On Saturday night, we will launch the High Holiday season with a program Sparks of Growth and Inspiration at 9 PM.
Have you ever read a poem or book, seen a movie or work of art, or heard a song that awakened within you the voice of God beckoning you to become a better you? Our clergy will be joined by some members of our community who will also share their sources of inspiration. We never know what experience will awaken us from our spiritual slumber and motivate us to grow in our relationship to humanity and God.
One of the most moving poems I ever read, "Renascence" by Edna St. Vincent Millay, encapsulates living inspired. The narrator complains that the world is so small, so restricting, and so filled with pain, suffering, and evil. She laments that there is no hunger she does not herself experience. Unable to cope with the pain, the poet begs G-d to take her from this world, and she soon finds herself lying peacefully in a grave. Here, a full six feet underground, she is finally free from the travails and pains of life.
Suddenly, the rain begins to fall and she hears raindrops pattering on her roof. She suddenly seems to love the sound far more than ever. She writes, "for rain it hath a friendly sound to one who's six feet underground." From her grave, the poet hopes she can once more see the rain and smell the fresh and fragrant breeze that appears from the drenched and dripping apple trees.
Suddenly, a great thunderstorm strikes the grave and she senses a fragrance that only a living thing can sense. She exclaims, "I know not how such things can be; I breathed my soul back into me." Jumping up from the ground she hugs the trees and proclaims: "God, I can push the grass apart, And lay my finger on Thy heart."
Edna St. Vincent Millay was only 25 years old when she wrote this most inspiring religious poem. For most of us, life-altering events generate an awakening. A baby is born, a couple is wed, someone close to us dies, we celebrate another milestone, or we survive a brush with death. However, life is not intended to be lived this way. Imagine how glorious our lives would be if we savored every moment.
The Torah portion of Ki Tavo reminds us to rejoice in all the blessings bestowed on us by God. When we live in amazement, every moment is fresh and infused with infinite potential. Join us this Saturday night and on Sunday morning for our sunrise service on the sound at 6:20 AM at the Stamford Cove. Divine sparks abound. Seize them this holiday season and be inspired!
Wishing you and your families a Ketivah VeChatimah Tovah, a happy, healthy and sweet new year and a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Cohen's Shabbat Challenge Thank the Police officer on duty when you arrive in shul and tell me his name at the Kiddush.
Dad's and Donuts Minyan THIS Sunday 9:15am! Please make every effort to attend and bring your kids for davening and a breakfast of champions!!! For more info, contact Simeon Wohlberg. October 9th and 30th.
Shacharit at the Cove-this Sunday-6:20 AM
Selichot begin the week. Evening selichot will begin on Monday evening through Thursday evening. Maariv at 10 PM followed by selichot. Morning selichot will be held at 6 AM prior to the 6:30 AM minyan.
Thank you to Jessica Dulitz for chairing a very successful Young Families Pot Luck Shabbat lunch event last week and Sarah and Justin Breiner for hosting our Apples, Honey and Wine Tasting event at the High Grove.
New Event! Join us this Sunday 9AM - 4PM for the first-ever CAS Sukkah Raising Event! Help build Fairfield County's largest Sukkah! Free food! Perform a mitzvah, get new ideas on how to build your Sukkah, everyone welcome - no tools required! Matt will show you how! Info - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shabbat, October 1st - Thank Local Heroes Shabbat at CAS Join us on Shabbat morning to express our gratitude to our city's first responders. Members of our local fire and police departments will be at services and Kiddush. We will make a brief presentation to them at the end of davening and there will be a Q-and-A with the Stamford Police Depart Community Outreach officers following Kiddush.
Shabbat Table Conversation Parshat Ki Tavo What would you consider to be the "first fruits" of your work? Where would you bring them? What would you say? What was the happiest moment of your life? Do you think simcha, joy, is essential to spiritual growth? Why?
Kosher Alerts The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
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LIPS product of the week As High Holidays are approaching, consider purchasing beautiful greeting cards printed in Israel from the following link: http://www.israeliproducts.com/p/P48390-1.
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, September 30th 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!
We are pleased to announce the retention of Dena Block as a Yoetzet Halacha for the coming year. We are grateful to an anonymous donor for supporting the program.
What is a Yoetzet Halacha?
A yoetzet is a woman educated extensively in the laws of niddah, Jewish family law. Her education also includes other areas that come up when helping women keep the laws of niddah, specifically, medical and psychological issues--for example, fertility and infertility, menopause, pregnancy, nursing, breastfeeding, PPD and contraception.
Nishmat, an institution of higher women's learning in Jerusalem, established the Kerel Ariel Yoetzet Halacha training program in 1997 in Israel. Dena Block is part of the first group to be trained by Nishmat in America. Dena will be working in partnership with Rabbis Cohen and Zweiter and the Minnie Manger Marcia Leiberman Mikvah committee to help women and families in the Stamford Jewish community.
Dena will be offering two classes during the year and will be "on call" for any questions or guidance. Women are invited on Sunday morning October 30th from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Agudath Sholom for a refresher on the philosophy and laws of Taharat Hamishpacha and a Q and A which will be done in a way that questions remain anonymous. God willing, the Yoetzet Halacha initiative will be source of blessing in our community. Dena can be reached at email@example.com or 201 921 8992.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Barry Best: The Rambam's Understanding of the Mitzvah (?) of Teshuvah
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: The Recent EpiPen Controversy in Halacha
The Young Families committee serves children and their families from birth through the early years of elementary school as they are introduced to our vibrant Jewish community. We strive to create a welcoming environment for embracing both children and parents through family and young couples programming. Our activities are social and educational, such as Shabbat Onegs, Potluck events, Toddler Time, Shalom Bayit chavura and nights out for couples.
New Young Families Program - Mommy and Me at CAS Bring your baby and come mingle with other moms at CAS. This will be a free bi-weekly group for moms to socialize, grab some food, or at the very least, get out of the house! This group is for moms with babies from birth through 1. Light refreshments will be provided. We will meet every other Monday at 9:15 for 1 hour. The first two dates are October 10 th and 31st. For more information, please contact Melissa Litwak (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachel Kaimowitz (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
New Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen The four part series starts Sunday eve, October 30th at a private home. To learn more about this series on marriage, parenting and more, contact chair, Rachel Maryles at email@example.com or Rabbi Cohen.
Important High Holiday Notes
Your Executive Committee & Board aspire to meet the needs of our members year-round, but especially on the High Holidays. We don't like to disappoint our long-standing and new members! The High Holiday Planning Committee advises you that we expect a "full house" in all our services this year-especially the Library service. Make sure you get the seat you prefer and support CAS! Become a Patron member-contact Matt.
Seating Charts are up on the High Holiday website. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you placed an entry last year, please respond to the letter you received to confirm your remembrance in our Yizkor Book 5777. If you would like to place an entry, click here or contact the office.
We are pleased to welcome many new members to our community and our Congregation. We provide a full range of services to our members-from an active Young Families group, to classes, services, & more. If you're new to Stamford and haven't joined CAS-what better time than the High Holidays? Contact Matt Feinberg, our Director of Operationsemail@example.com to learn about the benefits of being a member.
Congregation Agudath Sholom has been a vital part of the City of Stamford for more than 125 years. As good citizens, we want to be friendly and nice to our neighbors-especially on the High Holidays. Help us be a good neighbor-especially on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of their needs.
We need volunteers to serve as ushers in the Sanctuary and greeters at the front door during the High Holidays! Rosh Hashanah - 10 am-1 pm, Kol Nidre - 2 shifts, Yom Kippur - 11 am-2 pm. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail Elisheva at firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGH HOLIDAY PARKING
Please note that overflow parking in the church lot across the street is available the evening of October 2, during the day Monday and Tuesday, October 3-4 until 3:30 PM., the evening of October 11 and during the day October 12 until 3:30 PM
Boxwood & Holbrook Drives - At our request, the police department will place signs on Boxwood and Holbrook Drives that will limit parking to one side of the street. This is being done as a safety precaution. Boxwood and Holbrook Drives are very narrow. Emergency vehicles cannot get through these streets if needed if cars are parked on both sides. We appreciate your cooperation
CAS Pre Holiday Series
CAS Pre-High Holiday Adult Education Series
Road Map to Spiritual Greatness - The Path of the Just
Rabbi Daniel Cohen - 9:00 AM - Tuesday
9/27 - Tapping into Your Potential
High Holiday Themes and Lessons
Rabbi David Walk- 7:30 PM- Tuesday
9/27- Can't we put the Machzor on a Diet?
Rabbi Oran Zweiter- 8:00 PM- Thursday
10/6- Yom Kippur- Joy and Trepidation
Read Hebrew America Level 1
Rabbi Oran Zweiter- 8 PM- Monday- Beginning 9/12
If you ever wanted to learn to read Hebrew but never had the opportunity, this course is for you! Meeting for 8 sessions in a small group, you will learn the fundamentals of the Hebrew alphabet and reading.
Read Hebrew America Level 2
Mark Wagshul- 8 PM- Monday- Beginning 9/12
For those that already took Level 1, or those that already know the fundamentals, continue your study of Hebrew and advance in your reading skills. This course will include a one session review of Level 1.
High Holiday Tunes: What They Sound Like, What They Mean
Chazzan Raphael Bokow- 8:30 PM- Saturday, September 24
Join our cantor in exploring high holiday tunes, both familiar and unfamiliar. We'll study how the tunes are sung, as well as how they help create the special atmosphere of the high holidays.
Sparks of Growth and Inspiration
Selichot Program, 9 PM, Saturday, September 24th
Have you ever read a poem, a book, seen a movie or a work of art or heard a song that awakened within you the voice of God beckoning you to become a better you? Share your experience. Rabbi Kook describes Teshuvah as return to self, your soul. We never know what experience will awaken us from our spiritual slumber and motivate us to grow in our relationship to humanity and God. Join us for an evening of inspiration. We want to hear from you. To sign up to share your source of inspiration, contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at email@example.com
Sound on the Sound - Sunrise Service
September 25th, 6:20 AM at Horseshoe Beach at the Cove Island Park
Join our annual tradition of welcoming in New Year by greeting the sun as it rises over the horizon. You may be tired but you will surely be inspired!
Would you act differently if your life was broadcast live to the world? How do our actions impact those around us? This and so much more. GRADES 4-8 PLEASE JOIN US AT 8 PM SHARP - END OF SELICHOT (APPROX. 10:30 PM)
Come get ready for the High Holidays at Agudath Sholom's first ever Mitzvah Fair! For a few hours, Agudath Sholom will be hosting an all-encompassing Jewish mitzvah experience. Our booths will include: Sukkah selling Gift of Life bone marrow swabs Tefillin demonstrations and checking Jewish book sales Havdalah Spice Box making Tevilat Keilim Rosh Hashanah card making Shofar making with Chabad Info on local volunteer opportunities And More!!!
Always wanted to read Hebrew but didn't know how? This class is for you! Come join us beginning Monday evening, September 12th at 8 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
September 26 - October 14 Heading to the grocery store? Been eyeing that kosherjar of applesauce and can of soup?Don't forget to pick up a couple extra for CAS's Food Drive to helpJewish Family Service fill its kosher pantry!!! Last year, CAS collected nearly 600 items for JFS. This year, let's try and reach 1,000!!! Please contact Event Chairs: Jessie and David Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org Youth Chairs: Ben Cohen and Noa Haron
Classes: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 am Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 8, 22 and 29th, Feb. 5th ( Feb. 12th snow date)
Matan, led by Diane Cohen, is a mother-daughter program for sixth grade Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. It is an educational, fun, interactive and uplifting way to prepare for your Bnai Mitzvah and grow closer to your daughters in the process. The Matan Class is endowed by a gift from Gerald Cohen in memory of his mother Florence Cohen, Tziporah bat Shimon.
Kasim Hafeez is a British citizen of Pakistani Muslim heritage. Growing up in a predominantly Muslim community in the United Kingdom, from a young age he was exposed to radical Anti-Western, Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel ideas on a daily basis. In his teenage years he made a natural progression towards a more radical Islamist ideology, becoming very active in the Anti-Israel movement, calling for Israel's destruction and delegitimizing its existence on campus and beyond. After coming across Alan Dershowitz's book 'The Case for Israel', a book that challenged his fundamental beliefs, Hafeez began a period of research and reflection that led to him visiting Israel for the first time in 2007. Witnessing the true nature of the Jewish state, was a major turning point in his life and changed his perception of Israel forever.
Classes: Sundays, Nov. 13th and 20th - 9:15 am December 18th - Tefillin Trip to Tiferes Stam in Brooklyn and Delicious Lunch at Essen NY Deli
Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bar Mitzvah fathers and seventh grade boys to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man. Each session will cover a unique aspect of a Bar Mitzvah's new responsibilities in the world, and Rabbi Cohen will bring relevant sources to stimulate discussion. The three topics will be: (1) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as an individual? (2) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my family? (3) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my local community, Jewish people and the world? This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to bond and grow in preparation for their Bnai Mitzvah.
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!
SAVE THE DATE - EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF GOD ON A FALL FOLIAGE SPIRITUAL HIKE with Rabbi Cohen on Sunday, October 30th. More details in the weeks ahead.
CAS GARDEN UPDATE! Last week, we harvested and delivered another 50 pounds of veggies to the food bank. That brings our new total to 176 pounds donated so far this season. Thank G-d the garden looks great and G-d willing, will still produce much more before the season is over. Hopefully, we will beat our previous years' donations of 200 pounds. Thank you for everyone's help and support!
HELP WANTED We need volunteers to serve as ushers in the Sanctuary and greeters at the front door during the High Holidays! Rosh Hashanah - 10 am-1 pm, Kol Nidre - 2 shifts, Yom Kippur - 11 am-2 pm. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail Elisheva at email@example.com
WINGS, BEER AND SHIUR AT 613 - The 2nd Sunday of every month- Oct. 9th, Nov. 13th and third Sunday, Dec. 18th. Join Rabbi Zweiter once a month for some food, good beer and an interactive discussion of topics of your choice. Stick around to watch some Sunday Night Football after! $5 per person.
DID YOU KNOW? HEALING AND HOSPITALITY UPDATE Whether in the hospital, assisted living, rehab or at home, a visit can lift someone's spirits and help with their healing. We pray in the mi'sheberach for a healing of the spirit and healing of the body. Thank God, we have a cadre of people who volunteer to visit our members. We stay in touch and alert the group to mitzvah opportunities via the firstname.lastname@example.org email group. The warmth of our community is our strength and our value. Thank God, many people are moving into the community. There is no better substitute for building friendships than a Shabbat meal. Once a month, we invite our members to host new families for Shabbat by sending them names. If you would like to be added to either or both groups, please contact Matt Feinberg in the office or Rabbi Cohen.
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/
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 MONDAY at 6:00 PM
ROSALIE ABERMAN TEEN ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIPS FOR ISRAEL A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
Be one of fifteen teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 26-28, 2017 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation. The participants will also be required to attend the Stamford JCC Speak Up for Israel program.
To be one of the fifteen selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?"
If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters.
Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to 9th-12th graders from CAS. We are grateful to Stephanie and Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman, Michael and Sandra Kamen, Beverly and David Stein and an anonymous donor. If you would like to enable more teens to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please be in touch.
Most importantly, with Israel on our mind and hearts, we pray for strength and good news. Please consider joining me this spring for AIPAC Policy Conference. Now more than ever we all must do our best politically and spiritually for Israel and the enduring bond of the US and Israel. Join our CAS delegation in March. Am Yisrael Chai!
Week of September 25
Sound on the Sound - Sunrise Service - 6:20 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Beginners Talmud - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: : Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: : Road Map to Spiritual Greatness - The Path of the Just - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12 noon
Rabbi David Walk: : High Holiday Themes and Lessons - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Thought of Rambam (Maimonides) - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: : Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Learning Liturgy - 8:00 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
613 FOR YOUR ROSH HASHANAH CATERING SUPPORT LOCAL. Purchase from Catering by 613. email@example.com. 917 575 5231. Shanah Tovah Package available -$160 8 people
WOMEN'S INITIATIVE FOR JEWISH STUDIES (WIJS) FREE COMMUNITY-WIDE BOKER IYUN on Sunday, September 25, from 9:00am to 12:30pm at Young Israel of New Rochelle. This event, open to men and women, is dedicated in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow a"h. Dr. Sharon Flatto, Professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College and Director of its Graduate Program, will open the program with "Halakhah and Kabbalah: A Marriage or Strange Bedfellows?" The second session will offer participants a choice of presentations: Miriam Krupka Berger, Chair of the Tanakh Department at the Ramaz Upper School, will speak on "Teshuva, Prayer and Redemption: Literary and Philosophical Views;" Manhattan Jewish Experience's Director of Education Ruthie Braffman will present "Prayer: from the Patriarchs to the Present." The program will close with Dr. Yael Ziegler, lecturer of Tanakh at Herzog College and Matan, Israel, speaking on "The Lottery, the Goats and Abraham's Sons." Advance registration recommended at www.yinr.org/wijs-boker-iyun or 914-636-2215 extension 0. Babysitting available with advance registration. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MA'AYANOT HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ANNUAL COMMUNITY YOM IYUN Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Men and women welcome. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shoshana Poupko, the New Dean of Students at Ma'ayanot "Revisiting the Days of Awe as the Daze of Ah". With additional shiurim by members of our distinguished faculty. For more information, please contact Pam Ennis, email@example.com.
CARMEL ACADEMY PRESENTS FILM SCREENING OF "SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE" on Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 7 p.m.; 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Discussion following the film led by Carmel Academy School Psychologist Dr. Jeff Kilstein. Don't miss this important documentary about how so much screen time is impacting our children's development and what adults can do to empower them to best navigate and find balance in the digital world. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.screenagersmovie.com.
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE Join us for Friendship Day, as we kick off a fundraising challenge to support the Friendship Circle. Donate your time and encourage others to contribute as well! Join us for the actual day as well! October 9th* 12:30-3:30 PM* Friendship Circle Center: 770 High Ridge Rd, Stamford For individuals of all ages and abilities, free & open to the public! The celebrations will include a carnival, rides, crafts, entertainment, face painting, music, food, and more!! Keep the circle strong ~ Donate & Participate in Friendship Day Go to www.FriendshipDayCT.com to sign up, show your support, and donate today!
THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY presents "The Middle East in the Presidential Election" with Ambassador Dennis Ross, a William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor at The Washington Institute. Tuesday, October 25th at 7:30 pm at The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport, CT. Free and open to the community. What does a new administration mean for US policy in the Middle East? What are the implications for Israel's security, counterterrorism, and our relationships with key allies in the region? No walkups accepted, you must register at http://www.dennisrosswestport.eventbrite.com/
JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 30 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm (1937 West Main Street, Stamford). Come and learn about JHSC's unique value proposition, UConn ECE Program, 2017 tuition initiative, international mathematics program, physics first STEM program and our individualized Judaic tracks. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Rich - firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-357-0850.
CAMOS (COMMITTEE TO ADVANCE MODERN ORTHODOXY IN STAMFORD ) announces its third annual Shabbaton for prospective residents, to be held on Shabbat weekend, November 4-5, 2016. A great way for families to experience what the Stamford Jewish community is like. If you are willing to host a family to sleep and/or for a meal, or if you know any family who is considering relocating to a suburban NYC community in the next 18 months and who might like to attend, please contact Michael Feldstein at email@example.com
NEW TO THE STAMFORD COMMUNITY- THE TORAH LEARNING CENTER where Torah learning takes place in a warm and inviting environment, Monday through Thursday evenings 8-9:30 with Maariv at 8:45. (Thursday evening children programming to start shortly- stay tuned for more details) Schedule a study partner and start learning a topic of your choice with a Rabbi today. The Torah Learning Center is located at 1766 Bedford St. To schedule a study partner or for more information please contact Hecky Attar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rabbi Kivi Attar at email@example.com
TAPESTRY CELEBRATES 13 YEARS OF ADULT JEWISH EDUCATION In 2004, UJF Director of Education, Ilana De Laney and board member Meryl Gordon partnered to create an evening of adult education workshops for Stamford's Jewish community. Thirteen years later Tapestry is a beloved institution. On Saturday evening, November 19th, attendees will again have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of topics - from current affairs to text study - and the chance to schmooze over delicious desserts. Ilana and Meryl will be honored, and Ilana will teach a workshop on the key to living a meaningful life. Registration on-line at: www.ujf.org/Tapestry2016 or by mail with the Tapestry brochure.
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.
Jr. Cong. nekudot sale- bring all your tickets for great prizes!
Special HOT CHULENT Kiddush!
Children grades 4-8 please join us at 8 pm for a pre-Selichot movie, The Truman Show, followed by discussion, pizza and of course Selichot ending at 10:30 pm..
Sunday, September 25th, 9:30 AM-12 PM Mitzvah Fair - please join us for all-encompassing Jewish mitzvah experience with booths for:Sukkah selling,Gift of Life bone marrow swabs,Tefillin demonstrations and checking,Jewish book sales,Havdalah spice bag making,Tevilat Keilim,Rosh Hashanah card making andShofar making.
Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:
Nov. 5 and 19
Dec. 3 and 10
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 email@example.com