Do Not Lighten Your Burden, Broaden Your Shoulders
We seek not to lighten our burden but broaden our shoulders. This Jewish proverb embodies the spirit of Agudath Sholom. As we head into the summer and plan for next year, take some time to think about how you may want to increase your investment in our shul and community. One of our goals as a shul is to inspire our members to realize their personal spiritual potential.
How can you harness your talents and resources to enrich our shul's role as a light for Torah, Chesed, Social Action, Israel, Youth and much more? The opportunities extend beyond our shul into the broader Jewish community and the city of Stamford. Our committees are in planning mode for next year. Now is the time to find your gift and share your blessings to uplift our world. To learn more, please reach out to me in the weeks ahead.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and good news in the weeks ahead,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Milk and Meat
Question: Can I cook milk and meat at the same time? Do I need to cook them at different times? What are the parameters?
Answer: Generally, the halacha considers rei'ach - the aroma of the food to have substance and therefore we do not cook milk and meat together at the same time. One must decide whether one's oven is meat or dairy. If one decides that one's oven is a meat oven, all meat items may be cooked in it without hesitation. Dairy items should be covered. However, if one does not want to cover the dairy when it is cooked or baked, one may either kasher the oven by setting it to its highest temperature for an hour or wait 24 hours from the last time the oven was used for meat, and then cook the dairy item uncovered. Remember to re-kasher before you use again for meat which means either waiting 24 hours or turning the oven on the highest temperature for one hour.
Shabbat Table Conversation of the Week Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach said we all have the power to bless each other, and we should, at every opportunity. Unfortunately, the only time most people extend a blessing is after hearing someone sneeze, and most of the time do not actually have the intent of bestowing a genuine blessing, of giving of themselves to another. How and when can you bless people in your life? When has someone blessing you made a enduring difference in your life?
Seudah Shlishit for teens (grade 7+) 6:30 pm Adrienne and Michael Alexander will be hosting shalosh seudot at their home (19 Boxwood Drive) in honor of Yehuda and Martha Meyers for their exemplary work for our teen minyan
LIPS product of the week Israeli Kosher fruit preserves are sold for $6.49 (500 grams) at Bukovina (Russian-Ukranian Deli) at 301 Hope Street
Israel Advocacy Update Our newly formed Israel Advocacy Task Force under the leadership of Ben Lanson held its first organizational meeting. Great ideas and action steps emerged. To learn more about how to get involved, contact Ben at Ben.firstname.lastname@example.org or Rabbi Cohen at email@example.com
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi David Walk: A Blessing on Your Head!
Jay Jubas: Perspectives on Religious Zionism, Part 3
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday:7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Sunday-Thursday:8:15 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/8:17 PM
Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those murdered in the terrorist attack in Orlando this past week. We wish them strength and comfort. We wish a full and speedy recovery to the wounded.
to David Bessaleli on the passing of his sister, Heshmat
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here.
to Alyssa & Robert Spitz, Carol & Michael Rosmarin, Barbara & Stephen Spitz and Sylvia Goldman on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter Danielle Alexis
to Veronica & Erwin Reich on the engagement of their daughter Arielle to Michael Mandell
to Mark & Nofie Rosovsky on their daughter Mira becoming a Bat Mitzvah
to Jennifer & Edward Rosenfeld on the B'nai Mitzvah of their children, Joey and Tamar
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
by Meryl and David Gordon in honor of their 38th anniversary and the anniversaries of Aliza's Bat Mitzvah and Daniel's Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
by the Gordons, Roz Mangot in memory of Michael Mangot and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Steven, Jared and Andrew Frenkel in honor of Lynne and Happy Father's Day to all (especially Rusty's daddy)
Bima Flowers, Sanctuary Kiddush, and Seudat Shlishit
Alyssa & Robert Spitz and Carol & Michael Rosmarin on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter and granddaughter Danielle Alexis
WOMEN'S GROUP ON SHABBOS AFTERNOON Please join us on Shabbos afternoon, June 18 at 5pm at the home of Malya Shmotkin (15 Francis Ave.) for a gathering of socializing, sharing of ideas, and learning Ethics of Our Fathers. We hope to see you there!
JOIN US IN THE CAS GARDEN, Sunday, June 19th at 10am. Garden good news - our crops are doing very well! Garden bad news - so are the weeds! This Sunday we will need to harvest the lettuce and peas, get string on our bean towers, and most importantly weed. We need about 4~5 gardeners for a solid hour. Neglect will hurt our yield if we delay. Bring any gardening tools you may have and a friend and come ready to get dirty and have fun doing a beautiful mitzvah. Hope to see you there.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS MOVING TO STAMFORD OR RECENTLY ARRIVED? Let us know so we can insure they receive a warm Agudath Sholom welcome to our community! Please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen or one of the members of our membership committee - Jessie Brand (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rebecca Ben Attar (email@example.com) or Jon Makovsky (Jonathan.firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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 19
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:15 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.
JFS BLENDED FAMILIES WORKSHOPS -Thursdays, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (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.
We need volunteers to work in the shop! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460
June 18, 2016
It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for babies through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.
The leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers' household, brought offerings... (Num. 7:2)
This week's Torah portion describes at length the offerings of theNesi'im(the leaders of the tribes) on the day that theMishkanwas inaugurated. EveryNasioffered the same offering. The Torah describes eachNasi's offering separately in virtually identical verses. Why could the Torah not simply mention the offerings the first time and then just say that the otherNesi'imbrought the exact same offerings?
A man was once on a speaking tour and prepared long and hard for his first speech. The speech was entertaining and engaging - a big success. The next night he was scheduled to speak in another town, and he planned on giving the same talk. He was about to begin speaking when he noticed that some of the people present had heard him lecture the night before! He couldn't possibly give the same speech, so he quickly put a couple of ideas together and came up with a new one. However, it didn't compare to the previous night. After the speech he approached the repeat customers and apologized for not giving them a well-prepared speech. Disappointed, they replied, "You don't understand. We enjoyed last night so much that we came back to hear the same exact speech; we didn't want to hear a different one!"
The Torah is telling us that eachNasiwho brought a sacrifice - even though it was identical to the previousNasi's - in God's eyes it was like the first one he received. The sacrifice of every singleNasiwas special to Him.
Sometimes we may feel that we are constantly doing the same exact thing over and over again, whether the prayers that we say day in day out or the mitzvot that we perform, and we may lose that initial enthusiasm. However, we must realize that every time we perform our duty God takes pleasure in it as if we had never done it before.
Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat Tables:
1. How many Jewish men, army aged, camped in the desert with Am Yisrael?
2.What does Naso mean?
3.Can Naso mean more than one thing - what else can it mean and what's the connection?*(Double nekudot question!)
4. How many are there?
5. Which tribe got a double portion and why?*(Double nekudot question!!)
Please come to Rabbi Jeiger and get 2 nekudot(or 4 for the bonus question) if you can tell us about your family discussion of any of these questions or the d'var torah.
This is the last week of BMC and Teen Minyan for the season. Over the summer there will continue to be Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr. Cong.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org