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.
New for the High Holidays 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 written by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, eloquent and contemporary translation and clear instructions to guide you through the prayers. We thank the family for their donation.
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 pruzbol.
High Holidays To Go Download the Benjamin and Rose Berger Rosh Hashana-Yom Kippur To-Go 5776 from Yeshiva University - click here to download Dedicated in loving memory of Dr. Harlan Daman by Carole, Gila and Avi Daman
Thanks On behalf of the Neitlich/Baer family, I would like to thank the entire community for the many kindnesses shown to my family after the passing of my father, Irv Neitlich. We are so lucky to be living in such a supportive community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart - Sharyn Baer
Thanks to the member family for their donation which allowed us to improve the Chapel lighting. And thanks to Matt for getting it done!
Important Torah Reading Protocol We are gratified when we have Torah readers on Shabbat. I am always happy to facilitate training if would like to learn to lain or read a Bar Mitzvah parsha from many years ago. Please note that if you do plan on reading it is imperative that you let me know so we do not double book. I need to know 6 weeks in advance of the Torah reading. Thank you very much. Chazan Rafael Bokow
OU Kosher Alert Jelly Belly Chocolate Dutch Mints is Missing D - Dairy Symbol. The Orthodox Union certifies Jelly Belly Chocolate Dutch Mints as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient statement. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D - Dairy designation. It is primarily sold in the UK. Corrective measures have been implemented.
Please note that overflow parking in the church lot across the street is available the evening of September 13, during the day Monday and Tuesday, September 14-15 until 3:30 PM., the evening of September 22 and during the day September 23 until 3:30 PM
Boxwood & Holbrook Drives
At our request, the police department will place signs on Boxwood and Holbrook Drives that will limit parking to one side of the street. This is being done as a safety precaution. Boxwood and Holbrook Drives are very narrow. Emergency vehicles cannot get through these streets if needed if cars are parked on both sides. We appreciate your cooperation.
Fairway Update from Rabbi Daniel Cohen
We are blessed to have numerous kosher establishments in our community. We encourage you to support all of them. Although our efforts at the beginning of the summer to insure the continuation of the kosher meat department at Fairway were successful, unfortunately many people have expressed their frustration with the customer service in the kosher department. We are working with Fairway to improve the situation and ask that you give them a second chance. It would be a win win for our community. I am in direct contact with Dennis Bland, Fairway Meat and Seafood VP and Sebastian Hernandez, local store manager.
Please note information below. More improvements in customer service will be forthcoming.
Do not place meat orders with the mashgiach. All meat orders should be placed with Don, the meat department manager, who is available every day except Wednesday. You can reach him by calling the store at 203-388-9815. This week, though, Don is away and you can call Sebastian. His direct number is 203-388-9826. His voicemail is active so messages can be left there. He is typically there every day of the week from 7-4 with the exception of Wednesday.
Customer service emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stay in touch with your ideas, concerns and feel free to be in touch directly with Sebastian as well. It is in all of our interests for Fairway to succeed. Thank you for your support.
Wishing you and your families a Shana Tova and happy and healthy sweet new year.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
SYLVIA'S CAS Sisterhood Gift Shop
Open for your holiday needs! Come check out all our Holiday inventory from the Israel International Gift Show!
Gift shop hours next week | Sunday 10 am - noon | Wednesday/Thursday 12 - 2 pm
Bring this coupon for 20% off 1 item (One coupon per family)
We need volunteers to work in the shop! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460.
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. Click this link for more information
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
The Sixth year of this exciting and innovative series featuring prominent female Torah scholars continues with Dena Block, a teacher at Mayyanot in Teaneck. From Generation to Generation: Contemporary Halakhic Issues Across the Life Cycle. Kibbud Av v 'Em: how Far Do you Have to Go?
CONGREGATION AGUDATH SHOLOM Rebuilding Together: Yachad b'yachad Join the campaign to Revitalize ✶ Renew ✶ Refurbish our historic synagogue. Make your gift now through December 31st For info, contact us at email@example.com
FATHER/SON MINYAN We are now holding a Father/Son minyan on Sundays at 9:15am. Breakfast to follow. We plan to hold this minyan twice a month. Please see Simeon Wohlberg for details
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
Thursday, September 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.
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
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
Sunday, September 13
Monday, September 14
Atria Shofar Blowing
Tashlich - Jankelovits, West Lane, Revonah Woods
Candles not before
Tuesday, September 15
Wednesday, September 16
Fast of Gedaliah Begins
Fast of Gedaliah Ends
Shabbat Shuva September 19
Shabbat Shuva Drasha
Sunday, September 20
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)
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: www.sukkahdepot.com). He will be selling sukkot in Teaneck. Yehudah will have Schach and the extensions for enlarging existing sukkot. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org and (203)918-1977. 5% will be donated to CAS, and you're supporting Rabbi Walk's son, for which he blesses you. These are the easiest and sturdiest sukkot kits in the world.
MACCABI KICK OFF EVENT on Sunday, September 20th from 1:30 to 4:00 at the JCC. Learn about Maccabi, Food, and Fun. FREE to all. Everyone invited.
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.
LIVING WITH AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP Are you interested in joining a monthly support group and sharing the joys and challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorders? JFS and the Stamford JCC are offering a new group facilitated by Talia Ben-Joseph, MA, M.Ed, BCPC, LPC, an expert in Integrative Psychotherapy and Family Counseling Services. The group will meet on Sundays, October 18th, November 15th and December 13th at 10:00 am at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. To register, contact Eve Moskowitz, JFS Director of Clinical Services at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE: 4TH ANNUAL SAUL COHEN-JFS LECTURE Thursday, November 5th at 7:30 PM Leonard Felder, Ph.D., prominent clinical psychologist and prolific author of books on Jewish Spirituality, will speak about "When Difficult Relatives Happen to Good People." He is the author of the book, Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Life. The lecture is open to the community at no charge and will take place in the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Books will available for purchase and signing at the dessert reception to follow. For more information, please call JFS at 203-921-4161.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
JFS WORKSHOP - THE RACE TO COLLEGE- Mondays, December 7th, January 25th and February 29th at 6:00 - 7:00 pm Pre-planning for college for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders and their parents facilitated by Claire Friedlander, Jewish Family Service College Consultant at Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road, Stamford. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Claire Friedlander at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE MARCH 4, 2016 SHABBAT ACROSS STAMFORD Crowne Plaza Hotel. Volunteers & Sponsors contact Marcia Lane, UJF office 203-321-1373 ext.104.
Thank you to all of our High Holiday leaders - for giving of your precious time to our children!
Thank you to the Karsch Family for hosting our Friday night Teen Dinner!
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 Nocham Tal 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 meet at 9:30 and will be followed by a special SUSHI kiddush!
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 at the Karsch home, Teen Minyan followed by a Sushi Kiddush and a Shabbat 6th-8th grade Seudah Shishit Ice Cream Sundae Spectacular. Saturday night we will have a Laser Tag trip for all High Schoolers.
Rosh Hashna Groups - Daily from 10:30-1:30 pm:
All groups will serve a light lunch of bagels and spreads.
Tot Shabbat - led by Morahs Irene, Debbie and Simone in the Library.
Mini Minyan - led by Mrs. Behar, Mrs. Cooper and Talia in the Youth Classroom.
Jr. Cong. - led by Morah Debbie, Nicole and Jennifer in the SUKKAH!
Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed Sept. - Oct.:
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 email@example.com