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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim 

May 2, 2015

13 Iyyar 5775

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Mincha7:00 PM
Candles7:32 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:21 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Mishnah Hot Cocoa10:15 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:31 AM
Code Of Jewish Law6:40 PM
Daf Yomi6:45 PM
Mincha7:30 PM
Maariv8:29 PM
Shabbat Ends8:34 PM

Shabbat Shalom

Have you experienced God today?

As a child, I learned the song "Hashem is here, Hashem is there, Hashem is truly everywhere." When was the last time we felt God's presence? I recently asked someone this question and the person responded with an event in their lives from over 20 years ago. It was a moment of deep joy and soulfulness when the person felt truly alive. However, although it was an inspiring story, life is not intended to be lived this way. Life is not a highlight reel but we are designed to experience God continually.

The first word of the Torah portion challenges us to tap into a Divine frequency every day. The Ishbitzer Rebbe explains that God is ready to shower us with His presence. However, we must be ready to anticipate a Divine moment. The word "Kadosh" signifies soulful sight and seeing the possibilities for holiness in every moment and every place.

The Parsha enjoins us to see God in every encounter. A mitzvah is a moment of connection with the Divine. Do not turn a blind eye to a mitzvah opportunity. Pick up a lost object and return it. Stand up for an elderly person. Make a blessing on food before consumption. Do not stand idly by in the face of an injustice. Even the two minute walk from the doors of the JCC to the gym, can be filled with spiritual meaning. Do we extend a greeting to those who walk by? Do we hold the door or share a smile?

God is ready for you. As Jacob exclaimed when he awoke from his dream. "God is in this place and I did not know. This is a house of God and the gate to Heaven." Anticipate God in your life. Be ready to receive His love. Be Holy and you will experience the Divine each and every day.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Links of Interest from Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • Parents and Parenting by Joseph Epstein click here
  • Obama and the Three D's click here
  • Rabbi Benzion Scheinfeld in memory of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein click here
  • The Legacy of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein click here
  • Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. We wish the families and country much comfort and strength. click here

Sent to Rabbi Cohen from Senator Richard Blumenthal

April 29, 2015


I have received many questions from constituents regarding my efforts to stop a nuclear-armed Iran, and I wanted to give you a full understanding of my work in the Senate on this important issue. 

Reading and listening long and hard - in public forums, private conversations, and secure classified briefings - I am guided by two paramount goals: stopping a nuclear-armed Iran, and doing it by peaceful means. 

An Iran with nuclear weapons would be an urgent, intolerable threat to American security. Almost immediately, it would lead to the proliferation of such weapons throughout the Middle East, creating a nuclear tinderbox and endangering our allies, most obviously Israel. 

I strongly support negotiations to stop this threat. That is why I advocated and helped lead legislation imposing severe economic sanctions on Iran - with the goal of bringing the Iranians to the table. After the sanctions succeeded, and talks began, I supported S. 269, the bipartisan Kirk-Menendez Bill, to strengthen sanctions if the talks failed. The result so far is a very general "framework" or "understanding," which contains significant gaps and unanswered questions but is sufficient to continue the talks, which are now ongoing.

I hope and believe these negotiations can succeed. Obstacles remain - complex issues concerning research and development on centrifuges, amounts of uranium, lifting of sanctions, and inspectors' access to enrichment sites, to name a few. Surmounting these obstacles is certainly possible, albeit deeply challenging. Any final agreement must be airtight, comprehensive, and enduring - and, perhaps most importantly, strictly verifiable and enforceable. We can settle for nothing less. 

Meeting this goal means that Congress must have a role in reviewing and scrutinizing any final agreement. The plain fact is that Congress imposed the sanctions by statute, and only Congress can permanently lift them. But even apart from constitutional requirements, Congress has a responsibility to make sure that this agreement squares with our enduring need for security and strong national defense, as I know well from my service on the Armed Services Committee. That is why I was an original and leading co-sponsor of the bipartisan S. 615, the Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (also known as the Corker-Menendez Bill), which was adopted unanimously in April 2015 by the Foreign Relations Committee after valuable modifications. The President's acceptance of this measure reaffirms my support. I will continue to insist that Congress meet its responsibility. 

Just as I appreciate the Administration's steadfast perseverance and diligent work in these negotiations, I oppose any steps that would impede or, in my judgment, interfere with them. Even as the President has said that all options must be on the table - and I agree - our best option is diplomacy and other peaceful means. I support that effort. 

As always, I welcome your thoughts and views about these critically important issues. Hearing from you enables me to listen and learn.

Thank you, 

Senator Richard Blumenthal 

Seen Last Sunday at the OU Relocation Fair

Jackie Herman of the Bi-Cultural Day School (left) and Elaine Finkelstein (right) of CAMOS in front of the Stamford booth at the OU Jewish Communities Relocation and Job Fair. Stamford was one of 49 communities that exhibited at the fair last Sunday.  Special thanks to Rabbi Cohen & Jessie Brand for representing CAS!

Statement from the Rabbinical Council of America and Giving Opportunity

The Rabbinical Council of America shares in the world's horror over the terrible loss of lives in the recent Nepal earthquake. Our mentor, the late, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, of blessed memory, reminded us that "the responsibility implicit in human existence" makes it our duty to respond to the world in crisis. As members of the world community, and as Jews, we mourn the rising death toll and colossal destruction caused by the earthquake in Nepal. We call upon the members of our community to support the massive relief efforts underway. The RCA applauds the efforts of the American and Israeli governments in providing emergency aid to the Nepalcommunity, and supports the Nepal Relief Fund of the Federations of North America (

Weekday Schedule
Candles Next Friday7:40 PM
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday: 7:40 PM
SundayPesach Sheni
ThursdayLag BOmer
Mazal Tov
  • to Gloria Green and Phyllis Shapiro on their recognition by Stamford Hospital
  • to Meryl and David Gordon and Robin Fischel on being honored at the upcoming Evening with Jewish Family Service Dinner
  • to David Bessaleli on the passing of his mother, Hanna bat Yosef Bessaleli
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel Kiddushby the Love family in commemoration of the yahrzeits of Abraham Love this Shabbos & Rose Love on Lag B'omer
Teen Minyan Kiddushby the Rubins in honor of the anniversary of Joseph's Bar Mitzvah
Sanctuary Kiddushby Max and Susan Kolbrenner in loving memory of our mother, Charlotte Kolbrenner
Seudat Shlishitby Meryl and David Gordon in memory of David's father, Herman W. Gordon, Chaim Volff ben Mayer
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Rafael Bokow
SermonRabbi David Walk: Holy Humanity
ShiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Faith vs. Trust - In Memory of Rav
Aaron Lichtenstein, Z'T'L
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Code of Jewish LawCantor Rafael Bokow
Torah ReadersJudd Love, Burt Rubin, Joseph Rubin
UsherElisheva Kilner
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Important Note

Message from the President about the CAS Boxwood Drive Entry

Over the past several weeks, I have received various comments and concerns from our neighbors and users of the gate at the CAS Boxwood Drive Entry. As you know, we want to maintain a good relationship with all our neighbors, while balancing the needs of our members and their guests. With that goal in mind, please be aware of the following:

  • We plan to continue our policy of locking the gate except on Shabbat and holidays. If you need to use the gate during the week to gain access, CAS members can get the entry code by calling the office.
  • On Shabbat and holidays, the gate will no longer be able to be locked. After the end of Shabbat or holidays, we will re-enable the lock. We have worked to keep the gate in good working condition and alignment.
  • When you use the gate, please close it (gently). If it is locked, please re-lock it after use.

Thanks for your help in this matter,
Dr. Stuart Waldstreicher

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BMC Night Out at Soosh  Sunday, May 3 - 5:00 PM

BMC Night Out at Soosh

As a special treat we will be taking the regular attendees of BMC to Soosh for dinner
We will cover half of the cost of your child's meal
Meet at Soosh at 5pm!

Wolfsohn Lecture  Wednesday, May 13 - 8:00 PM

Wolfsohn Lecture

Annual Dr. Al and Royce Wolfsohn Lecture
Featuring Steve Bayme of the American Jewish Committee
American Jewry and Israel: Dissonance or Cohesion
Desserts and coffee will be served after the presentation
Free and open to the entire community

Shavuot Schedule  Saturday, May 23 - 11:30 PM

Shavuot Schedule

Scholar in Residence - Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet, Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. He is a noted scholar, author and teacher who has taught thousands of students throughout his over 55+ years of teaching.
We are grateful to Peggy Fogelman for sponsoring Rabbi Rakeffet's visit in memory of her father, Dr. Henry Fogelman and Jonathan and Irit Tratt in honor of Ari's second birthday.

Graduation Ceelbration  Monday, May 25 - 12:00 PM

Graduation Ceelbration

Join the CAS 2015 Graduation Celebration!
If you have a graduate in your family (preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school), we will publish his/her name and the level from which he or she is graduating.
Celebrate the graduates with a festive kiddush on the second day of Shavuot in honor of the graduates. Help co-sponsor the kiddush

Womens Tefillah Group

Womens Tefillah Group

Please join us! for Parshat Korach

Family Trip to Israel

Family Trip to Israel

Join Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen for a
Family Summer Mission to Israel in August 2015
Explore the breadth and depth of the land. Great for first timers or veterans. The trip is uniquely tailored for adults with their children and grandchildren filled with history coming alive and a fostering a love of the natural beauty of our homeland.
Rabbi Cohen will host an informational table about his trip at Sanctuary Kiddush May 2 and 16.
For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen at or 203-252-8252.

CAS Announcements
  • WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN CAS CHESED ACTIVITIES, BUT DON'T KNOW HOW? Please join us for our annual chesed meeting on June 3rd from 8-9pm. Hear about some exciting chesed opportunities happening in the coming year, share your ideas, and help make our community a better place. We are so thankful to those that have dedicated their time and effort to this worthy cause and are excited to welcome Talia Siscovick & Alisa Weisser as chesed co-chairs, working alongside Meredith Cohen. RSVP to
  • READY FOR THE CAS ANNUAL HARVEST NOW GARDEN? Work in the garden has started! Stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer.
  • PLEASE JOIN THE YOUNG COUPLES COMMITTEE FOR A SHABBAT ONEG IN THE SHABBAS PARK on May 2 at 4 pm. Please bring along your families, friends, and a parve dessert, snack or beverage that can be shared for the oneg. If the forecast calls for rain, the oneg will be postponed until Shabbat on May 16 at 4 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Tobin at In addition, if you know of new families who would like to meet others in our CAS community, please invite them to come to the oneg.
  • NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBER BRUNCH Sunday morning, May 17. Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen will host a new and prospective member brunch at their home. If you are a new member and would like to attend or are considering joining our CAS family, please contact our Membership Chair Jessie Brand ( for more information.
  • JOIN IN A FESTIVE SEUDAH SHLISHIT TO HONOR RABBI SHAKKED AND CHEMDA PARHI, SHABBOS JUNE 13TH AT 7:30 PM. We would like to invite the entire community to participate in a festive Seudah Shlishit in honor of Rabbi Shakked and Chemda Parhi, who have devoted the past four years to educating our children, preparing them for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, leading youth groups, developing special community programming and enriching our community. As a token of our esteem and appreciation, several people have expressed an interest in participating in a parting gift as we wish them Hatzlacha on their return to Israel. If you are interested in participating in the gift, please contact Hecky Attar at 203-253-7075 or and you will be included on the group card
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • 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:
  • 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 If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Jessie Brand ( or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM -
CAS Classes
Week of May 3
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi Walk: Dvar Yom BYomo - Timely Topics (held at BCDS) - 12:15 PM
Rabbi Walk: Mishna Brura: Laws of Prayer - 7:30 PM
TuesdayRabbi Cohen: Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Cohen: Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Walk: The Evolution of the American Synagogue: A History of How Jewish Communities Developed in the United States - 7:30 PM
ThursdayRabbi Walk: Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM


  • Scholar in Residence - Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet, Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. He is a noted scholar, author and teacher who has taught thousands of students throughout his over 55+ years of teaching. We also welcome Malka Rakeffet.
  • NCSY Advisors Avi Sebagg and Sarah Shepps joining Daniella Lieberman and Isaiah Rothstein

We are grateful to Peggy Fogelman for sponsoring Rabbi Rakeffet's visit in memory of her father, Dr. Henry Fogelman and Jonathan and Irit Tratt in honor of Ari's second birthday.

Saturday, May 23 - Shabbat/Erev Shavuot

Pre-mincha class Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet:Rabbi Dov Revel6:30 PM
Mincha7:45 PM
Ma'ariv/Candlelighting8:55 PM

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Adults 11:30 PM- 4:45 AM

20th century Torah Personalities: Life and Legacy

11:30 PMRabbi Aaron Rakeffet: Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
12:15 AMBreak-Sushi Bar and Snacks
12:30 AMRabbi Daniel Cohen: Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira: Last Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto
1:30 AMBreak - Sushi Bar and snacks
2:00 AMDavid Cohen: Nechama Leibowitz
2:45 AMSnack Break
3:00 AMJay Jubas:Rabbi Mordechai Breuer
3:45 AMSnack Break
4:00 AMRabbi David Walk: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

6th -8th Grades 11:30 PM- 1:30 AM

11:30 PMAvi Sebbag
12:15 AMNCSY - Sarah Shepps - Torah in Our Time
1:00 AMBreak - Open Sushi Bar and snacks
1:30 AMProgram concludes, walking groups provided
2:00 AMRabbi Yehuda Jeiger - Ask The Rabbi

9th-12th Grades 11:30 PM- 5:00 AM

11:15-11:30 PMOpening Remarks by Isaiah and Daniella (Start at YI)
11:35-12:15 PMThe Halachot behind making a S'more + Bonfire
12:15-1:00 AMJigsaw Learning Program
1:00-1:30 AMInterview with God - Ask your questions for God
1:30-1:45 AMWalk to CAS for Sushi Bar and other exciting programs!!
2:00 AMSushi Bar / Snacks
2:30-3:15 AMAnswer session of "Interview with God"
3:45-4:45 AMChoose Your Own Chabura by our own advisors!
4:55 AMShacharit

Sunday, May 24 - Shavuot I

Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast4:55 AM
Sunrise5:28 AM
Shacharit (Sanctuary)9:00 AM
Reading of Ten Commandments10:00 AM
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, Jr. Congregation10:30 AM
Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet: Rabbi Aaron Kotler
Jr. Congregation Learning and Fun Session at Shabbat Park w/ Rabbi Jeiger.
(rain location-CAS) Snacks will be provided
4:30-6:00 PM
Sr. Teen Oneg at Park4:30-6:00 PM
Class - Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet:Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson6:40 PM
Mincha / Maariv7:50 PM
Candlelighting8:56 PM

Monday, May 25 - Shavuot II

Shacharit7:45/8:45 AM
Yizkor in Sanctuary Sermon: Rabbi Daniel Cohen10:30 AM
Teen Minyan with Daniella and Avi9:30 AM
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, Jr. Congregation10:30 AM
BMC (ice cream party in groups)
Graduation Celebration Kiddush following Sanctuary Service
Junior Teen Oneg at the Park4:30-6:00 PM
Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet: Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin6:50 PM
Mincha8:00 PM
Neilat Hachag and light meal8:15 PM
Yom Tov ends9:13 PM
Community Announcements
  • CHABAD STAMFORD WOMEN'S LAG B'OMER EVENT MAY 6 Feature the tastes of kosher chefs, bloggers, and foodies. Honoring Ellen Weber, Shira Nerenberg, and Doris Warmflash. Wednesday, May 6, 6:15PM at the Crowne Plaza. Info: 203-3CHABAD or
  • THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT'S 4TH ANNUAL SPRING GALA, honoring Fred Springer and recognizing the first Keter Shem Tov recipient Alan Feldman, on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 pm at Temple Beth El, Stamford, CT. For tickets and journal opportunities, please visit: or call 203-357-0850.
  • WOMEN'S INITIATIVE FOR JEWISH STUDIES - MAY 12, 7:45PM Dr. Dana Fishkin - Mikvah Stalkers and Shul Talkers: Critiques of Jewish Communities from Medieval Italy. Yong Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue.
  • UCONN-STAMFORD CENTER FOR JUDAIC & MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES SPRING 2015 LUNCH & LEARN SERIES (Thursdays, 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM): Apr 30 - The Saul Kwartin Memorial Lecture: The Coming of Age of America's Jews (1946-1966): Reflections from the Cinema, Dr. Eric Goldman - Adjunct Professor of Film Studies, Yeshiva University; May 14 - The Maria and Ishier Jacobson Annual Lecture: Arguing with God: The Jobian Voice in Judaic Literary Tradition, Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy - Professor of Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut
  • SOOSH ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR MOTHER'S DAY! Pay homage to your family matriarch with a special meal at Soosh. Gifts for all mom's! Fixed price menus! Get all the details by calling Soosh at 203-656-7505. Soosh shabbat promotion extended! Order Soosh for your shabbat meals! 10% off take-out orders of $50 or more placed online and picked up on any Friday in April or May. Order online at and use promo code "SHABBAT" at checkout. Shabbat Shalom from Soosh!
  • NCSY SPRING REGIONAL Join teens from across New England on May 15-17, Great Barrington, MA. Info & Registration at For teens in grades 9-12. Open to a limited number of 8th graders - use the separate link for 8th graders when you register
  • WHO WILL CARE FOR ME? CHALLENGES OF CARING FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm atthe Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. JFS will present Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, nationally renowned expert on issues of trust, intimacy, forgiveness and author of the award-winning book, Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent. She will offer advice on aging greacfully. Light refreshments will be served. Talk will be followed by book sale and signing. Co-sponsored by JFS Home Companion and Stamford JCC. The event is open to the community at no cost. For more information, please contact Eve Moskowitz, JFS Clinical Director at 203-921-4161 or
  • AN EVENING WITH JFS- SUNDAY, MAY 3RD , 5:30 PM. Celebrating 40 years of service to the community! An Evening with JFS and 7th Annual Auction will honor 36th Annual Mitzvah Award recipients, Meryl & David Gordon and Rita Appel & Jon Fraade and the Young Leadership Award recipient, Robin Fischel. Cocktails, food and festivities at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. To attend or for additional information, visit and click on An Evening with JFS or phone 203-921-4161.
  • JFS LIVING WITH AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, Beginning Monday, May 11th, 7:00-8:00 pm JFS will be conducting a support group for family members of those on the spectrum. Among topics to be discussed will be issues presented when a loved one has been diagnosed with autism. Beginning May 11th, meetings will be held at the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The group is open to the community at no cost. To pre-register, please contact or call 914-733-2773.
  • JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, TUESDAYS, 7:00 - 8:00 PM IN WESTPORT For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be providing a support group in the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11. The fee will be $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. You must register to attend by contacting Kylie Rothman at or call at 203-921-4161.
  • JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, MONDAYS, 7:00 - 8:00 PM IN STAMFORD For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be providing a support group in the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6thFloor The fee will be $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. You must register to attend by contacting Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email
  • LET'S TALK- THURSDAYS, 11 A.M. Don't miss this opportunity to meet new people or deepen your friendship with those you already know, as we engage in meaningful conversation about a wide variety of topics that are important in our lives. Topics may range from how to live a fulfilling life, creating healthy relationships, savoring our cherished memories, to embracing changing life circumstances. All will be encouraged to express their feelings and experiences related to the themes that emerge in a safe and supportive environment. Led by Kylie Rothman from Jewish Family Service, free of charge, at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. For more information, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, Director of Senior Adult Services at Stamford JCC at 203.487.0983 or email at
  • JFS CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP-SUNDAYS AT 5:00 PM Do you find yourself "sandwiched" between the needs of your children and your parents? JFS is offering an open forum to provide support and help in dealing with the difficulties and stresses of caring for two generations. A small fee of $10/session or $50 for six sessions will be charged. Group will be held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. The facilitator will be Rona Wall, LCSW. For more information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email
  • JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS-WEDNESDAYS AT 11:30 AM 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. To register or for more information, please contact Rosemarie Delia at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT -- TUESDAYS AT 10:30 AM Are you searching for a safe haven to explore your thoughts and feelings about grief? JFS provides an environment of emotional, physical, and spiritual support. For information, contact Rosemarie Delia at (203) 921-4161 or
  • PLEASE JOIN BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL ON SUNDAY, MAY 17TH, 5:30 PM AT THE HILTON STAMFORD HOTEL FOR THEIR ANNUAL CELEBRATION Dinner. Guest of honor are Maria and Glenn Reicin. The Jane Shoztic Award for outstanding teaching will be presented to Mrs. Morah Yospa Lieberman. Bob Abrams will be receiving the Alumni Award, and Sarah Rich will be receiving the Young Leadership Award. In addition, Stamford Police Department Assistant Chief Jim Matheny will be honored with a special Community Service Award. To RSVP and/or place an ad, please visit or contact Robyn Winarsky, 917-297-7142,
  • THE 4TH ANNUAL MIKE MILE SUNDAY, MAY 17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. This event was created by The Rothman Family to raise money for research for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), which their son, Michael, has. In addition to helping a good cause, you will have a great time. You will get in your morning workout, and there will be lots of fun activities for adults and kids alike. Gayle and Howard have been tremendous supporters of Agudath Sholom and the community. It would be great for us to come out and show them our support. We hope to see you there! Kori and Lynne
  • SAVE THE DATE: Join the BCDS Delegation at the Celebrate Israel Day Parade in New York City on Sunday, May 31st. For more info, visit or
  • SAVE THE DATE Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 4:00 - 6:30pm. Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County 30th Anniversary Celebration. Honoring Vivian and Irwin Miller with the JHS Lifetime Achievement Award andNorma z'l and Milton Mann with the 2015 JHS Heritage Award Temple Beth El - 350 Roxbury Road - Stamford, CT 06902.
  • CAS MENS CLUB WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIP WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, JULY 12TH FROM APPROXIMATELY 6:30 AM - 8 PM. The price will be approximately $100 and will include the wonderful rafting experience and round trip coach bus transportation. Lunch is NOT included. If you are interested, please email by May 5th. Cancellation policy: Full refund if notified 2 1/2 weeks in advance.
  • INTRODUCING THE BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP, a UJF program that provides economically disadvantaged elementary school children in Stamford with new clothes (pants, shirt, sneakers, socks, underwear, winter coat, hat, gloves) backpack and school supplies. Children get to pick out their own new items in a "shopping" environment created in a local school prior to the start of the new school year, while their parents visit the Japha Family Resource Center to receive basic health screenings and information about vital community services. The inaugural event is Sunday, August 9, 2015. To volunteer, please contact Lorraine Kweskin at For more information or to make a donation please visit
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY BY PURCHASING MITZVAH BASKETS AND/OR MITZVAH CENTERPIECES INSTEAD OF FLOWERS FOR YOUR NEXT SIMCHA AT CAS. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • 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).
  • J-PALOOZA May 30th, 9:30pm at the Stamford JCC. Break out your concert t-shirts and book your babysitter now, for what's sure to be an evening not to be missed. Be blown away by the musical talent of our very own community rock stars as they take the JCC stage and jam. Featuring: Incidental Contact * Wheels Up * The Bagles. Munchies and refreshments served. Must be 21 or older. Admission: $10 member /$15 community. Admission with beer and wine: $20 members / $25 community. Register online at or call the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more information, contact or 203.487.0996.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Miriam Rachel
  • Ami ben Sara
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Sheyna
  • Avraham ben Sosna
  • Bela Devora bat Rachel
  • Chaim Avram ben Leah
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CAS Youth
Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner

Welcome to Jordy Meisler who is joining Teen Minyan for Shabbat!

Thank you to SOOSH for creating a special menu and dinner for our BMC members this coming Sunday evening!

Thank you to Iva and Martin Mandel for sponsoring Mishna and Hot Cocoa in honor of Iva's and Alison's birthdays.

Full Teen Minyan Schedule:

May 25 (Shavuot) and 30

June 13

This Weekend:

-Rabbi Cohen will visit our children and spend some quality time in groups!

-Teen Minyan at 9:30

-Mishna and Hot Cocoa this Shabbat with Rabbi Jeiger is being sponsored by Iva and Martin Mandel in honor of Iva's and Alison's birthdays! If you would like to sponsor a week of Mishna in honor of someone or something special please let us know.

-Tot Shabbat will be led by Morahs Irene, Danielle & Simone in the Youth Classroom at 10:30 am.

-Mini Minyanwill be led by Morahs Debbie & Rivka this week in the library at 10:30 am.

-Jr. Cong. will be led by Josh, Nicole and Carly this week in the Chapel at 10:30 am.

-Bnai Mitzvah Club will be led by R Parhi this in the simcha room at 10:30 am.

-Join the teens in the Shabbat Park at 5 pm on Shabbat to meet Jordy!

-Sunday- SOOSH NIGHT OUT for BMC (grades 5-6)- sign up online. Join us for a special night out for the special children in the BMC!

Coming Soon:

Shabbat, May 16- Onegs for Jr Cong (Grades 1-4) and BMC (Grades 5-6) please let us know if you would like to host

Shavout May 23-24 All night learning for Teens, Afternoon learning in the Shabbat Park. Onegs and so much more..

Friday, June 5th - Tot Kabbalat Shabbat (Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan - Ages 1-first grade)

Shabbat June 20th - Youth Awards Shabbat Seudah Shlishit

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishna and Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me

If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit for all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Jeiger

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