred 2500 years ago due to a partnership between God and the Jewish people. May we merit more miracles today due to our belief not only God but in our capacity to make a difference.
Wishing you and your families a Happy Purim and Shabbat Shalom
ZACHOR - TO REMEMBER AMALEK
There is a mitzvah in the Torah for everyone to hear the reading of Zachor; it is the most important reading of the year. Zachor will be read on Shabbat morning in both the 8am and 9am minyanim. There will be an additional reading at approximately 11:15 am at the conclusion of upstairs davening.
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday: 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Sunday-Thursday: 6:50 PM
Candles next Friday
PURIM SCHEDULE @ CAS Saturday Night, 3/15 Maariv: 7:38 pm Shabbat Ends: 7:43 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 8 am Daf Yomi Shacharit: 8:30 am followed by 9 am Megillah 10:30 am-12:30 pm Purim Seudah Brunch
Kayla & Leon Hanna on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Sarah. Mazal Tov to their entire family.
Alan and Bach-Yen Garner on the up coming wedding of Natalie Garner and Jon Gordon. Mazel tov to their entire family
Thanks To This Weeks Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
The Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund and Meredith & David Cohen in memory of Ruth Bymel
Kayla & Leon Hanna in honor of Sarah's Bat Mitzvah
Mikhael Guy & Tatiana Kunik on the occasion of Rachelle's returning from Israel & acceptance to high school; the Yahrzeits of Misha's grandfather Moshe Ben Ihel HaLevi and Misha's friend, Moshe Ben Moshe Gershen Zon
Teen Minyan Kiddush
Kori & Bill Meyers in honor of Sam's Bar Mitzvah anniversary
Shira Green on the the passing of her sister, Ruth Bymel
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi Cohen: One More Day
Prayer for USA
Elissa Klapper & Claudia Rimerman
Judd Love, Allon Ivri, Howard Fogel, Sam Meyers, Marty Rubin, Yoni Israel
Code of Jewish Law
Rivka Walk - Esther Finds Her Way
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
Tovah Chaya bat Tzipporah 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 (Harav Aharon Lichtenstein) ben Bluma 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 Efrat bat Yael Devorah bat Leah Einav bat Chana Lousya bat Jenna Chana Necha bat Szlata Geri bat Esther Chaya Esther bat Tziporah Naomi Devorah bat Mindel Malka Chaya bat Esther Gittel
Benzion Ben Mordachai ben Lillian Rachel Adina bat Batya Zahava bat Chaya Sara Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara Elisheva bat Miriam Harav Dovid Eliyahu ben Avrina Rachel bat Malkah Dov ben Etel Aryeh Lev ben Eidel Shoshana bat Ruchamah Dalia bat Chana Chaica Leah bat Tania
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
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
Passover Primer 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefillah 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
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 Extended hours till Passover This Week: Sunday 9 - 11 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 - 3 pm
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS! Mitchell & Daniella Balsam, Laura & Daniel Katz, Shira & Marc Nerenberg, Jeannie & Irwin Rifkin, Irit & Jonathan Tratt
CAS CHESED COMMITTEE AND YOUTH, PURIM VISIT TO ATRIA Sunday, March 16th, 1:30-2:30 PM Atria Senior Living, 77 Third Street, Stamford Want to do an extra mitzvah this Purim? If you plan on coming to the Purim Seudah on Purim Day, Sunday the 16th, why not join us immediately after on a visit to bring some Purim joy to the senior residents of Atria. Come with your children in their Purim costumes as we deliver Mishloach Manot and sing and dance. Feel free to meet us at Atria if you can not attend the Seudah. We hope to have you join us bring some Purim fun to others!
SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB Sunday, March 30, 10:30 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Location: The Abrams Home, 62 Pepper Ridge Rd., Stamford Free babysitting (reservations requested) during the program: Contact MarjoryEAbrams@gmail.com or 203-644-7048
MEN'S CLUB PRE-PASSOVER FAIR PREPARATION Tuesday night, March 18 at 8:30pm, the Men's club will have a review and run through of the procedures for matzoh making in preparation for the Passover Fair.
CAS MEN'S CLUB ANNUAL PASSOVER FAIR - APRIL 6, 2014 FROM 10AM - 2PM. This year our theme of behind the Green Line Wines will offer wine tasting of the latest in Passover quality. We will have in addition to Rabbi Walk supervising your own Matzoh making experience, sessions with both our Rabbis explaining their new books along with book signing. Further Aviva Klanoff of "No Potato Passover" will be demonstrating some of her recipes, we will have a chocolates handmade from West Hempstead. New and old Judaica vendors, the Friends of the IDF will have a booth and the Men's Club will again be serving delicious treats, including salads and the infamous, Men's Club chili. Come one and all - this means we will even have art projects for the kids to do while you are browsing!
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 15, 2014
Tzav / Purim
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:
The Talmud asks המן מן התורה מנין - Where is Haman alluded to in the Torah? We know that the Torah doesn't really speak about the Purim story, but the Talmud answers that the name of Haman actually appears in sefer Breishit - המן העץ [Ha'min ha-aytz] - where God asks Adam in Gan Eden "Did you eat from the tree?"
One wonders, what does the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden have to do with Haman and Purim? Is it just a cute play on words, some kind of Purim joke - Haman and Ha'min - or is there a deeper message?
In Gan Eden, Adam was told that he could eat from EVERY TREE in the garden - מכל עץ הגן אכל תאכל. It's like telling a child in a candy store that he or she can have anything for free. Adam was warned about only one tree from which he was prohibited from eating, and that is exactly the one he wanted. Why did he HAVE to choose that one?
Haman was in the same situation. He had everyone in the kingdom bowing down to him, and when one Jew, Mordechai, refused to bow, Haman became so angry that instead of killing just Mordechai, he chose to prioritize wiping out the Jewish people. He, like Adam, wanted what he didn't have.
Don't we sometimes make this very same mistake? We try to acquire what we don't have instead of enjoying what we do have. Let's learn from Purim not to fall into this trap and enjoy all the positives in our lives.
Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat Tables:
1.Who was Hatach?
2.Who was Vasti's grandfather?
3.Why did Esther invite Haman to all of her parties with King A??*(Double nekudot question!!)
4.What does Purim mean?
5.Who was Mimuchan? *(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
üThank you to Rachel Bahar and Jonathan Cahr for leading our Youth Megillah Reading this Saturday night.
üThank you to the Meyers Family for sponsoring Teen Kiddush in honor of the Anniversary of Sam's Bar Mitzvah!
üThank you to Michal Cohen for helping in groups last Shabbat.
üThank you to Morah Sara Malka and Morah Jennifer for running the Mini Minyan breakfast with Morahs last Shabbat.
Teen Minyan - will meet in the Social Hall at 9:30 with the Sperbers!
Jr. Cong. will meet in the Chapel at 10:30.Max Dayan will be layning!
B'nai Mitzvah Club- will meet in the Simcha Room with at 10:30 with Rabbi Jeiger- come join some special Purim fun!
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!
March 15/16- 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.
April 5- Jr. Cong and BMC Shabbat afternoon Onegs - if you would like to host please let me know.
April 13- Pre-Pesach Morning Out - Chessed, Fun and Food! More details to follow.
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.
WOMEN'S SHIUR ON HILCHOT SHABBAT (THE LAWS OF COOKING ON SHABBAT)-Part 3, Wednesday, March 19, 8 pm, Attar residence, 196 Fifth St. Taught by Rabbi Reiss of Bais Binyomin.
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 1. 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