The encampment of the Jewish people is described in the book of Bamidbar. It encapsulates a message of unity amidst diversity and Torah as the anchor for guiding the variant lights of our talents to the world. All the tribes are rooted in a commitment to G-d and Torah, but each one with its unique colors and skills bears a responsibility to harness their Divine potential to unlock blessings for the Jewish people and the world. Yesterday, I understood on an even deeper level the role of Yeshiva University in embodying this ideal. At my daughter's graduation, we celebrated not only a commitment to Torah but its mission in shaping our youth to transform the world in all of its color and complexity. It was also my 25th college reunion. It allowed me to reflect on the three mentors from YU who most influenced me: Rabbi Abba Bronspiegel for teaching me the truth in Talmud, the Reb, Rabbi Maurice Wohlgelernter for my love of literature, and Professor Anthony Beukas for teaching me to compartmentalize my mind, the key to success in all aspects of life. Wishing all of your graduates much Mazal. I urge you to explore and learn about the value of Yeshiva University (www.yu.edu). It is truly an extraordinary and unique institution for our country, the Jewish people and the world.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Daniel Cohen
If you didn't see it...click here to read Senator Lieberman's WSJ column A Divine Lesson in Governing
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL YOM YERUSHALAYIM CELEBRATION this Wednesday night, 7pm. Refreshments and song in honor of Jerusalem.
Click here to check out our new Community Feature - spotlighting Stamford's Kosher Restaurants & Mrs. Bloom's Mobile
SERVICES NOTE: Women's Tefillah Group will be held on June 14, 9:45 am in the Heyman Chapel in honor of Maya Jubas's Bat Mitzvah. All women and girls welcome.
CAS FINANCIAL STATEMENTS have been mailed. Please help support our programs and a make you donation to CAS before the end of our fiscal year.
to Meryl Meiteles for winning the 2014 HR Specialist Award of Southern Connecticut
to Mimi and Saul Cohen on the Bar Mitzvah of grandson Eric - son of Amy and Carl Kruglak
to Amy & Richard Breslow and Susan & Phillip Clark on the upcoming wedding of Rebecca & Tim
to grandparents Dr. Naomi Hersh and Bernie Shapiro and parents Benjamin & Jyll Shapiro on the birth of a baby boy
to Dinah & Seth Marlowe on Rina becoming a Bat Mitzvah
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
The Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
by Debbie & Michael Berg commemorating the 7th yahrzeit of her mother, Marlene Lilienfeld, and Marilyn Niedober commemorating the 18th yahrzeit of her husband, Murray
Dinah & Seth Marlowe - In honor of Rina's Bat Mitzvah celebration
to Ben-Zion Soifer on the passing of his brother Mendel
to friends and family of David Rand
to Janet Bein on the passing of her father David Leinwand
to Lillian Shapiro on the passing of her father Chilo Spiro
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi Cohen: 50 Years in One Minute
Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein:
Rabbi Walk Perek V: The Numbers Game
Simcha Rubin, Michael Berg, Ted Listokin
UPCOMING CAS EVENTS - Click to learn more/sign up
CAS FIFTH ANNUAL WOMAN SCHOLAR SERIES Wednesdays at 7:30 pm Last class 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!
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
Please join us for the Congregation Agudath Sholom Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:30pm
Congregation Agudath Sholom
·Recognition of outgoing Officers and Board of Directors
· Treasurer's and President's reports
· Election and installation of New Officers and Board of Directors
Presentation of first annual George and Ziporah Freedberg awards:
Spirit of Excellence Award for devotion to Judaism, the Jewish People, Israel and Congregation Agudath Sholom
Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
Hineni Awards for outstanding service to Agudath Sholom and our community
Ron Avidan and Sharon Wohlberg
Awards endowed by Avram & Rhoda Freedberg and Family
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. 7:00 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
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms-noon Last class of season.
Prayer Primer 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Talmud Bavli-Masechet Megilla 7:00 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Taste of Torah 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
All-Night Shavuot Learning
Visiting Scholar:Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein-Ohr Torah Stone
Topics: Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein:
Why are Adults davening like kids and The Disconnect in Tefilla
Selfie and The Minyan: The Benefits of Communal Prayer
Rabbi Daniel Cohen:
Shemitta for the Urbanite and the Miraculous Bananas
Professor Yuval Sinai:
Collateral Damage in Halacha in History and the Age of Terror
Rabbi David Walk:
Thanks for the Torah, But What's in it for Me? Thoughts about Talmud Torah from Gedolei Torah
Also we will have a full schedule of Youth programs
DONATE CHILDRENS BOOKS. For his Bar Mitzvah project, Dean Bilenker is collecting books for Read to Grow, an organization that distributes books to children in need across CT. Please donate by dropping books in the box in the CAS lobby.
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.
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 at 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.
FLOWERS FOR SHAVUOT: The Mrs. Bloom's Mobile, a unique and colorful fresh-cut flower truck, will be visiting Agudath Sholom on Tuesday, June 3, from 2:30-4:30pm. Their Shavuot offerings will include roses, peonies, bouquets, tulips and other lovely flowers. Prices will range from $10 and up. A portion of every sale will be donated to our shul, so please visit our parking lot, show your support, and beautify your home for the chag. Info: www.mrsbloomsmobile.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or info: 203.829.9341.
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. Look for his Shavuot specials. 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
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.
STAND WITH ISRAEL DISCUSSION Join Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Exec VP, Emeritus, National Council of Young Israel ,Richard Allen, Founder, JCCWatch.org, and Howard Teich as they Stand with Israel. May 27, 6pm, Brooklyn. Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-with-israel-tickets-10875215061?aff=jcc
ISRAEL BONDS BREAKFAST BRIEFING featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States AMB. RON DERMER SUNDAY, June 15, 9-11am att YOUNG ISRAEL OF SCARSDALE, 1313 Weaver Street Info: Cynthia Blustein, Israel Bonds, at 914-713-9003, email@example.com.
A NEW DRAMA "FACING BEREL" BY RACHEL A. LEVINE AT TEMPLE SINAI Sunday, June 8 from 3-5 p.m. Jake Kitchin, an award-winning actor who was in the national tour of "Billy Elliot" will be featured in this Jewish drama, which is set in Ukraine during the time of the pogroms in the 1880's and in New York in 1935. Info & tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-322-1649
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP Sunday - 9 am - 11 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12 noon - 2 pm
Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner
üWe are excited to WELCOME Sarah Poland to our Mini Minyan. She will begin leading Mini Minyan on May 31st! Thank you also, for all your hard work and dedication for setting up the classroom and beyond. With that in mind....
We are in need of....
We are trying to enhance many parts of our Mini Minyan experience. If anybody has any of the following in good condition and willing to donate, please let me know.
oBookcase - large sized
oPlastic storage containers - large with lids
oA nice rug for the children to sit around
oGames and books appropriate for children ages 3-6/7.
oPosters for the wall that fit with the themes of Shabbat groups
Jr. Cong. will meet in the Chapel at 10:30 with Abby and Adina.
B'nai Mitzvah Club-meet at 10:30 in the social hall with Rabbi Parhi - we will then move together, and sit together, in the Main Sanctuary to celebrate Rina's Bat Mitzvah! Mazal Tov Rina!
Jr Teen Chat this week - 1030 in the Daf Yomi Room w the Sperbers.
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.
NEW!!! May 27 - Bnai Mitzvah Club - (Grades 4-5) will join Rabbi Jeiger at CAS at 6:30 pm, at which time we will walk to 16 Handles together. Parent pickup is back at CAS at 8 pm. Please bring money for whatever you would like to eat J
May 30 - Girls Afternoon Out - includes cooking with the Israeli girls, sports, crafts, snacks and so much more fun! Sign up online to reserve your spot.
May 31- Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat
June 3-4 TIKUN TEIL SHAVUOT - all night learning/ classes/ Torah Tours/ Food and FUN!!! Don't miss it - walking groups for Jr Teens at 1:30 am or stay up all night w your parents permission!
June 13 - Tot Kabbalat Shabbat 5-6:30 pm w Danielle Alexander -more info to follow shortly.
June 17 - Teen Trip: Yankees vs Blue Jays Game - only a few tickets left! Reserve today online!
June 21 - Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat
·Annual Youth Awards Shabbat - special prizes for all children; 5-630 pm
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