Is our passion still high? Coming off the peak of Shavuot and re-engagement with Torah, can we maintain the enthusiasm? We may have finished counting the omer, but we never finish making our days count.
This message rings loud and clear in the beginning of the Torah portion of Behaalotcha. Aaron is credited with following G-d's command to light the menorah. Rashi explains the seemingly extraneous compliment as Aaron always fulfill G-d's will by noting that Aaron did not change his actions one iota. The commentators explain that Aaron lit the Menorah the 100th time with same dedication and excitement that he possessed when he lit the menorah the first time.
The challenge we all face is staying alert to our mission, passionate in our performance and awakened to our destiny. On a personal level, what is the menorah we are lighting every day? On a national level, what are we doing every day to advance the future of the Jewish people and Israel?
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Yasher Koach to our outgoing officers and directors for their work on behalf of our shul and Mazal Tov to our new officers and directors
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: 8:15 PM
Candles next Friday
to Rachel & Nimrod Dayan on Rebecca's Bat Mitzvah
to Seth & Dinah Marlowe on Noah receiving scholarship awards from New England NCSY, National NCSY and the Ben Zakkai Society
to Evan Stulberger on receiving the NY State AP Broadcasting Association Award for Excellence in Photo Journalism
to Avram & Rhoda Freedberg on the birth of a son to Arielle Freedberg Prager & Tamar Prager
to Seth Marlowe for receiving the Young Israel Community service award this Sunday for 10 years of service as the Commissioner of the Fairfield County Jewish Baseball League.
to Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, Sharon Wohlberg and Ron Avidan on awards presented at upcoming annual meeting
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
by the Marlowe Family in honor of our friends Alice Janush, Aviva Maller, Janice Steinberg & Howard Weiss for enhancing our simcha and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus in honor of the birthdays of Matan and Remy Neuhaus.
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan in honor of Rebecca becoming a Bat Mitzvah
to the family of Edythe Prens Siegel
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Rabbi David Harbater
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein
Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein
Nimrod Dayan, David Harbater, Ethan Green, Joshua Kurtz, Matt Jelen
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 Men's ClubBreakfastTHIS Sunday, June 8,9:15 am
Guest Speaker: NYC ADL Director Evan Bernstein
Topic: Jews Under Crises Worldwide
Men & women welcome!
Join Evan R. Bernstein, ADL's New York Regional Director, for a discussion on ADL's Global Anti-Semitism Index, the most extensive such poll ever conducted, involving 102 countries and territories. The Global 100 provides important insights into national and regional attitudes toward Jews, the levels of acceptance of anti-Semitic stereotypes and knowledge of the Holocaust. The presentation will focus on understanding the magnitude of anti-Semitism around the world, assessing where it is most problematic, how pervasive it is in certain regions, and exactly which anti-Jewish beliefs are the most seriously entrenched.
Evan is currently ADL's New York Regional Director and is responsible for overseeing all New York and New Jersey state initiatives. He is regularly quoted in news sources that include the New York Times, CNN, and the Huffington Post about ADL's perspective on key regional and national issues. Evan came to ADL after extensive experience in operations, development and leadership at several major Jewish and Israeli communal organizations. Evan earned a BSW from Western Connecticut State University and a ALM from Harvard University.
Men's Club members who have paid $50 membership fee are admitted free.
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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
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
PLEASE JOIN THE YOUNG COUPLES COMMITTEE AND THEIR FAMILIES ON SHABBAT, JUNE 7 FOR AN ONEG IN THE SHABBAS PARK FROM 4-5:30 PM. You can bring a store-bought parve dessert or snack to share. There are many new families that are joining the Agudath community or who are interested in learning more about our community, so it would be great to have many families come to the Oneg to provide these newcomers with a warm welcome to Stamford. Lastly, should the weather not cooperate and it rains, we will relocate to the Shul where we will set up games, puzzles, etc. for the kids and have an in-door oneg at the same time. Please let Laura Tobin email@example.com know if you have any questions or if you would like to be more involved in the event!
CAS MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST Sunday June 8, 9:15 am Guest Speaker: NYC ADL Director Evan Bernstein Jews Under Crises Worldwide $5/person - men & women welcome. Men's Club members who have paid $50 membership fee are admitted free.
CAS financial statements have been mailed. Please help support our programs by making a donation to CAS before the end of our fiscal year.
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.
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. 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
ISRAEL BONDS BREAKFAST BRIEFING featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States AMB. RON DERMER SUNDAY, June 15, 9-11am at YOUNG ISRAEL OF SCARSDALE, 1313 Weaver Street Info: Cynthia Blustein, Israel Bonds, at 914-713-9003, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com or 203-322-1649
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP Summer hours - Sunday by appointment, Tuesday and Thursday 12 noon to 2 pm
Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed 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.
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 - with PJ library, special prizes for all children & a wonderful guest speaker for adults; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org