What do you do with anger? Do we ever have a right to be angry?
Yes and No. At the outset of an event we may express outrage. Moshe and Aaron, for instance, were rightfully upset the Jewish people complained about the lack of water. However, God punished them because in spite of their outrage they should have channeled their frustration into a teachable moment for the Jewish people. They missed an opportunity to inspire the nation to renewed faith in God.
This past week, we witnessed an inspiring example of a leader who sought to harness anger into being part of the solution. Dallas police Chief Ron Brown will be remembered as the face of the response to the tragedy in Dallas. His life and words in the aftermath of the murder of five police officers offer a touchstone for transcending grief and heartfelt angst.
Police Chief Brown grew up in the inner city and had a ticket out of the neighborhood. He received a full scholarship to college and planned on becoming an attorney. Instead, he had a calling. The people in his community needed him and he left college and became a police officer.
In speaking after the shooting, he demonstrated sensitivity to the anger and outrage. He sensed the mistrust between the police officers and the black community yet challenged people to rise.
He offered this poignant message. "We're hiring. Get out of that protest line and put in an application. We'll put you in your neighborhood and help you resolve some of those problems you're protesting about." In other words, don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution.
We will always encounter people who may be deeply upset or frustrated. Yet, while expressing understanding, we must also guide people to be part of the solution. We all must strive to transform a challenge into an opportunity to hear a new call.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Please NOTE Rabbi Cohen will be away Sunday-Thursday. In an emergency, contact the CAS office (203) 358-2200; Rabbi Zweiter (917)544-7522 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Matt Feinberg-(203)703-9042 or email@example.com
Welcome new members Jonathan and Maytal Lerner and their family.
Introducing the Shabbat Atria Mitzvah Mission Spreading joy and building community reflects the values of our shul. Our clergy periodically leads pre-Shabbat Friday afternoon programs at Atria Stamford, 77 3rd Street. This year, we are stepping it up and launching the Stamford Atria Mitzvah Mission. The goal of the Mitzvah mission is to enrich the seniors' experience through friendship, song and joy. Join me and Kate & Peretz Cik on Friday, August 19 at 2:30 PM to share the spirit of Shabbat. Whether adults or kids, your presence will enhance the ambiance and ruach. Let me know if you would like to join the Atria Mitzvah mission. Thank you!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Milk and Meat
Question: I understand that dairy and meat may not be simultaneously present on the same table. I realize that this applies, though, only to a table upon which one eats; serving trays or serving tables are not subject to this rule. However, if this is the case, how can one eat dairy or meat at a public table or bench (e.g., at a public park) when someone at the other end of the table may possibly be eating something that would constitute mixing dairy and meat?
Answer: The ban on having meat and dairy at the same table only pertains when the individuals eating are friendly with one another, as there is a concern that they may share their meals and inadvertently end up eating meat and dairy together. If they are strangers, or if they eat on place mats or place an object on the table to remind themselves that they should not share meals, they may eat at the same table. So, too, if a observant Jew is eating dairy at a table where another individual is eating non-Kosher meat, there is no need for a place mat or any other "reminder," as there is no concern that the former will eat the non-kosher meat.
In all cases-when transitioning from meat to dairy and from dairy to meat (as well as from dairy to poultry)-the table must be fully cleaned. The tablecloth and all dishes and cutlery must also be changed, of course. Bread used with a meat meal may not be used with a dairy meal and vice versa. (Thus, leftover Challah that was used at a meat meal may not be used to make [dairy] French toast.) (Courtesy of the OU)
Shabbat Table Conversation Chukat Despite receiving notification of his heartbreaking punishment, Moshe continued to lead the people until his death. How have you grappled with your greatest disappointment?
Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours stop by to say hello
Tuesday and Wednesday 9-11 AM
Thursday 2-4 PM
Reminder about Handicapped Parking Please be courteous to your fellow members and only park in handicapped parking spots if you have a handicapped sticker.
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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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 Oran Zweiter
Perek on the Patio
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Cohen: Crossing at a Red Light
Rabbi David Walk: Water Works
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:8:05 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/8:06 PM
to Rabbi Mark Dratch on the passing of his father, Sidney
to Harvey Goodman on the passing of his brother, Marv
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to Rica & Ari Lieberman on the birth of a grandson born to Tamar & Chalom Bendayan
to Jonathan & Maytal Lerner on the birth of a daughter
to Aliza and Chazan Raphael Bokow on the birth of a baby boy
to Hadassah and Senator Joseph Lieberman on the birth of a grandson, Avraham Shmuel, born to Hani and Daniel Lowenstein
to Shara and David Israel on the engagement of their daughter Adina to Elisha Fried
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Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
by Phyllis Brodsky in commemoration of the first yahrzeit of Gerald Brodsky and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
by Allen and Sherri Rosenthal in celebration of the birth of their grandson, Davis Tanner Rosenthal, born to Jason and Sharon Rosenthal
by Judy & Seth Lerner in celebration of the birth of Jonathan and Maytal's baby girl and with appreciation to the congregation for the warm welcome extended to our children and granddaughters
CAS Young Families News Shabbat Oneg in the Park. Please join the Agudath Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, July 23rd at 4:30 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. If it rains, we will postpone to July 30th. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Please feel free to invite friends and any families who may be visiting.
Young Families Pot Luck Shabbat Lunch The Young Couples Committee is holding its fourth annual potluck Shabbat lunch on September 17 following services. We are looking for young families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. Joni us for this great way to get to know people in the community! Click here to sign up or contact Jessica Dulitz for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org
Toddler Time Playgroup , Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play geared towards children 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop in group will meet weekly in the downstairs children's classroom at CAS. There is no cost and a light snack will be provided. Please contact Rachel Kaimowitz (email@example.com) or Jessica Furmansky (JessicaL83@gmail.com) for more information.
We are looking for young families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the community! Click the box above to sign up
This trip will feature stimulating daily shiurim in Tanach, Talmud, and Halacha - taught by leading Torah scholars including Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi David Stav, and Mrs. Shani Taragin. Information: Contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
JOURNEY OF BODY AND SOUL TO ISRAEL AND VISIT THE FOUR HOLY CITIES WITH RABBI DANIEL AND DIANE COHEN October 28 - November 7, 2017. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or visit http://www.israeltour.com/rcohen/
WOMEN'S GROUP ON SHABBOS AFTERNOON Please join us on Shabbos afternoon, July 16 at 5pm at the home of Rachel Maryles (28 Revonah Circle) for a gathering of socializing, sharing of ideas, and learning Ethics of Our Fathers.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS MOVING TO STAMFORD OR RECENTLY ARRIVED? Let us know so we can insure they receive a warm CAS welcome to our community! Please contact Rabbi Cohen or our membership committee: Jessie Brand (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rebecca Ben Atar (email@example.com) or Jon Makovsky (Jonathan.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.
WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM
Week of July 17
Rabbi David Walk: Parsha & Pizza - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: : Divine Poetry; The Book of Psalms - 8:30 AM
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:15 PM
Summer Tanach Series with Rabbi Cohen
The Final Days: The Destruction of the Temple. Thursday August 4 and 11 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Symbolism and Structure of the Temple with Rabbi Zweiter
Thursday July 28, August 4 and August 11 9:30 - 10:15 AM
Shabbat Morning Sermon Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Ethics of Gossip, Guarding your Tongue and the Power of Speech - July 23, August 6 & 13
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
613 RESTAURANT Back By Popular Demand, Chef Dini Klein Is Hosting another Amazing Pop Up Dinner!! August 4, 6:30 PM. Reservations required email@example.com 203-614-8777
SINGLE JEWISH MALE seeks affordable place to stay in Stamford for remainder of summer or until he is finished working here, whichever comes first. Bed required, all else optional. Any leads, even if only available for one or two weeks, etc, are appreciated. For more info email Chaim Meth at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at rabbicohen at cas-stamford.org.
DON'T GET HIT WITH NO SUMMER PLANS- PLAY DODGEBALL! The Young Leadership Division of UJF will hold its 3rd annual dodgeball tournament for charity on July 20th. A kosher BBQ will begin at 6:15pm with play starting at 7:15pm. It will be held at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. It is $25 in advance- be a sponsor at $36 and get one free ticket to get back in the game. Have fun and do a mitzvah- $18 of each entrance fee goes to 3SQUARE, a UJF program feeding needy children in our community on the weekends. Don't want to play? Come out and support our charity and watch the fun and mingle. This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Twenties & Thirties of JFS. For more information contact Sharon Franklin at the UJF office 203-321-1373 x109. To sign up go to www.ujf.org/dodgeball. YLD is a group of people in their 20's to mid 40's committed to building a stronger Jewish community in greater Stamford, Israel and throughout the world.
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.