Moses the prophet becomes Moses the man. As we begin the book of Devarim, he addresses the Jewish people knowing his time on earth is limited. He delivers a thirty day sermon, the longest on record.
What does he choose to say? What would you say as your final address? Thank God, more common, what do you say upon saying goodbye to a loved one? What do we want our children to know and remember? Although Moses includes numerous laws in his speech, the book of Devarim is filled with inspirational reminders of the foundations of life.
As we transition this weekend from the sadness of the 9th of Av to the seven weeks of preparation toward Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, pause to reflect on the touchstones of God's roadmap for leading a meaningful life. Study Moshe's sermon. What timeless Torah values animate your life? Share them with your loved ones and more importantly, live them.
Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom and an easy and meaningful fast,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new members Marla & Jason Lewis
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 - Tisha B'Av
This year Tisha B'av occurs on Shabbat but all of the observance are moved to the following day, the 19th of Av and begins Saturday night and ending Sunday evening. Below are some of the guidelines for the fast day.
No eating, drinking, washing, anointing, wearing leather shoes, marital relations, or extending greetings.
No learning Torah, except for sections dealing with the destruction of the Temple; i.e. The Book of Eicha and the account of the destruction in Tractate Gittin (56a-58a).
No tallit and tefillin in the morning. We do, however, put them on at Mincha on Tisha B'Av afternoon.
No sitting on chair of normal height until Chatzot (1 pm on Sunday)
When Tisha B'Av is pushed to Saturday night...
Fast begins: 7:54 pm - Even though Shabbat is not yet over, the fast begins at sundown. Because Jewish law forbids public displays of mourning on Shabbat, the seudah hamafseket, the final meal before the fast, does not involve the usual customs of mourning (i.e., sitting alone, on the floor, eating egg dipped in ash). Instead, one eats a regular seudah shlishit meal as seudah hamafseket, but finishes the meal by 7:54 pm.
Non-Leather Shoes: 8:37 pm - Because Jewish law forbids public displays of mourning on Shabbat, one does not remove leather shoes/change to non-leather shoes until Shabbat has ended and one has recited Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L'Chol.
Havdalah: Because it is Tisha B'Av, the havdalah service on Saturday night includes only the candle and on Sunday night before breaking one's fast, havdalah with Boreh Pri Hagafen and the Hamavdil.
Although normally certain activities are prohibited until noon of the 10th of Av, this year, since Tisha B'Av is a nidche, all restrictions are permitted immediately with the conclusion of the fast on Sunday night [including bathing, shaving, etc...], with the exception of consuming wine [other than for Havdalah] and meat, and music which become permitted at daybreak of Monday morning.
Finally, the obligation to fast this year is slightly more flexible on account of the fast being moved from its regular date. Those under special circumstances (e.g. pregnant and nursing women or ill people) are encouraged to reach out to me for guidance.
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
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.
Shabbat Table Conversation Devarim The book of Devarim commences 40 years after the Jewish people leave Egypt. Through Jewish history, the number 40 recurs to denote the end of one stage of development and the advent of a succeeding stage. As an example, the flood was 40 days, Moses remained alone on Mount Sinai for 40 days and both Elijah and Jonah fled to the desert for 40 days to name a few. In fact, Pirkei Avot (5:25)sees each decade of a person's life as possessing unique intellectual and emotional qualities. According to the mishna, the forties reflects a time of understanding "binah" often expressed through communal responsibility and the fifties is a time of counsel. How would characterize the nature of each decade of a person's life?
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week is Israeli pesto. Available at Stop and Shop for $4.89.
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.
Kosher Alert Imperial Garden Frozen Organic Brown Rice, Edamame & Kale - The Orthodox Union does not certify any Imperial Garden product. Some frozen Imperial Garden Organic Brown Rice, Edamame & Kale is being sold in a display box that has an unauthorized OU symbol. The individual bags do not have an OU on them. This product is sold in some Costco stores (and possibly elsewhere). Corrective actions are being implemented.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Kinah # 11 & Eichah Ch. 4: The Life and Times of King Yoshiyahu
Sunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
Sunday:7:00 AM/9:00 AM, Monday-Friday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM
to Julia & Eli Freedberg on the birth of a baby boy. The bris will God willing, occur on Tuesday morning following the 7:30 AM minyan at shul. A Shalom Zachor will be held at the grateful aunt and uncle's home, Tzachi and Rebecca Mishal, 63 Crane Rd, at 9 PM.
to Rachel & Craig Oshrin on the birth of a baby boy. The bris will, God willing, occur on Shabbat morning at 11:30 AM in the sanctuary following the 9 AM davening. A Shalom Zachor will be held on Friday night at the home of Ari and Rica Lieberman, 426 Strawberry Hill Ave, at 9 PM.
to Marla & Jason Lewis, on the birth of a baby boy who was named Yitzchak Zvi, Isaac Zachary.
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Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Simcha Rubin on behalf of Yeshiva Simcha Gavriel
Rachel & Craig Oshrin in honor of the birth of their son
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
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
Make this year an extra sweet one! Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah with a challah baking workshop! Learn technique & recipe to make scrumptious Challah and enhance your holiday. Learn the meaning behind the mitzvah of Challah. Fun, Inspirational and delicious evening. Open to all women in the community. Wednesday, September 14 at 7:45 PM. Reservations required-by September 9
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
Connect with Community and Inspired by the Spirit of the Holidays Saturday Night, September 17 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Featuring Ruach, Rhythm, Refreshment and Song with Chazan Bokow, Sandy Shapiro, Steven Adelman, Ari Shapiro, & friends. Sign up at www.cas-stamford.org Info: Rabbi Oran Zweiter at email@example.com
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!
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
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 14
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:15 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Shabbat Morning Sermon Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Ethics of Gossip, Guarding your Tongue and the Power of Speech - August 6 & 13
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.