Don't miss out! Orders for the Koren Machzor Set, due Friday, Sept. 4; Yizkor Book entries due Tuesday, Sept. 8; and Lulov/Etrog orders due Friday, Sept. 11
As we did last year, we will hold three services on the high holidays: Sanctuary, Chapel, and the Library on Rosh Hashana and in a specially constructed room on Yom Kippur. We have accomodated all requests received. click here to see the 5776 High Holiday Seating Charts. Please contact Matt if you have any questions.
Selichot Program Forum on Forgiveness. Saturday night, September 5th - 9 PM - 10:PM. Featuring Ted Talks on Forgiveness by Joshua Prager (click here to view) In Search of the Man who Broke my Neck and Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez. The mothers who found forgiveness and friendship, followed by discussion facilitated by facilitated by Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Walk.
Selichot led by Chazan Bokow at 10 PM and late selichot at 12:30 AM.
Reminder:When visiting the CAS cemetery, please avoid parking in a manner that blocks other cars from driving through. If you need the code to the gate, please call the office.
Important Update for the End of the Shemittah/Sabbatical Year - Pruzbul and Loan Amnesty
Jewish law obligates every Jewish person to cancel, after the culmination of the shmittah year, various types of debt due to him or her. This does not apply to a debt owed to a beis din, a Jewish court.
If a creditor executes a pruzbul, he or she is not obligated to cancel debts. A pruzbul may be executed at any time before the end of the shmittah year. However, since a pruzbul covers only debts already existing at the time of its execution, it is usually implemented at the very end of the year. This Rosh Hashana marks the end of the shmittah year.
When a creditor arranges for the execution of the pruzbul form in the presence of a beis din, debts owed to him or her are transferred by the creditor to the beis din, so that the debts will continue to be in force after the end of the shmittah year, and the beis din then authorizes the creditor to collect on their behalf.
Please see the form and article below for more information and be in touch if you would like me to help you facilitate a pruzbul.
to Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen on Shalhevet Bracha's Bat Mitzvah.
to David and Beth Cohen on the birth of a granddaughter to Anna and Ilan Cohen
to Kate & Peretz Cik on the birth of a baby boy
to Rabbi David and Shara Israel on Eytan Yehoshua's Bar Mitzvah
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here.
to Glenn Karow on the passing of his brother, Rickey
to Howard Wolfe on the passing of his mother, Sylvia
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in honor of Shalhevet's Bat Mitzvah, Elliot and Doris Weiss in honor of Elliot's 50th Bar Mitzvah anniversary and Rabbi David and Shara Israel in honor of Eytan Yehoshua's Bar Mitzvah.
by Dan Weiner in honor of the memory of his father, Seymour Weiner, his grandparents Eugene and Emily Ormsten and Louis and Pauline Weiner and his special Bar Mitzvah anniversary
by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in honor of Shalhevet's Bat Mitzvah
Purchase your own High Holiday Koren Machzor Set Through the generosity of a long time CAS Member Family, we are introducing a new machzor in the Sanctuary for the high holidays this year. The Koren Machzor features a commentary of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, eloquent and contemporary translation and clear instructions to guide you through the prayers. We have arranged for members to purchase their own copy at a special price
Annual High Holiday Food Drive September 9th - September 24th Heading to the grocery store? Been eyeing that kosher jar of applesauce and can of soup? Don't forget to pick up a couple extra for CAS's Food Drive to help Jewish Family Service fill its kosher pantry!!! Download the grocery list, bring a bag and leave it in the CAS Lobby Coat Closet
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
FATHER/SON MINYAN Starting this Sunday, we will have a Father/Son minyan at 9:15am. Breakfast to follow. We plan to hold this minyan twice a month. Please see Simeon Wohlberg for details
SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL LABOR DAY SOFTBALL GAME Please join Agudath Sholom as we defend the Kiddish Cup in our annual softball game. Come cheer us on at the JCC on Monday Sept 7th @ 4pm
HIGH HOLIDAY USHERS We need volunteers to serve as ushers in the Sanctuary during the High Holidays! Rosh Hashanah - 10 am-1 pm, Kol Nidre - 2 shifts, Yom Kippur - 11 am-2 pm. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail Elisheva Kilner at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at email@example.com
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: 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. 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 (Jessieoser@gmail.com) or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM
Week of September 6
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Laws of Tefilah - 7:40 PM
Rabbi Walk: The Machzor Revisited - Class - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 8th 8:30 AM - 9:30 AMGod is My Light: Revealing the Divine in You Psalm 27: Road Map for High Holiday Renewal
Wednesday, September 9th - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - The Secrets of the Sounds: The Roots and Relevance of the Shofar Blasts at CAS
Thursday, September 10th and 17th 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Starbucks Ridgeway on Summer Street. Spiritual Portfolio Review - Eternal Investments With markets in flux, harness the high holidays for renewal and growth. Email Rabbi Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Friday, September 11th 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast of Spiritual Champions Moses' Modern Message for Return
Thursday, September 17th - 9 PM - Yom Kippur: The Hypocrisy, Happiness and Holiness - Rabbi Cohen's Home - email email@example.com to confirm
Thursday, September 24th 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM The Day After - Open Office Hours with Rabbi Cohen. Keeping Our Pledges and Optimizing Sukkot Starbucks Ridgeway on Summer Street
Thursday, September 24th - 12 PM at CAS. Sukkot Secrets Luncheon - Mystical Meaning of Sukkot
Thursday, September 24th 7:15 PM - 8 PM Building Your Sukkah Seminar Refreshers on the Laws and Strategies of the Mitzvah
Rabbi David Walk
All classes held at CAS
Tuesday, September 8th 7:30 PM The Machzor Revisited
Thursday September 17-7:30 PM What did Isaiah know about Bleach? If your sins prove to be like crimson they will be bleached as snow, if they prove to be red as scarlet dye, they shall become as virgin wool.
Thursday, September 24-7:30PM Made in the Shade Why the Sukkah is called the Tent of Belief
High Holiday Schedule
CAS High Holiday Schedule
Saturday, September 5
10:00 PM/12:30 AM
Sunday, September 13
Monday, September 14
Atria Shofar Blowing
Tashlich - Jankelovits, West Lane, Revonah Woods
Candles not before
Tuesday, September 15
Shabbat Shuva September 19
Shabbat Shuva Drasha
Sunday, September 20
Fast of Gedaliah begins
Tuesday, September 22
Wednesday, September 23
Services - Library, Sanctuary & Chapel
Blessing of the Children
CAS High Holiday Youth Programs
We want our parents and children to enjoy a meaningful holiday season. We have arranged baby sitting and groups for children.
PARENTS We ask you to help maintain decorum during the holidays. Please ensure your children are either in a group or sitting next to you! And please pick up your children on time!
Note: Snacks & a light lunch of bagels & spreads are served in groups (all foods are nut-free)
Under 4 years
4-6 years old
Outside Sukkah (rain location tent)
(Bnai Mitzvah Club and Teen programs will not meet on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur so children can sit with their parents in shul)
Simchat Torah 10/6 9:30-12:30 for Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan; other groups begin right after Kol Nearim.
SUKKOT FOR SALE Yehuda Walk is in America to sell Sukkot for Sukkah Depot the largest Sukkah kit distributor in the world (check them out: http://www.sukkahdepot.com). He will be selling sukkot in Teaneck, but will sell here in Stamford at Agudath Sholom on Wednesday September 9 from 4 PM to 10 PM . You can buy then or order from him in advance and pick it up then. Yehudah will have Schach and the extensions for enlarging existing sukkot. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org and (203)918-1977 or leave a message for him at CAS (203-358-2200). Buy sukkot in Stamford and get Sukkah Depot's Early Bird Special or a free roll of schach. 5% will be donated to Agudath Sholom, and you're supporting Rabbi Walk's son, for which he blesses you. These are the easiest and sturdiest sukkot kits in the world.
L'CHAYIM! The community is invited to visit the Jewish High School of Connecticut, on Tuesday, September 8th at 9 a.m. Please join us for a L'chayim to welcome of our new Head of School, Rabbi Elisha Paul. Celebrate the start of a new academic year and the first anniversary in our home at 1937 West Main Street! Take a quick tour of our unique digs! For further information and RSVP contact Sarah at email@example.com or call 203 357 0850. Refreshments will be served.
THE JCC MACCABI GAMES AND ARTSFEST ARE COMING TO STAMFORD IN AUGUST 2016! There are countless ways to get involved in this exciting venture: Be an athlete . . . Be a coach . . . Be a host family to visiting athletes . . . Be a volunteer . . .Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 20th at the Stamford JCC as we KICK OFF the countdown to JCC Maccabi. For more information, call Rachel Rothman, Director, JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest at (203) 487-0949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS LECTURE - SEPTEMBER 9 Yeshiva University And The Young Israel Of Scarsdale Proudly Present A Community Lecture With Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks The Kressel And Ephrat Family University Professor Of Jewish Thought At Yeshiva University, Wednesday, September 9 | 8 P.M. Young Israel Of Scarsdale, 1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale
BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Sunday, October 25th from 10am-12pm. For more information, please contact: Joanne Karow at email@example.com or (203)329-2186.
CARMEL ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE- Sunday, November 1, 10 am. -Noon, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Serving children from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, Carmel Academy is accredited as a school of excellence by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and offers each child an exceptionally personalized educational experience with low student-teacher ratios and small instructional group learning. Carmel Academy offers rigorous academic preparation, using expertly designed integrated general and Judiac studies curricula. Carmel's child-centered focus results in students who are passionate learners, inquisitive problem solvers, confident leaders, and dedicated to bettering the world. Prospective families will have an opportunity to meet the school's leadership and faculty, participate in interactive activities with Carmel's early childhood teachers, as well as tour the school's historic, 17-acre campus. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Director of Admissions, Daneet Brill, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-983-3503.
BCDS MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR PRESCHOOL AGE CHILDREN Free and Open to the Public. Mark your calendar for these Tuesdays from 1:30pm-2:15pm at October 13th and 27th, November 10th, December 1st and 15th, January 5th and 19th, February 2nd and 23rd, March 8th and 22nd, April 5th, May 3rd and 17th, June 7th. For more information , please contact: Joanne Karow at email@example.com or (203)329-2186
ANNOUNCING...The Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford (CAMOS) will hosts its second annual Shabbaton for prospective residents on October 24, 2015 (note new date).
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).
HOW TO PERFORM A PROPER TAHARA Save the Date! Rabbi Elchanan Zohn, founder of the National Association of Chevra Kadishas and the foremost expert on taharas and Jewish burial practices, will be at Congregation Agudath Sholom on Sunday morning, November 8th, from 9AM-12 noon to conduct a three-hour training program on the proper way to perform a tahara. The session is appropriate as a refresher course for those who have performed taharas in the past, as well as those beginners who want to learn more about this important Jewish ritual. Sponsored by the Chevra Kadisha of Stamford. If you are interested in attending, or would like additional information, please contact Michael Feldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CT OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, November 1st from 1:30-4:00 pm at 1937 West Main Street, Stamford, CT. To RSVP or for additional information: please e-mail Sarah Rich (email@example.com) or call 203-357-0850.
JFS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING AND COUNSELING presents Abby Kohut, a dynamic speaker about topics concerning job search and employment on Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00 am at the Stamford office: 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The title of her talk will be "How to Impress: Before, During & After You Get in the Door." There is no cost to attend. To register for the talk, please contact Jodi Maxner at 203-921-4161 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING WITH AUTISM, Time and Location TBA Interested in joining a support group sharing the joys and challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorders? JFS will be launching a new group facilitated by a professional in this field. For more details, contact Eve Moskowitz, JFS Director of Clinical Services at 203-921-4161 or email@example.com
JFS NEW BEGINNINGS, Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm in Stamford Join a supportive forum for adults in various stages of divorce. All are welcome to attend in the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6th Floor. The fee is $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. Registration required. To register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET'S TALK- Thursdays, 11 :00 am Free In cooperation with JCC Seniors program. Looking to meet new people or deepen existing friendships and 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, and savoring our cherished memories, to embracing life-changing circumstances. Led by a Jewish Family Service clinical facilitator, Gaby Jacobson, 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 email@example.com
JFS BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAM Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. Each volunteer will work with an aide or family member present. For more information about the program or to participate, please contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JFS COLLEGE AHEAD! -Thursday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm Co-sponsored by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, College Ahead! will feature a panel of prominent college admissions deans exploring the essential issues all high school students and their parents need to know as they begin the process. Moderated by Claire D. Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, the program will take place at no cost at Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield. For more information, contact, Claire D. Friedlander at email@example.com or call 203-921-4161.
JFS FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOPS-Series of three, Tuesdays, September 22, October 20 and November 17th at 11:00 am In conjunction with LifeBridge Community Services of Bridgeport, JFS will host a no cost, three-part series of educational workshops at the Westport office: 432 Post Road East, Suite 11.The topics to be covered will be: September 22- Money Management/Budgeting, October 20-Credit Workshop and November 17-Preventing Identity Theft. Programs will offer financial knowledge and skills to build a new relationship with money. To register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS-Wednesdays at 11:00 am Support group, beginning August 26th, for the unemployed at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The group will 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 Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at email@example.com
Thank you to Josh Sperber for running the Jr Cong program for the past year!
Shabbat Morning Group Schedule and Leaders:
Tot Shabbat (ages birth-4) will meet in the youth classroom at 10:30 with Morahs Irene, Danielle and Simone!
Mini Minyan (ages 4-grade 1) will meet in the youth classroom at 10:30 with Morahs Debbie, Rebecca (Rivka) and we welcome Morah Talia!
Jr. Cong. (grades 2-4) will meet in the Chapel at 10:30 with Rabbi Jeiger, Nicole Wohlberg and we welcome Jennifer Steinmetz!
B'nai Mitzvah Club (grades 5-6) will meet with Martha Meyers by the elevator at 10:30. Regular attendees of the BMC will be invited out at least twice during the year for fun nights out at Soosh and 613!
Teen Minyan (grades 7-12) will join Shalhevet Cohen for her Bat Miztvah in the main sanctuary with Yehuda Meyers to celebrate the simch
Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed Sept. - Oct.:
Shabbat, Sept 11-12 - TEEN Opening Events & NCSY Roadshow
Join us for our first Teen & Stamford NCSY weekend of the new school year - with our new Teen Directors, Yehuda and Martha Meyers we will have a fun filled Shabbat with a HS only Friday night Dinner, Teen Minyan and a Shabbat 7th-8th grade luncheon and much more - info to follow shortly.
Monday & Tuesday, Sept 14-15 - Rosh Hashana Groups and Light Lunch 10:30-1:30
Join our amazing leaders for two very full mornings of exciting and engaging programs while your parents are able to pray in shul. We will even feed your children a light lunch so that you can focus on where you want to be. Groups will be running for Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr. Congregation.
Tuesday night, Sept. 22- Yom Kippur Night Groups Wednesday Sept. 23 - Yom Kippur Groups and Light lunch 10:30-1:30
Evening groups begin right after Kol Nedrei and go on for one hour. Daytime groups follow the Rosh Hashana schedule above. Join our amazing leaders for a very full morning of exciting and engaging programs while your parents are able to pray in shul. We will even feed your children a light lunch so that you can focus on where you want to be. Groups will be running for Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr. Congregation.
Sunday, Sept. 27 9:30-11:00 Sukkah Decorating and Breakfast in Shul Sukkah Have some fun and do a Mitzvah too! Join the new BCDS Israeli Girls for a morning of fun and chessed where we will decorate the largest Sukkah in Fairfield County all the time enjoying a delicious breakfast and treats!
Monday & Tuesday, Sept 28-29 and Monday & Tuesday, Oct 5-6 Sukkot Groups
Our all star groups continue throughout the holidays and will always keep your children engaged and motivated to come to shul! Holiday groups have a special emphasis on the special holiday prayers and experiences that our kids all love. Groups run for all ages. There is no Teen Minyanim on Sukkot.
Shabbat, Oct 3 - Sukkah Hop
Hop along with us as we study Torah, tell stories and have a snack in our friend's Sukkot- celebrating the holidays with friends is what its all about! Hops are organized for children of all ages. Please let us know if you would like to be on the route this year.
Monday, Oct 5 - Simchat Torah Programs
Afternoon programs for our little ones include dancing with the Torah, visiting the Main Sanctuary Ark, kissing all of the Torahs, reading and looking inside a Torah and lots of songs and a light dinner.
The older children are invited for special Youth Hakafot during the evening hours and will also join the adult dancing for 2 special Youth Hakafot.
All children in attendance to either program get a special goody bag to enjoy during the festivities.
Sunday, Oct 18, 10:00-11:00 - Parshat Noach - Critter Caravan Join us for a morning critter hands-on experience with the one and only Tori from Critter Caravan! Learn about and play with small friendly animals of all types in honor of Parshat Noach.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org