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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
October 1, 2016
28 Elul 5776
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Candle lighting6:18 PM
Mincha6:23 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:47 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:46 AM
Daf Yomi5:20 PM
Code Of Jewish Law5:20 PM
Mincha6:10 PM
Maariv7:12 PM
Shabbat Ends7:17 PM
Havdalah7:17 PM
Shabbat Shalom
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-Edith Wharton
A story is told about a man who wished to bequeath his estate to one of his three sons. He offered the inheritance to the son who would best fill an empty room. One son chose bricks. Although they crowded the room, small, empty spaces remained. The second son filled the room with straw in an effort to fill even the smallest corners. The third son, not to be outdone by his brothers, brought his father in to an empty and dark room. The father wondered what his son had in mind. The room was empty. His son, though, took out a candle and lit a flame. The room filled with light. When we lighten a dark world, we emulate the God of Creation, and our souls will be on fire. When we make small differences in the world for one person, we align ourselves with life's purpose and God's purpose for each one of us.
On Rosh Hashanah, as we celebrate the rebirth of the world and God's faith in us, we are charged with emulating God by infusing morality, love and holiness in the world. Your life is a candle. You are a flame. We can all ignite thousands of lights in the world every day.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Ketivah VeChatimah Tovah and happy, healthy and sweet New Year,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new members - Dr. Al & Beverly Helfer, Ben & Caroline Gruenbaum, Don & Erica Axelrod, Howard & Reba Sitzer, Jeffrey & Regina Weisel, Omer & Becky Neumier, and Michael & Hannah Lefkovich
Join us for CAS Thanks Local Heroes Shabbat We welcome Local Heroes Bill Ackley, Mike Nancy and members of the Stamford EMS, members of the Stamford Police Department Community Outreach Program, Assistant Chief Miguel Robles and members of the Stamford Fire Department and Reverend John Revell, former Chaplain of the Stamford Police Department and founder of Life Line Chaplaincy. We will express our gratitude to them at a brief presentation at 11 AM in the sanctuary. They will join us for kiddush and followed by an informal question and answer session back in the Sanctuary at approximately 11:40 AM.
Three new CAS Videos - watch one or all!
THANKS! To Daryl Litwak, Eric Nussenblatt, Adam Batkin, Yehuda Jeiger, Ben Lanson, Ari Lefkovits, Alexander Bein, Alec Feintuch, Jonathan Lerner, Ari Levine, Craig Oshrin, Bob Raymond, Simeon Wohlberg, and Josh Wohlberg for helping build Stamford's largest sukkah at the First Annual Sukkah Raising event this past Sunday. And a special thanks to Matt Feinberg for organizing, directing, and climbing a ladder!
Service Notes
  • click for CAS Complete High Holiday Schedule
  • Patron Members: where's your reserved seat? all services listed CAS High Holiday Seating Charts
  • Dads and Donuts Minyan - Sundays, 9:15 - October 9 & 30. Please make every effort to attend and bring your kids for davening and a breakfast of champions!!! For more info, contact Simeon Wohlberg
  • Selichot will be at 6:30 AM prior to the 7:15 AM minyan and 7:45 AM prior to the 8:30 AM minyan.
Shabbat Table Conversation Parshat Nitzavim What decisions of your grandparents most affect you today? What have you done that you think will affect the lives of your grandchildren and future line?
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
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week As High Holidays are approaching, consider purchasing beautiful greeting cards printed in Israel from the following link:
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha Insight of the Week - Round Challot
  • Q: All year long our challah is braided, but it is round for Rosh Hashana. What does the challah's shape teach us about this special time of year?
  • A: The circular shape points to the cyclical nature of the year. The Hebrew word for year is "shana," which comes from the Hebrew word "repeat" but also means "change". As the year goes round and round, repeating the same seasons and holidays as the year before, we are presented with a choice: Do we want this shana (year) to be a repetition, or do we want to make a change (shinui)? Hopefully, each year we make choices for change that are positive, and each year we will climb higher and higher, creating a spiritual spiral. The shape of the Rosh Hashana challah reminds us that this is the time of year to engage in the creative spiritual process that lifts us out of the repetitive cycle, and directs our energies toward a higher purpose..
Exciting News
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 or 201 921 8992.
Download the Benjamin and Rose Berger Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur To-Go 5777 from Yeshiva University - Dedicated in loving memory of Dr. Harlan Daman by Carole, Gila and Avi Daman.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Two and Three Rounds of Shofar Blasts- Why?
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn: Daf Yomi Siyum on Tractate Bava Kama
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Torah ReaderJeff Cahn
Weekday Schedule

click for:  CAS Complete High Holiday Schedule
ShacharitSelichot: Sunday 6:30 AM/7:45 AM, Shacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:15 AM/7:45 AM/8:30 AM, Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 6:20 PM, Monday 6:15 PM, Tuesday 6:10 PM, Wednesday 6:05 PM, Thursday 6:15 PM
Candles Sunday6:15 PM
Candles Friday6:07 PM
  • Together with the Peres family, the nation of Israel, the Jewish people and the world, we deeply mourn the passing of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, one of the great leaders and founding fathers of the State of Israel.
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Rabbi Captain Irving Elson (brother of Ana Lilienfeld) on his retirement from the US Navy after a career of 30 years. Rabbi Elson is a graduate of Yeshiva University and JTS. During his career, he served as a chaplain in a variety of tours, including: the US Naval Academy, Desert Storm, bases in San Diego, the Sixth Fleet out of Naples, Italy, and, most recently, the Pentagon. He will become the Director of the Jewish Welfare Board, which supports Jews in all branches of the US military.
  • to Rochel & Hecky Attar and Yospa Lieberman on the engagement of Chaim to Miriam Weingarden
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 Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushSimcha Rubin on behalf of Yeshiva Simcha Gavriel
Sanctuary KiddushCAS Executive Committee, Board, and Clergy in honor of our Local Heroes from the Police, Fire, and EMS Departments
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CAS Young Families
Stay in touch with the CAS Young Families Group!
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 - Babies & Breakfast 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 10th and 31st. For more information, please contact Melissa Litwak ( or Rachel Kaimowitz (

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 or Jessica Furmansky

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 or Rabbi Cohen.

Save the Date - Paint Night Out "Wine and Unwind" at CAS , Saturday night, Dec. 10th at 7:00 PM. Hosted by the CAS Young Families for adults of all ages. More info to come. Chairs - Miriam and Josh Sperber and Rachel and Daniel Schilowitz and Jessica and Adam Furmansky
Important High Holiday Notes
  • We received the following recommendation from the Stamford Police Deparment: Please ask CAS members to walk on the side of all streets, not down the center. This will promote safety for those walking and those driving - and show consideration to our neighbors.
  • Seating Charts are up on the High Holiday website - all services listed CAS High Holiday Seating Charts Questions? contact Matt at
  • 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 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
  • 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
Sign Up For These Events
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CAS Crash Course to Read Hebrew
Monday, October 10 - 8:00 PM
CAS Crash Course to Read Hebrew
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
CAS High Holiday Food Drive
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
Youth Chairs: Ben Cohen and Noa Haron
Sukkot Across Agudath
Saturday, October 22
Sukkot Across Agudath
On Saturday, October 22 the Sisterhood wants everyone in our congregation enjoying their shabbat afternoon having Sukkot lunch with other members of our shul, at homes across the community.

Come be a part of Sukkot as it's supposed to be...within the beauty and spirituality of the sukkah, enjoying friends, old and new.

This event is FREE.

Host families will provide food for the meal.

Guests will be asked to bring wine, challah, and pareve dessert (more details when you sign up!)

Sign up deadline Sunday, October 8

More information: Margie Abrams, 203-644-7048,
CAS High Holiday Information
Review our seating policy, reserved seating charts, calendar, and youth events
Simchat Torah Lunch
Tuesday, October 25 - 1:00 PM
Simchat Torah Lunch
Be a Part of this Long Standing CAS Tradition!
Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Sunday, November 6 - 9:30 AM
Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
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.
Wolfsohn Lecture:  My Journey from Radical Islamist to Religious Zionist
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.
CAS Young Couples Game Night
Saturday, November 12 - 7:30 PM
CAS Young Couples Game Night
Please join CAS Young Couples for a game night, Saturday November 12th at 7:30 pm at the home of Kate and Peretz Cik. We will have games set up, but if you have a favorite board game, please bring it along! Drinks and light nosh will be served. There is no cost for this event but RSVP is required.
Bar Mitzvah Class for Boys
Sunday, November 13 - 9:15 AM
Bar Mitzvah Class for Boys
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.
CAS Mens Adult Learning Trip 5777
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
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
Policy Conference 2017 Promo with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Daniel Cohen explains why you should attend the AIPAC Policy Conference.
CAS Announcements
  • CAS SHABBAT ATRIA MITZVAH MISSION CONTINUES Spreading joy and building community. Our goal: enrich the seniors' experience through friendship, song and joy. Join Rabbi Cohen and Kate & Peretz Cik on Friday, October 28 at 2:30 PM to share the spirit of Shabbat. Adults & kids welcome. Info: Rabbi Cohen at
  • KABBALAH IN NATURE - Spiritual Hike with Rabbi Daniel Cohen. EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF GOD ON A FALL SPIRITUALHIKE with Rabbi Cohen on Sunday, October 30th. We will meet at 2 PM in Weston at the Lucius Pond Orway, Devil's Den Preserve.
  • 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!
  • 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 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
  • 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:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • 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 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
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
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!
CAS Classes
Week of October 2
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Beginners Talmud - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Thought of Rambam (Maimonides) - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: : Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter - Yom Kippur: Joy and Trepidation Unite - 8:00 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Community Announcements
  • CARMEL ACADEMY'S RABBI-IN-RESIDENCE RABBI JORDAN SOFFER will spend Shabbat in Stamford. He will join us for services on Shabbat. Shani and Gil Orbach will open their home at 4 - 6pm on Shabbat for dessert and the opportunity to get to know Rabbi Soffer. Their address is 4 Holbrook Drive. Carmel Academy will also host a fun-filled Sukkot event called "Sababa In Sukkah" in the CAS Sukkah on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 - 7 p.m. All all welcome! Enjoy pizza and ice cream, play Sukkot Simon Says, build your own edible Sukkah, jump in the bouncy house, create Sukkot-themed arts & crafts, and much more!
  • 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 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
  • 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 - or 203-357-0850.
  • AIPAC EVENT On November 1st, AIPAC will be hosting an event titled "Fighting BDS in Congress and on Campus: AIPAC's Two-Pronged Approach to Tackling the Delegitimization of Israel." Since 2005, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has sought to delegitimize Israel. The BDS movement has picked up considerable momentum, creating a legitimate economic threat to Israel. This event will feature a discussion led by Jeff Colman, AIPAC Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs, and Adam Teitelbaum, AIPAC Leadership Development Director, who will be joined by Grace Rubin, a pro-Israel student activist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The event is open to the community. To RSVP, please contact Jena Merl at
  • CARMEL ACADEMY WELCOMES YOU TO OCTOBER 30TH OPEN HOUSE Sunday, October 30th from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the school's 270 Lake Avenue campus in Greenwich, CT. Serving children from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, the Carmel Academy community is vibrant and diverse, attracting families of all Jewish affiliations from Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Riverdale and Manhattan. Prospective families will have an opportunity to meet Carmel Academy's leadership and faculty, participate in interactive activities with Carmel's early childhood teachers, and tour the school's historic, 17-acre campus. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Director of Admissions, Ella Shteingart, at or 203-983-3503. From our community to yours, Carmel Academy wishes you and your family Shanah Tovah, a year filled with happiness, health and peace.
  • 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
  • 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 or Rabbi Kivi Attar at
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Avner Moishe ben Shiriam Rachel Kheyfetz
  • Avraham bat Tova
  • Baila bat Naomi
  • Chaim Wolf ben Shaynsha
  • Chana bat Refaela
  • Chaya bat Malka
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Malka Rut bat Nechama Hadassah
  • Malka bat Perel
  • Rabbi Yosef Adler ben
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah Gitl bat Frances
  • Rivkah bat Esther
  • Shifra Feige bat Reichel
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Sima bat Nehama Muster
  • Simcha bat Beah
  • Yehudit bat Gerta
  • Yisrael Aryeh ben Elka
  • Yisrael ben Frieda
  • Yosef ben Yocheved
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Tuesday: 1 -3 pm, Thursday: 10 am -12 pm
Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Phyllis at (203)-253-1655
CAS Youth
October 2016 - Theme of the Month: TIKUN OLAM

Oct 1-

  • Mini Minyan - Discussion: How can we help make the world a better place? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War challenge- Scavenger Hunt
Oct 3-4 : Rosh Hashana-
  • ALL GROUPS (Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, and Jr. Cong) - APPLE AND HONEY, special snacks and lunch served
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War challenge - Team meetings to discuss ways of making our shul a better place
  • Honey Taste test
  • Shofar Blowing contest
Oct 8 -
  • Tot Shabbat - Learn about Saying I'm Sorry
  • Mini Minyan -Kaparot -with fake money
  • Jr Cong. - Color War- Holiday Jeopardy Edition
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
Oct 11 -12: Yom Kippur-
  • Tuesday evening - one-hour group for all kids in Library - free play with Rabbi Jeiger
  • ALL GROUPS - APPLE AND HONEY, special snacks and lunch served
  • Mini Minyan - Tikun Olam in our homes: making fasting easier for our parents
  • Jr. Cong. - Discussion: Tikun Olam: not wasting food, what I learned in 5th grade
  • Color War Challenge - Team Meetings to discuss Viduy - using positives - compare to Rav Kook's Viduy Version
Oct 15 -
  • Mini Minyan - make your own Sukkot out of FOOD
  • Jr Cong. - Ice Cream on the Patio
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka
  • SUNDAY MORNING: Join us for breakfast and to decorate the shul Sukkah 10-12 in the Sukkah!
Oct 17 - 18: Sukkot-
  • Mini Minyan - Discussion: How can we make the world a better place by paying attention to the environment?
  • Jr. Cong. Color War Mitzvah Mission - 20 min help time per team with younger kids in the Sukkah
Oct 22 -
  • Jr. Cong. will begin Chazan/ Chazanot/ Dvar Torah/ Torah Reader schedule, stay tuned for your weeks
  • SUKKAH HOP - 4:30-6:00 pm - full schedule will be forthcoming
Oct 24-25: Shmini Atzeret/ Simchat Torah-
  • Special Youth Hakafot in the afternoon
  • Special Youth Hakafot in the evening
  • Candy bags throughout
  • Jr. Cong. Color War challenge: Team meetings: Songs about happiness and perform
Oct 29-
  • Mini Minyan - Mini Kiddush
  • Jr. Cong. Nekudot sale- bring all your tickets for great prizes!
Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:
  • October 22
  • 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
If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit for all of our sponsorship opportunities.
Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902

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