Torah is the real thing. Growing up in Atlanta, one of my favorite t-shirts was red and emblazoned with the Coca Cola insignia. The words Coke were replaced with Torah. It symbolized the relevancy of Torah to refreshment and enjoying life.
My father frequently told me that we are so fortunate to have the Torah as a guide. Many people spend much time and effort finding their path and purpose. We have the Torah as a prism for navigation thereby spending our time not searching for direction but in following the path.
Over three thousand years ago, God gave our nation the Torah as a roadmap for spiritual greatness. The mission is to be his ambassadors spreading light in the world. On Shavuot, we celebrate the gift and re-engage with the Torah as our touchstone for living. How do we stay true to the mission? Study every day. Go out into the world and whether at home, business, on the field, day or night be guided by the eternal verities of God's Torah.
This Shavuot, find your portion in Torah. Converse in the wisdom, grapple with the texts and explore the interface between the Torah and your life. Thankfully, we are offering many learning opportunities. Take the plunge and on Tuesday after the holiday make Torah a daily part of your life.
Torah is the Real Thing. In the spirit of Coca Cola, living a life of Torah will teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. May we merit to see the light of Torah shine from Zion and all humanity speedily and in our days.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
We will not serve a Seudah Shlishit this Shabbat. Please eat seudah shlishit at home prior to mincha. We will study between mincha and maariv on Shabbat afternoon.
We will hold two mincha services Tuesday, before the annual meeting - 7 PM and the regularly scheduled 8:15 PM. Maariv will follow the meeting.
new members Barry Best and Ari & Andrea Lefkovitz and their family. This year, thank God, we welcomed 40 new families to CAS. If you know people who may be interested in learning more about the CAS community, please contact Rabbi Cohen, Matt or our membership chair Jessie Brand.
to our Scholar in Residence Rabbi Dovid Cohen, his wife Ruchi and their children - Yedidya, Anaelle, Meir, Aharon, and Malachi; the NCSY advisors who will join us this Shabbat and Shavuot; and Rabbi Paysach Krohn who will speak on Shabbat morning.
WOMEN'S SHAVUOS LEARNING Can't stay up all night? Join the women of the Stamford community for an afternoon of learning with Michal Smart, director of Judaic studies at BCDS. She will be giving a shiur for women entitled "In Search of Eishes Chayil" on the second day of Shavuot, Monday 6/13 at 5pm at the home of Malya Shmotkin - 15 Francis Ave. We hope to see you there!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Milk and Meat
Question: I know that there is a prohibition against eating milk after meat and together but what about meat after milk? My family has a custom on Shavuot to eat a dairy meal followed by a meat meal. Any restrictions?
Answer: Although it is customary, after eating meat, to wait six hours before eating milk, there is no halachic obligation to do so if one wants to eat meat after consuming milk or soft cheese. (Certain hard cheeses would require one to wait six hours before eating meat.) Nevertheless, please keep in mind the following when eating meat immediately after consuming milk or soft cheeses. Before eating meat one must clean out his mouth properly from all traces of milk. This is accomplished by first eating a piece of bread and taking a drink of water. The tablecloth must be switched from a milk one to a meat one, and lastly, as ones hands must be free of all milk and cheese, it is preferable to wash them before handling meat products.
Shabbat and Shavuot Table Conversation of the Week Yitro and Ruth force each one of us to ask ourselves whether we would have opted for Judaism had we not been born Jewish. How do we rediscover it on our own so as to comprehend what it is really all about? Perhaps we should begin a process by which we take hold of every mitzvah that we have been observing for years and transform it into something radically new. With what mitzvah will you re-engage? How can you become a Jew by choice? (Inspired by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cordozo)
Kosher Alert BJ's Red Velvet Cake - Wellsley Farms Red Velvet Cake - Unauthorized OU D. The Orthodox Union does not certify Wellsley Farms Red Velvet Cake. Some labels for this product bear an unauthorized OU D Symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.
LIPS product of the week: Lior Sea Salt is made in Israel, Kosher, has multiple health benefits and is sold at Stop and Shop!
New CAS Love Israel Products Initiative- A Message from Lola Halperin
I am writing to you on behalf of the Love Israeli Products Society (LIPS) that has recently formed at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT. The society aims to promote Israeli products and to combat the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Below please find a link to the article in the Jewish Ledger that mentions LIPS and provides some information on it.
So far we have been advertising Israeli products in the synagogue's bulletin, but at this point we are ready to take it to the next level. We are planning on publishing a cookbook that will promote Israeli products (the suggested title for the book is Cooking like an Israeli in America). Once the book is published, we will be selling copies of it to the community, and all proceeds will be donated to soup kitchens in Israel.
I am asking that you consider contributing just one recipe utilizing at least one ingredient made in Israel (e.g., as you may already know, many of the US food stores currently sell Israeli matzo, couscous, chocolate, biscuits, cheeses, yogurts, fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits, spice, wine, etc.). If possible, please supplement your recipe with pictures. Please also indicate in which stores the Israeli product used in your recipe can be bought at. Your name will appear next to the recipe in the book.
Please help us spread the word and circulate this email among friends and family members who have passion for both Israel and cooking.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. With much love and appreciation,
to the families of those murdered this week in Tel Aviv - Ido Ben Ari, Mila Mishayev, Ilana Naveh and Dr. Michael Feige. May God grant their families comfort and strength, Dreams shattered and lives lost. In the words of King David "I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war." Psalm 120
to Marian Alterwitz on the passing of her husband, Irwin
to the Davidoff and Lewis families on the passing of Rebecca Davidoff
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here.
to Stephanie & Perry Friedman on the birth of a son. The Friedmans invite the community to a Shalom Zachor in honor of their son at their home, 104 Mayflower Ave, on Friday night from 9:15 PM - 10:45 PM
to Susan and Len Mark, Michael Rosmarin and Mitchell Bell on being honored at the CAS annual meeting
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
Rosalyn Sherman in blessed memory of her parents Lillian (Leah) Novick (7 Sivan) and Harold Jacob (Tzi Yaacov) Novick (11 Tammuz) and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel Kiddush - Shabbat
Stephanie and Perry Friedman in honor of the birth of their new son and in tremendous appreciation to the CAS community for 4 great years
Sanctuary Kiddush - Shabbat
Cara and Eli Neumann in Thanks to God for his kindness on the one year anniversary of Eli's accident
Sanctuary Kiddush - Shavuot I
Elissa and Philip Klapper In Honor of their daughter Sally becoming an Israeli citizen
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:30 PM 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue Stamford, CT 06902
Please join us for our annual meeting, award presentation, and election of officers and directors
Mazal Tov to our Award Recipients:
Len and Susan Mark
George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence of Spirit Award
George and Ziporah Freedberg Hineni Award
George and Ziporah Freedberg Hineni Award
Reports by Rabbi, President, and Treasurer
Presentation of the George and Ziporah Freedberg Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Service
Presentation of the Hineni Award for Service to CAS
Election of Officers & Directors
The CAS Nominating Committee has recommended members elect this slate of officers and directors for terms starting upon election:
OFFICERS Two year term: President:Rachel Dayan 1st Vice President: Simeon Wohlberg Treasurer: Bob Raymond Secretary: Dinah Miller Marlowe One year term: 3rd Vice President: Mitchel Balsam
DIRECTORS Three year term: Howland Gordon Jacob Meyer Gregory Miller Bruce Newman Toby Schaffer Bennett Schwartz One year term: Rebecca Ben-Atar Amy Breslow
COMPLETE CAS SHAVUOT SCHEDULE
Welcome to: Scholar in Residence - Rabbi Dovid Cohen, rabbi, lawyer, therapist and special needs advocate, currently serves as the the OU Regional Director for New York City, Westchester, the Bronx and Connecticut. Rabbi Cohen served as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of the West Side, possesses ordination from RIETS, holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia, sits as a Rabbinical Judge for the Beth Din of America and is a popular columnist and speaker.
NCSY Advisors Sammy Aronson, Ilan Itzkowitz and Ariella Mermelstein joining Daniella Lieberman and Isaiah Rothstein
We are grateful to Peggy Fogelman for sponsoring Rabbi Cohen's visit in memory of her father,Dr. Henry Fogelman and Dr. Jeff and Nancy Sturza in honor of Zachary's upcoming Bar Mitzvah.
Saturday, June 11 - Shabbat/Erev Shavuot
Pre-mincha class -Rabbi Dovid Cohen: Ruth, Dovid and the Advent of the Messianic Era
Tikkun Leil Shavuot - Logic of the Heart, Logic of the Mind Adults - 11:30 PM- 4:45 AM
Rabbi Dovid Cohen: In Laws and Outlaws - Honoring Difficult Parent or In Law
Rabbi Dovid Cohen: 40 Years Since Entebbe: Redemption of Jewish Captives
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Wealth Redistribution and Creating a Holy Society
Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Kavanat Halev- The Halachik crossroads of heart and mind
Jay Jubas: The Book of Ruth: History or Myth?
Rabbi David Walk: Rav Kook & Prof. Y. Liebowitz: Israel's Heart & Israel's Brain
6th-8th Grades 11:30 PM- 1:30 AM
Ilan Itzkowitz - Torah Meets Snapchat
Ariella Mermelstein - Angry Birds vs Happy Birds
Break - Delicious Pizza and more!
The 6th-8th grade program ends at 2am. Parents are expected to arrange for their children to be picked up and walked home. No child will be allowed to leave without being accompanied by an adult. Please make the appropriate arrangements so that everyone has an enjoyable and safe Shavuos!
9th-12th Grades 11:30 PM- 5:00 AM Relaxing environment and Torah Tour Chevruta support through the night! START OUT AT THE Young Israel
Isaiah and Sammy Aronson
Intro to the evening- get your Neshama Pumpin!
Cafe (Ethical) Dilemma: Run by Sammy and Daniella
Fred Talks(Ted Talks With Friends) Around the Fire with S'mores & Bonfire Chill, Gabby Lieberman, Doron Feller, Sarah Smart
Jigsaw Learning- Prep for The Great Debate
Walk to CAS for Delicious Hot Pizza and More!
The Great Debate!
The Great Chill- Advisors walk around to the groups of kids sharing small vorts...
Trivia Bowl! Winning team gets $50 gift card to Soosh
Caffeinate your soul for Shacharis, ie - Coffee Break
Sunday, June 12- Shavuot I
Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast
Reading of Ten Commandments
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, Jr. Congregation
Sermon: Rabbi Dovid Cohen
Cheese cake Kiddush
Jr. Congregation Learning and Fun Session at Shabbat Park w/ Rabbi Jeiger. (rain location-shul) Snacks will be provided
Sr. Teen Oneg at Park
Class - Rabbi Dovid Cohen Lying for the Sake of Peace
Mincha / Maariv
Monday, June 13 - Shavuot II
Yizkor in Sanctuary
Sermon: Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, Jr. Congregation, BMC (ice cream party in groups)
Graduation Celebration Kiddush following Sanctuary Service
Junior Teen Oneg at the Park
Rabbi Dovid Cohen: Charitable Giving in Theory and Practice
Neilat Hachag and light meal
Yom Tov ends
CAS Graduation Celebration Join us Monday, Shavuot II for a festive celebration Kiddush!
Mazal Tov to our Member Graduates, their Parents & Families!
Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov Margie & Bob Abrams Adrienne & Michael Alexander Rochel & Hecky Attar Sharyn & Fred Baer Phyllis Brodsky Elise & Steven Cohen Rabbi & Diane Cohen Stella & Isaac Cohen Miriam & Joe Gelb Lisa Goldberg Kayla & Leon Hanna Tricia & Robert Hoff Monica & Eric Jankelovits Judith & David Jelen Rachel & Jay Jubas Flora & Carl Kaufman
Sandy & Eric Koehler Toby & Allan Lazarus-Lichtenberg Rica & Ari Lieberman Seth & Dinah Miller Marlowe Lawrence & Meryl Meiteles Jake & Janice Meyer Stacey & Abraham Mintz Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus Cindy & David Pitkoff Marina & Alexander Podelko Carol & Michael Rosmarin Glenn & Maria Reicin Rachel & Richard Seligson Diane & Elliot Sloyer Nurit & Mark Wexler Shana & Rob Yakubovich Hillary & Bob Zitter
Join the CAS 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!
OIN US FOR LUNCH AND Shabbat Afternoon Groups with your favorite group leaders!!! We will thank our leaders for a taking such good care of us and make a special presentation to Nicole Wohlberg who will be studying in Israel next year. Please join us!
JOIN US AS THE SISTERHOOD PRESENTS WOMEN'S CLUB. June 22 at 10am at CAS. The program will be an interactive lecture by Helene Zimmerman titled Are we in touch? Everyone is invited!
JOIN THE MEDIA LINE FOUNDER Felice Friedson Thursday evening, June 23rd at 8:30 PM on the topic: Are solutions slipping away? A look at Israel and the Palestinians from The Media Line Newsroom Hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen at their home. RSVP to email@example.com. For more info visit, www.themedialine.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 June 12
Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday classes will not meet this week, but will resume for a brief mini series in the summer. More info next week.
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Over 300 Host Families Still Needed! Please Register Now!
When the Jewish Community Center of Stamford hosts the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest from August 7-12, we will welcome 1500 Jewish teens to lower Fairfield County from all over the US, Israel, Great Britain, Poland and South America.
Now is our chance to give them the experience of a lifetime at one of the largest Jewish youth events in the world - right in our own back yard! Don't miss out on an amazing community event that your family will remember for years to come.
For complete details and answers to your questions, or to register now as a host family or volunteer, go to www.jccmaccabistamford.org
For more information, contact the JCC Maccabi office at 203-487-0949 or email email@example.com.
3 Square - Provide Summer Items for Kids In Need 3 square is a program of the Women's Philanthropy of United Jewish Federation. We provide supplemental nutrition to students in need in our community. Once a week, volunteers gather to shop, package and deliver food to 28 hungry children at Rogers School in Stamford. Our mission is to change lives by providing food for children at risk of going hungry over the weekend during the school year. Periodically the group gives special gifts to mark holidays and vacations. Summer vacation is fast approaching, and we would like to send the kids on their way with some goodies that they can most certainly use this summer, and won't be able to purchase on their own. Please consider donating the following items: full size Shampoo, Conditioner, Sun Tan Lotion, and fun items for Summer, sun hats, sun glasses. For more info, contact Rebekah Raz at firstname.lastname@example.org
YACHAD is sponsoring a comedy improv night with "Eight is Enough," Sunday, June 19th, 7PM at Congregation Agudath Sholom. Great food, raffle, and prizes, $54/person, sponsorships available, all proceeds to benefit Yachad. To register, please visit yachad.org/lolstamford
ANNOUNCING THE 2ND ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP event on July 31! Can you help? Back to School Shop provides economically disadvantaged elementary school children in Stamford with the opportunity to "shop" for brand new clothes, backpacks and school supplies at no charge, in a one day event. We served over 120 children in our inaugural event last summer and plan to increase the number to 200 this year! Can you volunteer for a 4 hour shift at our event? Can you make a donation to help outfit a child for school? To volunteer, please contact Lorraine Kweskin at email@example.com For more information or to make a donation please visit www.ujf.org/backtoschoolshop
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.
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IN RETIREMENT-HOW TO STAY HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE - Thursday, June 2ndat 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 BLENDED FAMILIES WORKSHOPS -Thursdays, June 9th, July 7th and August 4th, 7:00-8:00 pm at JFS, 733 Summer Street, Stamford. A series of three 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
JFS COLLEGE: GETTING THERE FROM HERE --Thursday, June 16th from 7-8 pm at the Stamford JFS office. Join college financial planning professionals discuss the options to pay for college. FREE and open to the community. To register, contact, Claire D. Friedlander at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-921-4161.
JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY WINTER COAT DRIVE Jewish Family Service is collecting new or gently used clean coats for our Kosher Food Pantry Clients. Drop off your donations during the Summer months or June, July and August at the JFS Stamford office. For additional information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
JFS BRAIN FITNESS PILOT PROGRAM Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. Contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or 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 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 203-921-4161or email 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 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@example.com.