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Friday, December 2, 2016

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
December 3, 2016
3 Kislev 5777
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Candle lighting4:07 PM
Mincha4:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:23 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:10 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:15 PM
Code Of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Maariv5:03 PM
Shabbat Ends5:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Most Important Patriarch for Today
The Most Important Patriarch for Today
Which patriarch do you most admire? Which one seems most relevant for modern times? At first blush, I would say Avraham. He is the founder of ethical monotheism and introduced God's message of compassionate righteousness and moral justice to the world. In an environment of chaos, idolatry and intolerance, he blazes the path for an era of Godliness, morality and harmony. We are inspired by his vision, humanity and generous spirit to this day.
Yet, while in Israel this week, I gained a newfound appreciation for his son, Yitzchak who is often characterized as the silent patriarch. He seems to watch more than act. He follows rather than leads.
However, upon introspection, he embodies so much more and the key to the continuity of the Jewish people. His life parallels Avraham. He travels to a foreign land in a time of famine, renews a covenant with Avimelech, and re-digs the wells that Avraham dug. However, in Kabbalistic terms, they are viewed differently. Unlike his father who embodies Chesed, loving kindness, Yitzchak embodies gevurah, strength and discipline. Avraham is associated with love and Yitzchak with fear. What does this mean?
The Sfat Emet explains that Avraham initiated the idea of God's mission to the world. It was a relationship born out of love of God. He traveled the land of Canaan declaring God's sovereignty. Many people of the land believed that once he died, so would his vision.
It was only the birth of Yitzchak that provided continuity to his message. Without Yitzchak's perseverance we would not be here today. It is easier to start a venture than to day in and day out stay focused and dedicated to the task at hand. Yitzchak's fear or gevurah was born of his deep desire and commitment to not allow the work of Avraham to go unfinished. He did not let conflict slow him down nor did he despair. He remained energized to carry out the mission and dream of his father.
Over the past couple of days, I sensed the spirit of Yitzchak everywhere. I am in awe of the vibrancy and perseverance of the state and people of Israel. We visited Yeshivot in the communities of Kiryat Arba and Chevron in the shadows of the ancient ruins of the palace of King David. We explored the interface of Israeli and Jewish law, met with a Supreme Court Justice and marveled at the timeless themes of modernity and Torah weaved into the architecture of the Israeli Supreme Court building. We visited wineries, the Beit El Tefilin factory and the new and ancient cities of Beit El and the remnants of Tzippori all while learning the historic and Torah roots of the locales and the ramifications for modern life.
Each step of the way, if not for the spirit of Yitzchak pulsating from generation to generation, we would never experience the beauty and dynamism of Israel today.
I am looking forward to returning next Thursday and on the following Shabbat sharing some reflections from our truly extraordinary Men's Adult Learning Trip. Thank you very much to Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein for his leadership in organizing the spiritual journey and Rabbi Riskin, David Katz and Ohr Torah Stone for developing the robust and meaningful program. We will be spending Shabbat with Rabbi Riskin in Tsfat.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Notes
  • The 12/17 Chapel service will begin at 7:45 am
  • Women's Tefillah Group - December 17th, Noa Haron's Bat Mitzvah. If you would like to participate in the service with an Aliya or a reading, please email Ronnie Sichel ( or Ziona Doft (
  • We are excited to announce that the inaugural Sephardic Minyan at CAS will be held on Shabbat morning December 10th at 9am in the Social Hall. Come be part of the ONLY Sephardic Minyan in Fairfield County! Sephardic Minyan will be run as a traditional Sephardic service with beautiful melodies and meaningful tefilot. Future dates will be announced soon. For more information or to volunteer to read Torah or be a hazan send us an email at
PLEASE SEE Irwin to be a part of a special "thanks" opportunity upcoming on December 10
This Week in Jewish History Join the hundreds who have viewed Rabbi Zweiter's new series Just click here to view the new YouTube Channel
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!
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,, to learn about our first-year dues discount.
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.

THANK YOU The family of Esther Reich and Ernest (Oczi) Reich acknowledge with grateful appreciation the many kindnesses extended after the loss of Erwin's mother and brother. Thank you for all the visits, meals, donations, expressions of condolence, and all the support and friendship that has embraced us by the Agudath Sholom and Stamford community. We are profoundly grateful.
Erwin and Veronica Reich and Family

Best wishes from Israel from MALT 2016
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
ShiurBarry Best: Shedding Light on the Mehadrin Fulfillment of Chanukah Candles
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Should We Pray for Rain Now?
Daf YomiRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:15 PM, Friday 4:12 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday4:07 PM
  • to Sylvia Grossinger Meyers on the passing of her husband, Les
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesFlossy and Sam Fischel in honor of the birthdays of Ethan and Lexie Miller and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushRabbi David Walk in commemoration of the birth of his granddaughter Yiskah Milkah, his and Rivka's anniversary and Yaakov's birthday
Teen Kiddushthe Maron Family
Sanctuary KiddushCAS
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CAS Teens
Teen Event Calling all teens in grades 6-12! This Sunday from 12:30-1:30 pm, come experience world famous hypnotist, Ronni Baras. The performance will be at the home of the Finkelsteins - 132 Revonah Avenue. Cost: $10 for the show, a light lunch, snacks, and drinks. Very excited to see you there!
CAS Classes
Week of December 4
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: "Books of the Bible" - 10:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
TuesdayRabbi David Walk: Kabbalah- Symbolic System of Thought - 7:30 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Jewish Law Meets Modern Times - 8:00 PM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Thought of Rambam (Maimonides) - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Young Families
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 or Jessica Furmansky

Babies & Breakfast at CAS Bring your baby and come mingle with other moms at CAS. This free group is for moms with babies from birth through 1 to socialize, grab some food, or at the very least, get out of the house! We meet every other Thursday at 11:30 for 1 hour. Next date: December 8. Info: Melissa Litwak ( or Rachel Kaimowitz (

Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen 12/11 - Climbing in Love: Romance and Renewal - Hosted by Meredith and David Cohen 12/18 - Raising Happy Children: Cultivating Wonder and Joy - Hosted by Tina and Yossi Notik For more information and/or registration for the series, contact Rachel Maryles at
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Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Sunday, December 4 - 9:30 AM
Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Classes: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 am Nov. 13, 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.
Wine & Unwind
Shabbat, December 10 - 7:00 PM
Wine & Unwind
CAS Young Families Presents
Wine & Unwind..Paint Night Out for Adults of All Ages with Pinot's Pallet

Signup closes at noon on Wednesday, December 7th.

7pm Quick Bites
7:45 pm Painting Begins
$25/person includes food, drinks, one canvas & painting supplies
Event Chairs: Miriam & Josh Sperber, Rachel & Daniel Schilowitz, and Jessica & Adam Furmansky
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 Young Families Potluck Shabbat Lunch and Oneg
We are looking for families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. Following lunch there will be an oneg at the shul. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the CAS community!
CAS Announcements
  • MEN'S CLUB PACIFIC HOUSE EVENT On Sunday, December 25th, the CAS Men's Club will prepare and serve dinner at the Pacific House homeless shelter. We are looking for knitted hats, gloves (Amazing Savings is usually the best source), raw kosher food donations; Turkey, Salami, Brussel Sprouts, String Beans, Garlic, Nuts, Cranberry Sauce, and salad items such as peppers, celery, lettuce(s), tomato, carrots, and cucumbers. Further we are looking for setup, servers and people to help prepare the meal. Please contact Mitchell Bell ( or 203-722-3512.
  • CAMERA EVENT Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 pm at Congregation Agudath Sholom. CAS and CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) present Saritz Catz, International Letter-Writing Director for CAMERA giving a presentation on "Media Manipulation: The Bias Against Israel".
  • WINGS, BEER AND SHIUR AT 613 - December 18. Join Rabbi Zweiter 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
Community Announcements
  • THE JCC SARA WALKER NURSERY SCHOOL'S 1ST BABY FAIR! Tuesday, December 6, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm­. Meet and mingle with parents and expectant parents from the community! You are invited to Stamford's largest party for parents and parents-to-be at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School's first baby fair! This is a free event! At the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School, 458 Lakeside Drive * Stamford. Speakers: 10:45 - 11 am. Baby and Marriage: How To Make It Work - Elissa Stein, LMFT, 11:15 - 11:30 am. How to Raise Successful Sleepers - Sasha Carr, Ph.D, 11:45 - 12 pm. Cord Blood Banking: Protecting Your Baby's Future - Tania Nisimblat Bodnar, MD, Free giveaway bags to the first 100. RSVP to and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a baby gift basket (must be present to win). For a complete list of expert advisors and vendors, please visit JCC Sara Walker Nursery School tours: 11:00 - 11:30 am and 11:45 am - 12:15 pm.
  • MODERN JUDAICA - EXCLUSIVE HANUKKAH SHOPPING EVENT Featuring the talented designers Rafi Landau Silversmith and Marilyn Gindi Michaels of @Marble_ized_. Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 7:30-10:00pm Hosted by Maria Reicin and Talia Siscovick at the home of Talia Siscovick (57 Overbrook Drive, Stamford). Featuring original jewelry designs, magnificent silver Judaica and exquisite stone decor pieces from two of the finest modern Judaica designers. Gift items starting at $50.00. Bring a Gift, Get a Gift! Please consider bringing child/adult sized hats, gloves and scarves to donate to JFS.
  • CARMEL ACADEMY HOSTS "THE MASKED AUCTION" On December 3rd, 7:30 PM. Enjoy a festive evening of great food and drinks, entertainment and music, a silent auction and so much more! Purchase your tickets and join the masquerade at Carmel Academy's Masked Auction. December 3rd, 7:30 PM at Carmel Academy. Tickets are $36 per person. Visit to purchase tickets or contact Seth Young for more information at 203-983-3508/
  • JCC SENIOR ADULT CHANUKAH LUNCHEON Tuesday, December 13: 11:30 am - 1 pm. Light the menorah and enjoy a festive lunch with friends. $4 suggested donation. To register or for more information contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, 203.487.0983, or visit
  • JCC MACCABI GAMES OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, December 13: 7 pm. Want to know more about the JCC Maccabi Experience? Call 203-487-0971 and join us for an information session with Mo Concepcion.
  • BELLA'S HATS TRUNK SHOW, Thursday, December 15th from 7-9 pm. Hosted by Talia Siscovick (57 Overbrook Drive in Stamford). Come check out Bella's new collection of trendy and affordable hats, fascinators, and other accessories.
  • JCC FAMILY CHANUKAH MAGIC PARTY Wednesday, December 21 6 - 7:30 p.m. Join us for a spellbinding evening with your family and friends. Enjoy an enchanting dinner and show as magician Seth Dale dazzles us with spectacular Chanukah Magic! Chicken tenders and latkes will be served with other Chanukah treats.Member $15 per person, Community $18 per person, RSVP required by December 18. Walk-ins accepted for show only. Reservations with dinner must be received by Dec. 18. 203.322.7900. For more information contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or
  • CHANUKAH COMMUNITY CONCERT & CELEBRATION WITH SHLOCK ROCK (Hosted by Chabad of Stamford) Featuring children of our Local Jewish Community Sunday, December 18, At Turn of River School 117 Vine Rd. 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Concert Tickets $10. Sponsorship available. In collaboration with & featuring the students of Bi-Cultural Day School, Carmel Academy, Gan Yeladim Early Childhood Center & JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
  • JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES NEEDS MINYAN MENSCHEN!! JSS is in great need of men to attend and help make our daily Minyan (prayer quorum of ten) in order to help Residents say the Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our Minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogue's Minyans. Please feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at (203) 396-1001 or email for exact service times.
  • ISRAEL BONDS This Chanukah, give the gift of Israel to your children, grandchildren and relatives! For one night of Chanukah, celebrate Israel and buy an Israel Bond. With bonds starting now at $36, and easily purchased online, this is a perfect gift for the holidays. The more ties we can forge between our children and the State of Israel, the greater likelihood they will understand and appreciate their Jewish heritage, and the stronger Israel will be in the future. Israel Bonds is one of the many vehicles that can be utilized to build linkage between our children and Israel. By gifting an Israel Bond, we send a message to our children that it is as important to loan our monies to Israel as it is to make charitable gifts to our Jewish homeland. At the same time you are teaching your children about making wise investment decisions. Israel has a 100% perfect record of payment of principal and interest on Israel Bonds. The purchase of an Israel Bond is a meaningful expression of commitment to the future strength of the State of Israel and helps to build every aspect of Israel's economy, making it both strong and resilient. For more information, contact Cynthia Blustein, Development Corporation for Israel, at 914-713-9003 or make a purchase and review rates and prospectuses at
  • THE STAMFORD ERUV BRUNCH You are cordially invited to attend a brunch in support of The Stamford Eruv Sunday, December 11, 2016 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 at or Rose Newman at
  • 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.
  • SCHOKE 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 Schoke JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE 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, Schoke 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 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 Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • 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 Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS FINANCIAL FITNESS on Thursdays, January 12th; February 9th; March 9th at 7PM at the Jewish Senior Services Campus, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. In partnership with FJP and Schoke Jewish Family Service, a financial educator from LifeBridge will teach three seminars about Budgeting, Understanding Your Credit and Identity Theft. The seminars are free. To reserve a spot, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • LET'S TALK - Fairfield, starting in February 2017 at 12:45 pm at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, Schoke 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, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email
  • SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, Schoke JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am in the Westport office (431 Post Road East), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AFTER-SCHOOL YOUTH CENTER - ADULTS NEEDED AFTERNOONS, MONDAY - FRIDAY 4:00PM-6:00PM Volunteers are needed for our Youth Center that operates every day after school during the academic year. The Youth Center is a dedicated space for Inspirica children continue to achieve academically, emotionally and socially while they are with us. Help prepare and serve a healthy after school snack, assist with elementary and supervise positive recreational activities. Appropriate for adults with experience working with children, mature youth volunteers (15 and up).
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: YOUTH TUTORING- ADULTS NEEDED AFTERNOONS, MONDAY - FRIDAY 4:00PM-6:00PM It is our goal to ensure that children in Inspirica's Children Services Program are developing in line with their peers who are not homeless. To accomplish this goal we need volunteers to tutor children on a one on one basis. Tutors cover a variety of subjects with a high concentration on reading and math skills. Many of our children come to us below grade level. However, with the help of committed tutors we are proud that at the close of the 2012 - 2013 school year, 90% of the youth we served earned a B- average or better. Tutoring is an extremely rewarding opportunity to help us break the cycle of homelessness by helping our children. Appropriate for adults with experience working with children, former teachers, mature youth volunteers (15 and up).
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: EARLY CHILDHOOD PARENTING PROGRAM (ECPP) ADULTS NEEDED AFTERNOONS, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY 5:30PM-7:00PM, SATURDAY 9:00AM-12:00PM. Volunteer Classroom Assistant: We have two separate classrooms, one for 0 - 2.5 aged children, and one for ages 2.6 - 5 years. The volunteer would be assisting with the children under the supervision of the teacher. We are asking volunteers to commit to one or more regular time slots so the children may have the same adults at the same times.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: VOLUNTEER CHEF/TEACHER: WE WOULD LIKE OUR PARENTS TO LEARN HOW TO COOK NUTRITIONAL MEALS ON A BUDGET. IF THIS IS YOUR SKILL, PLEASE COME SHARE IT WITH OUR FAMILIES. Kids' Cook: Each session of the program ends with a meal for children and parents. We need volunteers to prepare meals to serve to parents and children. There are two ways to prepare the meals: 1) you may prepare them in our kitchen or 2) you may prepare them in your own home and drop off at the program.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: JUMPSTART BABY SITTING - ADULTS NEEDED MORNINGS, MONDAY - THURSDAY, 9:00AM-12:30PM Do you like children? Volunteer to babysit for infants and toddlers living in Inspirica's Family Housing Program while parents attend Jump Start Education- classes and workshops designed to help them move towards achieving a stable life. Parents are more likely to focus on the information in these classes when they know their children are being watched just down the hall from class by amazing volunteers - like you! Volunteers must be 18 or older; 15-17 year old mature teens are welcome with supervision of an adult. Also, good for small groups (up to 5).
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: CHILDREN'S RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES Volunteer to provide a party for children and their families, including refreshments, games, art activities, entertainment. Great for Groups (up to 12, depending on the activity) Appropriate for small groups (up to 12) that include mature youth volunteers accompanied by adult volunteers. There are opportunities to sponsor Children's Services events include: Trip to Sturbridge Village; Girls'/Boys' Slumber Overnights; Rewards Recognition Event for Stellar Students.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: JOB SEARCH HELP - ADULTS NEEDED, FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE DURING WORK WEEK; PREFERABLY 10AM-1PM Jumpstart Education is a 13 week series of classes focused on every aspect of the job search process including how to recognize and build on one's assets, how to navigate the online job application process, tips for successful interviewing, how to communicate effectively in the work place and more. Volunteers can get involved easily by giving a few hours to help find jobs online and coach our program participants through their search and interview preparations. Computer and internet experience required.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: MEAL PROVISION - DINNER'S AT 6 (FOR 25)! SUNDAY- SATURDAY, DINNER IS SERVED AT 6:00PM Unlike a more traditional "soup kitchen," we do not have a paid cooking crew and rely 100% on volunteers to provide dinner 365 days of the year, including holidays. Join with your family, friends, colleagues and/or associates to provide dinner for 25 women staying at our Women's Shelter. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we invite participants from McKinney and Gilead House - residential programs for men and women living with HIV/AIDS and recovering from mental illness - for a Campus Dinner night, on average about 45 men and women. Great for groups (up to 10), perfect for families looking to serve together! Check out our meal calendar at .
  • JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far. Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00am-4:30pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aharon ben Yehudit
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Avraham bat Tova
  • Basher Rachal bat Hannah
  • Freidel bat Sarah
  • Gedalya Yitzchak ben Tzivia Rivka.
  • Golda bat Basha
  • Golda ben Basha
  • Malka Vitta bat Fayga Miriam
  • Malka bat Perel
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah bat Esther
  • Yosef ben Yocheved
  • Zacharia Aharon ben Aviva
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Phyllis at (203)-253-1655
CAS Youth

December 2016 - Theme of the Month: Lifnim Mishurat HaDin (Going Above and Beyond)

Dec 3-

  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: Are there times where we have to do MORE than someone asks us to do ? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War Challenge: Plan and implement 5 ways to do LMH in our shul today and do them!
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
  • Teen Minyan at 9:30

Dec 10-

  • Jr. Cong. - Kiddush! Earn your Kiddush by your performance
  • 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

Dec 17-

  • Jr. Cong. - Color War challenge - Real life scenarios for LMH- What's enough and what's more than enough?
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka

Dec 24-


Dec. 31-

  • NO GROUPS - holiday weekend

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Dec. 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
If you would like to helpsupport the Youth Department, please visit all of our sponsorship opportunities.
Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

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

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