Do you have family in Israel? When asked this question by security personnel on my visits to Israel, I would always respond in Hebrew, "Klal Yisrael, the Jewish people." It would evoke a smile and then I would share that, in fact, I did not have any immediate relatives in the Holy Land. It was only a few years ago, though, when my father and step mother made aliyah that I could truly answer in the affirmative.
However, I recently learned a new insight on the Torah portion that offered new meaning to the challenge of the Jewish people living in the Diaspora and in Israel. A careful reading of the Torah reveals that only the tribes of Reuven and Gad requested to live on the trans Jordan. Moshe expresses his incredulity that some Jews would want to reside outside of Israel. Finally, he agrees to the arrangement but only on the condition that these tribes lead the battle for the land.
Whether living in Israel or not, we are all bound together to insure the security of our homeland.
Yet, in addition to Gad and Reuven, in the end, half the tribe of Menashe stays outside of Israel. Why? How does Menashe get involved in this negotiation?
There are numerous approaches to this quandary. Yet, I was moved by the insight of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudilkov, the grandson of the Baal Shem Tov and known for his work, Degel Machane Ephraim. He explains that Moshe deliberately divided the tribe to insure that the nation would stay united. Strangers or even acquaintances rarely stay in touch if separated by geography. Family finds a way to stay connected.
Wherever we may live, we are one nation, one people with one heart. This week as we welcome Jewish youth from across the world to Stamford for the Maccabi Games and simultaneously mourn the loss of the Temple, a tragedy precipitated by baseless hatred amidst our people, we must always remember that we are family. We care, we call, we do for our people and homeland wherever we or they may be.
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.
YOUTH SERVICE NOTE Junior Congregation will be canceled for the remainder of the summer, as attendance is low. We will restart the first week in September.
FRIDAY MINCHA The second Friday night Mincha will take place in the library for the remainder of the summer
TISHA B'AV Saturday August 13 (fast begins 7:54pm) through Sunday, August 14 (fast ends 8:28 pm). Find complete CAS Tisha B'Av Schedule at www.cas-stamford.org/tishabav
We are excited to host the JCC Maccabi Games in Stamford. Welcome to all of the athletes and Yasher Koach to all of the sponsors, chairs, volunteers and host families!
We welcome the following new families to our community and wish them much success and all of God's blessings in their new homes. Tina and Yossi Notick and their children Ella,Yoni and Ari. Shari and Ari Levine and Avi and Jennifer Avigdor
Update for Tisha B'av - We are grateful to Dr. Eric and Monica Janlekovits, Dr. Sam and Rachel Maryles, Eric Nussenblatt and Elinor Harel and an anonymous donor for sponsoring the new edition of the Kinot and Tisha B'Av service for this year. We will be using the Mesorat Harav Kinot with the insights of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. https://www.ou.org/oupress/product/the-koren-mesorat-harav-kinot/
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha of the Week - The Nine Days
Question - Can you share with me some practical laws of the nine day mourning period?
Answer - As we learned last week, we abstain from eating meat and drinking wine during this time expect for Shabbat or if you are participating in a siyum, the completion of a Tractate from the Talmud. They will be available at 613 on Sunday - Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM. Also, we do not wash or wear freshly laundered clothing during this period. However, undergarments or clothes such as athletic uniforms which require daily washing may be washed. Finally, we avoid swimming during the nine days. The restriction stems from the general prohibition against bathing for pleasure as a sign of mourning. As such, you may swim for instructional or medicinal purposes.
Shabbat Table Conversation Matot/Massai Why do you think the first act of the first Jew, Abraham and one of the first acts of the Jewish people was a journey?
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week Israeli couscous can be found in many food stores, including Trader Joe's and Stop and Shop. Here is a sample recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/toasted-israeli-couscous-recipe.html
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
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!
Vaad Hakashrut of Fairfield County Announcement Dairy Queen on Summer Streets remains under Vaad supervision but please note the parameters on new certificate. The following are under kosher supervision: soft serve ice cream, cones, sprinkles, nuts cone toppings (chocolate , cherry, butterscotch) and caramel, marshmallow and fudge toppings.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Perek on the Patio
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Can I Go on Vacation to Spain?- The Legend of a Jewish Boycott of Spain
Rabbi Matisyahu Shochet: Classic Jewish Views on Mashiach & the World to Come
Ethan Green, Matt Jelen
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:7:45 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/7:43 PM
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Richard Schwartz and his brother Cantor Michael Schwartz of Jackson Hgts Jewish Ctr are honoring the memory of family role model Uncle Irving (Yitzchak Ben Moshe HaLevi) and Richard is also expressing gratitude Hakarat HaTov to HaShem for giving him back the gift of speech.
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
Always wanted to read Hebrew but didn't know how? This class is for you! Come join us beginning Monday evening, September 12th at 7:30 PM for an 8 session weekly crash course in Hebrew reading at Agudath Sholom. Level 1- For those with no Hebrew reading background led by Rabbi Oran Zweiter Level 2- For those with basic familiarity, who want to develop their skills, as well as learn to navigate the high holiday prayer book (will include a one session review of level 1) led by Mark Wagshul
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
CAS GARDENING SESSION THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 7! Weather permitting, we will be working on the garden at 9:30am for one hour. We are having an amazing year of growth so far. We especially have lots of tomatoes to harvest and bring to the food bank to donate. We hope to see you at the garden. Any questions? Contact Meredith Cohen at email@example.com.
LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS FOR CAS MEN'S CHOIR If you sing well and would like to be a part of the High Holy Days choir. Please contact the Cantor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6463842277.Regular pre- HH days weekly commitment strictly required. Be a part of something special
SAVE THE DATES Pre Rosh Hashana Challah Baking at Agudath Sholom - led by Diane Cohen, Wednesday night, September 14th at 7:30 PM. Musical Melavah Malka hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen and friends- Saturday Night, September 17th.
HEALING VISITS AT CAS The strength of our community emerges from caring for each other. We pray for a person to not only be healed in body but healed in spirit. In fact, the Talmud explains that visiting to cheer someone up or lend an ear can improve a person's health. If you would like to participate in this special mitzvah, let Rabbi Cohen know and he will add you to our healing visits intiative at CAS. You will be added to a google group email@example.com) and informed of mitzvah opportunities. May everyone for whom we pray merit a full and speedy recovery.
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 August 7
Rabbi David Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Parsha & Pizza - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: Divine Poetry; The Book of Psalms - 8:30 AM
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 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 11 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Symbolism and Structure of the Temple with Rabbi Zweiter
Thursday 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.
SOOSH salutes the families that have volunteered to host athletes and artists for the Maccabi games. In appreciation, get a $5 Soosh gift card for every $50 purchase from Sunday August 7th to Thursday August 9th (dine in, take out, or catering). Just show your maccabbi host family credentials to get your gift card at Soosh. Also, come check out Soosh's amazing nine-day menu - chock full of premium fish, sushi and vegan dishes.
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!
JOIN FRIENDS OF THE IDF on Sunday September 18th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel for the Connecticut Annual Dinner. Come hear the personal stories of former and current IDF soldiers, as well as get the chance to speak firsthand with them. For any questions, contact Ali Picheny at 646-274-9645 or email@example.com. To register online go to our webpage: https://fidf.org/CTGala2016.
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.
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). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.