We apologize for the late delivery of the Shabbat Email. Our email service (Constant Contact) was down most of today.
Spring is in the air (we hope). Romance blossoms. One of my favorite Shakespearean sonnets crystallizes this spirit in the words "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds." True love transcends transient appeal and emerges from a meeting of the soul and mind. We celebrate such love between God and the Jewish people on Shabbat Pesach. At the exodus, God engaged the Jewish People and the wedding will occur on Shavuot. We read the Songs of Songs as an expression of our reciprocal and enduring love. As we celebrate this Shabbat, we reflect on "true" love in our lives and the daily opportunities to declare and develop our love of G-d. We are blessed to welcome Rabbi Yitz Novak of AIPAC as our guest speaker on the 7th Day of Pesach. He will deliver the sermon and also conduct an Israel briefing during kiddush.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! Rabbi Daniel Cohen
WE WELCOME RABBI YITZ NOVAK TO OUR COMMUNITY. Rabbi Yitz Novak has been involved with AIPAC for five years first as a lay activist, and now as staff. As Northeast Regional Synagogue Initiative Director, Yitz works with leading Rabbis and Lay Leadership of congregations across the Northeast to increase the number of pro-Israel activists in the American Jewish community. Prior to joining AIPAC, Yitz was involved with pro-Israel political activism across the country, and served as the Deputy to the Chief Executive at the Orthodox Union. Yitz attended Yeshiva University for undergraduate and rabbinical studies and currently resides in Bergenfield, New Jersey with his family.
He will speak during Sanctuary Servies on Monday, Passover Day 7 on Finding Your Inner Nachshon and after Kiddush on The Contemporary Pursuit for Jewish Freedom
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Thanks to Jeff Goldblum of SWC Office Furniture for the donation of our two new bookcases in the Daf Yomi room
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
The Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
CAS, enhanced by Larry & Barbara Miller to commemorate the Yahrtzeit of Barbara's mother
Flowers on the Bimah for the first days of Yom Tov
Carol & Michael Rosmarin
Kiddush on first Days of Yom Tov
Claudia & Howard Rimmerman to commemorate Howard's recovery from last year's accident.
Kiddush on the 7th Day of Yom Tov
Maria & Glenn Reicin for in honor of Glenn's Birthday. Happy Birthday.
Myles Wolfson and Family on the passing of Nathan Wolfson, in Israel
The family of Raisa Kaplan on her passing
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi David Walk: Tough Love
Rabbi Jeff Cahn
Rabbi Cohen: Counting of the Omer
Shir Ha Shirim
Dr. Jay Jubas
Usher: Mitchell Bell
Sunday, April 20
-Day 6/Chol HaMoed
Monday, April 21
Future Tots/Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan
Tuesday, April 22
Shacharit - Joint Minyan
Future Tots/Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan
Yom Tov Ends
Earliest time to eat Chametz if sold through the shul
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
CAS FIFTH ANNUAL WOMAN SCHOLAR SERIES Wednesdays at 7:30 pm Last two classes May 21 & May 28 Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman - Marta d'Atra Kehilat Orach Eliezer Expert in Jewish bioethics and faculty member at SAR Academy For men and women! 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
Bible from the Beginning 9:15 am-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 Closed for Passover. We will re-open on April 24th.
UPcoming CAS Youth Events
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - CAS "HARVEST NOW" GARDEN Spring is finally here! We need experienced or inexperienced but interested gardeners for this season's Harvest Now garden at the shul. Last year, we grew, harvested and donated over 200 pounds of produce for the local food bank. Let's beat that amount this year! If you want to give 30-60 minutes of your time on a Sunday, early or late in the day, please contact Meredith Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 @ email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 @ email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or simply register @ youth.cas-stamford.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
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
UCONN CENTER FOR JUDAIC & MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES Following are our sponsored lectures in the LUNCH & LEARN SERIES, (Thursdays, 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM):
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.
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.
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. CLOSED FOR PASSOVER
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! Click here to sign up!
JFS AND THE 17TH ANNUAL FEINSTEIN FOUNDATION $1 MILLION CHALLENGE TO FIGHT HUNGER All April donations to the JFS Kosher Food Pantry count. Please donate grocery, gas & pharmacy gift cards, kosher food items and cash donations. Info Rebekah Kanefsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-921-4161.
COLLEGE-GETTING THERE FROM HERE, Thursday, May 8, 6:00 pm In cooperation with EdwardJones. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will introduce experts in financing a college education. Join us at the Stamford office of Jewish Family Service, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Refreshments will be served. Free admission. Info: Marisa - Marisa.email@example.com or 203-324-4308.
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. Info: Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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. Info:Kathy Anderson 203-921-4161, ext. 121 or 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.nfo - Rosemarie Delia: (203) 921-4161 or email@example.com
Chag Kasher Vesameach - Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
A Passover Prayer for Our Family in Kansas
from Erica Brown, Weekly Jewish Wisdom
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you, on kingdoms that do not call upon Your name
To Be Recited After "Pour Out Your Wrath" in the Haggadah
This year as we say, "Pour out Your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you, on kingdoms that do not call upon Your name" (Psalms 79:6), we ask God for the sake of our safety and the safety of all, to eradicate the irrational loathing that motivates hate crimes and replace it with a commitment to grace and kindness.
Our hearts are with the people of Kansas.
We ask God on this "night of holy protection" to watch over our brothers and sisters in Kansas and our extended family all over the world with compassion and love.
"The world is sustained by kindness" (Psalms 89:3); therefore, in the face of unconditional hatred, let us respond with even greater unconditional love and extend God's mercy on all who dwell among us. Amen.
Passover Week Schedule
Monday, April 14
Earliest time to start seder
Passover Day 1
Tuesday, April 15
Combined Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan
Candles not before
Earliest time to start seder
Passover Day 2
Wednesday, April 16
Combined Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan
First Day of the Omer
Yom Tov Ends
Thursday, April 17 (Day 3), Omer 2
Friday, April 18 (Day 4), Omer 3
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Sanctuary Kiddush, 1st day
the shul and Claudia Rimmerman in honor of Howard's recovery after his accident last year.