This Sunday, on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we reflect on the millions of Jews who were murdered and died as Jews. I invite the community to join together at 7 PM on Sunday at Temple Sinai to Zachor - Remember.
Yet, this Shabbat, we also reflect on "Kedoshim" as a path for life. What does it mean to live as a Jew? What values do we embody and convey to our families, community and the world.
May the memories of the Jews who perished in the Shoah be for a blessing, and may we be inspired to lead lives of holiness in their memory.
Rabbi Walk's book, Walk Through the Parsha, is a collection of some of his favorite and most impactful articles that he has written each week on the Torah portion in the last 16 years.
Copies of Mining for Gold and Walk Through the Parsha will be available for purchase.
Admission to the event is free, and the entire community is invited.
Sponsored by the CAS Adult Education Committee
MEDITATIVE PRAYER SERVICE MAY 3 Join Rabbi Cohen on May 3 at 8:30 AM
MEN'S CLUB MEETING MAY 4 9:30 AM @ CAS Join us for a planning meeting to discuss upcoming events
COMMEMORATE YOM HA'ZIKARON CELEBRATE YOM HA'ATZMAUT Israel Independence Day - Join us at CAS on Monday, May 5, 7pm
UNDERSTANDING PRAYER MAY 10 Join Rabbi Walk on May 10 at 10:30 AM
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
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
Dvar Yom B'Yomo 12:20 pm BCDS-Rabbi David Walk
Power of the Prophets: Kings II-8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen (No Class This Week)
The Depth of Genesis-9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen (No Class This Week)
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms-noon (No Class This Week)
Rabbi Daniel Cohen at BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm (No Class This Week)
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 Sundays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12 noon - 2 pm
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.
April 26, 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:
A famous story in the Talmud concerns a person asking different rabbis to tell him the whole Torah while he stood "on one foot," meaning in a brief summary. Eventually he came to a great sage named Hillel, a descendant of King David and the leading rabbi of his generation. How would Hillel reply to this question? Can the vast Torah really be reduced to a single statement? "What you do not like, do not do to others," came Hillel's answer. "That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and study."
The idea that the entire Torah focuses around the theme of one's relationship with other people is quite striking. Very often the laws of the Torah are divided into two groups: those concerning the relationship of the person with G-d, such as Shabbat observance and kosher, and those concerning one's relationship with other people, such as not to steal, or not to be a false witness in a legal case. Here, however, Hillel was saying, in effect, that the whole Torah revolves around the single principle of one's relationship with others.
In the Torah reaing of Kedoshim (Leviticus 16-20) we find this principle clearly expressed: "love your neighbor as yourself." It occurs among many commands about one's behavior towards other people, such as--in the very same verse--the demands not to bear a grudge and not to take revenge. However, it is clear that this is a teaching on a quite different level to the other commands.
We can understand that if a person properly keeps this law, he or she will obviously keep the commands such as not to steal, nor be a false witness, nor bear a grudge. All the laws concerning one's relationship with other people are included in this teaching "love your fellow." Hence Rabbi Akiva said about this command, "this is a great general principle in the Torah." It is a great general principle because it includes more or less half the Torah: all the laws between man and his fellow.
However, what about the laws between the person and G-d? Hillel seems to go further than Rabbi Akiva. For Hillel, this command includes all Torah law. How can we understand that?
An answer given by Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the founder of the Chabad school of Chassidism, is that the intended effect of the entire Torah is to make us more sensitive to the soul, rather than just the body. The mitzvot (laws) between man and G-d have the function of drawing G-dliness into the material aspects of life. They help us break through the barrier of appearances and connect with the G-dliness within.
This has a direct effect on our view of others. For in physical and material terms, people are divided. But as regards the soul, we are united together. The more that a person is sensitive to that unity, feeling a true love for others, the more he or she will be expressing the goal of the entire Torah. And conversely, the more that a person observes the Torah, in all its details, in a truly inward way, the closer they will come to a genuine love for others.
Hillel makes this point in another teaching, found in Ethics of the Fathers. He tells us to be like the disciples of Aaron, loving all those around us and drawing them close to the Torah. We can express our love for another person through caring for them in physical terms. Yet we can also express our love by caring for them spiritually, helping him or her come closer to the Torah. Each of us has this power of love, with the power to give to others, both materially and spiritually. Through this love we will trigger the chain reaction leading to the goal of Creation: peace and love between man and his fellow, between nation and nation, between humanity and G-d.
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....
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 Trip: 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 email@example.com
613 RESTAURANT IS EXPANDING ITS HOURS OF OPERATION. They are now open from noon to 9 pm
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
IN COMMEMORATION OF YOM HASHOAH, AJC WESTCHESTER AND THE JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY PROUDLY PRESENT THE DOCUMENTARY FILM, SIX MILLION AND ONE, Monday, April 28 7 pm at The State Cinema, Hope Street. Past, present and future mix in this eloquent and intense portrait of documentary filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings, as they retrace the footsteps of their late father - a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. David's journey takes him to the U.S., where he meets American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of his father and Gunskirchen camp. $10/ticket - www.ajc.org/westchester/sixmillion Info: Vicki Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.948.5585 Jewish Arts & Film Festival Pass Holders RSVP to Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 251-9525.