This past week, I participated in a Chanukat Habayit ceremony. We offered prayers, words of Torah and enjoyed food on the occasion of a new young family, Jonathan and Maytal Lerner, moving into their new home. Recently, a young man who is moving came to the Sisterhood gift shop to purchase a mezuzah for his new home in Boston. The summer is a time for moving and establishing new roots.
Both experiences reinforced for me the central role of a Jewish home. When we move into a new house, it is not only a fitting time to express gratitude to God, but also to highlight the idea that our homes must be conduits for realizing our divine potential and bringing blessings to the world. Do we study Torah in our home? Is our home open to guests beyond our immediate social circles? How do we cultivate peace - shalom bayit?
Whether new residents or not, these ideals should inspire us every day. The placement of a Mezuzah and kissing it as we enter each room serves as a visible reminder of the potential holiness of every place and moment.
As we get ready for the New Year, I would love to help you, together with our clergy, sanctify your home. If you would like to learn more about a Chanukat Habayit ceremony, you need a mezuzah, or you would like us to help you or a neighbor affix one on the doorposts of your home, let us know. We continue to offer a free mezuzah to anyone in Fairfield County.
May God bless all of our homes with peace, health, Torah, growth and holiness.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
HIGH HOLIDAY 5777 RESERVED SEATS Make sure you have your desired seat in any of our three services-return the form included in your dues statement or contact Matt at email@example.com.
Welcome new members Rabbi Alex Ozar & Lauren Steinberg and Michael Kheyfets
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Meat During the Nine Days
Question - What are the guidelines for the prohibition of eating meat and drinking wine during the nine days which begin Thursday evening, August 4th?
Answer - This prohibition is an expression of mourning as we approach the Ninth of Av (Sunday, August 14th). The prohibition begins after sunset (8:06 PM) on Thursday evening. There are two exceptions to these restrictions. First, we are obligated to rejoice on Shabbat and meat, chicken and wine are permitted. Second, you may eat meat and drink wine on the occasion of a siyum, the completion of a body of Torah study, generally a Talmudic tractate, book of Tanach or order of mishna. You may participate in siyum by being present the time of the study and celebration. Join me, Rabbi Oran Zwieter or Rabbi Kohl on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM at 613 restaurant for a siyum.
Shabbat Table Conversation Pinchas Mystical masters explain that Pinchas was naturally a fiery personality and that he succeeded in directing his trait towards a positive end. Do you know anyone with this zealous quality? How have you seen it used in a positive or negative way?
Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours stop by to say hello
Tuesday and Wednesday 9-11 AM
Thursday 2-4 PM
Introducing the Shabbat Shalom Mitzvah Mission Bring a Smile to our members. Let them know we are thinking of them. We recently launched an initiative to call our seniors and wish them a Shabbat Shalom, share shul updates, see how we can be helpful and check in. If you would like to join the Shabbat Shalom Team or you know someone who is home bound and might appreciate a call, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Mitzvah Mission chair, Phyllis Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org). We ask for 15 minutes a week. With one call, you can make someone smile and make their day!
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!
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.email@example.com or Rabbi Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Perek on the Patio
Rabbi David Walk
Rena Gelb - Siyum in memory of her mother, Gina Gelb
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Why can't I build my own menorah?
Zach Mainzer, Mark Wagshul
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday:7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Thursday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Friday:6:20 AM/7:30 AM
Sunday-Thursday:7:55 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/7:52 PM
Rosh Chodesh Av
to Hugh and Jill Mainzer and Stephen Mainzer and the entire family on Zach's Bar Mitzvah
to Sandy Weiner and Marc Weiner on Rebecca, Yerucham and Ora Pliner who are making aliyah this coming week.
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
the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
by the Attar and Lieberman families in honor of Yospa Lieberman milestone birthday and the birth of Noah Avrohom to Tamar and Chalom Bendayan.
by Hugh and Jill Mainzer in celebration of Zach's Bar Mitzvah
by Larry Gelb and Rena & Tzvi Schwartz in commemoration of the first yahrzeit of Gina Gelb a"h, Frimit Malka Tova Gittel bas Yitzchak Tzvi
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. email@example.com
Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 18 months to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Rachel Kaimowitz firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Furmansky JessicaL83@gmail.com
End of Summer Shabbat Oneg in the Park Please join the CAS Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, August 20, 4:30 pm. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. Rain date: 8/27. We look forward to seeing everyone! Please invite friends and any visiting families
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
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
5776/2016 Tisha B'av Schedule
We will hold an early mincha at shul at 5:30 PM. The shul will not serve a seduah shlishit. Seudah Shlishit is considered your meal before the Fast. The Fast starts at 7:54 pm. When Shabbat ends at 8:37 pm, recite Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh LeChol to mark the end of Shabbat before driving to shul. We will recite Havdalah on a flame following Maariv and Eicha (9:00 pm). Maariv will be held in the main sanctuary. Following Maariv we will show a video in memory of Ezra Schwartz and Halleli Ariel.
Saturday, August 13
7:54 PM Fast Begins
9:00 PM Ma'ariv followed by Eicha
Sunday, August 14
7:00 AM Shacharit followed by brief recitation of Kinot
9:00 AM Shacharit followed by Explanatory Kinot until 1 PM
MIdday 12:58 PM
1:00 PM OU & YU Video featuring Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish Thought and History at YU and YU CJF Senior Scholar; and Rabbi Shalom Rosner, maggid shiur at OU Torah, spiritual leader of Kehillat Nofei Hashemesh and rebbe at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim
Early Mincha 1:45 PM
3:00 PM Film: This film tells the tragic story of a Jewish Auschwitz inmate forced to work in the Sonderkommando, burning the bodies of murdered fellow prisoners. The story is loosely based on real testimonies of Sonderkommando members.
5:00 PM The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation video. Featuring Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Rosh Yeshiva Torah Vedaas, Dayan Yonasan Abraham, London Beth Din and Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, Cong. Shaarey Tefila
7:00 PM re-showing of video on Ezra Schwartz and Halleli Ariel
7:30 PM Mincha followed by Maariv, 8:28 PM Fast Ends
THE MINNIE MANGER MARCIA LIEBERMAN MIKVAH NEEDS YOUR HELP! We will hold a Mikvah Committee meeting Monday night August 1st and we need diverse women with diverse interests. Want to help us plan educational events? Like shopping and want to help the mikvah stay stocked? Ever wondered what happens when our wonderful mikvah attendant takes vacation? And of course, if you can't take no for an answer - we need you to fund-raise for the mayim league! Please RSVP to email@example.com
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/
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)
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
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.
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 31
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: : Summer Tanach Series - The Final Days - The Destruction of the Temple - 8:30 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Symbolism and Structure of the Temple - 9:30 AM
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:15 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
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 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 - August 6 & 13
JCC Maccabi Host Family Night BBQ AND SIYUM
Held at the JCC- Wednesday, August 10, Rain or Shine, 6:30-9:30pm
Caterer: 613 Restaurant Siyum: by Simeon Wohlberg - 7:00pm sharp
Food: Choose Up to 3 Items: Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers , All meals include: French Fries, Coleslaw, Drink & Cookie
Cost: Athletes, artists and kids under 17 years old - $20, Adults (18 and over) - $25, Children under 5 years old - $10 for 1 food item, sides, drink & Cookie
Reservations And Payment Required By August 3 -To pay with credit card call 613 restaurant (203) 614-8777 or bring payment to 613 restaurant - 108 Prospect St, Stamford, CT.
Bring your sports equipment and enjoy the JCC Field, Sport Court, Mini Golf,Gaga and Playground
*Please note: This is not an official Maccabi sponsored event Parental Supervision Required
Looking for sponsors to help defray extra costs including maintenance staff - please contact: Simeon Wohlberg - firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandi Waldstreicher - email@example.com
There are fewer than three weeks until Maccabi starts and we still need your help as a volunteer!!!
There are a few positions we still need to fill:
Bus greeters and Bus captains for Sunday arrival
Ushers for Opening Ceremonies
Safety people to monitor entrances and direct parking
Safety people to help out at evening activities: Grand Prix (Monday), Rye Playland (Tuesday), Closing Party (Thursday)
Food servers throughout the week
Supervisors at JCC Cares projects and ArtsFest projects
To find out more about volunteer positions: http://jccmaccabistamford.org/volunteer-job-descriptions/ To register: If any of these positions speak to you, or any of the wide variety of volunteer positions available on our website, register here via this link: http://jccmaccabistamford.org/register
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.
To register: If any of these positions speak to you, or any of the wide variety of volunteer positions available on our website, register here via this link:www.jccmaccabistamford.org
For more information, contact the JCC Maccabi office at 203-487-0949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES has moved to its beautiful new campus at 4200 Park Avenue! If anyone is interested in a tour please contact Nancy Altchiler at email@example.com. To learn more about the first state-of-the-art intergenerational senior living campus and Household Model nursing home in the state, visit www.jseniors.org. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Darlene Miakos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, membership in the new J Fitness Center (opening September 1st, 2016) is open to the public. There is a discounted rate for synagogue members. Please contact Kim Fox at Kfox@jseniors.org for more information. This is an exciting time for our community, please be a part of it!
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
UJF together with the JCC and the Stamford Board of Rabbis presents the 13th Annual Tapestry - Saturday, November 19th A community celebration of adult Jewish learning.Honoring Tapestry founders, Ilana DeLaney and Meryl Gordon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 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 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 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). SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly at our Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor) on the second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm and at our Westport office (431 Post Road East) on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161or email email@example.com.