Separated from the community for his disparaging speech, the leper reflects on the value of words. He realizes how much evil he has generated. Words can hurt or heal. Words can cause pain or pleasure. They can lead to despair or lift a life. How do we speak? How many families are broken because of harshly spoken words? How many friendships destroyed? Our words used thoughtfully can enhance, elevate and enrich our families and community. As King Solomon wrote - Life and Death are in the hand of the tongue.
This Shabbat, I want to welcome a friend, Reverend Gregory Doll and his wife Kimberly from Noroton Presbyterian Church. They are visiting with his confirmation class on Shabbat morning as part of their exploration of the Jewish faith.
Sunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Sunday-Thursday: 7:10 PM
Candles next Friday
to Jane & Phil Molstre and to Irina & Arkady Feldman on the birth of a daughter born to their children Allison and Yuri Feldman.
to Eitan Taub on celebrating his Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov to his parents Ora & David.
to Ilyse & Dean Schuckman on the engagement of their daughter Rachel to Jay Camhi, son of Elaine and Mike Camhi.
to Sharona & Boris Abramov on the birth of a baby boy.
to Chanoch and Rina Nof on the birth of twin grandchildren to Israela & Or Aviv of Ramat Gan
to the Matan Bat Mitzvah graduates
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Joe & Miriam Gelb in honor of Joe Gold's receiving the Chai Award and Yasher Koach on your beautiful violin playing & The Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Ora & David Taub - In honor of Eitan's Bar Mitzvah
to Rosalie Hutter on the passing of her husband Alfred.
to Henry Rascoff on the passing of his father Dr. Joel Rascoff
to Chani Rosenzweig on the passing of her father David Gross
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi Cohen: Selfie or Selfless
Prayer for the US
Code of Jewish Law
Rabbi Jeff Cahn: About the Seder
Rabbi Jeff Cahn
Rabbi David Walk: En Garde
David Cohen, Eitan Taub
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
Ariella bat Bracha
Aryeh Lev ben Eidel
Aviva bat Etta
Benzion Ben Mordachai ben Lillian
Chana Necha bat Szlata
Channah bat Tzivya
Chaya Esther bat Tziporah
Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Rivka
Dalia bat Chana Chaica
Devorah bat Leah
Dov ben Etel
Dovid Levi ben Gittel
Efrat bat Yael
Einav bat Chana
Elisheva bat Miriam
Fred ben Irma
Geri bat Esther
Harav Avraham David ben Toba Leah
Harav Dovid Eliyahu ben Avrina
Leah bat Tania
Lousya bat Jenna
Malka Chaya bat Esther Gittel
Malka bat Zelda
Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel
Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
Perel Etka bat Sara
Pesach ben Elsa
Rachel bat Malkah
Rav Aharon (Harav Aharon Lichtenstein) ben Bluma
Refael Ephraim ben Sima
Rochel bat Marianna
Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
Shlomo ben Rachel
Shmuel Refael ben Chana
Shoshana bat Ruchamah
Tovah Chaya bat Tzipporah
Zahava bat Chaya Sara
Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Please join us for the Annual Royce & Dr. Alfred Wolfsohn Lecture
May 13, 8 pm Rabbi Abe Cooper, Wiesenthal Center Report from the Trenches: The New and More Virulent European Anti-Semitism
SAVE THE DATE
Sisterhood's Annual Meeting and Celebration May 4
This year we are pleased to honor an exceptional person: Elisheva Kilner.
UPCOMING CAS EVENTS - Click to learn more/sign up
Sunday, April 6
9:15 AM - 11:00 am
Men's Club Passover Fair
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, April 8
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, April 11
Pre-Passover Chinese Dinner
HELP FILL THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY THIS PASSOVER Please purchase and donate a food, gas, or drug store gift card to allow patrons to purchase fresh foods for Pesach or drop off a bag with Passover groceries - details @ www.cas-stamford.org
JOIN RABBI COHEN TO SPREAD THE SPIRIT OF PASSOVER AT THE ATRIA Friday, April 14 3:30-4PM
UPCOMING PASSOVER 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
Mishnah Berura-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
Rabbi Daniel Cohen at BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm
Passover Primer 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
Pre Passover Classes
Sunday, 4/6 8AM
Kashering/Kosher for Passover Crash Course (Rabbi Cohen)
Tuesday, 4/8 9AM
Passover Philosophy: Chosen People (Rabbi Cohen)
Tuesday, 4/8, noon
The Top Ten Seder Insights (Rabbi Cohen)
Thursday, 4/10, 8:30am
Starbucks' Seder (Rabbi Cohen)
Starbucks, High Ridge Road, Stamford
Sisterhood Gift Shop
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP Extended hours till Passover This Week: Sunday 9 - 2 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 - 3 pm
IT IS TIME TO SELL THE CHAMETZ! See the printed bulletin or our Passover website to download the form to submit to Rabbi Cohen.
CRISPY, CRUNCHY, CAREFULLY WATCHED, IMPORTED FROM BROOKLYN Schmura Matzah! Only $30 / one pound box Order on-line at www.cas-stamford.org and pick up @ CAS Ready now - come by the CAS office during the week, to pick up your orders.
CAS 2014 PESACH FOOD DRIVE: NOW EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 13! DO A MITZVAH TO HELP JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE FILL THEIR FOOD PANTRY! Donate grocery cards, gas cards, pharmacy cards and non-perishable food items marked "Kosher for Passover." Leave grocery bags in the coat closet until April 13th. Feinstein Foundation "matching" all JFS Kosher Food Pantry donations - food and grocery/pharmacy store gift cards are counted as cash. We win an award from the Feinstein Foundation based on amount received - the more we receive, the more they award our Food Pantry. Contact event chairs Julie Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rachel Haron at email@example.com or Youth Chair, Josh Gordon.
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. The Chocolate Sunflower from West Hempstead will have delicious chocolate desserts, all kosher for Passover. 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!
BOOK SIGNING BRUNCH WITH RABBIS DANIEL COHEN & DAVID WALK. In celebration of two new books, Mining for Gold, by Rabbi Cohen and Walk through the Parsha by Rabbi Walk, we cordially invite the community to a Book Brunch on Sunday morning, April 27 at 9:15 AM. Both Rabbis will speak about their book and books will be available for purchase and signing. Sponsored by the CAS Adult Education Committee.
LIMMUD NY PRESENTATION OF KADDISH: WOMEN'S VOICESClick this link for the Kaddish: Women's Voices panel presentation at the Limmud NY Conference which was held in Stamford on February 16, featuring Michal Smart, Barbara Ashkenas, Rachel Jubas and Meryl Gordon.
HOUSING IS NEEDED FOR THE ANNUAL YACHAD SHABBATON, MAY 2-3. Volunteers needed for housing and transportation. All Junior Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who is responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities, can stay in separate or same bedrooms. Contact Sharon @ firstname.lastname@example.org Please include in response: 1.HOW MANY YOU CAN SLEEP, 2.IF YOU HAVE STAIRS, 3.IF YOU HAVE PETS,4.ADDRESS, 5.PHONE NUMBER
HELP THE CHILDREN-For her Bat Mitzvah project, Rina Marlowe is collecting new or gently used Shabbos or party clothing for the children at Bet Ha'yeled, Amit's Gilo home for disadvantaged youth. Hang donations in the wardrobe in the back of the coatroom.
WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. 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. Info: 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 offers 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. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach? please notify Rabbi Cohen.
YOUNG COUPLES COMMITTEE: SHAKESPEARE'S THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA by Shakespeare on the Sound on Thursday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. at Pinkney Park in Rowayton. All you need is a blanket, low lawn chairs and a picnic to join us for the viewing scheduled for Thursday, June 19. Info & RSVP: Laura Tobin at email@example.com. Info & directions www.shakespeareonthesound.org
NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Saul Skolnick, Ethan Green (203-276-9314) or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Volunteers and callers are needed. Join the fun we have a small group of dedicated workers . Contact Roz @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shul at 203-358-2200.
8-12TH GRADE TRIP TO YANKEES VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS (7:05 PM) JUNE 17 (Dont miss it!! Its Derek Jeters last season) Leaving CAS at 5:30. If you have your own ride that's fine as well. Limited Number of Tickets. Chaperones needed. $10/ Ticket. Email email@example.com or simply register @ youth.cas-stamford.org.
April 5, 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:
Did you know that it is possible for a person to be murdered and not even know about it, even carrying on life as usual?
How can this be? This week's Torah reading speaks of the affliction known as tzara'at. The commentators explain that tzara'at was a punishment for the transgression of speaking lashon hara. Lashon hara, which translated literally means "the evil tongue" or "evil speech," includes slander, gossip and rumors, among other things.
As the old British wartime adage goes, "Careless talk costs lives." The Talmud relates in the name of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani: "Why is the evil tongue called a thrice-slaying tongue? Because it kills three people: the person speaking, the person spoken to, and the person being spoken about." It may not kill them physically, but it is character assassination.
Maimonides adds a further dimension: sometimes a person may say something that is not quite slander or gossip. Yet, as his statement passes from person to person, it eventually does cause harm, trouble, fright or hurt to the party being spoken about.
For example, even praising a person, if done in front of that person's enemy who is liable to react negatively, could come under the category of slander or gossip.
Orchot Tzadikim ("Ways of the Righteous") comments: "Before you speak, you are the master of your words. After you speak, your words master you." How often we feel imprisoned by our own words after we have said something that we wish we hadn't or know we shouldn't have.
The Midrash relates that Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel asked his servant, Tavi, to buy him something good from the market. The servant returned with some tongue. Rabbi Shimon then asked his servant to buy something bad from the market. The servant returned with more tongue. "How can this be? I asked you to buy something good, you bought tongue; I asked you to buy something bad, you also bought tongue?" Replied Tavi, "It has good and bad. When it is good, it has a lot of goodness. When it is bad, it is very bad."
We speak thousands of words every day. Words have enormous power. May we merit to use them only for good purposes.
Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat Tables:
1.When the person believes he is healed, to whom does he go?
2.For what sin is Tzara'at a punishment?
3.When does the healed person have to bring three sacrifices??*(Double nekudot question!!)
4.What other Parsha is usually read together with this week's Parsha?
5.What is the first thing one must do if someone sees a blemish on himself? *(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/ Welcome Corner
Welcome to the Kessler Family and their children - Jason, Jeremy and Leah!We can't wait to meet you and hope you enjoy your stay in our community!
ü Thank you to Jennifer Steinmetz for once again volunteering to help out in Mini Minyan this Shabbat!
Jr. Cong (Grades 1-4) Oneg at Julian and Keshet Kurtz's Home - 4-5:30 pm - 83 Alton Rd. Come and join Zach and the BCDS Israeli Girls for an awesome time!
BMC (Grades 5-6) Oneg at Rabbi Jeiger's Home 4:30-6 pm - 19 Vanech Drive off of Oaklawn... Awesome snacks, D'vrei Torah & Ping Pong and Pool Tournaments!
Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat in Jr. Cong.
Jr. Cong. will meet in the Chapel at 10:30.
B'nai Mitzvah Club- will meet in the Simcha Room with at 10:30 with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker!
Jr Teen Chat - will meet in the Daf Yomi Roomat 10:30 with the Sperbers!
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!
Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed March-June:
COMING REALLY SOON - YOUTH FUNDRAISER RAFFLE - GRAND PRIZE 2 TICKETS TO ISRAEL!All proceeds will go to benefit our wonderful children!!!Keep on the lookout for the start of the raffle very soon....
April 6 - Teen Go Karting & Arcade
April 13- Pre-Pesach Morning Out - Chessed, Fun and Food! More details to follow.
April 26 - Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat
May 16 - Boys Afternoon Out
May 30 - Girls Afternoon Out
May 31- Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat
June 13 - Tot Kabbalat Shabbat
June 17 - Teen Yankees vs Blue Jays Game
June 21 - Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat
Annual Youth Awards Shabbat
Also, 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
PLAGUED BY SEDER ANXIETY? LET IT PASSOVER! Join the Stamford Board of Rabbis on Thursday, April 10, 7:30 pm at Temple Beth El on how to bring more spark and meaning to this year's Seders. An interactive panel discussion with Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El, Rabbi Elly Krimsky of Young Israel of Stamford, Rabbi Jay TelRav of Temple Sinai and Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro of Selah. This event is co-sponsored by United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien (UJF) and the Stamford Board of Rabbis. Info/RSVP Rabbi Molly Karp, UJF's Adult Education Coordinator, at email@example.com.
AWAKEN A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK OF THE JDC At YI, this Shabbat. Awaken a new understand of your nation and how we repair the world! Hear about journey to Ethiopia with the JDC and our four areas of focus: Potable water, Disease control, Education, the pre-Talmudic Jewish community!
SAVE THE DATE ... SHULI TAUBES RETURNS TO STAMFORD! Young Israel Family Beit Midrash Program, Sunday, May 4th at the Young Israel of Stamford, light dinner at 6PM, presentation to begin at 6:30PM, "To Believe or Not to Believe - That is the Question: Perspectives on Faith", free and open to the entire community
BCDS MUSICAL Get'cha Head in the Game! The BCDS Players present Disney's High School Musical this Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday, April 6, at 3pm. Tickets are $18. To purchase tickets and for more information visit bcds.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): 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 251-9525.
HELP THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Bridgeport Jewish Historical Society has shut down; its holdings, books, and materials are now at the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County's Archives. We need volunteers to come to JHSFC's Archives location on Tuesday, April 8th or Wednesday, April 9 1PM to 4PM to help organize these materials so that they can be made available to our members and the public.Please come to the Archives -- 990 Hope St., in the rear of the State Cinema off of Northill St. in the Springdale section of Stamford -- on the above dates/hours. No experience is necessary; our people will show you what to do. Info, call Leah at 203-536-7855.
THE OU GUIDE TO PASSOVER is now available at CAS. Pick up the latest OU guide to what is Kosher for Passover.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The 15 participating schools include: Abraham Joshua Heschel School (Manhattan, NY), Bi-Cultural Day School (Stamford, CT), Carmel Academy (Greenwich, CT), The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ), Jewish High School of Connecticut (Woodbridge, CT), Kinneret Day School (Riverdale, NY), Ramaz School (Manhattan, NY), Rockland Jewish Academy (West Nyack, NY), Rodeph Sholom School (Manhattan, NY), SAR Academy and High School (Riverdale, NY), The Shefa School (Manhattan, NY), Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (Hartsdale, NY), Solomon Schechter of Manhattan (Manhattan, NY), Stein Yeshiva of Lincoln Park (Yonkers, NY), Westchester Day School (Mamaroneck, NY), Westchester Hebrew High School (Mamaroneck, NY), Westchester Torah Academy (New Rochelle, NY).
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebekah Kanefsky 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.
BCDS ANNUAL CELEBRATION DINNER Please join Bi-Cultural Day School on Sunday, May 18th, 5:00 PM at the Stamford Hilton Hotel for their Annual Celebration Dinner to honor Mr. Walter Shuchatowitz, Founding Principal, and Mrs. Jacqueline Herman, Principal and Head of School. The Jane Shoztic Award for outstanding teaching will be presented to Mrs. Felicia Carriero and Mr. Frank Cronson. To RSVP and/or place an ad, please visit bcdscelebration.org or contact Eve Nachman, 203-329-2186 x1341, email@example.com
THE 3RD ANNUAL MIKE MILE Sunday, May 18 9 AM - noon. Join us at the 3rd Annual Mike Mile supporting The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University Medical Center. With a 1 mile fun run (certified and timed course), kids' races for ages 2-12, a bbq, bootcamp, and much more, the Mike Mile will be a great time for the entire family!