I am away this Shabbat and look forward to resuming my weekly message and seeing everyone next week.
Wishing you and your families Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Important Notice about the Boxwood gate: A new lock was installed on the gate. It is still unlocked on Shabbat; Just turn the handle.
Panoply Rescheduled to February 27, 8pm. If you missed the chance to sign up or buy a raffle ticket for our annual Youth Fundraiser - registration has been re-opened! Click here to be a part of the fun
Father/Son Minyan will be held Sunday at 9:15 am - Come join us for davening and donuts
Friday Night Carlebach Light minyanim will be held on Friday evening Shabbat Mevarchim - February 5. Feel the Ruach!
Women's Tefillah Group - February 6 at 10:15 am
Joint Minyan - We will hold only one service on Shabbat, March 5 at 8:45 AM in the sanctuary.
Standing with Israel
Prayers: After every morning and evening service, we recite Psalm 130 followed by the prayer Acheinu, in solidarity with our family in Israel and with a prayer for God to transform our sadness into joy. I encourage you to join us daily or recite these prayers at home.
Stay engaged in the news: Here are some suggested sites to keep you informed. The Times of Israel, Israel National News, Israel Hayom, and Israel AM.
Join our AIPAC Policy Conference Delegation Join the CAS AIPAC Delegation in March, 2016 Info: Rabbi Cohen, Veronica and Erwin Reich (firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com) or Maria and Glenn Reicin (firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com) or visit www.aipac.org. Am Yisrael Chai!
Israel Advocacy LIPS - Love Israel Products Society - The BDS movement grows globally and we must do our best locally to mobilize and join efforts around the world to oppose the boycott and foster greater support of Israeli products. If you would like to be part of the team - teens and adults welcome - and have a specific area for contribution (we need individuals with diverse expertise such as photography, video, social media) please be in touch with Lola (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Rabbi Cohen (email@example.com ). One of the first initiatives is "Israeli Product of the Week" This week is Gefen Israeli pickled cucumbers and olives that can be found at the Stop and Shop. They are currently on sale: $2.16 for cucumbers and $3.86 for olives.
Important Note about our Speedy Recovery List We wish everyone on our list a full and speedy recovery. To keep our list up to date, we will refresh the names on the list every two months. Names which have been on our list longer than two months will not remain unless you add them again. If you have a name on our list and the person still needs our prayers, please submit them again. Submit a name for our Speedy Recovery list at www.cas-stamford.org/speedyrecovery.
Candles Next Friday
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 PM
to Len Mark on the passing of his sister, Gloria Spivak
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
Ana and Albert Lilienfeld in honor of the recent birthday of Dovi Zucker
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen in honor of the anniversary of Adam's Bar Mitzvah
Matan, led by Diane Cohen, is a mother-daughter program for sixth grade Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. It is an educational, fun, interactive and uplifting way to prepare for your Bnai Mitzvah and grow closer to your daughters in the process. The Matan Class is endowed by a gift from Gerald Cohen in memory of his mother Florence Cohen, Tziporah bat Shimon.
Join the CAS AIPAC Delegation in March, 2016 Info: Rabbi Cohen, Veronica and Erwin Reich (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) or Maria and Glenn Reicin (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) Am Yisrael Chai!
TURN SUPER BOWL SUNDAY INTO SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY Join our Chesed Committee and the national Souper Bowl initiative to mobilize our community to fight hunger and poverty. We will hold a Souper Bowl of Caring Collection on Sunday, February 7, 8-11AM at CAS. Your non perishable goods will be distributed on Monday to the Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry.
Book Launch event with Stamford native, Rabbi Hanoch Teller Critically acclaimed author or Heroic Children, Untold Stories of the Unconquerable Event Chairs: Lillian and Sandy Shapiro Heroic Children represents every stripe of young Jewish victim, from every corner of Europe and from every religious, national and socioeconomic background. What they all shared in common was an iron will to live- but not at all costs. Their determination to hold onto their dignity and principles makes these unforgettable stories a zenith of human achievement. Heroic Children, a work of prodigious scholarship and spellbinding narrative, is a new and compelling way to teach the history and universal lessons of the Holocaust.
Westchester Knicks vs. Iowa Energy Limited number of tickets available; tickets sold on a first come first served basis Who: Grades 3 and up When: Sunday afternoon, February 21, noon Where: Leaving CAS parking lot at 12 noon sharp and returning after the game; around 4:30 pm. Cost (includes tickets and transportation): $28/person
PLEASE JOIN US FOR PANOPLY 2016 A MULTIMEDIA TRIVIA EXPERIENCE FOR ADULTS TO BENEFIT THE CAS YOUTH DEPARTMENT Join us for a super exciting fun trivia game show with delicious food and drink. Also be ready to bid on some incredible prizes in our Auction!
Pray! Eat! Learn! 2nd Annual Shabbat Across Stamford Stamford Crowne Plaza Hotel Shabbat Across Stamford is a celebration of Jewish Community in the Greater Stamford Area, featuring guest speaker the Honorable Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service. If you wish to volunteer in such areas as Organizing a Table, Set- Up/Clean UP/ Child Care or Shopping please contact Matt Feinberg in the office.
Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bar Mitzvah seventh grade boys and their fathers to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man. Each session will cover a unique aspect of a Bar Mitzvah's new responsibilities in the world, and Rabbi Cohen will bring relevant sources to stimulate discussion. This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to bond and grow in preparation for their Bnai Mitzvah. Final Bonus will be dinner at 613.
Dr. Dovid Katz: The Old Hebrew -Yiddish Conflict and Its Ongoing Legacies Dr. Katz's involvement with Holocaust issues started with his thousands of hours of Yiddish dialectological interviews with survivors from the historic Lithuanian lands and turned to both academic research and public activism when Lithuanian prosecutors began accusing survivors of "war crimes" for having joined the anti-Nazi partisans. He coined the term "Holocaust Obfuscation" to define 21st century East European revisionism and in 2009 founded the web journal DefendingHistory.com which he has edited since.
CALLING ALL PRE K TO 1ST GRADE CHILDREN AND PARENTS FOR A SPECIAL PUPPET SHOW FROM JERUSALEM Hillel and the Harp. A puppet show, performed by the Bnot Sherut, Adina Cohen and Penina Warburg, in which the children join Hillel and his new friend, the Harp, on an adventure through the Beit HaMikdash. There, they meet the keilim (menorah, mizbeach haketoret, kior, shulchan lechem hapanim) and learn about them, as well as about the bigdei kehuna. Adina and Penina are serving in Israeli national service this year at the Machon Hamikdash Institutein Jerusalem and are on tour in the USA during February. Sunday morning, February 7th at 10 AM at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. RSVP (space limited) to firstname.lastname@example.org and for more info, contact Rabbi Cohen at email@example.com
TURN SUPER BOWL SUNDAY INTO SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY Join our Chesed Committee and the national Souper Bowl initiative to mobilize our community to fight hunger and poverty. We will hold a Souper Bowl of Caring Collection on Sunday, February 7th at Agudath Sholom between the hours of 8 AM and 11 AM in the lobby. Your non perishable goods will be distributed on Monday to the Jewish Family Service Kosher Food. Pantry. For more info, visit www.souperbowl.org.
SAVE THE DATE! FOR FRIENDS OF THE IDF (FIDF) SHABBATON - MARCH 11-12 Join us for a Shabbaton with Friends of the IDF. This will include Shabbat Services, Kiddush and Seudat Shlishit. Meet and hear from active duty officers about their experiences serving in the IDF. For more information, please contact Rhonda Maron, Shabbaton Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP YOUR KIDS FOR OUR YOUTH GROUPS! This is a very important security measure. It is imperative for our group leaders to know the children who participate in Shabbos groups. If Gd forbid there is an emergency, the group leaders will be able to have an attendance system to keep track of your children. We pray that we never need this, but please sign up children and help us to keep them safe. Click here to sign up your child Thank you!
AIPAC EVENT Please join us for a not-to-be-missed AIPAC event at Temple Sholom in Greenwich on Thursday, February 25th. Ari Sacher, one of the key scientists responsible for creating Iron Dome, will discuss Israel's life-saving short-range missile defense system at 7:30 PM. Come at 7:00 PM for an AIPAC Policy Conference Orientation to learn about what to expect at Policy Conference onMarch 20-22. Sign up for Policy Conference from February 7th -13th and receive a $100 CAS member discount off of your registration! To take advantage of the discount, please register through Jena Merl of AIPAC at email@example.com.
ISRAEL DISCUSSION WITH AJC March 10th at 7:30 p.m., AJC Westchester/Fairfield and Congregation Agudath Sholom are pleased to present Shimon Mercer Wood, the Israeli Consul in New York for Media Affairs will be speaking about current issues affecting Israel. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. This program is free and open to the public. Register for this event opens on 2/15 at www.ajc.org/westfair/shimoninct. For more information, contact AJC Westchester/Fairfield at (914) 948-5585 or Westchester@ajc.org.
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
JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 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.
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 January 31
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: D'var Yom B'yomo-Timely Topics (held at BCDS) - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Walk: Laws of Tefilah - 7:30 PM
Rabbi David Walk: The Jewish Bookshelf - - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
For Teens (8th-12th grade):
Shabbat Parshat Yitro (January 29th) Rockin' Friday Night Shabbat Dinner at the Wohlbergs (30 Morgan Street) followed by an awesome Oneg at CAS!!! Dinner starts at 6:15, Oneg to follow (kids will be escorted to CAS and home afterward with NCSY staff). Please RSVP to Yehuda and Martha at email@example.com! This event is free of charge.
Saturday Night (January 30th)- Chelsea Piers Adventure Park in Stamford, CT!! From 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Includes unlimited: trampoline room, rock climbing, batting cages, foam pit and more!!! Only $25 per kid. Please RSVP to Yehuda and Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For Junior Teens (6th-8th grade):
Seudat Shlishit Sushi Style! All 6th to 8th graders are invited to come to an awesome Sushi party Shabbat afternoon of January 30th at 5:00pm following mincha at CAS. No charge, just RSVP to email@example.com
Make-Your-Own Pizza and Movie night! All 6th-8th graders are invited to CAS on Motzei Shabbat February 6th at 7:30pm. Everyone can make personal pies with toppings galore and then sit back, relax with pizza, popcorn and more in front of a great movie! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and include top 3 movie requests in your e-mail! This event is free of charge, but please RSVP to reserve a spot!
SAR'S 47TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER will take place on Motzaei Shabbat, January 30. The community is invited to attend. Please RSVP at www.sardinner.org or to info@sardinner by Tuesday, January 19. Dinner Co-Chairs: Jill & Arthur Green.Michael Schreck Memorial Community Service Award: Sarah Zitter Milstein.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THE JCC MACCABI ARTSFEST MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOP THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 31ST! Meet, Create, Perform and Dream - 6-8 pm at the J! Learn about the different arts specialties that will be offered during ArtsFest, become familiar with the application process, and meet others who are interested in joining our Stamford Delegation! To reserve your spot, please contact Aliza Roth, JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Coordinator, at 203-487-0997or email@example.com
TODAY'S EDUCATION BUZZ WORDS WHAT DO THEY REALLY MEAN? Mrs. Jackie Herman, Principal and Head of School for Bi-Cultural Day School, will present what you need to know to ensure your child is benefitting from the most progressive" education practices today. Shabbat afternoon, January 30th 4:00 -5:30pm At the home of Greg & Gladys Teitel, 49 Fara Drive, Stamford. Treats and warm winter brews will be served.
TIKVAH FUND INSTITUTE AT YALE Judaism & Modernity: Morality in Politics, Society, and the Marketplace. Applications for the Tikvah Fund's Institute for High School Students at Yale University are due January 31. The program is open to current high school juniors and seniors and runs from June 26 to July 7. Tuition subsidized; scholarships available. www.TikvahSummer.org.
APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED TO THE DR. BETH SAMUELS DRISHA HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR GIRLS (June 28-July 29). Students currently in grades 9 through 12 are eligible. Participants live with madrichot in a dormitory on the Upper West Side, and learn in Drisha's beit midrash on W 65th St. Each offer of admission comes with a fellowship, covering tuition, room and board, and all program activities. For more information and to access the application form, visit www.drisha.org/highschool.
AMERICAN HEBREW ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM! Are you looking to take your professional Jewish experiences to the next level? The American Hebrew Academy is seeking passionate and driven recent college graduates for the 2016-2017 Fellowship program. Academy Fellows have the unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders from around the world while developing valuable skills through professional rotations and customized mentorship. Academy Fellows receive a furnished on-campus apartment, kosher meals, a monthly stipend ($1000/month), and the option of full health benefits. If you, or someone you know, are interested in this amazing opportunity, please ask me more or apply at: http://www.americanhebrewacademy.org/fellowship
SUPER SUNDAY IS ON FEBRUARY 7 THIS YEAR! TEEN OPPORTUNITY! United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien encourages teens to get involved with philanthropy by providing them with an opportunity to be a part of Super Sunday. We will hold a special teen volunteer time from12:00-2:00pm, and if we get enough signups, the kids will have their own room and pizza. Simply go online to sign up at www.ujf.org/supersunday16. Want to support the UJF in other ways? Come to Super Sunday or make a donation by clicking here.
ANNUAL CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER HONORING ROCHEL ATTAR. Tuesday, February 16, 6PM. Guest Speaker - Rabbi Shay Schachter, Rosh Beit Midrash at Young Israel of Woodmere, speaking on "Eyal, Gilad and Naftali: Looking for our boysand finding ourselves." $36/person; Sponsorship: $180 (includes 2 seats; may be dedicated to memory of a loved one.) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
NER NCSY WINTER REGIONAL Join 150 teens and advisors at Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport, February 26-28 for a fun filled weekend including Ultimate Late Night Snow Tubing, Inspiring Guest Speakers, the Best Advisors Ever. For more information please contact Devorah Aroesty-Cohen in the NCSY office (617-332-6279 or email@example.com) or visit the NCSY website newengland.ncsy.org
COMMUNITY READ & BOOK TALK Gary Shteyngart - Little Failure: A Memoir - Named one of the best books of the year! Sunday, March 6, 7pm, at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, 30 Hillspoint Rd., Westport
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.
JFS NEW BEGINNINGS, Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm in Stamford Divorce Support Group at the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6th Floor. Contact Eve Moskowitz at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 11 :00 am Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email@example.com
JFS BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAM Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. Contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUNG ISRAEL AND UJF PRESENTATION THE JEWISH RENAISSANCE: LOOKING BACK TEN YEARS LATER With BARRY SHRAGE, President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston . Sunday Evening, February 28 at 7 pm Young Israel
JFS WORKSHOP - THE RACE TO COLLEGE - Mondays, December 7th, January 25th and February 29th at 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road, Stamford. Free and open to the community. Contact Claire Friedlander at email@example.com or 203-921-4161
SAVE THE DATE MARCH 4, 2016 SHABBAT ACROSS STAMFORD Crowne Plaza Hotel. Volunteers & Sponsors contact Marcia Lane, UJF office 203-321-1373 ext.104.
THE BCDS ISRAEL FAMILY TRIP will leave on Sunday, May 15 for a ten day tour to Israel. You do not need to have a child at Bi-Cultural to join the trip. Thee is always something new to see in Israel, and this year's trip is no exception. In fact, this trip is for both those who have been to Israel as well as for those who have never been. Please contact Bob Abrams at Bi-Cultural Day School for more information. Babrams@bcds.org, or 203-329-2186. Ext. 1311.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (203)329-2186
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
Abraham ben Miriam Rachel
Aharon Leb Halevi ben Ora Chana
Alexander ben Ida
Ami ben Sara
Avraham ben Sosna
Bela Devora bat Rachel
Chaim Avram ben Leah
Chana bat Shulamit
Chana bat Tzvia
Chava Kaila bat Menucha
Chaya Priva bat Leah
David ben Chaya
Devora bat Rachael Miriam
Dinah bat Esther
Dinah bat Pauline
Eliahu Aharon ben Yocheved Irta Etel
Esther Shoshanna bat Yetta Chaya
Etta bat Velvel Rachel
Faige bat Leah
Gedalia ben Malka
Hadassah Esther bat Chava Leah
Harav Chaim Yehoshua ben Chana Fruma
Hennia bat Musah
Lee bat Rachel
Lior Tzionah bat Sarah
Maya bat Shoshy
Mordechai ben Tziyonah
Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
Moshe Elyah ben Chana
Moshe ben Batya
Moshe ben Ben Marcelle
Moshe ben Leeba
Nira bat Rachel
Rachel Leora bat Esther Malka
Rachel Miril Hinda bat Miriam Rivkah
Rafaella bat Miriam
Refael Ephraim ben Sima
Rivkah bat Malka
Sara Batya bat Yehisheva Meira
Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
Sarah bat Etta Ziesel
Sarah bat Nira
Shimon ben Geeta
Shoshanna Binah bat Michal
Sima bat Nehoma
Ya'acov Ari ben Nitzah
Yehoshua Ylitzhak ben Tziyona
Yehuda Aryeh Leib ben Yospa
Yisrael Avraham ben Dina
Yisrael Dovid ben Rus
Yisroel ben Freida
Yitzchak ben Rivka
Yochanan ben Alisa
Yonah bat Esther
Yosef Fishel ben Miriam Zlata
Zahava bat Chaya Sara
Ze'ev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Important Note about our Speedy Recovery List
We wish everyone on our list a full and speedy recovery. To keep our list up to date, we will refresh the names on the list every two months. Names which have been on our list longer than two months will not remain unless you add them again. If you have a name on our list and the person still needs our prayers, please submit them again. Just click the button below.
vBREAKFAST WITH LEADERS at 10 am for JR CONG by the elevator!
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 10:00 with Morah Debbie and Morah Talia!
Jr. Cong. (grades 2-4) will meet in the Chapel at 10:30 with Rabbi Jeiger and Nicole Wohlberg!
B'nai Mitzvah Club (grades 5-6) will meet with Chaim Helman by the elevator at 10:30 for a special breakfast followed by regular groups. Regular attendees of the BMC will get attendance cards and be invited for a fun WINGS NIGHT OUT at 613!
Teen Minyan (grades 7-12) this week please join at 9:30 for a meaningful Tefillah and a delicious Kiddush.
Coming Soon - January & February:
·Friday night oneg - want to host? Let us know.
·Breakfast with Morahs - throughout January!
·Westchester Knicks Basketball game - limited tickets available for 2/21/16- 1 pm - grades 3+ are invited to join.
·PANOPLY RESCHEDULED 2/27 8 pm- you can still sign up!
·So much more stay tunedJ
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