I will never forget the first time I led my own seder. It was magical. As I was about to begin, I realized I was not wearing a kittel. Walking upstairs into a dark closet I felt around and found it. As I placed the kittel onto my body, I experienced the sensation that my father was literally taking off his white garment and placing his onto my shoulders. I experienced the mantle passing from one generation to the next. As if to say to me, "I invested in you and now it is your turn to invest in your family. You are endowed with the mission of investing in a new generation who will God willing perpetuate our sacred heritage."
This vignette embodies the goal and vision of Passover. Are we ready to receive? Do we fully embrace our role on Pesach night in investing in our future? More than any other night, we are tasked with solidifying our holy link across time in the continuity of the Jewish people.
In a conversation with David Harris, the executive director of AJC, he crystallized this idea in reflecting on our role as a bridge between generations.
"At a certain point in life, those who preceded us approach their own finish line. In a relay race, they're holding a baton which they need to transfer to someone else, if there is someone to receive the baton. Is the person who receives the baton willing to embrace it and then do his or her utmost to sprint during their own lap or laps, until they approach the finish line? The Jewish journey to me is very much the same."
I think what's particularly important is whether, at the end of the day, your legacy leaves when you leave. Whether there is something that you've built that outlasts you. And if it outlasts you, then it has to be about more than yourself.
What can we convey on this night which will be worthy of future memory? God, the Jewish people and Israel are counting on us.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Happy Pesach and Chag Kasher VeSameach!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new members Nat and Helene Samberg
Service Note In order to have an appetite for the seder, please eat seudah shlishit earlier at home on Shabbat afternoon. We will not serve one in the shul. We will feature Hagaddah highlights following mincha Shabbat afternoon.
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Important Community Events - Save the Dates
2016 Yom HaShoah commemoration at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evening, May 4th. The theme is "The Art of Survival," focusing on a wide variety of arts - poetry, visual arts, film, music produced during and in response to the Holocaust. We encourage young and old to attend this meaningful commemorative event.
The entire community is invited to come together for Israel's Memorial Day Commemoration and Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration. Featuring Reflections, "Shira BeTzibur" - singing together beloved Israeli songs and refreshments. 7:00 PM -8:30 PM - Wednesday, May 11 at CAS
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Seder Night
The Four Cups
Do I have to drink wine? Red wine is best but it is more important that you drink all four cups and stay engaged in the seder than fall asleep. I will list the ideal in order of preference. Red Wine, White Wine, Mixture of Wine and Grape Juice and Grape Juice. Ideally, the first cup should be wine.
How much wine should I drink for each cup? The cups should contain at least a revi'it, 3.3 fluid ounces (according to Rav Moshe Feinstein). You should drink the majority of the cup or minimally a majority of the revi'it. It should be consumed at once or within a couple of minutes and not sipped. You should drink while reclining on your left side to fulfill the mitzvah of leaning, a sign of freedom.
Top Ten Seder Ideas
Why do we observe a seder (order) on a night of freedom?
What is the significance of the number 4?
Boil vs. Roast - Are you a Jewish American or American Jew?
Had God not taken us out of Egypt would we not have been redeemed?
When did Lavan try to kill the Jews and what is the point of this statement?
Would it really have been Dayenu, enough if we were stranded at the sea?
What is the connection between the broken Matzah, the Manna and Afikoman?
When have you experienced personal slavery and personal redemption?
Are you a thermometer or thermostat and what relevance is this to Pesach?
What is one of your most unforgettable seder memories and why?
To learn more, listen to Rabbi Cohen's podcast at http://rabbidanielcohenpodcasts.blogspot.com/2016/04/passover-perspectives-top-ten-seder.html
Download the Benjamin and Rose Berger Pesach To-Go 5776 from Yeshiva University - www.yutorah.org/togo/pesach.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Sermon - Shabbat
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Memories
Sermon - Day 2
Rabbi David Walk: The War on Chametz
Jay Jubas: Chag HaPesach and Chag HaMatzot
Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday:8:00 AM/9:00 AM, Monday-Thursday:6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Friday:7:45 AM/8:45 AM
you'll find a wealth of Passover information - our CAS Complete schedule, new Q&A about Pesach, form to sell your Chametz, my favorite links, a complete guide to making Passover, my favorite videos and podcasts.
Rabbi Angel will speak four times over Shabbat: Sermon at morning services, on The Afterlife in Jewish Tradition-and the Implications for Living. There will be a luncheon at the synagogue (reservations required) after services, at which Rabbi Angel will deliver a lecture on Yosef's Bones: Midrash as a Window to the Text. At 6:45, Rabbi Angel will give a pre-mincha shiur on Orthodoxy and Archaeology: Friends or Foes? Short dvar Torah at shalosh seudot at 8:15PM.
Graciously sponsored by Marvin and Ivy Schildkraut
CAS Goes Organic - Join Our New Farm Share Program Brought to You by CAS Sisterhood What is a Farm Share? A Farm Share is a Local/Seasonal Assortment of Fruits and Veggies delivered every Wednesday to CAS for the Summer Season www.mikesorganicdelivery.com/agudath
YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HA'ATZMAUT EVENT In the merit of the righteous women. Wednesday evening, May 11th at CAS. The entire community is invited to come together for Israel's Memorial Day Commemoration (7:00-7:45 PM) and Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration featuring Shira BeTzibur - singing together beloved Israeli songs and enjoying refreshments (7:45-8:30 PM)
SAVE THE DATE OF SHABBAT, MAY 7TH FOR AN OPEN HOUSE ONEG SHABBAT for New and Prospective members hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at their home. For more info, contact Jessie Brand firstname.lastname@example.org or Rabbi Cohen.
ALL 6TH GRADERS are invited to a Shabbat Israel Activity with the BCDS "Israeli Girls" (Bnot Sherut)! Shabbat, May 7th at CAS, 6:30 pm
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 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 April 24
No classes this week
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP
20% off one item. (One coupon per family)
Sylvia's Gift Shop Beautiful Passover Items on Sale Now!
We need volunteers to work in the shop! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460
CALLING ALL TEENS! The deadline to enter your submission for the UJF's The 2016 Helen S. and Isadore Mark Teen Leadership Award and The 2016 Rabbi Alex K. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest is May 6th. Prizes up to $1000 are being awarded. Contact Marcia Lane at Marcia@ujf.org for more information.
SAVE THE DATE AND ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY! SAR All Girls Fashion Show Fundraiser! June 1stfundraiser for Sharsheret. To order tickets please go to : sarhighschool.org/fashionshow For more information please contact Nicole Wohlberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
BLACKOUT BRUNCH - WHERE ALL YOUR SENSES WILL COME TOGETHER Have you ever wondered what it's like to eat a meal without the use of sight, using only your other senses to enjoy your food? The Jerusalem Institute for the Blind will be hosting a "Blackout Brunch," an eye-opening, blindfolded dining event on Sunday May 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. Get a first-hand glimpse into the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired, while experiencing a culinary journey in the dark-relying entirely on your non-visual senses. Tickets: $90 per person until April 30, then $125 per person. Dietary laws will be observed. Visit www.blackoutbrunch.org, call 212-532-4155 or speak to Judith Jelen (203 965 0506) to purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities.
FEEL THE THRILL OF MACCABI ON A PERSONAL LEVEL! The host family offers the athlete or artist a "home away from home" and a unique way to experience JCC Maccabi and Arts Fest and all the Stamford Jewish community has to offer. In turn, host families experience JCC Maccabi on a personal level, connecting with their friends and neighbors, and building a bond with their visitors that extends well beyond the end of the event. Host families that are matched with visiting athletes MUST attend one host family orientation to be eligible to host (dates to be announced in the spring of 2016). Our Housing Committee will begin the process of matching registered host families to visiting athletes in June, and host families will be notified of their match early in July. For more info about being a host family or to learn more about getting involved in upcoming JCC Macabbi Games visit http://jccmaccabistamford.org/.
BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER Monday, May 30, 5:30pm @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Celebrating 60 Years and Counting...On Each Other Guests of Honor: Hillary and Bob Zitter; Keter Torah Award: Kori and Bill Meyers; Young Leadership Award: Robyn Winarsky; Alumni Award: Ami Soifer; Jane Shoztic Memorial Award: Sally Olson. RSVP to our Celebration Dinner: bcdscelebration.org
THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT'S 5TH ANNUAL SPRING GALA , honoring Mimi Cohen and Keter Shem Tov recipient Maureen Dewan, on Sunday, May 8th at 5:00 pm at Temple Beth El, Stamford, CT. For more information, please visit: www.jhsct.org or call 203-357-0850.
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.
YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evening, May 4th, at 7:00 pm. "The Art of Survival" focuses on the ways in which victims of the Holocaust - those who perished and those who survived - used music, poetry, art and, eventually, film to make sense of a senseless world, and to find hope. An exhibit of artwork entitled The Anguish of Liberation as Reflected in Art (from the museum division of Yad Vashem), and artwork from local students will be at Temple Sinai from Monday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 15th.
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
JCC MACCABI GAMES AND ARTSFEST, AUGUST 7TH-12TH. Host Families Needed! Feel the thrill of JCC Maccabi by offering athletes or artists a "home away from home" this summer. Host families experience JCC Maccabi on a personal level, connecting with their friends and neighbors, and building a bond with their visitors that extends well beyond the end of the event. Visit www.jccmaccabistamford.org for complete details and to register! For more information, contact Rachel Rothman, Director, JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest at 203.487.0949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SAVE THE DATE - AN EVENING WITH JFS - Sunday, May 15th at 5:30 pm at Temple Beth El, Stamford. Join us for this annual celebration of community. The evening will include 37th Annual Mitzvah Award presentations to Linda Russ and Sandy Speter and Special Recognition to Iris Morrison. Dinner and auction. For reservations, please call 203-921-4161 or RSVP at www.ctjfs.org by May 2nd.
JFS BLENDED FAMILIES WORKSHOPS -Thursdays, May 12th, June 9th, July 7th and August 4th, 7:00-8:00 pm at JFS, 733 Sumer Street, Stamford. A series of four evening workshops, co-sponsored by BCDS and co-facilitated by Eve Moskowitz, Rebekah Kanefsky and Bob Abrams, Jewish Educator and patriarch of a successfully blended family. The workshops will focus on "blended families", making co-parenting, step-parenting and parenting alone work for families. Free to the community. Light refreshments served. RSVP required at 203-921-4161 or email email@example.com
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IN RETIREMENT-HOW TO STAY HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE - Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Co-sponsored with the Stamford JCC, JFS will present Dr. Stephen Jones. MD, the keynote speaker to speak on "Living Long, Living Well," followed by three break-out sessions: "Reinventing Yourself", "Brain Fitness" and "Strategies for Financial Fitness". Free to the community. For more information, contact Connie Freeman, JCC Director of Senior Adult Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS -Wednesdays at 3:00 pm Support group 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 Nadja Streiter at 203-921-4161 or email at email@example.com
JFS NEW BEGINNINGS, Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm Support group for separated or divorced at Westport JFS office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. To register, contact Nadja Streiter at 203-921-4161 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 11 :00 am Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Jewish Family Service counselor. 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
SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email email@example.com.
SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am in the Westport office (431 Post Road East), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.