This past week, I attended the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington DC. I met diplomats and leaders from foreign countries and from our own. Their mission is a very important one which is to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values around the world. I urge you to visit their website http://www.ajc.org/ and become more educated and engaged in their vital work.
As this week's Torah portion states, we possess a covenant with G-d. It is eternal and enduring. However, our historical narrative as a nation ebbs and flows through tragedy and triumph. Our destiny is not only in G-d's hands but in ours. The Torah portion tellingly begins with the Hebrew word -Im - If. If we follow the ways of the Torah and if we serve as His partners in perfecting the world, then we will be blessed. We must also heed the words of Rabbi Jonathan Saks who spoke at the Forum and challenged the Jewish people to fight on behalf of other minorities and to strengthen our unity.
"The truth is, the different is what makes us human. A Europe with no room for Jews has no room for humanity," Rabbi Sacks said. "It is our shared humanity that is at stake.We will fight for the right of Christians to live without fear, but we need Christians to fight for a Jews' right to live without fear as well. We will fight against Islamophobia, but we need Muslims to fight against Judeophobia," He also emphasized the need for Jewish unity, asking, "How can we expect the world to love us if we can't love one another?" Though all Jews "do not share the same faith, we all share the same fate."
Stay in touch if you would like to get more involved in these efforts. If you want to learn more about AJC, please contact Scott Richman, AJC Westchester Director at email@example.com.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Services note: Late Friday Mincha minyan starts May 23.
YOUTH RAFFLE UPDATE: 60 tickets of the 360 sold so far-buy yours in the office or at any CAS event
KASHRUT ALERT RE FAIRWAY STAMFORD The bread department remains kosher pareve. The loose cakes and pastries sold at the showcase WILL NO LONGER BE KOSHER CERTIFIED! Fairway will continue to offer a wide range of kosher certified packages. Info: Rabbi Mordechai Ross (Kof-k Fairway Kosher Coordinator) 718 610-9715.
spotlighting Stamford's Kosher Restaurants & Mrs. Bloom's Mobile
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-Thursday: 8:00 PM
Candles next Friday
Lag BOmer, Omer 33
to Lenore & Michael Cooper on the engagement of Rachel Hanna Cooper to Joshua Morgan Troy
to Mr. S and Jackie Herman on being honored this Sunday at the BiCultural Day School Celebration Dinner
to CAS members Susan Kolbrenner, Hannah Kriftcher, and Marvin Lawrence on being honored JCC Volunteers of the Year
to all the participants in Sunday's Mike Mile event in support of The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University Medical Center& yasher koach to our CAS chairs Kori Meyers & Lynne Frankel
to Bonnie & Ron Nyman on the rededication of the Al & Morton Nyman Sefer Torah in Riverdale on Sunday, Lag B'Omer
to Marvin & Ivy Schildkraut on Isaac becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz, Ethan Green in memory of Sandy Green on his 12th yahrzeit and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
The Love family in commemoration of the Yartzeits of Abraham Love (Avraham ben Yehudah), Rose Love (Raizel Bas Ephraim) & Rochelle Boltino (Rasha Bas Yerochem).
Zach Kfare & Naama Herstic in honor of their last Shabbat davening in the chapel minyan.
Waldstreicher family in honor of Brad's Birthday
Gary & Rosalie Stone and Guta Fischel in honor of the engagement of their son & grandson Jake Stone to Julie Traboff, daughter of Dr. Norman & Karen Traboff
to Harold Fishkow and the Fishkow family on the passing of Jeanette Fishkow
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi Walk: Just Walk Beside Me
Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein:
Rabbi Walk Perek IV: The Majesty of Modesty
Gil Orbach, Rabbi Shakked Parhi, Jake Stone, Aaron Berk
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
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. 7:00 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Power of the Prophets: Kings II-9:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Depth of Genesis-10:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms-noon
Prayer Primer 7:00 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 Sunday - Closed 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.
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. If you are 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.
CAS FAMILY ISRAEL TOUR WITH RABBI DANIEL COHEN AUGUST 5-17, 2015. Save the date & join for an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Info and details: Rabbi Cohen.
Mrs. Bloom's Mobile, a unique and colorful fresh-cut flower truck, will visit CAS on Tuesday, June 3, from 2:30-4:30pm. Their Shavuot offering includes roses, peonies, bouquets, tulips and other lovely flowers. Prices range from $10 and up. A portion of every sale will be donated to our synagogue, so please visit our parking lot, show your support, and beautify your home for the holiday.
BCDS ANNUAL CELEBRATION DINNER Sunday, May 18, 5 PM at the Stamford Hilton Hotel honoring 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. Info: bcdscelebration.org or Eve Nachman, 203-329-2186 x1341, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 3RD ANNUAL MIKE MILE Sunday, May 18 from 9 AM - noon at High Ridge Corporate Park, High Ridge Road. Join us to support 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!
TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL RELOCATION OF THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT TO STAMFORD Thursday, May 22 8-9:30 pm at the Stamford JCC. The various aspects of this opportunity will be presented and there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. This will be only opportunity to meet as a community prior to the JHSC's Board of Directors meeting to decide whether to relocate to Stamford for the 2014/15 school year. No solicitations will be made.
FREE CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN HEBREW TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES 2-8 The goal of Sifriyat Pijama B'America is to enhance knowledge and affinity for Jewish values from a young age and to retain a strong Jewish identity and appreciation of Hebrew. SP-BA provides an opportunity for families to create a tradition of reading bedtime stories in Hebrew and engaging in meaningful conversations. Info: www.sp-ba.org/online-registration
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD, SETH MARLOWE AKA "THE COMMISH" is one of the honorees at the Young Israel of Stamford Spring Brunch Sunday, June 8 for his 10 year commitment to the Fairfield County Connecticut Jewish Baseball League (FCCJBL). Email email@example.com or info: 203.829.9341.
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LOWER FAIRFIELD COUNTY "WONDER OF WONDERS: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" SUNDAY, MAY 18 4PM, NEW CANAAN LIBRARY. CO_SPONSORED BY THE NEW CANAAN LIBRARY AND ELM STREET BOOKS, and is a feature of the library's Authors on Stage Series. SPEAKER: Author ALISA SOLOMON She traces the history of the Broadway musical. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LOWER FAIRFIELD COUNTY MONTHLY BOOK TALK WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, TOR HARRY BENNETT BRANCH FERGUSON LIBRARY VINE RD. STAMFORD 2 PM. BOOK: "THE STORY TELLER" by JODY PICOULIT. Against the background of the Holocaust, the author weaves the character's stories around the powerful issues of forgiveness, love, justice and redemption. PRESENTER: SONDRA MELZER. Info: Marcie Schoenfeld 203 359 9148
HOLY ROOTS OF STAMFORD! HISTORICAL PROGRAM Stamford Historical Society on Sunday, June 8 2-5 PM, highlighting the histories of three local congregations that played an important role in Stamford's history during the Progressive Era (1890-1920): the Union Baptist Church (organized 1888), Congregation Agudath Shalom (1889) and St. John's Lutheran Church (1891). Organized at the dawn of the Progressive Era, these congregations brought new citizens and new ideas to Stamford that affected our way of life then and continue to influence us today. The Program features a panel: Rev. Dr. Robert W. Perry (Union Baptist Church), Rabbi Daniel Cohen (Congregation Agudath Shalom) and Church Historian Ruth J. Johnson (St. John's Lutheran Church). Light refreshments will follow. Join us for an outstanding program and an enjoyable afternoon. The Stamford Historical Society is located in the old stone school building on the west side of High Ridge Road, less than 1 mile north of the Merritt Parkway Exit 35 at 1508 High Ridge Rd. INFO: stamfordhistory.org, or 203-329-1183
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 open during the week. For information, please call 203-321-0051 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. 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
TWO GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR 10-12TH GRADERS The 10th Annual Rabbi Alex Goldman Memorial Essay Contest. Interested teens need to write an essay based on their experience participating in one or more Jewish teen organizations in the Greater Stamford area and its affect on their Jewish identity by completing the following prompt: "I never thought I would..."First prize $1,000, Second prize $500, Third prize $250. All entries must be received by May 22, 9pm. Mark Teen Leadership Award (10th -11th Graders) - Community nominations for an outstanding 10th or 11th grader who has demonstrated multi-year leadership for the local or worldwide Jewish and/or general community for the Mark Teen Leadership Award. Each nomination shall be submitted with identifying information such as name and address on the contact sheet only. The winning nomination is chosen blindly. The award is $1,000 and must be used to pay an educational expense by the winner. All applications are due by Friday, May 30. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner
Thank you and Mazal Tov to Naama Herstic and Zach Kfare who will be getting married in just a few weeks.We will miss you so much - please come visit often.Good luck in your new shul - they are lucky to have you!
We are excited to WELCOME Sarah Poland to our Mini Minyan.She will begin leading Mini Minyan on May 31st!
May 16 - 3:30- 5 pmBoys Afternoon Out - includes cooking with the Israeli girls, chesed, sports, snacks and so much more fun! Sign up online to reserve your spot.
Teen Minyan this week - 10:00 in the Chapel w the Sperbers.
Jr. Cong. will meet in the Simcha Room at 10:30.... Zach and Naama's (Mini Minyan) last Shabbat with us.... Please make sure you join us for a special thank you and goodbye.
B'nai Mitzvah Club- in the social hall with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker.Special surprise for all those who attend!
Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed May-June:
YOUTH FUNDRAISER RAFFLE - GRAND PRIZE 2 TICKETS TO ISRAEL (Maximum value $2500)!All proceeds will go to benefit our wonderful children!!!SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THIS SPECIAL FUNDRAISER!Tickets can be purchased in the shul office or at most shul events until the drawing on June 11th at 8 pm. You DO NOT need to be present to win!* Please see special flier insert for more info.
May 30 - Girls Afternoon Out - includes cooking with the Israeli girls, chesed, sports, snacks and so much more fun! Sign up online to reserve your spot.
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
SPECIAL COMMUNITY ANNOUCEMENT - Lag BaOmer at Chabad -
Join Chabad at 12 noon on Sunday, May 18th for BBQ, games, Roasted marshmallows etc.
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