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Friday, October 28, 2016

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Bereshit
October 29, 2016
27 Tishrei 5777
send your submission to bulletin@cas-stamford.org
Schedule
Friday
Candle lighting5:36 PM
Mincha5:41 PM
Shabbat
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema10:00 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:52 AM
Daf Yomi4:40 PM
Code Of Jewish Law4:40 PM
Mincha5:30 PM
Maariv6:30 PM
Shabbat Ends6:35 PM
Shabbat Shalom
LIGHTING FRIDAY NIGHT CANDLES EVERY DAY
Beginning in November, a full slate of programming begins including a robust educational program, social events and so much more. Take a few minutes to peruse the weekly and commit to participate in one of the many opportunities. I especially encourage you to attend the Wolfsohn lecture with Kasim Hafeez on Wednesday night, Nov. 9th on the topic "My Journey from Radical Islamist to Religious Zionist". It promises to be a lecture you will never forget!
Also, as our congregation grows it is even more important to build one community. Join us for our Dinner in Motion on Friday night, Nov. 17th for an evening geared towards getting to know each other and making new friends. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
Most importantly, I hope everyone's holiday season went well and God willing, all of our prayers this year will be answered for the good and our dreams and aspirations will come true.
However, this Shabbat reminds us that our goals will only be realized when we partner with God. Prayer must be coupled with action. As I shared on Yom Kippur, the story of Jonah beckons us to engage in the holy mission of elevating ourselves and the world. Not one of us is exempt from this process. Each person's contribution makes a difference.
The Chofetz Chaim expresses this idea eloquently in this week's Torah portion. He writes that God's first act is to create light in the midst of darkness and order out of chaos. We are endowed with the task of emulating God. One ray of light, one mitzvah can illuminate the world. The very act of lighting candles at the onset of Shabbat exemplifies this pledge and mission for each of us.
The story below which I have shared in shul from Rabbi Jonathan Sachs captures this ideal. He is speaking about the influence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe at the gathering of Chabad emissaries in 2011.
"I once heard a beautiful story from a shliach, who had gone to a little town in Alaska, he asked the local town hall, are there any Jews there? They said to him there are no Jews there. So he asked - in order not to go back having not done anything - could he go and visit the local school and give a talk to children? The head of the school said fine. He went in to a classroom in this little town in the middle of Alaska - and he said, "Children, have any of you ever met a Jew?"
And one little girl put up her hand and she said, "Yes."
And he said, "Who?"
And she said, "My mother."
He was thinking to himself, "What do I say to this girl?" She's the only Jewish child in this school, this is the only Jews in the entire city, I have to go, and there is no way I can get them to leave and come to a place where there are Jews. What can I say to this girl now that will lead her to stay Jewish?
And this is what he did; he asked her every Friday afternoon to light Shabbos candles. He said, "I don't know if you know this, but Alaska is the most westerly place in the world where there are Jews, it is the last place in the world where Shabbos comes. And when every Jew lights Shabbos candles they bring light and peace to the world. So every Shabbos the whole world is waiting for your Shabbos candle - the last of all to be lit."
Can you imagine what that did for that child? He could have said, what are you doing in middle of nowhere where there are no Jews? Instead, in the most beautiful way, he made her feel important. She had a task to perform for the whole Jewish people, for the whole world. By showing people greatness they did not know they had, he showed people what they could become."
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Notes
  • Dudes and Donuts Minyan - THIS SUNDAY, October 30, 9:15 AM. Please make every effort to attend and bring your kids for davening and a breakfast of champions!!! For more info, contact Simeon Wohlberg
CAS Membership Drive Continues New to Stamford? Attended CAS regularly and like our services? Become a member of Congregation Agudath Sholom! We provide a full range of services to our members-a very active Young Families group, classes, great Youth Programs, services, & more. Our 5777 focus: Serve our Members! Contact Matt Feinberg, our Director of Operations, mfeinberg@cas-stamford.org, to learn about our first-year dues discount.
PARENTS - HELP US MAINTAIN CAS SECURITY We ask all parents to register their children for our Youth Groups - this allows us to contact you in an emergency. Please click here to sign up your kids for our 2016-17 programs!
This Week in Jewish History Join the hundreds who have viewed Rabbi Zweiter's new series Just click here to view the latest episode
Shabbat Table Conversation - Bereishit When you consider other cultures, past and present, how would you think they would have answered the question, "Who am I?' "What is the essence of a human being?" and "How can the individual become fulfilled?" How would our society answer this question? How would Judaism address this question?
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 Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing. www.loveisraelproducts.com
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurRabbi Alex Ozar: Sukkot + Bereishit = Eschatological Fish Fry
Seudah ShlishitAri Lieberman
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Torah ReadersJustin Bilenker, Nat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:35 PM, Friday 5:32 PM
Candles Friday5:27 PM
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Cheshvan
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Condolences
  • to the Feurstein and Berk families on the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather, Seymour Feurstein
  • to Debbie Walk on the passing of her mother, Anita Warburg.
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Sam & Flossy Fischel, Richard & Ellen Weber, and Guta Fischel on the birth of a grandson and great-grandson, born to Jason & Robin Fischel
  • Josh & Stephanie Bilenker on Justin's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Herm Alswanger for receiving the Community Legacy Award at the Hoops, Books and Dreams Gala hosted by Stamford Peace Youth Association.
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 PackagesSam & Flossy Fischel in honor of Jason & Robin Fischel on the occasion of the birth of their son and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushHyman Schaffer's "Welcome Back Kotter" kiddush in honor of his friends
Sanctuary KiddushJosh & Stephanie Bilenker in celebration of Justin's Bar Mitzvah
Seudah ShlishitThe Lieberman/Attar families in memory of Abraham Lieberman's Yartzeit
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CAS Young Families
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 (melissalevy@gmail.com) or Rachel Kaimowitz (rachelshields@gmail.com).

Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Rachel Kaimowitz rachelshields@gmail.com or Jessica Furmansky JessicaL83@gmail.com

New Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen 11/6: The Secret of Harmony in the Home: Emulating God - Hosted by Rachel and Sam Maryles, 11/20: God's Design for a Great and Growing Marriage: Biblical Models- Hosted by Shimrat and Yossi Notik, 12/11: Climbing in Love: Romance and Renewal - Hosted by Talia and Jon Siscovick, 12/18: Raising Happy Children: Cultivating Wonder and Joy - Hosted by Meredith and David Cohen. For more information and registration for the series, contact Rachel Maryles at rlk212@gmail.com

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
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CAS Crash Course to Read Hebrew
Monday, October 31 - 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
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.
Yom Kippur Appeal
Answer the Call! Your Pledge Counts!
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
Shabbat, 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.
Sisterhood Presents Womens Club
Wednesday, November 16 - 10:00 AM
Sisterhood Presents Womens Club
Speaker: Dr. Anne Peskin: "Pirates Lives: Truth or Fiction? and Tales of a few Jewish Pirates ."
Dinner In Motion
Friday, November 18 - 5:45 PM
Dinner In Motion
Dinner in Motion is a round-robin progressive meal where participants change tables and discussion topics with each course - allowing each participant to meet CAS members of all generations, connect to others, and have fun! Special programming for kids and teens.

Chairs - Rachel & Jeremy Hager, Hillary & Farren Isaacs, and Lorraine & David Kweskin.

A CAS Member raved about a past Dinner In Motion, "I felt terrific about the last dinner because I really got to see the interaction between different cross-sections of the congregation and the impact the dinner had on building bridges and creating common ground."
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
  • KABBALAH IN NATURE - Spiritual Hike with Rabbi Daniel Cohen. EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF GOD ON A FALL SPIRITUALHIKE with Rabbi Cohen onSunday, November 13 at 2 PM - 3:30 PM Weston at the Lucius Pond Orway, Devil's Den Preserve. For information and RSVP contact Rabbi Cohen or Noa Eisenberg at noae27@hotmail.com.
  • MIKVAH EDUCATION EVENT The CAS Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah Committee invites the women of our community to an educational evening led by our new Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha, Dena Block. We thank Liba & Steven Steinmetz, Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, and Adrienne & Michael Alexander for establishing the new Yoetzet Halacha program at CAS. Please join us on November 21 at 8pm for "All the things you want to know but are afraid to ask." The event which will be held in a private home is free and open to women from the entire community, Questions can be sent in advance to Dena (blockdena@gmail.com) or left anonymously at the Mikvah.Please RSVP to jess@stamfordmikvah.org.
  • MIKVAH EDUCATION EVENT The CAS Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah Committee invites the women of our community to an educational evening led by our new Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha, Dena Block. We thank Liba & Steven Steinmetz, Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, and Adrienne & Michael Alexander for establishing the new Yoetzet Halacha program at CAS. Please join us on November 21 at 8pm for "All the things you want to know but are afraid to ask." The event which will be held in a private home is free and open to women from the entire community, Questions can be sent in advance to Dena (blockdena@gmail.com) or left anonymously at the Mikvah.Please RSVP to jess@stamfordmikvah.org.
  • JOIN THE CAS MEN'S CLUB THIS THANKSGIVING We will provide lunch for our hardworking EMS crews. We are looking for donations of Turkey and all the fixings. On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers will prepare the lunch in the CAS meat kitchen. So whether you can help provide foods or help out, this mitzvah opportunity is open to all. Please email Mitchell Bell (wizdrbel@yahoo.com) and let him know what you can do to help make a difference here in Stamford.
  • WINGS, BEER AND SHIUR AT 613 - The 2nd Sunday of every month- 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 healingvisits@cas-stamford.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: rabbicohen@cas-stamford.org
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at fiveximah@gmail.com
  • 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 vivianweiss@gmail.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
CAS AIPAC
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 rabbicohen@cas-stamford.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!
CAS Classes
Week of October 30
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Community Announcements
  • NEVER IS NOW! THE ADL SUMMIT ON ANTI-SEMITISM Thursday, November 17 in New York City. It takes only one tweet for anti-semitism to go viral. Over the past 12 months, there have been over 2.6 million. Join us as we come together to fight this age-old hatred. info: www.neverisnow.org
  • 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 - srich@jhsct.org or 203-357-0850.
  • DOCUMENTARY - SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE on November 16, 7:30pm at the State Theatre in Stamford. SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. It reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world . This screening will followed by a Q&A with Sean Grover, LCSW and author of the book, When Kids Call the Shots. Tickets: $12 l $10 JCC Members l $15 at door. To purchase tickets, visit StamfordJCC.org. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.org
  • 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 jmerl@aipac.org.
  • 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 ella.shteingart@carmelacademy.com 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.
  • 5TH ANNUAL SAUL COHEN-JFS LECTURE Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 PM Rabbi Sherre Hirsch will speak about, "At a Crossroads: Navigating Expected and Unexpected Transitions". Open to the community at no charge at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Book sale and signing with dessert reception. Call JFS at 203-921-4161or visit www.ctjfs.org for more information.
  • WIJS AT YINR: Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:45pm) at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY, for a presentation by Shulie Mishkin, Jewish Educator at Matan, Herzog College and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel. Free and open to men and women.
  • 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 michaelgfeldstein@gmail.com
  • MA'AYANOT YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS invites all 8th grade girls and their parents to our Open House on Sunday, November 6th. Registration at 9:00 AM; Program begins at 9:30 AM; Academic Fair and lunch at 12:00 PM. Register online at: www.maayanot.org. For more information contact Mrs. Nina Bieler, Director of Admissions, at 201-833-4307, ext. 255. Ma'ayanot is located at 1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • ANNUAL BICULTURAL DAY SCHOOL AUCTION Penny loafers. Buddy Holly shades. Saddle shoes were all the rage. Poodle skirts and scarves in your hair. Make the scene! You gotta be there! The BCDS auction is taking a trip Back to the 50's when hula hoops were hip. Dress up or dress down. We can wait to see you For our night out on the town. Sunday November 13, 5:30-9:00 PM. Temple Beth El 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. RSVP: www.BCDSauction.org
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) cordially invites all prospective parents and students to our Open House on Sunday, November 13th. Registration begins at 9:00am; Program will begin in the historic Lamport Auditorium at 9:30 am. The Open House will take place on our Manhattan campus, 2540 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY. Complimentary parking will be available in Yeshiva University Lot E, located on Amsterdam Ave. between 182nd and 183rd streets. Pre-register at www.yuhsb.org/openhouse. For more information, please contact our Director of Admissions, Avi Matanky, amatanky@yuhsb.org or call (212) 960-5400 x6676. Applications are now being accepted at www.yuhsb.org/apply!
  • 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 Stamford 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. This year Tapestry coincides with the Global Day of Jewish Learning, which takes place on Sunday in various locations. The theme for this year is "Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations." Check out the UJF Adult Education email for details on both adult and children's offerings.
  • THE ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND CT CHAPTER, Sunday November 20th, honors Rabbi Andrew Sklarz of Greenwich Reform Synagogue at its Fall Hero's Dinner....survivor and cancer research advocate. Speaker: Cancer scientist, Professor Dan Peer of Tel Aviv University, a leader in nano-technology. Hear about latest cancer research and enjoy Mediterranean dinner. Caterer: Beth Torah Glatt Kosher (Plus, Israel art auction). Chair: Roz Mangot Location: Temple Sinai 458 Lakeside Dr. Stamford Time: 5:30 pm Cost: $180. For under 35's, $118. Information/registration: David.Kweskin@ICRFonline.org CT Director 203 321-1106 7 Lumanor Dr. Stamford 06903 www.ICRFonline.org Or, Roz Mangot 203 322-6069
  • GAN YELADIM KIDS HEALTH DAY AND OPEN HOUSE November 20th from 9:30-11:30 at Gan Yeladim, 770 High Ridge Road. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about healthy habits for kids and adults. Open to all kids newborn-10yrs as well as prospective families wanting to tour and learn all about Gan Yeladim Early Childhood Center. Separate parents and children programming will be available including fun activities for kids such as gymnastics, yoga and more. For the adults don't miss out on an informative panel of therapists focusing on "red flags" - how to identify them from an early age and how to raise a healthy child, as well as a fitness class and health talk with LiveBetter trainer and a talk on pre and post-natal health for moms and babies.
  • THE STAMFORD ERUV BRUNCH Sunday, December 11, 9:45am at CAS. Guest Speaker: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer, "A Short History of the Eruv in America", $18 per person, sponsors welcome at $180. Info: Michael Feldstein michaelgfeldstein@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES UPDATED VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: Please call or email Ellen Ashkins if you are interested in volunteering at JSS. There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to-one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care. At JSS, giving back to the community is not just a clich√©, but a way of life. Ellen's contact information is 203-365-6417 or Eashkins@jseniors.org.
  • TAKING YOUR JOB SEARCH BY STORM IN 2016, Wednesday, October 19th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Presented by the JFS Employment and Training Services Workshop, Abby Kohut, known as "Absolutely Abby", will teach the steps needed to take to assure a successful search before the end of 2016. Workshop will be held at the Stamford office: 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. No cost to attend but registration is suggested. Contact Ilene Locker, Director of JFS Employment & Training at 203-921-4161 or email at ILocker@ctjfs.org
  • JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS, beginning Wednesday, September 14th at 4 pm Support group, meeting weekly, for unemployed facing the emotional challenges of finding employment at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or abirchenough@ctjfs.org.
  • FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE COMMUNITY AWARENESS EVENT , Sunday, November 20th at 7:00-8:30 pm Sponsored in part by the JCC and JFS, an evening of inspiration, at the JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford, will feature Izzy Ezagui, an American-born, one-armed squad commander in the IDF. He speaks on topics of motivation, success and overcoming obstacles. This is a free event and open to the community to provide a better understanding of the challenges that so many face. Call JFS at 201-921-4161 for more information
  • JFS COLLEGE AHEAD! Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 pm Deans of Admissions of prominent colleges will form a panel of experts to share information about the college admissions, academics, Jewish life on campus, residential options and other topics of interest. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will moderate the discussion at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropy office at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Open to the community at no cost and registration is not required. Contact Claire Friedlander at 203-921-4161 or email clairef@ctjfs.org for more information.
  • 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 Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or abirchenough@ctjfs.org.
  • LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 1:00 pm Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or abirchenough@ctjfs.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). The second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email rkanefsky@ctjfs.org.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avner Moishe ben Shiriam Rachel Kheyfetz
  • Avraham bat Tova
  • Chana bat Refaela
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Gedalya Yitzchak ben Tzivia Rivka.
  • Malka Vitta bat Fayga Miriam
  • Malka bat Perel
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • 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
  • Yisrael Aryeh Hacohen ben Elka
  • Yisrael Aryeh ben Elka
  • Yosef ben Yocheved
  • Zacharia Aharon ben Aviva
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Sisterhood
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP
Thursday: 10 am -12 pm
We need volunteersPlease call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Phyllis at (203)-253-1655
CAS Youth
Calendar:

Oct 29-

  • Jr. Cong. Nekudot sale- bring all your tickets for great prizes!

November 2016 - Theme of the Month: HAKARAT HATOV (Being Thankful)

Nov. 5-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: How can I be thankful for and why is this important/ how does it look? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War Challenge: Learn a new tefillah
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman

Nov. 12-

  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Learn about Saying Thank You more often
  • Jr Cong. - Color War- Avraham and Sarah Jeopardy Edition
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka

Nov. 19-

  • Mini Minyan- role play Hakarat Hatov scenarios
  • Jr Cong. - Fancy Kiddush

Nov. 26-

  • Jr Cong. - Nekudot Sale - bring all your tickets to groups
  • BMC optional - sign up to be helper in Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan- chessed starts in our community - first 5 signups will be invited to help the Morahs.

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Nov. 5 and 19
  • Dec. 3 and 10
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday orspecial accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishnaand Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me atrabbijeiger@hotmail.com
If you would like to helpsupport the Youth Department, please visit http://youth.cas-stamford.org/givingfor all of our sponsorship opportunities.
Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902
203-358-2200 www.cas-stamford.org

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Shabbat Bulletin
Bereshit
October 29, 2016
27 Tishrei 5777
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Schedule
Friday
Candle lighting5:36 PM
Mincha5:41 PM
Shabbat
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema10:00 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:52 AM
Daf Yomi4:40 PM
Code Of Jewish Law4:40 PM
Mincha5:30 PM
Maariv6:30 PM
Shabbat Ends6:35 PM
Shabbat Shalom
LIGHTING FRIDAY NIGHT CANDLES EVERY DAY
Beginning in November, a full slate of programming begins including a robust educational program, social events and so much more. Take a few minutes to peruse the weekly and commit to participate in one of the many opportunities. I especially encourage you to attend the Wolfsohn lecture with Kasim Hafeez on Wednesday night, Nov. 9th on the topic "My Journey from Radical Islamist to Religious Zionist". It promises to be a lecture you will never forget!
Also, as our congregation grows it is even more important to build one community. Join us for our Dinner in Motion on Friday night, Nov. 17th for an evening geared towards getting to know each other and making new friends. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
Most importantly, I hope everyone's holiday season went well and God willing, all of our prayers this year will be answered for the good and our dreams and aspirations will come true.
However, this Shabbat reminds us that our goals will only be realized when we partner with God. Prayer must be coupled with action. As I shared on Yom Kippur, the story of Jonah beckons us to engage in the holy mission of elevating ourselves and the world. Not one of us is exempt from this process. Each person's contribution makes a difference.
The Chofetz Chaim expresses this idea eloquently in this week's Torah portion. He writes that God's first act is to create light in the midst of darkness and order out of chaos. We are endowed with the task of emulating God. One ray of light, one mitzvah can illuminate the world. The very act of lighting candles at the onset of Shabbat exemplifies this pledge and mission for each of us.
The story below which I have shared in shul from Rabbi Jonathan Sachs captures this ideal. He is speaking about the influence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe at the gathering of Chabad emissaries in 2011.
"I once heard a beautiful story from a shliach, who had gone to a little town in Alaska, he asked the local town hall, are there any Jews there? They said to him there are no Jews there. So he asked - in order not to go back having not done anything - could he go and visit the local school and give a talk to children? The head of the school said fine. He went in to a classroom in this little town in the middle of Alaska - and he said, "Children, have any of you ever met a Jew?"
And one little girl put up her hand and she said, "Yes."
And he said, "Who?"
And she said, "My mother."
He was thinking to himself, "What do I say to this girl?" She's the only Jewish child in this school, this is the only Jews in the entire city, I have to go, and there is no way I can get them to leave and come to a place where there are Jews. What can I say to this girl now that will lead her to stay Jewish?
And this is what he did; he asked her every Friday afternoon to light Shabbos candles. He said, "I don't know if you know this, but Alaska is the most westerly place in the world where there are Jews, it is the last place in the world where Shabbos comes. And when every Jew lights Shabbos candles they bring light and peace to the world. So every Shabbos the whole world is waiting for your Shabbos candle - the last of all to be lit."
Can you imagine what that did for that child? He could have said, what are you doing in middle of nowhere where there are no Jews? Instead, in the most beautiful way, he made her feel important. She had a task to perform for the whole Jewish people, for the whole world. By showing people greatness they did not know they had, he showed people what they could become."
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Notes
  • Dudes and Donuts Minyan - THIS SUNDAY, October 30, 9:15 AM. Please make every effort to attend and bring your kids for davening and a breakfast of champions!!! For more info, contact Simeon Wohlberg
CAS Membership Drive Continues New to Stamford? Attended CAS regularly and like our services? Become a member of Congregation Agudath Sholom! We provide a full range of services to our members-a very active Young Families group, classes, great Youth Programs, services, & more. Our 5777 focus: Serve our Members! Contact Matt Feinberg, our Director of Operations, mfeinberg@cas-stamford.org, to learn about our first-year dues discount.
PARENTS - HELP US MAINTAIN CAS SECURITY We ask all parents to register their children for our Youth Groups - this allows us to contact you in an emergency. Please click here to sign up your kids for our 2016-17 programs!
This Week in Jewish History Join the hundreds who have viewed Rabbi Zweiter's new series Just click here to view the latest episode
Shabbat Table Conversation - Bereishit When you consider other cultures, past and present, how would you think they would have answered the question, "Who am I?' "What is the essence of a human being?" and "How can the individual become fulfilled?" How would our society answer this question? How would Judaism address this question?
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 Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing. www.loveisraelproducts.com
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurRabbi Alex Ozar: Sukkot + Bereishit = Eschatological Fish Fry
Seudah ShlishitAri Lieberman
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Torah ReadersJustin Bilenker, Nat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:35 PM, Friday 5:32 PM
Candles Friday5:27 PM
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Cheshvan
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Condolences
  • to the Feurstein and Berk families on the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather, Seymour Feurstein
  • to Debbie Walk on the passing of her mother, Anita Warburg.
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Sam & Flossy Fischel, Richard & Ellen Weber, and Guta Fischel on the birth of a grandson and great-grandson, born to Jason & Robin Fischel
  • Josh & Stephanie Bilenker on Justin's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Herm Alswanger for receiving the Community Legacy Award at the Hoops, Books and Dreams Gala hosted by Stamford Peace Youth Association.
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 PackagesSam & Flossy Fischel in honor of Jason & Robin Fischel on the occasion of the birth of their son and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushHyman Schaffer's "Welcome Back Kotter" kiddush in honor of his friends
Sanctuary KiddushJosh & Stephanie Bilenker in celebration of Justin's Bar Mitzvah
Seudah ShlishitThe Lieberman/Attar families in memory of Abraham Lieberman's Yartzeit
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CAS Young Families
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 (melissalevy@gmail.com) or Rachel Kaimowitz (rachelshields@gmail.com).

Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Rachel Kaimowitz rachelshields@gmail.com or Jessica Furmansky JessicaL83@gmail.com

New Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen 11/6: The Secret of Harmony in the Home: Emulating God - Hosted by Rachel and Sam Maryles, 11/20: God's Design for a Great and Growing Marriage: Biblical Models- Hosted by Shimrat and Yossi Notik, 12/11: Climbing in Love: Romance and Renewal - Hosted by Talia and Jon Siscovick, 12/18: Raising Happy Children: Cultivating Wonder and Joy - Hosted by Meredith and David Cohen. For more information and registration for the series, contact Rachel Maryles at rlk212@gmail.com

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
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CAS Crash Course to Read Hebrew
Monday, October 31 - 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
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.
Yom Kippur Appeal
Answer the Call! Your Pledge Counts!
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
Shabbat, 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.
Sisterhood Presents Womens Club
Wednesday, November 16 - 10:00 AM
Sisterhood Presents Womens Club
Speaker: Dr. Anne Peskin: "Pirates Lives: Truth or Fiction? and Tales of a few Jewish Pirates ."
Dinner In Motion
Friday, November 18 - 5:45 PM
Dinner In Motion
Dinner in Motion is a round-robin progressive meal where participants change tables and discussion topics with each course - allowing each participant to meet CAS members of all generations, connect to others, and have fun! Special programming for kids and teens.

Chairs - Rachel & Jeremy Hager, Hillary & Farren Isaacs, and Lorraine & David Kweskin.

A CAS Member raved about a past Dinner In Motion, "I felt terrific about the last dinner because I really got to see the interaction between different cross-sections of the congregation and the impact the dinner had on building bridges and creating common ground."
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
  • KABBALAH IN NATURE - Spiritual Hike with Rabbi Daniel Cohen. EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF GOD ON A FALL SPIRITUALHIKE with Rabbi Cohen onSunday, November 13 at 2 PM - 3:30 PM Weston at the Lucius Pond Orway, Devil's Den Preserve. For information and RSVP contact Rabbi Cohen or Noa Eisenberg at noae27@hotmail.com.
  • MIKVAH EDUCATION EVENT The CAS Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah Committee invites the women of our community to an educational evening led by our new Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha, Dena Block. We thank Liba & Steven Steinmetz, Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, and Adrienne & Michael Alexander for establishing the new Yoetzet Halacha program at CAS. Please join us on November 21 at 8pm for "All the things you want to know but are afraid to ask." The event which will be held in a private home is free and open to women from the entire community, Questions can be sent in advance to Dena (blockdena@gmail.com) or left anonymously at the Mikvah.Please RSVP to jess@stamfordmikvah.org.
  • MIKVAH EDUCATION EVENT The CAS Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah Committee invites the women of our community to an educational evening led by our new Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha, Dena Block. We thank Liba & Steven Steinmetz, Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, and Adrienne & Michael Alexander for establishing the new Yoetzet Halacha program at CAS. Please join us on November 21 at 8pm for "All the things you want to know but are afraid to ask." The event which will be held in a private home is free and open to women from the entire community, Questions can be sent in advance to Dena (blockdena@gmail.com) or left anonymously at the Mikvah.Please RSVP to jess@stamfordmikvah.org.
  • JOIN THE CAS MEN'S CLUB THIS THANKSGIVING We will provide lunch for our hardworking EMS crews. We are looking for donations of Turkey and all the fixings. On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers will prepare the lunch in the CAS meat kitchen. So whether you can help provide foods or help out, this mitzvah opportunity is open to all. Please email Mitchell Bell (wizdrbel@yahoo.com) and let him know what you can do to help make a difference here in Stamford.
  • WINGS, BEER AND SHIUR AT 613 - The 2nd Sunday of every month- 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 healingvisits@cas-stamford.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: rabbicohen@cas-stamford.org
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at fiveximah@gmail.com
  • 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 vivianweiss@gmail.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
CAS AIPAC
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 rabbicohen@cas-stamford.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!
CAS Classes
Week of October 30
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Community Announcements
  • NEVER IS NOW! THE ADL SUMMIT ON ANTI-SEMITISM Thursday, November 17 in New York City. It takes only one tweet for anti-semitism to go viral. Over the past 12 months, there have been over 2.6 million. Join us as we come together to fight this age-old hatred. info: www.neverisnow.org
  • 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 - srich@jhsct.org or 203-357-0850.
  • DOCUMENTARY - SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE on November 16, 7:30pm at the State Theatre in Stamford. SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. It reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world . This screening will followed by a Q&A with Sean Grover, LCSW and author of the book, When Kids Call the Shots. Tickets: $12 l $10 JCC Members l $15 at door. To purchase tickets, visit StamfordJCC.org. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.org
  • 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 jmerl@aipac.org.
  • 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 ella.shteingart@carmelacademy.com 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.
  • 5TH ANNUAL SAUL COHEN-JFS LECTURE Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 PM Rabbi Sherre Hirsch will speak about, "At a Crossroads: Navigating Expected and Unexpected Transitions". Open to the community at no charge at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Book sale and signing with dessert reception. Call JFS at 203-921-4161or visit www.ctjfs.org for more information.
  • WIJS AT YINR: Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:45pm) at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY, for a presentation by Shulie Mishkin, Jewish Educator at Matan, Herzog College and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel. Free and open to men and women.
  • 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 michaelgfeldstein@gmail.com
  • MA'AYANOT YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS invites all 8th grade girls and their parents to our Open House on Sunday, November 6th. Registration at 9:00 AM; Program begins at 9:30 AM; Academic Fair and lunch at 12:00 PM. Register online at: www.maayanot.org. For more information contact Mrs. Nina Bieler, Director of Admissions, at 201-833-4307, ext. 255. Ma'ayanot is located at 1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • ANNUAL BICULTURAL DAY SCHOOL AUCTION Penny loafers. Buddy Holly shades. Saddle shoes were all the rage. Poodle skirts and scarves in your hair. Make the scene! You gotta be there! The BCDS auction is taking a trip Back to the 50's when hula hoops were hip. Dress up or dress down. We can wait to see you For our night out on the town. Sunday November 13, 5:30-9:00 PM. Temple Beth El 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. RSVP: www.BCDSauction.org
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) cordially invites all prospective parents and students to our Open House on Sunday, November 13th. Registration begins at 9:00am; Program will begin in the historic Lamport Auditorium at 9:30 am. The Open House will take place on our Manhattan campus, 2540 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY. Complimentary parking will be available in Yeshiva University Lot E, located on Amsterdam Ave. between 182nd and 183rd streets. Pre-register at www.yuhsb.org/openhouse. For more information, please contact our Director of Admissions, Avi Matanky, amatanky@yuhsb.org or call (212) 960-5400 x6676. Applications are now being accepted at www.yuhsb.org/apply!
  • 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 Stamford 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. This year Tapestry coincides with the Global Day of Jewish Learning, which takes place on Sunday in various locations. The theme for this year is "Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations." Check out the UJF Adult Education email for details on both adult and children's offerings.
  • THE ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND CT CHAPTER, Sunday November 20th, honors Rabbi Andrew Sklarz of Greenwich Reform Synagogue at its Fall Hero's Dinner....survivor and cancer research advocate. Speaker: Cancer scientist, Professor Dan Peer of Tel Aviv University, a leader in nano-technology. Hear about latest cancer research and enjoy Mediterranean dinner. Caterer: Beth Torah Glatt Kosher (Plus, Israel art auction). Chair: Roz Mangot Location: Temple Sinai 458 Lakeside Dr. Stamford Time: 5:30 pm Cost: $180. For under 35's, $118. Information/registration: David.Kweskin@ICRFonline.org CT Director 203 321-1106 7 Lumanor Dr. Stamford 06903 www.ICRFonline.org Or, Roz Mangot 203 322-6069
  • GAN YELADIM KIDS HEALTH DAY AND OPEN HOUSE November 20th from 9:30-11:30 at Gan Yeladim, 770 High Ridge Road. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about healthy habits for kids and adults. Open to all kids newborn-10yrs as well as prospective families wanting to tour and learn all about Gan Yeladim Early Childhood Center. Separate parents and children programming will be available including fun activities for kids such as gymnastics, yoga and more. For the adults don't miss out on an informative panel of therapists focusing on "red flags" - how to identify them from an early age and how to raise a healthy child, as well as a fitness class and health talk with LiveBetter trainer and a talk on pre and post-natal health for moms and babies.
  • THE STAMFORD ERUV BRUNCH Sunday, December 11, 9:45am at CAS. Guest Speaker: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer, "A Short History of the Eruv in America", $18 per person, sponsors welcome at $180. Info: Michael Feldstein michaelgfeldstein@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES UPDATED VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: Please call or email Ellen Ashkins if you are interested in volunteering at JSS. There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to-one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care. At JSS, giving back to the community is not just a clich√©, but a way of life. Ellen's contact information is 203-365-6417 or Eashkins@jseniors.org.
  • TAKING YOUR JOB SEARCH BY STORM IN 2016, Wednesday, October 19th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Presented by the JFS Employment and Training Services Workshop, Abby Kohut, known as "Absolutely Abby", will teach the steps needed to take to assure a successful search before the end of 2016. Workshop will be held at the Stamford office: 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. No cost to attend but registration is suggested. Contact Ilene Locker, Director of JFS Employment & Training at 203-921-4161 or email at ILocker@ctjfs.org
  • JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS, beginning Wednesday, September 14th at 4 pm Support group, meeting weekly, for unemployed facing the emotional challenges of finding employment at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or abirchenough@ctjfs.org.
  • FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE COMMUNITY AWARENESS EVENT , Sunday, November 20th at 7:00-8:30 pm Sponsored in part by the JCC and JFS, an evening of inspiration, at the JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford, will feature Izzy Ezagui, an American-born, one-armed squad commander in the IDF. He speaks on topics of motivation, success and overcoming obstacles. This is a free event and open to the community to provide a better understanding of the challenges that so many face. Call JFS at 201-921-4161 for more information
  • JFS COLLEGE AHEAD! Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 pm Deans of Admissions of prominent colleges will form a panel of experts to share information about the college admissions, academics, Jewish life on campus, residential options and other topics of interest. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will moderate the discussion at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropy office at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Open to the community at no cost and registration is not required. Contact Claire Friedlander at 203-921-4161 or email clairef@ctjfs.org for more information.
  • 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 Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or abirchenough@ctjfs.org.
  • LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 1:00 pm Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or abirchenough@ctjfs.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). The second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email rkanefsky@ctjfs.org.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avner Moishe ben Shiriam Rachel Kheyfetz
  • Avraham bat Tova
  • Chana bat Refaela
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Gedalya Yitzchak ben Tzivia Rivka.
  • Malka Vitta bat Fayga Miriam
  • Malka bat Perel
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • 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
  • Yisrael Aryeh Hacohen ben Elka
  • Yisrael Aryeh ben Elka
  • Yosef ben Yocheved
  • Zacharia Aharon ben Aviva
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Sisterhood
SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP
Thursday: 10 am -12 pm
We need volunteersPlease call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Phyllis at (203)-253-1655
CAS Youth
Calendar:

Oct 29-

  • Jr. Cong. Nekudot sale- bring all your tickets for great prizes!

November 2016 - Theme of the Month: HAKARAT HATOV (Being Thankful)

Nov. 5-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: How can I be thankful for and why is this important/ how does it look? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War Challenge: Learn a new tefillah
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman

Nov. 12-

  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Learn about Saying Thank You more often
  • Jr Cong. - Color War- Avraham and Sarah Jeopardy Edition
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka

Nov. 19-

  • Mini Minyan- role play Hakarat Hatov scenarios
  • Jr Cong. - Fancy Kiddush

Nov. 26-

  • Jr Cong. - Nekudot Sale - bring all your tickets to groups
  • BMC optional - sign up to be helper in Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan- chessed starts in our community - first 5 signups will be invited to help the Morahs.

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Nov. 5 and 19
  • Dec. 3 and 10
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday orspecial accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishnaand Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me atrabbijeiger@hotmail.com
If you would like to helpsupport the Youth Department, please visit http://youth.cas-stamford.org/givingfor all of our sponsorship opportunities.
Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902
203-358-2200 www.cas-stamford.org

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